Many people enjoy many different sports.  Some are walkers, some run, some play basketball, football, soccer, lacrosse, hockey, ice skating, skiing, gymnastics, etc. etc. etc.  The list is long of the various sports people enjoy!  Sports are a great way to get our energy out and keep fit.  However, there are common foot injuries that occur from the strain on our feet and ankles due to many of these sports.  What to do?!  Take some easy precautions to begin with, as the fear of hurting one’s feet will not stop most people from engaging in the sports one loves- (nor should it!)

So, there are some smart moves that athletes can make to avoid common foot injuries from happening in the first place!  Many of them relate to choosing appropriate footwear for the specific sport they are engaging in.  Here are some recommendations for appropriate footwear related to the sport you are doing:

  • Basketball, Tennis, and Volleyball:  wear thick, stiff soled shoes that provide support for impact.  They should have high ankle construction that supports the ankle!  They should also be lighter, and have less midsole support (for volleyball).
  • Soccer: wear shoes with a good quality foot-bed, which provides proper support for the arch.  The stud type should be suited for the ground that will be played on most often on: soft, hard, firm, or turf.  The cleats should be molded rubber.
  • Football and Lacrosse:  Appropriate footwear should have a good amount of high ankle support!  They should allow for proper traction on a grassy field (which isn’t always dry!)  It’s a good idea to stay away from hand-me-downs in this case (with cleats) as ill-fitting cleats increase the risk of ankle injuries to the wearer.
  • Baseball and Softball:  Footwear should offer support to prevent arch pain, sometimes customized shoe inserts can help alleviate pain.  It’s a good idea to try “multi-cleats” for kids that are within the 11-15 yr. old range, to avoid heel pain.
  • Running:  Footwear should provide excellent shock absorption to help runners avoid injury.  Footwear should match your foot’s arch type- your podiatrist can measure your feet to let you know what type to look for.  Running shoes should be replaced every 6-8 months or so.

If you follow these guidelines for proper footwear according to sport-type, you will hopefully avoid foot injuries.  However, if you find yourself with a sports-related foot injury (or any foot injury or issue, for that matter), Drs. James Ricketti and Stephen Skokan are here to help.  Call us for an appointment at our conveniently located Hamilton Square, NJ location.

Do your feet hurt?  Is the pain sharp and acute, coming and going when it’s least expected? Or is it constant, dull, and annoying?  Foot pain can rear its ugly head in either of those two forms, and either way it shares one thing in common…It affects the sufferer’s life.  You may find yourself laying around, feeling lazy and unmotivated- when you are normally an active person.  You may make excuses not to go places because you’re worried you will have to walk too much or stand on your feet for too long.   People tend to try to ignore their foot pain, but it often gets the best of them anyway! Stop missing out on the fun because foot pain is plaguing you!

 Dr. James Ricketti and Dr.Stephen Skokan are here to help.  They often see people come to them after suffering from foot pain for way too long.  Sometimes they have had pain for months and months on end. Instead of coming in after a reasonable amount of time, and having the source of the pain identified and treated, they choose to suffer.  It is always sad to see people in this situation.  When you visit our convenient Hamilton Square location, our doctors will diagnose the source of the injury, and formulate a treatment plan to get you back on your feet, literally!  Sometimes it is a simple solution, involving the use of orthotics, or a change in footwear.  Doing ice regimens for a few days can often alleviate swelling and foot pain.  There are many in-office treatments and at-home treatments that can really help get rid of that troublesome pain. 

 Although, sometimes foot pain can be a sign of a deeper, more serious underlying issue.  This is why it is so important to contact us when you are suffering from any condition.  Either way, the problem should be addressed, so your pain in the foot doesn’t keep being a big old PAIN IN THE NECK!  So, call Dr. Ricketti and Dr. Skokan and suffer no longer!     

Athletes depend on their bodies to perform.  And more specifically they depend on their feet.  Sometimes, though, the feet are so overworked they can’t always stay at their healthiest.  Our feet absorb the shock of walking, running, squatting, jumping, etc.!  They also provide the rigid surface from which we push off again and again.  The high stress placed on the feet when an athlete is performing  can cause imbalances in the muscles of the leg, disrupting the tibia and fibula.  When the leg is affected, it stems into the feet, which ultimately results in pain and poor mobility for the athlete. 

