foot injury

Avoid Foot Injuries When Hunting

Oh deer! It’s hunting season and at Paul Klein, DPM, FACFAS it’s a good opportunity for us to remind our patients who take to the woods at this time of the year of some precautions to prevent foot injuries. If you are a hunter you are probably very conscientious when it comes to safety and your firearm or bow, but there are other potential risks to the feet that you may not think much about. Some of the more common ones we see include:

  • Achilles tendon inflammation or rupture

  • Heel fractures

Some tips to keep in mind to reduce your risk of foot or ankle injuries include:

Watch Your Step—roots, rocks and uneven terrain make it easy to trip and fall or twist an ankle. Keep an eye out for what’s ahead while hiking in and out.

Take it Easy on the HillsAchilles tendon trouble can occur from strenuous hill climbing. Pace yourself and avoid sudden push offs as you head up hill.

The Right Gear—check your shoes before heading out to hunt. Look for signs of wear. You should have a good tread to prevent slipping and make sure there are no rough spots inside the shoes that could result in friction and blisters. It’s a good idea to keep some moleskin with you in case a sore spot starts to develop.

Pack Extra Socks—keeping feet dry is essential to prevent blisters and athlete’s foot.

Use a Safety Harness—one of the biggest causes of foot and ankle injuries when hunting is falling out of a tree stand.

Share Your Position—if you’re hunting alone, make sure someone knows where you are and when you are expected back. Consider a pre-arranged phone call to confirm that you’re back. If you suffer a foot or ankle injury that prevents you from walking, this will make it possible for you to be found.

If you do sustain an injury when hunting, don’t try to tough it out. Get back to civilization and contact our Wayne, New Jersey office (973-595-1555) as soon as possible so that our podiatrist, Dr. Paul G. Klein, can examine your foot and treat the injury promptly.

Three reasons not wear Flip-flops  - North Jersey Podiatry

Flip-flops have always been a fashion staple. Light, comfortable and can be paired with almost everything. It allows your feet to breathe and provides unlimited freedom of movement. But these too can have possible side effects on your foot’s health. To understand better the relationship of foot wear and our feet, consult a podiatrist Dr. Paul Klein is a podiatrist who specializes in helping people with foot disorders.

Below are the possible downsides of wearing flip-flops.

1.       It creates lower body problems in the long run. This is because people wearing flip-flops walk differently when compared to other foot wears like sneakers. One’s natural gait changes if she wears flip-flops too often and creates stress in various parts of the body as it hinders the body’s natural posture. Arches and balls of the feet are also affected by wearing flip-flops as they provide little or no support to such areas.

2.       Ankle sprains and blisters may develop too. Flip-flops are manufactured using bendable and flexible materials. Such materials will make their wearers susceptible to tripping and ankle injuries. Blister formation may also be present if the material rubs against your feet.

3.       Infection is high risk because flip-flops are open. It is also easier for flip-flops to cut, scrape or even wound their foot because of its lack of protection. Should these cuts are left untreated, there will be greater risks.

Tips in choosing flip-flops

Buy a pair of flip-flops that provide significant protection to your feet.

Soles should be sturdy and firm. Do not buy flip-flops that are floppy and those that bend or wiggle significantly when lifted from the ground.

It is best to purchase a branded flip-flop because they are made of high-quality materials. Despite being expensive, it will last longer and gives you a better protection when compared to those being sold at a lesser price.

Flip flops should be replaced in every 3-4 months to make sure that it gives your feet the maximum protection. At North Jersey Podiatry located in Wayne N.J., we specialize in helping people with foot disorders.  To schedule an appointment call (973) 595-1555.

Three Foot Therapies for Sports Injuries

When a pitcher winds up and flings his body, an incredible amount of dexterity is required to achieve the best velocity for pitches. And this places a person at high risk for injury. Most of the injuries among athletes happen in the feet.

