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Friday, 02 February 2018 01:15

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As we age, the fat present on your feet begins to deteriorate. The protective nature of this fat keeps the feet healthy by providing a barrier and between your bones and the ground as well as giving the skin on the foot a certain amount of elasticity. This is one factor that causes elderly people to develop some serious foot issues.

Foot moisturizers can be helpful to avoid certain problems associated with foot fat deterioration. However, water-based moisturizers do not work as well for elderly people as they do for the young. Instead, it is more effective to use an emollient instead. An emollient is effective because it binds the water in the foot, keeping it from becoming absorbed too readily which will result in dry skin. 

If you can keep the skin on your feet healthy, this will substantially reduce the number of foot problems you will encounter in old age. Proper footwear is another way to keep feet healthy. Shoes that fit well and provide proper support help prevent ingrown toenails and fallen arches.

If you have any questions about ways to keep your feet healthy (at any age) reach out to us on social media or give us a call: (631) 654-5566.

Friday, 02 February 2018 01:11

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Do you roll your ankles often when participating in sports, exercises, or simply when running or walking? You may have weak ankles. Below are some helpful ways to help strengthen them! Furthermore, if you ever experience any ankle pain consult with your foot and ankle doctor to best determine the cause of the pain and the appropriate treatment.

  • Strength. Work on building your strength with some exercises like standing calf raises (lift yourself up on your toes for 15 reps) or heel walks (lift the front of your foot off the floor and balance on your heels - walk across the room).

  • Balance. Do exercises that appropriately challenge your balance. Try standing on one leg. Once that gets easy, close your eyes. Balancing improves proprioception.

  • Control. Never rush it! When your ankle feels strong enough, incorporate lateral and other sport-specific exercises. Simulating the athletic movements needed for your sport in a controlled environment is a great way to safely prepare your body.

If you have any questions about ways to strengthen your ankles, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us on social media or give us a call: (631) 654-5566.

Tuesday, 02 January 2018 02:41

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Do you have hard painful bumps on the bottom of your foot, perhaps on the heel or ball of the foot? For the most part, plantar warts are non-malignant, but they can cause some pain, discomfort, and are often unsightly. We often have patients coming in, asking what are they? Where do they come from? And how can I get rid of them? Here’s everything you need to know…

Is this a wart? Podiatrists are easily able to diagnose plantar warts. They usually scrape off a tiny bit of the rough skin in order to make tiny blood clots visible and show the inside of these warts. However, a biopsy can be done if the doctor is not able to diagnose them from simply looking at them.

Symptoms. Plantar warts can cause some pain while standing, sometimes felt as tenderness on the sole of your foot. Unless the wart has grown into the foot behind a callus, you will be able to see the fleshy wart.

Cause. These warts are caused by the human papillomavirus, or HPV, and occur when this virus gets into open wounds on the feet. The best way to avoid developing plantar warts is to avoid walking barefoot in public places, especially when you have open sores or cuts on your feet. It is also important to avoid direct contact with any other warts you might have or warts other people might have, as they are highly contagious.

Treatment. For a less invasive treatment option, topical creams can be used through a doctor’s prescription, which may help given enough time and patience. Keep the wart covered for protection in between daily treatments.

If you have any questions about plantar warts, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us on social media or give us a call: (631) 604-4948.

Tuesday, 02 January 2018 02:37

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Every single day we put a lot of stress on our shins, feet, and ankles. In fact, during your lifetime you will probably walk about 75,000 miles! As you get older, the 26 bones and 30 joints in your body will lose flexibility and elasticity, and your foot’s natural shock absorbers will wear down too. This is why it’s important to take care of your feet! Here are some ways to show them some love…

  1. Exercise. Exercise is a key aspect of foot care, especially when it comes to arthritis. It not only strengthens and stretches the muscles and joints but helps prevent further injury and pain as well. The key is to not overexert yourself, as too much strain can cause problems.

  2. Footwear. Invest in comfortable supportive shoes! Aside from getting good arch support, the shoes need to fit comfortably and properly. A good place to start is by leaving a finger width between the back of the shoe and your foot to gauge proper size. It is also helpful to have a square or rounded toe box in the front to provide even more comfort. Another thing to look for is a rubber sole that can provide a cushion and absorb shock as you walk. This adds flexibility to the ball of your foot when you push off your heel to walk.

  3. Hygiene. Think ‘spa day for your feet’! Soak your feet in warm soapy water for approximately 10 minutes. This helps soften and clean skin and nails. After the foot soaking, gently remove calluses with a pumice stone. Trim toenails straight across rather than in a curved pattern. This helps prevent ingrown toenails, allowing the straight edge of the nail to advance as one unit. Apply cream and moisturizing lotion to the skin and nail margins. A foot message can help relieve tension and tired, aching feet!

If you have any questions about keeping your feet happy and healthy, or have any concerns, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us on social media or give us a call: (631) 604-4948.

Thursday, 21 December 2017 02:05

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Flat feet is a condition in which the arch of the foot is depressed making the sole of the foot completely, or almost completely, in contact with the ground. About 20 to 30% of the population has flat feet. But why you ask? Simply because the arch never formed during growth.

