fungal-toenail2John Calvo has been suffering from gout since he was 25 years of age. Nearly twelve years later Calvo understand what triggers gout attacks and what can prevent them. Calvo recalls the pain felt during his first couple of attacks stating, “I just thought I had a broken toe… Bloodwork was done. Doc said it showed uric acid levels of a 40 year old.” Since then Calvo has found his gout attacks occur after drinking beer, his relatives have attacks after eating pork and shellfish. While uric acid is found in nearly every organism, high protein meats or foods with high levels of purine are most likely to trigger an attack.

Gout is a foot condition that requires certain treatment and care. If you have any concerns regarding gout, consult with Dr. Lori Weisenfeld of New York. Our doctor will assist you with all of your foot and ankle needs.

What is Gout?

Gout is a type of arthritis caused by a buildup of uric acid in the bloodstream. It often develops in the foot, especially the big toe area, although it can manifest in other parts of the body as well. Gout can make walking and standing very painful and is especially common in diabetics and the obese.

People typically get gout because of a poor diet. Genetic predisposition is also a factor. The children of parents who have had gout frequently have a chance of developing it themselves.

Gout can easily be identified by redness and inflammation of the big toe and the surrounding areas of the foot. Other symptoms include extreme fatigue, joint pain, and running high fevers. Sometimes corticosteroid drugs can be prescribed to treat gout, but the best way to combat this disease is to get more exercise and eat a better diet.

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

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stretching2 According to Inquirer, having a lack of variety in your footwear can actually cause more damage, such as bunions, in the feet. While wearing sneakers everyday would seem like the most sensible option for the feet, they can become too comfortable to the point where the feet can forget to work on their own. Flat shoes are often lacking in proper cushioning and support that can cause cramping or other injuries. If the toe area is tight and closed bunions can start to form. While high heels are known to cause damage to the feet, they can be problematic to the rest of the body as well. Try wearing a lower and thicker heel to avoid ease the imbalances put on the body.

Bunion surgery usually occurs after non-surgical methods have proved to be ineffective. If you have any concerns about your feet or ankles contact Dr. Lori S. Weisenfeld of New York. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What is a Bunion?

A bunion is formed of swollen tissue or an enlargement of boney growth, usually located at the base joint of the toe that connects to the foot. The swelling occurs by the bones in the big toe shifting inward, which impacts the other toes of the foot. This causes the area around the base of the big toe to become inflamed and painful.

Why do Bunions Form?

  • Genetics – susceptibility to bunions are often hereditary
  • Stress on the feet – poorly fitted and uncomfortable footwear that places stress on feet, such as heels, can cause bunions to form

How are Bunions Diagnosed?

  • Refrain from wearing heels or similar shoes that cause discomfort
  • Select wider shoes that can provide more comfort and reduce pain
  • Anti-inflammatory and pain management drugs
  • Orthotics or foot inserts
  • Surgery

Doctors often perform two tests – blood tests and x-rays – when trying to diagnose bunions, especially in the early stages of development. Blood tests help determine if the foot pain is being caused by something else, such as arthritis, while x-rays provide a clear picture of your bone structure to your doctor.

How are Bunions Treated?

If you have any concerns 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, 17 August 2015 00:00

Managing Plantar Warts in Children

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childrens-feet15 When a plantar wart becomes visible on a child, the treatment depends on the severity of the wart. Plantar warts have been known to cause pain in children when they walk or run, especially if the child is involved with sports. Your podiatrist may need to inspect the area or remove interfering dead skin before the wart’s removal process begins. Additionally, warts can be removed with the help of medicines, laser therapy, cryosurgery or freezing surgery, as well as immunotherapy. While most warts will disappear on their own, parents should keep an eye on the size of the wart, monitor irritation of topical treatments, and should not try to remove the wart by cutting or burning the skin at home.

Plantar warts can be very uncomfortable. If you have any concerns with plantar warts on your feet contact Dr. Lori Weisenfeld of New York. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

About Plantar Warts

Plantar warts are the result of HPV, or human papillomavirus, getting into open wounds on the feet. They are mostly found on the heels or balls of the feet.

While plantar warts are generally harmless, those experiencing excessive pain or those suffering from diabetes or a compromised immune system require immediate medical care. Plantar warts are easily diagnosed, usually through scraping off a bit of rough skin or by getting a biopsy.

