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Heel spurs are bony protrusions that can be caused by calcium deposits on the bottom of the heel bone. They can be very painful to live with. There are some exercises that may help with the pain; it is recommended, however, that you ask your podiatrist if exercising is right for you. The towel exercise is done by trying to grip a towel on the ground with your toes and bringing it closer to your body while keeping your feet in place. Another good foot exercise is a belt stretch. Utilizing a belt, lay on your back with your legs extended and grab each end of the it while placing the middle on the bottom of your feet. Pull the belt towards you while you push against it. Rolling a tennis ball under your foot is a good way to stretch and relax the muscles. A water bottle works in a similar way, and a frozen water bottle can help provide additional relief. Following these exercises—in addition to practicing a healthy diet, wearing comfortable shoes, and losing weight if you are overweight—can all help provide relief from heel spurs.

Heel spurs can be incredibly painful and sometimes may make you unable to participate in physical activities. To get medical care for your heel spurs, contact Dr. Howard Robins from The Healing Center. Our doctor will do everything possible to treat your condition.

Heels Spurs

Heel spurs are formed by calcium deposits on the back of the foot where the heel is. This can also be caused by small fragments of bone breaking off one section of the foot, attaching onto the back of the foot. Heel spurs can also be bone growth on the back of the foot. Bone may grow in the direction of the arch of the foot.

Older individuals usually suffer from heel spurs. Pain sometimes intensifies with age. Heel spurs are known to cause a substantial amount of pain. One of the main associations spurs are related to is plantar fasciitis.

Pain

The pain associated with spurs is often because of weight placed on the feet. When someone is walking, their entire weight is concentrated on the feet. Bone spurs then have the tendency to affect other bones and tissues around the foot. As the pain continues, the feet will become tender and sensitive over time.

Treatments

There are many ways to treat heel spurs. If one is suffering from heel spurs in conjunction with pain, there are several methods for healing. Medication, surgery, and herbal care are some options.

If you have any questions feel free to contact our office located in New York, NY. We offer the latest in diagnostic and treatment technology to meet your needs.

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Picking the right running shoes is important in keeping your feet comfortable and helping to prevent running injuries. Here are some things to look for in a good pair of running shoes. The heel of the shoe should be snug, and you shouldn’t be able to slip your heel out when laced up. The shoe should be wide enough that your toes are not cramped against the sides of the shoe. When it comes to length, your toes also shouldn’t be cramped and should have room to move and wiggle. There should also be some flex in the shoe, as a shoe that is too rigid can cause strain on the foot. Finally, your feet should remain comfortable in the shoe even after hours of wear.

 

If you are a runner, wearing the right running shoe is essential. For more information, contact Dr. Howard Robins from The Healing Center. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Choosing the Right Running Shoe for Your Foot Type

To increase performance and avoid the risk of injury, it is important to choose the right running shoe based on your foot type. The general design of running shoes revolves around pronation, which is how the ankle rolls from outside to inside when the foot strikes the ground.

  • Neutral runners are able to choose from a wide variety of shoes, including minimalist shoes or even going barefoot.
  • Runners who overpronate, or experience an over-abundance of ankle rolling, should choose shoes that provide extra motion control and stability.
  • Runners who underpronate, or supinate, have feet that have high arches and lack flexibility, preventing shock absorption. They require shoes with more flexibility and cushion.

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

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Hiking is a fun, safe, and healthy activity when proper precautions are taken. Here are some tips to help prevent foot injuries while out on the trails. Try not to overpack; take only what is necessary, as this can help take pressure off your feet. If you do go hiking, make sure to wear hiking boots as these are developed to offer more grip and cushioning than a sneaker. To prevent blisters, use moleskin, tape, or even bandages on areas where friction is likely. Wear moisture wicking socks to help keep your feet dry, further helping in the prevention of blisters. Finally, tools like hiking poles can help provide stability and take some weight off your back, so it's not a bad idea to bring a pair. By following these tips, you can help reduce the likelihood of falls and foot injuries. If you happen to hurt your feet while hiking, be sure to see a podiatrist so that you can be diagnosed and cared for properly.

Blisters are prone to making everyday activities extremely uncomfortable. If your feet are hurting, contact Dr. Howard Robins of The Healing Center. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Foot Blisters

Foot blisters develop as a result of constantly wearing tight or ill-fitting footwear. This happens due to the constant rubbing from the shoe, which can often lead to pain.

