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Tuesday, 28 February 2017 00:00

Feet May Show Underlying Diseases

Feet are the pillars of our body.  The importance of of them cannot be overstated.  They bear our weight, get us from place to place, and keep us from falling over.  If there is something wrong with your feet, other parts of your body may be affected.  The opposite can also be true.  For instance, if your feet are cold or numb, this could be a symptom of poor circulation, diabetic neuropathy, or both.  Changes in the color and texture of the toenails could be a sign of toenail fungus, or potentially something more serious.  If the joints in your feet or toes hurt, this could be a sign of rheumatoid arthritis.  There are many other symptoms of underlying diseases that may manifest themselves on or in your feet.  It is important to never neglect and regularly inspect them.

When dealing with systemic disease of the feet, it is extremely important to check the affected areas routinely so that any additional problems are caught quickly.  If you have any concerns about your feet and ankles contact Dr. Howard Robins from The Healing Center. Our doctor will assist you with all of your podiatric needs.

Systemic Diseases of the Feet

Systemic diseases affect the whole body, and symptoms usually are displayed in the feet. This condition can make a patient’s ability to walk unbearable.  Systemic diseases include gout, diabetes mellitus, neurological disorders, and arthritis.

Gout – is caused by an excess of uric acid in the body. Common symptoms include pain, inflammation, and redness at the metatarsal/phalangeal joint of the base big toe. Gout can be treated by NSAIDs to relieve pain and inflammation, and other drugs that lower the acid levels in the body.

Diabetes mellitus – is an increase in the level of blood sugar that the body cannot counteract with its own insulin. Failure to produce enough insulin is a factor in Diabetes.

Diabetes of the Feet

Diabetic Neuropathy – may lead to damaged nerves and affect the feet through numbness and loss of sensation.

Peripheral Vascular Disease – can restrict the blood flow to the feet, and often times lead to amputation of the feet. 

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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Tuesday, 21 February 2017 00:00

Cracked Heels in Season

Cracked heels can be a real nuisance.  They’re uncomfortable, unsightly, and sometimes even painful.  The number of people with cracked heels in the winter is significantly increased as the air is less humid.  This lack of moisture in the the air can directly affect the level of moisture in your skin.  But there are some that battle the problem of dry, cracked heels year round.  There are various home remedies that may prove helpful in trying to rid yourself of this issue.  The key to any remedy is moisturizing the skin and then making sure the moisture is locked in.  Be sure to stay hydrated and apply lotion to the affected area at least once a day.  If your heels are bleeding, treat with antibiotic ointment and refrain from moisturizing until properly healed.  If the bleeding is frequent or persistent, consult with a doctor.

Cracked heels are unsightly and can cause further damage to your shoes and feet. If you have any concerns, 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.

Cracked Heels

Cracked heels appear unappealing and can make it harder for you walk around in sandals. Aside from looking unpleasant, cracked heels can also tear stockings, socks, and wear out your shoes. There are several methods to help restore a cracked heel and prevent further damage.

How do you get them?

Dry skin is the number one culprit in creating cracked heels. Many athletes, walkers, joggers, and even swimmers suffer from cracked heels. Age and skin oil production play a role to getting cracked heels as well.

Promote Healing

Over the counter medicines can help, especially for those that need instant relief or who suffer from chronic dry feet.

Wear Socks – Wearing socks with medicated creams helps lock in moisture.

Moisturizers – Applying both day and night will help alleviate dryness which causes cracking.

Pumice Stones – These exfoliate and remove dead skin, which allows for smoother moisturizer application and better absorption into the skin. 

Change in Diet

Eating healthy with a well-balanced diet will give the skin a fresh and radiant look. Your body responds to the kinds of food you ingest. Omega-3 fatty acids and zinc supplements can also revitalize skin tissue.

Most importantly, seek professional help if unsure how to proceed in treating cracked heels. A podiatrist will help you with any questions or information needed. 

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of 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, 14 February 2017 00:00

Time to Kick Off Those Heels

The number of negative effects wearing high heels has on the body is high, to say the least. It is a wonder they are worn as much as they are. Part of the reason is that many office dress codes require them. This practice is being challenged more and more as new studies come out showing exactly how bad high heels can be for your overall health. Foot strain is something all heel-wearing people can certainly attest to. The foot strain can then lead to back pain and knee pain as well. Even more seriously, wearing of high heels has been linked to such disorders as arthritis, Morton's neuroma, and Haglund's deformity. If you are suffering from any of these symptoms, it may be time to kick off those heels for good.

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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Tuesday, 07 February 2017 20:53

Do You Have Plantar Fasciitis?

If you’re experiencing pain at the sole of your feet, you may have plantar fasciitis. The words plantar, meaning “the bottom of the foot,” and fasciitis, meaning “inflammation of fascia,” describe the inflammation of our plantar fascia, the tough band of tissue (ligament) lining the bottom of our feet. Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common foot problems seen in patients, caused by factors like continual stress or injury, as the plantar fascia becomes sensitive and can impact everyday movement. Athletes and those who exercise often are most susceptible to plantar fasciitis. Treatments such as cortisone injections, anti-inflammatory medications, therapy, icing, and arch supports can all help treat plantar fasciitis.

Plantar fasciitis can be very painful and inconvenient. If you are experiencing heel pain or symptoms of plantar fasciitis, 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.

What is Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is the inflammation of the thick band of tissue that runs along the bottom of your foot, known as the plantar fascia, and causes mild to severe heel pain.

What Causes Plantar Fasciitis?

  • Excessive running
  • Non-supportive shoes
  • Overpronation
  • Repeated stretching and tearing of the plantar fascia

How Can It Be Treated?

  • Conservative measures – anti-inflammatories, ice packs, stretching exercises, physical therapy, orthotic devices
  • Shockwave therapy – sound waves are sent to the affected area to facilitate healing and are usually used for chronic cases of plantar fasciitis
  • Surgery – usually only used as a last resort when all else fails. The plantar fascia can be surgically detached from the heel

While very treatable, plantar fasciitis is definitely not something that should be ignored. Especially in severe cases, speaking to your doctor right away is highly recommended to avoid complications and severe heel pain. Your podiatrist can work with you to provide the appropriate treatment options tailored to your condition.

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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