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By gary @foothealthpodiatry.com
June 23, 2014
Category: Foot Care


Runners' FeetA recent poll conducted by the American Podiatric Medical Association found that 51% of Americans say foot pain interferes with walking, working, and exercising. The survey suggests that a large portion of this pain can be attributed to neglect, since only 25% of the participants claimed that they take careful care of their feet.

Footwear also appears to impact the prevalence of foot pain.  Scott Douglas of Runner’s World magazine advises people to start buying the shoes they wear on a day-to-day basis with the same mindset they use to choose athletic shoes. Douglas says that proper shoes should have minimal heels and a wide toe box to allow the feet to move more naturally.

When working on your feet for long hours, it is important to take certain precautions so that excessive use doesn’t leave lasting damage. If your daily activities are causing foot or ankle pain, see podiatrist Dr. Sorelis Jiménez, DPM of Foot Health Podiatry. Dr. Jimenez will discuss possible solutions and devise a treatment plan that is right for you. 

Working on Your Feet

Standing on your feet for long periods of time can cause stress and pain in your feet. Your whole body may experience change in terms of posture, back pain, bunions, callouses and or plantar warts. There are ways to avoid these conditions with proper foot care, smart choices and correct posture.

Positive Changes

Negative heeled shoe – choosing this shoe places the heel slightly lower than the ball of the foot. These are great for overall foot health. Find shoes that fit you correctly.

Go barefoot – our feet were not designed to be enclosed for hours, or all day. Allow yourself to expose your feet.

Eliminate Pain

Foot Exercises – performing simple exercises, incorporating yoga and stretches is beneficial. This will allow increased blood flow to the area and muscles of the foot.

Achilles tendon – stretching the foot out flat on the floor, will relax the calf muscles and tendon. These exercises can be performed almost anywhere. Make sure you add these exercises to your daily regimen. 

Keep your feet healthy and your body will thank you for it.

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 and ankle needs.

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Nicholas BishopThree generations of the Bishop family, natives of Youngstown, have each been afflicted by Charcot-Marie Tooth disease (CMT), a rare genetic illness that damages the nerves and muscles of the lower extremities. It started with 73-year-old Don Bishop, who passed it down to his son Lee. Lee walked strangely growing up and thought he had inherited a tendency to high step at first, but in reality he was compensating for deteriorating Achilles tendons and nerves in his feet.

He in turn gave CMT to his son Nicholas, who is also starting to feel the loss of sensation in his limbs. Although there is no known cure for the disease, Nicholas believes that stem cells might be able to treat it.

Charcot-Marie Tooth disease is one of many types of nerve disorders that can affect the feet and ankles. If you are experiencing a prolonged loss of sensation in your lower extremities, speak to podiatrist Dr. Sorelis Jiménez, DPM of Foot Health Podiatry. Dr. Jimenez can examine the affected area and prescribe an appropriate form of treatment.

Nerve Disorders of the Foot and Ankle

There are two nerve disorders of the foot and ankle called Interdigital Neuroma and Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome. These conditions affect the hands as well, and are caused by stress and genetics. People who suffer from Interdigital Neuroma and Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome are prone to serious pain and inflammation in the area.

Pain that is associated with Interdigital Neuroma is often from local inflammation in the nerves in the front of the foot. Symptoms include pain, burning, and/or tingling sensations of the toes.

There are several steps a doctor will take to determine if one has Neuroma such as: radiographs, MRIs, and bone scans. Surgery is not required in many instances, and should only be considered when the patient is suffering from persistent pain.

Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome is a condition that is less common than Interdigital Neuroma. It only seems to affect patients who have severe ankle pain which begins in the bottom of the foot extending all the way to the calf.  In other instances one may encounter partial numbness and atrophy if the cases are extreme.

For more information about Nerve Disorders of the Foot and Ankle, follow the link below.

