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Taking Care of Aging Feet Sep 10th, 2018

As we age, our bodies age with us. That includes our feet, which are prone to injury due to their placement on our bodies. However, with the proper care, your feet can remain healthy and pain-free as you get older. Find out more about keeping your aging feet healthy and...

Caring For Arthritic Feet Aug 31st, 2018

Arthritis is a joint condition that affects roughly 54 million American adults according to the Arthritis Foundation. It can show up in joints all around the body, including the feet and toes. When the joints of the feet are affected by inflammation, it affects a patient’s ability to move their...

What to Do When You Keep Getting Blisters Jul 30th, 2018

A foot blister is a small pocket of fluid that forms on the foot. Blisters can be painful while they heal. Foot blisters are caused by several things, including friction, burns, contact with irritants, and autoimmune diseases. Treatment can alleviate your pain, prevent infection, and help heal your blister. Here's...

Treating Bunions Jul 24th, 2018

Bunions are most recognizable by the bump or protrusion at the base of the big toe, which may also cause the big toe to slant away from the joint and towards the other toes depending on the size and severity of the bunion. While they may not always cause symptoms or...

What You Can Do About Hammertoes Jul 5th, 2018

When most people think about foot deformities they most often think about bunions; however, hammertoes are just as common. This unassuming deformity comes about gradually, so you may not even notice it until it’s too late. “What is a hammertoe?” You might be wondering. A hammertoe affects the middle joint...

Choose the Best Shoes and Socks for Your Child's Developing Feet May 31st, 2018

While it might not be something you think about often (or at all), the health of your child’s feet is important. Your child is growing by leaps and bounds and certain habits and other factors can affect how your child’s feet develop or if they experience injuries or other problems...

Are You Dealing With Bunions? Apr 27th, 2018

What is a Bunion?Are you dealing with a bunion? A bunion is a protrusion of the bone at the base of the big toe. While a bunion may seem like a bump, according to the (APMA) American Podiatric Medical Association a bunion is actually the enlargement of the joint at...

Treating Toenail Fungus Apr 24th, 2018

As the weather begins to warm up and the leaves begin to bloom, you are probably looking forward to switching out your winter boots for flip-flops and your jeans for shorts. However, as you make the switch from the cold weather months to Spring, you may notice that your toenails look...

Prevention and Treatment for Achilles Tendinitis Apr 2nd, 2018

The Achilles tendon is the largest and strongest tendon in the body, located in the back of the lower leg and connecting the heel bone to the calf muscle. This tendon is crucial as it facilitates walking and running by helping to raise the heel off of the ground. While the...

Keeping Your Athlete's Foot from Spreading to Your Partner Mar 21st, 2018

Staying active and working out is a crucial part of keeping your body and mind in top shape. However, this could mean frequenting places which are conducive to the spread of athlete’s foot. But what is this condition and what does it mean for your feet? Find out more about athlete’s...

5 Ways to Soothe Tired, Aching Feet Mar 2nd, 2018

We’ve all been there before - after a long day of work, shopping or a playing sports, your feet ache and you feel as if you couldn’t walk another step from the pain. They might be heavy and swollen, even tight in your shoes, especially as you age. So why do...

Looking After Little Feet: Proper Foot Care for Your Baby Feb 7th, 2018

A child's feet grow rapidly during the first year, reaching almost half of their adult foot size. This is why podiatrists consider the first year to be the most important in the development of the feet. Proper care at a young age is essential for healthy development.  Since many adult foot...

Maintain Healthy Weight to Prevent Foot Problems Jan 3rd, 2018

With our feet bearing the weight of our entire body, it’s no surprise that carrying excess weight may increase the chance of developing foot problems. In fact, recent studies have shown that overweight people experience more heel pain, tendonitis, arthritis, ball-of-foot pain, fractures and sprains in their feet and ankles than...

Did I Sprain My Ankle? Dec 20th, 2017

Are you concerned that you may have sprained your ankle? Our Somerset, NJ, podiatrist, Dr. Jade Gittens, shares a few signs and symptoms that may occur if you have a sprain and discusses treatment options.Your ankle hurtsPain commonly occurs the second you experience any type of injury. If your injury is...

Seek Treatment for Dry, Cracked Heels Dec 4th, 2017

Dry, cracked heels are not only unsightly, but they can also be a source of pain and embarrassment. When the fissures in your heel become so dry and cracked that they bleed and hurt when you walk, it’s time to seek professional care from your podiatrist. Left untreated, heel fissures can...

