FNB Blog
By Dr. Helene T. Nguyen
December 01, 2015
Category: Foot Care
Tags: heel pain  

Don’t let heel pain ruin your life. Find out how to nip this problem in the bud!

Have your Hackettstown podiatrists Dr. Helene Nguyen and Dr. Yong Zhu told you that your heel pain is the result of plantar fasciitis? heel painYou may never have heard of this condition before or know how to treat it, but what you do know is that you are experiencing pain and you need to fix the problem fast. Here are some things you can do to ease your plantar fasciitis-related heel pain so you can get back to what’s important.

At-Home Care

Treatment can easily begin at home. While this doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t get a proper diagnosis from your foot doctor in Hackettstown what it does mean is that many patients can find the relief they need without turning to more drastic measures. Here are some ways to alleviate pain:

  • Apply an ice pack on your heel to reduce pain and swelling. Never place ice directly on your foot (always wrap in a towel or cloth) and don’t ice for more than 20 minutes at a time.
  • Perform light exercises. This doesn’t mean that you should hop on the treadmill, but it is a good idea to stretch and flex the plantar fascia tissue to alleviate pain. We would be happy to recommend some helpful stretches that you can perform from the comfort of your home each day.
  • Opt for better footwear that provides good support, particularly for the heel. Talk to us about whether heel cups or custom orthotics could also offer additional protection to alleviate your current symptoms and to prevent future problems.
  • Try to give your feet a break while they are healing. This means keeping off your sore heels until they are feeling better. Remember to perform those light stretches each day and then elevate your foot and take it easy until you are feeling better.
  • If you are looking for temporary relief, try over-the-counter NSAIDs to target pain and inflammation.

Other Treatment Options

Sometime at-home measures just aren’t enough. The next step may be to,

  • Wear a splint while you sleep to help stretch out the fascia
  • Go to physical therapy

Those with more severe symptoms may need more serious treatments like,

  • Cortisone injections to alleviate pain and inflammation
  • Extracorporeal shock wave therapy, which can bolster the healing process
  • Surgery, which is the last option we turn to when all other treatment options have failed

Heel pain doesn’t have to take over your life. Turn to the foot specialists at Feet ‘N Beyond of New Jersey. Call us today!

By Feet n' Beyond of New Jersey, PA
August 17, 2015
Category: Foot Care

Laser Fungal TreatmentLaser treatment from your Parsippany, NJ podiatrist can effectively eliminate persistent toenail fungus.

No one wants to deal with toenail fungus, particularly during the glorious summer months when all you want to do is slip on those sandals and enjoy the warm weather. But if you are dealing with a yellow, unsightly toenails due to a fungal infection then you may be thinking twice about those summer sandals. Find out about laser toenail fungus treatment and how your Parsippany, NJ podiatrist can treat your infection.

About Laser Fungal Treatment

Onychomycosis is the rather lengthy name for the fungal infection that plagues both the toenails and fingernails. Blame the dermatophyte fungus for your thickened, yellow and unsightly toenails. While some patients find relief from their infection with topical treatments, not everyone is as lucky.

This is where laser treatment has been a lifesaver. While not all topical treatments can penetrate deep enough into the nail bed to eliminate the fungus, laser treatment is able to penetrate through the nail and target the infection without affecting the healthy nail or tissue surrounding it. The laser is completely safe and effective at eradicating ongoing fungal infections.

Getting Laser Treatment

When you come in for treatment your Parsippany podiatrists will have you wear protective eyewear before your procedure. Then we will direct the handheld laser at the infected toenail. The heat from the laser is what will kill the fungal infection. This procedure is painless, non-invasive and won’t require anesthesia. One session is usually all that’s required to effectively eliminate your infection and the procedure takes between 30 to 45 minutes to complete.

While laser treatment can be a great option for treating your condition, keep in mind that your toenail won’t become instantly clear. It will still require a couple of months for the nail to grow out healthy. Also, even though this procedure can treat your current infection, your Parsippany podiatrist can’t promise that you won’t experience another infection in the future. Unfortunately, fungus is all around us and while we can take certain measures to protect our feet against infection, this treatment isn’t a cure-all. If you want to find out the best ways to prevent recurrent fungal infections, talk to your Parsippany foot doctors today.

Are you ready to say goodbye to your toenail fungus once and for all? Then it’s time you turned to the experts at Feet ‘N Beyond of New Jersey. Our Parsippany podiatrists Dr. Helene Nguyen, Dr. Yong Zhu and Dr. Vilayvanh Sysounthone will have you feeling more confident in your feet!

