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By Dr. Edward Tjoe
June 05, 2018
Category: Podiatric Care
Tags: Heel Pain   Laser Treatment  

Find out how your Jersey City, NJ, podiatrist can help you with your heel pain with laser treatmentheel pain

Your podiatrist Dr. Edward Tjoe in Jersey City, NJ, is equipped with years of experience and knowledge of how to examine your feet and prescribe the proper course of treatment when it comes to resolving issues and problems, like heel pain.

Heel and Causes of Pain

According to the American Podiatric Medical Association, the heel is the largest bone in your foot and, despite its elaborate network of 33 joints, more than 100 tendons, muscles, and ligaments are subject to damage by external forces.

When the fascia, a connective tissue that extends from the heel of the foot to the toes is irritated or inflamed, you may feel pain. Other causes of heel pain include heel spurs, painless growth on the bone that may result in chronic pain, Arthritis, swelling of cartilage and lining of joints, and gout, buildup of uric acid salts in the joints.

There are also other disorders and issues including, collagen disorders, nerve injuries, heel bone abnormalities and tumors.

Caring for heel pain

There are surgical treatments to get rid of heel pain, such as the removal of connective tissue and heel spurs, but before going down that road, consider wearing comfortable shoes made of soft rubber, avoid rigorous sports and exercises, stretching feet daily and taking medications prescribed by your podiatrist that help reduce inflammation.

Laser Treatment

K-Laser Therapy is a quick and safe treatment for people suffering from plantar fasciitis. This therapy is effective and requires a short recovery time with an 80 percent success rate.

For more information regarding your heel pain and laser treatment options, contact Dr. Edward Tjoe at (201) 984-0231. His office is conveniently located in Jersey City, NJ, for when you're ready to schedule an appointment with him.

By Dr. Edward Tjoe
March 14, 2018
Category: Podiatric Care
Tags: Athlete's Foot  

Athlete’s foot is a messy, uncomfortable, and sometimes smelly problem that affects millions of Americans. In fact, a study published by athlete's footBMJ Clinical Evidence estimates that between 15 to 25 percent of people have athlete’s foot at any given point in time. Although this condition is more common in people who participate in high-energy activities, you don’t have to be an athlete to get athlete’s foot. Learn how it is treated and make time to see Dr. Edward Tjoe at his podiatry office in Jersey City, NJ.

What Is Athlete’s Foot?
As sweaty as the feet can become after a long day of walking or running, they should not smell or look bad if they’re healthy. Athlete’s foot is caused by a fungus that makes the feet smell sour and look unattractive. The fungus thrives in moist, warm environments like the inside of your shoes or sneakers. As the fungus grows on the skin, it becomes an infection or rash. It’s a condition that is very contagious and that can be difficult to get rid of if not treated aggressively.

Athlete’s Foot Symptoms
One of the clearest symptoms of athlete’s foot is a strange odor. If there is a significant change in the way your feet smell, that may be a telltale sign of athlete’s foot that should be treated at Dr. Tjoe’s Jersey City podiatry office. You also may experience the following symptoms:

- Chalky residue on the bottom of the feet and between the toes.
- Itching and flaking.
- Scaly, dryness on the feet.
- Redness and irritation.
- “Webbing” between the toes.
- Yellowing toenails, which may indicate toenail fungus.

Athlete’s Foot Treatment
Your podiatrist can help you with recurring or stubborn cases of athlete’s foot. The first step is to stop the fungus from growing. You’ll receive a fungicidal cream or powder to apply each day as prescribed. You must also change your socks and shoes, and remember to keep your feet protected when at public showers and pools.

Give Your Feet a Break
Athlete’s foot isn’t the most pleasant foot condition to deal with, but luckily it can be treated by your podiatrist. Contact Dr. Tjoe’s podiatry office in Jersey City, NJ by calling (201) 984-0231.

By Dr. Edward Tjoe
December 28, 2017
Category: Podiatric Care
Tags: Diabetic Foot Care  

What your podiatrist in Jersey City wants you to know.

If you have diabetes, you already know how it affects your body. You are bruising more easily, and your skin might feel dry. The truth isdiabetic foot care diabetes affects your feet too. Diabetes can have a severe impact on your feet because of the circulatory, immune, and nervous system changes that happen. You can do a lot to protect your feet when you have diabetes. Dr. Edward Tjoe in Jersey City, NJ wants to share what you need to do for diabetic foot care.

If you have diabetes, you are not alone. In fact, over 29 million people in the United States have diabetes, according to the American Diabetes Association.

Diabetic changes in your circulatory system result in impaired blood flow to your toes and feet. When you don’t have adequate blood flow it can lead to soft tissue death and amputation.

Diabetic changes in your immune system can result in delayed or restricted healing. If you have an open wound in your feet, it may get infected, resulting in a painful diabetic ulcer.

