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lakersKent Bazemore, Lakers’ shooting guard will be on the sidelines for the remainder of the 2014 season. A medical examination recently revealed thatBazemorehas a tear in the tendon in his right foot and will have to have surgery to correct it.

Bazemore was dribbling along the edge of the court during a game against the Clippers last week when he suddenly felt a pop in his foot and collapsed. He is scheduled to undergo surgery to fix the ligament. Unfortunately for the Lakers, Bazemore is just one of many players on the team that have been injured this year, including Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol, and Xavier Henry.

Luckily, Bazemore performed well this year and the team is likely to re-sign him for next season.

Suffering a sports related foot or ankle injury can be a real downer.If you have a sports related foot or ankle injury, see podiatrist Dr. Sorelis Jiménez, DPM of Foot Health Podiatry. Dr. Jimenez can treat your sports-related podiatric injuries.

Sport Related Foot and Ankle Injuries 

Foot and ankle injuries are a common occurrence when it comes to athletes of any sport. While many athletes dismiss the initial aches and pains, the truth is that ignoring potential foot and ankle injuries can lead to serious problems. As athletes continue to place pressure and strain the area further, a mild injury can turn into something as serious as a rupture and may lead to a permanent disability. There are many factors that contribute to sports related foot and ankle injuries, which include failure to warm up properly, not providing support or wearing bad footwear. Common injuries and conditions athletes face, including:

• Plantar Fasciitis
• Plantar Fasciosis
• Achilles Tendinitis
• Achilles Tendon Rupture
• Ankle Sprains

Sports-related injuries are commonly treated using the RICE method. This includes rest, applying ice to the injured area, compression and elevating the ankle. More serious sprains and injuries may require surgery, which could include arthroscopic and reconstructive surgery. Rehabilitation and therapy may also be required in order to get any recovering athlete to become fully functional again. Any unusual aches and pains an athlete sustains must be evaluated by a licensed, reputable medical professional.

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

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running injuriesRunning is a popular form of exercise for adults who want to lose weight and improve their overall health. This type of exercise can also be beneficial to kids, especially those that aren’t in good shape or aren’t interested in playing other sports.

As long as they are well-supervised and understand proper technique, it should be perfectly safe for kids to take up running as a way of staying physically fit. If they have parents or friends to go running with, it can turn into a great bonding experience. Plus, unlike other sports, it doesn’t require much equipment to get started. All they’ll need is a good pair of shoes.

When running, it’s important to make sure that all necessary precautions have been taken to prevent injuries from occurring. For advice about avoiding running injuries, visit podiatrist Dr. Sorelis Jiménez, DPM of Foot Health Podiatry. Dr. Jimenez can examine your feet and provide advice for proper shoe fitting while diagnosing and treating any conditions you may have.

How to Prevent Running Injuries

Many common running injuries are caused by overuse and overtraining. When the back of the kneecap starts wearing out and starts causing pain in your knee, this is commonly referred to as runner’s knee. Runner’s knee is a decrease in strength in your quadriceps and can occur if you’re not wearing properly fitted or supporting shoes. Runner’s knee usually is treated with strengthening exercises focusing on the quad muscles and sports orthotic. To prevent runner’s knee, focusing on hip strengthening is a good idea, as well as strengthening your quads to keep the kneecaps aligned. Physical therapy can help you learn the best exercises to heal runner’s knee.

What Are Some Causes of Running Injuries?

- One cause of a common running injury is called iliotibial band syndrome.
- Plantar fasciitis is also another common injury.
- Stress fractures can occur from overtraining, lack of calcium, or even your running style.

Best Ways to Prevent Running Injuries

- Wear footwear that fits properly and suits your running needs.
- Running shoes are the only protective gear that runners have to safeguard them from injury.

For more information about How to Prevent Running Injuries, follow the link below.

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

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By gary @foothealthpodiatry.com
April 15, 2014
Category: Foot Care

The Perfect Shoe Says A Lot About HumanityHitoshi Mimura, formerly of Asics, “the God of Shoes,” is known as one of the best solo shoe designers in the world.

After he left Asics, Mimura began crating custom-made footwear for both world-class athletes and any who inquired. The secret, he says, are all in the metrics. Length, circumference of each toe, heel width, and the length of the Achilles tendon all factor in to Mimura’s measurements.

"I take 13 measurements of the foot, each foot has to be measured separately," explains the sensei of shoemaking. "I only trust hand-measuring. Currently, each shoe takes about three weeks to make, mainly due to determining which materials to use." Preparation is also key,"For a world championships or Olympics I check the course once or twice. I went to Beijing three times."

