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.

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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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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ice-on-footTIME magazine states that issues of the feet that might seem small can actually be signs of a disease or condition. As an example, fungal infections might be indicated through itchy, flaky, or peeling skin on the feet. An enlarged big toe might be an indication of gout while wounds on the feet that do not heal might be a sign of diabetes or cancer.

Circulatory problems may be shown through baldness in the toes and feet. As with any symptoms of the feet and ankles, have all conditions checked out immediately. Without the proper treatment, conditions of the feet and ankles can progress into something worse.

Be sure to take care of your feet every day. If you have any problems with your feet or ankles, be sure to see podiatrist Dr. Lori Weisenfeldof New York. Dr. Weisenfeld can treat your foot and ankle-related needs.

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. Also make sure that the socks fit properly and are not uncomfortably tight.

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 and ankle needs.

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dustin-long2NASCAR reporter Dustin Long broke his ankle during a recent interview with driver Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Long tweeted a picture of the misshapen ankle, but in opposition to his journalistic instinct withheld the whole story. Racer Earnhardt continued the role reversal and filled in the details.

Apparently Earnhardt took Long on a shortcut around the Pocono Raceway during the interview just days before the race, and he fell off one of the scales used to weight cars. Earnhardt, who went on to win at Pocono, apologized profusely through twitter. Long brushed it off as an unlucky accident and announced that it wouldn’t stop him from covering the event.

Broken ankles can be extremely painful and require medical attention. For treatment options, see podiatrist Dr. Lori Weisenfeld of New York. Dr. Weisenfeld will help mitigate your pain and get you back on your feet.

Broken Ankles

The ankle consists of three bones- the tibia, the fibula, and the talus. The tibia and the fibula are the two bones that connect to your knees. They sit directly above the talus bone, which is protected by a fibrous membrane and allows slight movement in the ankle joint. A break usually occurs in one of these bones after the foot is twisted too far, a strong impact like jumping from a great height, or repeated stresses like running.

Diagnosis

If you suffer an ankle injury, it is essential that you receive a correct diagnosis. One of the first signs that the ankle is broken is an inability to put any weight on it. There will often be severe bruising and swelling at the sight of the injury. Your doctor may also order an x-ray be taken to determine the exact location and extent of the injury.

Treatment

Without proper care, a broken ankle may not heal properly and could cause arthritis and instability later in life. Therefore, seeking proper treatment is essential to making a full recovery.

There a number of steps you can take to accelerate the healing process however. Elevating your feet above your head and icing the ankle can reduce pain and swelling.

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Tuesday, 10 June 2014 19:59

Football Player Scheduled to Return Early

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Titans’ quarterback Jake Locker seems to already be ahead of time when it comes to recovery. In fact, Locker is expected to participate in the season opener in Kansas City.  Locker has been off the field since last year when he received surgery to repair a Lisfranc injury in his right foot. Since his surgery, Locker has been pushing himself to expedite his rehabilitation process.

“I want the guys on the team to know that it means something to me, and that I am going to do everything I can to be in the field,” Locker said. “Hopefully it helps to create a culture that we’re all going to try and work that way.”

Sometimes, rehabilitation is necessary for foot and ankle injuries. If you are injured, talk to podiatrist Dr. Lori Weisenfeldof New York.  Dr. Weisenfeld will treat your foot and ankle injuries.

Foot Rehabilitation for Athletes

Injured athletes are always looking for better, faster ways to aid their recoveries and return to the sports they love.  Podiatrists and physical therapists are often consulted to help injured athletes can get back on the field as soon as possible.  But rehabbing an injury is just as serious as the injury itself, and going through physical therapy or rehabilitation is often necessary to keeping that injury at bay.

Sports Therapist or Physical Therapist?

If an athlete gets a foot injury, it is essential to receive foot rehabilitation to ensure proper healing. Sports therapists are more focused on athletic-related injuries than general physical therapists. It is important for an athlete to become healed properly because if they attempt to get back into their game before they are physically well, they could re-aggravate the original injury or even suffer a new one due to their weakened state.

Physical Therapy Gives Hope

Physical therapy helps to keep athletes as active as they are physically capable, which will get them ready to return to the field once their feet become healed.

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Wednesday, 04 June 2014 16:32

Marathon Runner Speaks of Running Injuries

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old-sneakersBruce Ward has been running for 40 years, and he knew that wit running comes several consequences many runners aren’t prepared for. As Ward started training for his half-marathon, he was aware his body needed adjustment and preparedness on the lower extremity. “  I was warned it would be hard on the joints. My knees were fine, as it turned out. But my sudden absence must have been hard on the joints I used to hang out in after work with my reporter buddies,” stated Ward. One of Ward’s fellow running associates even required surgery as a result of running injuries.

Sometimes foot and ankle injuries require surgery. If your foot or ankle is injured, consult podiatrist Dr. Lori Weisenfeld of New York. Dr. Weisenfeld can treat your foot and ankle needs.

When Is Surgery Necessary?

Foot and ankle surgery is generally reserved for cases in which less invasive, conservative procedures have failed to help with the problem. Some of the cases in which surgery may be necessary are:

- Removing foot deformities like bone spurs and bunions

- Severe arthritis that has caused bone issues

- Reconstruction to attend injuries caused by accidents or malformations

What Types of Surgery Are There?

