feet-babyWhen pain is experienced while walking, a calcaneal spur or heel spur may be the culprit. A spur typically occurs when a calcium deposit forms on the bottom of the heel. Since heel spurs are often associated with other foot conditions such as plantar fasciitis, there are many treatments to easily resolve the pain. Foot orthotics are one of the most common ways in treating a heel spur since it cushions the heel and makes it comfortable to walk again. The orthotic also helps cushion the area as well as correct any walking habits that may have been another cause of the pain.

Heel spurs can be incredibly painful, and sometimes might make you unable to participate in physical activities. To get medical care for your heel spurs, call Dr. Lori S. Weisenfeld of New York. Our doctor will do everything possible to treat your condition.

Heels Spurs

Heel spurs are formed by calcium deposits on the back of the foot where the heel is. This can also be a cause from small fragments of bone breaking off one section of the foot, attaching it to the back of the foot. Heel spurs can also be bone growth on the back of the foot. Bone may grow in the direction of the arch of the foot.

Older individuals usually suffer from heel spurs. Pain sometimes intensifies with age. Heel spurs are known to cause a substantial amount of pain. One of the main associations spurs are related to is plantar fasciitis.

Pain

The pain associated with spurs is often times because of weight placed on the feet. When someone is walking their entire weight is concentrated on the feet. Bone spurs then have the tendency to poke and affect other boners and tissues around the foot. As the pain continues the feet will become tender and sensitive over time.

Treatments

There are many ways to treat heel spurs. If one is suffering from heel spurs in conjunction with pain there are several methods for healing. Medicines, surgery, and herbal care are some options.

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corns2A study conducted at the University of Newcastle  in Australia found no proof that running shoes prevent injury and that basing a running shoe purchase on prescription rather than comfort is more likely to lead to injury than not. The findings also prove that a more expensive shoe will not prevent injury any more than a cheaper shoe does. Andrew O’Brien of Mayo News believes these findings imply that those choosing the right shoe for their foot should be guided by comfort and price overall.

A proper shoe is important for every day foot care. For more information about everyday foot care, consult with Dr. Lori S. Weisenfeld, DPM of New York. Our doctorwill provide you with the foot- and ankle information you seek.

Every Day Foot Care

Often, people take care of their bodies, face and hair more so than they do for their feet. But the feet are a very important aspect of our bodies, and one that we should pay more attention to. After all, without our feet, we would not be able to perform most daily tasks. It is best to check your feet regularly to make sure there are no new bruises or cuts that you may not have noticed before, for example.

For dry feet, moisturizer can easily be a remedy and can be applied as often as necessary to the affected areas. Wearing shoes that fit well can also help you maintain good foot health, as well as making it easier to walk and do daily activities without the stress or pain of ill-fitting shoes, high heels, or even flip flops.

Also, wearing clean socks with closed shoes is important to ensure that sweat and bacteria do not accumulate within the shoe. Clean socks help to prevent athlete’s foot, fungi problems, bad odors, and can absorb sweat.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in New York, NY. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle injuries.

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feetLeah Bourne of StyleCaster has a few tips in avoiding blisters when wearing sandals. For starters, when purchasing a new pair of sandals, wear them around the house with socks for a few days to stretch them out and ease the friction they will cause on the feet. Using an adhesive bandage on the heels will prevent blisters and scraping on the back of the foot, this should also work if the sandal scrapes against any other part of the foot. Additionally, you can tape moleskin or fabric around any part of the shoe that is causing blisters. Placing clear deodorant, talcum powder, baby oil, or taping cotton balls to the feet near blister prone areas will also help prevent any from occurring.

Blisters are prone to making everyday activities extremely uncomfortable. If you have any concerns with blisters on your feet contact podiatrist Dr. Lori S. Weisenfeld of New York, NY. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Foot Blisters

Foot blisters develop as a result of constantly wearing tight or ill-fitting footwear. This happens due to the constant rubbing from the shoe, which can often lead to pain.

What are Foot Blisters?

A foot blister is a small fluid-filled pocket that forms on the upper-most layer of the skin. Blisters are filled with clear fluid and can lead to blood drainage or pus if the area becomes infected.

How do Blisters Form?

