Blog Archive

Here's How to Cut Your Toenails to Prevent an Ingrown Toenail Jul 1st, 2022

Though an ingrown toenail is a common occurrence and doesn’t appear to be a big deal, ingrown nails can make your life miserable in multiple ways. The toe can be so painful that it hurts to wear shoes or walk. The bad news is: Ingrown toenails often recur. The good news: You...

Tips for Keeping Your Insulin Stable Jun 4th, 2022

Everyone with Type 1 diabetes, and some with Type 2, need to take insulin to keep their blood sugar in the normal range. Keeping blood sugar balanced is the only way to prevent long-term complications that lead to vision loss, heart disease, kidney failure, and diabetic foot ulcers, the top...

How is a Sprained Ankle Graded? May 1st, 2022

Ankle sprains make up about 25% of all sports injuries. They can also affect non-athletes who step off of a curb wrong or trip while walking. If not treated properly and allowed to heal, ankle sprains can recur and cause long-term ankle instability. Podiatrist Sean Rosenblum, DPM, of Foot and Ankle Care of Passaic in...

7 Ways to Prepare Your Home in Advance of Foot Surgery Apr 7th, 2022

Are you scheduled for foot or ankle surgery? The thought of undergoing surgery can be scary, but sometimes, it’s the best option to treat painful foot concerns from Achilles tendon injuries to bunions. While surgery eventually helps you get back to your favorite activities with less pain, recovery from foot...

My Shoes Don't Fit. Are My Feet Getting BIgger? Mar 1st, 2022

As the years go on, you might expect the waistband of your jeans to fit a little snugger or your favorite tee to become a bit tighter. But you may not have expected to go through something  similar with your shoes.  The fact is, even adults’ shoes can feel too...

Why Do I Have Hammer Toes … And What Can I Do About Them Feb 2nd, 2022

A hammer toe — also called a mallet toe — is a deformity that causes one or more toes to bend downward, like a hammer, instead of lying flat. Hammer toes usually form on the second, third, fourth, or fifth toe.  Without treatment and proper foot care, hammer toes generally...

Here's How You Can Care for Your Feet This Winter Jan 1st, 2022

The American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons (ACFAS) notes that the risk of foot problems and injuries goes way up in winter months, and you want to avoid problems if at all possible. Having a broken toenail, cracked heel, or fungal infection can really mess with your plans for...

Yes, High Heels Really Are That Bad for Your Feet Dec 1st, 2021

It’s finally time to party for the holidays, and you want to do it right. You found the perfect dress, the perfect hairstyle, and the perfect high-heeled pumps — but you might want to question that word “perfect.” While a beautiful pair of shoes may have the lines, crafting, and...

Preventing Diabetic Foot Problems Nov 2nd, 2021

If you have diabetes, you have a greatly increased chance of foot problems. To be precise, you have a one in ten chance of developing stubborn foot ulcers, and a 50% chance of ending up with debilitating foot pain related to your diabetic condition. At Foot and Ankle Care of...

Why Are My Feet So Sweaty (And What Does That Mean for My Foot Health)? Oct 1st, 2021

Perspiration, or sweat, is your body’s way of regulating your temperature. Sweat is mostly water, and as it evaporates from the surface of your skin, it helps cool your blood and your entire body when you’re hot. The average person produces about one quart of sweat in a day, and...

Finding Relief From Painful Bone Spurs on Your Toes and Feet Sep 1st, 2021

Bone spurs are small, bony protrusions that grow slowly. Approximately 1 in 10 people has a bone spur on their heel, but they can form almost anywhere — including your toes, ankles, and the tops of your feet. About half the time, bone spurs don’t cause pain, and you may...

When Should You Take Your Child to a Podiatrist? Aug 6th, 2021

You’ve read up on everything from booster seats to school systems, but how much research have you done on kids’ feet? Your child’s feet grow rapidly every month after they’re born, and lots can go wrong as they develop.  But how do you know when it’s time for your child...

Foot Care Tips for Diabetics Jul 18th, 2021

Getting a diabetes diagnosis changes a lot about your life. Some things most people would anticipate, like monitoring your blood sugar and modifying your diet. But it can also come with unexpected adjustments, like a need for increased foot care. Here at Foot and Ankle Care of Passaic, Sean Rosenblum,...

Why You Shouldn't Play Through a Sprained Ankle Jun 7th, 2021

Did you know that about 30% of sports injuries are ankle sprains? That makes this painful injury the most common musculoskeletal sports injury out there. And that only includes sprained ankles treated by medical professionals, meaning thousands more sprained ankles occur every year.  Ankle sprains can range from severe to...

How To Prevent Summertime Foot Problems May 5th, 2021

No matter what summer means to you -- surfing, hiking, or boating -- lighter footwear or bare feet can put you at risk for injury. If you develop a foot problem, such as blisters, a fungal infection, or even a sprained or twisted ankle, it can put a kink in...

When Does an Ingrown Toenail Require Medical Assistance Apr 4th, 2021

Around 20% of people who make an appointment with their doctor for a foot problem have an ingrown toenail. These common injuries not only make it too painful to walk, but they also often lead to infection and other complications, especially if you have a health issue like diabetes.  An...

Why Do I Have Warts on My Feet? Mar 11th, 2021

Warts on your feet, also known as plantar warts, aren’t always as obvious as other types of warts. While many people think of warts as round, raised bumps atop the skin, warts on the feet grow inward because of the pressure placed on them when you walk. As a result,...

