Posts for: July, 2019

By Dr Aarti Kumar
July 30, 2019
Category: Foot Care
Tags: athlete's foot  

                                       

Increased temperature and humidity attract many people to local pools and beaches to beat the heat! Another thing it may attract is tinea pedis-more commonly known as athlete’s foot. Athlete’s foot is a condition in which fungus inhabits the feet. It is caused by the same type of fungus that causes ringwork and jock itch. This organism thrives in moist socks and shoes along with dark, warm/humid conditions. 

Symptoms of athlete’s foot include an itchy or burning type of rash usually on the soles of feet. This rash is usually ring like peeling often referred to as annular scaling in podiatric terminology. At times, small itchy blisters may also develop. It is important to note that this infection can spread to other parts of the body such as hands, toenails and your groin. In the office, we commonly see toenail fungus in addition to athlete’s foot as it cross contaminates rather quickly. 

Some ways to avoid athlete’s foot include- keeping your feet dry after showering and throughout the day, alternating shoe gear every day to allow drying of shoes between use, using flip flops in public places like pools and locker rooms and changing your socks once-twice a day . Do not forget about the spaces between your toes since that it is a common place for fungus to hang out! It is important to moisturize your feet but always avoid the interspaces as creams/lotions between the toes create a home for fungus. 

Do not let the summer heat cause stress to your feet! If you have any dryness, itching or rash to your feet make an appointment to come see one of our specialists today. Summer should be an enjoyable few months-not an itchy one! 

 

By Dr Arden Smith
July 22, 2019
Category: Foot Tips
Tags: Barbie Feet  
 
                            
“Barbie feet”, which models, celebrities, and fashion girls have taken an obsessive liking to is the current trend to pose up on your toes to elongate your legs and flex your muscles a little bit. It appears as though you are wearing high heels sans the shoes. This positioning of the leg is nearly identical to the propped up feet of Barbie.
 
Typically, this pose is accompanied by a swimsuit or summer wear since those are the occasions where no shoes are usually worn. From a podiatrist’s point of view, "Barbie feet" are obviously better than wearing high heels because the position of the foot is temporary. Posing with “Barbie feet” can make you look taller and can possibly make your calves look more muscular, but this pose is not recommended for long periods of time because you can get calf shortening and pain and inflammation along the ball of the foot.
 
The doctors at Advanced Podiatry are trained in aesthetic treatments of the foot and minimally invasive surgical techniques.

By Dr Arden Smith
July 22, 2019
Category: Foot Tips
Tags: Gout and Weather  

               
 

Do you get a gout flare when the weather changes?
 

The climate plays a big role for us gout sufferers especially when it’s hot and humid which can lead to dehydration and triggering a gout attack. When your body is depleted of fluids through perspiration, you can suffer recurrent gout attacks so it is imperative that you drink a lot of water when the humidity index is high. There are also many gout sufferers who have reported that they get gout attacks in the fall and when seasons change. After an extended period of time where the temperature is stable at a certain range of degrees, our bodies then become accustomed to this consistency. Then if the temperature drops dramatically overnight, bringing about unusually cold mornings as in the fall season, it is very reasonable to believe that your excess uric acid will crystallize in the joints triggering a gout attack.
Remember that gout is a form of arthritis and that people who suffer from arthritis are also sensitive to weather changes. As your body adapts to the new season and new range of temperatures, your uric acid levels also adjust accordingly until the next change in weather or season. To avoid a gout attack it is important to maintain a regular temperature in your body despite the changes of temperature and pressure of the environment.
 

So what is a gout sufferer to do?
 

Maintaining a regular temperature in your body although the weather is changing drastically is the key to avoiding a gout attack. It is important when the weather changes towards heat and humidity to keep hydrated since you lose more water when it’s hot, drink frequently because water will help your body maintain a constant temperature. Try and have air conditioning in your house and car if possible, this will help you a lot.
 
When the weather changes to cold you definitely need to warm yourself up, if it’s possible for you to move to a warm area in the wintertime, then good for you. If not make sure to bundle up when going out, so wear an extra layer of socks to keep your feet warm and dress in layers. Drinking warm beverages like coffee or your favorite tea will warm up your body and raise your body temperature. Try and keep moving in cold weather, this will produce body heat and since you are more active this will improve your blood circulation. At home make sure to have heating or at least electronic blankets to keep your body warm at night when it’s coldest.
Regardless of hot or cold weather, take the necessary precautions and avoid that painful gout attack.