The type of surgery you receive will be dependent on the nature of the problem you have. Some of the possible surgeries include:

- Bunionectomy for painful bunions
- Surgical fusion for realignment of bones
- Nerve removal for painful nerve endings

Benefits of Surgery

Although surgery is usually a last resort, when it is undertaken, if can provide more complete pain relief than before, and may allow you to finally resume full activity.

Surgical techniques have also become increasingly sophisticated. Such techniques like endoscopic surgery allow for smaller incisions and faster recovery times.

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 and ankle needs.

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Wednesday, 28 May 2014 15:45

Actress Falls from Wearing Heels

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Actress Jennifer Lawrence does not have the best relationship with high heels. At the X-Men: Days of Future Past premiere in New York, Lawrence took a fall while wearing strapped high heels. Lawrence’s slippage occurred while walking up a staircase towards a photo call. Fortunately, Lawrence was saved from a second close-call thanks to the intervention of an assistant, who grabbed Lawrence’s wrist in time.

The Hunger Games star is known for falling, especially during the Oscars. In fact, Lawrence fell on the red carpet for two years in a row. However, Lawrence still manages to remain graceful in spite of her clumsy habit.

High heels may be popular, but they aren’t high in the eyes of your feet. If you have foot or ankle complications from wearing heels, see podiatrist Dr. Lori Weisenfeld of New York.  Dr. Weisenfeld can treat your foot and ankle needs.  

 

 

 

 

 

Wearing High Heels and How it Affects Feet

High heels affect what parts of the body?

  • Joints in the Ankle
  • Balls of the Feet
  • Achilles Tendon
  • Knees – heels cause the knees to bend constantly, creating stress on them
  • Back – they decrease the spine’s ability to absorb shock, which may lead to back pain.  Also, the vertebrae of the lower back may compress.
  • Calluses
  • Corns
  • Morton’s Neuroma
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Bunions
  • Hammertoe

What problems can arise from long term use of high heels?

How can I maintain my foot health and still wear high heels?

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Tuesday, 20 May 2014 19:35

Mixed Martial Arts Fighter Suffers Broken Toe

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Luke Rockhold was able to defeat Tim Boetsch in a middleweight bout at UFC 172. However, the 29 year old Rockhold didn’t just gain as far as victories go. Rockhold revealed at the UFC 172 post night press conference that he fractured his toe, presumably during the fight itself.

Rockhold uploaded a photo that revealed his x-rayed injury on Instagram. It was the middle toe in his right foot that was fractured. According to the UFC rankings Rockhold is number 5 in the world rankings, making a title bout a possibility in the near future.  

Broken toes can take anyone out of the fight. If you sustained a toe injury, see podiatrist Dr. Lori Weisenfeld of New York.  Dr. Weisenfeld can attend to your foot and ankle injuries.

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). Another type of trauma that can break a toe is repeated activity that places stress on the toe for prolonged periods of time.

Symptoms of a Broken Toe

  • throbbing pain
  • swelling
  • bruising on the skin and toenail
  • inability to move the toe with ease.
  • crooked or disfigured appearance
  •  tingling or numbness in the toe
  • fever or chills throughout their body

It is best to stay off of the injured toe with the affected foot elevated on pillows. Alleviate swelling by placing an ice pack on the broken toe for 15 minutes every two hours then taping the two toes together with medical tape. 


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Monday, 12 May 2014 00:00

Actor Sustains Calf Injury On-Set

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John Simm’s new TV thriller PREY has been put on hold after the Simms injured his leg while filming. According to the Star, the scene was high-energy, with Simm’s protagonist battling through numerous situations suggesting danger.

We were on about the third take of me clambering up this wet verge. As I launched myself forward my foot slipped and I felt my calf muscle tear." The injury forced producers to halt the shoot while Simm underwent treatment. Simms stated that he did proper stretching exercises and prepared correctly and that the injury was unexpected.

Achilles tendon injuries hurt.  If you injured your Achilles, see podiatrist Dr. Lori Weisenfeld of New York.  Dr. Weisenfeld can treat your foot and ankle needs.  

What is the Achilles Tendon?

The Achilles tendon is a tendon that connects the lower leg muscles and calf to the heel of the foot. It is the strongest tendon in the human body, and is essential for making movement possible. Because this tendon is such an integral part of the body, any injuries to it can cause severe difficulties and should immediately be presented to a doctor.

What are the symptoms of an Achilles Tendon Injury?

There are various types of injuries that can affect the Achilles tendon. The two most common are Achilles tendinitis and ruptures of the tendon.

Achilles Tendinitis Symptoms

- Inflammation

- Dull to Severe Pain

- Increased blood flow to the tendon

- Thickening of the tendon

Rupture Symptoms

- Extreme pain and swelling in the foot

- Total immobility

Treatment and Prevention

Achilles tendon injuries are diagnosed by a thorough physical evaluation. Often the doctor will order an MRI to confirm the diagnosis. Treatment will involve rest, physical therapy, and in some cases, surgery. However, various preventative measures can be taken to avoid these injuries.

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