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Tuesday, 28 November 2023 00:00

Orthotics and Shoe Size

Custom-made orthotics play a vital role in foot health and comfort. They are designed to provide support, alleviate pain, and correct biomechanical issues such as flat feet or high arches. When a podiatrist makes orthotics, the size and fit of your shoes are considered, as the wrong combination can lead to discomfort or negate the benefits of the orthotics. Shoe size is not just about the length, it also involves width and depth, especially when considering the addition of orthotics. Shoes that are too tight while wearing orthotics can cause pressure and discomfort, and shoes that are too loose can result in inadequate support and stability. It is often recommended to choose shoes with a removable insole, offering extra depth and a better fit for the orthotic. Some orthotic-friendly shoes are designed with additional features like a wide toe box or extra depth, ensuring a comfortable fit without compromising the orthotic's function. If you are considering custom-made orthotics, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist and wear the shoes that are best equipped for orthotic use for a proper fit.

If you are having discomfort in your feet and would like to try orthotics, 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.

What Are Orthotics?

Orthotics are inserts you can place into your shoes to help with a variety of foot problems such as flat feet or foot pain. Orthotics provide relief and comfort for minor foot and heel pain but can’t correct serious biomechanical problems in your feet.

Over-the-Counter Inserts

Orthotics come in a wide variety of over-the-counter inserts that are used to treat foot pain, heel pain, and minor problems. For example, arch supports can be inserted into your shoes to help correct overarched or flat feet, while gel insoles are often used because they provide comfort and relief from foot and heel pain by alleviating pressure.

Prescription Orthotics

If over-the-counter inserts don’t work for you or if you have a more severe foot concern, it is possible to have your podiatrist prescribe custom orthotics. These high-quality inserts are designed to treat problems such as abnormal motion, plantar fasciitis, and severe forms of heel pain. They can even be used to help patients suffering from diabetes by treating foot ulcers and painful calluses and are usually molded to your feet individually, which allows them to provide full support and comfort.

If you are experiencing minor to severe foot or heel pain, it’s recommended to speak with your podiatrist about the possibilities of using orthotics. A podiatrist can determine which type of orthotic is right for you and allow you to take the first steps towards being pain-free.

If you have any questions please 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, 21 November 2023 00:00

Swollen Feet and Ankles During Pregnancy

The journey of pregnancy, though miraculous, often brings with it the discomfort of swollen feet and ankles. This common ailment, known as edema, results from increased pressure on blood vessels and the growing uterus, leading to fluid retention. To mitigate this discomfort, expectant mothers can embrace simple yet effective strategies. Elevating the legs when possible aids in fluid circulation, reducing the severity of swelling. Wearing comfortable, supportive shoes and avoiding prolonged periods of standing or sitting can also contribute to relief. Staying well-hydrated supports the body in maintaining a healthy fluid balance. Incorporating gentle exercises, such as walking or prenatal yoga, promotes circulation and minimizes swelling. Additionally, mindful salt intake can prevent excessive fluid retention. By incorporating these nurturing practices into their daily routines, pregnant women can enhance their well-being and navigate the pregnancy with greater comfort and ease. If you suffer from swollen feet and ankles during your pregnancy or have foot pain for any reason, it is suggested that you speak with a podiatrist who can guide you toward additional relief strategies.

Pregnant women with swollen feet can be treated with a variety of different methods that are readily available. For more information about other cures for swollen feet during pregnancy, consult with the foot specialists from Certified Foot Care. Our doctors will attend to all of your foot and ankle needs.

What Foot Problems Can Arise During Pregnancy?

One problem that can occur is overpronation, which occurs when the arch of the foot flattens and tends to roll inward.  This can cause pain and discomfort in your heels while you’re walking or even just standing up, trying to support your baby.  

Another problem is edema, or swelling in the extremities. This often affects the feet during pregnancy but tends to occur in the later stages. 

How Can I Keep My Feet Healthy During Pregnancy?

  • Wearing orthotics can provide extra support for the feet and help distribute weight evenly
  • Minimize the amount of time spent walking barefoot
  • Wear shoes with good arch support
  • Wear shoes that allow for good circulation to the feet
  • Elevate feet if you experience swelling
  • Massage your feet
  • Get regular, light exercise, such as walking, to promote blood circulation to the feet

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, 14 November 2023 00:00

Who Is Prone to Getting Gout?

