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By contactus@drjeffreyconforti.com
May 30, 2016
Category: Foot Conditions

First identified by ancient Egyptians, gout is a disease that affects the joints in our body, leading to pain and inflammation. Originally known as “the disease of kings,” and “the unwalkable disease,” gout is caused when too much uric acid builds up in our blood stream, forming hard crystals in the joints. Gout is associated with factors of being overweight, drinking too much alcohol, or certain foods. The best option for treating gout is to see your doctor immediately and to limit your intake of alcohol, red meat, and seafood.

Gout is a foot condition that requires certain treatment and care. If you have any concerns regarding gout, consult with Dr. Jeffrey Conforti of New Jersey. Dr. Conforti will attend to all of your foot and ankle needs.

What is Gout?

Gout is a type of arthritis caused by a buildup of uric acid in the bloodstream. It often develops in the foot, especially the big toe area, although it can manifest in other parts of the body as well. Gout can make walking and standing very painful and is especially common in diabetics and the obese.

People typically get gout because of a poor diet. Genetic predisposition is also a factor. The children of parents who have had gout frequently have a chance of developing it themselves.

Gout can easily be identified by redness and inflammation of the big toe and the surrounding areas of the foot. Other symptoms include extreme fatigue, joint pain, and running high fevers. Sometimes corticosteroid drugs can be prescribed to treat gout, but the best way to combat this disease is to get more exercise and eat a better diet.

If you have any questions, please contact one of our offices located in Paramus and Clifton, NJ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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UdonisHaslem of the Heat suffered from a torn plantar fasciia in Miami’s game in early April, but hasn’t missed any games since his injury. “There’s not really much I can do but rest it, ice it, get ready for the game,” Haslem said of his injury. Haslem went on to state that he didn’t opt for surgery or any painkillers at the time, even though he had been suffering from plantar fasciitis leading up to his plantar fasciia tear.

Plantar fasciitis can be very painful and inconvenient. If you are experiencing heel pain or symptoms of plantar fasciitis, consult with Dr. Jeffrey Conforti of New Jersey. Dr. Confortiwill attend to all of your foot and ankle needs.

What is Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is the inflammation of the thick band of tissue that runs along the bottom of your foot, known as the plantar fascia, and causes mild to severe heel pain.

What Causes Plantar Fasciitis?

·      Excessive running

·      Non-supportive shoes

·      Overpronation

·      Repeated stretching and tearing of the plantar fascia

How Can It Be Treated?

·      Conservative measures – anti-inflammatories, ice packs, stretching exercises, physical therapy, orthotic devices

·      Shockwave therapy – sound waves are sent to the affected area to facilitate healing and are usually used for chronic cases of plantar fasciitis

·      Surgery – usually only used as a last resort when all else fails. The plantar fascia can be surgically detached from the heel

While very treatable, plantar fasciitis is definitely not something that should be ignored. Especially in severe cases, speaking to your doctor right away is highly recommended to avoid complications and severe heel pain. Your podiatrist can work with you to provide the appropriate treatment options tailored to your condition.

If you have any questions, please contact one of our offices located in Paramus and Clifton, NJ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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By contactus@drjeffreyconforti.com
May 16, 2016
Category: Foot Conditions

According to podiatrist Dr. Joy Rowland, our feet will change as we age, as “our ligaments and our tendons become a little bit more lax over time.” As our feet gradually becomes prone to wear and tear, they also become susceptible to common foot problems such as bunions and hammertoe. Our feet begin losing the fat pads beneath our skin as we get older, so it’s important to see a podiatrist. Other changes also include weight loss or weight gain, which leads to uneven pressure being exerted on the feet over time.

Proper foot care is something many older adults forget to consider. For more information,consult with Dr. Jeffrey Conforti of New Jersey. Dr. Confortiwill attend to all of your foot and ankle needs.

The Elderly and their Feet

As we age we start to notice many changes in our body, but the elder population may not notice them right away.  Medical conditions may prevent the elderly to take notice of their foot health right away. Poor vision is a lead contributor to not taking action for the elderly.

Common Conditions 

Neuropathy – can reduce feeling in the feet, and can hide many life threating medical conditions.

Reduced flexibility – prevents the ability of proper toenail trimming, and foot cleaning. If left untreated, it may lead to further medical issues.