Symptoms

  • Legions on the bottom of your feet, usually rough and grainy
  • Hard or thick callused spots
  • Wart seeds, which are small clotted blood vessels that look like little black spots
  • Pain, discomfort, or tenderness of your feet when walking or standing
  • Freezing
  • Electric tool removal
  • Laser Treatment
  • Topical Creams (prescription only)
  • Over-the-counter medications

Treatment

To help prevent developing plantar warts, avoid walking barefoot over abrasive surfaces that can cause cuts or wounds for HPV to get into. Avoiding direct contact with other warts, as well as not picking or rubbing existing warts, will help prevent the further spread of plantar warts. However, if you think you have developed plantar warts, speak to your podiatrist. He or she can diagnose the warts on your feet and recommend the appropriate treatment options.

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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hammertoe4According to a study published in the Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, men and women react and suffer from bone and muscle injuries such as arthritis in completely different ways. The study finds that women are more likely to have bone injuries as a result of arthritis while men will suffer blows to the tendons. Even though there has been a recent increase in Achilles tendon injuries in women, they are most likely occurring from forces such as running. For both sexes, wearing sensible shoes is the best bet in avoiding injuries of any kind; however, women are twice as likely to sustain some type of lower extremity injury due to high heels.

The feet are often common sites for arthritis to occur in the body. If you are struggling with arthritis in your feet or ankles, call Dr. Lori S. Weisenfeld, DPM of New York. Our doctor can examine your lower extremities to help alleviate your joint pain.

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 and treatment technologies for all of your foot ankle injuries.

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Monday, 03 August 2015 00:00

Monte Harrison of Milwaukee Brewers Breaks Ankle

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fungal-toenail2Monte Harrison, of the Milwaukee Brewers, was rounding third base when he suffered a broken ankle. Harrison, a member of the 2014 recruiting class in Nebraska, has been staying positive since the incident stating on social media, “Broken ankle…but can’t be sad now, all you gotta do is just smiling and get back to work!” Finally getting into the swing of things after leaving Class A to join the Brewers, Harrison believes he will be able to get back in due time. Last year Harrison was picked 50th overall in the 2014 MLB draft by the Brewers.

Broken ankles need immediate 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 Ankles

A broken ankle is experienced when a person fractures their tibia or fibula in the lower leg and ankle area. Both these bones are attached at the bottom of the leg and combine to form what we know to be our ankle.

When a physician is referring to a break of the ankle, he or she is usually referring to a break in the area where the tibia and fibula are joined to create our ankle joint. Ankles are more prone to fractures because the ankle is an area that suffers a lot of pressure and stress. There are some obvious signs when a person experiences a fractured ankle and the following symptoms may be present.

Symptoms of a Fractured Ankle

  • Excessive pain when the area is touched or when any pressure is placed on the ankle
  • Swelling around the area
  • Bruising of the area
  • Area appears to be deformed

If you suspect an ankle fracture, it is recommended to seek treatment as soon as possible. The sooner you have your podiatrist diagnose the fracture, the quicker you’ll be on the way towards recovery.

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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fungal-toenail2 Academy Award Winning Actress Cloris Leachman participated in the ABC Television series Wife Swap adorning a sprained ankle.  While temporarily switching lives with Butterfly star, Pia Zadora, Leachman was seen rolling around in her wheelchair, taking in the daily routine of the Zadora family. Straight away there were problems when Zadora’s husband and son showed signs of completely lacking in domestic duties. The two families also seemed to clash due to the Leachman family’s vegetarianism.

Ankle sprains are common, but need immediate attention. If you have any concerns about your potential ankle sprain 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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plantar-fasciitis6According to Shape, post workout foot stretches are one of the most important aspects of maintaining healthy feet and a healthy body. Since the soles of the feet have nearly 18 muscles and tendons, it is important to stretch them out when they get too tight by rolling them from heel to toe over a frozen golf ball. Toe stretches should be done as well, especially when wearing shoes that are too narrow or tight.

Stretching the feet is a great way to prevent injuries. If you have any concerns with your feet contact Dr. Lori S. Weisenfeld of New York. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Stretching Your Feet

Being the backbone of the body, the feet carry your entire weight and can easily become overexerted, causing cramps and pain. As with any body part, stretching your feet can serve many benefits. From increasing flexibility to even providing some pain relief, be sure to give your feet a stretch from time to time. This is especially important for athletes or anyone performing aerobic exercises, but anyone experiencing foot pain or is on their feet constantly should also engage in this practice.

