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.  

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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