Having flat feet can sometimes make it difficult to walk due to the stress it places on the ankles. The general alignment of your legs can be thrown off because the ankles move more inward. When this happens, some might experience major discomfort.

Can I have ‘flat feet’ even though my feet don’t completely touch the ground? The answer is yes. Here are some symptoms of flat feet: pain around the heel or arch area, trouble standing on the tip toe, swelling around the inside of the ankle, flat look to one or both feet, and having your shoes feel uneven when worn. 

There are a number of ways to help treat flat feet. One way is going barefoot. Studies have shown that those that grew up going barefoot or wearing less closed-toed shoes actually have more of an arch because the general strength and fullness of the arch increased. Also, those with flat feet have a weaker Achilles tendon, and exercise to the area will help stretch the tendon. 

If you have any questions about flat feet, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us on social media or give us a call: (631) 604-4948.

Thursday, 21 December 2017 01:53

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Winter is upon us and that means harsh winds, snowy driveways, and icy sidewalks. Here at Suffolk Foot and Ankle, we do provide treatment and repair of all kinds of foot and ankle injuries. But we also are proactive about preventing such painful occurrences! So before you take an afternoon walk or go to the grocery store this winter, take a look over these tips on how to prevent ankle and foot injury! 

  1. Make sure your shoes or boots support your ankle. Ankle support is extremely important as it provides stability as you walk, as well as if you trip, slip, or fall. A well supported ankle is less likely to roll and be sprained as it has limited mobility.

  2. Make sure your shoes or boots have treads on the bottom. Friction is key. With the varying ground surfaces that come along with a harsh winter, we must have footwear that can tackle it all. A shoe with no or little tread is more likely to slip on a wet or icy surface which could lead to multiple serious injuries.

  3. Make sure your laces are tied. This all comes back to fit and support. Fitting shoes properly to your feet will help your foot move more naturally, and avoid future foot problems. But even if your shoe fits properly, it will not perform properly unless the shoe is tied.

If you have any questions about proper protective winter footwear, or have any concerns about possible injuries, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us on social media or give us a call: (631) 604-4948.

Monday, 02 October 2017 00:00

The plantar fascia is a connective tissue in the heel that stretches across the bottom length of your foot. Plantar fasciitis occurs when the connective tissue becomes inflamed, causing heel pain and discomfort during physical activity. Although the condition is completely treatable, traditional methods can take up to a year to start becoming effective.

Plantar fasciitis is caused by a number of everyday activities, so understanding the condition is important for managing and treating it. One of the most common causes of plantar fasciitis is excessive running, especially with improper fitting or non-supportive shoes. Too much exercise can lead to the plantar fascia being overworked and overstretched, which can cause tears in the tissue. Along with improper fitting shoes, pronation, the rolling of the feet inward, is a common cause of plantar fasciitis. If not treated properly, the plantar fascia becomes overstretched and starts to tear, causing inflammation.

Despite the common causes of plantar fasciitis, there are many different treatment options. For less severe cases, conservative home remedies include taking anti-inflammatory drugs to alleviate pain, applying ice packs to the bottom of your foot and heel, slowly stretching and exercising your feet to re-strengthen the tissue, and using orthotic devices are all ways to help manage your plantar fasciitis.

For more severe cases, shockwave therapy has become a common solution for plantar fasciitis. Shockwave therapy can effectively break up the tissue on the bottom of your foot which facilitates healing and regeneration. This fights the chronic pain caused by plantar fasciitis. Even if this doesn’t work, surgery is always a final option. Surgery on the tissue itself can be done to permanently correct the issue and stop the inflammation and pain in your heels.

No matter what the case may be, consulting your podiatrist is the first and best step to recovery. Even the slightest amount of heel pain could be the first stage of plantar fasciitis. Untreated symptoms can lead to the tearing and overstretching of tissue. Because the tearing of tissue can be compounded if it remains ignored, it can evolve into a severe case. The solution is early detection and early treatment. Talk to your podiatrist about the possibilities of plantar fasciitis if you’re experiencing heel pain.

Monday, 11 September 2017 00:00

Athlete’s foot is an extremely contagious infection caused by a fungus that results in itching, burning, dry, and flaking feet. The fungus that causes athlete’s foot is known as tinea pedis and thrives in moist, dark areas such as shower floors, gyms, socks and shoes, commons areas, public changing areas, bathrooms, dormitory style houses, locker rooms, and public swimming pools. Athlete’s foot is difficult to treat as well because of the highly contagious and recurrent nature of the fungus.

Tinea is the same fungus that causes ringworm, and is spread by direct contact with an infected body part, contaminated clothing, or by touching other objects and body parts that have been exposed to the fungus. Because the feet are an ideal place for tinea to grow and spread, this is the most commonly affected area.  It is, however, known to grow in other places. The term athlete’s foot describes tinea that grows strictly on the feet.

The most commonly infected body parts are the hands, groin, and scalp, as well as the feet. Around 70% of the population suffer from tinea infections at some point in their lives, however not all of these cases are athlete’s foot. Just like any other ailment, some people are more likely to get it than others, such as people with a history of tinea infections or other skin infections, both recurring and non-recurring ones. The extent to which a person experiences regrowth and recurrent tinea infections varies from person to person.