Foot sores – amongst the older population can be serious before they are discovered. Some of the problematic conditions they may face are:

Gouging toenails affecting nearby toe

Shoes that don’t fit properly

Pressure sores

Loss of circulation in legs & feet

Edema & swelling of feet and ankles

Susceptible Infections

Diabetes and poor circulation can cause general loss of sensitivity over the years, turning a simple cut into a serious issue.

If you have any questions, please contact one of our offices located in Paramus and Clifton, NJ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Although sweating is natural for the body, excessive sweating, otherwise known as hyperhidrosis, can be detrimental to your everyday habits. Sweating occurs as a natural process that helps keep the body cooled as well as “maintain the body’s balance of fluids.” Sweating results in response to physical activity, but it can also be triggered by anxiety. Hyperhidrosis results when sweat glands become overactive from stimulation and are unable to shut off. The medical condition “affects 1% to 3% of the population.”

If you are suffering from hyperhidrosis consult with Dr. Jeffrey Conforti of New Jersey. Dr. Confortiwill attend to all of your foot and ankle needs.

Hyperhidrosis of the Feet

Hyperhidrosis is a rare disorder that can cause people to have excessive sweating of their feet. This can usually occur all on its own without rigorous activity involved. People who suffer from hyperhidrosis may also experience sweaty palms.

Although it is said that sweating is a healthy process meant to cool down the body temperature and to maintain a proper internal temperature, hyperhidrosis may prove to be a huge hindrance on a person’s everyday life.

Plantar hyperhidrosis is considered to be the main form of hyperhidrosis. Secondary hyperhidrosis can refer to sweating that occurs in areas other than the feet or hands and armpits. Often this may be a sign of it being related to another medical condition such as menopause, hyperthyroidism and even Parkinson’s disease.

In order to alleviate this condition, it is important to see your doctor so that they may prescribe the necessary medications so that you can begin to live a normal life again. If this is left untreated, it is said that it will persist throughout an individual’s life.

A last resort approach would be surgery, but it is best to speak with your doctor to find out what may be the best treatment for you.

If you have any questions, please contact one of our offices located in Paramus and Clifton, NJ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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By contactus@drjeffreyconforti.com
May 02, 2016

Many runners may develop “runner’s knee” at some point in their training regimen, as it is the most common pain runners tend to experience. To prevent runner’s knee, wearing proper orthotics is the single most important step one can take. Proper orthotics that are full-length and soft can help control the forefoot and help prevent the foot roll that is often behind runner’s knee. It is also important to strengthen the legs; performing terminal extension exercises can help strengthen the quads in one’s thighs.

A sports related foot or ankle injurycan become troublesome if left untreated, especially for athletes. If your feet are hurting consult with Dr. Jeffrey Conforti of New Jersey. Dr. Confortiwill attend to all of your foot and ankle needs.

Sport Related Foot and Ankle Injuries 

Foot and ankle injuries are a common occurrence when it comes to athletes of any sport. While many athletes dismiss the initial aches and pains, the truth is that ignoring potential foot and ankle injuries can lead to serious problems. As athletes continue to place pressure and strain the area further, a mild injury can turn into something as serious as a rupture and may lead to a permanent disability. There are many factors that contribute to sports related foot and ankle injuries, which include failure to warm up properly, not providing support or wearing bad footwear. Common injuries and conditions athletes face, including:

•           Plantar Fasciitis

•           Plantar Fasciosis

•           Achilles Tendinitis

•           Achilles Tendon Rupture

•           Ankle Sprains

Sports-related injuries are commonly treated using the RICE method. This includes rest, applying ice to the injured area, compression and elevating the ankle. More serious sprains and injuries may require surgery, which could include arthroscopic and reconstructive surgery. Rehabilitation and therapy may also be required in order to get any recovering athlete to become fully functional again. Any unusual aches and pains an athlete sustains must be evaluated by a licensed, reputable medical professional.

If you have any questions, please contact one of our offices located in Paramus and Clifton, NJ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Foot & Ankle Medical & Surgical Care
                                                 
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2 Sears Drive
Paramus, NJ 07652
201-986-1900
 
 
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Hackensack University Medical Center
The Valley Hospital
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