Gout is a form of arthritis characterized by painful, inflamed joints. It typically affects the joints in the big toe but can occur in other joints as well. Gout is primarily caused by the buildup of uric acid crystals in the affected joints. While gout was historically associated with rich diets, today, gout can affect anyone, regardless of social status. However, certain factors can increase one's vulnerability. Men are more susceptible than women, with an increased risk after the age of 30. A family history of gout can also predispose individuals. Lifestyle choices, such as consuming purine-rich foods, excessive alcohol consumption, and obesity, can contribute to higher uric acid levels, thereby increasing the risk of developing gout. Understanding the definition of gout and its risk factors is essential for early diagnosis and effective management. If you suspect you may be prone to gout or are experiencing symptoms, it is suggested that you contact a podiatrist who can properly diagnose this condition, and offer appropriate treatment and relief choices.

Gout is a painful condition that can be treated. If you are seeking treatment, contact the foot specialists from Certified Foot Care. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What Is Gout?

Gout is a form of arthritis that is characterized by sudden, severe attacks of pain, redness, and tenderness in the joints. The condition usually affects the joint at the base of the big toe. A gout attack can occur at any random time, such as the middle of the night while you are asleep.

Symptoms

  • Intense Joint Pain - Usually around the large joint of your big toe, and it most severe within the first four to twelve hours
  • Lingering Discomfort - Joint discomfort may last from a few days to a few weeks
  • Inflammation and Redness -Affected joints may become swollen, tender, warm and red
  • Limited Range of Motion - May experience a decrease in joint mobility

Risk Factors

  • Genetics - If family members have gout, you’re more likely to have it
  • Medications - Diuretic medications can raise uric acid levels
  • Gender/Age - Gout is more common in men until the age of 60. It is believed that estrogen protects women until that point
  • Diet - Eating red meat and shellfish increases your risk
  • Alcohol - Having more than two alcoholic drinks per day increases your risk
  • Obesity - Obese people are at a higher risk for gout

Prior to visiting your podiatrist to receive treatment for gout, there are a few things you should do beforehand. If you have gout you should write down your symptoms--including when they started and how often you experience them, important medical information you may have, and any questions you may have. Writing down these three things will help your podiatrist in assessing your specific situation so that he or she may provide the best route of treatment for you.

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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Sunday, 12 November 2023 00:00

Gout Pain Can Be Managed

Gout is a painful, inflammatory form of arthritis. Those affected will typically feel an intense stiffness in the joints of their feet, particularly in the big toe. Schedule a visit to learn about how gout can be managed and treated.

Tuesday, 07 November 2023 00:00

The Art of Foot Stretching

Stretching is often associated with muscles, but it is equally vital for your feet. Regular foot stretching offers numerous advantages you may not be aware of. First and foremost, it enhances flexibility and range of motion in the feet, which is vital for preventing injuries and reducing discomfort. Foot stretches can also help alleviate common issues like plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendon tightness. Moreover, they improve blood circulation to the feet, promoting overall foot health. Stretching your feet can provide relief from everyday aches and pains, especially if you spend long hours standing or sitting. It can help ease muscle tension, reduce cramps, and improve your balance. Incorporating these simple stretches into your daily routine can go a long way in maintaining strong, pain-free feet and contributing to your overall well-being. If you would like more information about how to perform effective foot stretches, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist who can provide you with the knowledge you are seeking.

Stretching the feet is a great way to prevent injuries. If you have any concerns with your feet consult with the foot specialists from Certified Foot Care. Our doctors will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Stretching the Feet

Stretching the muscles in the foot is an important part in any physical activity. Feet that are tight can lead to less flexibility and make you more prone to injury. One of the most common forms of foot pain, plantar fasciitis, can be stretched out to help ease the pain. Stretching can not only ease pain from plantar fasciitis but also prevent it as well. However, it is important to see a podiatrist first if stretching is right for you. Podiatrists can also recommend other ways to stretch your feet. Once you know whether stretching is right for you, here are some excellent stretches you can do.

  • Using a foam roller or any cylindrical object (a water bottle or soda can will do), roll the object under your foot back and forth. You should also exert pressure on the object. Be sure to do this to both feet for a minute. Do this exercise three times each.
  • Similar to the previous one, take a ball, such as a tennis ball, and roll it under your foot while seated and exert pressure on it.
  • Grab a resistance band or towel and take a seat. If you are using a towel, fold it length wise. Next put either one between the ball of your foot and heel and pull with both hands on each side towards you. Hold this for 15 seconds and then switch feet. Do this three times for each foot.
  • Finally hold your big toe while crossing one leg over the other. Pull the toe towards you and hold for 15 seconds. Once again do this three times per foot.

It is best to go easy when first stretching your foot and work your way up. If your foot starts hurting, stop exercising and ice and rest the foot. It is advised to then see a podiatrist for help.

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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