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Posts for category: Foot Care

By Dr Basem Hakim
October 01, 2022
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Bursitis  

Foot bursitis is fairly common, especially among athletes and runners. Bursitis is an inflammation of the bursa. The bursa is a small, fluid-filled sac that cushions and lubricates your joints and bones. Although your foot has just one natural bursa, other bursae can form in injured areas of your foot and ankle.

Bursitis Causes

Foot bursitis usually results from an injury, or a lot of stress, as with overuse of the feet, repetitive impact motions on hard floors, badly fitting shoes, inadequate stretching, walking in high heels, or being overweight also stresses your feet.

Some underlying medical conditions like rheumatoid arthritis, gout, diabetes, thyroid disorders, or rare infection can also predispose to bursitis.

Areas where you can develop bursitis include A Haglund’s deformity on the back of your heel (known as pump bump), on the bottom of the heel (between the heel bone and the plantar fascia), on your Achilles tendon sitting under the skin as a result of continued friction against tight shoes. Also, on a Bunion or tailor’s bunion where bursa sacs near the toe joints get bigger and inflamed.

Common Symptoms of Bursitis

Common symptoms of foot bursitis include pain with the related joint motion, swelling, redness, warmth or stiffness around the joints, and increased pain associated with walking, standing on tiptoes, or bending the foot.

Bursitis Treatments

Upon examination, your doctor will run some tests, including X-rays, ultrasound, MRI, blood tests, and ultrasound-guided removal of joint fluid to ensure you don’t have a fracture, gout, or an infection. 

Treatment usually starts with conservative methods, which include rest, icing, foot elevation, wearing proper supportive fitting shoes, heel cushions, performing stretching exercises, taking anti-inflammatory medications, physical therapy sessions, cortisone injections may be recommended, and prescribing shoe inserts with arch support and heel cup.

Surgery is a reserved option if your pain persists beyond six months and if the other conservative methods didn’t help.

Advanced Foot Care Can Help

Contact us if you have pain in your heel that doesn’t go away. Getting a diagnosis and treatment early on can save you from future pain and give you an early safe return to your daily activities.  

By Dr Arden Smith
July 20, 2022
Category: Foot Care
The foot is an incredible structure with 26 bones, 32 joints, 103 ligaments, and numerous muscles and tendons, each component relies on the others to work properly. One of the best things we can do to keep our feet healthy is to use them. Walking can help improve the overall function of your feet.
 
Promoting good circulation through walking is important for your feet. Circulation is also critical in helping to fight infection if you have a bruise, or cut on your foot. Proper blood supply provides oxygen and nutrients to the structures of the foot and removes waste products. Good circulation also provides essential nutrients to maintain the health of your nerve sheaths and is important to sustain normal nerve function.
 
For an evaluation of your general foot health please contact one of our Advanced Foot Care offices in Manhasset, Maspeth, Huntington, Mineola, Plainview, Williston Park, or Coram and one of our award-winning expert podiatrists will be happy to evaluate your foot health, answer all of your questions, and give you appropriate advice.
Are running shoes good for walking?
 
Both running and walking are forward motions. For both activities you need cushion and shock absorption in your shoes. With similar movements, improper footwear in either activity, can eventually lead to similar foot problems: sprains, strains, stress fractures, tendinitis, and plantar fasciitis.
 
Walking versus running have different gates. Therefore, wear patterns will form on your sneakers at very different rates. So it’s really best not to use the same pair of shoes for the two different activities. Having two separate pairs - One dedicated to running and one to walking is a better idea.
 
If you have any questions regarding the appropriate athletic shoe for your activity please contact one of our Advanced Foot Care offices in: Manhasset, Maspeth, Huntington, Mineola, Plainview, Williston Park, or Coram and one of our award-winning expert podiatrists will be happy to evaluate your problem and answer any of your questions.
Running, basketball, volleyball, hiking, and tennis are some of the activities for which it is essential to have a sport-specific shoe. This is especially true if you are a more serious athlete who wants to maximize your performance.
 
A good quality running shoe is essential. Look for a light, flexible style that will absorb the repetitive impact of the foot hitting the ground.
 
Sometimes, shoes look and feel fine, even when they are worn out. So a way to keep tabs on them is mileage and time.  Running and walking shoes should be replaced after 300 to 500 miles of use. Basketball shoes after 45 to 50 hours of play. For aerobic dance, or tennis, replace shoes when they show signs of unevenness on a flat surface, or when they display noticeable creasing. 
By Dr Evan Vieira
May 24, 2022
Category: Foot Care

More and more emphasis is being placed on teaching our youngsters about living a healthy lifestyle.  Kids are taught early on to eat well, stay active and to be aware of their bodies.  Much advancement has been made in the areas of pediatric diet and exercise routines. 

As we encourage more activity and exercise we need to be aware of the strains that this can put on a developing child.  Open growth plates place a unique set of circumstances on the management of these young athletes. 
 
At Advanced Podiatry we are well versed in the treatment and management of this rapidly evolving and changing population.  If your child is an athlete, whether it is T-ball on the weekends or even triathlons (YES! Even triathlons) we are here to help.  
 
Call today and make an appointment for your youngster to have a full biomechanical assessment and and thorough orthopedic exam of the lower extremities.  Avoiding future problems is the ideal scenario and our doctors are experts on this.  
 
Stay active, stay fit and stay healthy!


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