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Tuesday, 30 January 2024 00:00

Choosing the Right Ankle Brace

Selecting the appropriate ankle brace is akin to navigating a complex landscape, especially given the diverse needs of athletes. Ankle injuries demand tailored solutions, and understanding the attributes of each brace type is important. Sleeves, while the least stable, offer comfort and are suitable for first-line treatment. Straps, popular among athletes, involve cloth straps that create a heel-lock figure-eight, yet their complexity can lead to adherence issues. Stirrups, popular in the 90s, now find use in splints and controlled ankle motion. Lace-ups, the original stable design, have evolved with improvements in functionality and comfort. Hybrid braces, combining features of sleeves, straps, stirrups, and lace-ups, offer both comfort and stability, but come at a higher cost. The choice among these types depends on factors such as the athlete's position, preferences, and the specific injury or condition being addressed. It is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist to find the most suitable brace for you.

Ankle and foot injuries are common among athletes and in many sports. They can be caused by several problems and may be potentially serious. If you are feeling pain or think you were injured in a sporting event or when exercising, 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.

Common Injuries

The most common injuries that occur in sporting activities include:

  • Achilles Tendonitis
  • Achilles Tendon Rupture
  • Ankle Sprains
  • Broken Foot
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Stress Fractures
  • Turf Toe


Symptoms vary depending upon the injury and in some cases, there may be no symptoms at all. However, in most cases, some form of symptom is experienced. Pain, aching, burning, bruising, tenderness, tightness or stiffness, sensation loss, difficulty moving, and swelling are the most common symptoms.


Just as symptoms vary depending upon the injury, so do treatment options. A common treatment method is known as the RICE method. This method involves rest, applying ice, compression and elevating the afflicted foot or ankle. If the injury appears to be more serious, surgery might be required, such as arthroscopic or reconstructive surgery. Lastly, rehabilitation or therapy might be needed to gain full functionality in the afflicted area. Any discomfort experienced by an athlete must be evaluated by a licensed, reputable medical professional.  

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, 23 January 2024 00:00

Progression of Diabetic Foot Problems

Diabetic foot problems associated with diabetes mellitus can affect one or both feet in type one or type two diabetes cases. These issues, often linked to nerve damage and circulatory problems inherent to diabetes, exhibit symptoms over time. Common diabetic foot problems include skin complications and structural foot alterations, foot ulcers, infections, and foot structure changes. The root cause of diabetic foot problems lies in inadequate insulin regulation, as diabetes disrupts insulin production or responsiveness. Elevated blood sugar levels, over time, inflict nerve damage, leading to peripheral neuropathy and hindered blood circulation, resulting in peripheral artery disease, or PAD. Peripheral neuropathy symptoms can consist of numbness, tingling, and diminished sensation in the feet, making ulcer detection challenging. Left untreated, infections can fester due to impaired blood flow, potentially leading to gangrene and tissue death. Early-stage diabetic foot problems often go unnoticed but can be identified by leg pain, numbness, and skin changes. Timely intervention is crucial. Diabetic foot issues progress at varying rates. Untreated complications may entail ulcers, corns, deformities, muscle weakness, and impaired blood flow. Seeking professional treatment for wounds and infections is vital, with treatments like wound dressings, antibiotics, off-loading devices, and debridement. In severe cases, surgical intervention, such as vascular procedures, skin grafts, or deformity correction may be necessary. If you suffer from diabetic foot problems, it is strongly suggested that you schedule regular appointments with a podiatrist to monitor your feet and do all that is necessary to prevent problems from arising and taking care of those that do.

Diabetic foot care is important in preventing foot ailments such as ulcers. If you are suffering from diabetes or have any other concerns about your feet, 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.

Diabetic Foot Care

Diabetes affects millions of people every year. The condition can damage blood vessels in many parts of the body, especially the feet. Because of this, taking care of your feet is essential if you have diabetes, and having a podiatrist help monitor your foot health is highly recommended.

The Importance of Caring for Your Feet

  • Routinely inspect your feet for bruises or sores.
  • Wear socks that fit your feet comfortably.
  • Wear comfortable shoes that provide adequate support.

Patients with diabetes should have their doctor monitor their blood levels, as blood sugar levels play such a huge role in diabetic care. Monitoring these levels on a regular basis is highly advised.

It is always best to inform your healthcare professional of any concerns you may have regarding your feet, especially for diabetic patients. Early treatment and routine foot examinations are keys to maintaining proper health, especially because severe complications can arise if proper treatment is not applied.