It is important to find properly fitting shoes, in order to avoid injury or lower extremity consequences which results in pain. For more information and measuring, see podiatrist Dr. Sorelis Jiménez, DPM of Foot Health Podiatry. Dr. Jimenez can examine your feet and provide advice for proper shoe fitting while diagnosing and treating any conditions you may have.

Proper Shoe Fitting

A common concern when it comes to foot health, having properly fitted shoes can help prevent injuries to the foot. Out feet affect our posture and gait, which in turn affects the biomechanics and overall bodily structure. With 33 joints, 26 bones, and over 100 ligaments, the potential for serious injury is much greater than one realizes. Although the feet cease growth in adulthood, they still change shape as they mature. Here are some factors to consider when it comes to investing in properly fitting shoes:

  • Be sure the shoes fit correctly right away
  • Ensure the ball of your foot fits comfortably in the widest portion of the shoes
  • Even though they may look fashionable, improperly fitting shoes can either create adverse conditions or exacerbate existing ones you may already have
  • Walk along a carpeted surface to ensure the shoes comfortably fit during normal activity

To learn more about proper shoe fitting, please follow link below.

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

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The Top Shoes of 2013 (So Far)A study held in Luxembourg discovered that active runners who alternated their shoes were able to eliminate their chances of injury by 39%. Researchers looked at how often the subjects trained, how often they got hurt, what kinds of shoes they wore, and other factors.

Researchers rationalize that different kinds of shoes place pressure on different muscle tissues, and wearing the same shoe repeatedly can cause tissues to become too stressed. "The concomitant use of different pairs of running shoes will provide alternation in the running pattern and vary external and active forces on the lower legs during running activity,” researchers said.

Fortunately, running injuries can be avoided. However, if you sustained a running injury, see podiatrist Dr. Sorelis Jimenez of Foot Health Podiatry. Dr. Jimenez can address and treat your running injuries.

How to Prevent Running Injuries

Many common running injuries are caused by overuse and overtraining. When the back of the kneecap starts wearing out and starts causing pain in your knee, this is commonly referred to as runner’s knee. Runner’s knee is a decrease in strength in your quadriceps and can occur if you’re not wearing properly fitted or supporting shoes. Runner’s knee usually is treated with strengthening exercises focusing on the quad muscles and sports orthotic. To prevent runner’s knee, focusing on hip strengthening is a good idea, as well as strengthening your quads to keep the kneecaps aligned. Physical therapy can help you learn the best exercises to heal runner’s knee.

What Are Some Causes of Running Injuries?

- One cause of a common running injury is called iliotibial band syndrome.
- Plantar fasciitis is also another common injury.
- Stress fractures can occur from overtraining, lack of calcium, or even your running style.

Best Ways to Prevent Running Injuries

- Wear footwear that fits properly and suits your running needs.
- Running shoes are the only protective gear that runners have to safeguard them from injury.
- Make a training schedule. Adding strengthening exercises as well as regular stretching can help keep you strong and limber
 

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.

Read more about How to Prevent Running Injuries.


ingrown toenailAvisail Garcia of the White Sox showed dedication to the sport by participating in a game the day right after having an ingrown toenail removed. White Sox Manager Robin Ventura assumed that he would need at least a day to recover, but Garcia proved able to throw and hit the ball without any hindrance.

Last year Garcia had a .304 batting average and 21 RBIs, and is described by his teammates as a “monster.” “I want to be consistent and get better,’’ Garcia said. “Put up better numbers and help my teammates.”

Ingrown toenails can be very painful. If you are suffering from an ingrown toenail, contact podiatrist Dr. Sorelis Jimenez of Foot Health Podiatry. Dr. Jimenez can treat your ingrown toenails as well as any other foot or ankle condition.

Ingrown Toenails Causes

Ingrown toenails occur when a toenail grows sideways into the bed of the nail, causing pain, swelling, and possibly infection.

There are a number of risk factors for ingrown toenails. Some include cutting your nails too short, participating in strenuous sports, diabetes, obesity, and fungal infection. Some are genetically predisposed to ingrown nails, although wearing ill-fitting or damp shoes can exacerbate the problem.

Treatment

There are a number of steps you can take to treat ingrown nails:

-Let your toenails grow out
-Soak the toes in hot water with antibiotic soap or Epsom salts
-Placing a piece of cotton under the affected nail may allow the toe to grow up instead of into the nail bed
-Rest with your feet up

If however, your pain is severe, or you see red streaks running up your leg, you should see a podiatrist. Your podiatrist may make a small incision and remove part of the toe nail to relieve the pressure. A local anesthetic may be used to lessen the discomfort of the operation.  Topical medication may also be prescribed to prevent the regrowth of the problem nail. You will probably have to stay off your feet for a day or so, but should be able to carry on normal activities quickly.

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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