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!

Ever have a wart on your foot?  Or hand, or anywhere on your body, for that matter?  No big deal, right?  Well, one would think that would be the case…

However, sometimes warts can be more than just a small annoyance that are easily treated by at-home over-the counter wart treatments.  A common one is: Dr. Scholl’s Freeze Away, for example.  Sometimes warts can be treated by such over-the-counter treatments, and they ultimately disappear- usually after doing a freezing treatment several times.

Although, other times you may not be that lucky.  At the office of Dr. James Ricketti, we treat people that have not had any success getting rid of their plantar warts on their own.   Plantar warts are caused by the HPV virus (human papilloma), which is the most common viral infection the skin gets afflicted with.  These warts are found on the sole or plantar area of the foot.  Plantar warts can be found anywhere in this area, but we usually see patients complaining of them when they are found in areas of pressure and friction. Many times, our patients come in with a plantar wart on a pressure point on the foot, which has stood the test of time (unfortunately!). They are often frustrated with their failed attempts to get rid of the irritating wart.

A mother recently came in with her eight year old son, who had a large wart on his foot, right where the toe meets the foot.  This poor child was in pain due to the size of the wart and the area where it was positioned.  She informed us that they had tried to freeze the wart themselves numerous times over the past month or two. Her son was complaining that his foot hurt whenever he would put his shoe on.  They tried different shoes, but still the same complaint. As warts are viral infections, they are often difficult to get rid of with over-the counter remedies.

At our convenient Hamilton, NJ location, Dr. James C. Ricketti or Dr. Stephen J. Skokan, and their trained staff of professionals can help end the vicious cycle of person against plantar warts!  Win the wart war once and for all, come see us…. After all, warts are for warthogs!

 

P-U!! Is there a repellent smell coming from your shoe?!  Well, it could mean your feet are not getting the circulation/ventilation they need within your shoes.  Some other causes of foot odor are:

  • Athlete’s Foot
  • Poor hygiene
  • Moist or overly warm feet
  • Sweaty feet
  • Tight/ ill-fitting shoes
  • Stress
  • Drug & alcohol use

If you are suffering from foot odor, one of the first things you can do is change your shoes to larger, more ventilated shoes, made of canvas or leather. Not only do ill-fitting shoes cause odor, they are also the culprit of many other foot problems that are much more serious. 

Here are some other helpful tips that Dr. James Ricketti has come across that have helped his patients with the embarrassing problem of foot odor:

  • First, and foremost, clean your feet! Use a good foot scrub & wash for 5 minutes, afterward, dry & apply a hand sanitizer afterward
  • Soak feet in vinegar & alcohol solution, or apply it on feet
  • Use any talcum powder on feet, and in shoes
  • Apply cornstarch on your feet-will prevent excessive sweating
  • Put baking soda on your feet, and in your shoes & sneakers

And, in the event that you need professional help for your feet or ankle issues, Dr. Ricketti’s convenient Hamilton, NJ location is here to help.  Contact us at: (609) 587-1674 to make an appointment.

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