Along with ghosts and goblins prevalent at this time of year, we at the Podiatric Center of New Jersey know that medical jargon can also be scary to patients. Below are 3 foot conditions that might give you a start when you hear their names but are all quite treatable without posing a major medical threat.
- Ganglion Cyst—the first thing to know about this condition is that “cyst” is benign. It is jelly-filled sac that forms typically on the top of the foot and resembles a knot or “ganglion.” The cyst may be large or small and can change over time. In some cases, it may even disappear. Usually, the podiatrist will take a wait and watch approach to a ganglion cyst unless it’s causing you discomfort. The cysts can be painful or burn if they are in a spot that experiences friction or pressure from your footwear, or if the cyst is pressing on a nerve or joint. If necessary, ganglion cysts can be treated conservatively or surgically, but they can recur even after they’ve been eliminated.
- Calcaneal Apophysitis: AKA Sever’s Disease—the primary symptom of this disorder, which affects children and youth ages 8-15, is heel pain. It is caused by repetitive stress to the growth plate of the heel, which is still developing during these ages. The vulnerable area at the back where new growth is still forming can become inflamed by overuse. Patients with this podiatric problem will often have to take a break or at least reduce the intensity of their sports practices. Avoiding being overweight and wearing supportive sports shoes will also help.
- Onychomycosis—the more patient-friendly term for this common podiatric issue is toenail fungus. Knowing that, however, doesn’t make its appearance any less creepy. Telltale symptoms include nails that are discolored or yellow and very thick. Sometimes the nail may even be crumbling on the edges. While not necessarily painful, toenail fungus can spread to other parts of your body. To avoid this condition, keep feet dry, rotate your footwear, and don’t walk barefoot in public places.
There’s no condition too scary for our doctors! If you are concerned about any of the above or other foot problems, contact us today.
At Podiatry Center of New Jersey our team of doctors treat various conditions such as sports injuries, diabetic foot problems, and pediatric foot conditions, toe deformities, arthritis, nail fungus, arch problems, and heel pain. Equipped with advanced technologies and dedicated staff, our 16 conveniently located offices provide individualized high-quality care for patients across Essex, Hudson, Middlesex, Ocean, Passaic, and Union Counties. For all your foot and ankle problems, contact our Wayne, NJ office at (973) 925-4111 for an appointment.