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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Tuesday, 16 January 2024 00:00

Triggers of Plantar Warts

Plantar warts, small growths caused by the human papillomavirus, or HPV, are notorious for cropping up on the soles of the feet, bringing discomfort and annoyance. Understanding the triggers behind their occurrence is essential for prevention. The virus thrives in warm, moist environments, making communal spaces like swimming pools, locker rooms, and public showers prime breeding grounds. Walking barefoot in these areas increases the risk of viral exposure. Additionally, cuts or abrasions on the soles create entry points for the virus, facilitating infection. Weakened immune systems, often seen in individuals under stress or with underlying health conditions, make them more susceptible to plantar warts. While direct contact with the virus is the primary mode of transmission, the virus can also be contracted indirectly through contaminated surfaces. Awareness of these triggers empowers individuals to adopt preventive measures, such as wearing protective footwear in public areas and maintaining foot hygiene, to thwart the onset of plantar warts. If you have developed a plantar wart, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist who can offer the treatment method that is best for you.

Plantar warts can be very uncomfortable. If you need your feet checked, contact Anas Khoury, DPM from North Eastern Foot & Ankle Specialists. Our doctor will assist you with all of your foot and ankle needs.

About Plantar Warts

Plantar warts are the result of HPV, or human papillomavirus, getting into open wounds on the feet. They are mostly found on the heels or balls of the feet.

While plantar warts are generally harmless, those experiencing excessive pain or those suffering from diabetes or a compromised immune system require immediate medical care. Plantar warts are easily diagnosed, usually through scraping off a bit of rough skin or by getting a biopsy.


  • Lesions on the bottom of your feet, usually rough and grainy
  • Hard or thick callused spots
  • Wart seeds, which are small clotted blood vessels that look like little black spots
  • Pain, discomfort, or tenderness of your feet when walking or standing


  • Freezing
  • Electric tool removal
  • Laser Treatment
  • Topical Creams (prescription only)
  • Over-the-counter medications

To help prevent developing plantar warts, avoid walking barefoot over abrasive surfaces that can cause cuts or wounds for HPV to get into. Avoiding direct contact with other warts, as well as not picking or rubbing existing warts, can help prevent the further spread of plantar warts. However, if you think you have developed plantar warts, speak to your podiatrist. He or she can diagnose the warts on your feet and recommend the appropriate 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 and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 09 January 2024 00:00

Clubfoot Is a Congenital Foot Condition

Clubfoot, a congenital condition affecting newborns, is characterized by the abnormal positioning of the foot or feet. This condition is present at birth, with the infant's foot turning inward and downward, resembling the club's head. The primary causes of clubfoot are often linked to a combination of genetic and environmental factors. While the exact genetic mechanisms are not fully understood, there is evidence of familial predisposition. Environmental factors, such as intrauterine positioning or limited space in the womb, can also contribute to the development of clubfoot. This congenital anomaly affects the muscles, tendons, and bones in the foot, leading to a tightened Achilles tendon and an imbalance in the surrounding structures. Early detection and intervention are crucial for managing clubfoot effectively. Treatment options may include gentle stretching, casting, and, in some cases, surgical procedures to correct the foot's alignment and promote proper development. If your child has been born with clubfoot, it is strongly suggested that a podiatrist is on your healthcare team who can determine what the best treatment option is for this condition.

Congenital foot problems require immediate attention to avoid future complications. 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.

Congenital foot problems are deformities affecting the feet, toes, and/or ankles that children are born with. Some of these conditions have a genetic cause while others just happen. Some specific foot ailments that children may be born with include clubfeet, polydactyly/macrodactyly, and cleft foot. There are several other foot anomalies that can occur congenitally. What all of these conditions have in common is that a child may experience difficulty walking or performing everyday activities, as well as trouble finding footwear that fits their foot deformity. Some of these conditions are more serious than others. Consulting with a podiatrist as early as possible will help in properly diagnosing a child’s foot condition while getting the necessary treatment underway.

What are Causes of Congenital Foot Problem?

A congenital foot problem is one that happens to a child at birth. These conditions can be caused by a genetic predisposition, developmental or positional abnormalities during gestation, or with no known cause.

What are Symptoms of Congenital Foot Problems?

Symptoms vary by the congenital condition. Symptoms may consist of the following:

  • Clubfoot, where tendons are shortened, bones are shaped differently, and the Achilles tendon is tight, causing the foot to point in and down. It is also possible for the soles of the feet to face each other.
  • Polydactyly, which usually consists of a nubbin or small lump of tissue without a bone, a toe that is partially formed but has no joints, or an extra toe.
  • Vertical talus, where the talus bone forms in the wrong position causing other bones in the foot to line up improperly, the front of the foot to point up, and the bottom of the foot to stiffen, with no arch, and to curve out.
  • Tarsal coalition, when there is an abnormal connection of two or more bones in the foot leading to severe, rigid flatfoot.
  • Cleft foot, where there are missing toes, a V-shaped cleft, and other anatomical differences.
  • Macrodactyly, when the toes are abnormally large due to overgrowth of the underlying bone or soft tissue.