Blisters on the feet are often the result of constant friction of skin and material, usually by shoe rubbing. Walking in sandals, boots, or shoes that don't fit properly for long periods of time can result in a blister. Having consistent foot moisture and humidity can easily lead to blister formation.

Prevention & Treatment

It is important to properly care for the affected area in order to prevent infection and ease the pain. Do not lance the blister and use a band-aid to provide pain relief. Also, be sure to keep your feet dry and wear proper fitting shoes. If you see blood or pus in a blister, seek assistance from a doctor.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in New York, NY. We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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Monday, 04 May 2015 00:00

Children prone to Pediatric Flat Feet

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childrenAccording to the Wichita Eagle, babies have many bones in their body that need to close and grow to become a proper joint later in life. Many of these bones are in the feet and make up the arch that usually starts out as flexible flat feet. For 80-90% of children, those flat feet will eventually turn into arches, but for the rest pediatric flat feet occurs. Children with pediatric flat feet may experience pain, tenderness, cramping in the feet and legs and should seek treatment especially if they have difficulty walking. Treatment for flat feet includes activity modifications, such as cutting down on sports, orthotic inserts, physical therapy, and surgery.

Certain sports and physical activities may become difficult for children with flat feet. If you suspect that your child has the condition, speak to Dr. Lori S. Weisenfeld, DPM of New York. Our doctor will answer any of your foot and ankle related questions and attend to all of your podiatric needs.

What are Flat Feet?
Flat feet are a condition in which the arch of the foot is depressed and the sole of the foot is almost completely in contact with the ground. Standing about 20-30% of the population generally has flat feet because their arch never formed during growth.

Conditions & Problems:
Having flat feet makes it difficult to run or walk because of the stress placed on the ankles.
Alignment – The general alignment of your legs can be disrupted, because the ankles move inward which can cause major discomfort.
Knees – if you have complications with your knees, flat feet can be a contributor to arthritis in that area.  

Symptoms:
Pain around the heel or arch area
Trouble standing on the tip toe.
Swelling around the inside of the ankle.
Flat look to one or both feet.
Having your shoes feel uneven when worn.

Treatment:
If you are experiencing pain and stress on the foot you may weaken the posterior tibial tendon, which runs around the inside of the ankle.
 
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in New York, NY. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Monday, 27 April 2015 00:00

Treating Cracked Heels for the Summer Season

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crackhThe summer months are time to wear sandals and walk barefoot on the beach, which means many people are going to want to take care of those cracked heels and have summer ready feet. When it comes to prepping the feet, it is necessary to keep the moisturized daily.

Accordingly there are not as many oil glands on the feet as there would be on other parts of the body making it easy for the lower extremities to become dry and dehydrated. Massaging moisturizer into the feet will rid of and prevent cracked heels while soothing the muscles in the feet.

Cracked heels are unsightly and can be a gateway to other foot problems. If you have any concerns about your feet contact podiatrist Dr. Lori S. Weisenfeld, DPM of New York. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

The Truth about Cracked Heels

Cracked Heels
Cracked heels are unappealing, and make it harder for you walk around in sandals. Not only may they look bad, but they can also tear stockings, socks, and wear out your shoes. There are several methods to help restore a cracked heel and prevent further damage.

How do you get them?
Dry skin is the number one culprit in creating cracked heels. Many athletes, walkers, joggers, and even swimmers suffer from cracked heels. Age and skin oil production play a role to getting cracked heels as well.

Promote Healing
Over the counter medicines can help, especially for those that need instant relief, or who suffer from chronic dry feet.

Wear Socks – wearing socks with medicated creams, helps lock in moisture so it can stay on longer.

Moisturizers – applying it both day and night will help alleviate dryness which causes cracking.

Pumice Stones – these remove dead skin, and then you can massage cream onto your foot. This way the cream will be absorbed. The skin needs to be exfoliated; therefore the outer layer dead skin needs removal.

Change in Diet
Eating healthy, with a well-balanced diet, will give the skin a fresh and radiant look. Your body responds to what kinds of food you ingest. Omega-3 fatty acids and zinc supplements will also help with skin tissue.

Most importantly seek a health professional for foot care if something is wrong or doesn’t seem to be working. A podiatrist will help you with any questions or information needed. 

