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.

Read more about the effects of high heels.

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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Monday, 30 November 2015 20:28

Skateboarder Talks About Recovering from Injury

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plantar fasciitis6Skateboarder Andrew Allen recently caught up with Transworld Skateboarding to talk about his recent injury and all the things Allen plans to do next. Allen had been recovering from ankle surgery and a case of tarsal tunnel syndrome in his left foot. “It basically kept going numb,” Allen shared. “That’s been feeling a bit better now, so I’ve been skating more again.” When asked about the experience, Allen elaborated, “When I skated on it, it would get more intense--almost like it fell asleep, like pins and needles. I just had no feeling in it.”

Tarsal tunnel syndrome can be very uncomfortable to live with. If you are experiencing tarsal tunnel syndrome, contact Dr. Lori Weisenfeld of New York. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome

Tarsal tunnel syndrome, which can also be called tibial nerve dysfunction, is an uncommon condition of misfiring peripheral nerves in the foot. The tibial nerve is the peripheral nerve in the leg responsible for sensation and movement of the foot and calf muscles. In tarsal tunnel syndrome, the tibial nerve is damaged, causing problems with movement and feeling in the foot of the affected leg.

Common Cause of Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome
-Involves pressure or an injury, direct pressure on the tibial nerve for an extended period of time, sometimes caused by other body structures close by or near the knee.
-Diseases that damage nerves, including diabetes, may cause tarsal tunnel syndrome.
-At times, tarsal tunnel syndrome can appear without an obvious cause in some cases.

The Effects of Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome
-Different sensations, an afflicted person may experience pain, tingling, burning or other unusual sensations in the foot of the affected leg.
-The foot muscles, toes and ankle become weaker, and curling your toes or flexing your foot can become difficult.
-If condition worsens, infections and ulcers may develop on the foot that is experiencing the syndrome.

A physical exam of the leg can help identify the presence of tarsal tunnel syndrome. Medical tests, such as a nerve biopsy, are also used to diagnose the condition. Patients may receive physical therapy and prescriptive medication. In extreme cases, some may require surgery.

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 tarsal tunnel syndrome.

Monday, 23 November 2015 00:00

New Tricks to Alleviate Pain from High Heels

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high-heel13Everyone knows about some of the pain and hardships associated with wearing high heels, especially on a regular basis. However, according to Angie Benji from The Star, there are a bunch of different tricks that can be used to alleviate the pain and discomfort, which she breaks down into three main categories: feet adhesive tricks, preventative tricks, and professional tricks. Combining all these different tricks can really help make your feet feel better after wearing high heels.

High heels have a history for causing foot and ankle problems. If you have any concerns about your feet contact Dr. Lori 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.

Read more about the effects of high heels.

Monday, 16 November 2015 00:00

Blister Prevention Tips for Breaking In New Boots

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running-shoe18As the summer weather dies down, sandals go back into the closet as we adorn our lower extremities with warmer options such as boots. While getting a fresh pair of boots may be nice, it is important to take the proper measures to avoid blistering on the feet from these new shoes. When first wearing new boots, keep an older pair handy if possible to give your feet a rest from potential friction. Try to break in the new boot by stepping on the heel or walking around with thicker socks on. Investing in blister prevention tools can also result in a pain free boot experience.

Blisters are prone to making everyday activities extremely uncomfortable. If you have any concerns with blisters on your feet contact Dr. Lori Weisenfeld of New York. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Foot Blisters

Foot blisters develop as a result of constantly wearing tight or ill-fitting footwear. This happens due to the constant rubbing from the shoe, which can often lead to pain.

What are Foot Blisters?

A foot blister is a small fluid-filled pocket that forms on the upper-most layer of the skin. Blisters are filled with clear fluid and can lead to blood drainage or pus if the area becomes infected.

How do Blisters Form?

Blisters on the feet are often the result of constant friction of skin and material, usually by shoe rubbing. Walking in sandals, boots, or shoes that don’t fit properly for long periods of time can result in a blister. Having consistent foot moisture and humidity can easily lead to blister formation.

Prevention & Treatment

It is important to properly care for the affected area in order to prevent infection and ease the pain. Do not lance the blister and use a Band-Aid to provide pain relief. Also, be sure to keep your feet dry and wear proper fitting shoes. If you see blood or pus in a blister, seek assistance from a doctor.

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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childrens-feet17An 84-year-old Chinese woman recounts how her feet were bound when she was just six years old in order to avoid “big, flat feet”. She says the painful process began when she was about six and caused her excruciating pain, especially at night, before they were loosened up. The practice of foot binding had been outlawed but even decades later, it still occurred.

