Posts for category: Foot Care
You may recognize this famous foot; and if you don't, it might be better that way! This foot serves as a great teaching model. Some of the obvious issues noted to this foot are:1. Discolored, thickened toenails- most people think any discolored, thickened toenail is from a fungus. While that might be true it is important to know that trauma, bacterial/yeast infestation can also cause such an appearance. Often times, a nail biopsy is taken in the office and sent off for analysis to confirm fungal growth. If fungus is present, various treatments ranging from topical treatments, oral medications to laser treatments are available. At Advanced Podiatry, we work with our patients to choose which options are best for each individual.2. Bunion- A bump on the inside of the foot may not only be cosmetic in nature but also painful to walk and put shoes on. Bunions may arise due to biomechanical deformities that were never treated such as flat feet or from long years of high heels. The medical term for a bunion is known as hallux abductovalgus in which the joint deviates and causes the great toe to start turning towards the second toe. With severe bunions, the second toe starts to buckle due to the big toe shifting over. The podiatrists at Advanced Podiatry are trained in both conservative and surgical management of bunions.3. Bunionette/Tailors bunion- A bunionette deformity is analogous to a bunion except the bump is on the outside of the foot. Many times, a callus will form near the bump from friction/rubbing from shoes. This deformity can also cause the fifth toe to drift inwards and develop a corn, Wider and supportive shoe gear are always helpful in preventing this deformity from getting worse. If conservative measures are unhelpful, surgery can be performed to decrease pain and the ability to wear normal shoe gear again.4. Hammertoes- Buckled toes may arise from biomechanical deformities such as flat feet, high arched feet or some neurological conditions. Unsupportive, narrow shoe gear can also cause hammering of the lesser toes. Some of the conservative treatment options for hammertoes include orthotics to address biomechanical deformities or toe caps to prevent friction. Surgical approaches are available for hammertoes as well depending on the flexibility of the joint. Sometimes, a simple bone removal is sufficient to decompress the joint; other times a fusion of the joint with some kind of internal fixation may be necessary.
If you feel like you may have any of the above-mentioned problems, come in today for an evaluation and discuss the various treatment options available!
The temperatures are dropping! As temperatures fall and you need to venture outdoors or spend time outside, getting cold feet is a real concern! Extreme exposure of your feet to cold over a prolonged period of time can lead to a condition called frostbite. Frostbite is the destruction of tissue caused by below freezing temperatures. When skin is exposed to the cold, the blood vessels in our feet decrease in size in order to reduce heat loss and to keep our core body temperature regulated. With continued cold exposure, the blood vessel walls change and diverts blood which causes areas of tissues to become bypassed and devitalized.
Frostbite starts by producing pain and a burning sensation in exposed areas. This can then be followed by numbness and changes in skin color (from pale or red to blue, grey and even black!). Children, the elderly and diabetics are more prone to frostbite due to the size of their extremities and possibly poor circulation. In addition, individuals who work outdoors have a higher likelihood of getting frostbite due to their increased exposure to the elements.
If you think you have frostbite, please seek medical attention immediately! It may not just be cold feet!
- Wear socks that fit your feet comfortably.
- Wear comfortable shoes that provide adequate support.
It is always best to inform your healthcare professional of any concerns you may have regarding your feet, especially for diabetic patients. Early treatment and routine foot examinations are keys to maintaining proper health, especially because severe complications can arise if proper treatment is not applied.Patients with diabetes should have their doctor monitor their blood levels, as blood sugar levels play such a huge role in diabetic care. Monitoring these levels on a regular basis is highly advised.
If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Manhasset, Huntington, Plainview, or Maspeth, NY. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.
Many women live by the philosophy that "flats are for failures". However, high heels can take a toll on your feet. Wearing heels for an extended length of time, whether it's dancing or just walking, can lead to many foot problems. Some of these ailments include: blisters, numbness, swelling, and general pain. So how are some women able to add heels into their signature look with no sign of pain? Here are some tricks you can try so that you can fall in love your heels again.
When buying shoes, pay attention to the thickness of the arch, sole and heel. The thicker the sole, the more cushion between your foot and the ground. For thin soled shoes, consider adding a gel insert to help pad the ball of your foot. Heels with a hidden platform can also help give the illusion of wearing higher heels without affecting arch height. Also the chuckier the heel, the more stable you will feel while walking. Some women buy shoes half size larger to prevent rubbing from the feet swelling up at the end of the day. Excessive rubbing is the cause of painful blisters.
Try some of these suggestions and if you are still having pain while wearing your heels feel free to visit as at Advanced Podiatry!
Trends are everywhere in the clothing and shoe business. Within the last 7-10 years, the newest trend in shoes is the minimalist movement. Shoes are lighter, thinner and smaller and every brand, store and cobbler is on board. Within the workout community, sneakers have been one of the main targets for the minimalist shift. The vibram five finger shoes were huge when they first came out and I remember seeing them everywhere. Books were published touting the efficiency and better form associated with "barefoot running" or "natural running" attributed to the professional Kenyan and south African runners.
But, the real question is, is this the best thing for training? I see many patients in the office who have tried to make the switch, but end up injuring themselves. To run in a minimalist shoe, the running form has to shift from a heel strike, to a forefoot strike. For many people, this will take significant time and training to properly perform. A newer athlete will likely not have the proper muscle tone or form to adequately execute higher intensity workouts, and this can lead to injury. As I tell patients, every foot is different, so by seeing a sports medicine specialist, he or she can tell you how to properly train and condition your body while suggesting appropriate foot wear to allow for less stress on your joints. As your running pattern changes, most people can then begin to transition to lighter shoes. Remember loyal readers: listen to your body. It will tell you if you are pushing too hard, too fast, or too long.