A doctor discusses disorders of the foot and ankle



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Painful feet present in different forms. If you consider that each stride an adult takes places 900 lbs. per square inch of pressure on the bottom of the feet, combined with some of the high style shoes we wear, plus the hard terrain we walk on, it is almost a certainty that everyone at some time in their life will suffer from some type of foot pain symptom. Be it something simple like athletes foot, or an ingrown toenail to more complicated foot problems like a bone spur, hammertoe, bunion, or pinched nerve, moving all the way up to chronic foot pain like diabetes, arthritis or poor circulation. You have probably heard the saying, "when your feet hurt, you hurt all over."

The purpose of this site is to give a practical discussion on various foot, ankle and lower leg pain, how it occurs and what you can do to alleviate the problem. Many of you will be visiting this site to try and find out what is causing your foot pain, while some of you will be here to get further information on a diagnosis that you have already received from your doctor. Either way I can help.



The difference in this site compared to other medical sites dealing with foot pain is that the information contained here is written in simple, easy to understand language, along with easy to understand diagrams and pictures. Some of the subject matter even contain short video demonstratons. As a practicing podiatrist with over 25+ years in clinical practice....

.... I discuss various foot, ankle and lower leg problems in the same way that I discuss them on a daily basis with my patients; people just like you.

I talk about things that work, make suggestions of things you can try, including some alternative medicine therapies (in certain conditions) and steer you away from therapies and treatments that may not be as effective or in some cases even harmful. south

What you will come to find as you read through the various topics is that many foot and ankle problems are avoidable using nothing more than a little common sense while other seemingly “not so serious” problems can have major catastrophic consequences.

By the way, if you look at the picture to the right and happen to know what it is, contact us.

HOW WE CLASSIFY FOOT DISORDERS



We as foot specialists divide the foot into four systems in order to classify the type of foot pain or foot condition a patient may be experiencing. Regardless of what a patient may present to the office complaining about, these four systems are all generally examined. The four systems we examine include dermatological which includes all skin and nail issues. The next system is vascular which is the examination of the arterial blood flow into the foot and the venous blood flow out of the foot back to the heart. From there we next examine the neurological status of the foot encompassing both sensory nerves which gives you feeling in your feet and motor nerves which controls the muscles and allows the foot to function. Lastly, we take a look at the orthopedic status of the foot which is the alignment of the bones and functioning of the muscles, tendons, ligaments of the foot and biomechanics (the way the foot functions in gait).

Any abnormality of any of these systems may cause foot pain in varying degrees. It is also possible to have problems from more than one system.

SO....LET'S GET STARTED



There are 5 different ways to find answers to your problems on this site.

1. Read my section on my feet hurt which will help you narrow down your particular pain according to the systems I just described.

2. If you know your problem as it has already been diagnosed by a doctor, or is a relatively simple issue, use the navigation bar to the left to learn more.

3. If you are unsure of your problem but know the location, try the "FOOT PAIN FINDER" below.




FOOT PAIN FINDER

If you have come to this site not knowing your specific condition, but only knowing "where it hurts", click the image below which will help you identify your specific symptom.


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4. Another great way to identify your problem or your symptoms is to use the Google Search Box just below. Type in the condition you are looking for, or type in your symptoms such as "painful heel when I wake up in the morning", or "tarsal tunnel symptoms" or "failed bunion surgery". This Google Search Box only searches this site. Chances are your symptoms or condition have been discussed on this site before; chances are many times before as this site is over 1900 pages devoted to foot and ankle pain.


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5. Lastly, if after searching this site you fail to find an answer to your foot or ankle pain then you can always try the ask the doctor section of this site. It is very important that you give a detailed description of your problem along with some information on your medical history, (male or female, athletic or sedentary, overweight, your age, etc.) This information is very helpful in evaluating your question. Not all questions are answered because of time constraints. Questions chosen will be published on this site. In general, questions that will help others in their search for answers, are the ones that are ultimately chosen.

In addition to discussing foot and ankle problems on this site, it is important to understand the role of medication, both oral and topical, in treating pain as this type of medication is prone to overuse and abuse. In general terms, long term use of pain medication is not an answer in treating musculo-skeletal pain. Take a moment to view our section on pain medication where we discuss the proper use of pain medication along with the hazards of overuse of this category of medication.




If you happen to live in the New York - New Jersey area and would like to visit our office, we have two locations:
Marc Mitnick DPM
741 Bloomfield Ave.
Verona, NJ 07044
973-239-8882
and
151 Summit Ave.
Summit, NJ 07901
908-522-0761


To make an appointment online or for directions to our office click here.






DISCLAIMER: The purpose of this site is purely informational in nature. It is not intended to diagnose, treat or cure any medical condition. This information is not a substitute for advice from a medical professional. Please consult your healthcare provider for accurate diagnosis and treatment. The information presented here may be subject to errors and omissions.

SITE LAST UPDATED 07/14/2014



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anonymous




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Colorado


Wonderful advice

by: Anonymous

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