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We are open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday.
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Contact Information

89 North Maple Ave
Ridgewood, NJ 07450
Phone: (201) 445-5545

Ankle/Foot Fractures and Sprains

If you are suffering from an ankle or foot fracture or sprain, time is of the essence. The best results are achieved when the fracture is tended to immediately. It is imperative that you contact our office as soon as possible so that emrgency care can be provided. We will evaluate the extent of your condition and administer the appropriate treatment.

Fungal Infections

These infections may start out as a white or yellow spot under the tip of your toenail. As the nail fungus spreads deeper into your nail, your nail may discolor, thicken and develop crumbling edges, causing an unsightly and potentially painful problem. These infections should be treated as soon as possible. If left untreated, they can lead to dangerous blood infections.

Hammertoes

A hammertoe is a dislocation of the joint of any one of the toes. It is described as a hammertoe because it bends under like a claw, or like the hammer in a piano. A corn or a callus usually will form either on the end of the toe or from shoe pressure on the prominent portion of the toe. Hammertoes are foot type related and often hereditary. They progress from flexible to rigid deformities and that is when they become painful as everyday shoes begin to cause inflammation and irritation. Home care includes trimming the corn or callus, the application of pads to relieve pressure and wearing shoes with a higher and wider toe box. and padding to reduce shoe A Podiatry consultation will determine the severity of your problem and treatment will include orthotics to compensate for the underlying biomechanical pathology, the use of special shoes and most commonly, a minor surgical procedure, performed under local anesthesia to remove the portion of bone causing the hammering.

Sports Medicine

The most common foot problems caused by sports-related activites are blisters, corns, calluses, athlete’s foot, achilles tendonitis, and heel pain. Preventive measures include using proper foot hygiene: keeping your feet dry, wearing clean socks, making sure your shoes fit properly and making sure you do not overstrain your legs, ankles, and feet. If you develop recurring and/or increasing aches and pains you should make an appointment as soon as possible to avoid causing permanent damage.

Ingrown Toenails

Ingrown toenails are caused by the growth of the toenail into the surrounding nail fold. Symptoms include pain and swelling at the site. Chronic, painful ingrown toenails can usually be teated, permanently, with a simple procedure that prevents the regrowth of the ingrown portion of the nail.

Custom Orthotics

Orthotics are shoe inserts that are custom made to fit each patient’s specific needs and to treat painful conditions such as flat feet, heel spurs, plantar fasciitis and neuromas. Orthotics are intended to correct an abnormal or irregular walking pattern, by slightly altering the angles at which the foot strikes a walking or running surface.

Injuries

If you are an occasional sports enthusiast or a professional athlete, Dr. DeFranco helps you remain healthy and competitive in your recreational activities. Our special sports medicine care can help you prevent injuries before they occur as well as repair injuries after they happen. We provide treatment for sprained ankles, fractures, stress fractures, shin splints and other overuse conditions, heel pain, heel injuries, tendonitis and pulled tendons.

Warts

A wart is a small growth on the skin that develops when the skin is infected by a virus. Warts can develop anywhere on the foot, but typically they appear on the bottom (plantar side) of the foot. Plantar warts most commonly occur in children, adolescents, and the elderly.

Plantar warts are caused by direct contact with the human papilloma virus (HPV). This is the same virus that causes warts on other areas of the body.

Plantar warts grow deep into the skin. Usually this growth occurs slowly, with the wart starting small and becoming larger over time. Warts may cause considerable pain with walking or standing.

Treatment may consist of topical treatments, such as acid compounds. Warts may also be surgically excised or burned. Treatment such as acid compounds laser or surgery may be an option.

Bunions

Bunions are those unsightly enlargements or bumps that occur on the inside areas of your feet. A bunion deformity can cause a wide range of problems for the patient and consequently can involve a varied approach to o treatment. An important point to consider in the understanding of this problem is that it is a progressive deformity. In other words, a bunion will in most cases worsen with time. No one can predict how fast the deformity will progress or to what extent it will cause debility or symptoms but most authorities would agree that sooner or later, it will worsen. Bunions, by nature, can cause pain in certain shoes, become a common site for arthritic changes, lead to secondary compensatory problems such as hammertoes or pain in the fat pad area. They may cause serious aesthetic or shoe wear concerns for certain individuals especially women who have to wear higher styled type shoes. Whatever the extent of involvement, a bunion deformity should warrant consideration by the patient and some level of professional evaluation by a foot specialist.

Heel Pain (Heel Spurs)

Plantar fasciitis (or heel pain) is commonly traced to an inflammation on the bottom of the foot. Our practice can evaluate arch pain, and may prescribe customized orthotics called orthoses to help alleviate the pain.

Diabetic Foot Care

Foot care complications are very common for diabetic patients and we emphasize the control of blood sugar to avoid these problems. Should diabetic foot problems occur, it is imperative that they be diagnosed and treated as soon as possible.