Whether it is a really serious fracture that can sideline the athlete or something as simple as turf toe, these foot injuries will still lead to pain and frustration. No matter what the sport the athlete is in, it still requires the use of his feet. This is why foot therapy is essential in keeping athletes healthy. Consult a podiatrist for proper foot care and therapy. Dr. Paul Klein is a podiatrist who specializes in helping people with foot disorders.

Facts about physical therapy

  • Physical therapy is the best way to speed up the period of recovery for athletes who want to go back to the field at the soonest possible time.
  • It has been proven to be effective for millions of people already.
  • There are professional physical therapists that are well-trained to help athletes and non-athletic people alike to return to their healthy form from any injuries.
  • It is an evidence-based practice that gives a lot of benefits.

Procedure during physical therapy

Once you undergo physical therapy, it requires an organized and systematic training to get yourself back in proper form. Training can sometimes be difficult, especially when you are just starting and the pain is still intense and the foot feels a bit awkward. You can alleviate this by:

  1. Basic twitching and stretching exercises that helps in improving your foot mobility and flexibility.
  2. The injured area will be activated and the muscles relaxed through massage by a well-trained therapist.
  3. Strengthening exercises will be given eventually so that the affected area is exercised.

With the extensive and ongoing advancements in muscles and joints’ knowledge, physical therapists and the help of a podiatrist can best help athletes to return to their beloved sports at the soonest possible time with good and healthy feet. At North Jersey Podiatry located in Wayne N.J., we specialize in helping people with foot disorders.  To schedule an appointment call (973) 595-1555.

How to Prevent Running Injuries? -North Jersey Podiatry

Both inexperienced and professional runners are prone to the occasional running injury. Injuries such as runner’s knee, shin splints, plantar fasciitis, and stress fractures can happen to anyone. Runner’s knee and shin splints can be prevented by strengthening the hips and making the hamstrings, calves, and quadriceps more flexible. Plantar fasciitis can be prevented by frequently stretching the calves and ensuring one wears the correct shoes while running. Prevent stress fractures by avoiding overloading the feet.

Running injuries, even with proper precautions, can still occur in many runners. If you are suffering from a running injury, visit Dr. Paul Klein of North Jersey Podiatry. Our doctor will attend to all your foot and ankle needs.

How to Prevent Running Injuries

Many common running injuries are caused by overuse and overtraining. When the back of the kneecap starts wearing out and starts causing pain in your knee, this is commonly referred to as runner’s knee. Runner’s knee is a decrease in strength in your quadriceps and can occur if you’re not wearing properly fitted or supporting shoes. To prevent runner’s knee, focusing on hip strengthening is a good idea, as well as strengthening your quads to keep the kneecaps aligned.

What Are Some Causes of Running Injuries?

  • One cause of a common running injury is called iliotibial band syndrome.
  • Plantar fasciitis is also another common injury.
  • Stress fractures can occur from overtraining, lack of calcium, or even your running style.

Best Ways to Prevent Running Injuries

  • Wear footwear that fits properly and suits your running needs.
  • Running shoes are the only protective gear that runners have to safeguard them from injury.
  • Make a training schedule. Adding strengthening exercises as well as regular stretching can help keep you strong and limber and can lessen the possibility of injuries.
  • Stretching keeps muscles limber, this will help you gain better flexibility.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Northern New Jersey. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs. At North Jersey Podiatry located in Wayne N.J., we specialize in helping people with Foot and Ankle Injuries. To schedule an appointment call (973) 595-1555.

James van Riemsdyk Goes Down with Metatarsal Fracture - North Jersey Podiatry

James van Riemsdyk, Toronto Maple Leafs wingman found himself out for six to eight weeks after suffering from a non- displaced fracture. The team announced that Riemsdyk had a metatarsal fracture and will undergo treatment and rehab.

Metatarsal bones are long bones that can be found between the tarsal and phalanges of the foot. This kind of fracture usually happens when one of these bones are broken or weakened because of thinning of bones. Consult a podiatrist for any signs of a metatarsal bone injury. Dr. Paul Klein is a podiatrist who specializes in helping people with foot pain and other types of foot conditions.

