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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
November 08, 2017
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: Bunions   flat feet   Arthritis   orthotics  

The arches of your feet perform an important function—evening out the forces caused by weight-bearing activities before they reach the legs, knees, hips, and back. In fact, one of the major causes of back pain is poor gait mechanics caused by flat feet. Your arch is created by the tendons and tissues that connect the heel to the foot bones, and when these structures function abnormally the arch can fall.

 

 

Some of the symptoms and causes of flat feet include:

  • Pain and discomfort—Your arches and heels will be painful, most often upon weight bearing, and your feet will get tired very easily. You may also experience swelling in the sole area, leg and back pain, and trouble standing on your toes comfortably.
  • Causes—Some people are genetically predisposed to developing flat feet. Other causes are arthritis, nerve problems, broken bones, and issues with ligaments and tendons.

Some people have flat feet but do not show any symptoms. In this case, no treatment is necessary, but the condition should be monitored to prevent future complications. However, if you are experiencing pain and discomfort from flat feet, treatments that are available include the following:

  • Orthotic inserts and braces for arch support and to treat other foot abnormalities such as bunions
  • Resting and icing
  • Anti-inflammatory medications can be applied topically or taken orally
  • Physical therapy, stretching and flexibility exercises

If you are having continuing problems related to flat feet, see your foot doctor for proper diagnosis and 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
November 01, 2017
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: Corns   Arthritis   hammertoe  

The deformity called hammertoe causes one or more of your inner toes to become bent at the joint, resembling the shape of a hammer. They can become rigid and painful if left untreated, and corns can develop on top of the toes in response to rubbing against the inside of your footwear.

While this condition has a hereditary tendency, it can be worsened by wearing shoes that are too tight or that otherwise do not fit properly. High arches can contribute to the pressure on the toes, and inflammatory joint diseases such as arthritis can also exacerbate these deformities.

Some conservative treatments that can help relieve the pain and discomfort of hammertoes include:

  • Wide toe box and lower heels—Shoes with a wide toe area and a lowered heel cup can take some of the pressure off of the toes.
  • Use pads on corns and calluses—Insulating with pads will eliminate the source of friction and help prevent corns and calluses from worsening.
  • Realignment—Specially designed splints or straps are employed to help straighten out the toes. This works best in the initial stages, when the toe still has some flexibility.
  • Steroid injections—Can help reduce inflammation.
  • Orthotic inserts—The imbalance that occurs between the tendon and the muscle of the toe can be controlled with custom made inserts.

If your hammertoes have become extremely rigid and painful, a surgical procedure by your foot doctor may be required to provide relief. 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.

Arthritis can lead to pain and inflammation if symptoms continue to persist. Occurring commonly in the small joints of our bodies, arthritis can become debilitating and restrict our everyday movements. Different treatment options can include using a cold press to reduce inflammation on your joints or using heat therapy to alleviate pain. It is recommended to see a podiatrist first to diagnose your condition. The most common types of arthritis are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis, both of which can affect small joints in your body.

The feet are one of the most common sites for arthritis to occur in the body. If you are struggling with arthritis in your feet or ankles, see one of our podiatrists from Foot Health Podiatry. Our doctors will attend to your foot and ankle needs.

Arthritic Foot Care

Arthritis is a joint disorder that involves inflammation of different joints in your body, including your feet. Arthritis is often caused by a degenerative joint disease and causes mild to severe pain in all affected areas. On top of this, swelling and stiffness in the affected joints can also be a common symptom of arthritis.

In many cases, wearing ill-fitting shoes can worsen the effects and pain of arthritis. Wearing shoes that have a lower heel and extra room can help your feet feel more comfortable. In certain forms, such as rheumatoid arthritis, the arch in your foot may become problematic. Buying shoes with proper arch support that contour to your feet can help immensely.

Alleviating Arthritic Pain

  • Exercises that stretch the foot can prevent further pain and injury and increase mobility
  • Most of the pain can be alleviated with anti-inflammatory drugs, heat, and topical medications
  • Massages can help to temporarily alleviate pain.

It is best to see your doctor for the treatment that is right for your needs and symptoms. Conditions vary, and a podiatrist can help you determine the right method of care for your feet.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in New York, NY. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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