Sometimes people will not even know that they are infected with tinea or that they have athlete’s foot because of a lack of symptoms. However, most experience mild to moderate flaking, itching, redness, and burning. However, some of the more severe symptoms include cracking and bleeding skin, intense itching and burning, pain while walking or standing, and even blistering.

Because of the recurring nature of the tinea fungus and the athlete’s foot it causes, the best way to treat this condition is with prevention. You can take some preventative measures such as wearing flip flops or sandals in locker rooms and public showers to reduce contact with the floor. It also helps to keep clean, dry feet while allowing them to breathe. Using powders to keep your feet dry is a good idea, as well as keeping your feet exposed to light and cool air, to prevent the growth of tinea. If you do happen to get athlete’s foot, opt for using topical medicated creams, ointments or sprays. These treatments help eliminate and prevent it from coming back.

Monday, 11 September 2017 00:00

Athlete’s foot is an extremely contagious infection caused by a fungus that results in itching, burning, dry, and flaking feet. The fungus that causes athlete’s foot is known as tinea pedis and thrives in moist, dark areas such as shower floors, gyms, socks and shoes, commons areas, public changing areas, bathrooms, dormitory style houses, locker rooms, and public swimming pools. Athlete’s foot is difficult to treat as well because of the highly contagious and recurrent nature of the fungus.

Tinea is the same fungus that causes ringworm, and is spread by direct contact with an infected body part, contaminated clothing, or by touching other objects and body parts that have been exposed to the fungus. Because the feet are an ideal place for tinea to grow and spread, this is the most commonly affected area.  It is, however, known to grow in other places. The term athlete’s foot describes tinea that grows strictly on the feet.

The most commonly infected body parts are the hands, groin, and scalp, as well as the feet. Around 70% of the population suffer from tinea infections at some point in their lives, however not all of these cases are athlete’s foot. Just like any other ailment, some people are more likely to get it than others, such as people with a history of tinea infections or other skin infections, both recurring and non-recurring ones. The extent to which a person experiences regrowth and recurrent tinea infections varies from person to person.

Sometimes people will not even know that they are infected with tinea or that they have athlete’s foot because of a lack of symptoms. However, most experience mild to moderate flaking, itching, redness, and burning. However, some of the more severe symptoms include cracking and bleeding skin, intense itching and burning, pain while walking or standing, and even blistering.

Because of the recurring nature of the tinea fungus and the athlete’s foot it causes, the best way to treat this condition is with prevention. You can take some preventative measures such as wearing flip flops or sandals in locker rooms and public showers to reduce contact with the floor. It also helps to keep clean, dry feet while allowing them to breathe. Using powders to keep your feet dry is a good idea, as well as keeping your feet exposed to light and cool air, to prevent the growth of tinea. If you do happen to get athlete’s foot, opt for using topical medicated creams, ointments or sprays. These treatments help eliminate and prevent it from coming back.

Monday, 11 September 2017 00:00

Athlete’s foot is an extremely contagious infection caused by a fungus that results in itching, burning, dry, and flaking feet. The fungus that causes athlete’s foot is known as tinea pedis and thrives in moist, dark areas such as shower floors, gyms, socks and shoes, commons areas, public changing areas, bathrooms, dormitory style houses, locker rooms, and public swimming pools. Athlete’s foot is difficult to treat as well because of the highly contagious and recurrent nature of the fungus.

Tinea is the same fungus that causes ringworm, and is spread by direct contact with an infected body part, contaminated clothing, or by touching other objects and body parts that have been exposed to the fungus. Because the feet are an ideal place for tinea to grow and spread, this is the most commonly affected area.  It is, however, known to grow in other places. The term athlete’s foot describes tinea that grows strictly on the feet.

The most commonly infected body parts are the hands, groin, and scalp, as well as the feet. Around 70% of the population suffer from tinea infections at some point in their lives, however not all of these cases are athlete’s foot. Just like any other ailment, some people are more likely to get it than others, such as people with a history of tinea infections or other skin infections, both recurring and non-recurring ones. The extent to which a person experiences regrowth and recurrent tinea infections varies from person to person.

Sometimes people will not even know that they are infected with tinea or that they have athlete’s foot because of a lack of symptoms. However, most experience mild to moderate flaking, itching, redness, and burning. However, some of the more severe symptoms include cracking and bleeding skin, intense itching and burning, pain while walking or standing, and even blistering.

Because of the recurring nature of the tinea fungus and the athlete’s foot it causes, the best way to treat this condition is with prevention. You can take some preventative measures such as wearing flip flops or sandals in locker rooms and public showers to reduce contact with the floor. It also helps to keep clean, dry feet while allowing them to breathe. Using powders to keep your feet dry is a good idea, as well as keeping your feet exposed to light and cool air, to prevent the growth of tinea. If you do happen to get athlete’s foot, opt for using topical medicated creams, ointments or sprays. These treatments help eliminate and prevent it from coming back.

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