Do you feel a sharp pain in your foot when you stand on tiptoe? Chances are you have metatarsalgia, or in other words, the ball of your foot has become inflamed. Although this is not a serious condition, it can definitely make it difficult to complete day to day activities. We at Mercer-Ocean Podiatry, PC provide treatment for an array of ailments, including metatarsalgia. Your New Jersey podiatrist wants to make sure your problem is treated quickly and efficiently so that you can go back to doing the things you need to do, pain-free!

Symptoms of metatarsalgia include a sharp, aching, or burning pain in your foot, numbness or tingling in your toes, a feeling that there’s a pebble in your shoe, and pain that worsens over time. If pain lasts longer than a few days, it’s recommended that you see your podiatrist at Mercer-Ocean Podiatry, PC to make sure that there isn’t something more serious going on. 

Some causes of metatarsalgia include:

- Certain foot shapes
- Stress fractures
- Intense ac…

Foot Fungus

Also known as onychomycosis, foot fungus is specifically a fungal infection of the toenails. It causes toenails to become brittle and distorted, thicken, turn yellow, and emanate a foul smell. Foot fungus has the ability to cause a whole host of other problems, including uncomfortable mobility. We at Mercer-Ocean Podiatry, PC have the expertise to help you or someone you know with various foot problems. Your New Jersey podiatrist is dedicated to getting you on the road to treatment for a pain-free life. 

Foot fungus comes in varying degrees of severity. Sometimes treatment isn’t required if it doesn’t bother you. However, for severe cases, relief can only be achieved by a podiatrist’s treatment. The frustrating thing about foot fungus is that even if treatment is successful, nail fungus often comes back. There are a few risk factors to be aware of, some in your control and some not:

-History of athlete’s foot
-Sweating a lot
-Diabetes causes circulation problems and a weakened immune syst…

Soccer Injuries in Youth Sports

Are you concerned about your children staying safe while playing sports? If so, we at Mercer-Ocean Podiatry, PC can provide crucial diagnostics and post-injury care. Recently, the American Academy of Pediatrics released a study on soccer injuries in children and adolescents. They found that, although soccer is a good way for children to get exercise, there are some particular risks for the lower limbs that parents and athletes should take precautions against.
Soccer is the second-most common sport to result in severe injuries among girls and the fourth most common among boys. Ankle strains and sprains were among the most common reported injury types, and most of them were acute injuries resulting from contact with other players. However, overuse injuries are a possibility and are more common among girls. Young players are also at risk of developing apophysitis, which means inflammation of the growth plates between bones. Stress fractures are uncommon but account for over a fourth of em…

Peripheral Nerve and Artery Damage

A podiatrist is one of the most important members of a diabetic patient’s care team. Our experienced doctors at Mercer-Ocean Podiatry, PC have helped hundreds of people to keep their lower limbs in good working condition, and we’re sensitive to the particular ways in which diabetes impacts someone’s lifestyle. People with diabetes are at elevated risk for damage to their peripheral nerves and arteries, meaning they have to take additional precautions against foot injuries.
When a person has diabetes, their body struggles to process blood sugar. The sugar tends to accumulate in their lower limbs, where it causes damage to nerves and arteries. Although this causes pain or tingling in some people, it can also make them less sensitive to problems in their feet. This is especially concerning because damage to arteries prevents the feet from getting enough nutrition and immune system support, making it more difficult for them to recover from infections.
People with diabetes need to visually a…

Prevent Stress Fractures

Are you a soccer or basketball player? Did you know that stress fractures are common in sports with constant running? The repetitive activity can cause a small crack or bruise on your foot bone. Stress fractures can also occur when someone changes their activity, such as running on a treadmill to running outdoors. We at Mercer-Ocean Podiatry, PC realize that things happen, no matter how much you prepare your body for physical activity. We are dedicated to treating your sports injury as quickly as we can, so that you can get back on the court. 

The sudden increase or change in physical activity are causes of stress fractures and include poor conditioning, improper technique, change in surface, and using improper equipment. Certain medications and pre-existing conditions can make individuals more susceptible to stress fractures, such as the bone insufficiency that comes with osteoporosis. Stress fractures are also more common during the winter, since the body is deprived of the sun’s vit…

Plantar Fasciitis

Do you have heel pain? If so, then you might have plantar fasciitis, which is the most common culprit of heel pain. This condition involves the band of tissue that runs across the bottom of your foot and connects to your heel bone and toes, to become inflamed. The stabbing pain that comes with plantar fasciitis affects your day to day routine, where even the simplest tasks cause discomfort. We at Mercer-Ocean Podiatry, PC take pride in assisting our patients in the treatment of their foot problems. You shouldn’t have to live in pain! Your New Jersey podiatrist can help.

Plantar fasciitis is typically caused by overstressing the bowstring that supports the arch of your foot, though a clear cause isn’t really known. With this kind of condition, rest is the key to finding relief. Stretching or exercising with plantar fasciitis can actually worsen it, resulting in chronic heel pain. 

There are some known factors that increase your risk of plantar fasciitis, including:

- Age
- Obesity
- Being f…

Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome

If you have a shooting pain up your calf that you just can’t shake, you might have Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome. This condition is especially painful because it affects the tibial nerve, which branches from the sciatic nerve. We at Mercer-Ocean Podiatry, PC are committed to helping you manage your pain, as well as correct the issue and prevent it from occurring again. Your New Jersey podiatrist can walk you through a treatment plan designed uniquely for you!

There are different types of pain associated with Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome. Pain ranges from sharp, shooting, pins and needles, to an ‘electric shock’ or burning sensation. The pain is felt along your calf, but it is not uncommon to also feel pain in the sole of your foot or inside your ankle. Symptoms also depend on the individual. Some people experience gradual pain while others have felt pain very suddenly. Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome pain worsens with physical activity, but depending on the severity, an individual can experience pain while …