Athletes experience various disabling foot conditions, some more severe than others.  Some problems can be treated at home, others require professional help.  At James C. Ricketti, DPM practice, many athletes come in seeking help for various foot issues.  Some common problems that athletes experience are: 

  • Bunions… bunions are seen a lot on older people, yet many athletes suffer from them, because they “push off” from their big toe instead of the ball of the foot, aka “over-pronating.”  Symptoms include pain and tenderness on the big toe, which is exacerbated by footwear that is narrow or pointy at the toe box.  It’s a good idea to wear shoes that have roomy toe areas, use ice and rest to decrease inflammation, and use orthotics.  If you have bunions that continue to plague you, you may want to consider surgery.
  • Turf toe… turf toe occurs from hyperextension of the big toe.  It usually happens to athletes that wear very light, flexible shoes, and who do movements that require forced hyperextension of the big toe which are repeated vigorously.  Symptoms include pain and tenderness at the big toe joint, which sometimes can be symptomatic of a stress fracture.  It’s a good idea to have an x-ray if the condition doesn’t improve.
  • Stress fractures…usually happen from overtraining and/or poor diet.  They are usually seen in the second and third toes.  The symptoms include moderate swelling on the top of the foot, pain when doing any load bearing activity, and tenderness over the middle of the foot.  They are usually managed with ice, avoiding weight-bearing activities, and casting, in severe cases.
  • Plantar Fasciitis…is inflammation and micro-tearing of the plantar fascia.  It happens from over-pronating, and presents itself in the form of pain in the morning, and tenderness along the heel and arch of the foot.  It is important to wear good shoes, and be smart in your training if you suffer from this.  

No matter what your foot issue is, help is simply a phone call away.  Dr. Ricketti and Dr. Skokan are here to help when you are slowed down by a foot problem. The team of podiatric specialists  will take good care of you at their convenient http://www.jcrdpm.com/locations.html">Hamilton, NJ location, and get you up and running before you know it!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Do you notice that your feet seem to sweat all the time? Even when it’s cold out? This is a condition called Hyperhidrosis (or excessive sweating). This condition has a lot to do with how the sweat glands in the feet work… as there are around 250,000 sweat glands in this area, the feet do tendto sweat more than other parts of the body.  However, with a daily hygiene routine that includes washing the feet thoroughly with soap, and drying well, the embarrassment of sweaty feet can be avoided for most.  The problem with Hyperhidrosis is that the exact cause for it is unknown, although it is known that the sweat glands are simply overactive.  Doctors believe the cause can be genetic, stress-related, or exercise/pressure-related (standing on your feet all day). 

As this condition is more annoying than serious, it can often lead to blistering of the feet and Athlete’s Foot.  Excessively sweaty feet can also cause increased foot odor, which can be embarrassing.  This happens because sweaty feet often have bacteria on the skin breaking down the sweat, which is what releases the offensive smell.  Some ideas to help minimize your sweaty-foot condition are: 

  • Follow a daily foot routine, that includes washing with antibacterial soap
  • Apply an absorbent foot powder
  • Wear socks - preferably cotton, or a cotton/wool blend
  • Wear different shoes! Rotate your footwear, and use medicated insoles if possible
  • Wear shoes that fit you well, leather is recommended and breathable

At the office of Dr. James C. Ricketti and Dr. Stephen J. Skokan, we recommend that you come visit us for conditions where normal foot care efforts are not effective, and you are experiencing long-standing issues.  There are such in-office treatments as electrical stimulation and Botox injections for problems that don’t seem to resolve themselves.  We can assess the problem and prescribe a treatment plan that will work best to resolve whatever issue you may be facing with your feet or ankles.  Come visit us at our convenient Hamilton, NJ location.  We are here to help… call us at 609-587-1674 and make your appointment today!

February is Heart Health Month.  Did you know there is a correlation between your heart health and your feet?  Some of you may be saying, “No way! How is there a relation between the two?”  Actually, paying attention to changes in your feet can be early detection clues for high blood pressure.  People with hypertension (high blood pressure) often have a buildup of plaque in their blood vessels.  This condition leads to decreased circulation in peoples’ legs and feet, otherwise known as the condition called “PAD” (peripheral arterial disease).  People who have this, often develop ulcerations in their legs and feet, due to this decreased blood circulation to their extremities.  These ulcerations can even lead to amputations! (YIKES!)

So, not only is it important to have your blood pressure checked on a regular basis, you should pay attention to possible symptoms of hypertension that will exhibit themselves in your feet!  Dr. James C. Ricketti and Dr. Stephen J. Skokan often see patients who visit due to cramping in their feet and legs.  This can happen to people for MANY reasons, however, high blood pressure is one of them. 

A good rule of thumb for when to visit your podiatrist is if you are experiencing any of these symptoms:

  • CRAMPING IN THE FEET (AND LEGS), especially during exercise
  • CHANGES IN FOOT COLOR!
  • SORES ON YOUR FEET OR LEGS THAT TAKE A LONG TIME TO HEAL, OR DON’T HEAL AT ALL
  • CHANGES IN FOOT TEMPERATURE
  • LOSS OF HAIR ON YOUR FEET AND OR LEGS
  • SWELLING IN YOUR FEET AND LEGS (which can be a sign of heart disease)

Come in and see us at our convenient Hamilton, NJ location, and we will conduct a careful examination to determine if your feet, are in fact, exhibiting signals that your heart health is not quite on track.  Be sure to mention to us if you are taking any medications currently for the treatment of high blood pressure, or if you have already been diagnosed with hypertension from your general physician!  This is important to divulge, as some medications that may be prescribed to you for a foot or ankle condition could interact with your blood pressure medications!  So, please, pay attention to your feet, they can be a window into your heart health!  And don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any foot concerns, we are here to help!

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