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Tuesday, 26 March 2024 00:00

Types of Acute Ankle Sprains

Acute ankle sprains are common injuries when the ligaments surrounding the ankle are stretched or torn. There are three main types of sprains. They are inversion, eversion, and high ankle sprains. Inversion sprains, the most prevalent, happen when the foot rolls inward, stretching the lateral ligaments. Eversion sprains occur when the foot rolls outward, affecting the medial ligaments. High ankle sprains involve the ligaments connecting the tibia and fibula and typically result from excessive external rotation of the foot. These injuries often transpire during activities involving sudden changes in direction, uneven surfaces, or improper landing from jumps. If not adequately treated, acute ankle sprains can lead to chronic ankle instability. This occurs when the ligaments do not heal properly, resulting in recurring episodes of instability, pain, and potential long-term joint damage. Chronic instability may necessitate rehabilitation exercises, bracing, or even surgery to regain stability and prevent further injury. If you have sprained your ankle, and especially if you have had recurrent ankle sprains, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist for expert evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment.

Ankle sprains are common but need immediate attention. If you need your feet checked, contact Harvey Jacobs, DPM from Quality Foot Care Center. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

How Does an Ankle Sprain Occur?

Ankle sprains take place when the ligaments in your ankle are torn or stretched beyond their limits. There are multiple ways that the ankle can become injured, including twisting or rolling over onto your ankle, putting undue stress on it, or causing trauma to the ankle itself.

What Are the Symptoms?

  • Mild to moderate bruising
  • Limited mobility
  • Swelling
  • Discoloration of the skin (depending on severity)

Preventing a Sprain

  • Wearing appropriate shoes for the occasion
  • Stretching before exercises and sports
  • Knowing your limits

Treatment of a Sprain

Treatment of a sprain depends on the severity.  Many times, people are told to rest and remain off their feet completely, while others are given an air cast. If the sprain is very severe, surgery may be required.

If you have suffered an ankle sprain previously, you may want to consider additional support such as a brace and regular exercises to strengthen the ankle.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Somerset, NJ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Thursday, 21 March 2024 00:00

Custom Orthotics For Ankle Stability

Step with assurance, thanks to enhanced ankle stability from orthotics! If you're active and on the move, Custom Orthotics are your ally for stronger, steadier ankles. They align your foot and ankle, reducing the risk of sprains and offering solid support for every stride. Don’t let instability hold you back. Try Custom Orthotics from our office, and discover unshakable confidence in every step!

Tuesday, 19 March 2024 00:00

What Is Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome?

Tarsal tunnel syndrome is a compressive neuropathy condition that results from the entrapment of the posterior tibial nerve as it passes through the tarsal tunnel, a narrow passageway located on the inner side of the ankle. This entrapment leads to many symptoms, most notably pain, tingling, and burning in the foot and heel, which sometimes extends into the toes and lower leg. Many things can cause tarsal tunnel syndrome, such as injuries to the ankle, swelling from other health problems like diabetes, or just by repeating the same movements that irritate the area. Treatment strategies are tailored to the severity and underlying cause of the syndrome. Conservative measures include anti-inflammatory medications and orthotic devices to alleviate pressure on the nerve. More invasive options include surgical decompression to relieve the nerve entrapment. Tarsal tunnel syndrome can be hard to diagnose because its symptoms overlap with other nerve-related conditions. Podiatrists, or foot doctors, can do comprehensive evaluations to properly diagnose tarsal tunnel syndrome. If you have foot pain, or suspect tarsal tunnel syndrome, it is suggested that you seek treatment from a podiatrist who can properly diagnose this condition and offer a personalized treatment plan. 

Tarsal tunnel syndrome can be very uncomfortable to live with. If you are experiencing tarsal tunnel syndrome, contact Harvey Jacobs, DPM of Quality Foot Care Center. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome

Tarsal tunnel syndrome, which can also be called tibial nerve dysfunction, is an uncommon condition of misfiring peripheral nerves in the foot. The tibial nerve is the peripheral nerve in the leg responsible for sensation and movement of the foot and calf muscles. In tarsal tunnel syndrome, the tibial nerve is damaged, causing problems with movement and feeling in the foot of the affected leg.

