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Tuesday, 29 August 2023 00:00

Facts About Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis is the most commonly reported cause of heel discomfort. This condition targets the plantar fascia, which is a broad ligament that extends from the heel to toes. When it is overused, such as from running for long periods of time, tiny tears can result. This leads to irritation and inflammation and ultimately causes heel pain. The discomfort is more intense in the early morning, but can gradually subside as the day progresses due to the warming and stretching effects on the fascia. Problems with the foot's structure, such as flat feet or high arches, can contribute to plantar fasciitis, but its most common cause is repetitive use. It also can result from prolonged standing or wearing unsupportive footwear. Performing certain stretching exercises, refraining from walking barefoot, wearing appropriate footwear, and periodically resting the feet can help to alleviate the pain. An effective simple morning exercise involves flexing the foot ten times before getting out of bed, or after sitting for an extended period of time. In cases of persistent pain, custom orthotics for cushioning and night splints may be introduced. In more extreme scenarios, corticosteroid injections can offer pain relief. For help in managing the pain of plantar fasciitis, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist. 

Plantar fasciitis is a common foot condition that is often caused by a strain injury. If you are experiencing heel pain or symptoms of plantar fasciitis, contact Anas Khoury, DPM from North Eastern Foot & Ankle Specialists. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common causes of heel pain. The plantar fascia is a ligament that connects your heel to the front of your foot. When this ligament becomes inflamed, plantar fasciitis is the result. If you have plantar fasciitis you will have a stabbing pain that usually occurs with your first steps in the morning. As the day progresses and you walk around more, this pain will start to disappear, but it will return after long periods of standing or sitting.

What Causes Plantar Fasciitis?

  • Excessive running
  • Having high arches in your feet
  • Other foot issues such as flat feet
  • Pregnancy (due to the sudden weight gain)
  • Being on your feet very often

There are some risk factors that may make you more likely to develop plantar fasciitis compared to others. The condition most commonly affects adults between the ages of 40 and 60. It also tends to affect people who are obese because the extra pounds result in extra stress being placed on the plantar fascia.


  • Take good care of your feet – Wear shoes that have good arch support and heel cushioning.
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • If you are a runner, alternate running with other sports that won’t cause heel pain

There are a variety of treatment options available for plantar fasciitis along with the pain that accompanies it. Additionally, physical therapy is a very important component in the treatment process. It is important that you meet with your podiatrist to determine which treatment option is best for you.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Passaic, NJ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.


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Friday, 25 August 2023 00:00

Heel Pain Can Be Treated!

Do you suffer from heel pain when you get up in the morning? If so, you should seek the professional help of your podiatrist and have a proper diagnosis performed. Heel pain can be caused by several different foot-related conditions.

Tuesday, 22 August 2023 00:00

Wound Debridement

The removal of dead or infected skin tissue is known as debridement. This procedure also eliminates foreign materials from tissue. Debridement promotes the growth of healthy tissue, minimizes scarring, and reduces infection complications. Not all wounds require debridement. It is typically used for non-healing old wounds, chronically infected wounds, or those at risk of infections. Severe or new wounds might also need debridement. The choice of debridement depends on factors like wound type, age, overall health, and risk for complications. Methods include biological debridement using sterile maggots, enzymatic debridement with ointments, autolytic debridement harnessing the body's enzymes, and mechanical debridement as the most common approach. Sharp debridement, both conservative and surgical, involves cutting off unhealthy tissue. Recovery varies but typically takes 6 to 12 weeks. Careful wound management, including regular dressing changes and hygiene, is crucial. Although complications are possible, debridement's benefits often outweigh the risks. If you have a foot wound that persists or appears infected, it is strongly suggested that you see a podiatrist for immediate treatment, which might include debridement.

Wound care is an important part in dealing with diabetes. If you have diabetes and a foot wound or would like more information about wound care for diabetics, consult with Anas Khoury, DPM from North Eastern Foot & Ankle Specialists. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

What Is Wound Care?

Wound care is the practice of taking proper care of a wound. This can range from the smallest to the largest of wounds. While everyone can benefit from proper wound care, it is much more important for diabetics. Diabetics often suffer from poor blood circulation which causes wounds to heal much slower than they would in a non-diabetic. 

What Is the Importance of Wound Care?

While it may not seem apparent with small ulcers on the foot, for diabetics, any size ulcer can become infected. Diabetics often also suffer from neuropathy, or nerve loss. This means they might not even feel when they have an ulcer on their foot. If the wound becomes severely infected, amputation may be necessary. Therefore, it is of the upmost importance to properly care for any and all foot wounds.

How to Care for Wounds

The best way to care for foot wounds is to prevent them. For diabetics, this means daily inspections of the feet for any signs of abnormalities or ulcers. It is also recommended to see a podiatrist several times a year for a foot inspection. If you do have an ulcer, run the wound under water to clear dirt from the wound; then apply antibiotic ointment to the wound and cover with a bandage. Bandages should be changed daily and keeping pressure off the wound is smart. It is advised to see a podiatrist, who can keep an eye on it.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Passaic, NJ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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A plantar fibroma is a benign and non-cancerous growth that forms on the thick band of tissue on the bottom of the foot known as the plantar fascia. These fibromas typically develop slowly and are often painless, but they can cause discomfort or pain when pressure is applied. The exact cause of plantar fibromas is not fully understood, but they are thought to be related to genetic factors or trauma to the foot. Treatment for plantar fibromas depends on their size and the level of discomfort they cause. Non-surgical options such as orthotics, or corticosteroid injections may help to alleviate symptoms. However, in more severe cases, surgical removal of the fibroma may be necessary to relieve pain and restore foot function. Early diagnosis and intervention are essential to effectively manage plantar fibromas and prevent complications. If you have a growth on the bottom of your foot, it is suggested that you confer with a podiatrist who can diagnose a plantar fibroma, and offer treatment options that are correct for you.

