Pain, swelling and redness are symptoms of a foot injury. You should not ignore these problems, but instead, seek the help of your local podiatrist. At Foot Health Podiatry in Manhattan, NY, Dr. Sorelis Jimenez and Dr. John Fletcher treat patients for a variety of foot and ankle issues, including acute and overuse injuries. You can be back to full health and function with their expert help.
What's the most common foot injury?
It's the ankle sprain, a tearing of one or more of the three ligaments which support the ankle bones and help the ankle move and flex. Sudden twisting motions on uneven surfaces such as grass or an incline cause sprains.
Fortunately, sprains usually are self-limiting, says the American Podiatric Medical Association, and they heal themselves without surgery or casting. However, to be sure you have a mild sprain (which will not worsen or lead to ankle instability), see your Manhattan, NY, podiatrist for an examination, X-ray imaging and treatment plan.
Other foot injuries
Because feet are so complex and constantly used, they are prone to fractures from:
- Trauma (heavy object dropped on a toe, for instance)
- Overuse (stress fractures result from running)
- Structural weakness due to disease processes such as osteoporosis
These fractures may be closed, in which the bone ends remain joined, or open, where the bone ends separate and even pierce the skin. Open fractures may require surgery as do Jones fractures in which bleeding occur with the break.
Besides fractures, your podiatrists see and treat these foot injuries:
- Plantar fasciitis, an overstretching of the broad band of connective tissue which crosses the foot between the heel and the base of the toes
- Turf toe, a sprain of the big toe caused by repetitive upward stress or catching of the toe in grass or artificial turf
- Achilles tendinitis, a painful inflammation of the tendon which connects the calf muscle to the heel (the cause is rapid and intense physical activity)
Treat the pain and swelling associated with any foot injury immediately with this effective first aid protocol:
- Ice (20 minutes on and 20 minutes off)
- Compression (with an elastic bandage)
- Elevation (at heart level)
Also, to avoid injury, warm up before you exercise, and wear the right shoes for your activity. Proper support is key to keeping your feet and ankles healthy and functional.
If you experience a foot injury, call Dr. Jimenez or Dr. Fletcher at Foot Health Podiatry right away for advice and a same-day appointment if necessary. Call us at (212) 845-9991.
Do you feel like you are constantly dealing with athlete’s foot? Let us help.
Athlete’s foot is a fungal infection that usually causes an itching, burning rash on the feet (usually between the toes or on the soles). Everything from leaving sweaty feet confined in the same shoes all day to not wearing protective sandals when taking a shower at your gym can cause athlete’s foot. If this fungal infection is happening or has happened to you, our Amsterdam and Manhattan, NY, podiatrists - Dr. Sorelis Jimenez, Dr. John Fletcher, and Dr. Kamilla Danilova - are here to shed some light on how to handle this pesky little problem.
How to Treat Athlete’s Foot
If you are an otherwise healthy individual who is dealing with a bout of athlete’s foot then you may be able to handle the infection on your own with over-the-counter medication. Your local pharmacy has a variety of antifungal treatments just perfect for taking care of your athlete’s foot. If you are unsure of what medication to choose, you can also ask the pharmacist.
However, if you are someone who has a severe case of athlete’s foot, or if you have diabetes or a weakened immune system and have a fungal infection in your feet it’s important that you turn to your Amsterdam and Manhattan foot doctor immediately. People living with diabetes know the importance of receiving immediate foot care when problems arise to prevent serious complications. We can easily provide you with the prescription anti-fungal medication you need.
Remember, if you aren’t seeing results from at-home medication don’t hesitate to reach out to us for an appointment. After all, not all fungal infections will respond to OTC medication. Sometimes prescription-strength medication or oral medication is what’s required to finally kick that infection out of your system.
Preventing Athlete’s Foot
If you are someone who deals with athlete’s foot regularly you may be wondering what’s going on. Fungus is all around us, but there are certain precautions we can take to prevent fungus from infecting our feet. These precautions include:
- Wearing protective shoes or sandals in public areas such as swimming pools, public restrooms/showers, and gyms
- Not wearing the same shoes two days in a row
- Spraying shoes with an antifungal spray or powder after wearing them
- Not sharing towels, bath mats, socks, or shoes with an infected person
- Disinfecting the tub after each use when a member of the family has athlete’s foot
- Removing sweaty shoe and socks immediately
If you are dealing with severe or recurring athlete’s foot and require professional care, turn to Foot Health Podiatry today. We offer foot clinics in both Amsterdam and Manhattan, NY, to serve you better.
