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Jessica Ennis is pregnant27-year-old heptathlete Jessica Ennis will have to extend her leave of absence from sports to prepare for her new baby and to recover from her Achilles tendon injury. “I started getting severe pain in my left heel last June but it was only after I had a few scans that doctors identified that the tendon in my Achilles had been damaged,” she said.

“All the continuous training for London 2012 had put an unbearable strain on it.” Ennis had originally wanted to participate in the World Championship in Moscow, but steroid injections weren’t enough to ease her pain, and she wanted to give it time to let it heal naturally.

The pain from an Achilles tendon injury can last for a long time if you don’t get it healed properly. One of the best ways to deal with this type of condition is to visit a podiatrist like Dr. Sorelis Jimenez of Foot Health Podiatry. Dr. Jimenez will identify how bad your injury is and advise you on whether an operation is necessary or not.

What is the Achilles Tendon?

The Achilles tendon is a tendon that connects the lower leg muscles and calf to the heel of the foot. It is the strongest tendon in the human body, and is essential for making movement possible. Because this tendon is such an integral part of the body, any injuries to it can cause severe difficulties and should immediately be presented to a doctor.

What are the symptoms of an Achilles Tendon Injury?

There are various types of injuries that can affect the Achilles tendon. The two most common are Achilles tendinitis and ruptures of the tendon.

Achilles Tendinitis Symptoms

- Inflammation
- Dull to Severe Pain
- Increased blood flow to the tendon
- Thickening of the tendon

Rupture Symptoms

- Extreme pain and swelling in the foot
- Total immobility

Treatment and Prevention

Achilles tendon injuries are diagnosed by a thorough physical evaluation. Often the doctor will order an MRI to confirm the diagnosis. Treatment will involve rest, physical therapy, and in some cases, surgery. However, various preventative measures can be taken to avoid these injuries.

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Flat FeetA research team at the Institute for Aging Research in Boston, led by scientist Marian Hannan, has conducted a study that shows there is a correlation between having flat feet and back pain.

Hannan and her colleagues gathered data by asking their subjects, who were women in their 60’s, to walk across a special mat embedded with sensors. Their analysis showed that the participants with flat feet or who over-pronated were more likely to report experiencing pain in their lower backs.

Having flat feet can result in the development of numerous other irritating conditions. If you are flat-footed and want help with your discomfort, consider contacting podiatrist Dr. Sorelis Jimenez of Foot Health Podiatry. Dr. Jimenez can help determine what your problem is and suggest possible alternatives.

What are Flat Feet?

Flat feet are a condition in which the arch of the foot is depressed and the sole of the foot is almost completely in contact with the ground. Standing about 20-30% of the population generally has flat feet because their arch never formed during growth.

Conditions & Problems:

Having flat feet makes it difficult to run or walk because of the stress placed on the ankles.

Alignment – The general alignment of your legs can be disrupted, because the ankles move inward which can cause major discomfort.

Knees – if you have complications with your knees, flat feet can be a contributor to arthritis in that area.  

Symptoms:

- Pain around the heel or arch area
- Trouble standing on the tip toe.
- Swelling around the inside of the ankle.
- Flat look to one or both feet.
- Having your shoes feel uneven when worn

Treatment:

If you are experiencing pain and stress on the foot you may weaken the posterior tibial tendon, which runs around the inside of the ankle. There are several ways to help treat this pain and help flat feet.

Barefoot- studies show that those who grew up going barefoot, wearing less closed-toe shoes have more of an arch. This so happens because the strength and fullness of the arch increased.

Exercise- the will strengthen and stretch the area, helping with the Achilles tendon.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office in New York, NY. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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By gary @foothealthpodiatry.com
January 14, 2014

Broken ToeSaturdays singer Una Foden will be making her debut in Splash!, despite sustaining a broken toe during a practice rehearsal. “Una has been putting everything into her training but is having to take it as easy as possible right now because she’s in a lot of pain,” sources told Mirror. ‘She wasn’t even jumping off the board when it happened. She was practicing landing in foam in a ‘dry dive’ area and her foot just buckled.’

One of the main celebrities for Tom Daley’s new series, the singer-songwriter will be working on healing her toe while continuing to perform in spite of the pain. Foden turned to social media, tweeting: ‘I’ve had a broken baby toe for a couple of weeks. I know it’s the poorest excuse for a moan ever but boy does it hurt.’

Suffering from a broken toe can be a painful injury to deal with. If you sustained a broken toe, consult podiatrist Dr. Sorelis Jimenez of Foot Health Podiatry. Dr. Jimenez can assess your toe and provide the best treatment options for your recovery.

