Posts for category: Proper Foot Care
Don’t ignore foot pain or discomfort. Your feet support your entire weight and are subjected to that pounding and punishment over a lifetime, but people often don’t take foot and ankle injuries seriously and fail to seek treatment until more damage has been done. Many problems that occur with the feet and ankles respond better to conservative treatments when they are brought to the attention of your foot doctor in the early stages.
Foot problems can also be harbingers of a more serious overall health condition, so if you are experiencing pain and discomfort in your feet, it is best not to ignore it and hopefully avoid future and more serious complications.
Some of the major reasons to see a foot care professional include:
- Continuing pain and discomfort—If pain and inflammation do not subside after several days of rest, icing, elevation, and anti-inflammatory medication, it’s best to have it checked out.
- Nail color and texture change—Yellowing of the toenails may be indicative of a fungal infection. Your nails may also become thicker and more brittle and have an off smell.
- Presence of bunions and hammertoes—These and other toe deformities should be treated when first noticed since they can progress to conditions requiring surgery.
- Loss of sensation—This often occurs as one of the first signs of diabetes. The peripheral nerves can become damaged causing your feet to feel numb. Patients with diabetes should make regular visits to their podiatrist due to all the complications that can arise.
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.
While doing a warm up routine before exercising or playing sports, some people tend to give their feet and ankles short shrift, when in fact you should be paying particular attention to them since they form your foundation and require proper stretching to help prevent injuries.
Some excellent foot and ankle exercises that you can do almost anywhere include:
Arch stretching—While in a seated position with one leg crossed over the knee of the other leg, pull your toes backward and feel a good stretch in the arch of the foot. Hold this stretch for thirty seconds and repeat with other foot. Another arch exercise consists of rolling a frozen water bottle or tennis ball under the arch for a minute or two.
Toe stretching—While seated, stretch your toes back and forth, holding in between for five or ten seconds. Repeat this ten times. Another good toe exercise is to pick up marbles with your toes one at a time and drop them in a cup.
Calf stretching—While supporting yourself standing on the edge of a step, raise and lower your heels back and forth slowly. Hold for ten seconds at the top and ten seconds at the bottom. Repeat ten times. You can also try sitting with your legs outstretched and wrap a towel around your toes. Pull back on the ends of the towel with your arms and hold the stretch for thirty seconds. Repeat with the other foot.
Even with regular stretching and balancing exercises, injuries and accidents will still occur. 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 to make an appointment at 212-845-9991.