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.  

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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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. 
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, 20 August 2014 20:19

U.S. Seeing More Instances in Arthritic Patients

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SSoTP The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention stated that the number of Americans with arthritis is rising at a rate of about 1 million people per year. The CDC reports that in the last three years the amount of adults with the condition has increased from about 50 million to 53 million, with two thirds of affected people younger than 65. Arthritis usually affects the feet, particularly in the joints of the inner and outer mid-foot bones, the heel bone, and the big toe bone. Some forms of the disease, like osteoarthritis, develop over time as people age and the cartilage that prevents their bones from rubbing together deteriorates.

The feet are one of the most common sites for arthritis to occur in the body. If you are struggling with arthritis in your feet or ankles, call podiatrist Dr. Lori Weisenfeld of New York.  Dr. Weisenfeld will examine your lower extremities and do everything he can to help alleviate your joint pain.

Arthritic Foot Care
In an average lifetime, we walk approximately 75,000 miles. This can put a great deal of stress on the 26 bones and 30 joints that we have in our feet. As we get older, our feet lose flexibility and elasticity. Our shock absorbers weaken, and if arthritis comes into play, the joints become inflamed and distorted. Arthritic foot care and treatment would become imperative at this point.
It is best to take care of your feet by wearing well-fitted shoes. Certain conditions may develop when you wear shoes that don’t fit properly, for example hammertoes, neuroma, and bunions. Wearing shoes that have a lower heel and extra room in the shoe can help your feet be comfortable. In cases of rheumatoid arthritis, the arch in your foot may become problematic. Buying shoes with arch support will help; it is also a good idea to buy shoes that contour to your foot.

Alleviating Arthritic Pain

  • Specific exercises may help; stretching the Achilles tendon can prevent further pain and injury. Stretching can also increase your mobility.


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Wednesday, 13 August 2014 13:12

American Retailers Fail to Meet Shoe Size Demands

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pic1According to theNational Shoe Retailers Association,theaverage male shoe size in America isnow 10½ while the average shoe size in women is 8½.This increase in size has experts believingthis change isdue to the increasing height and weight of the American people.

Although the American population is increasing in size all around, many retailers are far behind in being able to have available shoes to match these growing needs. One such consumer with this struggle is online business owner Karen Williamson. “You still can't find a shoe manufacturer that will make anything above a size 11 without it being a special order," Williamson said. "It's like the bigger your feet are, the more you don't exist to them."  Williamson currently runs a store specializing in larger shoes for women.

Wearing the wrong shoe sizeis not advisable. If you have foot or ankle pain or need a proper sizing, see podiatristDr. Lori Weisenfeld of New York.  Dr. Weisenfeldwillsee to your foot and ankle needs.

Getting the Right Shoe Size

There are many people that wear shoes that are ill-fitting, which affects their feet and posture. Selecting the right shoes is not a difficult process so long as you keep several things in mind when it comes to selecting the right pair.

  • When visiting the shoe store, use the tools available to measure your foot
  • When measuring your foot with your shoe on, add 1-2 inches to the size
  • Be sure there is ‘wiggle room’. There should be about an inch between your toes and the tip of your shoes
  • Do not always assume you are the same size, as manufacturers run differently
  • Purchase shoes later in the day as your feet swell as the day progresses
  • If a shoe is not comfortable, it is not suitable. Most shoes can’t be ‘broken in’, and comfort should be the ultimate goal when it comes to choosing the right pair of shoes

As our feet hold our body weight and keep us moving, it is important to treat your feet right by choosing the right pair of shoes that can provide them comfort and mobility with minimal pain.

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, 05 August 2014 22:16

Dallas’ New Defensive End Breaks Foot

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Dallas NewRecent Cowboys draftee DeMarcus Lawrence will be out for about 8-10 weeks to recover from a broken foot he sustained during a recent team practice. According to team officials, the injury occurred when he was blocked by fellow Cowboy Tyron Smith during a recent drill. He limped off the field and was later transported from the practice area on a cart.

Dallas picked up Lawrence this year to fill in the gaps in their defense left behind by their previous defensive end, DeMarcus Ware, whom they let go at the end of last season. “His attitude ... you can't discourage him,” Jerry Jones, the owner of the Cowboys, said when describing Lawrence.

Broken feet can be agonizingly painful and often need to be treated by a doctor. To get professional assistance with a broken foot, call podiatrist Dr. Lori Weisenfeld of New York.  Dr. Weisenfeld will advise you on what type of medical care would be best for you and help you make a full recovery.

