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Tuesday, 25 July 2023 00:00

Causes of Ankle Pain

Ankle pain can affect the ability to complete your daily activities and in some cases, if left untreated can develop into a chronic condition. The main causes of ankle pain include sprains, arthritis, and Achilles tendonitis. Other causes are gout, damage to cartilage, and fractures. If you have broken an ankle bone, seeking immediate medical attention is a must. Other symptoms that indicate a trip to the podiatrist include the inability to bear weight, a deformity developing on the ankle, and pain occurring at night or while the ankle is at rest. Further indicators are pain that persists over a few days, trouble bending the ankle joint, swelling into the calf area, or signs of infection. Treatment options for ankle pain are dependent on the cause and can range from rest to surgery. In many cases, changes in footwear and wearing a brace or other orthotic device will be necessary. Specific stretching exercises and types of medication can help to relieve the pain. If you believe you have injured your ankle, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist for an exam and appropriate treatment. 

Ankle pain can be caused by a number of problems and may be potentially serious. If you have ankle pain, consult with Zina Cappiello, DPM from Dr. Zina B. Cappiello DPM, LLC. Our podiatrist will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Ankle pain is any condition that causes pain in the ankle. Due to the fact that the ankle consists of tendons, muscles, bones, and ligaments, ankle pain can come from a number of different conditions.


The most common causes of ankle pain include:

  • Types of arthritis (rheumatoid, osteoarthritis, and gout)
  • Ankle sprains
  • Broken ankles
  • Achilles tendinitis
  • Achilles tendon rupture
  • Stress fractures
  • Bursitis
  • Tarsal tunnel syndrome
  • Plantar fasciitis


Symptoms of ankle injury vary based upon the condition. Pain may include general pain and discomfort, swelling, aching, redness, bruising, burning or stabbing sensations, and/or loss of sensation.


Due to the wide variety of potential causes of ankle pain, podiatrists will utilize a number of different methods to properly diagnose ankle pain. This can include asking for personal and family medical histories and of any recent injuries. Further diagnosis may include sensation tests, a physical examination, and potentially x-rays or other imaging tests.


Just as the range of causes varies widely, so do treatments. Some more common treatments are rest, ice packs, keeping pressure off the foot, orthotics and braces, medication for inflammation and pain, and surgery.

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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Tuesday, 18 July 2023 00:00

Dance Foot Injuries

Dance is a beautiful art form, but it can take a toll on the dancer’s feet. Foot injuries are common among dancers because of the repetitive and high-impact movements involved. One foot injury that many dancers experience is metatarsalgia or pain and inflammation in the balls of the feet. This condition can result from a variety of things, including excessive flexibility, repetitive stress on the metatarsal bones, improper technique, and inadequate footwear. A dancer can practice prevention techniques to maintain their health and the quality of their performance. Resting and strengthening the muscles on the bottom of the feet often help with inflammation and pain. An example of an exercise that is useful is toe scrunches, which involves pulling a towel across the floor inward with the toes. Adding cushioning to dance shoes and orthotics to regular shoes might reduce the damage this ailment has on the feet. If you are a dancer and are experiencing foot pain, it is suggested that you visit a podiatrist for an examination and treatment.

Sports related foot and ankle injuries require proper treatment before players can go back to their regular routines. For more information, 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.

Sports 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 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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Friday, 07 July 2023 00:00

Stop Your Toenail Fungus

Have you noticed discoloration of your toenails? Have they become thickened or brittle? If so, you may be experiencing symptoms of a fungal nail infection. For some, having a fungal nail can be embarrassing. Overcome your embarrassment, and get treated.

Tuesday, 04 July 2023 00:00

A Corn on the Pinky Toe

A foot corn is a patch of hardened, dead skin on the foot that develops from repeated friction or rubbing. This can happen from wearing tight shoes, spending a prolonged time standing, problems with the shape of your foot or toe bones, or an abnormal gait. Over time, a corn may become raised, and it can become painful to wear shoes and walk. It is common to get a corn on the side of the pinky toe, which can become inflamed, irritated, and uncomfortable. The center of the corn will look like a white spot. As time passes, the corn can appear red, brown, or black from continuous irritation and it can become infected. If you have developed a corn on your pinky toe, you can try soaking the affected foot in warm water so that the skin softens and the dead skin starts to come away from the toe. After soaking and drying the foot, you can try to gently rub the corn with a pumice stone to file off the dead layers of skin. This may take repeated treatments. You can try cushioning the corn with a medicated corn pad which can help dissolve the corn. However, if these at-home treatments do not resolve the corn, it is suggested that you see a podiatrist who can shave or remove the corn so that it has less of a chance of recurring.

If you have any concerns regarding your feet and ankles, contact Zina Cappiello, DPM of Dr. Zina B. Cappiello DPM, LLC. Our podiatrist will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Corns: What Are They? and How Do You Get Rid of Them?
Corns can be described as areas of the skin that have thickened to the point of becoming painful or irritating. They are often layers and layers of the skin that have become dry and rough, and are normally smaller than calluses.

Ways to Prevent Corns
There are many ways to get rid of painful corns such as wearing:

  • Well-fitting socks
  • Comfortable shoes that are not tight around your foot
  • Shoes that offer support

Treating Corns
Treatment of corns involves removing the dead skin that has built up in the specific area of the foot. Consult with Our podiatrist to determine the best treatment option for your case of corns.

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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