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Tuesday, 29 November 2022 00:00

Is Popping a Blister Bad?

Blisters are quite a common form of foot affliction that can affect a wide variety of people. Blisters are filled with fluid and often develop on the feet in response to friction placed on the affected area. Other times, blisters can form on the feet in response to burns. Some individuals with this condition have the urge to pop these blisters. However, it is important to note that popping certain kinds of blisters is not recommended and may be dangerous. For example, it is generally not advisable to pop a burn blister. These blisters can be highly susceptible to infection. Sometimes, these blisters might pop on their own. In this case, you might consider keeping the blister covered. Maintaining moisture in the wound, perhaps with ointment, might also be beneficial. Contact a podiatrist today for more information.

Blisters are prone to making everyday activities extremely uncomfortable. If your feet are hurting, contact the foot specialists of Certified Foot Care. Our doctors 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 offices located in Larchmont and Brooklyn, NY . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Tuesday, 22 November 2022 00:00

Effective Stretches That May Help Flat Feet

The pain that can accompany the foot condition known as flat feet may or may not affect specific people. It is described as an arch that is absent in each foot and provides shock absorption to the body. The majority of babies are born with flat feet, and the arch generally develops during the teenage years. Consequently, the arch may not develop in some people, and they can experience discomfort with flat feet as they get older. Performing specific stretches may help to strengthen the entire foot, which may help to diminish the discomfort of having flat feet. These can consist of simple stretches that are called the towel scrunch, stair heel raises, and toe extensions. Many patients enjoy practicing the towel stretch, which is done while sitting on the floor, and wrapping a towel around the feet as the toes are pointed up. Additionally, rolling the foot on a tennis ball can invoke feelings of well-being as the feet relax. If you would like additional information about effective stretches to practice with flat feet, please ask a podiatrist who can provide you with useful information.

Flatfoot is a condition many people suffer from. If you have flat feet, contact the foot specialists from Certified Foot Care. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What Are Flat Feet?

Flatfoot is a condition in which the arch of the foot is depressed and the sole of the foot is almost completely in contact with the ground. About 20-30% of the population generally has flat feet because their arches never formed during growth.

Conditions & Problems:

Having flat feet makes it difficult to run or walk because of the stress placed on the ankles.

Alignment – The general alignment of your legs can be disrupted, because the ankles move inward which can cause major discomfort.

Knees – If you have complications with your knees, flat feet can be a contributor to arthritis in that area.  

Symptoms

  • 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
  • Having your shoes feel uneven when worn

Treatment

If you are experiencing pain and stress on the foot you may weaken the posterior tibial tendon, which runs around the inside of the ankle. 

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

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Wednesday, 16 November 2022 00:00

How to Strengthen the Feet

Many people have chronic foot pain and find comfort in strengthening their feet. This is done by performing specific stretches and exercises that are simple to do. Increased foot strength can reduce the risk of injury and may improve existing foot structure. A tennis ball is an effective tool to strengthen the entire foot. An exercise using a tennis ball is simply done by rolling the foot from the toes to the heel over the tennis ball or similar object. This can help to keep the muscles and tendons surrounding the arch to remain strong, which may alleviate general foot pain. The heels and calf muscles can become stronger by standing on a step while lowering the heels one at a time until a gentle stretch is felt. Stretching the toes can be easy to do, and is done by picking up marbles that are on the floor with the toes. Additionally, this is also an effective stretch for the entire foot. If you would like more information about the benefits of exercising the feet, and how to perform specific stretches, please schedule an appointment with a podiatrist. 

Exercising your feet regularly with the proper foot wear is a great way to prevent injuries and build strength. If you have any concerns about your feet, contact the foot specialists from Certified Foot Care. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Exercise for Your Feet

Exercise for your feet can help you gain strength, mobility and flexibility in your feet. They say that strengthening your feet can be just as rewarding as strengthening another part of the body. Your feet are very important, and we often forget about them in our daily tasks. But it is because of our feet that are we able to get going and do what we need to. For those of us fortunate enough to not have any foot problems, it is an important gesture to take care of them to ensure good health in the long run.