Common Cause of Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome

  • Involves pressure or an injury, direct pressure on the tibial nerve for an extended period of time, sometimes caused by other body structures close by or near the knee.
  • Diseases that damage nerves, including diabetes, may cause tarsal tunnel syndrome.
  • At times, tarsal tunnel syndrome can appear without an obvious cause in some cases.

The Effects of Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome

  • Different sensations, an afflicted person may experience pain, tingling, burning or other unusual sensations in the foot of the affected leg.
  • The foot muscles, toes and ankle become weaker, and curling your toes or flexing your foot can become difficult.
  • If condition worsens, infections and ulcers may develop on the foot that is experiencing the syndrome.

A physical exam of the leg can help identify the presence of tarsal tunnel syndrome. Medical tests, such as a nerve biopsy, are also used to diagnose the condition. Patients may receive physical therapy and prescriptive medication. In extreme cases, some may require surgery.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Somerset, NJ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Thursday, 14 March 2024 00:00

The Effect of Orthotics on Gait

Foot orthotics play an important role in improving gait mechanics and alleviating the discomfort associated with various foot conditions. Custom-made foot orthotics are designed to provide support, stability, and realignment to the foot and ankle connection. Research suggests that foot orthotics can positively affect gait by reducing excessive pronation, controlling foot motion, and redistributing pressure across the foot surface. By correcting biomechanical imbalances and enhancing foot function, orthotics can help to alleviate pain, prevent injuries, and improve overall mobility and stability during walking and other weight-bearing activities. Whether prescribed for addressing specific foot ailments or enhancing athletic performance, foot orthotics offer a non-invasive and effective solution for optimizing gait mechanics and promoting foot health. If you are interested in discussing how custom-made foot orthotics can improve your gait, it is suggested that you consult with a podiatrist who can speak with you about your specific needs.

If you’re experiencing foot discomfort, have a history of foot and ankle injuries, or are interested in exploring Custom orthotics, don’t hesitate to contact Harvey Jacobs, DPM at Quality Foot Care Center. Our doctor is dedicated to offering the care required to help you remain pain-free and stay on your feet. 

What are Custom Orthotics?

Custom orthotics refer to custom inserts designed for placement in different shoe types, including athletic and formal footwear, with the purpose of alleviating a spectrum of foot-related problems such as flat feet, heel pain, and overall foot discomfort. These inserts are instrumental in providing relief and comfort for a diverse range of foot conditions, including heel pain, and can also act as a proactive approach to injury prevention. 

Medical Grade Shoe Inserts: 

A diverse array of shoe inserts is available for addressing foot pain, heel discomfort, and minor issues. For instance, you can place arch supports in your shoes to rectify overarched or flat feet, and gel and cushioned insoles are frequently chosen for the comfort and relief they provide from foot and heel pain by reducing pressure. 

If you have any questions please contact our office located in Somerset, NJ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.



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Wednesday, 13 March 2024 00:00

Wounds That Don't Heal Need to Be Checked

Your feet are covered most of the day. If you're diabetic, periodic screening is important for good health. Numbness is often a sign of diabetic foot and can mask a sore or wound.

Tuesday, 12 March 2024 00:00

What Is Severe Athlete’s Foot?

Athlete's foot, a fungal skin infection of the foot, can become severe and cause blisters or ulcers. Severe athlete’s foot can be a persistent and debilitating condition that significantly impacts a patient’s quality of life. The advanced stage of the infection is characterized by intense itching, burning, and a noticeable degradation of the skin on the feet. This includes cracking, peeling, and the emergence of blisters. Ulcers, or deep sores, may appear on the heel or ball of the foot. Where athlete’s foot normally appears between the toes or the side of the foot, severe athlete's foot may spread beyond these areas to the rest of the foot. This can lead to secondary bacterial infections due to the compromised integrity of the skin. Treatment usually includes a multi-step approach, such as prescribed antifungal medications, rigorous hygiene practices, and possibly lifestyle adjustments. If you suspect athlete’s foot, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist promptly to prevent the condition from worsening. 

