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By Foot Health Podiatry, PLLC
October 27, 2017
Category: Proper Foot Care
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Don’t ignore foot pain or discomfort. Your feet support your entire weight and are subjected to that pounding and punishment over a lifetime, but people often don’t take foot and ankle injuries seriously and fail to seek treatment until more damage has been done. Many problems that occur with the feet and ankles respond better to conservative treatments when they are brought to the attention of your foot doctor in the early stages.

Foot problems can also be harbingers of a more serious overall health condition, so if you are experiencing pain and discomfort in your feet, it is best not to ignore it and hopefully avoid future and more serious complications.

Some of the major reasons to see a foot care professional include:

  • Continuing pain and discomfort—If pain and inflammation do not subside after several days of rest, icing, elevation, and anti-inflammatory medication, it’s best to have it checked out.
  • Nail color and texture change—Yellowing of the toenails may be indicative of a fungal infection. Your nails may also become thicker and more brittle and have an off smell.
  • Presence of bunions and hammertoesThese and other toe deformities should be treated when first noticed since they can progress to conditions requiring surgery.
  • Loss of sensation—This often occurs as one of the first signs of diabetes. The peripheral nerves can become damaged causing your feet to feel numb. Patients with diabetes should make regular visits to their podiatrist due to all the complications that can arise.

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
October 19, 2017
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Nail fungus may be more noticeable in the hot summer months, but the ever present fungi that cause this unsightly and possibly malodorous condition never take a vacation and can always be found in warm, moist environments such as your footwear at any time of year. While there are now advanced therapies such as lasers to treat difficult nail fungus infections, the best way to deal with nail fungus is to avoid contacting the microbes in the first place.

Some tips to avoid nail fungus infections include the following:

  • Proper trimming technique—Keep your nails short, but not too short. Also, always trim your nails straight across to help avoid an infection from an ingrown toenail.
  • Let your feet breathe—Air out your feet daily, and be sure to wear socks and footwear made of breathable fabrics to help keep moisture levels down.
  • Don’t share—Avoid wearing other people’s shoes or using their personal care products, like nail files and clippers, since infection can spread this way.
  • Cover your feet—While in public areas such as showers, locker rooms, gyms, and swimming pools, always wear a pair of sandals or shower shoes to insulate your feet from possibly infected surfaces.
  • Salons—Make sure the salon you use for pedicures has proper sterilization techniques in place.
  • Antifungals—A variety of powders and sprays are available to put in your shoes or directly on your feet to kill the fungi that cause nail infections.

If you are still having difficulties with nail fungus despite your best efforts to avoid it, your foot care specialist can help. 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
October 13, 2017
Category: Proper Footwear
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Fall is a great season for running outdoors. The temperature is moderate and the views of colorful foliage can be beautiful and inspiring. Choosing the right shoe for your running adventures is essential to preventing injury and ensuring a comfortable and relatively pain free outing. A good pair of running shoes can help avoid debilitating injuries such as shin splints, peroneal tendonitis, and plantar fasciitis.

Since getting the right running shoes for your foot type can be a daunting experience, here are some helpful tips that can decrease some of the anxiety of heading to the shoe store:

  • Determine your foot type—You can tell a lot about your foot type by inspecting the wear pattern on your old sneakers. If the shoe is worn towards the outer edges, then you have a condition called supination. Wear on the inner edges indicates overpronation. Specific shoes are designed to correct these and other types of problems. Your podiatrist can perform a gait analysis and take any guess work out of the equation.
  • What type of running?—If you will be doing trail running, cross-training, or road running, there is a specific shoe for each of these activities. There are motion control features, stability shoes, and shoes with extra cushioning for shock absorption during long runs.
  • Try on shoes at the end of the day—Since your feet have a tendency to swell throughout the day, go shoe shopping later to get the best fit.
  • Space in front—Make sure you have about a thumb’s width of space in the front of the shoe to avoid constriction and rubbing injuries such as corns, calluses, and blistering.

See your podiatrist today for a complete gait analysis and foot exam before you head to the shoe store. 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
October 05, 2017
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There are many different ways you can break your foot. In fact, foot and ankle fractures are among the most frequent problems confronted by podiatrists. While professional athletes may be more susceptible to a fracture due to the constant stress and physical demands of their sport, everyday exercise routines and accidents produce their fair share of broken bones. The amount and location of force applied to the bone determines how and where it will break.

Some of the different types of bone fractures that can affect the feet and ankles include:

Acute bone fractures

Usually the result of extreme force and pressure, an acute fracture involves an actual break to the bone, either partial or complete. The different types of acute fractures include:

  • Comminuted—The bone is shattered into multiple pieces.
  • Oblique—The fracture occurs on a diagonal.
  • Transverse—This is a horizontal fracture.
  • Compound—When the bone breaks through the skin, it is a compound fracture. This is often the most complicated type to treat since infections are more likely to occur.
  • Stabilized—If the ends of the bones are barely out of place, the fracture is stable and more easily treated.

Stress fractures

These are the types of cracks that can develop over a period time from the repeated stress of physical activity encountered in sports and the workplace. They can also affect people who suffer from weakened bone structure due to osteoporosis. Another frequent cause is a sudden increase in the intensity of a workout program. It is best to increase a workout regimen gradually to avoid these types of injury.

If you have suffered a fracture to your foot or ankle, it is vital to get help from a foot care specialist to ensure proper recovery. 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.