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By Foot Health Podiatry, PLLC
May 25, 2017
Category: Foot Care
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Inflammation of the joints in the feet and ankles is one of the most common causes of pain and discomfort. Medical conditions such as arthritis or an injury are frequently the causes of swelling and pain. But a frequently overlooked cause of joint inflammation is a poor diet consisting of a lot of highly processed foods and excessive alcohol consumption. Many natural foods, however, actually decrease inflammation and improve the condition of your joints.

 

Some of the best additions to your diet for decreasing inflammation include the following:

 

Red and black berries. Eat an abundance of blueberries, cherries, raspberries and strawberries.  The anthocyanins contained in these berries have been proven to reduce the occurrence of gout attacks by decreasing uric acid concentrations and reducing inflammation. 

Leeks, onions, and garlic. These vegetables have high concentrations of a compound called diallyl disulfide, which is thought to block the action of cartilage damaging enzymes on a cellular level.

Oranges, grapefruit and other citrus fruits. Vitamin C from these fruits has been shown to decrease the symptoms of inflammatory arthritis.

Fish that is high in omega-3 fatty acids. Salmon, tuna, mackerel and herring are all very high in omega 3 fatty acids, which are an excellent inflammation fighter. If fish isn’t your cup of tea, soybeans and lentils are also high in omega 3s.

Green tea. The polyphenols contained in green tea are loaded with antioxidants which help reduce inflammation and decrease cartilage damage.

Coconut and olive oils. These oils contain enzymes that are excellent at fighting inflammation.

 

Since some systemic problems can first show up with symptoms in your feet, staying proactive in maintaining your overall health is an excellent way to avoid future foot issues.

 

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
May 25, 2017
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Foot Problems  

What your foot doctor in Manhattan wants you to knowfoot problems

You can protect your feet from common foot problems including injuries, ingrown toenails and heel pain. Your foot doctors at Foot Health Podiatry in Manhattan, NY, want to share the facts about help for your common foot issues.

Foot injuries can occur from playing sports, accidents and a number of other causes. You can also get a foot injury if you have a chronic medical condition like diabetes. To avoid foot injuries, it’s important to:

  • Always wear appropriate footwear if you are playing a sport
  • Replace worn out footwear with supportive, comfortable footwear
  • Examine your feet daily for open cuts or bruises, especially if you are diabetic

If you experience foot pain that gets worse when you put weight on your foot, you may have a fracture. In cases of fracture, it’s best to visit your foot doctor, who may place your foot in a cast to help healing and help you begin a physical therapy regimen. For severe fractures, surgery may be indicated.

An ingrown toenail can cause pounding pressure and pain underneath your toenail from excess fluid accumulating under your toenail. You can avoid ingrown toenails by following a few simple steps, including:

  • Don’t cut your toenails too short
  • Always cut your toenails straight across, with no rounded edges
  • Wear supportive shoes with plenty of room for your toes

Heel pain can be caused by stepping on sharp objects, causing a heel bruise, or excess calcium deposits, known as a heel spur. The most common cause of heel pain is a condition known as plantar fasciitis or inflammation of the plantar fascia tissue which runs across your heel. Plantar fasciitis can be debilitating, often causing sharp, acute pain when you put weight on your feet.

If you have heel pain, you can try resting to take weight off of your heel. Your foot doctors at Foot Health Podiatry are experts at treating heel pain and can provide custom orthotics to help cushion your heel. They may also suggest corticosteroid injections to reduce inflammation. In severe cases, surgery may be indicated.

You don’t have to suffer from common foot issues when help is just a phone call away. If you have foot pain, it’s time to call your foot doctors Dr. Sorelis Jimenez, Dr. John Fletcher and Dr. Kamilla Danilova at Foot Health Podiatry in Manhattan, NY, to get some relief. Call today and feel better tomorrow!


By Foot Health Podiatry, PLLC
May 18, 2017
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If you are experiencing sharp pain in the ball of your foot, you may be suffering from a condition called metatarsalgia. This is a nerve disorder that strikes when a nerve running between your metatarsal bones (the long bones that extend down the middle of your foot from your toes to your ankles) becomes irritated and swollen.