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located New York, NY.

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anklesprains2Gareth Bale of Real Madrid could have an early end to his season due to a broken toe. The winger injured the toe during training had to miss the team’s game against Rayo Vallecano. Coach Carlo Ancellotti does not want to put Bale at risk for it may hurt him in the long run. Experts believe that his toe may be fracture which will take considerably longer to heal. Bale’s club mate James Rodriguez faced a similar problem earlier in the season and was out for two months.  

A broken toe is extremely painful and needs immediate attention. If you have any concerns about your feet contact podiatrist Dr. Lori S. Weisenfeld of New York. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What to Know About a Broken Toe

Although most people try to avoid foot trauma such as banging, stubbing, or dropping heavy objects on their feet, the unfortunate fact is that it is a common occurrence. Given the fact that toes are positioned in front of the feet, they typically sustain the brunt of such trauma. When trauma occurs to a toe, the result can be a painful break (fracture).

Symptoms of a Broken Toe

  • throbbing pain
  • swelling
  • bruising on the skin and toenail
  • the inability to move the toe
  • toe appears crooked or disfigured
  • tingling or numbness in the toe

 Generally, it is best to stay off of the injured toe with the affected foot elevated.

Severe toe fractures may be treated with a splint, cast, and in some cases, minor surgery. Due to its position and the pressure it endures with daily activity, future complications can occur if the big toe is not properly treated.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in New York, NY. We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technologies to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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Monday, 13 April 2015 00:00

Hammertoe Treatments for Celebrity Style Feet

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hmtWomen in the entertainment industry are always expected to appear picture perfect when walking the red carpet, especially their feet. Unfortunately, many of these women such as Oprah, Kim Kardashian, and Kate Hudson suffer from the same foot troubles as millions of other American women.

Due to the unnatural placement of the feet when wearing high heels and narrow shoes, many women today suffer from foot problems such as hammertoes, the painful bending in the middle joint of the toe.

There are many nonsurgical options in reducing the pain of hammertoes including wearing comfortable shoes with more room in the toe box, stretching your shoes, applying splints or silicone pads to the affected area, as well as using over the counter or prescription inserts while wearing shoes. When the nonsurgical methods do not work as effectively in alleviating pain, surgery is available as a last resort.

If you are seeking hammertoe treatment, consult with Dr. Lori Weisenfeld of New York. Our doctor will provide you with quality treatment and assist you with all of your foot and ankle concerns.

Hammertoe

Hammertoe is little-known a painful condition that affects the second, third and fourth toes involving different joints of the toe and foot. Hammertoe can be caused by many other conditions such as RA (rheumatoid arthritis), osteoarthritis, trauma or injuries to your foot, it can be hereditary and it can also be caused by a cerebral vascular accident. If you wear shoes that are too narrow or short for your feet, it may exacerbate any pain you already have.

It is really important to your overall well-being to seek out medical attention at the first signs of foot pain or anything that may hinder your ability to walk in a normal manner. Taking care of your feet is one of the first steps to being able to live a full and healthy life.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in New York, NY. We offer the latest in diagnostic and treatment technologies to meet all your needs.

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Monday, 06 April 2015 00:00

Three Methods to Help Improve Blood Circulation

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heighhealsPoor blood circulation is a common condition where those suffering experience tingling, numbness, throbbing, or stinging in the hands and feet. When this occurs it is important to contact your health provider as soon as possible; however, there are three at home remedies to aid circulation.

Massages such as deep-tissue and myofascial release can effectively improve circulation. It is also a good idea to get a massage at least once every three months. Due to the deep breathing and stretching of yoga, it is another suggested method to help get blood flowing again.

Yoga is a great idea for those standing all day that need blood to move back up into the heart with positions such as inversions or handstands. Nutrition is also an important aspect in proper blood circulation. Eating a low-glycemic diet and a range of colorful vegetables will help minimize oxidative stress and LDL cholesterol to ensure proper blood flow.

Poor blood circulation in the feet can be a serious problem. If you have any concerns contact podiatrist Dr. Lori Weisenfeld, DPM of New York. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Poor Circulation in the Feet

Poor blood circulation in the feet and legs is caused by peripheral artery disease (PAD), which is the result of a buildup of plaque in the arteries.

