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.

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

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

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 needs.

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Monday, 16 March 2015 00:00

Avoid Running Injuries with Proper Training

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runners Improper training is the cause of about 56 percent of running injuries each year, reports Jason Fitzgerald, a 2:39 marathoner and USA Track & Field certified coach. Contrary to popular belief, proper running requires proper technique—similar to the way a football tackle or deadlift requires practice and skill.

According to Fitzgerald, there are three general methods in avoiding injury: Avoid repeated use of the same part of the body and add variety to your training and distances, practice proactive recovery by adjusting your workouts by how you’re feeling day-to-day, and perfect your running form by counting your steps, avoiding over-striding, and standing up tall.

Running injuries, even with proper precautions, can still occur in many runners. If you are suffering from a running injury see Dr. Lori Weisenfeld from New York, NY. Our doctor will provide you with quality treatment and assist you with all of your foot and ankle concerns.

How to Prevent Running Injuries
Many common running injuries are caused by overuse and overtraining. When the back of the kneecap starts wearing out and starts causing pain in your knee, this is commonly referred to as runner’s knee. Runner’s knee is a decrease in strength in your quadriceps and can occur if you’re not wearing properly fitted or supporting shoes. To prevent runner’s knee, focusing on hip strengthening is a good idea, as well as strengthening your quads to keep the kneecaps aligned.

What Are Some Causes of Running Injuries?
- One cause of a common running injury is called iliotibial band syndrome.
- Plantar fasciitis is also another common injury.
- Stress fractures can occur from overtraining, lack of calcium, or even your running style.

Best Ways to Prevent Running Injuries
- Wear footwear that fits properly and suits your running needs.
- Running shoes are the only protective gear that runners have to safeguard them from injury.
- Make a training schedule. Adding strengthening exercises as well as regular stretching can help keep you strong and limber and can lessen the possibility of injuries.
- Stretching keeps muscles limber, this will help you gain better flexibility.

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, 09 March 2015 00:00

Treatment for Sufferers of Plantar Fasciitis

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amkleprobAccording to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one million Americans are seen by doctors for symptoms of plantar fasciitis each year. Plantar fasciitis occurs when the ligament that runs from the heel bone to the base of the tones becomes inflamed; the inflammation is was usually causes the heel pain. Plantar fasciitis can occur through obesity, having too high or too low of an arch, and participation of activities where your foot or heel hits the ground repeatedly such as running. Some ways to reduce the stress placed on the ligament include: icing, taping the arch and bottom of the foot, stretching the lower extremities, wearing orthotics, and taking anti-inflammatories. If those methods do not do the trick, cortisone injections, shockwave therapy, and extracorporeal pulse activation therapy can also be used.

Plantar fasciitis can be very painful and inconvenient. If you are experiencing heel pain or symptoms of plantar fasciitis, visit Dr. Lori S. Weisenfeld from New York. Our doctor can treat your heel pain as well as any other foot or ankle condition.

What is Plantar Fasciitis?
Plantar fasciitis is the inflammation of a the thick band of tissue that runs along the bottom of your foot, known as the plantar fascia, and causes mild to severe heel pain.

What Causes Plantar Fasciitis?
·      Excessive running
·      Non-supportive shoes
·      Overpronation
·      Repeated stretching and tearing of the plantar fascia

How Can It Be Treated

·      Conservative measures – anti-inflammatories, ice packs, stretching exercises, physical therapy, orthotic devices
·      Shockwave therapy – sound waves are sent to the affected area to facilitate healing and is usually used for chronic cases of plantar fasciitis
·      Surgery – usually only used as a last resort when all else fails. The plantar fascia can be surgically detached from the heel

While very treatable, plantar fasciitis is definitely not something that should be ignored. Especially in severe cases, speaking to your doctor right away is highly recommended to avoid complications and severe heel pain. Your podiatrist can work with you to provide the appropriate treatment options tailored to your condition.

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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diabetic foot careA research team at Stanford University School of Medicine recently discovered a potential new way to quickly heal foot ulcers in diabetic patients. Dr. Geoffrey Gurthner and his colleagues developed a new drug, administered through a patch on the skin that increases a protein in diabetic patients and can reduce blockages in the blood vessels in order to allow wounds from the ulcers to heal properly.

For diabetics, foot ulcers can result in more drastic problems than just foot pain such as infections or amputations. The researchers studied the patch on a human skin apparatus that eventually proved to heal the skin 14 days faster than planned and even improved the overall quality of the skin where the ulcer once appeared. Dr. Gurthner and his research team also hope that high quality healing effects of this patch will be able to prevent ulcers from re-occurring in patients.

