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By South Jersey Foot and Ankle Specialists, LLC
January 06, 2021
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Podiatrist   Foot Doctor  

Your foot doctor in Vineland, NJ can help you have healthy feet
 

The right foot doctor (podiatrist) is an important part of your healthcare team. Your feet are important, but they are also often overlooked. The right foot doctor can make sure your feet are well taken care of, so your feet can take good care of you. Dr. Jeffrey Belancio at South Jersey Foot and Ankle Specialists in Vineland, NJ offers a wide range of foot care services, to help you have healthy feet.
 

So, how do you choose the right foot doctor?

First, you want someone you can talk with, who shares your concerns. Communication is one of the most important aspects of a great foot doctor. You want to feel comfortable talking with your foot doctor about your overall health, and the health of your feet.
 

Second, you want a foot doctor who keeps up with all of the latest information, technology, and other aspects of footcare. Medicine and healing techniques become more advanced quickly, and you want to be sure your foot doctor is giving you the latest information.
 

Third, you want a foot doctor who offers the broadest range of treatments and services. Your foot doctor should be able to provide comprehensive care of your feet, ankles, and toes.
 

Dr. Belancio provides the comprehensive foot care you and your feet deserve. He specializes in diagnosing and treating:
 

  • Toe problems, including toenail fungus, ingrown toenails, and hammertoes
  • Foot problems, including athlete’s foot, arthritis, bunions, diabetic foot care, flat feet, geriatric foot care, and plantar fasciitis
  • Ankle problems, including Achilles tendon strain, ankle sprains, and ankle instability
     

The right foot doctor can help you and your feet function well and feel great. To find out more about foot care services, call Dr. Jeffrey Belancio of South Jersey Foot and Ankle Specialists in Vineland, NJ at (856) 839-0579. Call now!

By South Jersey Foot and Ankle Specialists, LLC
January 05, 2021
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Blisters  
What To Do About BlistersEverything from wearing shoes that are a little too loose to increasing the number of miles you run can leave you dealing with painful blisters on your feet. Blisters can be quite a nuisance, making it difficult to move around, especially when wearing shoes. If you deal with blisters rather regularly here are some simple ways to treat the problem.
 
Keep the Blister Intact

If possible, try to keep the blister intact. Do not try to pop or drain a blister that hasn’t popped on its own. It’s important not to put pressure on the blister, so avoid any shoes that may be too tight. If you’re going to put on shoes, make sure to apply a bandage (some band-aids are designed specifically for covering blisters) to the area first.
 
Keep Popped Blisters Clean

If the blister popped on its own, clean it with warm water soap (do not use alcohol or hydrogen peroxide on the blister). Once the area is clean, apply an over-the-counter antibiotic cream to the area and apply a bandage over the blister. These simple steps can prevent an infection from occurring.
 
Drain the Blister Yourself

You should only drain a blister if it’s very large, painful, or affects your ability to move. In this case, you should sterilize a needle with alcohol and then make a small hole in the blister to let it drain. You may need to carefully squeeze the blister to help it drain fully. Once the blister has drained, rinse out the area with soap and warm water before applying antibiotic cream to the area and placing a bandage over it.
 
Replace Bandages Daily

You mustn’t keep the same bandage on your blister day in and day out. You should check the blister every day to make sure it isn’t infected. You should clean the area daily with soap and water and then reapply another bandage.
 
Of course, if you have diabetes or nerve damage in your feet, you mustn't try to drain or treat the blister yourself. Even something as small as a blister could become infected or lead to serious complications. You should see your podiatrist right away for any blisters that develop on your feet.
 
If you develop signs of infection such as pus, increased redness, or swelling of the blister, you must see your podiatrist right away for treatment. While blisters aren’t usually a cause for concern in most healthy individuals, it’s also important that you practice good foot care to prevent blisters from happening.
By South Jersey Foot and Ankle Specialists, LLC
December 31, 2020
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Toenail Fungus  

Toenail fungus is an unsightly annoyance that can happen to just about everyone. It doesn't go away on its own, and it's very difficult to treat by yourself. So to find out what you can do, get in contact with Dr. Jeffrey Belancio of South Jersey Foot and Ankle Specialists in Vineland, NJ.
 

Toenail Infection

If you have blood circulation problems, diabetes, or a weakened immune system you more likely than most at developing a nail infection.

Those who have it usually also suffer from athlete's foot, a fungal infection but of the skin of the foot.

This fungus lives in warm moist areas and is introduced into your nail through small cracks either on the skin around or on the nail itself.

You'll know you have it if you notice your nail change in color or become noticeably thicker. The infection makes your nail more fragile, easier to crack. It's not often painful unless the infection is severe.


Treatment and Prevention

You can recognize some of the symptoms on your own, but your doctor can properly diagnose your nail for signs of infection.

Toenail fungus can generally not be treated without a prescription of antifungal medicine.

Depending on your individual case, your doctor may need to remove your toenail entirely.

To prevent the return of toenail fungus, because it usually resides in warm and wet spaces, you'll want to avoid walking barefoot in public showers and locker rooms.