What to Know About a Broken Toe

Although most people try to avoid foot trauma such as banging, stubbing, or dropping heavy objects on their feet, the unfortunate fact is that it is a common occurrence. Given the fact that toes are positioned in front of the feet, they typically sustain the brunt of such trauma. When trauma occurs to a toe, the result can be a painful break (fracture). Another type of trauma that can break a toe is repeated activity that places stress on the toe for prolonged periods of time.

Symptoms of a Broken Toe

o   throbbing pain
o   swelling
o   bruising on the skin and toenail
o   the inability to move the toe with ease.
o   toe appears crooked or disfigured
o   tingling or numbness in the toe
o   injured person experiences fever or chills throughout their body, and when there is an open, bleeding wound present on the toe.

Generally, a minor toe break will heal without long-term complications, but it is important to discontinue activities that put pressure on the toe. It is best to stay off of the injured toe with the affected foot elevated on pillows. Swelling can be alleviated by placing an ice pack on the broken toe for 15 minutes every two hours then taping the two toes together with medical tape. 

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By gary @foothealthpodiatry.com
January 07, 2014

ImanIconic supermodel Iman underwent foot surgery, and as a result, is currently in the recovery stages. The 58 year old beauty icon’s husband, David Bowie, currently tends to her recovery process.

News of Iman’s operation have been made known upon the supermodel sustaining a foot fracture. Due to this injury, Iman actually had to quit wearing high heels. Hopefully Iman will be able to make a full recovery and be back on her feet soon enough but for now will continue to be in the care of her husband.

 Your feet may require foot or ankle surgery. If you are suffering from an injury or foot condition that requires surgery, consult podiatrist Dr. Sorelis Jimenez of Foot Health Podiatry. Dr. Jimenez can evaluate your foot or ankle condition and decide whether or not surgery is best for you.   

When Surgery is Necessary

Foot and ankle surgery are reserved in cases when less invasive procedures and treatments do not help with the problem.  Although surgery is generally considered to be a last resort, when undertaken it can provide a permanent pain relief than before and allows you to resume the activities your foot problem has prevented you from enjoying otherwise. This includes:

· Foot deformities (bunions, bone spurs)
· Painful nerves
· Congenital deformities
· Misaligned bones

The type of surgery you will undergo is dependent on the problem at hand. For painful bunions, you may undergo a bunionectomy. Surgical fusions can help realign bones while nerve removal can help get rid of painful nerves and the tissues that surround them.  With advancing, evolving technology and surgical techniques becoming more sophisticated, many procedures are now being performed with small incisions and more precise instruments, allowing for faster recovery times.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office in New York, NY. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Toenail Fungus TreatmentResearchers at IBM and the Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology in Singapore have found a way to make nanofibers from recycled plastic that know to attack only harmful fungal cells while leaving healthy human cells alone. The plastic molecules form themselves into the nanotechnology thanks to an organic catalyst.

“The ability of these molecules to self-assemble into nanofibers is important because unlike discrete molecules, fibers increase the local concentration of cationic charges and compound mass,” explained Yi Yan Yang, one of the project’s scientists. The inventors of this technology believe it could be used to treat infections as small as toenail fungus to bigger, more serious conditions.

Toenail fungus is an annoying condition that can be dispatched easily by a podiatrist like Dr. Sorelis Jimenez of Foot Health Podiatry. Dr. Jimenez can assess the size of your infection and recommend the best treatment option for you.

Toenail Fungus Treatment

Toenail fungus is a problem which affects many people and is hard to get rid of. Fortunately, there are several methods to go about treating toenail fungus.

Antibiotics & Treatments 

Lamisil – is the most commonly effective treatment for toenail fungus. It is available as an antibiotic Terbinafine tablet and cream. Terbinafine is a chemical component which kills fungal growth on the body.  Applying regular doses will gradually kill the fungal growth. It is important to keep the area clean and air free. 

Talcum powder – applying powder on the feet and shoes helps keep the feet free of moisture and sweat.

Sandals or open toed shoes – wearing these will allow air movement and help keep feet dry. They also expose your feet to light, which fungus cannot tolerate. Socks with moisture wicking material also help as well

Alternative Treatments

Those who are skeptical or unsure of using Lamisil containing terbinafine may consider the following:

             Alcohol, tea tree oil, hydrogen peroxide, or Vicks VapoRub will help as well.

Soaking your feet into a gentle bleach solution could help as well. Podiatrists usually suggest vinegar and Listerine as a soaking solution.

There are also topical products available at the pharmacy which contain ingredients such as terbinafine and other natural products.

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If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office in New York, NY. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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