Tuesday, 11 June 2024 00:00

Foot blisters in children often stem from friction caused by wearing ill-fitting shoes or excessive moisture buildup. Improperly sized footwear can rub against delicate skin, leading to painful blisters. Prolonged periods of activity, especially in hot or humid conditions, can also exacerbate the problem by increasing sweat production, which softens the skin and heightens friction. Additionally, wearing socks made from non-breathable materials can contribute to moisture accumulation, creating a conducive environment for blister formation. To prevent these discomforts, it is vital to ensure that children wear properly fitted shoes with ample room for their growing feet. Opting for moisture-wicking socks made from breathable fabrics can also help keep feet dry and reduce friction. Encouraging breaks during physical activities and teaching children to recognize early signs of discomfort can prompt timely adjustments, preventing blisters from worsening. If your child has a foot blister that has become infected, or if recurring blisters develop, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist who can offer effective treatment and prevention tips.

Blisters may appear as a single bubble or in a cluster. They can cause a lot of pain and may be filled with pus, blood, or watery serum. If your feet are hurting, contact Zina Cappiello, DPM of Dr. Zina B. Cappiello DPM, LLC. Our podiatrist can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Foot Blisters

Foot blisters are often the result of friction. This happens due to the constant rubbing from shoes, which can lead to pain.

What Are Foot Blisters?

A foot blister is a small fluid-filled pocket that forms on the upper-most layer of the skin. Blisters are filled with clear fluid and can lead to blood drainage or pus if the area becomes infected.

Symptoms

(Blister symptoms may vary depending on what is causing them)

  • Bubble of skin filled with fluid
  • Redness
  • Moderate to severe pain
  • Itching

Prevention & Treatment

In order to prevent blisters, you should be sure to wear comfortable shoes with socks that cushion your feet and absorb sweat. Breaking a blister open may increase your chances of developing an infection. However, if your blister breaks, you should wash the area with soap and water immediately and then apply a bandage to the affected area. If your blisters cause severe pain it is important that you call your podiatrist right away.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Clifton, NJ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Wednesday, 05 June 2024 00:00

Have you noticed a bony protrusion on the side of your big toe? If so, you may have developed the foot condition known as a bunion. Don't let bunions interfere with your daily activities.

Tuesday, 04 June 2024 00:00

Ankle sprains and strains are injuries that can significantly impact your mobility and daily activities. A sprain occurs when the ligaments, which are the tough bands of tissue connecting bones at the ankle joint, are abnormally stretched or torn. Conversely, a strain involves similar damage but affects muscles or tendons, which are the tissues that connect muscles to ankle bones. These injuries can result from repetitive motions or a sudden incident, like a twist or fall. Diagnosis by a podiatrist typically involves a medical history review and physical examination, and may include imaging tests, such as X-rays, CT scans, or MRIs. While most sprains and strains heal over time with rest, bracing, and anti-inflammatory medications, more severe cases may require surgery for a full recovery. It is important to manage these injuries properly to prevent chronic pain or instability. If you experience an ankle sprain or strain, it is suggested that you contact a podiatrist who can provide an accurate diagnosis, tailored treatment plan, and guidance on rehabilitation exercises. 

Ankle sprains are common but need immediate attention. If you need your feet checked, contact Zina Cappiello, DPM from Dr. Zina B. Cappiello DPM, LLC. Our podiatrist can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

How Does an Ankle Sprain Occur?

Ankle sprains take place when the ligaments in your ankle are torn or stretched beyond their limits. There are multiple ways that the ankle can become injured, including twisting or rolling over onto your ankle, putting undue stress on it, or causing trauma to the ankle itself.

What Are the Symptoms?

  • Mild to moderate bruising
  • Limited mobility
  • Swelling
  • Discoloration of the skin (depending on severity)

Preventing a Sprain

  • Wearing appropriate shoes for the occasion
  • Stretching before exercises and sports
  • Knowing your limits

Treatment of a Sprain

Treatment of a sprain depends on the severity.  Many times, people are told to rest and remain off their feet completely, while others are given an air cast. If the sprain is very severe, surgery may be required.

If you have suffered an ankle sprain previously, you may want to consider additional support such as a brace and regular exercises to strengthen the ankle.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Clifton, NJ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 28 May 2024 00:00

Running offers a multitude of benefits for both physical and mental well-being. It strengthens the cardiovascular system, improves lung function, and boosts metabolism, aiding in weight management and overall health. Beyond the physical advantages, running also promotes mental clarity, stress relief, and a sense of accomplishment. However, to reap these benefits safely and effectively, investing in good running shoes is vital. Quality footwear provides essential support, cushioning, and stability, reducing the risk of injuries such as sprains, strains, and stress fractures. Proper running shoes are designed to accommodate the unique biomechanics of each individual, offering optimal shock absorption and alignment for a smoother, more comfortable stride. By selecting the right shoes for their foot type and running style, runners can enhance performance, minimize discomfort, and prolong their running journey, ensuring they can continue to enjoy the myriad benefits that running has to offer for years to come. Injuries to the foot and ankle can happen from running, and it is essential the right running shoes are chosen. It is suggested that you contact a podiatrist who can treat foot and ankle injuries, and guide you on what the best type of running shoes are right for you.

If you are a runner, wearing the right running shoe is essential. For more information, contact Zina Cappiello, DPM from Dr. Zina B. Cappiello DPM, LLC. Our podiatrist can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Choosing the Right Running Shoe for Your Foot Type

To increase performance and avoid the risk of injury, it is important to choose the right running shoe based on your foot type. The general design of running shoes revolves around pronation, which is how the ankle rolls from outside to inside when the foot strikes the ground.

  • Neutral runners are able to choose from a wide variety of shoes, including minimalist shoes or even going barefoot.
  • Runners who overpronate, or experience an over-abundance of ankle rolling, should choose shoes that provide extra motion control and stability.
  • Runners who underpronate, or supinate, have feet that have high arches and lack flexibility, preventing shock absorption. They require shoes with more flexibility and cushion.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Clifton, NJ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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