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By Foot Health Podiatry, PLLC
November 21, 2017
Tags: Ingrown Toenails  

Pain, redness, and tenderness at the edges of your toenails where they contact the skin may be a sign that a nail is growing into the skin. This can quickly become a very painful and debilitating injury and may lead to possible infection if left untreated. Ingrown toenails often get started from a toenail that was cut too short or on a curve, allowing the edge of the nail to start growing under the skin instead of over the top. Shoes with a narrow toe box, such as high heels, can contribute to ingrown toenail problems by forcing the toes together or against the side of the shoes.

While some people are just born with overly curved toenails and are more susceptible to developing this condition, many folks will benefit from the following preventative measures:

  • Proper cutting method—Never round your toenails at the corners. Always cut them straight across, and be careful not to cut them too short.
  • The right footwear—Your shoes should provide plenty of support and comfort while allowing room in the toe box for your toes to move around a little. Make sure you have a half inch of room in the front of your longest toe to help prevent rubbing and the pressure that can cause nails to grow inward.
  • Daily foot checks—Catching signs of an ingrown toenail early can help prevent more serious complications from occurring.

If you are experiencing ingrown toenail problems, see your foot care specialist right away before they worsen. The podiatrists at Foot Health Podiatry, PLLC, in New York City, NY, are experts in providing the best care for any problems you may be experiencing with your feet and ankles. Sorelis Jimenez, DPM, John W. Fletcher, DPM, and Kamilla Danilova, DPM and the rest of the staff at Foot Health Podiatry, PLLC, are happy to help with any questions or concerns you may have. Check out our Ask The Doctor page for answers to frequently asked questions, and never hesitate to give us a call to talk or make an appointment at 212-845-9991.

 

 

By Foot Health Podiatry, PLLC
November 15, 2017
Category: Foot Care
Tags: ankle sprain  

Not sure if that pain in your ankle is caused by a sprain? Amsterdam and Manhattan, NY, podiatrists Dr. Sorelis Jimenez, Dr. John Fletcher ankle sprainand Dr. Kamilla Danilova of Foot Health Podiatry describe a few things you may notice if you have a sprained ankle and share treatment information.

Pain

Sprained ankles don't always cause constant pain. Sprains occur when the ligaments that hold the bones together in joints stretch or tear. Depending on the severity of the damage to the ligament, you may experience pain all of the time or may only feel it when you walk or stand.

A disconcerting sound

A loud popping sound can sometimes occur at the moment you sprain your ankle. The noise you hear is actually the sound of your ligaments tearing.

Bruising and swelling

After any injury, blood flow increases temporarily as your body rushes white blood cells to the area in an attempt to repair the damage. Increased blood flow is the reason why your ankle swells and bruising occurs.

Trouble getting around

Walking may not be so easy if you have a sprained ankle. In addition to pain, your ankle might also become stiff and difficult to move due to the swelling. If you've severely sprained your ankle, it may be impossible to put any weight on it at all.

Relieving pain and swelling

In many cases, your sprained ankle will soon start to feel much better if you stay off your feet and take a few steps to address swelling. Applying ice packs, elevating your foot, taking anti-inflammatory medication and wrapping your ankle with a compression bandage can be very effective in reducing swelling and pain.

If your symptoms continue longer than two weeks, call our Manhattan, NY or Amsterdam, NY offices to meet with a podiatrist. It's also important to call if it hasn't been two weeks, but you have severe pain or can't put any weight at all on your ankle. You may need a walking boot and crutches to reduce pressure on your injured joint. Physical therapy sessions may be recommended to strengthen surrounding muscles and improve the stability of the joint. In particularly severe cases, surgery may be needed.

Don't ignore ankle pain. Call Amsterdam and Manhattan, NY, podiatrists Dr. Sorelis Jimenez, Dr. John Fletcher and Dr. Kamilla Danilova of Foot Health Podiatry at (212) 845-9991 to schedule an appointment.

By Foot Health Podiatry, PLLC
November 15, 2017
Category: Foot Care
Tags: podiatrist  

The buildup of plaque and cholesterol in your arteries causes restriction of blood flow that can be detected in your feet by a trained practitioner. There are two pulses in your feet, and by checking these, your podiatrist can determine if there is adequate blood flow not just to your feet, but to other arteries. PAD (peripheral artery disease) can cause damage to your feet and hands, and may lead to amputation in extreme cases. PAD often is accompanied by CAD (coronary artery disease), and patients with both are at serious risk for major heart disease complications.

Doctors can also detect PAD using the ankle/brachial index screening test, which takes several blood pressure cuff readings from different points on your legs and arms. Comparison of these results and indication of a ten percent or more difference may be indicative of PAD.

