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Tuesday, 30 April 2024 00:00

Running Injury Prevention and Management

Preventing and managing running injuries requires a multifaceted approach due to their multifactorial nature. Common risk factors include overtraining, wearing improper footwear, biomechanical imbalances, and inadequate recovery. To mitigate these risks, it is helpful for runners to incorporate a variety of strategies, including proper warm-up and cool-down routines, gradual increases in mileage, strength training, and flexibility exercises. Additionally, ensuring proper footwear selection and addressing any biomechanical issues through gait analysis and orthotic interventions can help prevent injuries. In the event of an injury, treatment may involve rest, compression, elevation, and in some cases, less conservative interventions. If you are a runner and have sustained a running injury, or if you want to make sure you avoid injuries in the future, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist who can offer expert advice in foot and ankle biomechanics, gait analysis, injury assessment, and customized orthotic interventions.

All runners should take extra precaution when trying to avoid injury. If you have any concerns about your feet, contact the foot specialists of Certified Foot Care. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

How to Prevent Running Injuries

There are a lot of mistakes a runner can make prior to a workout that can induce injury. A lot of athletes tend to overstretch before running, instead of saving those workouts for a post-run routine. Deep lunges and hand-to-toe hamstring pulls should be performed after a workout instead of during a warmup. Another common mistake is jumping into an intense routine before your body is physically prepared for it. You should try to ease your way into long-distance running instead of forcing yourself to rush into it.

More Tips for Preventing Injury

  • Incorporate Strength Training into Workouts - This will help improve the body’s overall athleticism
  • Improve and Maintain Your Flexibility – Stretching everyday will help improve overall performance
  • “Warm Up” Before Running and “Cool Down” Afterward – A warm up of 5-10 minutes helps get rid of lactic acid in the muscles and prevents delayed muscle soreness
  • Cross-Training is Crucial
  • Wear Proper Running Shoes
  • Have a Formal Gait Analysis – Poor biomechanics can easily cause injury

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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Custom orthotics offer significant benefits in managing bunions, hammertoes, and Achilles tendinosis by controlling pain and slowing the progression of deformities. Specifically designed to fit the unique contours of an individual's foot, these orthotic devices provide support and stability, redistributing pressure away from problem areas. For bunions, orthotics can alleviate discomfort by cushioning the joint and preventing further misalignment. In the case of hammertoes, custom orthotics help stabilize flexible deformities, promoting proper alignment and relieving pressure on the affected toes. Additionally, orthotics can address Achilles tendinosis by reducing strain on the tendon and promoting optimal foot positioning during movement. By providing support and alignment, custom orthotics not only manage symptoms but also help prevent the worsening of these conditions, allowing individuals to maintain an active lifestyle with reduced pain and improved function. If you have foot pain from one of the above-mentioned conditions, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist to discuss how custom-made orthotics can help you.

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, 16 April 2024 00:00

All About Foot Blisters

Foot blisters, fluid-filled sacs on the skin's surface, often result from friction, moisture, or wearing poorly fitting footwear. They commonly occur in areas prone to rubbing or pressure, like heels or toes. People who have diabetes or peripheral neuropathy may not notice a blister has formed, due to a lack of sensation. Complications may include infection if not properly cared for, particularly in those with weakened immune systems. Prevention includes wearing well-fitting shoes, using moisture-wicking socks, and applying lubricants or blister pads. If blisters persist or become infected, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for proper assessment and safe treatment, which could involve draining large blisters or prescribing antibiotics for infections.

Blisters may appear as a single bubble or in a cluster. They can cause a lot of pain and may be filled with pus, blood, or watery serum. 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 are often the result of friction. This happens due to the constant rubbing from shoes, which can 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.

Symptoms

(Blister symptoms may vary depending on what is causing them)

  • Bubble of skin filled with fluid
  • Redness
  • Moderate to severe pain
  • Itching

Prevention & Treatment

In order to prevent blisters, you should be sure to wear comfortable shoes with socks that cushion your feet and absorb sweat. Breaking a blister open may increase your chances of developing an infection. However, if your blister breaks, you should wash the area with soap and water immediately and then apply a bandage to the affected area. If your blisters cause severe pain it is important that you call your podiatrist right away.

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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Your feet are covered most of the day. If you're diabetic, periodic screening is important for good health. Numbness is often a sign of diabetic foot and can mask a sore or wound.

Tuesday, 09 April 2024 00:00

Managing Aging Feet

As individuals age, various changes occur in the feet that can affect mobility and comfort. Reduced flexibility, decreased muscle mass, and thinning fat pads are common occurrences. These changes can lead to issues such as stiffness, difficulty walking, and increased risk of foot injuries. To mitigate these effects, incorporating foot exercises, stretching routines, and maintaining a healthy weight can help preserve foot health and function. Wearing supportive footwear with cushioning and adequate arch support can also alleviate discomfort and reduce the risk of developing foot problems. Consulting a podiatrist is beneficial for personalized foot care as this medically trained foot doctor can provide tailored recommendations and interventions. If you are experiencing foot problems due to aging, and want to preserve the health of your feet, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for an assessment and advice on how to best care for your feet.

If you need your feet checked, contact the foot specialists of Certified Foot Care. Our doctors will attend to all of your foot and ankle needs and provide you with quality treatment.

Geriatrics and Podiatry
When people age, some common issues that may occur are bone density loss, dry skin, poor circulation, and rough brittle nails. These issues may also affect your foot health if the necessary steps are not taken to alleviate the problems.

It is important to take care of your feet because feet that are injured or diseased can affect your overall health. Having painful feet hinders your ability to do daily activities or may decrease your willingness to do the things that you need to do.

Visiting Your Geriatrician
As we age, health problems become more likely, so it is essential to visit your doctor for check-ups to ensure that you are doing the best you can to take care of your health. It is recommended to check your feet frequently for any possible cuts, bruises, swelling, corns or any other irregularities. 

Taking Care of Elderly Feet
Cracked or dry feet can be treated by applying moisturizer often. It is also important not to wear old socks because the older the sock is, the higher the possibility there will be that there is bacteria there. Wear fresh socks and make sure they fit properly.

Proper foot health means that you can have a more active lifestyle and you will not be bogged down by pain. Foot health also leads to good circulation, which is paramount for overall health.

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

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Tuesday, 02 April 2024 00:00

What Is Morton’s Neuroma?

Morton's neuroma is a painful condition affecting the ball of the foot, commonly between the third and fourth toes. It occurs when the tissue surrounding a nerve thickens, leading to compression and irritation. High-heeled shoes, tight footwear, repetitive stress, and foot deformities can contribute to its development. Conservative approaches include wearing supportive shoes, using custom-made orthotic inserts, and avoiding activities that exacerbate symptoms. In some cases, corticosteroid injections may provide relief by reducing inflammation and pain. However, if conservative methods fail, surgical removal of the neuroma may be necessary. The outlook for Morton's neuroma is generally positive with appropriate treatment, although recovery times may vary. Prevention strategies involve wearing properly fitted shoes with adequate toe room, maintaining a healthy weight to reduce pressure on the feet, and avoiding activities that put excessive strain on the forefoot. If you have Morton’s neuroma, it is suggested that you see a podiatrist for an accurate diagnosis and tailored treatment.

Morton’s neuroma is a very uncomfortable condition to live with. If you think you have Morton’s neuroma, contact the foot specialists of Certified Foot Care. Our doctors will attend to all of your foot care 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 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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