Athlete’s Foot

Athlete’s foot is often an uncomfortable condition to experience. Thankfully, podiatrists specialize in treating athlete’s foot and offer the best treatment options. If you have any questions about athlete’s foot, consult with Harvey Jacobs, DPM from Quality Foot Care Center. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality treatment.

What Is Athlete’s Foot?

Tinea pedis, more commonly known as athlete’s foot, is a non-serious and common fungal infection of the foot. Athlete’s foot is contagious and can be contracted by touching someone who has it or infected surfaces. The most common places contaminated by it are public showers, locker rooms, and swimming pools. Once contracted, it grows on feet that are left inside moist, dark, and warm shoes and socks.


The most effective ways to prevent athlete’s foot include:

  • Thoroughly washing and drying feet
  • Avoid going barefoot in locker rooms and public showers
  • Using shower shoes in public showers
  • Wearing socks that allow the feet to breathe
  • Changing socks and shoes frequently if you sweat a lot


Athlete’s foot initially occurs as a rash between the toes. However, if left undiagnosed, it can spread to the sides and bottom of the feet, toenails, and if touched by hand, the hands themselves. Symptoms include:

  • Redness
  • Burning
  • Itching
  • Scaly and peeling skin

Diagnosis and Treatment

Diagnosis is quick and easy. Skin samples will be taken and either viewed under a microscope or sent to a lab for testing. Sometimes, a podiatrist can diagnose it based on simply looking at it. Once confirmed, treatment options include oral and topical antifungal medications.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Somerset, NJ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.


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Tuesday, 05 March 2024 00:00

Managing Plantar Warts

Papillomas, also known as warts, are caused by coming into contact with the human papilloma virus, or HPV. One type of papilloma found on the feet is termed a plantar wart. The HPV virus is commonly picked up in humid communal environments, such as public showers and swimming pools. The best way to avoid being exposed to these contagious papillomas on your feet is to wear appropriate foot coverings in public places such as showers, locker rooms, and pools. A plantar wart typically appears as a small, rough growth on the bottom of your foot, usually at the base of the toes, or on the ball or heel. In some cases, the wart may contain black pinpoints, which are small clotted blood vessels, commonly called wart seeds. While a plantar wart may resolve without treatment, seeking advice from a podiatrist can help to minimize its spread and any discomfort it causes. If the wart reoccurs, and especially if it is bleeding, painful, or there are changes in shape or color, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for immediate treatment.

Plantar warts can be very uncomfortable. If you need your feet checked, contact Harvey Jacobs, DPM from Quality Foot Care Center. Our doctor will assist you with all of your foot and ankle needs.

About Plantar Warts

Plantar warts are the result of HPV, or human papillomavirus, getting into open wounds on the feet. They are mostly found on the heels or balls of the feet.

While plantar warts are generally harmless, those experiencing excessive pain or those suffering from diabetes or a compromised immune system require immediate medical care. Plantar warts are easily diagnosed, usually through scraping off a bit of rough skin or by getting a biopsy.


  • Lesions on the bottom of your feet, usually rough and grainy
  • Hard or thick callused spots
  • Wart seeds, which are small clotted blood vessels that look like little black spots
  • Pain, discomfort, or tenderness of your feet when walking or standing


  • Freezing
  • Electric tool removal
  • Laser Treatment
  • Topical Creams (prescription only)
  • Over-the-counter medications

To help prevent developing plantar warts, avoid walking barefoot over abrasive surfaces that can cause cuts or wounds for HPV to get into. Avoiding direct contact with other warts, as well as not picking or rubbing existing warts, can help prevent the further spread of plantar warts. However, if you think you have developed plantar warts, speak to your podiatrist. He or she can diagnose the warts on your feet and recommend the appropriate treatment options.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Somerset, NJ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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