Treatment and Prevention

While there is nothing one can do to prevent congenital foot problems, raising awareness and receiving neonatal screenings are important. Early detection by taking your child to a podiatrist leads to the best outcome possible.

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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Sunday, 07 January 2024 00:00

Can Orthotics Help Diabetic Foot?

Diabetic foot is a common problem in people with diabetes, affecting over one fifth. If not taken care of, it can lead to serious issues such as diabetic foot ulcers, or Charcot arthropathy. To manage diabetic foot problems, changes can be made to shoes, and special devices called orthoses can be used. These shoe changes and orthotic devices can help reduce pressure on the affected foot and make walking more comfortable. Some modifications include using different insole materials, adjusting the heel height, adding a steel shank or rocker sole, and using deeper shoes. Alternatively, a walking brace or ankle foot orthosis can also help by reducing pressure on the affected foot. If you have diabetes, and have foot or ankle problems, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist to discuss orthotics as a helpful option.

If you’re experiencing foot discomfort, have a history of foot and ankle injuries, or are interested in exploring Custom orthotics, don’t hesitate to contact Anas Khoury, DPM at North Eastern Foot & Ankle Specialists. Our doctor is dedicated to offering the care required to help you remain pain-free and stay on your feet. 

What are Custom Orthotics?

Custom orthotics refer to custom inserts designed for placement in different shoe types, including athletic and formal footwear, with the purpose of alleviating a spectrum of foot-related problems such as flat feet, heel pain, and overall foot discomfort. These inserts are instrumental in providing relief and comfort for a diverse range of foot conditions, including heel pain, and can also act as a proactive approach to injury prevention. 

Medical Grade Shoe Inserts: 

A diverse array of shoe inserts is available for addressing foot pain, heel discomfort, and minor issues. For instance, you can place arch supports in your shoes to rectify overarched or flat feet, and gel and cushioned insoles are frequently chosen for the comfort and relief they provide from foot and heel pain by reducing pressure. 

If you have any questions please 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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Tuesday, 02 January 2024 00:00

Elderly Foot and Ankle Problems

Foot and ankle problems are prevalent medical issues, particularly among the elderly, who often suffer from pain, stiffness, swelling, or deformities. Common diagnoses include conditions such as corns, athlete's foot, bunions, flat feet, ingrown nails, and warts. Aging-related muscle mass and loss of bone strength may increase seniors' risk for injuries and fractures, compounded by balance and vision issues. Key foot and ankle injuries in the elderly include ankle sprains, where the ligaments are overstretched or torn, potentially weakening the ankle and leading to arthritis, if untreated. Achilles tendonitis and tears are also common. The Achilles is vulnerable to inflammation and overuse, which can escalate to tears or ruptures, especially with sudden trauma. Ankle fractures are serious injuries from traumatic impact, requiring immediate podiatric attention to prevent complications such as infections. The spectrum of foot and ankle injuries in the elderly ranges from minor, treatable conditions to severe injuries necessitating medical intervention, highlighting the need for attentive care to prevent these issues. If you are elderly and have foot or ankle problems, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist for a proper diagnosis and treatment.

Ankle pain can have many different causes and the pain may potentially be serious. If you have ankle pain, 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.

Ankle pain is any condition that causes pain in the ankle. Due to the fact that the ankle consists of tendons, muscles, bones, and ligaments, ankle pain can come from a number of different conditions.


The most common causes of ankle pain include:

  • Types of arthritis (rheumatoid, osteoarthritis, and gout)
  • Ankle sprains
  • Broken ankles
  • Achilles tendinitis
  • Achilles tendon rupture
  • Stress fractures
  • Tarsal tunnel syndrome
  • Plantar fasciitis


Symptoms of ankle injury vary based upon the condition. Pain may include general pain and discomfort, swelling, aching, redness, bruising, burning or stabbing sensations, and/or loss of sensation.


Due to the wide variety of potential causes of ankle pain, podiatrists will utilize a number of different methods to properly diagnose ankle pain. This can include asking for personal and family medical histories and of any recent injuries. Further diagnosis may include sensation tests, a physical examination, and potentially x-rays or other imaging tests.


Just as the range of causes varies widely, so do treatments. Some more common treatments are rest, ice packs, keeping pressure off the foot, orthotics and braces, medication for inflammation and pain, and surgery.

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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