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Wednesday, 29 August 2018 02:03

DIABETES AND YOUR FEET

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Diabetes may cause nerve damage that takes away the feeling in your feet. Diabetes may also reduce blood flow to the feet, making it harder to heal an injury or resist infection. Because of these problems, you may not notice a foreign object in your shoe. As a result, you could develop a blister or a sore. This could lead to an infection or a non-healing wound that could put you at risk for an amputation.

Here are some ways to avoid such serious foot problems:

          • Inspect your feet daily. Check for cuts, blisters, redness, swelling or nail problems.
          • Bathe feet in lukewarm, never hot, water. Keep your feet clean by washing them daily.
          • Moisturize your feet but not between your toes. 
          • Cut nails carefully. 
          • Wear clean, dry socks. 
          • Shake out your shoes and feel the inside before wearing. 
          • Never walk barefoot. Not even at home! Always wear shoes or slippers.
          • Take care of your diabetes. 

Make sure to get periodic foot exams. Seeing your foot and ankle surgeon on a regular basis can help prevent the foot complications of diabetes.

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Friday, 04 May 2018 01:42

THE RIGHT WAY TO RUN

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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!

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Friday, 04 May 2018 01:37

TACKLING RESISTANT CORNS AND CALLUSES

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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. 

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Friday, 02 February 2018 01:15

UNDERSTANDING OUR FEET AS WE AGE

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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.

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Tuesday, 02 January 2018 02:41

PLANTAR WARTS: EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW

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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.

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Tuesday, 02 January 2018 02:37

TIPS AND TRICKS TO KEEPING YOUR FEET HAPPY

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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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Thursday, 21 December 2017 02:05

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO HAVE FLAT FEET

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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.

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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.

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