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By Foot Health Podiatry, PLLC
December 29, 2017

A heel spur is a small, bony growth that extends from the bottom of the heel bone. It is formed over many months from the deposit of calcium and is often associated with another condition called plantar fasciitis. These conditions are created by excess stress and strain to the tendons and ligaments of the foot and are frequently seen in athletes who do a lot of running and jumping with quick starts and stops. A heel spur may not always be painful, but the protrusion can sometimes extend out a half an inch.

Other contributing factors to developing heel spurs include:

Poorly fitting shoes—Proper arch support is essential to avoiding some of the tendon and ligament stress and damage that can lead to the growth of a heel spur. Always have your feet measured when getting new footwear, and make sure you know your foot type to know what kind of arch support to use. This is also extremely important to address the possible gait abnormalities that can put excessive pressure on the heel.

Aging and weight gain—As you age and possibly put on a few pounds, the flexibility of the plantar fascia lessens and the protective layer of fat on the heel diminishes, increasing the occurrence of heel spurs.

Treatment for heel spurs includes:

Heel spurs will often respond well to conservative measures including properly fitted shoes with extra cushioning in the heel area; physical therapy to increase strength and to relax the inflamed tissue; corticosteroid injections; and custom fitted orthotics for stabilization and additional heel cushioning.

If you are experiencing heel pain, 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 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
December 19, 2017
Category: Proper Footwear

Keeping your feet in good shape is a lot easier when you make sure you have properly fitted shoes. The materials the shoe is composed of, the shape of the shoe, the arch support, and the soles are all very important considerations when it comes to foot health in leisure, sport, and work activities.

Two essential tips for choosing the right shoes that will keep your feet happy include the following:

The correct size—This may seem obvious, but many people underestimate the amount of change their feet can go through in a year. Your feet swell and flatten out as you get older, and you may find the size changes quite dramatically from one year to the next. Always shop for shoes towards the end of the day when your feet are fully expanded, and make sure to have them both measured and move up a half size if necessary.

Good support—Your shoes need to provide good arch and ball of foot support. Your arch is one of the most important components of your foot health, so be sure to have your arch type properly determined. Make sure you include any necessary orthotic inserts to correct gait abnormalities. The ball of the foot needs to be supported as well to prevent problems with the forefoot. Sturdy soles are also essential to good foot support. Tears in the arch ligaments from poor foot support can result in debilitating conditions such as plantar fasciitis.

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
December 13, 2017
Tags: Bunions   Arthritis   blistering  

Bunions are a very common toe deformity that affects over 40 percent of adults over the age of 65. Many younger individuals are also plagued with bunion pain and discomfort that is characterized by a painful enlargement of the big toe joint and a pronounced bump on the top or side of the toe. The force of the growing deformity forces the big toe into the second toe causing a variety of problems including pain, discomfort, and blistering.

Bunions tend to grow rather slowly, and you may not notice the potential for problems to develop, so it’s important to have your podiatrist take a look. If left untreated, bursitis and arthritis may take hold creating a chronic condition that is much more difficult to treat.

Treatment for bunions

Some of the treatments you can discuss with your foot doctor include:

  • Well fitted shoes with orthotic inserts - it’s very important to spend the extra money and get a good pair of properly fitted shoes that have good arch support and wide, deep toe boxes to accommodate padding and inserts.
  • Night splints - this device is worn to bed and pulls your big toe into a straighter position, while realigning the joints.
  • Mobility exercises - prevent stiffness by doing exercises like picking up marbles with your toes. Scrunching a towel with your toes is also effective.

If you are experiencing bunion pain and discomfort, see your foot doctor for proper treatment. 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
December 06, 2017
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: Bunions   capsulitis   neuroma  

Your big toe joint is surrounded by ligaments and other tissues that form a sort of capsule that facilitates the joint’s function. When the ligaments around the joint become irritated and inflamed, it can cause a condition called capsulitis that feels as if you are walking around with a stone under the ball of your foot. The extreme swelling and pain can make it difficult to wear shoes and to walk.

 

Capsulitis often affects individuals who have bunions, unstable arches, inflammatory arthritis, and inflexible calf muscles. If your second toe is longer than your largest toe, you may also be more prone to developing capsulitis, with the pain and discomfort often mostly located around the second toe.

Left untreated, capsulitis can actually progress to a complete dislocation of the toe. Since capsulitis has similar symptoms to Morton’s neuroma, you need to see a foot specialist to get the correct diagnosis and proper treatment. In the early stages, capsulitis can be treated with stabilization techniques and the proper management of inflammation and pain.

Some of these treatment methods may include icing and resting, taping, stretching the calf muscles, and using orthotic devices to redistribute pressure and rest the joint. In severe cases it may be necessary to surgically realign the toes to eliminate the pain and discomfort.

Foot ball pain can be caused by a variety of conditions, so see your podiatrist for the correct diagnosis. 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.