Caring for Your Feet When You're Diabetic Nov 17th, 2017

Diabetes affects your health in many ways; keeping your condition in check can sometimes feel like a full-time job! Believe it or not, diabetes has even an effect on the health of your feet. Once you know how to properly manage this part of diabetes, however, you'll find that it isn't...

Beautify Your Feet for the Summer Nov 3rd, 2017

The summertime is a great time to show off your new sandals and allows your feet to breathe. But since the warmer months can be rough on your feet, it's important to give your feet a little extra care to keep them looking great and feeling healthy. Here are a few...

Foot Health and Aging: How to Keep Your Feet Supporting You for Life Oct 9th, 2017

With age, many people experience changes in their feet. This may include a change in their shape, a loss of the fatty pads that cushion the bottom of the feet, thinner, drier skin, and brittle nails. You may even develop arthritis.As the feet change, they naturally develop more problems. But aching...

Walking Your Way to Good Foot Health Sep 8th, 2017

Looking for a safe, easy and inexpensive way to stay healthy, increase your energy level and improve your figure? Start walking! Walking is one of the easiest and most popular forms of exercise, and, when done properly, it can significantly improve your health.The most basic kind of walking for exercise, often...

Bunions: Causes and Treatments Aug 30th, 2017

Your left foot really aches. You see a bump on the side, right at the base of the big toe. You notice that when you stand or walk a lot during the day, the pain increases. What could be happening? Visit Premier Foot & Ankle Center for an accurate diagnosis and...

High Fashion Footwear May Come with a High Price Aug 2nd, 2017

While high-heeled shoes may look stylish or complement your favorite outfit, they are rarely the best option for a woman's feet. According to a study by the American Podiatric Medical Association, 39 percent of women wear high heels every day; of the women who wear heels daily, three out of four...

Fighting Fungal Toenails Jul 3rd, 2017

Also known as onychomycosis, toenail fungus can be painful, irritating and embarrassing. When you experience trauma to your nail, the nail bed is lifted, allowing the fungus to invade. Without treatment, this fungus can grow and spread, particularly in dark, warm, moist environments, such as socks and shoes.Common signs and symptoms...

Are You Suffering From Heel Pain? Jun 27th, 2017

Heel pain often develops gradually, but as the pain progresses it becomes almost impossible to ignore. This is especially true if you spend a lot of time on your feet due to work or athletics. Every step you take requires adequate support from your heels, so this isn’t a problem to...

Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome: Symptoms and Treatment Jun 5th, 2017

Maybe you've heard of carpal tunnel syndrome, a condition in the wrist that occurs when swelling or a change in position of the tissue within the carpal tunnel squeezes and irritates the median nerve. Similar to carpal tunnel syndrome is tarsal tunnel syndrome, an ankle condition that occurs from the compression...

Toenail Fungus Treatment Options May 24th, 2017

Developing a fungal infection on the toenails is a common problem. However, many people do not immediately realize they have an infection. Unfortunately, leaving toenail fungus untreated can lead to other health problems. Therefore, it is important to seek treatment as soon as you suspect a possible infection. In Somerset, NJ,...

Shin Splints: How to Ease Your Lower Leg Pain Apr 26th, 2017

Although a shin splint is commonly used to describe various pains between the ankle and the knee, it actually refers to a specific inflammatory condition of the tibia -- a condition called medial tibial stress syndrome.A type of "overuse injury" to the legs, the most common causes of shin splints include...

Healthy Footwear Promote Healthy Feet Mar 30th, 2017

Looking fabulous in your favorite pair of heels does have a price. In fact, shoes that fit poorly or have high heels frequently cause foot problems, including calluses, corns, bunions, and blisters, just to name a few.All footwear eventually show signs of wear and tear. Inspect the condition of your own...

Pregnancy and Foot Pain: How Mothers-to-Be Can Relieve Aching Feet Mar 1st, 2017

During pregnancy, it's not uncommon for women to experience an array of aches and pains all over the body. Among these complaints are tired, swollen, achy feet - a common and painful symptom experienced by mothers-to-be during their nine months of pregnancy.One of the most common foot problems to occur during...

What to Do About Warts Feb 24th, 2017

If you do not know what to do about warts on the feet, don’t worry. There are prescription treatments for getting rid of foot warts, but it is important to see a podiatrist for the most effective treatment. In more serious cases when prescription medications or ointments are not an option,...

A Look at Painful Plantar Warts Feb 2nd, 2017

Plantar warts are benign growths that develop on the bottom of your feet and are caused by direct contact with the human papillomavirus (HPV). This is the same virus that causes warts on other areas of the body. Some people are more susceptible than others to HPV, and not everyone...

