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By Foot Health Podiatry, PLLC
July 25, 2018
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: Athlete's Foot  

Athlete's FootDo 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.

Peroneal tendonitis is a rather uncommon injury that can cause considerable pain on the outside of the foot and possibly along the outer area of the lower leg. Since this malady can be misdiagnosed by general doctors as plantar fasciitis, it is very important to see a foot care specialist to receive the correct diagnosis and care.

There are two peroneal ligaments, the peroneus longus and the peroneus brevis which form parallel to each other on the outside of the foot. These eventually join with the corresponding muscles of the lower leg. These two tendons work concomitantly to roll your foot outwards and they also assist your calf muscles in flexing the plantar fascia, which runs along the bottom of your foot. These tendons also add to ankle stability during weight-bearing exercises.

The symptoms of peroneal tendonitis include:

  • Tenderness and pain along one or both tendons on the outside of the foot
  • Pain while doing exercises such as running
  • Soreness and stiffness when you roll your foot outwards or during passive stretching

Although you may be feeling extreme pain from this injury, peroneal tendonitis generally responds very well to physical therapy and home treatments, with surgery rarely being required.

Treatment options may include the following:

  • Rest for the affected foot
  • Stretching of the calf muscles
  • Strengthening and flexibility exercises
  • Balancing exercises
  • Icing and contrast baths
  • Ultrasound
  • Whirlpool and paraffin baths
  • Custom fitted orthotic shoe inserts

Should your tendons not favorably respond to rest and physical therapy exercises after a few weeks, an orthotic insert may be needed. The use of standard over-the-counter inserts is not recommended for this particular injury since they shift the stress to the outside of the foot, in the area of the sore tendons.

An X-ray will be taken of the foot and your doctor may recommend an MRI to rule out any major problems such as severe tendon damage. A custom orthopedic shoe insert can then be used with the emphasis being to shift the stress away from the injured tendons.

For peroneal tendonitis or any other problems you may be experiencing with your feet and ankles, the podiatrists at Foot Health Podiatry, PLLC, in New York City, NY, are experts in providing the best care. 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
January 03, 2018
Category: Foot Conditions

Tarsal tunnel syndrome is a condition that is similar to the wrist condition called carpal tunnel syndrome, with which many people are familiar, except the tarsal tunnel is located near the ankle bones where thick ligament tissue encloses the nerves, tendons, arteries, and veins that supply the foot. When this tissue becomes constricted or compressed, the resulting pressure on the posterior tibial nerve causes pain, numbness, or a burning sensation that is felt on the bottom of the foot or on the inward side of the ankle and it may come on suddenly.

Causes of tarsal tunnel syndrome

Injuries such as ankle sprains and strains that occur near the tunnel can cause inflammation that compresses the nerve. People who have flat feet and are subject to an outward rolling of the foot are more susceptible to strain and compression of the tarsal tunnel. Systemic diseases such as inflammatory arthritis and diabetes can also contribute to nerve compression problems. There is also the possibility that an obstruction is pressing on the nerve inside the tunnel. This could be from a swollen tendon, ganglion cyst, or varicose vein, among other possibilities.

Diagnosing and treating tarsal tunnel syndrome

Your foot doctor will make an assessment regarding your loss of feeling and burning sensations, and it may be necessary to perform advanced imaging studies to confirm that the loss of feeling isn’t caused by a growth inside the tunnel.

Conservative treatments may include:

  • Resting and icing the foot to reduce inflammation and promote healing.
  • Taking ibuprofen to relieve pain and swelling.
  • Immobilizing the foot with a cast or boot to allow the nerve and tissues to heal.
  • Physical therapy.
  • Ultrasound treatments are often effective.
  • Custom fitted orthotic inserts and supportive shoes can provide arch support and decrease movements that may contribute to nerve compression.
  • A foot brace may be required to redistribute pressure.

Surgery may be necessary in severe cases and, left untreated, tarsal tunnel syndrome can cause permanent damage, so be sure to consult with your foot care professional. 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
December 06, 2017
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: Bunions   capsulitis   neuroma  

Your big toe joint is surrounded by ligaments and other tissues that form a sort of capsule that facilitates the joint’s function. When the ligaments around the joint become irritated and inflamed, it can cause a condition called capsulitis that feels as if you are walking around with a stone under the ball of your foot. The extreme swelling and pain can make it difficult to wear shoes and to walk.

 

Capsulitis often affects individuals who have bunions, unstable arches, inflammatory arthritis, and inflexible calf muscles. If your second toe is longer than your largest toe, you may also be more prone to developing capsulitis, with the pain and discomfort often mostly located around the second toe.

Left untreated, capsulitis can actually progress to a complete dislocation of the toe. Since capsulitis has similar symptoms to Morton’s neuroma, you need to see a foot specialist to get the correct diagnosis and proper treatment. In the early stages, capsulitis can be treated with stabilization techniques and the proper management of inflammation and pain.

Some of these treatment methods may include icing and resting, taping, stretching the calf muscles, and using orthotic devices to redistribute pressure and rest the joint. In severe cases it may be necessary to surgically realign the toes to eliminate the pain and discomfort.

Foot ball pain can be caused by a variety of conditions, so see your podiatrist for the correct diagnosis. 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 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.