Monday, 08 February 2016 14:30

Keep Your Shoes Clean As Part of Your Daily Routine

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feet7Keeping your shoes clean is one important factor in ensuring your feet stay clean too. Make sure to always wear socks to prevent moisture from accumulating in your shoes or on your feet. Wash your feet often to repel foot odor and odor-causing bacteria. Antiperspirant sprays are also great for killing bacteria and getting rid of foot odor. Other less common solutions include using insoles that have activated charcoal, or carbon. Activated charcoal insoles are absorbent and can be adjusted to fit the size of your shoe. Use moisture-absorbing material like cedar shoe trees or newspaper to put in your shoes after wearing them. Don’t forget to also swap often between different pairs of shoes.

Every day foot care is very important to prevent infection and other foot ailments. If you have any concerns about your feet and ankles contact Dr. Lori S. Weisenfeld of New York. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle 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.

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

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broken foot6Duke’s senior forward Amile Jefferson will be sidelined for a month following a broken right foot injury after the game against Utah in Madison Square Garden. Jefferson is considered Duke’s “most consistent front court player” in the season and his absence will impact the team. Jefferson averages 11.4 points. Duke won the game against Utah with a score of 9-1, a new record.

A broken foot requires immediate medical attention and treatment. If you have any concerns about your feet and ankles contact Dr. Lori S. Weisenfeld of New York. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Broken Foot Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment

A broken foot is caused by one of the bones in the foot typically breaking when 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 that suspect they have a broken foot shoot seek urgent medical attention where a medical professional could diagnose the severity.

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.

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

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Monday, 25 January 2016 17:07

Kelly Osbourne and her “Holiday Mishap”

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broken foot4Kelly Osbourne has injured her foot in a recent “holiday mishap,” just days before the Christmas holiday. Osbourne posted pictures of her fracture foot and tendon injuries on Instagram, sporting a splint on her injured foot. The Australia’s Got Talent judge will be on crutches. Her photo on Instagram indicated her foot as being bruised and swollen, having required her to visit the hospital.

Activities, where too much pressure is put on the feet can cause stress fractures. If you are experiencing pain, visit Dr. Lori S. Weisenfeld of New York. Our doctor can treat your pain as well as any other foot or ankle condition.

Dealing with Stress Fractures of the Foot and Ankle

The Stress Fractures occur on the foot and ankle when muscles in these areas weaken from too much or too little use. Then the feet and ankles lose support when walking or running from the impact of the ground. Since there is no protection the bones receive the full impact of each step. The stress on the feet causes cracks to form in the bones, thus called stress fractures.

What are Stress Fractures?

Stress fractures occur frequently in individuals whose daily activities cause great impact on the feet and ankles. Stress factors are most common among:

-runners                                  

-people affected with Osteoporosis

-play tennis or basketball

-gymnastics

-high impact workouts

Symptoms

Pain from the fractures occur in the area of the fractures, and can be constant or intermittent. It will often cause sharp or dull pain with swelling and tenderness. Engaging in any kind of activity which involves in high impact will aggravate pain.

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

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Arthritis5British researchers at Manchester University published their findings on arthritis in the Journal of Clinical Investigation. Their findings suggest that eating and exercising at a set time every day can help combat the effects of arthritis. This practice allegedly leads to small genes creating “biological clocks” in the body, which can help maintain healthy cartilage. Arthritis exists as a debilitating disease that leads to the wearing and tearing of cartilage of joints, which can affect overall mobility. Dr. Qing-Jung Meng, a biologist at Manchester University, found that these small body clocks encourage the mending of damaged cartilage and can be activated by continual daily exercise.  

Arthritis can be a difficult condition to live with. If you have any concerns about your feet and ankles contact Dr. Lori S. Weisenfeld of New York. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Arthritic Foot Care

Arthritis is a joint disorder that involves inflammation of different joints in your body, such as in your feet. Arthritis is often caused by a degenerative joint disease and causes mild to severe pain in all affected areas. On top of this, swelling and stiffness in the affected joints can also be a common symptom of arthritis.

In many cases, wearing ill-fitting shoes can worsen the effects and pain of arthritis. Wearing shoes that have a lower heel and extra room can help your feet feel more comfortable. In cases of rheumatoid arthritis, the arch in your foot may become problematic. Buying shoes with proper arch support that contour to your feet can help immensely.

Alleviating Arthritic Pain

  • Exercises that stretch the foot can prevent further pain and injury and increase mobility
  • Most of the pain can be alleviated with anti-inflammatory drugs, heat, and topical medications
  • Massages can help to temporarily alleviate pain.

