Thursday, 30 October 2014 09:31

UK Woman Confuses Plantar Warts for Corns

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Kelly Bradford found several lumps in her heels and first believed them to be corns due to their rough texture. The growths did not seem to be going away with the help of salicylic acid and were much more painful that corns usually are. When the growths became so painful that Bradford could not place her heels on the ground, she decided to contact her doctor.

Bradford’s physician concluded that she did not have corns and had contracted plantar warts.  The pain she was more painful than anything she has experienced because the warts were pinching the nerves of her feet. With the help of some over-the-counter medication and cryotherapy, the warts in Bradford’s heels soon disappeared.

Plantar warts can be painful and can worsen if not treated properly. If you would like to be treated for plantar warts, consult with Dr. Lori Weisenfeld of New York. Dr. Weisenfeld will attend to all of your foot and ankle needs and provide you with quality treatment.

About Plantar Warts
Plantar warts are found on the feet. These warts are caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV) getting into open wounds on the feet. You can recognize plantar warts by a hard bump on the foot. They are usually found on the heels or balls of the feet. Plantar warts are usually not a sign of anything dangerous but do not ignore them if they do cause pain or embarrassment.

If you do have a plantar wart, you may notice some pain when standing but since these warts are not cancerous or dangerous, a podiatrist only needs to be seen if there is excess pain. Although plantar warts don’t often call for treatment, there are options available. They can be frozen off, removed by an electric tool or burned off using laser treatment.

Home remedies are also available to help with plantar warts. An apple cider vinegar soak can help remove the wart. You can soak your feet in the vinegar for 20 minutes before using a pumice stone to remove any loose skin from the wart.

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Well Fitting ShoesSamaritan’s Feet event held by Samaritan’s Feet International and Northeastern Indiana Credit Union Chapter (NEICUC) was a success in putting new shoes on three hundred members of the Boys & Girls Club of Fort Wayne and the Euell A. Wilson Center. Members were also able to have their feet washed by volunteers in an attempt to spread share and hope among local children. Samaritan’s Feet leaders believe showing the youth they can achieve their dreams through events such as these. NEICUC helped finance the event along with coordinating logistics and recruiting volunteers. “It is wonderful to see the collaborative efforts that have been done on behalf of the youth in our community,” said Joe Jordan, President and CEO of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Fort Wayne.

Growing children should wear proper fitting shoes to ensure that their development is not hindered by detrimental foot problems. For more information about proper shoe fitting and its benefits for children, consult with Dr. Lori Weisenfeld, D.P.M. of New York. Dr. Weisenfeld will help you determine the best fit for your children’s feet and provide you with the information to help answer all of your questions.

Proper Shoe Fitting

A common concern when it comes to foot health, having properly fitted shoes can help prevent injuries to the foot. Out feet affect our posture and gait, which in turn affects the biomechanics and overall bodily structure. With 33 joints, 26 bones, and over 100 ligaments, the potential for serious injury is much greater than one realizes. Although the feet cease growth in adulthood, they still change shape as they mature. Here are some factors to consider when it comes to investing in properly fitting shoes:

  • Be sure the shoes fit correctly right away
  • Ensure the ball of your foot fits comfortably in the widest portion of the shoes
  • Even though they may look fashionable, improperly fitting shoes can either create adverse conditions or exacerbate existing ones you may already have
  • Walk along a carpeted surface to ensure the shoes comfortably fit during normal activity

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Tuesday, 14 October 2014 15:07

Blisters for the Employees of Virgin Atlantic

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 Vivienne Westwood has recently agreed to work with Virgin Atlantic and create new flight attendant and crew member uniforms. The partnership between airlines and fashion designers is not a new trend considering Pierre Balmain has been working with Singapore Airlines for years as well as Christian Lacroix for Air France. The initial global wearer trial for the uniforms has received relatively positive reviews, although many Virgin Atlantic employees reported that the collars were too tight and their shoes were causing blisters and making some employees bleed. The shoes are an adaptation of Westwood’s signature heels. A Virgin Atlantic spokesperson stated in regards to the reports that the company is working to ensure its employees are “happy and comfortable in their working environment.”