Plaque buildup or atherosclerosis results from excess calcium and cholesterol in the bloodstream. It usually restricts the amount of blood which can flow through the arteries.

Causes

Lack of oxygen and oxygen from poor blood circulation restricts muscle growth and development.
It can also cause:

-muscle pain
-numbness in legs
-cramps             
-skin discoloration
-weakness       
-slower nail & hair growth
-stiffness        
-erectile dysfunction

Those who have diabetes and or smoke are at greatest risk for poor circulation, or who are over 50.

If you have poor circulation in the feet and legs it may be caused by PAD, and is important to make changes to your lifestyle in order to reduce risk of getting a heart attack or stroke. Exercise and maintaining a healthy lifestyle will dramatically improve conditions.

As always see a doctor as they will help try and fit a regime that suits you. A doctor will also prescribe you medication which will help for PAD.   

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in New York. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Monday, 30 March 2015 00:00

Easing the Pain of Morton’s Neuroma

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neuromaWhen a nerve becomes compressed, pinched, or injured between the second to fourth toes, swelling occurs resulting in a condition called Morton’s Neuroma. Typically symptoms of Morton’s neuroma include burning pain and numbness in the foot. Women are most at risk of having a Morton’s neuroma because much of their footwear is so impractical.

Some ways to relieve the pain is to wear shoes that are not as tight, rubbing the affected area, wearing shoes with lower heels, and to wear metatarsal pads. When the previous methods do not work, surgery is sometimes necessary to remove the neuroma.

Morton’s Neuroma can be very painful if not treated. If you have any concerns regarding your Morton’s neuroma, contact Dr. Lori S. Weisenfeld of New York. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Morton’s Neuroma
Morton's neuroma is a painful foot condition that commonly affects the areas between the second and third or third and fourth toe, although other areas of the foot are also susceptible. Morton’s neuroma is caused by an inflamed nerve in the foot that is being squeezed and aggravated by surrounding bones.

What Increases the Chances of having Morton’s Neuroma?

  • Ill-fitting high heels or shoes that add pressure to the toe or foot
  • Jogging, running or any sport that involves constant impact to the foot
  • Flat feet, bunions, and any other foot deformities

Morton’s neuroma is a very treatable condition. Orthotics and shoe inserts can often be used to alleviate the pain on the forefront of the feet. In more severe cases, corticosteroids can also be prescribed. In order to figure out the best treatment for your neuroma, it’s recommended to seek the care of a podiatrist who can diagnose your condition and provide different treatment options.

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childrenfootinjurysThe Florida Podiatric Medical Association has created a few steps to avoid and prevent foot injuries in children. Children that play sports need to wear the correct footwear for each sport. Soccer and football players will wear cleats; basketball players should wear basketball shoes, and so on. It is also necessary to teach children the importance of stretching before exercise as well as staying conditioned during the off season.

Staying stretched and in shape will avoid injuries and improve overall health. Since children are constantly growing, it is a good idea to check their shoe every couple of months to see if it still fits well. A shoe too big or too small for a child’s foot can cause a lot of problems.

All parents should teach their children the importance of caring for their feet. If your child needs foot treatment, see Dr. Lori Weisenfeld of New York. Our doctor will care for your child’s foot needs.

How to Keep Your Child’s Feet Healthy

Throughout childhood, it is very crucial for children to have and maintain good health and proper care of their feet. With good foot health starting at an early age, foot problems and diseases can be prevented in the future. As children continue to develop so do their feet, and require different techniques of care and maintenance.
Even though babies do not begin walking until later stages, their feet should be taken care of properly:

  • Stay away from socks that are too tight for your baby’s feet. This can cause pain and allow less circulation
  • Encourage your baby to move their feet as much as possible so they feel comfortable with them

When your baby begins to learn how to walk, do not panic if they are unsteady on their feet. Toddlers are just getting used to the way in which their feet work so wobbliness is completely acceptable.
When your child grows out of their toddler years, here are a few steps they should take to stay with good health within their feet:

  • Practice proper hygiene with them
  • Be observant of any injuries that might occur

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