It is best to see your doctor for the treatment that is right for your needs and symptoms. Conditions vary, and a podiatrist can help you determine the right method of care for your feet.

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

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slower walkingWalking at a slower speed than normal may be a symptom of Alzheimer’s. Although walking is considered a healthy exercise for everyone, those who are elderly and slowly may have symptoms associated with having increased amyloid amounts, an abnormal protein linked to Alzheimer’s disease. Research done in France suggests that there is a possible association “between slow walking speed and amyloid in several areas of the brain, including a region called the putamen.” Natalia del Campo, the study author at the Gerontopole and the Centre of Excellence in Neurodegeneration of Toulouse, says that “subtle walking disturbances” may be one attributable symptom linked to memory concerns.

Proper foot care is something many older adults forget to consider. If you have any concerns about your feet and ankles contact Dr. Lori S. Weisenfeld of New York. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

The Elderly and their Feet

As we age we start to notice many changes in our body, but the elder population may not notice them right away. Medical conditions may prevent the elderly to take notice of their foot health right away. Poor vision is a lead contributor to not taking action for the elderly.

Common Conditions

Neuropathy – can reduce feeling in the feet, and can hide many life threating medical conditions.

Reduced flexibility – prevents the ability of proper toenail trimming, and foot cleaning. If left untreated, it may lead to further medical issues.

Foot sores – amongst the older population can be serious before they are discovered. Some of the problematic conditions they may face are:

Gouging toenails affecting nearby toe

Shoes that don’t fit properly

Pressure sores

Loss of circulation in legs & feet

Edema & swelling of feet and ankles

Susceptible Infections

Diabetes and poor circulation can cause general loss of sensitivity over the years, turning a simple cut into a serious issue.

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

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Monday, 04 January 2016 05:28

DIY At Home Pedicure and Foot Care

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foot care7Doctor K gives some special advice about how to take care of your feet at home with a DIY pedicure routine. Doctor K suggests soaking your feet in a basin of warm water, then rubbing a pumice stone against your feet skin to remove dead skin cells after drying thoroughly. Moisturize your toenails with lotion, then push the cuticles to the side instead of cutting them. Aftering clipping your toenails and cleaning underneath, moisturize with lotion. Apply nail polish, then disinfect your pedicure instruments with rubbing alcohol or peroxide.

Every day foot care is very important to prevent infection and other foot ailments. If you have any concerns about your feet and ankles contact Dr. Lori S. Weisenfeld of New York. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle 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.

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

Read more about Everyday Foot Care

Monday, 28 December 2015 04:14

Orthotics Help With Overall Body Structure

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orthotics5Choosing the right orthotics for your feet can help with the support of your overall body structure, and the process of creating orthotics is relatively simple and easy. Kevin Wong, DC, suggests determining the right orthotics length size for patients’ shoes. There are two different methods to constructing the orthotics, the non-weight-bearing method and the weight-bearing method. In the non-weight-bearing method, plaster material is molded around the foot to create a negative impression, which is then used to form the orthotic. In the weight-bearing method, patients’ feet can be scanned for certain measurements, which can then be applied to the construction of custom-made orthotics.

If you are having discomfort in your feet and would like to try orthotics, contact Dr. Lori S. Weisenfeld of New York. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What are Orthotics?

Orthotics are inserts you can place into your shoes to help with a variety of foot problems such as flat feet or foot pain. Orthotics provide relief and comfort for minor foot and heel pain, but can’t correct serious biomechanical problems in your feet.

Over-the-Counter Inserts

Orthotics come in a wide variety of over-the-counter inserts that are used to treat foot pain, heel pain, and minor problems. For example, arch supports can be inserted into your shoes to help correct over arched or flat feet, while gel insoles are often used because they provide comfort and relief from foot and heel pain by alleviating pressure.

Prescription Orthotics

If over-the-counter inserts don’t work for you, or if you have a more severe foot issue, it is possible to have your podiatrist prescribe custom orthotics. These high quality inserts are designed to treat problems such as abnormal motion, plantar fasciitis, and more severe heel pain. They can even be used to help patients suffering from diabetes by treating foot ulcers and painful calluses, and are usually molded to your feet individually, which allows them to provide full support and comfort.

If you are experiencing minor to severe foot or heel pain, it’s recommended to speak with your podiatrist on the possibilities of using orthotics. A podiatrist can determine which type of orthotic is right for you and allow you to take the first steps towards being pain free.

