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Friday, 04 May 2018 01:42

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While running may seem like an easy fail-free type of activity, there are ‘wrong’ ways to run. In fact, running improperly can cause discomfort and even harm to your feet, ankles, knees, and back. If running is something you partake in more often than not, you might want to spend time perfecting your style and posture.

Improving your running form can help you run faster, more efficiently and comfortably, and with less stress on your body and reduced injury risk. Follow these tips to work on perfecting your running form:

  • Keep your eyes forward! Your eyes should be focused on the ground about 10 to 20 feet ahead of you. Don't stare at your feet.
  • Don't be a toe runner or a heel-striker! Try to land on the middle of your foot, and then roll through to the front of your toes.
  • Make sure your toes are pointed forward. Running with your feet pointed in or out could lead to running injuries.
  • Keep your arms at a 90 degree angle, and at waist level. Many runners have a tendency to keep their arms high. This could cause you to feel tightness and tension in your shoulders and neck.

If you have any questions or concerns about perfecting your running form, please don’t hesitate to give us a call!

Friday, 04 May 2018 01:37

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Corns and calluses are hard, thickened areas of skin that form as a result of friction or pressure on the skin. Corns and calluses develop naturally to help protect the skin underneath them. Calluses can develop anywhere on the body where there is repeated friction. Corns develop due to bone pressure against the skin. They are common on the tops and sides of the toes and on the balls of the feet. 

if stubborn corns and calluses remain on your feet, you may want to consider an intensive treatment to help smooth the tough, dead skin. There are several home remedies you can try to reduce the severity of corns and calluses:

  • Apply vitamin E and/or moisturizing lotion to the area daily.
  • Pumice stone or foot file can help remove some of the dead skin.
  • Over-the-counter products made to specifically tackle resistant patches of rough, dry skin. 
  • Use padding to protect calluses from further irritation during activity.
  • Wear shoes that fit properly.

Most corns and calluses will have responded to your foot treatments by day three and should be significantly reduced and softened. 

Saturday, 31 March 2018 02:08

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Heel spurs are more common than people expect them to be. They are most common in people age forty and over, although heel spurs can occur in people younger than forty. They are common in those with poor circulation and with degenerative diseases. People who suffer from arthritis may suffer from heel spurs as well.

Exercise is a powerful tool to help alleviate pain from heel spurs and can help in dealing with some of the symptoms. It is important to remember the correct way to place the feet when exercising so as to avoid making the problems worse, or creating problems. Stretching will also help as it keeps the tendons around the ankle flexible.

There are some less conventional ways that are becoming more popular ways to treat heel spurs. One option would be to use a night splint which reduces the pain caused from heel spurs if worn overnight. Other alternative treatment methods that can be used are ultrasound, or acupressure. There are also other tolls that can be used are heel cups, heel seats, heel pads, arch supports, and insoles.

If you have any questions about heel spurs, reach out to us on social media or give us a call: (631) 654-5566!

Saturday, 31 March 2018 02:03

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As you get older, the 26 bones and 30 joints in your body lose flexibility and elasticity. Your foot’s natural shock absorbers will wear down too. Arthritis leaves your joints distorted and inflamed, making arthritic foot care an important thing to consider for your overall health.

Treatment for arthritis aims to control pain, minimize joint damage, and improve or maintain function and quality of life. Treatment might involve:

  • medications
  • exercise
  • physical or occupational therapy
  • weight loss
  • surgery

If you would like to know more about arthritis and arthritic foot care, please don’t hesitate to give us a call: (631) 654-5566.

Tuesday, 06 March 2018 02:52

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Plantar fasciitis can cause heel pain and overall discomfort while walking or standing. The good news, the condition is completely treatable! As plantar fasciitis is caused by a number of everyday activities, understanding and assessing the condition is paramount to managing and treating it. 

For less severe cases, conservative home remedies such as 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 to overcome issues such as over-pronation are all ways to help manage your plantar fasciitis.

For more severe cases however, there are still things that can be done. Shockwave therapy has become a common solution for plantar fasciitis because it effectively breaks up the tissue on the bottom of your foot via sound waves which facilitates healing and regeneration, allowing you to overcome 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 is your heels.

No matter what the case may be however, seeking the immediate care of your podiatrist is the first and best step to recovery! If you have any questions about ways to treat plantar fasciitis, reach out to us on social media or give us a call: (631) 654-5566.

Tuesday, 06 March 2018 02:48

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WHAT IS ATHLETE’S FOOT?
Athlete’s foot is an extremely contagious infection caused by a fungus that results in itching, burning, dry, and flaking feet. 

HOW DID I GET ATHLETE’S FOOT?
The fungus that causes Athlete’s foot 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. It 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.

HOW DO I GET RID OF ATHLETE’S FOOT?
Athlete’s foot is difficult to treat because of the highly contagious and recurrent nature of the fungus.

CAN OTHER BODY PARTS GET IT?
The most commonly infected body parts are the hands, groin, and scalp, as well as obviously the feet. 

IS IT COMMON?
Around 70% of the population suffer from such 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 other skin infections, both recurring and non-recurring ones. 

WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS?
Sometimes people will not even know that have Athlete’s foot because of a lack of symptoms. However, most people experience mild to moderate flaking, itching, redness, and burning. Some of the more severe symptoms include cracking and bleeding skin, intense itching and burning, pain while walking or standing, and even blistering.

CAN I PREVENT IT?
While it is hard to completely avoid, 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 is important to keep the feet clean and dry, which will allow them to air out and breathe. 

If you suspect you have Athlete’s foot, please don’t hesitate to give us a call: (631) 654-5566.

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.

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