Good ways to stretch your feet are:

  • Crossing one leg over the others and carefully pull your toes back. Do 10-20 repetitions and repeat the process for each foot

  • Face a wall with your arms out and hands flat against the wall. Step back with one foot and keep it flat on the floor while moving the other leg forward. Lean towards the wall until you feel a stretch. Hold for 30 seconds and perform 10 repetitions for each foot

  • Be sure not to overextend or push your limbs too hard or you could risk pulling or straining your muscle

Individuals who tend to their feet by regular stretching every day should be able to minimize foot pain and prevent new problems from arising.

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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ankle-surgeryOhio State University Wexner Medical Center surgeon, Dr. Timothy Miller, recently streamed an Achilles tendon surgery on the video-streaming app Periscope. Dr. Miller is one of the first among many surgeons using the app hoping that it will help advance medical education. In this day and age of medical education, students and residents are all equally busy which makes the viewing of cases like these increasingly difficult. The streaming session reeled in nearly 170 live viewers, was viewed more than 800 times after during the 24 hours Periscope archived the surgery, and with the help of an assistant in the operating room, five to six questions were answered during the procedure.

Achilles tendon injuries need immediate attention to avoid future complications. If you have any concerns contact Dr. Lori S. Weisenfeld of New York, NY. Our doctor will 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, which can include an MRI. Treatment involves rest, physical therapy, and in some cases, surgery. However, various preventative measures can be taken to avoid these injuries, such as:

- Thorough stretching of the tendon before and after exercise

- Strengthening exercises like calf raises, squats, leg curls, leg extensions, leg raises, lunges, and leg presses

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, 06 July 2015 00:00

Lamar Holmes Breaks Foot During Minicamp

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broken-foot4Lamar Holmes of the Atlanta Falcons will be out indefinitely due to a broken foot. The offensive tackle sustained the injury on the first day of minicamp, making him the second offensive tackle to be off on an injury next to starter Jake Matthews. “Don’t know any information in regard to training camp and him coming back. Disappointed for him. He’s had a terrific offseason. Hopefully a speedy recovery,” stated coach Dan Quinn. In the meantime the Falcons will most likely sign on a waiver if Holmes cannot recover on time.

A broken foot requires immediate medical attention and treatment. If you are seeking treatment for a broken foot, visit Dr. Lori Weisenfeld of New York. Our doctor will assess your injury and provide you with quality treatment.

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 technologies to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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hammertoe4Results from a study by the University of Queensland show that the scientist created vaccine treatment for rheumatoid arthritis is safe and effective. Professor Ranjeny Thomas states that the vaccination is meant to treat the underlying causes of the disease, whereas most therapies only work in reducing symptoms and in slowing the development. The vaccination therapy or immunotherapy is meant for those with potential high risk RA gene known as CCP-positive. With the help of this new therapy, patients can reduce the amount of CCP causing inflammation by teaching the immune system how to properly handle the gene.  

Rheumatoid arthritis can be a very painful disease to deal with. If you are suffering from rheumatoid arthritis, contact Dr. Lori S. Weisenfeld of New York. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What Is Rheumatoid Arthritis?

Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disorder in which the body’s own immune system attacks the membranes surrounding the joints. Severe pain and immobility are caused by an inflammation of the lining of your joints, and in worse cases the destruction of the joint’s cartilage and bone can occur.

Rheumatoid Arthritis of the Feet

Although RA usually attacks multiple bones and joints throughout the entire body, many cases result in pain in the foot or ankle area. Pain will often initially present in the toes before the condition worsens and spreads throughout the entire foot.

Symptoms

  • Swelling and pain in the feet
  • Stiffness in the feet
  • Pain on the ball or sole of the feet
  • Joint shift and deformation

Diagnosis

Quick diagnosis of RA in the feet is important so that your podiatrist can treat the area effectively. Your doctor may ask you about your medical history and lifestyle to help determine possible causes of your RA.

Treatment

Unfortunately, there is no cure for RA, so treatment options are designed to specifically target the symptoms of it, most notably the pain it causes. Two types of anti-inflammatory drugs – non-steroidal or NSAIDs and corticosteroids – may be prescribed by your doctor. In some severe cases where the joints are too badly damaged, surgery may be an option. As always, speak with your podiatrist to help determine the appropriate treatment options available to you.

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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