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Posts for: March, 2014

By gary
March 25, 2014

Angie EverhartActress Angie Everhart was seen at a health care center recently after sustaining an ankle injury. The former fiancée of Joe Pesci battled thyroid cancer last year and now was seen by doctors after sustaining an unexpected foot injury. Everhart Tweeted:  

"I had a crazy experience this past weekend. Injured my ankle by crossing my legs too long...Wtf!?! "The crossing of my leg on my perineal nerve cause (sic) it to go to sleep, can't move my foot. No joke. Was in hospital for 3 days. I'm in a leg brace and all. Doc (sic) says it will come back but will take a few weeks. Very scary."

Ankle injuries can place a burden on the ability to walk properly and manage day to day activities. For expert assistance in foot and ankle care, speak to a podiatrist like Dr. Sorelis Jimenez of Foot Health Podiatry. Dr. Jimenez can help you identify your foot condition and provide a solution to your ankle injury.

What to Know About Ankle Injuries

It is very common to incur an injury to the ankle. As the point of connection from the leg and the foot, the ankle is susceptible to sprains and fractures due to its location. Ankle sprains, the most common ankle injury, occurs when the foot is twisted in an unnatural way. This unnatural twisting results in severe pain as a result of inflammation and swelling. This inflammation and swelling comes from fluid leakage into the tissues, which sensitize and place additional pressure on the nerves. Heavy blood flow also occurs, which is why swollen ankles are warm to the touch. Ankle sprains can occur by the following means:

· Sports injuries
· Slipping on stairs
· Walking on uneven ground

While ankle sprains can be minor, if you are experiencing severe pain, bone deformity, loss of sensation or even an inability to walk, it is a sure sign that you require immediate medical attention. X-rays could determine potential fractures. The ankle can experience injury in the joint, tendons, and ligaments. Anytime there is an ankle injury ice should be applied to the injured area in order to reduce inflammation. To reduce pressure, elevate the ankle above the level of the heart and apply an elastic bandage as needed.

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
March 18, 2014
Category: Foot Conditions

heel painTammy Moore, a fitness instructor from Pueblo, Colorado, had been dealing with heel pain for several months before she finally went to get professional help. She initially tried to solve the problem by wearing different shoes, but the pain only got worse.

“When I’d wake up and take a step, it felt like the arches were cramped,” Moore said. “I would have this whole process of waking my feet up in the morning.” Her doctor told her that she had plantar fasciitis, a condition involving an inflamed ligament in the heel and foot.

Moore’s recovery process was long and hard. It was more than a year before her plantar fasciitis was fully healed, and she paid over $1000 on special shoes, insoles, and foot therapy. “At the first signs, if you think you have it, start (treatments),” she said. “If I felt it coming back, I think I’d do all these things.”

If you don’t take proper care of your feet, you might develop a painful condition like plantar fasciitis. For help dealing with plantar fasciitis, speak to podiatrist Dr. Sorelis Jimenez of Foot Health Podiatry. Dr. Jimenez will assess the health of your feet and assist you in getting the care you need.

The Condition Known as Plantar Fasciitis

An inflammation of the connective tissues on the bottom of the foot, Plantar Fasciitis can cause a great deal of pain in the arch and heel of the foot.

Treatments That Can Help Plantar Fasciitis

  • Shockwave Therapy- works by sending sound waves to the sites where pain is being experienced. Commonly used for chronic cases of plantar fasciitis, shockwave therapy usually requires multiple sessions
  • Ultrasound-guided technique with steroid injections into the plantar fascia. This is from a relatively smaller new study but shown to be effective in most cases treated
  • Conservative Measures- ice packs, stretching exercises, orthotic devices, physical therapy and/or anti-inflammatory medication

What Can Cause Plantar Fasciitis?

  • Excessive running
  • Lack of adequate footwear
  • Bad foot support
  • Overpronation
  • Obesity

For more information about Plantar Fasciitis, please follow the link below.

