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By Dr. Edward Tjoe
January 18, 2019
Category: Podiatric Care
Tags: Warts  

You have a sharp pain on the ball of your foot. You notice one or two small, flat bumps speckled with tiny black dots. What is happening to your foot? Your Jersey City podiatrist, Dr. Edward Tjoe, offers treatment for these little, very annoying bumps. Likely they are plantar warts,Foot Warts or verrucas, and while disturbing, they are highly curable. Don't struggle with warts. Get help.

What is a wart?

It's a benign fleshy growth which may appear anywhere on the body--hands, legs, and maybe most notably, on the feet. Plantar warts, or verrucas as they are called in the medical field, spring up on the soles of the feet, including the heels and the balls of the feet.

When a person steps on a wart, it sends a sharp pain throughout the foot. This pain is not easily ignored, nor should it be as warts can form clusters. Plus, they are contagious, spreading from person to person via direct contact or even through shared towels or walking barefoot on shower or gym floors.

Treating warts

If you suspect you have plantar warts, make an appointment for wart treatment by your Jersey City podiatrist. Dr. Tjoe sees scores of warts and can differentiate them from other skin conditions affecting the feet and ankles.

Typically, warts are caused by HPV, the Human Papilloma Virus, which also is responsible for oral cancers, genital warts and other health conditions. Resembling corns and calluses, warts begin their existence on the sole of the foot when HPV intrudes upon a crack or cut in the skin. As warts grow, so do the discomforts and unsightly appearance characteristic of this common podiatric problem.

When Dr. Tjoe diagnoses warts, he may prescribe a medicated topical cream or other medication. Removal by in-office laser cautery or cryosurgery (freezing) are common options, too.

Preventing plantar warts

Yes, warts can return, and if you are experiencing them in clusters, wart treatment can be harder and take longer. So, prevention is the best medicine as the old adage goes.

To prevent warts, Dr. Tjoe suggests:

  • Washing your feet with soap and water every day and drying them carefully (this helps with athlete's foot and fungal toenails, too)
  • Wearing clean socks every day
  • Never going barefoot outside
  • Wearing flip flops or shower sandals in public gyms and locker rooms
  • Daily inspection of your feet for any cuts, abrasions or sores which could be entryways for HPV or other microbes

Stay wart-free
You can with help from Dr. Edward Tjoe. Call today for a wart treatment appointment in Jersey City, NJ. Dr. Tjoe even has hours on Saturdays. Phone (201) 984-0231.

By Dr. Edward Tjoe
December 04, 2018
Category: Podiatric Care
Tags: Heel Pain  

Find out what could be to blame for your heel pain and how to stop it.

Heel pain is a common problem that many people face at some point during their lifetime. Of course, when it happens to you we understand that you want to fix the issue as quickly as possible. After all, we rely on our feet a lot throughout the day and any pain or discomfort we feel can certainly put a damper on our routine. Find out the most common causes of heel pain and when it might be time to turn to our Jersey City, NJ, podiatry office and see Dr. Edward Tjoe for treatment.

What is causing my heel pain?

This is the first question most people ask themselves. After all, it’s important to figure out what’s causing your pain so you know how to treat it effectively. This is why many people visit our Jersey City, NJ, foot doctor. It’s impossible to diagnose your issue over the Internet, so if you’ve never faced heel pain before it’s a good idea to schedule an appointment.

The most common cause of heel pain is a condition known as plantar fasciitis, which is when the plantar fascia tissue is overstretched and, as a result, becomes inflamed. This can lead to stabbing heel pain that gets worse after prolonged rest or after physical activity. Most of the time, people only experience pain in one foot.

How is plantar fasciitis treated?

In most cases, this condition will go away on its own; however, it’s important to understand when you may need to visit your podiatrist for additional treatment. Simple home care is often all you’ll need to give your foot time to heal properly, but if your pain is severe or if your pain isn’t responding to at home treatment after a week then it’s important to give us a call.

While plantar fasciitis is usually nothing serious, it can lead to chronic heel pain. In this case, our podiatrist offers more advanced treatment options to help target stubborn and persistent heel pain. One way in which we can treat chronic heel pain is through laser therapy. The K-Laser is a safe, painless treatment that, when passed over the foot, can improve blood flow and circulation (to promote faster healing) while reducing inflammation, stiffness and pain.

