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foot surgery3Cassi Brunow is working toward getting back to regular workouts after suffering a stress fracture in her left foot. As a result of the injury, she has to put the foot in a boot for a few weeks. The injury occurred when she was running sprint drills in the water with her daughter. She ran the drills barefoot and suspects that may be the reason she sustained the injury. When she finished the workout, she said she couldn’t put any weight on her foot.

Activities where too much pressure is put on the feet can cause stress fractures. To learn more, contact one of our doctors from Suffolk Foot and Ankle. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Dealing with Stress Fractures of the Foot and Ankle

The Stress Fractures occur on the foot and ankle when muscles in these areas weaken from too much or too little use. Then the feet and ankles lose support when walking or running from the impact of the ground. Since there is no protection the bones receive the full impact of each step. The stress on the feet causes cracks to form in the bones, thus called stress fractures.

What are Stress Fractures?

Stress fractures occur frequently in individuals whose daily activities cause great impact on the feet and ankles. Stress factors are most common among:

-runners                                  

-people affected with Osteoporosis

-play tennis or basketball

-gymnastics

-high impact workouts

Symptoms

Pain from the fractures occur in the area of the fractures, and can be constant or intermittent. It will often cause sharp or dull pain with swelling and tenderness. Engaging in any kind of activity which involves in high impact will aggravate pain.

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

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Monday, 24 October 2016 22:38

Fall Prevention Vital for Elderly Patients

diabetic foot care11September was Fall Prevention Awareness Month. Fall prevention is extremely vital in ensuring the health of elderly family members. Podiatrists can not only assist with fall prevention, but they can help assess the conditions that may lead to fall incidents. Some tips to consider for taking care of your elderly feet include wearing comfortable shoes that are safe, avoiding ill-fitting shoes such as high heels or flip-flops, improving your balance through methods such as custom orthotics, strength training exercises, proper care of your other senses such as hearing and vision, removing hazards in the home, maintaining an active lifestyle, and using a cane or walker to help steady your gait.

Proper foot care is something many older adults forget to consider. If you have any concerns about your feet and ankles, contact one of our doctors from Suffolk Foot and Ankle. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

The Elderly and their Feet

As we age we start to notice many changes in our body, but the elder population may not notice them right away. Medical conditions may prevent the elderly to take notice of their foot health right away. Poor vision is a lead contributor to not taking action for the elderly.

Common Conditions

Neuropathy – can reduce feeling in the feet, and can hide many life threating medical conditions.

Reduced flexibility – prevents the ability of proper toenail trimming, and foot cleaning. If left untreated, it may lead to further medical issues.

Foot sores – amongst the older population can be serious before they are discovered. Some of the problematic conditions they may face are:

Gouging toenails affecting nearby toe

Shoes that don’t fit properly

Pressure sores

Loss of circulation in legs & feet

Edema & swelling of feet and ankles

Susceptible Infections

Diabetes and poor circulation can cause general loss of sensitivity over the years, turning a simple cut into a serious issue.

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

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Monday, 17 October 2016 03:34

Why Podiatrists You Should See a Podiatrist

toenail fungus7As you age, you may experience a complexity of problems with your feet, leading to pain or sudden injury. Podiatrists are doctors who can assist with foot or ankle problems, especially if your problems persist for long periods of time. Prevention is essential for ensuring the long-term health of your feet, and podiatrists can help properly diagnose and treat problems such as flat feet, foot injuries, inflammation of the foot muscles, plantar fasciitis, bunions, ingrown toenails, and more.

Among the group who sought podiatric help, 88% reported a quick diagnosis and 76% received treatment that eliminated the problem. A third of the group said that their visits to the podiatrist exposed other health concerns, such as diabetes, circulatory issues, and nerve issues.

"It's not surprising to see how many people are affected by foot pain, when survey results show that we view our feet as the least important body part in terms of our overall health and wellbeing," said AMPA President Frank Spinosa. "Our feet are literally and figuratively the furthest things from our minds."