Some foot health exercises can include ankle pumps, tip-toeing, toe rises, lifting off the floor doing reps and sets, and flexing the toes. It is best to speak with Our doctors to determine an appropriate regimen for your needs. Everyone’s needs and bodies are different, and the activities required to maintain strength in the feet vary from individual to individual. 

Once you get into a routine of doing regular exercise, you may notice a difference in your feet and how strong they may become.

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

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Tuesday, 15 November 2022 00:00

Heel Pain Can Be Treated!

Do you suffer from heel pain when you get up in the morning? If so, you should seek the professional help of your podiatrist and have a proper diagnosis performed. Heel pain can be caused by several different foot-related conditions.

Tuesday, 08 November 2022 00:00

How Does the Talus Work?

Like other important parts of the human body, the feet are exceedingly intricate and have many different bones that each serve critical purposes. The talus bone is one example. The talus is situated near the top area of the foot, comprising an important part of the ankle. Technically, it is one of the seven different tarsal bones. Not only does this bone help hold the body’s weight, but it is also made up of four different main parts. First, the talus has a head, a dome, a posterior facet, and an anterior facet.  It is imperative that one takes extra special care of the talus, as this essential bone can become fractured if twisted near the ankle.   If you have foot pain and to learn more about this important bone, contact a podiatrist.

If you have any concerns about your feet, contact the foot specialists from Certified Foot Care. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Biomechanics in Podiatry

Podiatric biomechanics is a particular sector of specialty podiatry with licensed practitioners who are trained to diagnose and treat conditions affecting the foot, ankle and lower leg. Biomechanics deals with the forces that act against the body, causing an interference with the biological structures. It focuses on the movement of the ankle, the foot and the forces that interact with them.

A History of Biomechanics

  • Biomechanics dates back to the BC era in Egypt where evidence of professional foot care has been recorded.
  • In 1974, biomechanics gained a higher profile from the studies of Merton Root, who claimed that by changing or controlling the forces between the ankle and the foot, corrections or conditions could be implemented to gain strength and coordination in the area.

Modern technological improvements are based on past theories and therapeutic processes that provide a better understanding of podiatric concepts for biomechanics. Computers can provide accurate information about the forces and patterns of the feet and lower legs.

Understanding biomechanics of the feet can help improve and eliminate pain, stopping further stress to the foot.

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

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Tuesday, 01 November 2022 00:00

Reasons That Foot Pain Occurs

Many people experience foot pain at some point in their lives, and it may become worse while walking. A common condition that patients are affected by is known as plantar fasciitis. The pain from this ailment is often felt in the heel and arch area and comes from inflammation of the plantar fascia. The pain may be worse upon arising in the morning and may improve as the day progresses. There is another painful foot condition that is referred to as Morton’s neuroma and this affects the nerve between the third and fourth toes. It often happens as a result of wearing shoes that do not have enough room for the toes to move freely in and can compress the nerves. The pain may be diminished when custom-made orthotics are worn, and in severe cases, surgery may be recommended. An injury to the Achilles tendon may cause tendonitis to develop, which generally causes severe pain and discomfort. This can occur from increasing speed and distance too quickly while running, possibly causing the tendon to rupture. If you have foot pain for any reason, it is strongly advised that you seek the counsel of a podiatrist who can help you with effective treatment methods so you can resume painless everyday living.

Foot Pain

Foot pain can be extremely painful and debilitating. If you have a foot pain, consult with the foot specialists from Certified Foot Care. Our doctors will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Causes

Foot pain is a very broad condition that could be caused by one or more ailments. The most common include:

  • Bunions
  • Hammertoes
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Bone Spurs
  • Corns
  • Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Ingrown Toenails
  • Arthritis (such as Gout, Rheumatoid, and Osteoarthritis)
  • Flat Feet
  • Injury (from stress fractures, broken toe, foot, ankle, Achilles tendon ruptures, and sprains)
  • And more

Diagnosis

To figure out the cause of foot pain, podiatrists utilize several different methods. This can range from simple visual inspections and sensation tests to X-rays and MRI scans. Prior medical history, family medical history, and any recent physical traumatic events will all be taken into consideration for a proper diagnosis.

Treatment

Treatment depends upon the cause of the foot pain. Whether it is resting, staying off the foot, or having surgery; podiatrists have a number of treatment options available for foot pain.

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

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