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

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Monday, 21 December 2015 23:49

Don’t Ice Your Sprained Ankle

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fungal toenail2Latest research indicates that putting ice on your sprained ankle may not be good for you. The coldness of the ice can instead cut off the blood which supplies cells, instead delaying the healing process. The most recent National Athletic Trainers’ Association suggests elevating your sprained ankle, stretching, and taking over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications like Advil or Aleve. You can also wrap your ankle with bandage, which reduces swelling.

Ankle sprains are common, but need immediate attention. If you have any concerns about your feet and ankles contact Dr. Lori S. Weisenfeld of New York. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

How Does an Ankle Sprain Occur?

Ankle sprains take place when the ligaments in your ankle are torn or stretched beyond their limits. There are multiple ways that the ankle can become injured, including twisting or rolling over onto your ankle, putting undue stress on it, or causing trauma to the ankle itself.

What are the Symptoms?

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

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. If the sprain is very severe, surgery may be required.

If you have suffered an ankle sprain previously, you may want to consider additional support such as a brace and regular exercises to strengthen the ankle.

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

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Monday, 14 December 2015 08:27

High Heel “Cinderella” Surgery

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high heel13As wearing high heels have become a major staple in many women’s everyday wardrobe, some are taking to the so special foot surgeries to make certain shoes more wearable. One specific surgery known as the “Cinderella” surgery corrects the bunion or hallux valgus of the big toe, reshaping the foot and making high heels more comfortable. Other surgeries include toe shortening “the perfect 10,” toe lengthening “Model T,” and the Foot Tuck, where fat is injected into the bottom of the foot for a more comfortable sole.

High heels have a history for causing foot and ankle problems. If you have any concerns about your feet and ankles contact Dr. Lori S. Weisenfeld of New York. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Effects of High Heels on the Feet

High heels are popular shoes among women because they are associated with femininity. Despite their appeal, they can cause many health problems if worn too frequently.

What parts my body will be affected by high heels?

  • Ankle Joints
  • Achilles Tendon – may shorten and stiffen with prolonged wear
  • Balls of the Feet
  • 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.

What kinds of foot problems can develop from wearing high heels?

  • Corns
  • Calluses
  • Hammertoe
  • Bunions
  • Morton’s Neuroma
  • Plantar Fasciitis

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

If you want to wear high heeled shoes, make sure that you are not wearing them every day, as this will help prevent long term physical problems. Try wearing thicker heels as opposed to stilettos to distribute weight more evenly across the feet. Always make sure you are wearing the proper shoes for the right occasion, such as sneakers for exercising. If you walk to work, try carrying your heels with you and changing into them once you arrive at work. Adding inserts to your heels can help cushion your feet and absorb shock; you can buy either full inserts or metatarsal pads.

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

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broken foot4Carlos Hyde of the San Francisco 49ers recently faced the Seattle Seahawks while suffering a stress fracture to his foot, CBS Sports reports. Hyde had told a sideline reporter before the game that he had been experiencing soreness in his left foot for several weeks because of the injury. Hyde later acknowledged the pain in his right foot after the 49ers’ victory over the Baltimore Ravens. At one point during the game, he had collapsed on the field. He did return later. “I just put too much pressure, too much weight on it,” Hyde shared.

Sports related foot and ankle injuries need proper treatment before players can go back to their regular routines. If you have any concerns about your feet and ankles contact Dr. Lori S. Weisenfeld of New York. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Sport Related Foot and Ankle Injuries

Foot and ankle injuries are a common occurrence when it comes to athletes of any sport. While many athletes dismiss the initial aches and pains, the truth is that ignoring potential foot and ankle injuries can lead to serious problems. As athletes continue to place pressure and strain the area further, a mild injury can turn into something as serious as a rupture and may lead to a permanent disability. There are many factors that contribute to sports related foot and ankle injuries, which include failure to warm up properly, not providing support or wearing bad footwear. Common injuries and conditions athletes face, including:

  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Plantar Fasciosis
  • Achilles Tendinitis
  • Achilles Tendon Rupture
  • Ankle Sprains

Sports-related injuries are commonly treated using the RICE method. This includes rest, applying ice to the injured area, compression and elevating the ankle. More serious sprains and injuries may require surgery, which could include arthroscopic and reconstructive surgery. Rehabilitation and therapy may also be required in order to get any recovering athlete to become fully functional again. Any unusual aches and pains an athlete sustains must be evaluated by a licensed, reputable medical professional.

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

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