What's Causing Your Heel Pain? Feb 1st, 2021

The heel is the largest bone in your foot, so when it hurts, it can affect every step you take. Heel pain can limit your activities and lead to referred pain as you adjust your gait to avoid the pain. Usually, heel pain is a result of injury or overuse....

What Causes Discolored Toenails? Jan 5th, 2021

Are your toenails crumbly or flaky? Crusted with yellow, white, or brown patches?  Discolored and deformed toenails are not a good look. A fungal infection, called onychomycosis,   is probably responsible. Left untreated, the infection can spread to your feet, too. Sean Rosenblum, DPM at Foot and Ankle Care of...

Brittle Bones and Aging: What You Need to Know Dec 1st, 2020

The bones that make up the skeleton appear hard and durable. But while the outer layer is just so, the inner tissue is spongy and riddled with small holes, akin to a honeycomb. And the tissue is in a constant state of flux, being torn down into its component parts,...

Why Rest Is Important for a Sprained Ankle Nov 2nd, 2020

Between the pain of the injury and the inconvenience of reduced mobility, spraining your ankle once is enough to make you wary of spraining it again. However, without the right rest and care, a poorly healed ankle can lead to chronic instability that can cause repeated ankle sprains again and...

What to Do About Corns and Calluses on Your Feet Oct 1st, 2020

Corns and calluses might be unattractive, uncomfortable, and occasionally painful, but they actually protect your feet from repeated trauma. For example, if your shoes are just a touch too narrow or you have a structural issue like a bunion or hammertoe, part of your foot can rub against the inside...

4 Ways Orthotics Can Improve Your Sports Performance Sep 1st, 2020

When it comes to increasing your athletic performance, shoes can make a world of difference. The correct shoes can help you run faster, walk longer, and jump more efficiently. The right shoe can also improve your endurance and reduce discomfort after you finish your workout. However, finding specialized shoes can...

Why Weakened Immune Systems Are More Prone to Foot Fungus Aug 10th, 2020

Whether you’ve contracted athlete’s foot or another type of foot fungal infection, there’s no doubt dealing with foot fungus is a drag. If you tend to get recurring foot fungus, one common cause is a weakened immune system. According to experienced board-qualified podiatrist Sean Rosenblum, DPM, of Lodi, New Jersey’s...

Night Splints May Be the Answer to Your Foot Pain Jul 9th, 2020

Waking up with foot pain can be extremely painful, but it’s also common. Most often, the cause is plantar fasciitis, a disorder in which the tissue that stretches across the bottom of your foot becomes frequently inflamed. Although this happens often with runners, anyone can experience it.  The answer to...

What's the Difference Between Heel Spurs & Fissures? Jun 15th, 2020

Foot problems are common; they affect 75% of Americans at some point in their lives.  Heel spurs and heel fissures, in particular, can take a toll on your feet if not treated. At Foot and Ankle Care of Passaic in Lodi, New Jersey, Dr. Sean Rosenblum and the rest of...

5 Helpful Tips to Care For Your Diabetic Foot at Home May 21st, 2020

Are you living with diabetes? If so, you probably already know how important it is to eat healthy, take your medication, and keep your regular medical appointments. Did you also know you could be at risk of developing serious foot problems?  This is because the blood sugar that circulates in...

How To Prevent Ingrown Toenails Mar 1st, 2020

Ingrown toenails are incredibly common, and all too often, they become infected and require treatment and removal by a qualified podiatrist. At Passaic Foot and Ankle, Dr. Sean Rosenblum helps patients with ingrown toenails regularly, right in the office. But, even better than excellent treatment is avoiding the ingrown toenail. ...

Are High Heels Really That Bad for Your Feet? Feb 6th, 2020

Let’s face it: high heels are fashionable. You probably love the way they look, but not the way they feel. Do you sacrifice comfort for fashion? Dr. Sean Rosenblum at Foot and Ankle Care of Passaic would like to you know more about what else you’re sacrificing by wearing high...

Custom Orthotics Can Alleviate Back, Knee, Ankle, and Foot Pain: Here's How Jan 1st, 2020

For such small areas, your feet are highly complex structures that contain 28 bones, 30 joints, and more than 100 ligaments, tendons, and muscles in each foot. All of these components work together to provide you with support, mobility, and range of motion — but the key here is that...

When Foot Fungus Requires Medical Treatment Dec 1st, 2019

The fungal foot infection tinea pedis is commonly referred to as athlete’s foot, but you don’t have to be an athlete to catch it. You can get athlete’s foot simply by sharing a bath mat or towel — or even a bed — with someone else who has it. And,...

6 Painful Problems Caused by Ill-Fitting Shoes Nov 1st, 2019

While your feet transport you from place to place all throughout the day, it’s your shoes that protect your feet, so it’s no surprise that shoes have been around a long time. In fact, the oldest preserved footwear is a leather shoe dating back to 3500BC. Shoes protect your feet...

Why You Need a Podiatrist on Your Diabetes Wellness Team Oct 1st, 2019

Having diabetes is difficult enough, but many don’t understand how important it is to monitor the health of your feet to avoid many complications. You may encounter mild symptoms that are easily overlooked, but that can lead to things as severe as amputation if you’re living with diabetes. With Diabetes...

Prioritizing Foot Care as You Age is Key to Maintaining an Active Lifestyle Sep 10th, 2019

It would be no exaggeration to say that the health of your feet is critical under normal circumstances, but if you lead an active lifestyle, their function is paramount. Every day, your feet carry you through life, providing support, mobility, and balance for your entire body, which is no small...