Don’t let heel pain tell you how to go about your life. No matter if your heel pain has just shown up or it hasn’t been responding to weeks of at-home care, call our Jersey City, NJ, podiatry office today to find out the ways in which we can help you get back on your feet pain-free.

By Dr. Edward Tjoe
September 10, 2018
Category: Podiatric Care
Tags: Toenail Fungus  

Toenail fungus is both unsightly and, if left untreated, uncomfortable. However, getting to the bottom of the cause of toenail fungus can help you understand its treatments and how your podiatrist can help. Find out more about toenail fungus, what causes it, and its Toenail Fungustreatments with Dr. Edward Tjoe at Tjoe Podiatry in Jersey City, NJ.

What causes toenail fungus? 
Toenail fungus comes from microscopic fungal spores entering the skin and settling under the nail. The foot is a perfect environment for fungi to grow as it is often dark and moist. Those who are at a higher risk for toenail fungus include people who frequent places like locker rooms or public pools and do not wear shower shoes in the moist areas. These are the perfect breeding grounds for toenail fungus, which is transferred from person to person by direct contact.

Do I have toenail fungus? 
The first sign of toenail fungus is often a small white or yellow dot on the nail. As the condition advances, its symptoms become more obvious. Some of the common signs of toenail fungus include:

  • brittle or crumbling nails
  • yellowed nails
  • thickened nails
  • white or yellow streaks on the nail
  • nails which pull away from the nail bed
  • flaking which causes pits on the nail
  • loss of the nail altogether

How can my podiatrist help my toenail fungus? 
Your doctor will examine your foot and nails to determine the level of severity of your toenail fungus and base your treatment on the stage of the condition. Sometimes, over-the-counter or prescription fungal creams or lacquers are enough to treat toenail fungus. However, some patients with a more advanced condition may require laser therapy with the Q-Clear laser system or even surgical removal of the nail. Your podiatrist can help you determine the best treatment option for you.

Toenail Fungus in Jersey City, NJ
Failing to treat your toenail fungus can cause complications like nail loss. For more information on toenail fungus, please contact Dr. Edward Tjoe at Tjoe Podiatry in Jersey City, NJ. Call (201) 984-0231 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Tjoe today!

By Dr. Edward Tjoe
July 24, 2018
Category: Podiatric Care
Tags: Warts  

Though they are usually nothing to worry about, a plantar wart, located on the bottom of the foot, can cause pain and discomfort. Luckily, wartstreating plantar warts is safe and effective with help from your podiatrist. But how does the treatment work? Can plantar wart treatment help you and your feet? Find out more about plantar warts and how your podiatrist deals with them with Dr. Edward Tjoe at Tjoe Podiatry in Jersey City, NJ.

What is a plantar wart? 
A plantar wart is usually located on the bottom of the foot. Thanks to their location, the body’s weight in the area of the wart causes it to grow inward, causing pain and discomfort. The virus which causes plantar warts enters the body through the skin and causes the skin cells to rapidly reproduce. Though they are usually not a concern, it is important to treat plantar warts since they cause uncomfortable symptoms.

Do I have a plantar wart? 
If you have a plantar wart, you may not notice it visually at first due to its location. However, you may experience a feeling as though there is a rock in your shoe and a thickened callus over the painful area. The wart itself normally looks like a small, fleshy lesion, often at the base of the toes or heel, which has black dots within its borders.

Treating Plantar Warts in Jersey City, NJ 
Though your plantar wart is probably harmless medically, treating it will help relieve the annoying symptoms that come along with it. Treatments often begin conservatively with over-the-counter wart removal medications. Your podiatrist can prescribe a prescription-strength medication you apply regularly to your wart. They may also suggest freezing the wart off using cryotherapy. If these methods fail, laser treatment or minor surgery to remove the wart may become necessary.

For more information on plantar warts and their treatments, please contact Dr. Tjoe at Tjoe Podiatry in Jersey City, NJ. Call (201) 984-0231 to schedule your appointment today!

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.

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