In the world of clothes and fashion, shoes have a very important impact. There are shoes of all shapes, sizes, colors, and styles. High heels, flats, flip flops, clogs, sandals, boat shoes, boots, sneakers and so on and so forth. The number of styles and types of shoes can be overwhelming. Women in particular have the most options to choose from. Many of the shoes they buy are purely for fashion purposes. A lot of women forget that shoes are essential to their foot health. It is okay to wear a cute pair of shoes every now and then, but constant use of the wrong shoes can severely injure a lady’s foot.

High heels can cause a lot of problems for women and their feet. Some workplaces require women to wear high heels as part of their uniform. If a woman has to wear high heels or insists upon wearing them, then she should consider swapping them out for a different type of shoe during break at work. This will allow for the feet to recuperate.

Women can also try “walking” heels. These heels are specifically designed to blend fashion and comfort together. They offer wider toe boxes and reinforced heels for stability. These heels are less likely to cause ankle sprains, bunions, blisters and fractures. Although they sound like the perfect heel, they can still contribute to foot problems in the long term.

Lace-up sneakers are by far, the best option for a women’s daily shoe choice. Not only do they offer ample amounts of support, stability and shock absorption, but there is a far lower risk of foot problems. Sneakers also have good arch support and a wider toe box for optimal fit.

Are you constantly on your feet at the workplace? Do you wear heels every day as part of your work uniform? Are your feet aching or bulging? It is time to see a podiatrist from James C. Ricketti, DPM located in Hamilton Square, New Jersey. Dr. Stephen J. Skokan and Dr. James C. Ricketti will help diagnose your foot condition and assist you in learning about proper foot attire. Call 609-587-1674 or make an appointment online to help. Let us heal your heel problems!

Sports are a great source of entertainment and exercise. They keep people in shape, support communication and teamwork, and allow for a community to come together. Sports are an integral part of life and many people partake in them on a daily basis. Even more people dream of becoming professional athletes or coaching different teams. Sports can be very fun but they can also be very dangerous. Athletes should take proper precautions when partaking in their sport of choice so that they do not over exert and harm themselves. Proper gear should be used and checked regularly. Unfortunately, even with careful planning and consideration, people and athletes alike still suffer from sports injuries. Here are some basic triage tips to get you through until you can see your podiatrist.

First of all, never try to walk off the pain and get back on the field. If you feel pain you should stop playing the sport or stop exercising immediately. If you continue to play or exercise while injured it could cause a lot more harm than good and even result in a longer recuperation time. Some injuries need to be seen by a doctor immediately while others can be treated on your own.

Call a doctor if any of the following apply:

  • The injury causes severe swelling, numbness or pain
  • You cannot bear any weight on the area
  • An old injury starts to hurt again
  • An old injury swells
  • The joint feels unstable or abnormal

If you do not have any of the signs listed above, it may be safe to treat your injury at home. If symptoms persist or get worse, you should call your doctor immediately. While waiting for an appointment try the RICE method.

Rest- rest the injury. Take weight off of it so that the pain and injury does not worsen.

Ice- use ice for 20-minute intervals up to 8 times a day. This will help reduce pain and swelling.

Compression- use ace bandages, an air cast or splint to compress the injury to help reduce swelling and movement.

Elevate- elevate the injured foot or ankle to reduce swelling. Prop it on a pillow as you lay in bed or on the couch.

If you are suffering from a sports injury and need to see a podiatrist, look no further. James C. Ricketti, DPM, located in Hamilton, NJ can help. Dr. Stephen J. Skokan and Dr. James C. Ricketti are both highly trained podiatrists with vast experiences with sports injuries. Call 609-587-167 or make an appointment online today. Your feet are important to us.

 

When choosing socks, there are many different varieties and brands to peruse through. Some socks boast special fabrics while others do not have seams or do not capture moisture. Sock aisles in stores are usually jam packed with options. It can be hard to choose the right sock that fits your need with the overwhelming nature of sock shopping. Here is a rundown on women’s socks and what they are designed to do.

Casual socks

These socks come in all different shapes, sizes and materials. They can be blue, green, red, orange or white and most of the time are made out of cotton, wool, acrylic, or nylon fibers. Sometimes these fibers are blended whilst other times they are not. They also come in crew, ankle and knee length options. Many casual socks have colors, patterns, and designs on them. Be wary of socks with skewed designs, that are unclear, or that have less color. These socks tend to be the lesser quality socks.

Sport Socks

These socks come in multiple size options depending on the sport. They can be knee length, crew, or ankle length. A lot of these types of socks have moisture wicking fabric that help to keep your feet dry longer. Many are made with spandex panels to offer more support and flexibility in the foot. Athletic socks help prevent fungus and athlete’s foot. They are a great option for active people everywhere.

