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The tibial nerve is located in the tarsal tunnel in back of the ankle. This is a narrow tunnel, and this nerve can become compressed from a sprained ankle or a bone spur. Additionally, other conditions may lead to developing tarsal tunnel syndrome, including diabetes, flat feet, or a thyroid disorder. Some of the symptoms that are associated with this ailment can include toe pain and foot muscles that have become weakened. There may also be a burning sensation or tingling feeling in the feet, and can radiate to the toes. There may be an inability to curl the toes or twist the ankle, and this may be indicative of tarsal tunnel syndrome. Orthotics may be prescribed if flat feet are a reason for this condition to develop, and it may be beneficial to perform specific stretches to strengthen the ankle. If you have pain in your ankle, please confer with a podiatrist who can accurately diagnose tarsal tunnel syndrome, and guide you toward the correct treatment.

Tarsal tunnel syndrome can be very uncomfortable to live with. If you are experiencing tarsal tunnel syndrome, 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.

Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome

Tarsal tunnel syndrome, which can also be called tibial nerve dysfunction, is an uncommon condition of misfiring peripheral nerves in the foot. The tibial nerve is the peripheral nerve in the leg responsible for sensation and movement of the foot and calf muscles. In tarsal tunnel syndrome, the tibial nerve is damaged, causing problems with movement and feeling in the foot of the affected leg.

Common Cause of Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome

  • Involves pressure or an injury, direct pressure on the tibial nerve for an extended period of time, sometimes caused by other body structures close by or near the knee.
  • Diseases that damage nerves, including diabetes, may cause tarsal tunnel syndrome.
  • At times, tarsal tunnel syndrome can appear without an obvious cause in some cases.

The Effects of Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome

  • Different sensations, an afflicted person may experience pain, tingling, burning or other unusual sensations in the foot of the affected leg.
  • The foot muscles, toes and ankle become weaker, and curling your toes or flexing your foot can become difficult.
  • If condition worsens, infections and ulcers may develop on the foot that is experiencing the syndrome.

A physical exam of the leg can help identify the presence of tarsal tunnel syndrome. Medical tests, such as a nerve biopsy, are also used to diagnose the condition. Patients may receive physical therapy and prescriptive medication. In extreme cases, some may require surgery.

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, 24 January 2023 00:00

Puncture Wounds and Splinters in the Foot

Splinters are one of the most common and widespread foreign bodies that may enter the bottom, or sole, of the feet. In addition to splinters, pieces of glass are another very common foreign substance that may enter the feet. When a splinter enters the bottom of the foot, it is important that this foreign substance is removed or the foot may become infected. Additionally, it is important that the entire splinter is removed, not leaving part of the substance still in the feet. The deeper a splinter is in the foot, the more difficult it may be for an individual to actually detect the splinter. Often, a medical professional such as a podiatrist may be needed to help identify where a splinter is. This medical professional will then be able to safely remove the splinter. If you are someone that has a splinter in their foot, or believes that they might, consider contacting a podiatrist today for more information and treatment.

Wound care is an important part in dealing with diabetes. If you have diabetes and a foot wound or would like more information about wound care for diabetics, consult with the foot specialists from Certified Foot Care. Our doctors will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

What Is Wound Care?

Wound care is the practice of taking proper care of a wound. This can range from the smallest to the largest of wounds. While everyone can benefit from proper wound care, it is much more important for diabetics. Diabetics often suffer from poor blood circulation which causes wounds to heal much slower than they would in a non-diabetic. 

What Is the Importance of Wound Care?

While it may not seem apparent with small ulcers on the foot, for diabetics, any size ulcer can become infected. Diabetics often also suffer from neuropathy, or nerve loss. This means they might not even feel when they have an ulcer on their foot. If the wound becomes severely infected, amputation may be necessary. Therefore, it is of the upmost importance to properly care for any and all foot wounds.

How to Care for Wounds

The best way to care for foot wounds is to prevent them. For diabetics, this means daily inspections of the feet for any signs of abnormalities or ulcers. It is also recommended to see a podiatrist several times a year for a foot inspection. If you do have an ulcer, run the wound under water to clear dirt from the wound; then apply antibiotic ointment to the wound and cover with a bandage. Bandages should be changed daily and keeping pressure off the wound is smart. It is advised to see a podiatrist, who can keep an eye on it.