If you are experiencing pain in the feet or ankles, don’t join the stubborn majority refusing treatment. Feel free to contact one of our doctors from Suffolk Foot and Ankle. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What is a Podiatrist?

Someone would seek care of a podiatrist when they have suffered a foot injury or have common foot ailments such as: heal spurs, bunions, arch problems, deformities, ingrown toenails, corns, foot and ankle problems etc.

Podiatric Treatment

A podiatrist will treat the problematic areas of the feet, ankle or lower leg by prescribing the following:

  • physical therapy
  • drugs
  • perform surgery on lower extremity fractures
  • orthotic inserts or soles

A common podiatric procedure a podiatrist will use is a scanner or force plate which will allow the podiatrist to know the designs of orthotics. Patients are then told to follow a series of tasks to complete the treatment. The computer will scan the foot a see which areas show weight distribution and pressure points. The podiatrist will read the analysis and then determine which treatment plans are available.

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

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Monday, 10 October 2016 14:27

Russell Wilson Suffers Sprained Ankle

foot injuryQuarterback Russell Wilson suffered a right ankle sprain during the third quarter of the Seahawks’ Week 1, during the game against the Miami Dolphins. According to Wilson, “he hasn’t had any swelling in the ankle and will be ‘ready to roll.” Wilson has been examined by doctors and his trainers, spotted in a walking boot in early September.

Ankle sprains are common, but need immediate attention. If you need your feet checked, contact one of our doctors from Suffolk Foot and Ankle. Our doctors will assist you with all of your foot and ankle needs.

How Does an Ankle Sprain Occur?

Ankle sprains take place when the ligaments in your ankle are torn or stretched beyond their limits. There are multiple ways that the ankle can become injured, including twisting or rolling over onto your ankle, putting undue stress on it, or causing trauma to the ankle itself.

What are the Symptoms?

  • Mild to moderate bruising
  • Limited mobility
  • Swelling
  • Discoloration of the skin (depending on severity)

Preventing a Sprain

  • Wearing appropriate shoes for the occasion
  • Stretching before exercises and sports
  • Knowing your limits can aid in prevention

Treatment of a Sprain

Treatment of a sprain depends on the severity. Many times, people are told to rest and remain off their feet completely, while others are given an air cast. If the sprain is very severe, surgery may be required.

If you have suffered an ankle sprain previously, you may want to consider additional support such as a brace and regular exercises to strengthen the ankle.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in East Patchogue, Riverhead, and Medford, NY. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Monday, 03 October 2016 17:02

Charles James Returns from Foot Surgery

foot surgery3Texas reserve cornerback Charles James returned from offseason from a foot surgery that led to his abrupt season ending. He was seen playing in the preseason finale against the Dallas Cowboys in early September. “It feels good just for us to get that going now early, starting fast,” said James. James had rejoined the Texans last season, having left the Baltimore Ravens.

Foot surgery is sometimes necessary to fix a foot ailment. To learn more, contact one of our doctors from Suffolk Foot and Ankle. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

When Is Surgery Necessary?

Foot and ankle surgery is generally reserved for cases in which less invasive, conservative procedures have failed to help with the problem. Some of the cases in which surgery may be necessary are:

  • Removing foot deformities like bone spurs and bunions
  • Severe arthritis that has caused bone issues
  • Cosmetic reconstruction

What Types of Surgery Are There?

The type of surgery you receive will depend on the nature of the problem you have. Some of the possible surgeries include:

  • Bunionectomy for painful bunions
  • Surgical fusion for realignment of bones
  • Neuropathy decompression surgery to treat nerve damage

Benefits of Surgery

Although surgery is usually a last resort, it can provide more complete pain relief compared to non-surgical methods and may allow you to finally resume full activity.

Surgical techniques have also become increasingly sophisticated. Techniques like endoscopic surgery allow for smaller incisions and faster recovery times.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in East Patchogue, Riverhead, and Medford, NY. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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