Most people, at some point in their lives, will experience the discomfort of an ingrown toenail. This condition, which is also known as onychocryptosis or unguis incarnate, is one of the most common foot disorders treated by the foot doctors at Foot Health Podiatry in Manhattan, New York and Amsterdam, NY. Below, Dr. Sorelis Jimenez, Dr. John Fletcher, and Dr. Kamilla Danilova explain what causes an ingrown toenail and what steps you can take to prevent them.
How do ingrown toenails happen?
An ingrown toenail, which most commonly affects the big toe, is the result of the nail wedging itself into the tissue of the nail bed at its corners. Most of the time, your Manhattan and Amsterdam foot doctor finds that trimming the nails incorrectly is the cause; other people develop them from tight-fitting or narrow shoes or after an injury to the toenail. Regardless of how it happens, the symptoms are the same: reddened, swollen skin around one or both edges of the toenail, sharp pain from even the slightest pressure, and bleeding or discharge of pus due to infection.
How can I prevent an ingrown toenail?
Although ingrown toenails are very treatable, preventing them is fairly simple if you follow your Manhattan and Amsterdam foot doctor's recommendations. The most important step is to trim the toenails straight across; attempting to follow the toe's natural curved shape can cause the nail to bend and grow improperly. Taking care not to trim the nail too short can also help to prevent ingrowth. If you routinely wear narrow shoes that crowd your toes, you can also put yourself at risk for an ingrown nail. Talk to your podiatrist about the types and brands of shoes that provide plenty of room in the toe area.
Contact Foot Health Podiatry if you have further questions about ingrown toenails or need to make an appointment with one of our foot doctors in Manhattan, New York and Amsterdam, NY.
Suffering from diabetes comes with a variety of extra daily tasks such as checking your blood sugar or administering doses of insulin. However, one thing many people overlook is the care of their feet. Diabetic foot care is important for more reasons than one. How should you properly care for your feet if you suffer from diabetes? Find out more about caring for your feet with Dr. Sorelis Jimenez, Dr. John Fletcher, and Dr. Kamilla Danilova at Foot Health Podiatry with locations in New York and Amsterdam, NY.
Why is diabetic foot care important?
Diabetes causes decreased blood flow to the extremities, such as your hands or feet, which, in turn, causes numbness. Due to their location, you may not notice injuries or sores on the feet. This means that a simple cut or scrape may be left untreated, become infected, and become a serious problem before the patient notices it is even there. Daily diabetic foot care is a crucial part of preventing this unfortunate situation from happening.
How should I care for my feet as a diabetic?
Diabetic foot care begins with a daily inspection of the feet. Look for any cuts, scrapes, bruising, irritation, or inflammation and remember to treat and check any issues regularly. Always cut your toenails straight across to prevent issues like ingrown toenails. Always shake out your shoes to rid them of any debris which could injure your foot. Regular examinations with your podiatrist give you the chance to catch and treat issues early before they become a serious problem.
Diabetic Foot Care and Regular Foot Examinations in New York and Amsterdam
At a regular foot examination, your doctor will visually examine your feet and between your toes and take note of any issues. They may want to treat mild problems or take precautions against problems. Your podiatrist will also go over any concerns you may have about your foot health. If necessary, imaging techniques like x-rays may help your doctor investigate a symptom or an abnormality they noticed during your physical examination.
For more information on diabetic foot care and regular foot examinations, please contact Dr. Jimenez, Dr. Fletcher, and Dr. Danilova at Foot Health Podiatry with locations in New York and Amsterdam, NY. Call (212) 845-9991 to schedule your appointment at either Foot Health Podiatry location today!
There are many sources of ankle pain due to the complex array of tendons, ligaments, tissues, and bones in the foot that are susceptible to painful and debilitating injury. The area of pain can radiate from the inside to the outside of the ankle, or along the Achilles tendon, where your lower leg and calf muscles connect to your heel bone.
Some of the most common ankle problems that cause pain include the following:
- Achilles tendonitis or rupture
- Broken ankle
- Peroneal tendonitis
- Plantar fasciitis
- Reactive arthritis
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Sprained ankle
- Stress fractures
Even a seemingly minor ankle injury can bring on severe pain, swelling, redness, and stiffness.
Home remedies and treatment for ankle pain mainly consist of the RICE method:
- Rest—It is very important to take the weight off of the ankle.
- Ice—Apply an ice pack several times a day for 15-20 minutes.
- Compression—Wrap the ankle with a compression bandage to help reduce swelling.
- Elevation—Raising your foot above the level of your heart also reduces swelling.
Pain medications such as ibuprofen and naproxen sodium can reduce discomfort and inflammation. In cases of fractures or other major problems, surgery may be necessary.
If your pain and discomfort are not alleviated after a couple of weeks, or if the swelling remains severe after several days, it may be a sign of a more difficult problem requiring the expertise of a foot care specialist to determine the precise cause of the pain and to make the best recommendations for 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.
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