Symptoms

Symptoms of metatarsalgia may include:

Distinct, aching or burning pain in the ball of your foot, which is the part of your sole right behind your big toe

Pain that increases during activity, and decreases when you are resting

Shooting pain, tingling, and numbness in your toes

A feeling that you have a rock or pebble in your shoe

Causes

Although a single problem can lead to metatarsalgia, more often than not, several factors are involved. Some of these include the following:

Stress fractures. Hairline breaks in the metatarsal bones or bones in the toes and cause great pain, and also alter the way you use your foot for weight bearing

Foot deformities such as hammertoes and bunions. Wearing tight fitting shoes or high heels can cause your foot to become misshapen. These deformities can lead to metatarsalgia.

Too much training or over activity. Since the front of the foot absorbs so much pressure during activities like long distance running or other high impact sports, there is an increased risk of developing metatarsalgia.

Flat feet. A high arch increases pressure on the metatarsals.

Being overweight. Since the majority of your weight is absorbed by the ball of your foot when you move, losing those extra pounds will take some of the pressure off your metatarsal bones, minimizing or completely eliminating symptoms.

A variety of conditions have symptoms similar to metatarsalgia, so it is important to see your foot specialist for a proper diagnosis.

Treatment

Usually, conservative treatments will relieve your pain and discomfort. These include resting, wearing more comfortable and supportive shoes, or using inserts such as a metatarsal pad. If your metatarsalgia is accompanied by other foot problems such as hammertoe, surgery may be necessary to realign the metatarsal and toe bones.

 

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
May 12, 2017
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Unfortunately, this foot malady can strike diabetic patients who experience peripheral neuropathy (numbness due to nerve damage) without their even being aware of it until considerable damage has been done. Since nerve damage is also associated with a weakening of the bones, this combination of factors can lead to foot bone fractures that go unnoticed and a severe and disabling deformity of the foot that may even require amputation.

 

Symptoms

Since diabetic patients frequently have no feeling in their feet, it is important to have your foot specialist perform a thorough examination. Signs of swelling and warmth are early indicators of a problem, and imaging studies will need to be performed to confirm the presence of fractures.

 

Treatment

Your podiatrist will determine the best treatment plan for you. Due to the serious threat that Charcot foot poses to your health, it is extremely important to follow the doctor’s plan.

 

Non-surgical treatments may include the following:

 

Immobilization: In order to give frail bones a chance to heal and to avoid any further collapse of the arch, total removal of weight from the foot is necessary. This will involve the use of a cast, boot or brace to immobilize the foot and a wheelchair or crutches to avoid putting weight on the foot.

Custom footwear and bracing: When your doctor determines that you are ready to resume weight-bearing activities, shoes with specially designed inserts can help prevent ulcers from forming, and also prevent a recurrence of Charcot foot.

Activity modification: Your doctor will aid in developing an activity plan to help avoid additional trauma to your feet, and avoid a recurrence of Charcot foot.

 

In very severe cases the deformity may need to be surgically repaired. A comprehensive examination by your foot specialist can help make that determination.

 

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
May 03, 2017
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Being thick skinned is one thing, but having hard, rough, abrasive skin on your feet is another thing altogether. It looks ugly, and can sometimes feel uncomfortable. Fortunately, there are a variety of methods for dealing with this common problem.

Hard skin on the foot can be very effectively removed using a pumice stone. Not only is a pumice stone abrasive and natural, but also it contains volcanic rock and crystals that are an excellent addition to your foot care regimen. The soothing notion that billions of years of energy are embodied in these wonderful crystals is uniquely comforting. As you scour away the dead skin on your feet, new skin sees the light of day and replicates.

Additional methods of removing hard skin on your feet and further methods to reduce pain may include:

Trimming away dead skin. Your doctor can cut away thickened skin or trim a big corn, usually in an office visit. Don't try this yourself at home, because it could result in an errant wound that may lead to an infection.

Callus-removing drugs. Your doctor may also recommend a patch containing 38 percent salicylic acid. Patches such as these are available without a prescription. Your podiatrist will inform you how often you need to replace it. 

Medication to reduce the risk of infection.  Antibiotic ointment may be prescribed to reduce this risk.

Orthotic Shoe inserts. If you have an underlying foot malady, your doctor may prescribe custom-made padded footwear inserts (orthotics) to curtail the recurrence of corns and calluses.

Surgery. Rarely, your doctor may recommend surgery to correct the intrusion of a bone that may be causing friction, pain and callus formation.

Persistent hard skin or calluses may be due to a deformity such as a bunion. If your hard skin is causing you pain and discomfort you should make an appointment with your foot specialist to determine the cause.

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.