Some other symptoms of PAD include leg pain when walking that is known as claudication. PAD can often be successfully treated by eliminating smoking and adopting a heart healthy diet high in fruits and vegetables and low in fatty meats and alcohol.

It’s important to take signs of peripheral artery disease in your feet very seriously, since it can be an early indication of heart disease. The podiatrists at Foot Health Podiatry, PLLC, in New York City, NY, are experts in providing the best care for any problems you may be experiencing with your feet and ankles. Sorelis Jimenez, DPM, John W. Fletcher, DPM, and Kamilla Danilova, DPM and the rest of the staff at Foot Health Podiatry, PLLC, are happy to help with any questions or concerns you may have. Check out our Ask The Doctor page for answers to frequently asked questions, and never hesitate to give us a call to talk or make an appointment in our offices at 212-845-9991.

By Foot Health Podiatry, PLLC
November 08, 2017
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: Bunions   flat feet   Arthritis   orthotics  

The arches of your feet perform an important function—evening out the forces caused by weight-bearing activities before they reach the legs, knees, hips, and back. In fact, one of the major causes of back pain is poor gait mechanics caused by flat feet. Your arch is created by the tendons and tissues that connect the heel to the foot bones, and when these structures function abnormally the arch can fall.

 

 

Some of the symptoms and causes of flat feet include:

  • Pain and discomfort—Your arches and heels will be painful, most often upon weight bearing, and your feet will get tired very easily. You may also experience swelling in the sole area, leg and back pain, and trouble standing on your toes comfortably.
  • Causes—Some people are genetically predisposed to developing flat feet. Other causes are arthritis, nerve problems, broken bones, and issues with ligaments and tendons.

Some people have flat feet but do not show any symptoms. In this case, no treatment is necessary, but the condition should be monitored to prevent future complications. However, if you are experiencing pain and discomfort from flat feet, treatments that are available include the following:

  • Orthotic inserts and braces for arch support and to treat other foot abnormalities such as bunions
  • Resting and icing
  • Anti-inflammatory medications can be applied topically or taken orally
  • Physical therapy, stretching and flexibility exercises

If you are having continuing problems related to flat feet, see your foot doctor for proper diagnosis and treatment. The podiatrists at Foot Health Podiatry, PLLC, in New York City, NY, are experts in providing the best care for any problems you may be experiencing with your feet and ankles. Sorelis Jimenez, DPM, John W. Fletcher, DPM, and Kamilla Danilova, DPM and the rest of the staff at Foot Health Podiatry, PLLC, are happy to help with any questions or concerns you may have. Check out our Ask The Doctor page for answers to frequently asked questions, and never hesitate to give us a call to talk or make an appointment at 212-845-9991.

By Foot Health Podiatry, PLLC
November 01, 2017
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: Corns   Arthritis   hammertoe  

The deformity called hammertoe causes one or more of your inner toes to become bent at the joint, resembling the shape of a hammer. They can become rigid and painful if left untreated, and corns can develop on top of the toes in response to rubbing against the inside of your footwear.

While this condition has a hereditary tendency, it can be worsened by wearing shoes that are too tight or that otherwise do not fit properly. High arches can contribute to the pressure on the toes, and inflammatory joint diseases such as arthritis can also exacerbate these deformities.

Some conservative treatments that can help relieve the pain and discomfort of hammertoes include:

  • Wide toe box and lower heels—Shoes with a wide toe area and a lowered heel cup can take some of the pressure off of the toes.
  • Use pads on corns and calluses—Insulating with pads will eliminate the source of friction and help prevent corns and calluses from worsening.
  • Realignment—Specially designed splints or straps are employed to help straighten out the toes. This works best in the initial stages, when the toe still has some flexibility.
  • Steroid injections—Can help reduce inflammation.
  • Orthotic inserts—The imbalance that occurs between the tendon and the muscle of the toe can be controlled with custom made inserts.

If your hammertoes have become extremely rigid and painful, a surgical procedure by your foot doctor may be required to provide relief. The podiatrists at Foot Health Podiatry, PLLC, in New York City, NY, are experts in providing the best care for any problems you may be experiencing with your feet and ankles. Sorelis Jimenez, DPM, John W. Fletcher, DPM, and Kamilla Danilova, DPM and the rest of the staff at Foot Health Podiatry, PLLC, are happy to help with any questions or concerns you may have. Check out our Ask The Doctor page for answers to frequently asked questions, and never hesitate to give us a call to talk or make an appointment at 212-845-9991.





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