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
March 11, 2014
Category: Foot Care

children's foot healthCharity group Buckner’s Shoes for Orphan Souls was very fortunate this year as teenagers from Salmen High School Interact Club donated 200 pairs of new shoes. Slidell Rotary Club, who organized the community serve project in order to take in donations for the Orphan Souls program, was the ones who collected the shoes.

Eleanor Cumbow of Slidell had this to say, “The donations will be distributed overseas, as well as in the United States, to vulnerable children and orphans.” Last year they took in over fourteen hundred pairs of footwear and over thirteen hundred pairs of socks for the campaign—they will have to work very hard to top their previous efforts.

Keeping children’s feet healthy is sometimes a full-time job. If you want more information how to keep the podiatric health of a child at its peak, consult podiatrist Dr. Sorelis Jimenez of the Foot Health Podiatry. Dr. Jimenez will answer any questions you have and provide insight and information about your feet and ankles.

Keeping Children's Feet Healthy

Having healthy feet in childhood can help prevent medical problems later in life, namely in the back and legs. As children grow, their feet require different types of care from birth to school-age.

Although babies do not walk yet, it is still very important to take care of their feet.

· Avoid putting tight shoes or socks on his or her feet
· Allow the baby to stretch and kick his or her feet to feel comfortable

As a toddler, kids are now on the move and begin to develop differently. At this age toddlers are getting a feel for walking, so don’t be alarmed if your toddler is unsteady or ‘walks funny’.  Be sure the child wears comfortable and protective shoes so that they can grow into their feet properly.

As your child gets older, it is important to teach them how to take care of their feet

  • Show them proper hygiene to prevent infections such as fungus
  • Be watchful of any pain or injury
  • Have all injuries checked by a doctor as soon as possible
  • Comfortable, protective shoes should always be worn, especially at play

Children of all ages are constantly developing and growing. Healthy feet are important in order to live a normal, fulfilling life.

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

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By gary
March 05, 2014
Category: Foot Care

diabetic foot careA new study from the Journal of the American Podiatric Medical Association states that ulcers in the legs of patients with diabetic sensorimotor polyneuropathy (DSP) are much less likely to reappear if the standard foot-ulcer operation is combined with an operative nerve decompression procedure.

"Almost every amputation is preceded by an ulcer wound,” said D. Scott Nickerson, MD, a doctor at Northeast Wyoming Wound Clinic and lead author of the study. “If we can do something that changes the risk of having a repeat ulcer or a first ulcer event, we can probably do something to greatly reduce the risk of an amputation.” Still, some opponents of operative nerve decompression argue that it hasn’t been proven to be effective at treating DSP yet and don’t believe it should be used.

Many diabetic patients are unaware of how much extra attention they need to give to foot care. For assistance, consult with podiatrist Dr. Sorelis Jimenez of Foot Health Podiatry. Dr. Jimenez can make sure that your feet are free of complications due to diabetes.

Diabetic Foot Care

Diabetes affects millions of people of all ages each year. Diabetes damages blood vessels in many parts of the body, including the feet. When damage occurs to nerves in the feet, they may be unable to send the proper signals to the peripheral nervous system, resulting in a condition known as neuropathy. Once a diabetic patient develops neuropathy, it is imperative that the feet are well taken care of to avoid possible amputation of the feet.

The Importance of Caring for Your Feet

- Regularly check your feet for bruises or sores.
- Wear socks that fit your feet; socks shouldn’t be tight.
- Wear properly fitting shoes that are comfortable.

Patients with diabetes should have their doctor monitor their Hemoglobin A1C levels as this test lets the physician know how well the blood sugar levels have been controlled during the past 3 months. It is important to keep the blood sugar levels in a normal range (70-110mg/dl). It is advisable to visit a podiatrist if the diabetic patient is experiencing any conditions involving the feet.

For more information about Diabetic Foot Care, follow the link below.

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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