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Posts for: February, 2014

bunionsAccording to Newsweek, toe-shortening also known as toe-binding is an aesthetic treatment which is fairly new and being performed by podiatrists. Toe-shortening is usually performed alongside bunion removal in non-cosmetic surgery circumstances, and is gaining popularity in the US.

Toe-binding involves removing a knuckle, then pinning the toe back together to refuse the bones.

Nancy Velazquez, a high school teacher from New York’s Rockway Beach in Queens is satisfied about her toe-shortening procedure. "I'm honestly crazy about my toes now,” she said. Velazquez 47 indicated that her bunion and overlong toes made it difficult for her to walk or wear high heels and even dance.  

Many people know what it’s like to deal with painful and ugly bunions. For assistance with this deformity, call a podiatrist like Dr. Sorelis Jimenez of Foot Health Podiatry. Dr. Jimenez will take a look at your bunions and make a recommendation based on their severity.

What is a Bunion?

A bunion is an enlargement of the base joint of the toe that connects to the foot. The enlargement is formed of swollen tissue or boney growth. This swelling is caused by a shifting of the bones in the big toe inward, impacting the other toes of the foot. The area around the base of the big toe may become inflamed, red, and/or painful.

Formation

Genetics – people who are susceptible to bunions are often genetically predisposed.

Stress on the feet – wearing improperly fitting shoes or running and walking with improper form may cause stress on the feet. Wearing high heeled shoes puts the weight from the body onto the toes, causing further stress and bone displacement.

Diagnosis

A podiatrist who specializes in foot structure and bio-mechanics will be able to diagnose bunions.

Blood Tests - testing the blood for gout or arthritic conditions can help identify the causes.

Radiological Exam – a podiatrist will request an exam to identify the bunion by taking a look at the bone structure. If the x-ray shows an enlargement of the joint near the base of the toe, shifting toward the smaller toes, this usually indicates a bunion.

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By gary @foothealthpodiatry.com
February 17, 2014

broken anklesBryan Oviedo of Costa Rica was hoping to get to participate in the summer world cup for his home country. However, Oviedo’s chances might be diminished after a devastating injury in a game against Stevenage.

Oviedo was injured during the first half of Everton’s FA Cup fourth round match  when his studs became stuck in the turf while attempting a sliding tackle. Oviedo was aided by his teammates and taken to the hospital immediately, where it was found that he incurred a broken ankle.

Broken ankles are painful and uncomfortable. If you suffered a fracture to your ankle, a visit to podiatrist Dr. Sorelis Jimenez of Foot Health Podiatry just might be what you need to help make your ankle better.   

Broken Ankles

The ankle consists of three bones- the tibia, the fibula, and the talus. The tibia and the fibula are the two bones that connect to your knees. They sit directly above the talus bone, which is protected by a fibrous membrane and allows slight movement in the ankle joint. A break usually occurs in one of these bones after the foot is twisted too far, a strong impact like jumping from a great height, or repeated stresses like running.

Diagnosis

If you suffer an ankle injury, it is essential that you receive a correct diagnosis. One of the first signs that the ankle is broken is an inability to put any weight on it. There will often be severe bruising and swelling at the sight of the injury. Your doctor may also order an x-ray be taken to determine the exact location and extent of the injury.

Treatment

Without proper care, a broken ankle may not heal properly and could cause arthritis and instability later in life. Therefore, seeking proper treatment is essential to making a full recovery.

There a number of steps you can take to accelerate the healing process however. Elevating your feet above your head and icing the ankle can reduce pain and swelling. Your doctor may decide that surgery is the best option, meaning you will likely be in a cast for at least three months.

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proper shoe sizeHigh heels wearers are at risk for Achilles tendon issues, and the wrong shoes can trigger plantar fasciitis; even flat shoes can harm the feet due to lack of support and cushioning according to Cami Marshall of WEMY News 2.  

A study by the Institute for Preventive Foot Health, suggests more than half of us suffer from foot problems and often these problems are directly related to our shoes.

Consumer Reports On Health believes selecting a lower heel to minimize pressure off the ball of your foot is one way of keeping your feet happy. Also it is important to make sure there is adequate space in the toes, and avoid shoes that have thin, little, or no support. Marshall states that the most common problem is simply wearing the wrong shoe size.  

Getting your feet sized and fitted is important in reducing risks in injuries to your lower extremity. A podiatrist like Dr. Sorelis Jimenez of Foot Health Podiatry can provide you with additional advice, and appropriate care for what shoes fit best on your feet.      

Getting the right shoe size

Sometimes it may be difficult finding the right shoe size especially because shoe sizes tend to vary depending on the brand and company you are looking for. For example, a size 6 for one brand may be a size 7 in another. Although many people know their exact shoe size, it can range within 2 sizes depending on where they shop.

It is best to try on the shoe and walk around for a bit to see how it fits and how it feels. Comfort is essential and the fitting has to be well otherwise it can lead to blisters, bruises at the back of the ankle and it can also hurt your toes if the shoe is too tight for example.

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By gary @foothealthpodiatry.com
February 05, 2014
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: Swelling   gout   uric acid buildup   foot pain   joint pain  

Fortunately, gout is treatable using home remedies and complimentary healing practices. Tracy Woolrich, a contributor for Emax Health, believes she has the key to treating gout with natural home remedies. More than 8 million U.S. citizens have gout, which causes sudden attacks of joint pain in the feet and toes.

Since it’s primarily caused by uric acid, Woolrich recommends eating foods like apples that eliminate this acid from the body. Another uric acid-fighting food is bananas, which liquidize the chemical and help you flush it out. According to Woolrich Vitamin C, topical applications, and herbal supplements can be beneficial as well. She stands by the effectiveness of her remedies, but admits they don’t always work. In case of really serious gout, she advises you get help from a doctor.

Gout is a complex type of arthritis that can cause sudden pain in the feet. For advise on how to deal with this condition, talk to a podiatrist like Dr. Sorelis Jimenez of Foot Health Podiatry. Dr. Jimenez will teach you about how gout is caused and will aid you in finding an adequate treatment method.

What is gout?

Diseases of the feet can affect the whole body, and symptoms usually arise within the feet. A condition like gout can make a patient’s ability to walk unbearable.  The pain caused by this disease is often so agonizing that it requires elevation of the feet and some time off for them to fully recover.

Known in the past as “the disease of kings”, Gout is caused by an excess of uric acid in the body. Some common symptoms include pain, inflammation, and redness at the metatarsal/phalangeal joint of the base big toe. This buildup of acid is typically seen on the big toe of the foot and can cause inflammation, redness and swelling. Although these are common symptoms of the diseases others include joint pain, extreme fatigue and a high fever. 

Gout can be treated by NSAIDs, which relieves pain and inflammation and other drugs which lowers the acid levels in the body.

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