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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
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
February 09, 2016
Category: Podiatric Care
Tags: Heel Pain  

Can Laser Treatments Help My Heel Pain? What you need to know about laser treatments for heel pain.

You have a busy life, but now you can’t even put weight on your feet, because you get a sharp stabbing pain running along your heel. heel painThis pain can be frustrating and debilitating, and if you suffer from heel pain, you’re not alone. But now there’s help with state-of-the-art laser treatments, like those performed by Dr. Edward Tjoe, your podiatrist in Jersey City, New Jersey.

What Causes Heel Pain?

You don’t have to be an athlete to have heel pain. In fact, heel pain can be caused by many different conditions including:

  • Hard calcium deposits on the bottom of your heel, called heel spurs
  • Bruising of your heel by stepping on sharp rocks, called stone bruises
  • Inflammation of the area where your Achilles tendon attaches to your heel, called bursitis
  • Inflammation of the band of tissue running across your heel, the plantar fascia, called plantar fasciitis. This is the most common reason for heel pain.
How Can I Treat Heel Pain?

You can try home treatments including ice, wedges, arch supports, stretching exercises, and over-the-counter pain medications, like aspirin or ibuprofen. These remedies may provide some relief for mild cases of heel pain. In many cases however, they don’t provide enough relief to allow you to get back to your daily activities quickly.

Now there is a professional treatment using laser therapy performed by Dr. Tjoe, your Jersey City foot doctor, called photobiomodulation. It works by using red-beam or near infrared light which penetrates into your tissue. This stimulates cell repair, resulting in increased tissue healing and less pain. Laser therapy boasts an 80% success rate for treating plantar fasciitis related heel pain.

Your feet support you in your daily life, so don’t let heel pain slow you down when there is help close by. If you have annoying heel pain, you owe it yourself to check out the latest in laser therapy treatment. Call and schedule an appointment with Dr. Edward Tjoe, your podiatrist in Jersey City, New Jersey. Call him today and get back to your life soon!

Plantar Fasciitis Limits Al Jefferson’s Playing Time

What if an injury kept you from your job? You would probably feel frustrated, right? As people rely on you, the Charlotte Bobcats also trust Al Jefferson, Bobcats basketball player, to be in the best condition, but that can’t always be the case. 
Charlotte Bobcats center, Al Jefferson, got off to a good start during the match against Miami Heat in the first game of the NBA playoffs. 
After the 8 point shot, Jefferson started to limp and call for a time-out. Jefferson went to the locker room and got a painkiller shot to continue playing through his plantar fasciitis.
While Jefferson played through the injury, he was in a walking boot after the game.
The strain to his plantar fascia has caused him to sit out a game.

Plantar Fasciitis: How Symptoms Worsen 

The most common symptoms for plantar fasciitis are inflammation and heel pain. To reduce symptoms, patients can try a number of treatment plans. Some people opt for supportive orthotics while others rely on pain-relievers. 
Al Jefferson’s job is the game, and he is required to be on his feet for long periods of time. Constant jumping, running and shuffling can put too much stress on the plantar fascia, worsening the symptoms. And that’s what happened to Al Jefferson. 
While Jefferson took a pain-relieving injection—it won’t always do the trick, as Jefferson noted post-game.
“I wouldn’t wish this pain on anybody. This is the worst pain I’ve dealt with in my career.” 
Without proper care, discomfort can turn into pain. A serious inflammation can feel like you are standing on needles, and that’s not something we want you to experience. 
You don’t have to be a well known NBA player to get this injury. Here at Tjoe Podiatry, Jersey City, NJ foot practice, we also offer shots for plantar fasciitis, but we recommend laser therapy first. It's less painful, and there is no needle involved.

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