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, 17 January 2023 00:00

Veins and Spider Veins in the Feet

The feet are complex parts of the human body that are made up of a series of different bones, muscles, tendons, and ligaments. Importantly, the feet also contain veins, which are blood vessels that return old blood to the heart. Sometimes, a condition known as spider veins may develop in the feet. Spider veins essentially develop when many different small veins gather together beneath the skin. As a result, the veins can be visible on the surface of the skin, and they might be red, blue, or purple in color. Luckily, spider veins are mostly harmless to those that develop them. In addition to the feet, spider veins can also develop on the lower legs . If you are someone that wants to learn more about the veins of the feet and particularly how spider veins develop, contact a podiatrist today. 

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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Saturday, 14 January 2023 00:00

Plantar Warts Can Be Treated!

Plantar warts are small growths that develop on parts of the feet that bear weight. They're typically found on the bottom of the foot. Don't live with plantar warts, and call us today!

Tuesday, 10 January 2023 00:00

Purchasing Well-Fitting Shoes

Interestingly, research shows that 70% of us do not wear shoes that fit properly in terms of length or width. A key reason for this is that we think we know the size of our feet and we maintain that belief without getting our feet measured regularly. As we age, we lose elasticity in the ligaments and our feet change. The result of shoes that do not fit properly can be discomfort and pain from our feet up into the body. We must remember that our feet are the foundation of our bodies, and foot problems can impact knees, hips, the back and even the neck. While shopping online is quick and easy, going to a store later in the afternoon when the feet are at their largest to try on shoes is a better bet in purchasing shoes that fit well. Wear foot coverings that you would normally wear with the shoes that you are buying and bring orthotics or shoe inserts with you. When considering shoes, think about what you will be wearing them for, the surface you will be walking or running on while wearing them, and how long you will be on your feet. For more advice on purchasing shoes that are best for your feet, consult with a podiatrist who is an expert in this area.

Getting the right shoe size is an important part of proper foot health. Seek the assistance of the foot specialists from Certified Foot Care. Our doctors will provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Getting the Right Shoe Size

There are many people who wear shoes that are the incorrect size, negatively affecting their feet and posture. Selecting the right shoes is not a difficult process, so long as you keep several things in mind when it comes to choosing the right pair.

  • When visiting the shoe store, use the tools available to measure your foot.
  • Be sure there is ‘wiggle room’. There should be about an inch between your toes and the tip of your shoes.
  • Do not always assume you are the same size, as manufacturers run differently.
  • Purchase shoes later in the day, as your feet swell as the day progresses.
  • If a shoe is not comfortable, it is not suitable. Most shoes can’t be ‘broken in’, and comfort should be the ultimate goal when it comes to choosing the right pair of shoes

As our feet hold our body weight and keep us moving, it is important to treat them right. Picking the right pair of shoes can provide your feet comfort and mobility without 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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Tuesday, 03 January 2023 00:00

Who Is Prone to Developing Toenail Fungus?

One of the noticeable symptoms of toenail fungus is yellowed nails. The nails can also become thickened and brittle, and in severe cases, fall off. The name of the fungus is known as onychomycosis and research has shown it accounts for approximately 50 percent of nail problems. Older people are more prone to developing toenail fungus than the younger population, and this may be a result of reduced blood flow that happens as the aging process occurs. This type of fungus lives and thrives in warm and moist environments, including shower room floors, locker rooms, and public swimming pool areas. The fungus can enter the body through tiny cracks in the skin and it is wise to wear appropriate shoes while in these areas. Existing medical conditions like eczema, psoriasis, and diabetes may lead to the development of toenail fungus. If you see signs of toenail fungus, please contact a podiatrist who can guide you toward the correct treatment process which varies by person.

If left untreated, toenail fungus may spread to other toenails, skin, or even fingernails. If you suspect you have toenail fungus it is important to seek treatment right away. For more information about treatment, 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.

Symptoms

  • Warped or oddly shaped nails
  • Yellowish nails
  • Loose/separated nail
  • Buildup of bits and pieces of nail fragments under the nail
  • Brittle, broken, thickened nail

Treatment

If self-care strategies and over-the-counter medications does not help your fungus, your podiatrist may give you a prescription drug instead. Even if you find relief from your toenail fungus symptoms, you may experience a repeat infection in the future.

Prevention

In order to prevent getting toenail fungus in the future, you should always make sure to wash your feet with soap and water. After washing, it is important to dry your feet thoroughly especially in between the toes. When trimming your toenails, be sure to trim straight across instead of in a rounded shape. It is crucial not to cover up discolored nails with nail polish because that will prevent your nail from being able to “breathe”.

In some cases, surgical procedure may be needed to remove the toenail fungus. Consult with your podiatrist about the best treatment options for your case of toenail fungus.  

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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