What are Foot Blisters?

A foot blister is a small fluid-filled pocket that forms on the upper-most layer of the skin. Blisters are filled with clear fluid and can lead to blood drainage or pus if the area becomes infected.

How do Blisters Form?

Blisters on the feet are often the result of constant friction of skin and material, usually by shoe rubbing. Walking in sandals, boots, or shoes that don’t fit properly for long periods of time can result in a blister. Having consistent foot moisture and humidity can easily lead to blister formation.

Prevention & Treatment

It is important to properly care for the affected area in order to prevent infection and ease the pain. Do not lance the blister and use a Band-Aid to provide pain relief. Also, be sure to keep your feet dry and wear proper fitting shoes. If you see blood or pus in a blister, seek assistance from a podiatrist.

 

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

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Tuesday, 05 December 2017

Causes of Morton's Neuroma

If you experience pain in between the toes or in the bottom of your feet, there's a chance that you may have Morton’s neuroma. The condition is a result of the irritation or thickening of a plantar digital nerve located between the toes. It typically starts with a tingling sensation, then may gradually worsen until it becomes a sharp, shooting pain. The foot may feel numb, and some people also experience pain while walking. Morton’s neuroma may also cause damage to the nerves in the foot. Causes include wearing ill-fitting shoes and athletic activities, like running. Both of these put pressure on the foot which can lead to Morton’s neuroma. Flare-ups can be frequent and may occur over a period of weeks before going away again. Treatment can include simple lifestyle changes such as wearing comfortable shoes and reducing high-impact activities. Only a podiatrist can provide a proper diagnosis however, so be sure to contact yours if you experience pain in the feet.

Morton’s neuroma is a very uncomfortable condition to live with. If you think you have Morton’s neuroma, contact Dr. Howard Robins of The Healing Center. Our doctor will attend to all of your foot and ankle needs and answer any of your related questions.  

Morton’s Neuroma

Morton's neuroma is a painful foot condition that commonly affects the areas between the second and third or third and fourth toe, although other areas of the foot are also susceptible. Morton’s neuroma is caused by an inflamed nerve in the foot that is being squeezed and aggravated by surrounding bones.

What Increases the Chances of having Morton’s Neuroma?

  • Ill-fitting high heels or shoes that add pressure to the toe or foot
  • Jogging, running or any sport that involves constant impact to the foot
  • Flat feet, bunions, and any other foot deformities

Morton’s neuroma is a very treatable condition. Orthotics and shoe inserts can often be used to alleviate the pain on the forefront of the feet. In more severe cases, corticosteroids can also be prescribed. In order to figure out the best treatment for your neuroma, it’s recommended to seek the care of a podiatrist who can diagnose your condition and provide different treatment options.

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

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Tim Hardaway of the New York Knicks recently sustained an injury to his left foot. Hardaway was injured during the Knicks and Toronto Raptors game in which the Raptors won 107 to 84. It is currently unknown what type of foot or ankle injury it is. X-rays that were taken after the game came back negative, but Hardaway says that the pain has been lingering and nagging him. It is unknown if Hardaway will play in the next game or sit out until he heals.

Sports related foot and ankle injuries require proper treatment before players can go back to their regular routines. For more information, contact Dr. Howard Robins of The Healing Center. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Sports Related Foot and Ankle Injuries

Foot and ankle injuries are a common occurrence when it comes to athletes of any sport. While many athletes dismiss the initial aches and pains, the truth is that ignoring potential foot and ankle injuries can lead to serious problems. As athletes continue to place pressure and strain the area further, a mild injury can turn into something as serious as a rupture and may lead to a permanent disability. There are many factors that contribute to sports related foot and ankle injuries, which include failure to warm up properly, not providing support or wearing bad footwear. Common injuries and conditions athletes face, including:

  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Plantar Fasciosis
  • Achilles Tendinitis
  • Achilles Tendon Rupture
  • Ankle Sprains

Sports related injuries are commonly treated using the RICE method. This includes rest, applying ice to the injured area, compression and elevating the ankle. More serious sprains and injuries may require surgery, which could include arthroscopic and reconstructive surgery. Rehabilitation and therapy may also be required in order to get any recovering athlete to become fully functional again. Any unusual aches and pains an athlete sustains must be evaluated by a licensed, reputable medical professional.