If you work in an environment that requires extensive standing and walking, you may develop blisters on the feet. To learn more about blister treatment and prevention, speak to Dr. Lori Weisenfeld of New York. Dr. Weisenfeld will assist you with all of your foot and ankle concerns and answer any of your related questions. 


Blisters on the Feet
When tight or ill-fitting footwear is worn, many times a foot blister may develop. Blisters can even develop by constant rubbing from the shoe, often times leading to pain. 


What is a Foot Blister?
A foot blister is a small pocket that is filled with fluid, forming on the upper most layer of the skin. Blisters are filled with clear fluid, and may lead to drainage of blood or pus if the area has become infected. 


How do they Form?
Blisters of the feet are almost always the result of shoe rubbing and constant friction of the skin and material. Long periods of walking in shoes, sandals, or boots which don’t fit properly can result in a blister. Those who often have moisture or humidity in the feet, are prone to blister formation easily. 


Prevention & Treatment
Proper care is vital to alleviate pain and prevent infection to the affected area of the foot. The best treatment is to leave them alone. New skin will develop under the blister and during the healing stages, your blister will pop.

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Wednesday, 08 October 2014 09:33

Running Injuries in Soldiers Studied by U.S. Army

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The Army of the United States has to ensure their soldiers are healthy, especially their feet. One of these methods the U.S. Army is using is the Born To Run story line and the forefoot/rearfoot debate. The study itself focused on past-year injury rates among 1027 soldiers, which included 232 women who sustained injuries.

“There are no large studies evaluating differences in injury profiles between heel strike and non-heel-strike runners,” one poster notes. “Due to high musculoskeletal injury rates in soldiers, a better understanding of the potential relationship between foot strike and injury could be beneficial to the military services.”

Running can be a great way to keep your body healthy, but it can also lead to injuries if you’re not careful. If you have a running injury, or are concerned about getting one, contact podiatrist Dr. Lori Weisenfeld of New York. Dr. Weisenfeld can instruct you on proper running techniques and help you keep your lower extremities safe.

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. Runner’s knee usually is treated with strengthening exercises focusing on the quad muscles and sports orthotic. To prevent runner’s knee, focusing on hip strengthening is a good idea, as well as strengthening your quads to keep the kneecaps aligned. Physical therapy can help you learn the best exercises to heal runner’s knee.

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.

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

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http://2-ps.googleusercontent.com/x/www.broadwayworld.com/images.bwwstatic.com/columnpic6/250xNxicon-fitness.jpg.pagespeed.ic.GKYM9vkZCR.jpgAccording to Surgeon Kris DiNucci who presented at the Annual Scientific Conference of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons (ACFAS), active women are more likely to develop neuromas than men. This discussion was held on the basis that women usually have a poor choice of footwear, many of which can be unsupportive, too narrow, and too flat.

The consequences of certain women’s footwear includes Morton’s Neuromas, a condition that occurs when the nerves of the fourth and fifth toe become inflamed along with swelling and the possibility of a burning sensation along those toes. Neuromas can be alleviated and prevented with the help of more supportive footwear. 

Morton’s neuroma can be a difficult condition to contend with. If you are experiencing symptoms of Morton’s Neuroma, talk to podiatrist Dr. Lori Weisenfeld of New York. Dr. Weisenfeld can diagnose and treat your feet accordingly.

 

Morton’s Neuroma

Morton's neuroma is a painful foot condition that commonly affects the areas between the third and fourth toe and the ball of the foot, although other areas of the foot are also susceptible to this condition. Morton’s neuroma is caused by an inflamed nerve in the foot that is being squeezed and aggravated by surrounding bones.  Women are more likely than men to have an occurrence of this foot condition.


What Increases the Chances of having Morton’s Neuroma?

-Ill-fitting high heels or shoes that add pressure to the toe or foot area.
-Jogging, running and any sports that involve constant impact to the foot area.
-Flat feet, bunions, and any other foot deformity may put you at a higher risk for developing Morton’s neuroma.

If you suspect that you may have this condition, you should visit your podiatrist. A podiatrist will first conduct a thorough physical examination to check for palpable masses between the bones of the foot.

