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By Foot Health Podiatry, PLLC
March 30, 2017
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It’s important to pay attention to your feet as you get older because eventually all those years of walking, running and standing on them catches up to you. Not only do natural changes to foot structure and function occur, but also the signs of all that wear and tear become more obvious with each passing day.

While the effects of aging on the feet can vary considerably, some of the problems noticed by many people as they age include:

  • Your foot gets bigger. As the tendons and ligaments of the foot gradually loosen as we age, the arch of your foot will flatten and increase the length of your foot by a half size or more. Soft tissue injuries are also more likely as these foot components wear out.
  • Thicker toenails and fungal infections. Slower nail growth and changes to hormones as we age cause the nails to get thicker and more brittle, making it harder to trim them. We are also more likely to get fungal infections in those brittle nails because of a weakening immune system.
  • Moisture Loss. The bottoms of the feet show more signs of dryness as we age and calluses are likely to develop. Cracking and rashes can also become an issue.
  • Arthritis and other joint problems are more likely as we age, whether it’s the ankle and toe joints affected by arthritis, or the big toe joint attacked by gout.
  • Swelling of the feet and ankles is more likely to occur in elderly people. The causes can range from an injury to circulation abnormalities, medication side effects, hormonal changes, and cardiovascular disease.

Staying aware of how your feet change as you get older will help you to make proactive choices to maintaining your foot health. Your foot specialist can help you develop a comprehensive plan to deal with the problems of your aging feet.

The podiatrists at Foot Health Podiatry, PLLC, in New York City, NY, have extensive experience treating age-related foot problems, and are experts in providing the best care for any other difficulties you may be experiencing with your feet and ankles. Sorelis Jimenez, DPM, John W. Fletcher, DPM, and Kamilla Danilova, DPM and the rest of the staff at Foot Health Podiatry, PLLC, are happy to help with any questions or concerns you may have. Check out our Ask The Doctor page for answers to frequently asked questions, and never hesitate to give us a call to talk or make an appointment at 212-845-9991.


By Foot Health Podiatry, PLLC
March 23, 2017
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Losing the sensation in your toes can be very uncomfortable and a bit unsettling. Not only can numbness cause difficulty with walking, standing, and exercising, but also may be an indication of a more severe issue that needs to be properly diagnosed and treated by a foot specialist.

Any time you are experiencing numbness or a loss of sensation to your extremities, it is due to some factor that interferes with the proper functioning of the nerves or blood vessels that supply the area.

Some of the most common causes of numbness in your toes and feet include:

  • Trauma. An injury to your toes can cause numbness. Swelling can inhibit nerve function as can direct damage to the nerve.
  • Fallen arches. The weight and pressure from flat feet or fallen arches can cause the nerves to become compressed resulting in numbness.
  • Spinal problems. A more general spinal problem such as a herniated disc can cause numbness in the toes.
  • Poorly fitting footwear. Shoes that constrict your toes or restrict the flow of blood can also cause nerve compression resulting in a numb feeling.
  • Cold. Numbness can also be a result of having cold feet.
  • Excessive sitting or standing. Remaining in one position for a long time can pinch the nerves in the legs and feet.
  • Morton’s neuroma. Abnormal tissue growth around a nerve sometimes located between the third and fourth toes can cause numbness.

The podiatrists at Foot Health Podiatry, PLLC, in New York City, NY, have extensive experience in evaluating the causes of numb toes, and are experts in providing the best care for any other problems you may be having with your feet and ankles. Sorelis Jimenez, DPM, John W. Fletcher, DPM, and Kamilla Danilova, DPM and the rest of the staff at Foot Health Podiatry, PLLC, are happy to help with any questions or concerns you may have. Check out our Ask The Doctor page for answers to frequently asked questions, and never hesitate to give us a call to talk or make an appointment at 212-845-9991.


By Foot Health Podiatry, PLLC
March 17, 2017
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Stretching and tearing of the ligaments around the ankle is a very common injury that can lead to chronic complications if not treated properly from the beginning. One of the main predisposing causes of a sprained ankle is inadequate rehabilitation of a previous ankle injury. This is why it is very important to have a severely sprained ankle properly evaluated and treated by a foot specialist.

Ankle injuries can range from mild to severe, and are usually the result of the foot rolling over in an unnatural twisting motion. Mild to moderate pain and swelling and the ability to bear some weight are usually indications of an injury that can be treated at home with the RICE method—Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation.

A more severe rupture of a ligament, with noticeable instability of the ankle joint and an inability to put any weight on the foot, indicates a major problem. One of the primary indications of a major ankle injury is that there will be a great deal of pain in the beginning, quickly followed by no pain at all. The treatment for a severe sprain may require the use of splints, a cast or a boot to immobilize the ankle and allow it to heal for at least two or three weeks.

Once the initial phase of healing is complete, you will need to slowly rehabilitate the ankle using a variety of range of motion exercises, balancing, and strengthening routines. Your foot doctor can help you plan a regimen and rule out any other potential sources of foot pain, such as a hairline fracture.

The podiatrists at Foot Health Podiatry, PLLC, in New York City, NY, have extensive experience treating ankle sprains, and are experts in providing the best care for any other problems you may be experiencing with your feet and ankles. Sorelis Jimenez, DPM, John W. Fletcher, DPM, and Kamilla Danilova, DPM and the rest of the staff at Foot Health Podiatry, PLLC, are happy to help with any questions or concerns you may have. Check out our Ask The Doctor page for answers to frequently asked questions, and never hesitate to give us a call to talk or make an appointment at 212-845-9991.


By Foot Health Podiatry, PLLC
March 08, 2017
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Chilblains occur when the capillaries in your skin become painfully inflamed after repeated exposure to cold air. Sometimes referred to as pernio, this condition causes red blotches, itching, swelling and blisters on the hands and feet. Once you develop chilblains, they may continue to occur over a period of years in conjunction with cold weather. The best way to avoid getting chilblains in the first place is to dress warmly and cover any exposed skin.

Signs and Symptoms

●Small, red, itchy areas on your hands and feet

●Skin color shifts from red to a darker blue with an increase in pain

●A sensation of burning on the skin

●Swelling

●Sometimes you will see blisters or ulcers

Risk Factors

Where you live. People living in areas of high humidity and cold—but not freezing—temperatures are more likely to get chilblains

Wearing tight fitting shoes and clothing, especially in a cold, damp environment

Women are prone to developing chilblains, more so than men or children

Poor blood circulation can make you more sensitive to temperature fluctuations

Raynaud’s disease may be a precursor to developing chilblains

When the weather gets warmer, chilblains often heals on its own. However, if the pain persists or if you don’t notice any improvement after a couple of weeks you should check with your doctor to eliminate other possibilities. If you have diabetes, you need to be especially watchful for the skin blistering that may develop into infections.

The podiatrists at Foot Health Podiatry, PLLC, in New York City, NY, have extensive clinical experience, and are experts in providing the best care for any problems you may be experiencing with your feet and ankles. Sorelis Jimenez, DPM, John W. Fletcher, DPM, and Kamilla Danilova, DPM and the rest of the staff at Foot Health Podiatry, PLLC, are happy to help with any questions or concerns you may have. Check out our Ask The Doctor page for answers to frequently asked questions, and never hesitate to give us a call to talk or make an appointment at 212-845-9991.