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

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High heels have been scrutinized by podiatrists in recent years due to the foot conditions they can cause or exacerbate. Some of these conditions include hammertoes, corns, calluses, Morton’s neuroma, plantar fasciitis, and bunions. If you do decide to wear high heels, it is recommended to only wear them for short periods of time or for special events. Stretching your foot out afterwards and using ice can help reduce pain and inflammation. Avoid very high heels, heels that are extraordinarily skinny, and high heeled shoes that are tight around the toes.

High heels have a history of causing foot and ankle problems. If you have any concerns about your feet or ankles, contact Dr. Howard Robins from The Healing Center. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Effects of High Heels on the Feet

High heels are popular shoes among women because of their many styles and societal appeal.  Despite this, high heels can still cause many health problems if worn too frequently.

Which parts of my body will be affected by high heels?

  • Ankle Joints
  • Achilles Tendon – May shorten and stiffen with prolonged wear
  • Balls of the Feet
  • Knees – Heels cause the knees to bend constantly, creating stress on them
  • Back – They decrease the spine’s ability to absorb shock, which may lead to back pain.  The vertebrae of the lower back may compress.

What kinds of foot problems can develop from wearing high heels?

  • Corns
  • Calluses
  • Hammertoe
  • Bunions
  • Morton’s Neuroma
  • Plantar Fasciitis

How can I still wear high heels and maintain foot health?

If you want to wear high heeled shoes, make sure that you are not wearing them every day, as this will help prevent long term physical problems.  Try wearing thicker heels as opposed to stilettos to distribute weight more evenly across the feet.  Always make sure you are wearing the proper shoes for the right occasion, such as sneakers for exercising.  If you walk to work, try carrying your heels with you and changing into them once you arrive at work.  Adding inserts to your heels can help cushion your feet and absorb shock. Full foot inserts or metatarsal pads are available. 

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

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Gout, a form of arthritis, can be a painful condition to live with. Gout attacks are triggered by the buildup of uric acid crystals in the joints. There are ways to help mitigate gout symptoms, however. High levels of purines, an organic compound that is in many of the foods we eat, in the body can increase the likelihood of having a gout attack. Decreasing the amount of red meat you eat and the amount of alcohol you drink can both help decrease the likelihood of an attack. Drinking more water, eating foods with low levels of purines, and staying active can all help decrease the chances of a gout attack and will also improve your overall health. If you are experiencing pain in your foot from gout, it is recommended to see a podiatrist who can help provide treatment options and tips on how to manage your gout.

Gout is a foot condition that requires certain treatment and care. If you are seeking treatment, contact Dr. Howard Robins from The Healing Center. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What is Gout?

Gout is a type of arthritis caused by a buildup of uric acid in the bloodstream. It often develops in the foot, especially the big toe area, although it can manifest in other parts of the body as well. Gout can make walking and standing very painful and is especially common in diabetics and the obese.

People typically get gout because of a poor diet. Genetic predisposition is also a factor. The children of parents who have had gout frequently have a chance of developing it themselves.

Gout can easily be identified by redness and inflammation of the big toe and the surrounding areas of the foot. Other symptoms include extreme fatigue, joint pain, and running high fevers. Sometimes corticosteroid drugs can be prescribed to treat gout, but the best way to combat this disease is to get more exercise and eat a better diet.

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

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Monday, 06 November 2017

Common Foot Stretches

There is a close relationship between the muscles in the legs and those in the feet. If there is pain in the leg muscles, it can make it difficult for the muscles in the foot to do their job. It is beneficial to stretch the foot muscles to keep your feet fit and healthy. An effective stretch is called “the tendon stretch”, where the heels extend beyond the edge of a step. Another common stretch is called “the knee hug”, where you cross one knee over the other, and "hug" that knee toward your chest. These are a few of the many stretching techniques for your feet and legs. If you feel pain in your feet while stretching, it is recommended that you stop immediately and see a podiatrist for treatment.

Stretching the feet is a great way to prevent injuries. If you have any concerns with your feet consult with Dr. Howard Robins  from The Healing Center. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Stretching the Feet

Being the backbone of the body, the feet carry your entire weight and can easily become overexerted, causing cramps and pain. As with any body part, stretching your feet can serve many benefits. From increasing flexibility to even providing some pain relief, be sure to give your feet a stretch from time to time. This is especially important for athletes or anyone performing aerobic exercises, but anyone experiencing foot pain or is on their feet constantly should also engage in this practice.