By Feet 'N Beyond in Parsippany, NJ
May 07, 2015
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Neuropathy  

NeuropathyNeuropathy is a condition which involves the disease or dysfunction of the nerves, particularly the nerves in the hands, arms, feet and legs. Often caused by diabetes, kidney disease, lupus, physical trauma or alcoholism, neuropathy can be quite painful and debilitating. Parsippany, NJ residents who suffer from neuropathy often cannot even walk in to see the foot doctors at Feet N Beyond without assistance. Some may not be able to walk at all.

Thankfully for those suffering from painful or debilitating neuropathy, a new and exciting treatment is now available at Feet N Beyond: MircroVas.

MircroVas is an electrical stimulation device that delivers an electrical current to specific areas of the body in order to increase blood flow, promote healing of damaged nerves and reduce the amount of pain. The procedure is non-invasive, quick and pain-free. In fact, each treatment generally lasts only 20 to 45 minutes. Patients simply need to sit in a chair while the machine does the work for them. MicroVas may be used in conjunction with other treatment options as well.

Many people who visit a foot doctor at Feet N Beyond in Parsippany, NJ are amazed at just how dramatic the effects of MicroVas can be. While relief may not show up until as late as the fourth treatment, after a series of treatments, many of our patients report significant gains in function as well as a dramatic decrease in pain.

If you are one of the millions of Americans suffering from neuropathy, you don't have to suffer in silence any longer or simply sit by and watch your nerves degenerate altogether. At the first sign of nerve degeneration, call your foot doctors at Feet N Beyond in Parsippany, NJ to obtain a formal evaluation, diagnosis and treatment plan. Neuropathy can be treated with great success, but only if you visit your doctors for treatment. Call today.

By Dr. Helene T. Nguyen
February 18, 2015
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Diabetic Foot Care  

Learn how to care for your feet to prevent diabetic-related foot problems.

If you’ve been diagnosed with diabetes then you’ve probably already heard all the different complications that can arise with this Diabetic Foot Carechronic condition. Even if your diabetes is controlled with medication you will still need to take extra precautions to ensure that your feet remain healthy and injury-free. Since foot complications are fairly common in those with diabetes it’s important to protect yourself. After all, prevention is key to maintaining healthy feet. Your Parsippany, NJ foot doctor shares some of the best ways to care for your feet:

Examine feet daily: While this might seem excessive you won’t know whether changes in your foot occur unless you know what they look and feel like each day. Take a couple minutes to inspect your feet for redness, sores, inflammation or toenail problems. While some foot problems cause pain not all of them will, particularly if you also have been diagnosed with neuropathy or have loss of feeling in your limbs. That’s why it’s vitally important to thoroughly check your feet daily to prevent complications.

Wash feet each day: This may seem like a given but there are some handy ways to wash your feet to protect them from injury or problems. First and foremost, opt for warm but not hot water so you don’t risk burns. Also, it’s important not to soak you feet for too long. After washing your feet dry them off thoroughly, ensuring that you also dry between the toes to prevent infection.

Trim toenails routinely: While you don’t have to clip toenails every day, try to keep them trimmed and short as much as possible to prevent issues. The best time to clip toenails is after washing your feet. Never cut toenails too short and always cut them straight across. Cutting toenails too short or at an angle can result in an ingrown toenail.

Always wear protection: If you have diabetes we always recommend wearing shoes or socks. Even walking around barefoot indoors can leave your foot prone to injury. Whether you are inside or outside you should opt for some kind of protection. Choose shoes that fit properly and offer enough room for your toes so there is no friction between the shoes and your feet.

If you are experiencing any diabetic foot issues or new symptoms, see your Parsippany, NJ foot doctor as soon as possible. After all, research has shown that including your podiatrist in your diabetic care can actually reduce the chances of lower limb amputation by as much as 85 percent, and reduce your chance of hospitalization due to diabetes-related complications by up to 24 percent. Call to schedule your next visit to Feet ‘N Beyond.

By htnguyen@feetnbeyond.com
January 13, 2015
Category: Uncategorized
Tags: Untagged

 

Our Doctors and Staff would like 
to wish you and your loved ones a
Happy Holiday Season!
In observing the holidays, our office holiday hours are as followed:
Hackettstown - Wednesday, Dec. 24 10AM - 2PM
Hackettstown - Wednesday, Dec. 31 10AM - 2PM
We are closed on Christmas Day (Dec. 25th) Friday (Dec. 26th) 
Saturday (Dec. 27th) & New Year's Day (Jan. 1st)
We will resume our regular hours on Friday (Jan. 2nd)
 
 

 





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