Drs. Frank Killian and Sameep Chandrani of Mercer-Ocean Podiatry, PC offer treatment for Sesamoiditis. The sesamoids are two small pea-shaped bones located beneath the big toe joint, right in the ball of the foot. They act as a pulley for the tendons, assisting your big toe to move normally. Injuries to this area are often caused by physical activity that requires pressure on the ball of the foot. Learn more about prevention and treatment at our offices in Hamilton Township and Toms River, NJ.

The purpose of the sesamoids isn’t just to assist in movement. They also give you the leverage you need to walk or run. Your sesamoids absorb the weight placed on the ball of the foot during physical activity. Thus, the connection between them and sports. It is an injury due to overuse. Increased pressure in the sesamoids causes chronic inflammation. The pain comes and goes, depending on the level and physical aspects of any activity.

Symptoms of sesamoiditis include tenderness when applying direc…

Morton's Neuroma

Drs. Frank Killian and Sameep Chandrani of Mercer-Ocean Podiatry, PC, treat a variety of different foot conditions, including Morton’s Neuroma. A neuroma is a thickening of nerve tissue that can manifest in a few different places within the body. The Morton’s neuroma occurs in the ball of the foot between the third and fourth toes. It’s often caused by an irritation to the nerve. Learn more by reaching out to our offices in Hamilton Township and Toms River, NJ.

You’re at risk for a neuroma due to a variety of different factors. The biggest is your choice of footwear. Your NJ podiatrists suggest avoiding shoes with a tapered toe box or high heels. Any repetitive movement also leads to irritation. Wear proper footwear when engaging in running or court sports. Injury or trauma can put you at risk, along with certain foot deformities.

At first, your symptoms appear occasionally. You might experience pain when wearing narrow shoes or exercising. They will gradually worsen. Symptoms become co…

Cutting Your Toenails

It may seem basic, but toenail care is an important part of your foot health. Trimming improperly heightens your risk and leads to podiatric conditions. That’s why the staff at Mercer-Ocean Podiatry, PC have put together this helpful guide. Located at two convenient locations in Hamilton Township and Toms River, NJ, Drs. Frank Killian and Sameep Chandrani are feet doctors of the highest tier. This guide helps you through proper feet care. Contact us to learn more.

Proper toenail clipping is necessary to prevent foot issues like ingrown toenails. These nails grow inward, causing pain and possibly infection. Cutting correctly avoids this problem. Before you start, make sure your clippers are the appropriate size. Always clean them before and after with disinfectant.

-First, try to cut your nail straight across. Curved nails are thought to be aesthetically pleasing, but it is not recommended by your NJ podiatrists.
-Don’t cut each nail in one swoop. Make a series of smaller cuts to get the …

A Runners Guide

At Mercer-Ocean Podiatry, we encourage our patients to take the proper steps to prevent running injuries. Your chances of developing injuries greatly increase when you don’t take the right precautions.
Don’t forget to properly stretch before you run, stretching increases muscle flexibility and the joint range of motion. Your body warms up when you stretch and prepares you for running. It is also important to wear the right running shoes which are built for the impact running has on your body. Wearing shoes that are unfit for physical activity is more likely to cause an injury.
After your run is over, be sure to ice your feet and get the right amount of rest. Your body needs time to recover after the strain of running.
While it may seem like you can just roll out of bed and start running, it is extremely important that you prepare your body to prevent injuries and run at the highest level possible.
Mercer-Ocean Podiatry is located in two locations in NJ. Our Mercerville, NJ office can be c…

Tailor's Bunion

Tailor’s bunions are a variation of bunions and are usually located on the outside of your feet and under your smallest toe. Like regular bunions, tailor’s bunions rub against your shoes and can create redness and swelling on your feet.
The common cause of tailor’s bunions are usually by hereditary mechanical issues on your feet and can worsen when you wear shoes that are narrow, unsupportive and high heeled. The bunions can also be caused by bone spurs.
Treating tailor’s bunions depends on the severity of the bunion and the cause. Treatment options can include surgery, injections, padding, custom orthotics for your feet, and different footwear.
We advise patients who have bunions to make an appointment so we can assess the seriousness of the bunion and begin treatment. If the non-surgical treatment options don’t work than surgery may be necessary.
Mercer-Ocean Podiatry is located in two locations in NJ. Our Mercerville, NJ office can be contacted at 609-585-3200. The Tom River, NJ office…

The Benefits of Custom Foot Orthotics

Custom foot orthotics are specifically designed to help with issues you have in regards to walking and foot alignment. Foot orthotics are custom fit and fit perfectly in your shoe to the bones in your feet and your ankles. The orthotics provide stress relief on your feet provide extra support since your feet are responsible for balancing 98% of your body to relieve stress from the rest of your body. Y
The benefits to foot orthotics include support for your arches, even weight distribution, and cushion for your feet. If your feet are in constant pain after walking or physical activity, our doctors at Mercer-Ocean Podiatry encourages you to get custom foot orthotics.
While you can get basic shoe orthotics from your local sporting goods stores, they are not as effective and don’t fit perfectly for your feet. We advise all of our patients to only use custom orthotics made to fit your shoe and your feet perfectly.
Mercer-Ocean Podiatry is located in two locations in NJ. Our Mercerville, NJ of…

Ankle Sprains vs Ankle Strains

When you work out regularly you are likely to experience ankle pain eventually. Rolling your ankle during physical activity is common and can cause ankle sprains and strains. Many people don’t know the difference between the two which are vastly different.
A sprain is when there is a stretch or tear of a ligament that stabilizes and supports your body’s joints. The cause of an ankle sprain is direct or indirect trauma that knocks the joint out of position. Symptoms of an ankle sprain includes pain, bruising, swelling, and inflammation.
An ankle strain is when an injury of a muscle or tendon occurs. Tendons are fibrous cords of tissue that attaches your muscles to your bone. Chronic strains are a result of repeated stress and impact to your muscles and tendons that eventually becomes too much for your body to handle. Symptoms of an ankle strain include pain, muscle spasm, muscle weakness, swelling, cramping, and inflammation.
If you are suffering from ankle pain, please give us a call. Mo…