Should I File Down My Calluses? Jan 12th, 2017

Find out the best ways to manage calluses and if you should actually shave them down.It’s usually around the wintertime that people start paying attention to their feet. Perhaps it’s the cold, winter weather that does it but suddenly we may notice more calluses than usual. You may not realize that...

Plantar Fasciitis: Put Your Heel Pain to a Halt Jan 3rd, 2017

Heel pain is most often caused by plantar fasciitis, an inflammation of the long, dense band of connective tissue (the plantar fascia) that runs from the heel to the ball of the foot.Repeated strain on the plantar fascia can cause tiny tears in the ligament. As tension and tearing increases,...

Say Goodbye to Embarrassing Toenail Fungus with New PinPointe FootLaser Dec 2nd, 2016

Characterized by thick, unsightly, discolored nails, fungus-infected toenails can be irritating, embarrassing and painful. For years, the only treatments available for toenail fungus were topical and oral medications or removal of the nail. Typically, the medications were largely ineffective and removal of the nail plate was painful and debilitating.Fast, Effective...

Signs You Have Flat Feet Nov 9th, 2016

Discover the most common symptoms of fallen arches and what your treatment options are.Do you suffer from pain or discomfort in your feet or ankles? If so, this could be the result of flat feet. Even though flat feet are something that every baby is born with, arches start to develop...

Morton's Neuroma: What is it and How to Stop the Pain Nov 1st, 2016

A neuroma is a thickening of nerve tissue that can develop in various parts of your body. In the foot, the most common occurring neuroma develops at the base of the third and fourth toes. This condition is referred to as Morton's neuroma.There are typically no physical signs of Morton's...

Metatarsalgia Oct 3rd, 2016

Metatarsalgia denotes a common foot condition characterized by pain and inflammation of the joints and bones of the ball of the foot - the area just before the toes, also called the metatarsal region.Symptoms of metatarsalgia can develop suddenly, especially after an increase in exercise or high-impact activities, but normally...

Easy Ways to Prevent and Treat Ingrown Toenails Sep 2nd, 2016

Ingrown toenails, also known as onychocryptosis, can be annoying and painful. This common condition occurs when the surrounding skin on one or both sides of the nail grows over the edges of the nail, or when the nail itself penetrates the skin. As the nail digs into the skin, redness,...

Treatment Options For Bunions Aug 30th, 2016

Bunions are painful, bony bumps that form on the joint connecting the big toe. As bunions get worse, they can be filled with extra fluid and bone. Dr. Jade Gittens is a podiatrist in Somerset, NJ who diagnoses and treats conditions of the ankles, feet and related structures of the...

Dealing With Hammertoes Aug 1st, 2016

A hammertoe is one of the most common toe conditions, usually stemming from muscle imbalance in which the joints of the second, third, fourth or fifth toe are bent into a contracted, claw-like position. In the early stages, hammertoes are flexible and can be corrected with simple conservative measures, but...

Causes of Hammertoe and How Your Podiatrist Can Help Jul 11th, 2016

How your Somerset podiatrist can help with your hammertoeHammertoe gets its name from a toe that is bent at the middle joint, resembling a hammer. You can suffer significant, debilitating pain from hammertoe and it can keep you from enjoying your daily activities. Dr. Jade Gittens at Premier Foot & Ankle...

Growing Pains Jul 5th, 2016

If your child has ever complained of not being able to sleep at night due to leg pain, he or she may be experiencing what many people refer to as growing pains. They are common for kids during their growth and development years.Growing pains are often characterized by a sharp,...

Foot Odor Jun 1st, 2016

The feet have more sweat glands than any other part of the body, which means they have the ability to sweat profusely. With your feet encased in your shoes all day and the sweat unable to evaporate, bacteria will begin to grow rapidly. Bacteria then begins to break down the...

Tips to Prevent Toenail Fungus and How We can Help May 4th, 2016

As the weather warms up, our smaller, lighter summer clothes begin to replace our heavy winter wardrobe. With this change often comes the replacement of your winter boots for summer sandals. However, since your feet are cooped up in socks all winter, you may not have noticed that you have...

Foot Care for Runners May 2nd, 2016

If you're a runner, it goes without saying that your feet take the brunt of the punishment. In fact, for runners the feet are more vulnerable to injury than any other part of the body. Luckily, both long-distance runners and casual joggers can improve their performance by paying extra attention...

Flat Feet Mar 31st, 2016

The arch structure of our feet determines how we walk, which means our arches need to be both sturdy and flexible in order to adjust to different walking surfaces. For most people, their feet have a curve or an arch at the bottom that provides flexibility and shock absorption. But...