Broken Foot Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment

A broken foot is caused by one of the bones in the foot ‘breaking’, or fracturing. Bones typically break when the bone is either bended, crushed, or stretched beyond its natural capabilities. Usually the location of the fracture indicates how the break occurred, whether it was through an object, fall, or any other type of injury. 

Common Symptoms of Broken Feet:

  • Bruising
  • Pain
  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Blue (foot)
  • Numbness
  • Cold
  • Misshapen
  • Cuts
  • Deformities

Those who are experiencing any of these symptoms, or suspect that they have a broken foot, should seek medical attention in a center where x-rays can be performed. This is especially urgent if any of the symptoms include numbness, blue coloring, cold feet, cuts, misshapen toes or deformities as these indicate more severe cases.

Treatment for broken bones varies depending on the cause, severity and location. Some will require the use of splints, casts or crutches while others could even involve surgery to repair the broken bones. Personal care includes the use of ice and keeping the foot stabilized and elevated. Trying to keep the foot rested is important as the bones need plenty of time to heal and recover.

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, 29 July 2014 18:40

Comfort is the Key to Picking A Good Running Shoe

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track-runWriter Melissa Dribben suggests that comfort is the first thing to consider look in a running shoe. Even though running shoes have been chosen based on arch support and pronation, modern thought suggests that looking for the most comfortable shoe instead.

When Professor Bryan Hederscheit of University of Wisconsin-Madison tries to explain the fault in relying on pronation to those of the running-shoe industry, he gets “pushback.” Running enthusiast Danielle Tolbert is in support of Hederscheit’s belief, however, and agrees that comfort is the overriding factor. “I bought [shoes],” she says, “because they felt the most comfortable.”


When it comes to choosing a running shoe, there are considerations to be made. For more information, see podiatrist Dr. Lori Weisenfeld of New York. Dr. Weisenfeld can assist you with finding the right running shoe.

Choosing the Right Running Shoes for Your Foot Type

Running is a physical activity although fun, can put a lot of stress on the joints, bones and ligaments of the body. Injury and stress on the foot can be an important factor on which kind of shoe you’re wearing. Running shoes should be worn based on your foot type. It is important to find out what fits you based on cushioning, stability and motion.

Determining your type

Speak with a shoe specialist or retail professional to see what your foot type is. They will be able to identify and measure your arch type, stride and gait.

Running Mechanics

When you are running or walking in your shoes, every step determines how your foot is landing. Pronation is the natural rolling of your ankle from outside to inside during foot strike.

Pronation is a correct form of walking or running. It helps absorb shock and store energy from your lower extremities. Neutral runners who pronate correctly do not need specific shoes, since they have stability and control.

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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trying-on-shoesIn spite of decades of research that various companies have poured into designing the “perfect” running shoe, data suggests that wearer’s performances and the rate of running injuries haven’t improved. However, scientists at the University of Calgary aren’t giving up on making an ideal pair of athletic footwear. They’re currently planning research into the relationship between injury and comfort level.

The university faculty’s idea is that runners’ bodies are naturally capable of identifying what shoes are healthy and what shoes aren’t based on how good they feel on the feet. The scientists are still designing their study, but they hope to get started with it soon.

Although you’d be hard-pressed to find a “perfect” running shoe, some pairs are still much better suited for athletic activity than others. To learn more about the differences between walking and running shoes, see podiatrist Dr. Lori Weisenfeld of New York. Dr. Weisenfeld will explain how the anatomy of these kinds of footwear differ and teach you about the specific benefits that each of them offers.

The Differences between Walking & Running Shoes

There are great ways to stay in shape: running and walking are two great exercises to a healthy lifestyle. It is important to know that running shoes and walking shoes are not interchangeable. There is a key difference on how the feet hit the ground when someone is running or walking. This is why one should be aware that a shoe is designed differently for each activity.

You may be asking yourself what the real differences are between walking and running shoes and the answers may shock you.

Differences

Walking doesn’t involve as much stress or impact on the feet as running does. However, this doesn’t mean that you should be any less prepared. When you’re walking, you land on your heels and have your foot roll forward. This rolling motion requires additional support to the feet.

Flexibility – walking shoes are designed to have soft, flexible soles. This allows the walker to push off easily with each step.

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Monday, 14 July 2014 20:55

Diabetics Have High Amputation Rate

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gloves-on-footSoutheastern Wound Healing Center physicians have reported that at every hour, at least seven diabetics undergo a foot or leg amputation. Diabetes is often the conduit for neuropathy, a condition that may cause patients to become unaware of any conditions or injuries to their legs and feet.