Trouser Socks

This type of sock is knee high. They are made to be worn with dress pants and are often paired with high heels. Some of them are tube style while others are more ribbed. Some come with a fitted heel and some do not. These socks are usually made out of nylon and are prone to getting runs. If they do get a run, the should be discarded and replaced.

Are your socks too thick or thin? Do they keep sliding off of your feet when you exercise? Do they trap moisture and cause blisters? You could be wearing the wrong socks. Call James C. Ricketti, DPM located in Hamilton Square, New Jersey. Podiatrists Dr. Stephen J. Skokan and Dr. James C. Ricketti will help discuss the right type of socks for your needs. Let them help you prevent foot pain and problems down the road. Call 609-587-1674 or make an appointment online today.

As fall starts to roll in, the temperatures start to drop. Many people like these mild temperatures but some have a hard time with them because when it gets cold, their extremities begin to experience pain. The blood vessels in their lower extremities get very narrow and begin to shut down completely. Toes first turn white, then blue, and lastly red once the blood returns to them. This condition affects 5 to 10 percent of Americans but only a small portion of them choose to seek treatment for it. Females are 9 times more likely to suffer from this condition. This condition is Raynaud’s Disease.

Symptoms

The blood vessels in the extremities contract when the temperature drops. This contraction causes a lack of oxygen to the toes and tissue. Toes will feel very cold to the touch and also numb. There could be swelling as the toes turn white, then blue, and eventually back to red gain when blood is flowing as it should be. A painful throbbing sensation can also occur in the toes and feet. The toes are more commonly affected by Raynaud’s Disease but the fingers, lips, and ears can also be affected by this condition. Episodes usually last about 15 minutes in total.

Causes

The exact cause of Raynaud’s is unknown. What is known is that a hyperactive nervous system is to blame for the narrowing of the blood vessels, which is more commonly known as vasoconstriction. It can be caused by normal everyday activities, such as entering a cold place, opening a freezer, or submerging yourself in cold water. Some people who are under a lot of stress will experience these symptoms without the change of temperature.

There are two main types of Raynaud’s Disease. These types are known as primary and secondary Raynaud’s. Primary Raynaud’s is the more common type of the disorder. It affects people and does not come from a secondary medical condition. Secondary Raynaud’s is the result of an underlying medical condition. Both are manageable under the care of a podiatrist.

Some things that are thought to link directly to the cause of this condition are:

Treatment

  • Stay warm
  • Relieve stress
  • Soak your feet in warm water (not hot)
  • Prescribed medication

If you are suffering from any pain or discoloration in your toes, it is important to contact James C. Ricketti, DPM, located in Hamilton Square, New Jersey right away. These symptoms could be due to Raynaud’s or another more severe condition. Dr. Stephen J. Skokan and Dr. James C. Ricketti will help you determine your condition and formulate a treatment plan that is right for you. Call 609-587-1674 or make an appointment online today to get your feet back into tip top shape.

As October strikes, many children are getting ready for Halloween. Some will dress up as vampires, ghosts, and even witches. They will walk around and delight in the festivities of the holidays. Some of them will take part in parties afterwards. When your little one comes home it will be so much fun to sort through candy and relish in the bounty. That is, until they take off their shoes and you discover a wart on the sole of their foot.

Plantar warts typically appear on the bottom of the foot. In the beginning stages of a wart, it appears as if a callus is developing. Over time, however, the thick skin will start to develop into a round wart. The arch area is highly prone to these warts. They can appear anywhere along the sole, including non weight bearing areas.

Cause

Warts are caused by a virus. Usually, they are transmitted via direct contact with the skin. This means, if you walk barefoot on an area that carries the virus, you are more likely to get a wart. Public showers, gyms, locker, rooms and other high traffic areas are breeding grounds for the wart virus. Sometimes these warts can even appear on the top of the foot.

Warts can appear in intervals. Sometimes they can last for days, go away and then come back for months. They are spontaneous and there is no time limit nor limit of number of occurrences.

Treatment

Over the counter wart medicine can sometimes work for top foot warts, but does not usually work for plantar warts. If you try over the counter medication for a top foot wart and it doesn’t work, call a podiatrist so that they can prescribe a better treatment option.

A foot doctor may use excision, freezing, burning, strong acids, or lasers to remove plantar warts. If any of these methods are used, they are done under local anesthesia and are not felt by the patient.

Did your child develop a wart? Is your over the counter wart medicine not working? Call James C. Ricketti, DPM located in Hamilton Square, New Jersey. There, Dr. Stephen J. Skokan and Dr. James C. Ricketti will help rid you of your warts. Call 609-587-1674 or make an appointment online today. After all, warts are for witches, not feet.

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