Devin Coleman, a player for the Clemson University basketball team, will be out for the 2012-2013 season due to an Achilles tendon injury. The rising sophomore guard tore his Achilles tendon during a practice drill. Coleman had just recovered from a hip/groin injury, and now will be out for the rest of the season due to this new injury. 

Bouncing back from a foot injury is no small feat, and requires time to rehab the foot back to full strength. Podiatrists like Dr. James Ricketti at his practice, provide Achilles tendon care and allow you to rehab your injury quickly and efficiently with the latest treatment options, making the entire process a manageable ordeal.

What is the Achilles Tendon?

The Achilles tendon is a tendon that connects the lower leg muscles and calf to the heel of the foot. It is the strongest tendon in the human body, and is essential for making movement possible. Because this tendon is such an integral part of the body, any injuries to it can cause severe difficulties and should immediately be presented to a doctor.

What are the symptoms of an Achilles Tendon Injury?

The most common injuries to the Achilles tendon are ruptures and Achilles tendinitis. Tendinitis is the milder of the two injuries.

Achilles Tendinitis Symptoms
- Inflammation
- Dull to Severe Pain
- Increased blood flow to the tendon
- Thickening of the tendon

Achilles Rupture Symptoms
- Extreme pain and swelling in the foot
- Total immobility

Treatment and Prevention

Achilles tendon injuries are diagnosed by a thorough physical evaluation. Often the doctor will order an MRI to confirm the diagnosis. Treatment will involve rest, physical therapy, and in some cases, surgery. However, various preventative measures can be taken to avoid these injuries, such as:

- Thorough stretching of the tendon before and after exercise
- Strengthening exercises like calf raises, squats, leg curls, leg extensions, leg raises, lunges, and leg presses
- Well-fitting shoes
- A healthy diet

It is very important to seek out a podiatrist if you believe you have an injury in the Achilles region, because further damage could result in severe complications that would make being mobile difficult, if not impossible.

If you have any questions, please contact our office located Hamilton, NJ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot complications.

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Archie Barker, 13, will be tossing the coin to decide whether Serena Williams or Agnieszka Radwanska will be serving first at Wimbledon. Barker, who was born with clubfoot, had to learn how to walk with a cast before his operation took place at age seven. “Tossing the coin before the final is like a dream come true,” states Archie.

Podiatrists like Dr. James Ricketti at his practice can help find solutions for those who have clubfoot or need medical attention regarding foot and ankle care.

Clubfoot in Newborns

Clubfoot is a congenital disorder that can occur in 1 of 1,000 births per year. There are different causes for clubfoot; usually they occur as a result of genetics and pregnancy related complications, such as the position of the baby’s food in the womb or an overall disorder of the connective tissues during pregnancy. The abnormalities can be recognized during ultrasounds as early as the 20th week of pregnancy.

Treatment for Clubfoot

- Treatment involves reshaping the foot through surgery.
- Feet are moved into their correct position and placed into casts to ensure that it adjusts.
- Follow ups are necessary to stretch and re-cast the feet, and typically are done for 5-10 weeks as needed.

Non-Surgical Treatment

- Botox can be injected into the calf and weaken the Achilles tendon which allows the ankle to go back into a normal position.

After effects

Children who undergo treatment have not shown any further issues with their feet. Children born with a clubfoot should be able to walk, run, play sports, and wear normal shoes as they grow. Popular athletes who have overcome their childhood clubfeet include Kristi Yamaguchi, Mia Hamm, and Troy Aikman. There is always hope to overcome this condition with the right treatment.

If you have any questions, please our office which is located Hamilton, NJ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot complications.

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Dave Jones from Towyn, Conwy UK, ‘woke up one morning to discover that diabetes- related gangrene had turned his foot black overnight,’ he mentioned to BBC in an interview. He was told that he would lose his leg. However, with the help of skin grafts from his thigh onto his injured foot Jones was able to escape the unimaginable.

