Posts for: January, 2019

By Dr Arden Smith
January 29, 2019
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Diabetic Foot Care  
                                     Diabetic-Foot-Care
 
Foot problems may become more severe if you are a diabetic, and additional care must be taken to avoid complications. There are several techniques that can be practiced for optimum foot care, including checking the feet daily for any cuts or redness, cutting the toenails correctly, and washing and drying thoroughly between the toes. If the skin becomes hardened, you may consider applying a moisturizer on the top and bottom of the feet which will promote softer skin. Choosing to wear shoes that fit well will not only feel comfortable, but will be beneficial in avoiding conditions that may lead to sores and infections. When buying shoes, it's important to make sure the toes have adequate room to move around, and choosing a shoe with a lower heel may be helpful to avoid falling. It is of vital importance that daily foot inspections be carried out. Any type of wound, especially one that is not healing, must be addressed with immediate attention. A consultation with a podiatrist is advised to learn about the importance of proper diabetic foot care.
 
Diabetic foot care is important in preventing foot ailments such as ulcers. If you are suffering from diabetes or have any other concerns about your feet, contact any one of our expert podiatric physicians at  ADVANCED PODIATRY. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.
 
Diabetic Foot Care
 
Diabetes affects millions of people every year. The condition can damage blood vessels in many parts of the body, especially the feet. Because of this, taking care of your feet is essential if you have diabetes, and having a podiatrist help monitor your foot health is highly recommended.
 
The Importance of Caring for Your Feet
 
Routinely inspect your feet for bruises or sores.
  • 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.
     
 
On a lighter note-you might have more in common with your favorite celebrity than the same hometown or hair color. If you have diabetes, you are among some pretty famous and talented company.
Tom Hanks-Oscar-Winning Actor
 
Halley Berry-Academy Award Winning Actress
Larry King-Talk Show Host
Salma Hayek-Oscar Nominee
Nick Jonas-Singer
Paula Deen-Celebrity Chef
Drew Carey-Sitcom Star and Game Show Host
Sherry Shepherd- Actress and former Co-Host of The View
Randy Jackson-American Idol Judge
Billie Jean King-Tennis Icon and Superstar
Jay Cutler-Chicago Bears Quarterback
 
Bret Michaels-Rockstar
Patti LaBelle-Singer
And finally, last, but not least, one of my all-time favorites, the late Actress and Icon-Mary Tyler Moore

By Dr Aarti Kumar
January 16, 2019
Category: Neuromas
Tags: Numbness  

                            

If you are standing outside in the cold for too long these days, chances are your toes might feel numb. But there are many more reasons why legs and feet can feel numb and tingly. The medical terminology for numbness and tingling is called "paresthesias". One of the most common causes of paresthesias in the lower extremities is nerve impingement. It is important to understand that the nerves supplying the feet arise from the lower back region. Any time there is an impingement or back injury, foot and leg numbness is common. Neuromas (inflammation of the nerves) in the foot can  cause "an electric shock type" sensation in the toes and cause numbness in the toes when in shoes. Another common cause of paresthesias is diabetes-most commonly termed diabetic neuropathy.

One of the major reasons why it is important for diabetic patients to see podiatrists every few months is so that we can test your sensation and make sure there are no cuts or scrapes that can lead to serious infections. Poor circulation can lead to cold feet but also numbness. Raynaud's disease is seen more commonly in the winter months and patients frequently come in complaining of "not being able to feel their toes". Some of the other less common causes of paresthesias in the lower limb can be vitamin deficiency, autoimmune diseases such as thyroiditis and Celiac's disease, pregnancy, kidney disease and infections such as Lyme disease and shingles. If you are experiencing paresthesias in the lower extremities, make an appointment with the foot specialists at Advanced Podiatry and we can work together to figure out the cause. We work well with other specialists such as neurologists to find the best treatments for our patients.


By Dr Shabana Chowdhury
January 09, 2019
Category: Foot Care
Tags: heels  

                               heels

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!

 
 
 
 

By Dr Joseph DiStefano
January 09, 2019
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Trends Shoes  

                       shoetrends

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.


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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Great Neck, NY 11021
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Plainview, NY 11803
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