Keep your nails short and try to keep your hands and feet dry and clean. So don't confine your feet into footwear for extended periods of time. This is especially true if you've injured your nail.

Contact your doctor for help treating your athlete's foot.


Toenail Fungus Treatment in Vineland, NJ

Don't wait to be rid of your toenail fungus, make an appointment today with Dr. Belancio of South Jersey Foot and Ankle Specialists in Vineland, NJ, by dialing (856) 839-0579.

By South Jersey Foot and Ankle Specialists, LLC
December 16, 2020
Category: Foot Condition
How Rheumatoid Arthritis Affects the FeetRheumatoid arthritis is one of the most common types of arthritis, and it is characterized by joint pain, inflammation, and damage. RA, like other kinds of arthritis, is progressive, which means that symptoms will gradually get worse over time if left untreated. So, how do you know if you might be developing RA in your feet? While a podiatrist can certainly provide you with a definitive diagnosis, here are some telltale signs of rheumatoid arthritis.
  • You experience pain, inflammation, and stiffness in the joints of the foot, particularly the toes
  • You experience aching feet, particularly after activity or long periods of standing
  • Some parts of your foot may feel oddly warm to the touch or may emanate heat while the rest of the foot feels normal
  • The joints of the toes and ankles may swell
Symptoms are often mild at first and you may not even think that you have arthritis. Those between the ages of 30 to 60 are more likely to develop RA. You may notice intense flare-ups that are characterized by bouts of remission (in which you don’t experience symptoms). Do not take these symptom-free moments to mean that you are fine. It’s important to see a podiatrist right away if you are experiencing any of the symptoms above.

What does RA do to the feet and ankles?

Along with painful joints and stiffness, you may also notice other changes to your feet over time. Some of these changes include,
  • Bunions
  • Corns
  • Hammertoes and claw toes
  • Bursitis
  • Circulation issues (e.g. atherosclerosis; Raynaud’s phenomena)
How is rheumatoid arthritis treated?

Since RA is not curable, your podiatrist will focus on crafting a treatment plan that will help to alleviate your symptoms and slow the progression of the disease to prevent severe and irreparable joint damage. Prescription medications known as disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs) are biologics that can reduce inflammation and prevent the progression of the disease.

Of course, there are also lifestyle changes you can make along with taking prescription medication that can also ease symptoms,
  • Warm soaks
  • Custom insoles or orthotics
  • Pain relievers
  • Compression
  • Stretching exercises for the feet
  • Bracing
  • Steroid injections (for targeting severe inflammation)
Surgery is only necessary if there is severe joint or cartilage damage, or if inflamed tissue needs to be removed from around the joint.

Most people with RA will eventually develop foot and ankle problems, which is why it’s important to have a podiatrist on your team that can help you manage your RA effectively.
By South Jersey Foot and Ankle Specialists, LLC
December 02, 2020
Category: Foot Care
What To Do for a High Foot ArchHere’s what you can do to prevent foot pain caused by high arches.

If you have high arches, you may notice them but not experience any problems; however, those with high arches bear more weight on the balls and heels of the feet. Over time, you may develop corns, calluses, hammertoes, painful calf muscles, or foot pain. If you have high arches, a podiatrist can provide you with a variety of ways to support your feet to prevent these problems.

Consider wearing custom orthotics

Orthotics are special devices that are placed inside the shoes to improve stability and to cushion the foot. These devices can reduce shock absorption while standing, walking, or running. While there are over-the-counter orthotics that you can buy, they aren’t specifically designed to fit your feet or treat the issues you’re dealing with.

A podiatrist can provide you with custom-fitted orthotics that can help to support the arches of your feet and distribute weight more evenly among the foot to prevent heel pain and pain in the ball of the foot.

Wear shoes that support your feet

You must be also wearing shoes that can accommodate your high arches, especially if you are on your feet most of the day or participate in physical activities. Those with high arches are prone to stress fractures and ankle sprains, and you must consider shoes that have,
  • A high top that can cushion and support the ankles
  • A spacious toe box that won’t put pressure on the toes or cause irritation to preexisting deformities such as hammertoes or bunions
  • A midsole that has added cushioning to reduce pressure
  • A high-abrasion rubber outsole that will provide more durability (especially important for running shoes and athletic footwear)
If you are prone to Achilles tendonitis because of your high arches you may also look for a shoe that offers a little heel lift, which can take the stress off the Achilles tendon and the arches of the feet.

Talk to your podiatrist about bracing

In some cases, your podiatrist may also recommend bracing the feet and ankles to help stabilize them and provide additional support. If your podiatrist has told you that you also have a drop foot, which means that you have trouble lifting the front of your foot, then bracing may also be a great way to manage this problem and provide a more natural and comfortable gait when walking.

While high arches alone aren’t a cause for concern it can be good to know about potential issues that it can cause along the way so you can take the necessary precautions now to protect your feet. If you are dealing with foot pain or other problems, a podiatrist can help.




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