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

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Wednesday, 24 September 2014 21:43

Non-Surgical Treatments May Correct Hammertoe

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While surgery can be a surefire method in correcting hammertoe, insurance companies usually encourage patients to attempt non-surgical treatments before undergoing a surgical procedure. For example, non-surgical treatments such as analgesic or anti-inflammatory drugs may help ease pain and swelling. It could be noted that cortisone injections also work to achieve this effect. Less invasive methods also include the use of a custom-made orthotic insert to help prevent the hammertoe from worsening and to ease discomfort. Splints or non-medicated pads may also be used.

Regardless of the treatment you choose, hammertoes require some form of medical attention if they are to be corrected. If you are seeking treatment for a hammertoe, consult with podiatrist Dr. Lori Weisenfeld of New York.  Dr. Weisenfeld will attend to all of your foot and ankle needs.

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 newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Tuesday, 16 September 2014 21:39

How to Prevent Ingrown Toenails in Children

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Children can develop ingrown toenails in their feet in a variety of ways and reasons. One of the main ways a child can develop an ingrown toenail is by cutting his or her nails too short. To prevent these ingrown toenails, cut their nails evenly and be sure not to trim them down too much. Ingrown nails may also occur if a child wears socks and shoes that do not adequately cover his or her feet.

Other cases of ingrown toenails can simply be caused by a genetic predisposition to curved nails. No matter the cause of the ingrown toenail, do not attempt to treat this condition at home. Removing an ingrown nail with a “bathroom surgery” can lead to a bacterial infection.

Ingrown toenails are terribly uncomfortable, and in the worst cases surgery might be required to get rid of them. If you think you have an ingrown toenail, consult podiatrist Dr. Lori Weisenfeld of New York.  Dr. Weisenfeld will confirm your diagnosis and do everything she can to treat your problem.

Ingrown Toenails Causes
Ingrown toenails occur when a toenail grows sideways into the bed of the nail, causing pain, swelling, and possibly infection.

There are a number of risk factors for ingrown toenails. Some include cutting your nails too short, participating in strenuous sports, diabetes, obesity, and fungal infection. Some are genetically predisposed to ingrown nails, although wearing ill-fitting or damp shoes can exacerbate the problem.

Treatment
There are a number of steps you can take to treat ingrown nails:

-Let your toenails grow out
-Soak the toes in hot water with antibiotic soap or Epsom salts
-Placing a piece of cotton under the affected nail may allow the toe to grow up instead of into the nail bed
-Rest with your feet up

If however, your pain is severe, or you see red streaks running up your leg, you should see a podiatrist. Your podiatrist may make a small incision and remove part of the toe nail to relieve the pressure. A local anesthetic may be used to lessen the discomfort of the operation.  Topical medication may also be prescribed to prevent the regrowth of the problem nail.

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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Wednesday, 10 September 2014 15:07

Role of Foot Muscles Studied by University Scientists

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University of Queensland scientists made use of research to learn more about the role foot muscles play when it comes to arch support. In order to try and uncover more information, an experiment involving weights was conducted. The scientists studied the responses of the muscles in their feet as the subjects moved.

Another experiment involving electrical stimulation was performed soon after, showing that when activated, the tissues caused the arch to rise. Dr. Glen Lichtwark believes this could play an important role in fields focusing on the feet, including footwear design, injury rehabilitation, and understanding bipedalism.

The biomechanics are the cogs behind the gears that manage your feet. If you would like more information, see podiatrist Dr. Lori Weisenfeld of New York.  Dr. Weisenfeld can provide in-depth information as well as measure your personal foot biomechanics.   

A History of Biomechanics

- Biomechanics dates back to the BC era in Egypt where evidence of professional foot care has been recorded.
- In 1974 biomechanics gained a higher profile from the studies of Merton Root, who claimed that by changing or controlling the forces between the ankle and the foot, corrections or conditions could be implemented to gain strength and coordination to the area.

Modern technology improvements are based on past theories and therapeutic processes providing a better understanding of podiatry concepts for biomechanics. Computers provide accurate determinations about the forces, moments and patterns of the foot and lower legs with the most important information captured.