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

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http://espngrantland.files.wordpress.com/2014/05/leonard-kawhi-popovich-gregg-e1399908556512.jpg?w=1003 Kawhi Leonard of the San Antonio Spurs was probably still learning his letters when Tim Duncan was drafted (he was five).  Still, these two players, along with Popovitch and Tony Parker and R.C. Buford and the rest of the team, have a rhythm that has held them at the top spot during the season and achieved recent progression into the MBA Finals.  In addition to the teamwork that provides an important top-down component for their success, a recent post in sports and pop culture publication Grantland looks at an essential bottom-up influence.  Specifically, Leonard’s feet.

“His feet look unassuming. They are more or less like other players’ feet: size 14, with gnarly nails and small nubs on top of his toes. The corns are the normal cost of what he puts himself through. Leonard’s work ethic makes even his teammates, famous for their discipline, shake their heads. He punishes his feet, and we call the punishment footwork,” says Grantland staff writer Louisa Thomas.

Corns can be painful. For help managing corns or any other foot or ankle concerns, see Dr. Sorelis Jiménez, DPM of Foot Health Podiatry. Dr. Jimenez will provide the quality care that you deserve.

Corns on the Feet

Corns are areas of thickened skin that can be painful or irritating. They are often comprised of multiple layers of skin that has become dry and rough, and are normally smaller than calluses.

Prevention

Appropriate footwear is important to prevent corns.  This includes well-fitting socks and comfortable shoes that offer support without being too tight.

Treatment

To treat corns, the buildup of dead skin must be removed.  Salicylic acid is often used because it dissolves keratin, which is the protein that makes up a majority of corns.  People with diabetes, however, should avoid salicylic acid and talk to their podiatrists about alternative treatments.

Preventing the Return of Corns

Orthotic shoes fitted by a podiatrist can help prevent the return of corns. They reduce friction and help alleviate overall pain. Surgery is rarely needed, except for very rare circumstances where normal treatments are not working.

For more information about Foot Corns, follow the link below.

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

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Bob Satko, of Maple Valley, shares a sweet treat with his grandson, Blake Robison. Satko is running 250 miles this weekend in honor of Blake and to raise money for the Fanconi Anemia Research Fund.  - Courtesy photo
A stretch of 250 miles awaits Maple Valley native, Bob Satko, in his decision to run to raise money for the Fanconi Anemia Research Fund and his grandson, Blake Robison. Blake was diagnosed with the uncommon Fanconi Anemia, a blood disease that can worsen into bone marrow failure and certain cancers. This upcoming race, which is to occur at the Pigtails Challenge, will be the 45th marathon Satko has run.

Satko is familiar with Pigtails as he had run the 200-mile trek in 2012. Satko has been more mindful since then, however, as he had run the skin off the bottoms of his feet and accumulated blisters during the race. While Pigtails lasts for 200 miles, Satko will run an additional 50 miles for the Fanconi Anemia Research Fund and Blake.

Marathon runners ought to be wary of sustaining blisters on the feet, which can sometimes form after long distances. If you have formed blisters or other foot or ankle complications, see podiatrist Dr. Sorelis Jiménez, DPM of Foot Health Podiatry. Dr. Jimenez will assist you with your foot and ankle concerns.

Blisters on the Feet

When tight or ill-fitting footwear is worn, many times a foot blister may develop. Blisters can even develop by constant rubbing from the shoe, often times leading to pain.

What is a Foot Blister?

A foot blister is a small pocket that is filled with fluid, forming on the upper most layer of the skin. Blisters are filled with clear fluid, and may lead to drainage of blood or pus if the area has become infected.

How do they Form?

Blisters of the feet are almost always the result of shoe rubbing and constant friction of the skin and material. Long periods of walking in shoes, sandals, or boots which don’t fit properly can result in a blister. Those who often have moisture or humidity in the feet, are prone to blister formation easily.

For more information about the prevention and treatment of blisters on the feet, follow the link below.

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

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