Great ways to stretch your feet:

  • Crossing one leg over the others and carefully pull your toes back. Do 10-20 repetitions and repeat the process for each foot
  • Face a wall with your arms out and hands flat against the wall. Step back with one foot and keep it flat on the floor while moving the other leg forward. Lean towards the wall until you feel a stretch. Hold for 30 seconds and perform 10 repetitions for each foot
  • Be sure not to overextend or push your limbs too hard or you could risk pulling or straining your muscle

Individuals who tend to their feet by regular stretching every day should be able to minimize foot pain and prevent new problems from arising.

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Tinea pedis, also known as a fungal infection of the foot, or athlete’s foot, is a very common condition. One health expert estimates that between 15 and 25 percent of people will get athlete’s foot at some point in their life. With new fashion trends like going sockless while wearing shoes, cases of athlete’s foot are increasing according to experts in the UK. Though this increase in the number of cases has been largely among men, women can also contract athlete’s foot at high rates. Fungus thrives in moist, dark, and warm places, similar to the environment inside of a shoe. Socks are important because they help to wick away moisture and keep the feet dry. If you prefer to wear shoes without socks, make sure to wash your feet everyday and to let your shoes air out. Furthermore, avoid going barefoot in public showers, locker rooms, and gyms; these places can harbor not only fungus, but also bacteria and viruses which can affect your feet. While generally not a serious condition, chronic athlete’s foot can be treated by a podiatrist.

Athlete’s foot is an inconvenient condition that can be easily reduced with the proper treatment. If you have any concerns about your feet and ankles, contact Dr. Howard Robins from The Healing Center.  Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Athlete’s Foot: The Sole Story

Athlete's foot, also known as tinea pedis, can be an extremely contagious foot infection. It is commonly contracted in public changing areas and bathrooms, dormitory style living quarters, around locker rooms and public swimming pools, or anywhere your feet often come into contact with other people.

Solutions to Combat Athlete’s Foot

  • Hydrate your feet by using lotion
  • Exfoliate
  • Buff off nails
  • Use of anti-fungal products
  • Examine your feet and visit your doctor if any suspicious blisters or cuts develop

Athlete’s foot can cause many irritating symptoms such as dry and flaking skin, itching, and redness. Some more severe symptoms can include bleeding and cracked skin, intense itching and burning, and even pain when walking. In the worst cases, Athlete’s foot can cause blistering as well. Speak to your podiatrist for a better understanding of the different causes of Athlete’s foot, as well as help in determining which treatment options are best for you.

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Falls and their effects on the elderly are, unfortunately, not reported on enough. This lack of reporting prevents overall awareness and the spread of knowledge in how to prevent them. Fortunately this has been changing in the past several years, with 2008 marking the first year that Falls Prevention Awareness Day was held by the National Council on Aging (NCOA). Despite this, awareness of the issue has a long way to go. Here are some facts about falls and falls prevention. Those who are age 65 or older and who have been to the emergency department are unlikely to engage in falls-prevention programs once discharged. While it has been reported that regular strength and flexibility programs for the elderly help prevent falls, some practices like Tai Chi have been found to help as well. Finally, elderly persons who have a history of falls, have suffered from a previous fracture, and have a body mass index (BMI) of 20 kg/m² are more likely to suffer another fracture.

Preventing falls among the elderly is very important. If you are older and have fallen or fear that you are prone to falling, consult with Dr. Howard Robins from The Healing Center. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality advice and care.

Every 11 seconds, an elderly American is being treated in an emergency room for a fall related injury. Falls are the leading cause of head and hip injuries for those 65 and older. Due to decreases in strength, balance, senses, and lack of awareness, elderly persons are very susceptible to falling. Thankfully, there are a number of things older persons can do to prevent falls.

How to Prevent Falls

Some effective methods that older persons can do to prevent falls include:

  • Enrolling in strength and balance exercise program to increase balance and strength
  • Periodically having your sight and hearing checked
  • Discuss any medications you have with a doctor to see if it increases the risk of falling
  • Clearing the house of falling hazards and installing devices like grab bars and railings
  • Utilizing a walker or cane
  • Wearing shoes that provide good support and cushioning
  • Talking to family members about falling and increasing awareness

Falling can be a traumatic and embarrassing experience for elderly persons; this can make them less willing to leave the house, and less willing to talk to someone about their fears of falling. Doing such things, however, will increase the likelihood of tripping or losing one’s balance. Knowing the causes of falling and how to prevent them is the best way to mitigate the risk of serious injury.  

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