Jones states: "I was so lucky, but even so, my recovery was slow, painful, and completely avoidable in the first place. I've been given another chance.” Dr. James Ricketti at James C. Ricketti, DPM, will assist patients with diabetes and will answer all your questions regarding foot care.  

Diabetic Foot Care

Diabetes is a serious condition which can cause nerve damage and decrease blood flow to the feet. Therefore, diabetics who suffer foot related issues are more prone to infection. It is important to remember not to smoke, and refrain from drugs which thin out the blood.

If a diabetic encounters a problem with their feet, in extreme cases it can lead to amputation. There are several ways to keep your feet looking healthy and great:

  • Wash them daily
  • Keep feet dry & warm
  • Refrain from tight socks
  • Wear comfortable dry shoes

Feet should remain protected daily. Diabetics should never walk around bare foot. Small cuts or minor injuries can lead to big risks and cause serious issues. If a diabetic ever experiences pain or swelling of the feet, it is recommended that a podiatrist looks at it right away.   

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our two offices which are located in Hamilton Square, NJ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Ken Howell, pitching coach for the LA Dodgers, was hospitalized for foot problems related to his diabetes. His condition required another surgery, his second of the year.  The first surgery took place at the beginning of the season because of an infected blister.

Complications associated with diabetes are one reason why people may need foot surgery aside from injury.  Speaking to a podiatrist, like Dr. James Ricketti at his practice, can give you a better understanding of what might go into foot surgery.  

Foot Surgery

Foot surgery is necessary in events where regular therapy is shown to be ineffective. Surgeons often use foot surgery as a last option because of its invasive nature. In most cases, physical therapy, medication, rest, exercise, and casts can help to heal a foot injury.

However, sometimes you might need to have surgery done without ever having an injury. Foot surgery can be used to correct a birth defect or deformity or be used for reconstructive purposes. Foot surgery is designed to improve the quality of your feet and to help you get back on track with your life.

In extreme cases where the foot cannot be saved, or is beyond repair and is hindering the health of nearby parts of the body, amputation may be necessary. Again, this is the last option a surgeon would choose; the main goal would be to save the foot.

As technology becomes increasingly better, podiatric surgery yields better results and many surgeries contain procedures that are less invasive, but still allow for successful surgeries.

If you have any questions, please our office which is located Hamilton, NJ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot complications.

Its summer time and most people want to beat the heat wearing minimal clothing, along with flip-flops. Foot surgeon Dr. Gary Stewart with Resurgens Orthopedics states wearing flip-flops is okay, but only to lounge around in.

Dr. Stewart states flip-lops don’t offer support, and provide zero stability. Often times, patients seek advice of what is appropriate to wear for their feet during the dog days of summer. With the help of Dr. James  Ricketti at James C. Ricketti, DPM, will assist you with your needs for healthy feet function.  

When the weather starts warming up, people enjoy wearing flip-flops.  These shows are perceived as comfortable and are often the stylish alternative during the warmer months.  However, these shoes can cause harm to the feet.

How Can Flip-Flops Affect Me Long-Term?

  • Ankle problems
  • Hip problems
  • Lower back problems
  • Pain in the balls of the feet
  • Problems with foot arches
  • Changes in the way you walk

Are there injuries associated with flip-flops?
Yes.  Since flip-flops are relatively weak and do not provide the same amount of support as sneakers, people who wear flip-flops are more susceptible to injuries and other ailments due to the open nature of the shoes.  Common injuries and ailments include:

  • Sprained ankles
  • Blisters
  • Infections
  • Cuts and Scrapes

I like wearing flip-flops, are there safe alternatives?
When buying flip-flops, try to find ones that have sturdy soles, high quality soles to support your feet properly.  These flip-flops will cost more, but will also last longer; make sure you are purchasing your flip-flops from a respected brand. Replacing your flip-flops every 3-4 months is suggested to provide maximum support and protection for your feet. Also, avoid wearing flip-flops daily or for extended periods of time. 

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our two offices which are located in Hamilton Square, NJ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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