Diabetic changes in your nervous system can result in loss of sensation in your feet. You may injure your feet and not even know it, or you may feel heightened nerve pain in your feet, a condition known as diabetic neuropathy.

If you have diabetes, you need to take care of your feet by:

  • Washing and drying your feet daily
  • Applying moisturizer to your feet daily
  • Checking your feet daily to look for bruises, cuts or blisters
  • Stretch your feet, ankles, and toes daily to increase circulation

Remember to avoid conditions that can injure your feet. Avoid hot water or other sources of heat because you can burn your feet and not feel it. Avoid walking barefoot because you can injure your feet and not know it. Always wear socks and supportive shoes to cushion your feet.

Don’t forget to visit your podiatrist regularly for a thorough examination of your feet. For more information about diabetic foot care and other foot care services, call Dr. Tjoe in Jersey City, NJ today!

By Dr. Edward Tjoe
October 24, 2017
Category: Podiatric Care
Tags: Bunions  

It’s actually quite simple and easy to manage bunion symptoms when they happen.bunions

If bunions run in your family, then brace yourself because you may be next. While people often associate the development of bunions with wearing skyscraper-high heels and tight, poorly fitted shoes, you may be surprised to hear that genetics may play more of a role than you thought. From the office of our Jersey City, NJ, podiatrist, Dr. Edward Tjoe, find out more about bunions and how to manage your symptoms for the long term.

Evaluate Your Shoes

The shoes you wear can make or break your foot health. Your feet take quite the beating day in and day out and it’s important that they get the proper cushioning and support they need. Of course, when you have a bunion you also want to make sure that the shoes don’t put pressure on the deformity while also providing the proper fit. A good rule of thumb is to avoid high heels (anything over 2 inches) and toss out old, worn shoes that no longer give your feet ample protection and stability.

Consider Using Shoe Inserts

Shoe inserts, or orthotics may also be able to give your feet that Cloud 9 feeling when you slip into your shoes. Custom orthotics made specifically by our Jersey City are designed to combat your foot problems, whether you are an athlete or something battling bunion pain. Shoe inserts can help redistribute weight more evenly to prevent unnecessary pressure and weight on the bunion.

Brace or Splint the Foot

If you notice that your big toe has started to lean in toward the smaller toes, then you can only imagine that this structural imbalance and misalignment could cause other problems for the health of your feet. This is why bracing or splinting the foot may be all you need to realign it while on the go or even while sleeping. This is a great way to prevent bunion-related pain and discomfort. If you aren’t sure how to properly splint your foot, don’t hesitate to ask us.

Ice and Rest

Sometimes even with the best of care, your bunions still cause problems. If your feet are screaming out maybe it’s time you listened to them. This is the perfect excuse to take a break, prop your feet up and ice that angry bunion. Icing it for about 10 to 15 minutes at a time is often all you need to deaden the pain.

A bunion doesn’t have to be the end of the world. With these simple solutions you may be able to prevent it from getting worse. Of course, if you have questions about caring for your bunion at any point don’t hesitate to turn to our foot care specialists in Jersey City, NJ.

By Dr. Edward Tjoe
August 29, 2017
Category: Podiatry
Tags: Warts  

Though warts are almost always nothing to worry about medically, you may feel as though your wart is ugly or embarrassing. Your wartspodiatrist can help you understand your wart, how to care for it, and what you can do about it. Find out more about warts and their treatments with Dr. Edward Tjoe in Jersey City, NJ.

What causes foot warts? 
There are two main types of warts: Plantar warts and Palmer warts. A Plantar wart grows on the bottom of the foot while a Palmer wart grows on the hands. Due to their location, a Plantar wart grows into the skin, which can feel like a rock in the shoe and become painful and uncomfortable. Warts occur due to a virus entering the top layer of skin, usually through tiny or even microscopic cuts. Warts are not harmful and are simply an aesthetic problem. They can cause slight pain or discomfort, however.

What can I do about my warts? 
Treatments for warts will vary depending on the type of wart and your preferences. Often, wart treatment will begin with your doctor applying a topical solution like salicylic acid. Your doctor may also suggest freezing the wart off with liquid nitrogen. Laser removal and even surgery are also options. The more conservative treatments normally take several weeks before you see results. Your doctor will also work with you to teach you methods of preventing Plantar warts in the future.

Foot Examinations in Jersey City, NJ
A foot examination can help your podiatrist better understand your condition. If you think you have a Plantar wart, you should consult with your podiatrist at an appointment to ensure there are no other, underlying conditions which could affect your feet. Additionally, a foot examination gives your doctor the opportunity to treat your wart and establish an effective treatment plan to get rid of your wart for good.

For more information on warts or their treatments, please contact Dr. Edward Tjoe in Jersey City, NJ. Call (201) 984-0231 to schedule your foot examination with Dr. Tjoe today!

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