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Diabetic Foot Care

Diabetes is a disease that affects the way your body processes glucose. Over time, high glucose levels can damage the nervous system and reduce sensation in your feet. At Mercer-Ocean Podiatry, we encourage our patients who are diabetic to checkup with one of our podiatrists regularly to prevent any long term issues with your feet.
With almost 10% of Americans having diabetes, many people are at an increased rate of reduced blood flow in their feet. Reduced blood flow increases your chances of foot injuries going untreated, and the potential for bacterial infections and gangrene.
We advise patients who are diabetic to take extra precaution when it comes to managing your diabetes. Remember to check your feet daily, wash your feet daily, moisturize, manage your diabetes, and regularly wiggle your toes and feet for good circulation.
If you are diabetic and haven’t had a checkup recently, schedule an appointment with one of our podiatrists. Your health is our number one priority!
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Hallux Rigidus

Mercer-Ocean Podiatry, PC offer treatment for a variety of feet conditions and issues. Drs. Frank J. Killian and Sameep Chandrani are experienced in all areas and treatments. This includes Hallux Rigidus. This is a condition that affects the joints of the big toe. It results in pain and stiffness in the big toe.

If you have Hallux Rigidus, you will notice an increase in pain when walking or running. It’s also worse when it is cold or damp outside. The most common indicator is swelling and inflammation around the big toe joint. Once it progresses, your big toe will hurt even when resting. You may experience bone spurs. It can get so painful that many patients begin to limp. This will put a strain on your ankles, knees, hips and lower back.

Hallux Rigidus is a form of degenerative arthritis. The cartilage in the joint will wear out and cause pain. In certain cases, this is caused by misalignment of the feet or genetic deformities in the foot.

In many cases, anti-inflammatory medication wil…

Haglund's Deformity

Haglund’s Deformity is a bony enlargement at the back of the heel. It is also sometimes referred to as “pump bump” due to its prevalence in women who frequently wear pump-styled shoes. This can occur in one or both feet. If you experience heel pain, do not wait to contact Mercer-Ocean Podiatry, PC. Drs. Frank J. Killian and Sameep Chandrani are available by appointment.

The tell-tale bony enlargement on the heel is caused by inflammation. The bursa, a fluid-filled sac between the Achilles tendon and your heel bone, becomes irritated. You will experience pain, along with the possibility of swelling and redness. There are many genetic factors that predispose a patient to Haglund’s Deformity. Wearing stiff shoes can also increase your risk.

There are many non-surgical treatment options offered by our podiatrists. Over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication can bring down swelling and relieve pain. Stretching and physical therapy are often recommended. These can help you relieve the infla…

Brachymetatarsia

When a patient experiences brachymetatarsia, what this means is that they have an unusually short metatarsal bone. These are the bones in the toes. The result is a toe that is farther back than the others or overlaps the others. Drs. Frank J. Killian and Sameep Chandrani offer treatment for brachymetatarsia at Mercer-Ocean Podiatry, PC.

The biggest symptom and indicator of brachymetatarsia is problems with balance. Your toes are crucial to your equilibrium. When you have one toe that is shorter, your body dynamics are thrown off. You may have difficulty properly balancing or transferring weight across the toes when walking or running.

The most common treatment for this is extra padding in the shoe. This will protect the feet from friction and pressure resulting from the brachymetatarsia. Drs. Killian and Chandrani also provide shoe orthotics to patients. These are often used for treatment as well. In more severe cases, a surgical graft of the shortened metatarsal bone is done.

If left un…

Achilles Tendonitis

Achilles Tendonitis is a sprain in the Achilles tendon, located on the heel bone and running up your lower leg. It is needed for walking and movement. This tendon is what allows your foot to rise up on the toes. If you experience pain above your heel, you may be experiencing Achilles tendonitis. Dr. Frank J. Killian and Dr. Sameep Chandrani of Mercer-Ocean Podiatry, PC offer treatment for this condition.

It’s important that as soon as you start to experience symptoms that you come in for a consultation. Treatment is more effective the earlier it starts. Schedule an appointment as soon as swelling in the back of your feet begins. There are a few causes of Achilles tendonitis. The Achilles tendon naturally begins to weaken as you grow older. This results in most patients experiencing this condition to be older. Bone spurs and tight calf muscles can also be the cause. It is important to slowly acclimate yourself to higher intensity levels when working out. Increase your activity level a l…

Ingrown Toenails

Ingrown toenails occur when the toenail begins to grow into the surrounding skin. Though it often does not require medical intervention, if left untreated it can lead to infection. At Mercer-Ocean Podiatry, PC., in NJ, Dr. Frank Killian and Dr. Sameep Chandrani can help treat and prevent ingrown toenail infections.

There are many factors that can cause ingrown toenails. A common mistake patients make is in the way that they cut their toenails. It is better to cut your toenails straight across and not with a rounded edge. A rounded edge encourages the nail to grow into the flesh of the toe. Trauma and genetics play a part in the likelihood of ingrown toenails also.

The main symptoms of an ingrown toenail are pain, swelling, redness, and a feeling of warmth in the affected toe. If the nail breaks through the flesh, bacteria will be able to enter and cause an infection. Infection can further agitate the toe and nail, causing additional problems.

If an infection has not begun, the treatment …

Athletes Foot

Athletes foot is a podiatric condition in which the patient contracts a highly contagious foot fungus. This can typically be contracted in damp and moist areas, like public pools, locker rooms, or showers. If you’re worried that you might have Athletes Foot, visit Mercer-Ocean Podiatry, PC., in NJ. Dr. Frank Killian or Dr. Sameep Chandrani are happy to assist you with your medical needs.

Athletes Foot once contracted, often affects the areas between the toes. It begins as a red and itchy rash. Ignored, the skin will become sensitive before finally turning white and peeling. Like any bacterial infection, it is important to start treatment as soon as possible. Bacterial infections weaken the body and make it vulnerable to further infections. Cracks that appear in the peeling skin on the foot are a gateway for harmful bacteria. Athletes foot can also be transferred to other parts of the body through bedding and clothing. In serious cases of athletes foot, “mocassin foot” can occur, result…