(631) 654-5566
Fax: (631) 654-8250

Saturday, 31 March 2018 02:08

Screen Shot 2018 03 30 at 10.08.40 PM

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

 Screen Shot 2018 03 30 at 10.05.04 PM

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

Screen Shot 2018 03 05 at 9.53.49 PM

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

blog

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.



Connect with us
Copyright © Suffolk Foot & Ankle | Site Map | Design by: Podiatry Content Connection