Why Diabetic Footcare is Important Mar 3rd, 2016

Foot care is important. Especially for diabetics. Find out why!Taking care of yourself when you have diabetes can be a challenge. Besides maintaining your glucose level, you have to watch your diet and monitor your circulation to keep your lower extremities - your feet - healthy. When you have concise, accurate...

How to Minimize Diabetic Foot Problems Mar 1st, 2016

People with diabetes are prone to foot problems, often developing from a combination of poor circulation and nerve damage. Damage to the nerves in the legs and feet diminishes skin sensation, making it difficult to detect or notice pain or temperature changes. A minor sore or scrape on your foot...

Corns and Calluses Feb 2nd, 2016

Corns and calluses are thick, hardened areas of skin that develop in response to your body's natural defense to repeated pressure or friction. While neither condition presents a long-term or serious health risk, they can be painful, irritating and unattractive.Identifying a Corn or CallusCorns and calluses are similar in nature,...

What to Do About Ingrown Toenails Jan 13th, 2016

I Think I Have an Ingrown Toenail; What Should I Do? What are the treatment options for an ingrown toenail.You are wondering why your toe hurts. It looks swollen and dark, right around your toenail. You can feel it pounding from pressure underneath your toenail. Chances are you have an ingrown toenail....

What are Bunions? Dec 30th, 2015

A bunion is an abnormal, bony prominence that develops on the joint at the base of your big toe. As the big toe joint becomes enlarged, it forces the toe to crowd against your other toes, and the pressure exerted on your big toe joint results in inflammation and pain....

Bone Spurs Dec 2nd, 2015

Bone spurs, also known as osteophytes, can occur anywhere in the skeletal system, and the feet are no exception. Bone spurs are simply overgrowths of bone, which most commonly form where two bones come together. Normally bone spurs in the feet are painless, but when exposed to pressure, they can...

Don't let heel pain slow you down Nov 20th, 2015

When every step is agony, it's easier just to sink back into the couch and turn on the TV. But heel pain doesn't have to prevent you from doing the things you enjoy. Jade Gittens, DPM, your podiatrist in Somerset, NJ, shares information about heel pain and treatments.Heel pain causesInflammation...

Athletes Foot Nov 2nd, 2015

Athlete's foot is one of the most common fungal infections of the skin and is frequently seen in our office. Whether you've had it or not, it's important to understand how you can avoid and treat this highly contagious infection if you do contract it.The fungus that causes athlete's foot...

How to Relieve Bunions Aug 27th, 2015

Foot pain is often misdiagnosed and misunderstood. This is unfortunate, since walking pain-free is essential to most peoples’ everyday lives. A common cause of foot pain is a condition known as bunions. Thankfully, bunions are treatable by a knowledgeable and skilled podiatrist.What are bunions?A bunion is a painful, bony growth...

The Problems that Occur With Having Flat Feet Jun 23rd, 2015

Find out what issues to expect when you have flat feet and what you can do to treat them.Are you dealing with tired, achy feet that just won’t quit? Then you could be dealing with flat feet. This is a common issue that can easily be treated with conservative measures by...

How to Deal With Toenail Fungus Apr 29th, 2015

If your toenails are brittle, yellow, or cracking, you may have a toenail fungus. This fungus, known in the medical world as onychomycosis and tinea unguium, may cause your toenails to thicken and fall apart on the edges. But Somerset patients have options for treatment.Symptoms of Toenail FungusWhen you develop a...

Prepare Your Feet for Somerset 5K Mar 2nd, 2015

The Somerset 5K is coming up soon! Will your feet be ready? While three miles may not seem like a long distance to run, it can be enough to significantly damage your feet and send you to a podiatrist like Jade Gittens, DPM at Premier Foot & Ankle Center in...

How Plantar Fasciitis is Treated Jan 29th, 2015

One of many foot conditions often treated by Dr. Jade Gittens, DPM and other podiatrists in Somerset, NJ, plantar fasciitis is commonly seen in runners, people who are overweight, and those who wear shoes with inadequate support are at risk of plantar fasciitis.. While the condition itself isn't too serious at...

How to Treat Corns and Calluses Dec 23rd, 2014

Give your feet the proper care when handling these common problems.Schedule a consultation with Dr. Jade T. Gittens, DPM. Our feet take a lot of abuse from us, from pounding the pavement and running marathons to even just running errands. We shove our feet in shoes that are too tight, too big,...

How to Treat Bunions Dec 2nd, 2014

Are you experiencing pain in your big toe on one or both of your feet? If the pain is right at the first joint of your big toe that pain could be caused by a bunion. You may not need to see a doctor right away, but you do need...