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Posts for: March, 2021

By Dr Pedram A. Hendizadeh
March 26, 2021
Category: Bunions
Tags: bunion correctors  

“Bunion correctors can help in keeping the joint loose and limber and can even provide some temporary pain relief,” says Pedram Hendizadeh, DPM, a podiatrist and foot surgeon in New York City. “Consistent use of some bunion correctors is thought to possibly slow down the progression of stiffness.”

 

Dr. Hendizadeh sometimes recommends bunion correctors to his patients to use as a conservative treatment for pain, or as postoperative treatment.

Keep in mind: A bunion corrector can only be helpful for a deformity that is flexible in nature and will not address the underlying issue that is causing the bunion in the first place. “For those who have an arthritic type of bunion, it may actually cause more pain to use the corrector since they already have limited motion in that joint,” Dr. Shah says.

Plus, Dr. Shah notes, the movement of the toe joint is only temporary: “Once the corrector is removed, the bunion will usually fall back into its original position.”

                                           Pedram A. Hendizadeh

Source: https://www.thehealthy.com/foot-care/do-bunion-correctors-work/


By Dr Arden Smith
March 23, 2021
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Spring Sandals  
If you have foot issues, you really need to consider your Spring and Summer footwear: most flip-flops lack the structure in the arch that supports the planter fascia in the bottom of the foot, so wearing them can exacerbate plantar fasciitis, or painful strained arches.
 
Because of the poor support and structure in flimsy flip-flops, a person has a tendency to grab the ground with their toes to keep the sandal on, exacerbating their flexor tendons to stabilize the toes, which can add to the progression of hammertoes and\or exacerbate a neuroma – which is an injured nerve between the metatarsal heads.
 
If you suffer from any of these problems, especially after wearing flip-flops, please call one of our Advanced Podiatry offices in Manhasset, Huntington, Plainview, Maspeth, or Coram and one of our award-winning expert podiatrists will be happy to evaluate your problem and discuss treatment options with you.

Left uncontrolled, diabetes can lead to too much sugar in the blood stream. This makes the blood thicker, more syrupy, which often damages blood vessels and nerves in the foot. 
 
Your circulation system carries blood, oxygen, and nutrients throughout your body. When you have poor circulation, your feet often suffer. Wounds and infections are slower to heal, tissue breakdown may form, and the lack of circulation can cause severe and debilitating pain.
 
With neuropathy, there are different sensations. You may feel pins and needles in your feet, a burning sensation often at night, numbness, or a feeling like ants crawling on your feet. Sensory neuropathy, is the loss a feeling, or any of the above noted abnormal sensations, which can be extremely dangerous because pain is the body‘s way of telling you something is wrong. Motor neuropathy is the loss of movement control, or weakness, which can lead to conditions like hammertoe, or contracted digits. Autonomic neuropathy affects the nerves that help the body regulate itself – this includes things like dry skin or brittle nails. This can lead to cracks in the skin, or fissures, which have the potential to become infected. Some nerve damage is reversible; some is not.
 
Prevention and early detection are the best treatments for potential foot problems if you are a diabetic. If you are a diabetic, please call one of our Advanced Podiatry offices in Manhasset, Huntington, Plainview, or Maspeth and set up an appointment with one of our award-winning expert podiatrists for an evaluation, so that we can develop a comprehensive care plan together.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

By Dr Arden Smith
March 06, 2021
Category: Foot Care
Smelly shoes start with your feet! 
 
The odor in feet is caused by the sweat and moisture fermenting - it’s actually a byproduct and can be any combination of bacteria, fungus, mold, or yeast.
These odor causing germs thrive in dark, damp spaces, which make your shoes an ideal environment. Feet that are not well ventilated can deposit moisture, sweat, and odor into the shoes, which will become absorbed into the materials of the shoe, from prolonged contact with the feet.
 
This explains why the colder months - when your feet are usually shoved into thick socks and non-ventilated shoes, or boots - can make the situation particularly smelly.
 
The expert podiatrists at Advanced Podiatry of Manhasset, Huntington, Coram, Plainview, & Maspeth recommend sprinkling your feet with powder or anti-perspirant to keep them dry, and wearing socks that are designed to help absorb and wick moisture and sweat from your feet. Other helpful tips include soaking your feet in a dilute white vinegar solution, or dilute Burow's solution and using a blow dryer on the cool cycle to dry your feet after a bath or shower. Sometimes, stronger prescription strength medication might also be an option.
 
When you don’t wear socks, there isn’t any barrier and the material in your shoes ends up absorbing the sweat, which in turn grows odor causing bacteria.
Clean Sweep, a spray product that is available at our Advanced Podiatry offices is very effective in eliminating the odor causing germs when sprayed into your shoes.
 
So - if you suffer from sweaty, or smelly feet and shoes, Please call one of our  Advanced Podiatry offices in Manhasset, Huntington, Coram, Plainview, & Maspeth; and one of our award winning, expert podiatrists will be happy to evaluate your problem and discuss treatment options with you.

By Dr David Ehrlich
March 04, 2021
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Chilblains  

                                  

Chilblains, also known as pernio, occurs when the small blood vessels of the toes go into spasm. This disease process results in redness, swelling, itching, and sometimes blistering of the involved toes. This is most commonly seen in cold, wet environments. For this reason, we have recently been seeing numerous cases in our offices.

Chilblains has more recently been associated COVID-19 when some patients, especially children, began to develop red, blistered toes after contracting coronavirus. This new condition is now referred to as “COVID toes”, but the exact correlation between coronavirus and chilblains is not well understood. Initially, it was thought to be the result of blood clotting disorders brought on by the virus. More recently, however, scientists have hypothesized that it is because patients who contract COVID-19 tend to isolate in cool, damp areas such as the basement of a home, and it is thought that these environmental factors may cause chilblains. Although chilblains can sometimes be associated with coronavirus, development of red toes with sores is not an indication to get tested for COVID if you are otherwise asymptomatic.

Diagnosis of chilblains is made clinically by taking a thorough patient history and performing a thorough physical exam. Because chilblains is a vascular condition, it may be more common in patients with a history of peripheral vascular disease or Raynaud’s phenomenon. When examining a patient with chilblains, the toes may be cool to touch, red or blue in color, and may sometimes have superficial sores or blisters.

First line treatment for chilblains is to avoid the environmental factors that cause it to occur. Avoid cool and wet climates, change socks frequently, and apply dry heat to the toes. For example, place a towel in the dryer then wrap is around the affect foot. If the toes are itchy or blistered, topical steroid cream may be prescribed to relieve symptoms. Topical vasodilators may also be prescribed to bring more blood flow to the affected toes.

Fortunately, with spring around the corner, these cases will decline. With warmer, dryer weather, these cases become self-limiting. In the meantime, however, do not hesitate to come in to be evaluated by one of the doctors of Advanced Podiatry. 

 




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