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Cedar Grove Foot & Ankle Specialists
Podiatrist in Cedar Grove, NJ
Podiatrist in Cedar Grove, NJ
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Long hikes take toll on feet, ankles – As brightly colored leaves dazzle the fall landscape, hikers and hunters nationwide will migrate to mountains, woods and fields, but many, unfortunately, are ill prepared for the beating their feet will take.

Hikers, hunters and others who love the outdoors often don’t realize how strenuous it can be to withstand constant, vigorous walking on uneven terrain, explains Dr. Matthew F. Wachtler, a board certified foot and ankle surgeon located in Cedar Grove, NJ. Outdoor enthusiasts are often plagued with foot and ankle problems such as chronic heel pain, ankle sprains, Achilles tendonitis, fungal infections and severe blisters. Not wearing well-constructed hiking boots, adds additional risk of sprained ankles or strained Achilles tendons.

Dr. Wachtler advises hikers and hunters to make the investment in top-quality hiking boots that offer excellent ankle and foot support that helps lessen stress and muscle fatigue to reduce injury risk.

Pain is a warning sign that something is wrong. Serious injury risk escalates significantly if you continue hiking in pain. Beginner level hikers should take on less difficult trails until they become better conditioned and more confident.

Hikers and hunters seeking further information about ankle sprains, Achilles tendon injuries and other foot and ankle problems may contact Dr. Wachtler at 973-857-1184 or visit www.CedarGroveFoot.com
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Children's soccer linked to ingrown toenails - Snug cleats, repeated kicking can contribute to a painful problem

Foot and ankle surgeon, Matthew F. Wachtler, DPM, FACFAS, treats many soccer-playing children for ingrown toenails. Often improper toenail trimming, snug soccer cleats and repetitive kicking creates this painful problem.

There are steps soccer moms and dads can take to prevent their children from suffering a painful ingrown toenail.
• First, teach children how to trim their toenails properly. Trim toenails in a fairly straight line, and don’t cut them too short.
• Second, make sure cleats fit properly. A child’s shoe size can change within a single soccer season.
• If a child develops a painful ingrown toenail, soaking their foot in room-temperature water and applying a topical antibacterial ointment and bandaid can reduce the inflammation.

A foot and ankle surgeon can remove a child’s ingrown toenail, and prevent it from returning, with a simple, 10-minute surgical procedure. Most children experience very little pain afterwards and can resume normal activity the next day.

For more information on ingrown toenails and other pediatric foot problems, contact Dr. Wachtler’s office at 973-857-1184 or www.CedarGroveFoot.com
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Flip-flops are the summer footwear of choice for many students. But while these sandals are inexpensive and stylish, they don’t cushion or support the foot, leading to problems. After wearing flip-flops all summer, some students will head back to school this fall with foot pain and even injuries. Matthew F. Wachtler, DPM, FACFAS, a foot and ankle surgeon in Cedar Grove, NJ explains to parents and students that foot pain isn’t normal and can be reduced or eliminated.

Heel pain and arch pain rank among the most common complaints among students who wear flip-flops. Other flip-flop feet problems students can take back to school include inflammation of the Achilles tendon, painful pinched nerves, sprained ankles, broken or sprained toes, cuts and scrapes, plantar warts, Athlete’s foot, and callus build-up on the heels and toes.

Back to school season will always be painful for some students, but it doesn’t need to involve foot pain. Contact Dr. Wachtler’s office at 973-857-1184 to have your student’s painful foot evaluated, and visit www.CedarGroveFoot.com for more information on foot and ankle conditions.

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Come join Cedar Grove Foot & Ankle Specialists for a 5K run to TACKLE KIDS CANCER at South Mountain Reservation in West Orange.
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