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By Foot Health Podiatry, PLLC
January 22, 2018
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Bunions  

You stand on your feet almost constantly throughout the day. When you were younger, your feet felt fine, but now those long hours on the bunionsjob leave you with an aching, reddened right foot. You notice a bump forming at the base of your big toe. What's happening? Your Amsterdam and Manhattan, NY, podiatrists at Foot Health Podiatry help hundreds of patients just like you have the best functioning and pain-free feet. In your case, Dr. Sorelis Jimenz, Dr. John Fletcher, or Dr. Kamilla Danilova may diagnose and treat a deformity called a bunion. Learn the details here.

The symptoms of bunions

A bunion forms on the inner aspect of the foot at the bottom of the big toe as the metatarsophalangeal joint begins to bulge outward. This happens in response to pressure from standing, running or walking for extended periods or from shoes that are too tight and too high. Heredity, injury and flat arches contribute to bunion formation, too.

Besides the obvious bump, bunions exhibit other symptoms, says the American College of Foot & Ankle Surgeons. Typically, bunions cause:

  • Pain when standing or ambulating
  • Inflammation
  • A burning or numb feeling
  • Redness and swelling

Additionally, other complications arise when people ignore their bunions--common deformities such as hammertoes and hallux valgus, where the big toe turns inward toward, and even over, the second and third toes.

Who gets bunions?

Millions of Americans do, particularly in the over 50 age group. Also, the American Podiatric Medical Association says that many more women than men have this foot problem because women's connective tissue is weaker than in their male counterparts and because of poorly fitting shoes. Footwear that is too tight in the toe box or too high in the heel (greater than 2 inches) puts excessive pressure on all the toes, and especially on the big toe.

Treating bunions

Your podiatrist in Amsterdam and Manhattan diagnoses bunions through review of symptoms, physical examination and X-ray imaging. As bunionectomy surgery is usually  a last  resort, the foot doctor likely will recommend an individualized care plan including these conservative measures:

  • Custom-made orthotics (shoe inserts)
  • Shoe padding
  • Anti-inflammatory medications
  • Rest, ice and elevation of the foot
  • Night time splinting to straighten the joint
  • Cortisone injections
  • Stretching exercises or other physical therapy

Have healthy feet

Contact the office team at Foot Health Podiatry for a consultation if you suspect you have a bunion. Don't wait. Call your Amsterdam and Manhattan, NY,  podiatrist

 at (212) 864-2494.

By Foot Health Podiatry, PLLC
January 16, 2018
Category: Proper Footwear
Tags: Bunions   plantar fasciitis  

More women are choosing to forego the wearing of high heeled shoes as sales of the constricting and uncomfortable footwear continue a fast decline in favor of flats and other comfort wear. The trend is being fueled by high profile celebrities like Oprah Winfrey who have decided they don’t want to sacrifice their health in pursuit of dubious high fashion. While some women continue to wear heels at work or for special occasions, the major shift in the workplace is to more comfortable shoes and clothing.

Forcing your feet into high heels on a regular basis exacerbates a long list of foot and ankle problems, including:

  • Plantar fasciitis—An inflammation of the band of tissue that runs across the foot bottom
  • Ankle injuries—Ankle pain and increased stiffness due to decreased mobility
  • Foot deformities and skin conditions—Corns, calluses, bunions, and hammertoes are more likely to occur in frequent wearers of high heels.
  • Neuromas—Morton’s neuroma is caused by the increased pressure on the ball of the foot
  • Achilles tendon issues—Shortening and stiffening of the Achilles tendon, which often can cause difficulties when you try wearing flats again

High heels also have the effect of putting the knees in a permanently bent position, causing excess stress to the knee joints and interrupting the natural movement of the foot, which has a concomitant effect on walking mechanics. Additionally, the spine can become misaligned increasing the compression forces on vertebrae in the lower back. The resultant need to overuse the back muscles also adds to this layering of pain and discomfort. Medical professionals also believe that women who often wear high heels are more likely to develop osteoarthritis as they get older.

If you are experiencing foot problems caused by the wearing of high heels, your foot doctor 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
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.

 

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.