Advances in materials and more awareness of biomechanics have developed enhanced corrective methods, offering further options for foot-related injuries. Understanding foot biomechanics can help improve and eliminate pain, stopping further stress to the foot.

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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Wednesday, 03 September 2014 20:36

Acupuncture Could Help Treat Pain in Heels

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A study published by Chinese scientists indicate that acupuncture could be effective at treating heel pain in people who suffer from conditions like plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendonitis. A researcher named Xu Xuemeng and his team conducted an experiment involving 66 patients experiencing some form of heel pain. Some of the test subjects received filiform acupuncture needle treatment, while others were treated with more conventional drugs. After six months, the scientists found that the patients given acupuncture had an effective rate of 97%, compared to 76% in the control group.

Your life can greatly be affected by even simple heel pain. If your heel hurts, see podiatrist Dr. Lori Weisenfeld of New York.  Dr. Weisenfeld can treat your heel pain.  

Causes of Heel Pain

● Heel pain is often associated with plantar fasciitis. The plantar fascia is a band of tissues that extends along the bottom of the foot. A rip or tear in this ligament can cause inflammation of the tissue.

● Achilles tendonitis is another cause of heel pain. Inflammation of the Achilles tendon will cause pain from fractures and muscle tearing. Lack of flexibility is also another symptom.

● Heel spurs are another cause of pain. When the tissues of the plantar fascia undergo a great deal of stress, it can lead to ligament separation from the heel bone, causing heel spurs.

Why Might Heel Pain Occur?

- Wearing ill-fitting shoes                  
- Wearing non-supportive shoes
- Weight change           
- Excessive running

Treatments

Heel pain should be treated as soon as possible for immediate results. Keeping your feet in a stress free environment will help. If you suffer from Achilles tendonitis or plantar fasciitis, applying ice will reduce the swelling. Stretching before an exercise like running will help the muscles. Using all these tips will help make heel pain a thing of the past.

With the advancements in technology and greater knowledge of how muscles and joints work, physical therapists can turn things around dramatically.  

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http://a.espncdn.com/combiner/i?img=/i/headshots/nfl/players/full/15804.png&w=65&h=90&scale=crop&background=0xcccccc&transparent=falseDee Milliner, a player for the New York Jets, won’t be participating in the team’s season opener because of a high ankle sprain. The Jets haven’t announced the official diagnosis yet, but they have revealed that the ankle is very swollen. This most likely means it’s a Grade 2 sprain, which usually take about four to six weeks to heal.

"We feel confident that it's healing nicely," stated Jets coach Rex Ryan regarding the injury. Milliner is a cornerback, and with him out of the picture the corner position will probably be taken over by Antonio Allen and Ellis Lankster.

If Milliner takes the appropriate amount of time to rest and get treatment, his sprained ankle should heal with no problem. If your ankle is sprained, contact podiatrist Dr. Lori Weisenfeld of New York.  Dr. Weisenfeld can provide you with expert care and help you make a complete recovery.

How Does an Ankle Sprain Happen?
This type of injury takes place when the ligaments are torn or stretched beyond their limits. There are multiple ways that the ankle can become injured; however, even the simple act of walking may cause a sprain. If footing is lost or you are walking on uneven terrain, ankle damage may occur.
What are the Symptoms?

  • Mild to moderate bruising
  • Limited mobility
  • Swelling
  • Discoloration of the skin, depending on severity

Is there a Way to Care for my Ankle at Home?
Self-care for ankle sprains includes propping the ankle up and keeping it elevated, applying ice packs as needed, and remaining off your feet. Some may also find that wrapping the ankle with an ACE bandage and taking over-the-counter pain relievers are helpful. One of the most important things is to avoid further stress to the affected area.
Preventing a Sprain

  • Wearing appropriate shoes for the occasion
  • Stretching before exercises and sports
  • Knowing your limits can aid in prevention

Treatment of a Sprain
Treatment of a sprain depends on the severity.  Many times, people are told to rest and remain off their feet completely, while others are given an air cast, which will allow you to walk while stabilizing the ankle. 
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