Most arches will develop in children after a certain age. If you suspect that your child has the condition, speak to Dr. Lori S. Weisenfeldof New York. Our doctor will answer any of your foot and ankle related questions and attend to all of your podiatric needs.

What are Flat Feet?

Flat feet are a condition in which the arch of the foot is depressed and the sole of the foot is almost completely in contact with the ground. Standing about 20-30% of the population generally has flat feet because their arch never formed during growth.

Conditions & Problems:

Having flat feet makes it difficult to run or walk because of the stress placed on the ankles.

Alignment – The general alignment of your legs can be disrupted, because the ankles move inward which can cause major discomfort.

Knees – if you have complications with your knees, flat feet can be a contributor to arthritis in that area.  

Symptoms:

Pain around the heel or arch area

Trouble standing on the tip toe.

Swelling around the inside of the ankle.

Flat look to one or both feet.

Having your shoes feel uneven when worn

Treatment:

If you are experiencing pain and stress on the foot you may weaken the posterior tibial tendon, which runs around the inside of 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 treatments for your foot and ankle needs.

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foot-care6Within the past decade, more women have been admitted into the hospital with symptoms leading to Morton’s neuroma. Many scientists believe this spike is due to an increase in high heel usage especially in women ages 40 - 69. In fact, within the past ten years there has been a 115% increase in high heel related Morton’s neuroma treatment; 1,179 admitted women in 2005 and 2,523 admitted women in 2015. Since Morton’s neuroma affects the nerves that run between the toes, high heel shoes over five centimeters can become problematic by pushing the metatarsal bones against the nerves. Many suggest wearing shoes with a wider toe box and a lower heel to avoid this ailment.

Morton’s Neuroma is a very uncomfortable condition to live with. If you think you have Morton’s neuroma contact Dr. Lori S. Weisenfeld of New York. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Morton’s Neuroma

Morton's neuroma is a painful foot condition that commonly affects the areas between the second and third or third and fourth toe, although other areas of the foot are also susceptible. Morton’s neuroma is caused by an inflamed nerve in the foot that is being squeezed and aggravated by surrounding bones.

What Increases the Chances of having Morton’s Neuroma?

  • -Ill-fitting high heels or shoes that add pressure to the toe or foot
  • -Jogging, running or any sport that involves constant impact to the foot
  • -Flat feet, bunions, and any other foot deformities

Morton’s neuroma is a very treatable condition. Orthotics and shoe inserts can often be used to alleviate the pain on the forefront of the feet. In more severe cases, corticosteroids can also be prescribed. In order to figure out the best treatment for your neuroma, it’s recommended to seek the care of a podiatrist who can diagnose your condition and provide different 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 treatments to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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obesity4According to a UCLA study, more residents of California are being diagnosed with diabetes and obesity. The UCLA Center for Health Policy Research surveyed 48,000 adults, teens, and children residing in the state of California concerning multiple health issues. The results showed that nearly 27% of adults were considered obese in 2014 compared to 19% in 2001. Results also showed that obesity, diabetes and poverty were closely related showing an increase at 9% and 31% respectively. Susan Babey, senior research scientist at UCLA thinks the trend is going to take some time to decrease stating, “Nationally [obesity] has shown a leveling off. But we haven't seen that leveling off in California, especially among adults.”

Obesity can cause detrimental problems to the feet. If you have any concerns about your feet contact Dr. Lori S. Weisenfeld of New York. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Obesity and your Feet

Since your feet are what support your entire weight when standing, any additional weight can result in pain and swelling. Being overweight is one of the main contributors to foot complications.

Problems & Complications

Extra Weight – Even putting on just a few extra pounds could create serious complications for your feet. As your weight increases, your balance and body will shift, creating new stresses on your feet. This uneven weight distribution can cause pain, even while doing the simplest tasks, such as walking.

Diabetes – People who are overweight are at serious risk of developing type-2 diabetes, which has a drastic impact on the health of your feet. As you get older, your diabetes might worsen, which could lead to loss of feeling in your feet, sores, and bruises. You could also become more prone to various infections.

Solutions

Footwear – Specially made footwear that supports your joints, arches, and ankles, and allows room for good circulation is a great option to mitigate pressure and pain. A podiatrist will help you decide what works best for your specific needs.

Exercise – Exercise will help alleviate the pain and give your feet the strength it needs to support your body. Exercise also increases blood flow to your feet, allowing them to remain healthy and strong.

Most importantly, seek the help of a podiatrist for foot care if something is wrong or doesn’t seem to be working. A podiatrist will help you with any questions or information needed.

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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