Posts for category: Foot Care
Summer or winter--we are constantly on our feet and that means injuries are bound to happen. Winter sports like skiing require increased support and stabilization in order to prevent foot and ankle injuries. Wear properly fitted ski boots--too snug or loose of a boot will result in blisters and calluses which are painful. Loose boots can also lead to ankle injuries due to lack of stability. Add custom orthotics to the boots/skates for increased biomechanical support. During winter sports like skiing, ankle sprains are common do to the twisting motion. Physical therapy and proprioception exercises (i.e. wobble boards) are helpful in training the ankle ligaments to become stronger and more adaptive. As with any activity, remember to always stretch to prevent sore and stiff muscles. Muscles in the lower extremities are linked as tendons in the foot so stretch your gluts, quads and calf muscles. Also protect your knees with braces while skiing or snowboarding.
And since we are talking about winter remember to wear warm socks! It is a simple but very important rule to follow. It can help prevent frostbite which is more common than we all think. Also remember to keep the feet hydrated! Moisturize the bottom of your feet and heels just as you would the rest of your body.
Whether it be winter or summer, the podiatrists at Advanced Podiatry are always available to help treat any issues you may have with your feet!
It is only the second week of the new year and we are seeing a large influx of patients with new onset foot pain. The first questions we always ask is whether or not the patient has had a sudden change in activity. Almost all reply "yes!"
Happy New Year from all of us at Advanced Podiatry. We hope you and your family had a wonderful holiday and wish you nothing but health and happiness as we enter the new decade.
This is the time of year when many of us reflect back on previous years and begin thinking about resolutions. Goals we would like to achieve and practices we would like to adopt into our lifestyles.
From a podiatry perspective, we wish for you all some habits to become second nature to help you always put your best foot forward and not let your feet slow you down in all you want to do and see this new year.
Here is a list of our resolutions we hope all of our patients and staff make this time of year:
1. Check your feet daily especially if you are diabetic.
2. All patients should moisturize their feet daily.
3. Practice safe pedicure precautions.
4. Replace worn shoes.
5. Change wet socks immediately.
6. Treat your shoes daily with an antifungal and antibacterial spray.
7. Do not practice "bathroom surgery."
8. Wear rubber-soled shoes this time of year to give you your best footing on snow and ice.
9. Do not put feet on space heaters to keep warm.
10. Practice proper nail cutting techniques.
If you or any of your family members have foot pain or any questions about which resolutions would benefit you or your feet please contact our office today.
Blisters come from the friction between skin layers. This friction causes your body to simply produce fluid to protect against continued trauma.
Most times, those small pockets of fluid, usually clear plasma, but sometimes blood, are just irritating. But, if you are a diabetic, have poor circulation, or a compromised immune system, and don’t properly disinfect one that pops, little blisters can lead to big health problems. The danger is that if a blister bursts, or starts to bleed, it progresses to an open wound and you have the potential to get an infection that can go all the way up your leg.
If you get a blister, come see one of our expert podiatrists at Advanced Podiatry of Manhasset, Huntington, Plainview, or Maspeth, to have your blister appropriately treated and prevent Infection.
This time of year many of us are bundling up and braving the cold. Most of us have already needed our winter socks and boots at least once so far this season. From winter sports enthusiasts, to hunters, to holiday shoppers, everyone needs to ensure their feet are properly prepared for the cold. A wise investment for you and your family is a set of quality winter boots and socks. For those of us that undertake activities or employment that requires prolonged exposure to cold more advanced measure may need to be taken. Stocking up on toe warmers or even battery powered heated insoles may be a smart move for those people.
Most of the time cold feet can be remedied by bundling up, good socks, correct footwear, and keeping our feet dry. If these simple fixes do not resolve your symptoms please do not ignore it. Many patients mention to me that their feet are always cold, no matter what they do. This can be a sign of more serious underlying medication conditions such as circulation problems. At Advanced Podiatry we have equipment on-site to perform the most current diagnostic screening test designed to evaluate your circulation. The test is called Ankle Brachial Index (ABI) and is a quick, painless, non-invasive way to determine if your circulation is normal.
Please make an effort to bundle up those feet and if you’re having concerns regarding the cold don’t hesitate to stop by. Enjoy this wonderful time of year!