Posts for category: Foot Tips

By Dr Evan Vieira
May 20, 2019
Category: Foot Tips
Tags: PGA Tour  

                                   

The PGA tour is in town! The PGA Championship is being played at Bethpage’s beautiful black course.

The black is long and Full of steep hills and rough terrain.  On a recent visit there myself, I was shocked at how much of a beating my feet took walking the course. These simple tips can help keep you up and going.

Wear supportive comfortable shoes, ones you are familiar with and have walked distance in before.  Make sure to wear a thick cotton sock and consider bringing a change as the court can get wet.

Prior to starting, give your feet ankles and calves a good thorough stretch. And be sure to periodically stretch out in the course of the day.  Drink plenty of water, and avoid sugary drinks.

It’s a beautiful weekend for golf, enjoy the tournament and while you’re in town come to visit us at Advance Podiatry.

By Dr Quynh Lee
May 07, 2019
Category: Foot Tips
Tags: Shoe Buying Tips  

                           

Many of our patients ask for tips on purchasing shoe gear. When shoe shopping, your ultimate goals include making sure you are comfortable, the shoes you are purchasing fit well and that you are pain-free. Of course, style and fashion trend(s) matter to most but in order to avoid potential foot issues-  it is important to select appropriate well-fitting shoes.

To help you navigate, below are some helpful tips:

-       Purchase shoes at the END of the day; this is when your feet are larger. This will ensure that your shoes will not be too tight.

-       Have your feet measured? Sometimes one foot may be larger than the other. Another thing to be aware of is that sizing can vary from brand to brand. Go by how the shoe fits rather than the marked size. Always try before you buy!

-       Bring your orthotics with you when purchasing shoes and walk around the store to ensure that you are comfortable. On the same note, try on shoes with any socks or special stockings/hosiery that you normally wear on a daily basis.

-       Make sure there is wiggle room! If you cannot move your toes, your shoes are too tight. If the shoe is too tight or narrow, you can aggravate conditions such as bunions or hammertoes.

-       Look for shoes with adequate shock absorption and cushion. This will help with shock absorption and help protect your feet.

-       Bend the shoes. Shoes should not bend in the arch region. This can lead to plantar fasciitis (heel pain).

When shoes are inappropriate in terms of sizing, fit, or comfort, this may lead to foot deformities and/or aggravate existing deformities such as bunions, hammertoes, flat feet or high arched feet. Custom orthotics (inserts) may help with such conditions and also help relieve pain.

You do not have to live with pain; especially if it is because of improper footwear! If you are unsure about anything or have questions, please do not hesitate to call us and make an appointment!

 

By Dr. Joseph DiStefano
March 20, 2019
Category: Foot Tips
Tags: NBA Playoffs  

                              

Scrolling through some sports articles over the weekend was mostly the same old news, but an injury report brought one that caught my attention and warrants discussion. The NBA playoffs are coming up, and with the push towards the end of the season, star players are getting more court time. Such was the case for Milwaukee Bucks guard Malcolm Brogdon who suffered a minor plantar fascial tear in his right foot which will require a minimum of 6-8 weeks to fully recuperate from. But wait for Dr. D, you say. You just said it was a minor tear, why so long to heal? I'm glad you asked that loyal reader. 

The plantar fascia is a ligament on the bottom of the foot which starts from the heel bone, runs underneath the arch, and travels to the base of each of the toes. This ligament helps support the structure of the foot. Basketball players and other court-sport athletes are the most susceptible to plantar fascial strains. The high demand of performing on a hard surface, lateral cutting movements, jumping and landing and repetitive periods of high activity and then rest can predispose to issues with the plantar fascia. 

Symptoms can be very mild, ranging from discomfort when walking to extremely severe, where patients cannot put any pressure on their heels and will limp. This injury is very common, something podiatrists see daily, and occurs in all ages and activity levels. The treatments employed depend on the severity of the injury, but generally, most patients do not require a long period of recuperation. Unfortunately, the plantar fascia does not heal quickly, so even an elite athlete sometimes needs a period where no stress is subjected to the plantar fascia. Since the plantar fascia is one of the main structures that support the foot, sometimes that means no walking and running. We try to keep patients on their feet if possible, but each patient is different. Usually, some stretching exercises, rest, physical therapy and custom orthotics are all that are needed to get people back on their feet, raining down threes, smashing winners and pounding the pavement.

By Dr Shabana Chowdhury
March 20, 2019
Category: Foot Tips
Tags: foot tips  

                                         

Strappy shoes are cute, but thick skin on top of your toes might be preventing you from wearing this style. The thick skin, otherwise known as corns, is caused from hammertoes. A hammertoe is a bony deformity of the second, third, fourth, or fifth toes where the middle joint has become fixed into a clenched position.

Hammertoes may be hereditary. So if your parent or grandparents have crooked toes, you may be more prone to them as well. People with higher arches or  longer toes are more likely to have hammertoes because a lot of weight is being put on the forefoot and the toes are pulling back. This buckling effect can also cause thick calluses on ball of your feet.

Unfortunately, a hammertoe won't go away on its own. Orthotics may be able to help with pain you are getting on the bottom of your feet, however they won't do much for corns on the tops of your toes. The best option for that would be surgery, especially if you don't want to change your lifestyle because of the chronic pain. So don't put away your strappy Manolos just yet - contact your podiatrist to discuss what is best for you.

By Dr Arden Smith
January 07, 2019
Category: Foot Tips
Tags: Feet Soft Smooth  
                            soft and smooth feet
 
Your feet probably spend much of the winter stuffed into heavy boots, or fending off cold, dry air outside and overheated air inside. The result: dry, cracked heels and itchy, peeling skin. but when you know how to properly protect and moisturize your feet, they'll stay -comfy and beautiful-all season long.
 
Moisturize your feet when wet-apply moisturizer to still damp feet after every bath or shower. The KAMEA products that are available in our offices are very effective at preventing moisture loss.
 
Heal your heels-get rid of unsightly heel cracks with daily use of the KAMEA products that are available at the kiosk by the front desk in our offices to slough off remaining dead skin cells.
 
Be protective-skip the wool socks when it's chilly outside. The rubbing of wool against your feet removes natural fats from the skin causing moisture loss. In the house, keep slippers or socks on-walking barefoot creates friction that dries feet out.
 
Get shoe smart-wear footwear that fits well. Poorly fitting footwear can rub and lead to hard, ugly calluses on your feet. If your favorite boots are chafing you can try one of our over-the-counter inserts or have us evaluate and scan your foot for a custom made orthotic device -the gold standard for optimal foot function.
 
Diabetics Should Regularly Inspect Their Feet
Good foot care is essential for people with diabetes. Diabetes can cause nerve damage that leads to loss of sensation in the feet, making it difficult to feel sores, blisters, or injuries.
 
People with diabetes should regularly inspect their feet. The best time is immediately after a shower while drying your feet or at the end of the day when removing socks and shoes.If you notice a blister, apply to clean dressing with an antiseptic ointment, try to stay off the foot as much as possible. Contact any of the doctors at Advanced Podiatry, your experts in Diabetic Foot Care as soon as possible, because as Benjamin Franklin said "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. "


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