Showing posts from May, 2019

Shin Splints

Shin splints occur when there is acute pain in your shin and lower leg caused by prolonged running, usually on hard surfaces. It is common to experience shin pain after physical activity including, running, walking, or playing sports. When your shins are inflamed it is extremely painful and can cause throbbing.
Shin splints can occur if you have flat feet, weak ankle muscles, not stretching before workouts, and shoes that don’t offer the proper support.  Our doctors at Mercer-Ocean Podiatry in NJ encourages our patients to rest and ice your feet for recovery. Using insoles or orthotics in your shoes can also help to prevent shin splints and aid in recovery.
It is extremely important that you let your shin splints heal before returning to physical activity and sports. If you don’t let your shin splints heal properly, you run the risk of permanent damage to your feet.
Mercer-Ocean Podiatry is located in two locations in NJ. Our Mercerville, NJ office can be contacted at 609-585-3200. The T…

Summer Tips for Healthy Feet

In the summer it gets hot and humid outside which can be unbearable on your body, especially your feet. At Mercer-Ocean Podiatry, we encourage our patients to do everything they can to keep their feet healthy all summer long. We have some tips for you that can go a long to making sure you’re out by the pool and at the park and not inside with foot pain.
It can be easy to forget to put sunscreen on your feet when you have the rest of your body to worry about. The reality is your feet are just as vulnerable to sum damage as the rest of your body. To prevent sunburn on your feet, use sunscreen whenever you are outside with sandals or open shoes on. Other helpful tips for the summer include washing your feet regularly, let your shoes air out, keep your feet moisturized, drink plenty of water, and don’t wear sandals every day.
Our doctors know that the summertime is the best time to be outside, which is why we advise our patients to take care of their feet so you can enjoy your summer.

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!

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…