According to Scott Covington, MD, “The disease is responsible for being the leading cause of lower-limb amputations not caused by accidents, according to Southeastern Health. Unfortunately, patients afflicted are confronted with multiple challenges during the healing process” Physicians at the Southeastern Wound Healing Center recommend diabetics inspect their feet constantly.

If you are diabetic, consult with podiatrist Dr. Lori Weisenfeldof New York. Dr. Weisenfeldcan treat your foot and ankle needs.

Foot Care for Diabetics

Diabetes is a condition that affects millions of people annually. The condition affects blood vessels in many parts of the body, including the feet. When damage from diabetes occurs to nerves in the feet, they may be unable to send proper signaling to the peripheral nervous system, resulting in neuropathy. If a diabetic patient develops neuropathy, it is important to provide good care for the feet to avoid the risk of amputation.

Caring for Diabetic Feet

- Routinely inspect your feet for bruises or sores.
- Wear socks that fit your feet comfortably.
- Wear comfortable shoes that provide adequate support.

Be sure to inform your healthcare professional of any concerns you may have regarding your feet. For diabetic patients, the risk of amputation and sepsis increases if medical treatment is not sought right away, especially when it comes to the feet. Early treatment and routine foot inspection are keys to maintaining good health.

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Tuesday, 08 July 2014 15:41

Plantar Fasciitis Affects Leader of America

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shoes-officeWith such a full-time demanding position, President Barack Obama needs to be on his feet with at all times. As a result, it may come to no surprise that our president has been contending with pain in his right foot. Dr. Ronny L. Jackson, Obama’s physician, stated that Obama’s symptoms are consistent with “regular recurring plantar fasciitis”.

Chronic plantar fasciitis tends to be common among middle aged people, and with Obama at 52 years of age, he’s right up there with the possibilities. Fortunately, our president remains up to the task and continues to ensure he maintains a healthy, active lifestyle.

Plantar fasciitis can be very painful. If you are suffering from heel pain, consult with podiatrist Dr. Lori Weisenfeldof New York. Dr. Weisenfeldcan treat your foot and ankle conditions.

What is Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis refers to heel and arch pain caused by an inflammation of the connective tissues on the bottom of the foot.

What Causes Plantar Fasciitis?

  • Ill-fitting shoes
  • Weight change
  • Excessive running
  • Non-supportive shoes
  • Overpronation

How Can It Be Treated?

  • Conservative measures – anti-inflammatories, ice packs, stretching exercises, physical therapy, orthotic devices.
  • Shockwave therapy – sends sound waves to the areas where pain is experience.       Requires multiple sessions.       This is used for very persistent cases of plantar fasciitis.
  • Ultrasound-guided technique with steroid injections into the plantar fascia.       This is from a relatively new and small study, but was shown to be effective in most cases treated.

New Studies on Treatment

According to groundbreaking treatment option studies, Luca M. Sconfienza, M.D. says that ultrasound with steroid injections was effective in over 95% of cases that involve plantar fasciitis. This process involves anesthesia and is a single process, out-patient treatment that was discovered to be highly effective. Luca M. Sconfienza M.D. presented her study at an annual meeting for the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA). Be sure to speak with your podiatrist about different methods that can be used, as well as finding out what treatment options they offer.

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alvaro-saborioStarter Alvaro Saborio wound up having to miss the World Cup this year as a result of sustaining an injury while training. Saborio fractured the fifth metatarsal in his right foot, forcing the Ticos player to end a morning training session early. As of right now, Saborio’s recovery window appears to be from six to twelve weeks. Saborio has appeared 93 times and has scored 32 international goals.

Returning to sports after a foot or ankle injury may not always be so simple. If you sustained a foot or ankle injury, it is best to consult with podiatrist Dr. Lori Weisenfeld of New York. Dr. Weisenfeld can treat your injuries and attempt to help you return to your sport of choice.

Getting Back into Sports after Foot and Ankle Injuries

Sprained ankles are a frustrating and painful ordeal many athletes go through. Recovery from a sprained ankle usually involves the RICE method. This includes:

  • Rest
  • Ice
  • Compression
  • Elevation

In addition, athletes should consider wearing an ankle brace in order to keep the ankle stabilized and alleviate any pain as it heals.

Stress fractures that occur in the foot and ankle come in two types. This includes stable and displaced. Stable stress fractures do not consist of any shifting in bone alignment while displaced stress fractures involve bone ends that do not line up.

Anyone suffering a stress fracture should visit a physician immediately. Most treatment involves refraining from any activities that place extra or undue stress on the ankle, including refraining from participation in any sports. Those interested in a quick recovery need to be mindful of their treatment process and invest in it thoroughly in order to ensure they can return to their passion in full force.


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