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By Foot Health Podiatry, PLLC
December 29, 2017

A heel spur is a small, bony growth that extends from the bottom of the heel bone. It is formed over many months from the deposit of calcium and is often associated with another condition called plantar fasciitis. These conditions are created by excess stress and strain to the tendons and ligaments of the foot and are frequently seen in athletes who do a lot of running and jumping with quick starts and stops. A heel spur may not always be painful, but the protrusion can sometimes extend out a half an inch.

Other contributing factors to developing heel spurs include:

Poorly fitting shoes—Proper arch support is essential to avoiding some of the tendon and ligament stress and damage that can lead to the growth of a heel spur. Always have your feet measured when getting new footwear, and make sure you know your foot type to know what kind of arch support to use. This is also extremely important to address the possible gait abnormalities that can put excessive pressure on the heel.

Aging and weight gain—As you age and possibly put on a few pounds, the flexibility of the plantar fascia lessens and the protective layer of fat on the heel diminishes, increasing the occurrence of heel spurs.

Treatment for heel spurs includes:

Heel spurs will often respond well to conservative measures including properly fitted shoes with extra cushioning in the heel area; physical therapy to increase strength and to relax the inflamed tissue; corticosteroid injections; and custom fitted orthotics for stabilization and additional heel cushioning.

If you are experiencing heel pain, 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 having 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
December 13, 2017
Tags: Bunions   Arthritis   blistering  

Bunions are a very common toe deformity that affects over 40 percent of adults over the age of 65. Many younger individuals are also plagued with bunion pain and discomfort that is characterized by a painful enlargement of the big toe joint and a pronounced bump on the top or side of the toe. The force of the growing deformity forces the big toe into the second toe causing a variety of problems including pain, discomfort, and blistering.

Bunions tend to grow rather slowly, and you may not notice the potential for problems to develop, so it’s important to have your podiatrist take a look. If left untreated, bursitis and arthritis may take hold creating a chronic condition that is much more difficult to treat.

Treatment for bunions

Some of the treatments you can discuss with your foot doctor include:

  • Well fitted shoes with orthotic inserts - it’s very important to spend the extra money and get a good pair of properly fitted shoes that have good arch support and wide, deep toe boxes to accommodate padding and inserts.
  • Night splints - this device is worn to bed and pulls your big toe into a straighter position, while realigning the joints.
  • Mobility exercises - prevent stiffness by doing exercises like picking up marbles with your toes. Scrunching a towel with your toes is also effective.

If you are experiencing bunion pain and discomfort, see your foot doctor for proper 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 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
October 19, 2017
Tags: Untagged

Nail fungus may be more noticeable in the hot summer months, but the ever present fungi that cause this unsightly and possibly malodorous condition never take a vacation and can always be found in warm, moist environments such as your footwear at any time of year. While there are now advanced therapies such as lasers to treat difficult nail fungus infections, the best way to deal with nail fungus is to avoid contacting the microbes in the first place.

Some tips to avoid nail fungus infections include the following:

  • Proper trimming technique—Keep your nails short, but not too short. Also, always trim your nails straight across to help avoid an infection from an ingrown toenail.
  • Let your feet breathe—Air out your feet daily, and be sure to wear socks and footwear made of breathable fabrics to help keep moisture levels down.
  • Don’t share—Avoid wearing other people’s shoes or using their personal care products, like nail files and clippers, since infection can spread this way.
  • Cover your feet—While in public areas such as showers, locker rooms, gyms, and swimming pools, always wear a pair of sandals or shower shoes to insulate your feet from possibly infected surfaces.
  • Salons—Make sure the salon you use for pedicures has proper sterilization techniques in place.
  • Antifungals—A variety of powders and sprays are available to put in your shoes or directly on your feet to kill the fungi that cause nail infections.

If you are still having difficulties with nail fungus despite your best efforts to avoid it, your foot care specialist can help. 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
September 21, 2017
Tags: blister  

Developing a blister can sure take the fun out of an otherwise enjoyable physical activity. The combination of heat, moisture, and rubbing that occurs during running, hiking, and other activities can cause these fluid filled bubbles to form, often resulting in pain, redness, and possible infection.

Some tips to help prevent blisters include the following:

  • Treat hot spots—Often the best way to prevent a blister from forming is to make sure that any areas of the skin that are susceptible to excessive rubbing are protected. By covering the spot with tape, liquid bandage, moleskin, or other shoe inserts, you can decrease the friction and avoid the blistering. If you notice an irritation developing during an activity, apply the same measures.
  • Proper hydration—When you dehydrate, it can cause your feet to become swollen which consequently increases friction and rubbing in your footwear causing blisters to occur. Drink plenty of healthy fluids before, during, and after exercise to maintain good hydration.
  • If the shoe fits—Poorly fitting shoes can also be a major cause of blisters. Shoes that are too tight or too loose can both lead to friction and pressure that causes blisters to develop. Always wear a shoe that is properly fitted and appropriate for the activity.

If you do develop a blister, it is important to resist the urge to pop it. The blister will heal better if left intact. If your blister pops and subsequently becomes infected, you should consult with a foot care specialist for proper 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.