Causes of metatarsal fracture

  • Direct injury to the foot can cause metatarsal fracture
  • Abnormal weight transfer
  • Not enough rest
  • Overpronation
  • Repetitive activities such as swimming, jumping or running
  • Oversupination
  • Overuse
  • Twisting of the foot can also cause a metatarsal fracture

Symptoms of metatarsal fracture

Usually, pain in the foot during exercise disappears the moment the foot is rested. Overtime, rest is not enough to relieve the pain. Swelling and bruising soon appears. The following list is the common symptoms of metatarsal fracture:

  • Pain in the mid/front of the foot
  • Pain worsens when walking or standing
  • Pain that develops gradually
  • The movement of your foot is limited
  • Difficulty putting weight on the injured foot
  • Swelling and bruising
  • Pain and tenderness
  • A snapping or cracking sound at the time of injury

How to treat metatarsal fracture

  • Physical therapy to exercise the injured metatarsal
  • Surgery to repair any part of the fractured bone
  • To limit and reduce swelling, elevation is advised
  • Apply ice immediately after the accident
  • Rest the injured foot
  • Immobilisation
  • Allow your foot to heal by removing all the stress from your foot
  • Using an over the counter drug is advised to relieve the pain

Treatment methods differ for each metatarsal fracture and recovery period ranges from 4 to 8 weeks depending on severity.

Prevention of metatarsal fracture

Foot injuries are very common especially in high-impact activities like sports but there is no shortage of preventing it.

  • Visit a podiatrist to check your injured foot
  • Limit activities to give your foot enough time to heal
  • Wear an appropriate footwear to protect and support the feet
  • Rest to allow your injured foot to recover
  • Slowly intensify the duration of the exercise

Metatarsal fractures must be recognized and treated immediately. Practice these preventive measures and stop stressing your injured foot.  At North Jersey Podiatry located in Wayne N.J., we specialize in helping people suffering from foot problems. To schedule an appointment call (973) 595-1555. 

Sever’s Disease, Child Related Foot Disorders – North Jersey Podiatry

Heel pain is a common complain among child athletes. This is often traced back to a foot condition also known as Sever’s disease. This is a foot condition that is caused by inflammation of tissues surrounding the heel growth plate. Pain in turn is caused by irritated nerves due to increased pressure in the area.

Sever’s disease is common among children because the heels have yet to fully develop. This happens when the heels are constantly exposed to repeated abuse from activities such as running or jumping. Because the heels are still relatively “soft,” it is unable to support the stress generated by sports and other related activities. Consult a podiatrist if you r child experiences chronic heel pain. Dr. Paul Klein is a podiatrist who specializes in helping children suffering from Sever’s disease.

What is Sever’s Disease?

Sever’s disease is a heel-related foot condition common among child athletes. This results from early exposure to sports activities that demand high impact foot movements. Because the heels or heel growth plate in particular is relatively underdeveloped, it is unable to withstand the stress demanded by such activities.

It is still unclear how Sever’s disease develops but it is likely to be caused by the underdeveloped heels constant exposure to stress. It can further be aggravated by not wearing footwear without ample foot and heel support. Children who are overweight can also suffer from Sever’s disease. Because the heels are unable to support the additional weight, activities such as walking or standing could trigger the development of Sever’s disease.

Possible Causes of Heel Pain in Children

Heel pain is not only caused by Sever’s disease. This can also be caused by foot and joint injuries. Consult a podiatrist for accurate diagnosis. It ensures that you are getting the right treatment that addresses the cause of heel pain. Other causes of heel pain include activities that expose the heels to repeated trauma, bone fractures and tendo-Achilles bursitis.

What you should do

Children who experience heel pain should immediately rest their feet and stop any foot-related activity. Wear footwear that provide foot and heel support especially when performing sports activities. Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDS) and pain medications can help ease inflammation and pain.

Sever’s diseases usually goes away as the heels mature. Consult a podiatrist to learn more about Sever’s disease and possible treatment options. At North Jersey Podiatry located in Wayne N.J we specialize in helping children with foot disorders.  To schedule an appointment call (973) 595-1555.