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Posts for category: Foot Care

By Dr Arden Smith
May 16, 2022
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Stress Fractures  
Older adults are particularly vulnerable to stress fractures, or tiny cracks in the bone, because the trabeculae, the spongy tissue that connects your bodies bones, thin with age. The most common symptom is pain with activity that subsides with rest. 
 
At Advanced Podiatry we saw a lot of stress fractures throughout the pandemic. People were barefoot more because they worked from home, and they gained  weight, which together is not a good combination.
 
It’s important to realize that the symptoms of a stress fracture are more subtle than those you may experience with an actual broken bone. In fact, a lot of people don’t even realize they have one.  There’s usually not much swelling or bruising, they don’t remember hurting themselves, and they usually can still walk, albeit with pain. 
 
If pain lasts more than a few days and doesn’t seem to get better with ice and rest, please come in to see one of our award-winning expert podiatrists at Advanced Podiatry of Maspeth, Manhasset, Huntington, Mineola, Plainview, Williston Park, or Coram.  Treatment will usually consist of a walking boot until adequate healing has taken place.
Over our lifetime, your feet will carry you more than 216 million steps, or more than 100,000 miles. That’s a lot of time spent on your feet and, as you age, it becomes more important than ever to take good care of them. People unable to move about suffer numerous physical, psychological, and social afflictions as a result, or indirect result, of foot dysfunction.  It is not simply how they look, but how they work that matters most.
 
Wearing poorly fitting shoes can cause corns, calluses, blisters, ingrown toenails, and even sprains and strains. Corns and calluses are areas of thickened skin resulting from abnormal pressure or rubbing.  They are not the problem, but rather the result of abnormal foot structure or function. 
 
The award-winning, expert podiatrists at Advanced Podiatry of Manhasset, Huntington, Maspeth, Plainview, Coram, Mineola, and Williston Park will be happy to evaluate your feet and recommend the appropriate preventive and\or therapeutic treatment for you. Remember - "One pair must last a lifetime!!!"
By Dr Christopher Chung
April 20, 2022
Category: Foot Care

Ever had a day when you come home from a long day’s work where you’re standing for long periods of time in uncomfortable shoes and notice what appears to be a skin bubble on a sore part of your feet? This is known as a blister.

A blister essentially a fluid-filled pocket in the skin.  By and large blisters are due to the excessive friction or abrasive force which breaks down the layers of the skin causing fluid to fill it. Though they can form from ill-fitted shoes, whether they may be too tight or too loose, they can also form when individuals walk, stand or run for an extended length of time. The most common areas on your feet where you might find a blister are usually areas where a bony prominence or protuberance makes contact with either the inside of your shoes or the ground itself. This includes areas like your bunion, toes, or top of the foot.

If you’re someone who tends to sweat a long in your feet particularly when having shoes on, this can cause blisters to form more easily. This is why many athletes who are training for a large portion of their day and who are sweating in their shoes can form blisters after they’re done with their regiment. Though they may feel uncomfortable, blisters typically resolve on their own when the feet are given a bit of rest, ice, applying an antiseptic, change in shoegear and being checked by a podiatrist.

Blisters can also sporadically form on your legs if you have any swelling in your legs from any venous compromise issues, particularly if you lead a sedentary lifestyle. This can happen even if nothing seems to be rubbing on your legs because these types of blisters are due to the high fluid pressure in the legs. Seeing your podiatrist as well as a vascular specialist to manage the swelling in your legs is definitely needed. Other causes may include an insect bite, a burn or an infection in the skin.

So the next time you notice a blister, follow these steps:

1. Wash and cleanse your feet. This gets rid of any sweat along with any bacteria or fungus that may be residing on the surface of your skin.

2. Apply betadine on the region and cover with a bandaid. Betadine works as an antiseptic which can help it to kill any bacteria in the area as well as it helps to dry the area out.

3. Apply moleskin on the inside of the shoe that is causing the rubbing on the skin. Moleskin is a heavy cotton fabric with an adhesive backing that can be applied to areas to reduce friction and irritation to the skin.

4. Change your shoes. Sometimes it’s the shoes that can cause some wear and tear on your feet, whether they are old or new. Something as simple as changing your shoes to something more accommodative or soft may do the trick. Shoes that are also the correct length, width and toe box height are also factors.

5. DO NOT try to pop it! Some sources will say to simply pop the blister with a needle when at home. DON’T DO THIS. This can potentially lead to a serious infection and wound care especially if you’re diabetic. If the blister needs to be deflated, it is strongly recommended it is done by a podiatrist in a clinical office setting with proper instruments and after care can be given. Even if it pops before you see a podiatrist, follow the first two steps and still seek help by a professional before it gets worse.

6. I’ve done all these steps. If you’ve exhausted these steps but notice the blister getting worse, becoming more red  or notice new blisters forming, then make an appointment with your local podiatrist for assessment and evaluation. 

If you need further advice on what types of shoes are good for your feet as well as how they should fit, please visit our other informative blog posts by Dr. Evan Vieira and Dr. Arden Smith in the links below:

https://www.lifootcare.com/blog/post/how-to-find-the-right-shoes-for-your-fett.html

https://www.lifootcare.com/blog/post/buying-shoes.html

By Dr Alison Croughan
April 12, 2022
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Advanced Podiatry  
At Advanced Podiatry our goal is to keep all of our patients moving pain free. Our patients put lots of miles on their feet either while working, taking their kids to activities, enjoying their favorite past times and for some running actual races. The biggest concerns for those patient athletes are appropriate shoe gear and support from a custom orthotic, stretching and proper recovery, and the treatment of blisters and painful calluses.  
 
One runner that has caught our attention at Advanced Podiatry is Oz Pearlman. Late Friday night, Pearlman broke the record for most miles run around Central Park - 19 loops or 116 miles to be exact. This long distance runner tackled this feat as part of a fundraiser for Ukraine raising more than $100,000. We love people chasing their dreams. If you have a race, marathon or personal challenge that you are working towards this Spring, step into one of our offices so we can help you put your best foot forward.
By Dr Lenny Nguyen
March 25, 2022
Category: Foot Care

                                     

With winter almost in the rearview mirror and you’re starting to bring out your open toe shoes to celebrate the warmer weather, don’t forget to check your feet. Have you noticed any new bumps or lesions to your feet? You may have a plantar wart.

What is a plantar wart?

Plantar warts, also known as verruca, are small growth located on the bottom of the feet and sometimes on the toes. Often mistaken as calluses, warts appear as small cauliflower-like lesions and may have small black pinpoint dots. Warts can be painful, grow in size, and may sometimes spread to other parts of the feet.

How do warts start?

Plantar warts are caused by human papilloma virus (HPV), which enters the body through tiny cuts or breaks in the skin. Though most common in kids, plantar warts can affect anyone of all ages. HPV is often contracted while walking barefoot or using shared bathrooms and showers in gyms or dorms. After initial exposure, the wart may lay dormant for weeks to months and finally appear after stress to the immune system.

How do I get rid of the wart?

If a lesion appears on your feet, it is best to see a podiatrist to ensure it is not something more serious. Treatment of the wart will depend on pain, size, duration, and quantity of the lesions. Treatments include debridement, topical medication, cryotherapy, and possible surgical excision depending on the severity of the wart. Thankfully in the majority of cases, conservative treatment is effective in getting rid of the wart.  

If you suspect a wart or have any other issues with the feet, make sure to call to make an appointment today.



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