Diabetes is a very serious condition that can result in amputation or worse if left untreated. If you are diabetic and have any concerns, visit Dr. Lori S. Weisenfeld of New York. Dr. Weisenfeld can treat your diabetic feet.   

Diabetic Foot Care

Diabetes affects millions of people of all ages each year. Diabetes damages blood vessels in many parts of the body, including the feet. When damage occurs to nerves in the feet, they may be unable to send the proper signals to the peripheral nervous system, resulting in a condition known as neuropathy. Once a diabetic patient develops neuropathy, it is imperative that the feet are well taken care of to avoid possible amputation of the feet.

The Importance of Caring for Your Feet

- Regularly check your feet for bruises or sores.
- Wear socks that fit your feet; socks shouldn’t be tight.
- Wear properly fitting shoes that are comfortable.

Patients with diabetes should have their doctor monitor their Hemoglobin A1C levels as this test lets the physician know how well the blood sugar levels have been controlled during the past 3 months. It is important to keep the blood sugar levels in a normal range (70-110mg/dl). It is advisable to visit a podiatrist if the diabetic patient is experiencing any conditions involving the feet.

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Getting the Right Shoe SizeFaculty of Kinesiology within the University of Calgary have recently showed interest in building the perfect running shoe through studying the effects of comfort and its effect on the rates of injury. Even though the idea of the perfect running shoe has circulated for years, certain studies claim that shoe design has no effect on the rate in which running injuries occur.

However, comfort has become a very big factor in the type of shoe runners will buy and many suggest that people should just go with the pair of running footwear that feels best for them. The scientific team still wants willing participants for their study, hoping to learn more through research.

For help with selecting an appropriate shoe size, consult with Dr. Lori S. Weisenfeld of New York. Dr. Weisenfeld can measure your feet to determine what your needs are and help you find an appropriate pair of footwear.

Getting the Right Shoe Size

Sometimes it may be difficult finding the right shoe size especially because shoe sizes tend to vary depending on the brand and company you are looking for. A size 6 for one brand may be a size 7 in another. Although many people know their exact shoe size, it can range within 2 sizes depending on where they shop.

So it is important not to always go for a size 7 just because you think you might be a size 7 universally. It is best to try on the shoe and walk around for a bit to see how it fits and how it feels. Comfort is essential and the fitting has to be well otherwise it can lead to blisters, bruises at the back of the ankle and it can also hurt your toes if the shoe is too tight for example.

People walk a lot, so it is important for you to find what is comfortable when it is possible.

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Monday, 26 January 2015 00:00

Alternative Methods for Bunion Pain Relief

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BunionsIn response to a concern over increasing bunion pain and shoes that hurt, Mayo Clinic reports that while surgery is an option to consider for bunion pain, it is not the only treatment available for the condition. One of the first steps one should take to relieve bunion pain is to change footwear and wear shoes with a wide toe box and soft leather uppers, which will relieve pressure on bunions.  Stretching out shoes can also aid in decreasing irritation and make them feel more comfortable. Acetaminophen, ibuprofen, and naproxen are pain-relieving medications one can take that may help control bunion pain, as well as cortisone injections.

To avoid extended pain, consider bunion treatment as soon as possible. For more information about bunion treatments, consult with podiatrist Dr. Lori S. Weisenfeld of New York. Dr. Weisenfeld will attend to all of your foot and ankle needs and provide you with quality care.

What is a Bunion?

A bunion is formed of swollen tissue or boney growth enlargement, usually located at the base joint of the toe that connects to the foot. The swelling occurs by the bones in the big toe shifting inward, which impacts the other toes of the foot. This causes the area around the base of the big to become inflamed and often painful.

Why do Bunions Form?

  • Genetics – susceptibility to bunions are often hereditary, particularly among Caucasians

  • Stress on the feet – poorly fitted and uncomfortable footwear that place undue stress on feet, such as heels and stilettos, can cause bunions to form


How are Bunions Diagnosed?

Podiatrists knowledgeable in anatomy and foot structure can be able to diagnose bunions through the following two methods:

  • Blood Tests – to help rule out other conditions while finding underlying causes to bunions, especially from disease

  • Radiological Exam- X-rays can show whether there are any joint enlargements near the toe’s base, which can indicate a bunion


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