A plantar fibroma may disrupt your daily activities. If you have any concerns, contact Anas Khoury, DPM of North Eastern Foot & Ankle Specialists. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Plantar Fibroma

A plantar fibroma is a fibrous knot in the arch of the foot. It is embedded in the plantar fascia which is a band of tissue that extends from the heel to the toes along the bottom of the foot. There can be multiple plantar fibromas in the feet at the same time. There are no known causes for this condition. If you have a plantar fibroma, there will be a bump in the arch of your foot that cannot be missed. Any associated pain is most often due to a shoe rubbing against the nodule. Non-surgical options, such as steroid injections, physical therapy, and orthotics should be tried first. Surgery is a last resort and is the only thing that will remove a plantar fibroma entirely. Consult with a podiatrist for a proper diagnosis and to determine the treatment regimen that is right for you.

What Causes a Plantar Fibroma?

While there are no specific causes identified, a plantar fibroma can possibly come from genetic predisposition or the formation of scar tissue that forms from healing the tears in the plantar fascia.

What Are the Symptoms of a Plantar Fibroma?

There will be a noticeable lump in the arch of the foot that may or may not cause pain. If pain is felt, it is typically because a shoe is rubbing up against the lump or when walking or standing barefoot.

Treatment and Prevention

A plantar fibroma will not disappear without treatment, but it can get smaller and be a non-issue. If pain persists, a podiatrist examines the foot and when the arch of the foot is pressed, pain can be felt down to the toes. An MRI or biopsy might be performed to help diagnose or evaluate the plantar fibroma. The following non-surgical options are generally enough to reduce the size and pain of these nodules:

  • Steroid injections
  • Orthotics
  • Physical therapy to help apply anti-inflammatory creams on the bump 

Surgery is considered if the mass increases in size and the patient continues to feel pain after non-surgical methods are tried.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Passaic, NJ . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 08 August 2023 00:00

Causes and Effects of Morton’s Neuroma

Morton's neuroma is a painful condition that affects the nerves in the foot, specifically between the third and fourth toes. The causes of this condition can be attributed to various factors, such as wearing tight, narrow shoes that compress the toes as well as high heels which increase pressure on the forefoot. Additionally, Morton's neuroma may occur from performing repetitive activities that strain the nerves. Mild relief may be found when the shoes that are worn have a wide-toe box and low heels. Wearing specific types of orthotics may be beneficial in alleviating pain and redistributing pressure. Resting the affected foot as often as possible is important to promote healing. If symptoms persist, it is suggested that you contact a podiatrist for a proper diagnosis and a personalized treatment plan to effectively manage Morton's neuroma.

Morton’s neuroma is a very uncomfortable condition to live with. If you think you have Morton’s neuroma, contact Anas Khoury, DPM of North Eastern Foot & Ankle Specialists. Our doctor will attend to all of your foot care needs and answer any of your related questions.  

Morton’s Neuroma

Morton's neuroma is a painful foot condition that commonly affects the areas between the second and third or third and fourth toe, although other areas of the foot are also susceptible. Morton’s neuroma is caused by an inflamed nerve in the foot that is being squeezed and aggravated by surrounding bones.

What Increases the Chances of Having Morton’s Neuroma?

  • Ill-fitting high heels or shoes that add pressure to the toe or foot
  • Jogging, running or any sport that involves constant impact to the foot
  • Flat feet, bunions, and any other foot deformities

Morton’s neuroma is a very treatable condition. Orthotics and shoe inserts can often be used to alleviate the pain on the forefront of the feet. In more severe cases, corticosteroids can also be prescribed. In order to figure out the best treatment for your neuroma, it’s recommended to seek the care of a podiatrist who can diagnose your condition and provide different treatment options.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Passaic, NJ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Tuesday, 01 August 2023 00:00

Swollen Feet Are a Normal Part of Pregnancy

One of the most common ailments women can have during their pregnancy is swollen feet. The medical term for swollen feet is edema, which can happen for many reasons. Gravity plays a role in this condition, in addition to the extra fluids the body produces to house the growing baby. Pregnancy causes pressure from the uterus on the pelvic veins and affects the large vein on the right side of the body. This vein returns the blood from the lower limbs to the heart, which may cause swollen feet. It may worsen if temperatures are warm outside or if a large amount of sodium is included in the diet. Additionally, there is a pregnancy hormone called relaxin that loosens the ligaments, which allows the bones to spread out for eventual delivery. The feet are no exception to widening, and many women must purchase larger shoes. If you have questions about why your feet become swollen during pregnancy, it is suggested that you consult with a podiatrist.

Pregnant women with swollen feet can be treated with a variety of different methods that are readily available. For more information about other cures for swollen feet during pregnancy, consult with Anas Khoury, DPM from North Eastern Foot & Ankle Specialists. Our doctor will attend to all of your foot and ankle needs.

What Foot Problems Can Arise During Pregnancy?

One problem that can occur is overpronation, which occurs when the arch of the foot flattens and tends to roll inward.  This can cause pain and discomfort in your heels while you’re walking or even just standing up, trying to support your baby.  

Another problem is edema, or swelling in the extremities. This often affects the feet during pregnancy but tends to occur in the later stages. 

How Can I Keep My Feet Healthy During Pregnancy?

  • Wearing orthotics can provide extra support for the feet and help distribute weight evenly
  • Minimize the amount of time spent walking barefoot
  • Wear shoes with good arch support
  • Wear shoes that allow for good circulation to the feet
  • Elevate feet if you experience swelling
  • Massage your feet
  • Get regular, light exercise, such as walking, to promote blood circulation to the feet

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Passaic, NJ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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