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By Foot Health Podiatry, PLLC
April 26, 2017
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Men tend to neglect the overall health of their feet, and often suffer for long periods of time with foot issues that can be easily treated. Here are three foot problems that affect men more frequently than women.

Frequent Male Foot Condition #1—Stinky Feet

Let’s face it, men tend to have more problems with sweaty, smelly feet than women. Your feet contain a large amount of sweat glands, and a combination of excessive sweating and wearing the same shoes every day can create an ideal environment for the growth of odor causing bacteria. Simply allowing your shoes to completely dry out between use is an excellent way to eliminate smelly bacteria. Socks made of more breathable materials, such as wool or cotton, can also help decrease sweating and odor.

Frequent Male Foot Condition #2—Ingrown Toenails

Men tend to be more haphazard when cutting their toenails, and one of the main causes of an ingrown toenail is improper cutting technique. When nails are cut too short, or when they are not cut straight across, the toenail can grow into the skin around it, resulting in this painful condition.

Frequent Male Foot Condition #3—Corns & Calluses

Corns and calluses form as a response to increased friction and irritation from poorly fitting footwear. Although they tend to go away on their own when the source of the rubbing is removed, untreated corns and calluses can become thicker and more painful. Pads and cushions can help isolate corns to promote healing. Soaking and gentle scrubbing with a pumice stone or nail file can also be effective. If you have poor circulation problems or numbness in your feet, which can be caused by diabetes, it is best to consult with your foot specialist for proper treatment of corns and calluses.

The podiatrists at Foot Health Podiatry, PLLC, in New York City, NY, 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.

 


By Foot Health Podiatry, PLLC
April 20, 2017
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If you’ve ever had a painful gout flare, you can still experience it again, even if years have passed since your last bout with gout. It rather suddenly can return from simply eating the wrong foods.

Gout is the result of uric acid crystallizing in your joints. It typically occurs in the big toe joint, but other joints can be affected. Risk factors for excess uric acid building up in your blood include:

●Alcoholic beverages

●High fat and high purine foods such as organ meats and shrimp

●Stress

●Some medications may contribute to acid build-up

Sometimes people with gout notice an itchy, burning or tingling in the area several hours prior to the outbreak. Others have no signs at all until they are woken up in the middle of the night with an extremely painful big toe joint. The pain can be so unbearable that the weight of your sheet can cause the pain to become worse.

What to Do During a Gout Flare

There are things you can do reduce the length of a gout flare, and to manage the pain. These include:

Remove footwear. Your shoes and socks will just add to the pain, so best to take them off for a while.

Rest. Limit your activity, and try not to walk around during a flare-up. Lie down and elevate the joint on a pillow.

Ice. Cold compresses applied for 20 minutes, several times a day, will help reduce inflammation and pain.

Don’t consume alcohol. Drinking alcohol (especially beer) during an attack will just make it worse and last longer.

Avoid foods that contain purine. These include fatty foods, seafood like shrimp, and organ meats.

Ibuprofen or other OTC medicine may be taken to reduce pain and inflammation.

Wait. A gout flare typically will subside within a few days.

If you are experiencing painful symptoms of gout that won’t go away, or that occur frequently, it is important to see your doctor for advice on how to get them under control.

The podiatrists at Foot Health Podiatry, PLLC, in New York City, NY, 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.


By Foot Health Podiatry, PLLC
April 13, 2017
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Bunions are one of the most common foot deformities. The origin of the English word “bunion” is from the Old French “buignon,” which translates as “bump on the head.” The bunions we are familiar with are “bumps”, but they occur on the feet, with the big toe being the usual location. When similar, smaller bumps occur on the outside of the littlest toe they are called “bunionettes.”

Bunion Signs

Visual signs and symptoms of a bunion include:

●A hard, bony lump usually on the outside edge of the big toe joint

●The big toe will point towards the other toes due to a structural abnormality in the joint

●The skin on top of the bump will be reddened and dark.

●There may be reddish, thickened skin where the big toe and second toe overlap

Pain from Bunions

Bunions are most painful when tight shoes are worn, increasing friction and pressure. Some symptoms and side effects include:

●Redness and swelling

●Numbness

●A burning sensation

●Tender skin that is very sensitive to touch

Possible Side Effects of Untreated Bunions

As the deformity of the big toe continues to progress over time, the overall structural mechanics of the foot are put under great stress. The ligaments and muscles become more painful, possibly leading to metatarsalgia. Painful calluses can grow underneath the big toe joint. Arthritis may also develop with untreated bunions.

It is important to make an appointment with your foot doctor in the early stages of bunion development in order to limit or prevent these and other complications.

Treatment Options

A variety of conservative treatments including properly fitted footwear, ibuprofen for pain, orthotic inserts, splints, foot exercises and taping may be effective, but in more severe cases a surgical removal of the bunion and realignment of the toes will be needed.

The podiatrists at Foot Health Podiatry, PLLC, in New York City, NY, have extensive experience treating bunions 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
April 05, 2017
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Many people have a tendency to ignore nagging foot pain and to disregard changes in foot function or appearance. Not paying attention to early warning signs of foot problems can put you at risk for developing more serious difficulties. Some early signs of major foot trouble to look out for include:

1) Discoloration of the toenails

The appearance of a yellowish or dark spot under a toenail may be the sign of a fungal infection. Untreated, this infection can spread to other toes, and in diabetic patients the infection may become severe enough to require amputation.

2) Heel Pain

Pain in the heel caused by coming down hard on a rock or other small, solid object will usually get better with rest. If your heel pain doesn’t subside, it may be a sign of a more serious condition developing, and you should schedule a visit with your foot doctor for a proper evaluation.

3) Big toe pain

Pain from ingrown toenails may be a sign of infection, and should not be ignored. A sudden onset of big toe pain may also be the result of gout, which is caused by uric acid crystals forming in the joint. Pain from rheumatoid arthritis also may first appear in the toe and finger joints.

4) Swelling of the feet and ankles

While some swelling can be caused by a minor sprain, tight fitting shoes, or standing on your feet all day, if it lasts for days or weeks it may be a sign of a more serious injury, or even of heart complications and kidney disease.

It’s very important not to ignore what our feet are telling us and to have a proper evaluation done by a foot specialist in order to help limit any future complications.

The podiatrists at Foot Health Podiatry, PLLC, in New York City, NY, have extensive combined experience, and are experts in providing the best care for any 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.