By Dr Arden Smith
July 06, 2019
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Summer Feet  
Arden Smith DPM, Fellow American college of Foot and Ankle Surgeons, Fellow American College of Foot and Ankle Orthopedics and Medicine
 
 
Cut Down on Blisters
New sandals often come at a steep price of painful blisters. The sores form from the chafing that happens when the shoe rubs up against the skin until it balloons out and fills with fluid to cushion and protect the deeper layers of skin underneath. The first step Is to buy shoes that are comfortable when you buy them and don’t need to be broken in. Look for soft fabrics or leathers and then take them for a test drive at home for an hour or so before you wear them outside to make sure that they stay pain-free. You can also try lining any painful spots with moleskin to prevent the friction that ultimately causes blisters.
But sometimes even seemingly comfortable shoes can cause problems. If you end up in pain clean the blister with the regular hand soap and try to leave it intact. If the pain is unbearable call our office to have one of our doctors puncture and aspirate the blister and drain the fluid out leaving the skin intact then apply some antibiotic ointment then cover with a Band-Aid until it is healed.
 
Prevent and Treat Dry, Cracked Heels
Wearing open back shoes, sandals or flip flops can spread the fat pad of the heel, causing the skin to crack. If you have any deep cracks where you can see dried blood, treat the heel with an antibiotic ointment and cover with a Band-Aid and follow up with one of our expert podiatrists at Advanced Podiatry. If you just have run-of-the-mill dry summer heels apply a moisturizer every day and run a pumice stone over them once or twice a week in the shower.
Dry cracked heels can also be a sign of a fungus, psoriasis, thyroid issues and diabetes. If you are concerned give our office a call and visit one of our expert podiatrists.
 
Rethink your flip-flops
Flip-flop season is a very busy season for our office-especially toward the end of the summer when everyone has been walking around in these terrible shoes.
Over wearing this summertime staple can cause stress fractures, heel pain, and tendinitis, and can exacerbate hammertoes. These are not shoes that you should be wearing from eight in the morning to eight at night-that’s not really what the shoes are made for.
Not all flip-flops are created equal-look for a pair with a thicker soul with arch support and the more straps the better, as they can reduce stress placed on the toes to grip the flip-flop so that it doesn’t fly off your foot. Reserve the ultrathin ones for the locker room or pool.
 
Proceed Barefoot With Caution
Walking barefoot might be one of the great joys of summer, but it can also put you at an increased risk of contracting wart viruses, athletes foot fungus, or bacteria which can cause a skin infection. All of these tend to thrive in a warm, moist environment, like a public pool. Going shoeless also raises the risk of picking up foreign bodies like stepping on glass or splinters. Even walking around barefoot at home can be problematic as you have no support on your feet.
 
Ease Sweaty Feet
For some people, high temperatures means sweaty feet, and all that moisture can increase the risk of picking up an infection. It’s best to wear socks that wick excessive moisture away, and change out of damp socks and sweaty sneakers as soon as possible.
One natural remedy is soaking your feet in cool black tea for 20 were 30 minutes. The tannins in the tea can decrease sweat production.
 
Get a Safe Pedicure
For many, polished toenails are a summertime staple-but some serious health risks might be lurking in the pedicure chair. Everything from the tools to that relaxing whirlpool soak can transmit nail fungus, wart viruses, and sometimes serious bacterial infections.
To stay safe, consider bringing your own tool set. Try to schedule your appointment in the beginning of the day when the technicians are less tired and the environment and equipment is a bit cleaner. Don’t shave or wax your legs for at least 24 hours before your appointment-hair removal can cause microscopic cuts increasing susceptibility to infection.
 
Watch Out For Germs
One study from the university of Miami found that a single pair flip-flops can harbor a whopping 18,000 bacteria, including the dangerous superbug Staphylococcus Aureus.
Walking the streets in open shoes can mean kicking up all sorts of debris including human vomit, feces, bird droppings and a whole host of other unappetizing things. Then when you take your shoes off and touch say your face, it becomes a repository for everything you brought in from the outside.
A few simple precautions can keep you safe-removing your shoes before entering the house and and washing your hands thoroughly-between 20 30 seconds-after you remove your shoes.
 
Feet Need Sunscreen Too

Don’t forget to put sunscreen on your feet. The same sun induced skin cancers that are common on other sun exposed areas on our bodies can also present on our feet.

Sandals Around the Pool

Last but not least we cannot forget about how hot the concrete or stone around the pool can get on a hot, sunny, summer day. These hot surfaces may lead to serious burns on unshod feet especially, but not limited to diabetics with neuropathy or peripheral vascular disease, people who are immunosuppressed, and people with impaired circulation.



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Maspeth, NY 11378
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Great Neck, NY 11021
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Plainview, NY 11803
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