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Tuesday, 28 May 2024 00:00

Reasons You May Need a Podiatrist

Podiatrists are highly trained foot and ankle specialists capable of addressing a wide array of foot conditions. These range from common issues like nail infections to more complex problems like broken bones or diabetes-related complications. The feet are intricate structures composed of bones, joints, tendons, ligaments, and muscles, all working in harmony to support your body weight and facilitate movement. When foot pain strikes, it can severely limit your mobility and impede your ability to carry out daily activities. That's where contacting a podiatrist comes in. These foot doctors can diagnose and treat all types of foot, toe, and ankle ailments. Whether you have a nail infection, arthritis, flat feet, or diabetic foot complications, seeking medical help is essential. A podiatrist can provide tailored treatment plans, including medication, custom orthotics, and other types of treatment to alleviate symptoms to prevent further damage. If you are experiencing persistent foot, toe and ankle pain, or swelling, numbness, and other concerning symptoms, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for evaluation and care. 

If you are experiencing pain in the feet or ankles, don’t join the stubborn majority refusing treatment. Feel free to 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 Is a Podiatrist?

Someone would seek the care of a podiatrist if they have suffered a foot injury or have common foot ailments such as heal spurs, bunions, arch problems, deformities, ingrown toenails, corns, foot and ankle problems, etc.

Podiatric Treatment

A podiatrist will treat the problematic areas of the feet, ankle or lower leg by prescribing the following:

  • Physical therapy
  • Drugs
  • Orthotic inserts or soles
  • Surgery on lower extremity fractures

A common podiatric procedure a podiatrist will use is a scanner or force plate which will allow the podiatrist to know the designs of orthotics. Patients are then told to follow a series of tasks to complete the treatment. The computer will scan the foot a see which areas show weight distribution and pressure points. The podiatrist will read the analysis and then determine which treatment plans are available.

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, 21 May 2024 00:00

Exploring Achilles Tendonitis

Achilles tendonitis is an ailment affecting the long tendon that connects the leg bones to the heel. This condition is particularly common among those engaged in high-impact activities, like running and jumping. The Achilles tendon's susceptibility to inflammation due to repetitive stress often leads to microtears and thickening. This results in Achilles tendonitis, which is characterized by posterior ankle pain and stiffness. However, the more severe consequence, an Achilles tendon rupture, typically occurs during forceful movements which result in sudden, intense pain and the inability to bear weight. Approximately 80 percent of Achilles tendon ruptures result in complete loss of function in the calf muscle. If you are experiencing pain in the Achilles tendon, it is suggested that you cease the activity causing the pain and make an appointment with a podiatrist as soon as possible. This foot doctor can conduct a thorough exam and determine the appropriate treatment. 

Achilles tendon injuries need immediate attention to avoid future complications. If you have any concerns, 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.

What Is the Achilles Tendon?

The Achilles tendon is a tendon that connects the lower leg muscles and calf to the heel of the foot. It is the strongest tendon in the human body and is essential for making movement possible. Because this tendon is such an integral part of the body, any injuries to it can create immense difficulties and should immediately be presented to a doctor.

What Are the Symptoms of an Achilles Tendon Injury?

There are various types of injuries that can affect the Achilles tendon. The two most common injuries are Achilles tendinitis and ruptures of the tendon.

Achilles Tendinitis Symptoms

  • Inflammation
  • Dull to severe pain
  • Increased blood flow to the tendon
  • Thickening of the tendon

Rupture Symptoms

  • Extreme pain and swelling in the foot
  • Total immobility

Treatment and Prevention

Achilles tendon injuries are diagnosed by a thorough physical evaluation, which can include an MRI. Treatment involves rest, physical therapy, and in some cases, surgery. However, various preventative measures can be taken to avoid these injuries, such as:

  • Thorough stretching of the tendon before and after exercise
  • Strengthening exercises like calf raises, squats, leg curls, leg extensions, leg raises, lunges, and leg presses

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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Your toes might seem like small, inconsequential parts of your body, but when they're happy and healthy, they play a big role in your overall comfort and mobility. Fortunately, you don't need fancy equipment or hours of time to keep your toes in tip-top shape. Just a few simple toe stretches can go a long way in promoting flexibility, strength, and comfort. Stretching your toes is about promoting blood flow, reducing pain and swelling, and minimizing your risk of injury. Start with both feet flat on the floor, then lift your toes, aiming to get them all to the same height. Hold for a few seconds, then repeat. Similar to the toe lift, but this time, try to spread your toes apart as much as possible while lifting. Stand next to a wall and use your hands for support as you press your toes against the wall, flexing them gently. Wrap a towel or belt around your big toe and gently pull it toward you to increase mobility. Using a wall for support, push the toes of one foot against the floor to stretch them. While these stretches can work wonders for many people, it's essential to listen to your body and consult with a podiatrist if you experience persistent pain or discomfort. They can offer personalized advice and treatment options to keep your feet happy and healthy for years to come. Incorporating these simple toe stretches into your daily routine takes just a few minutes but can make a world of difference in how your toes feel and function. If you are experiencing any type of toe pain, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist.

Why Stretching Is Important for Your Feet

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 to determine 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 exercise, 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 to ice and rest the foot. It is advised that you 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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Sunday, 12 May 2024 00:00

It's Time for Beautiful Feet

You don't need an excuse to have beautiful nails. Step outside without worrying about the appearance of your feet.

Tuesday, 07 May 2024 00:00

There Is Relief for Foot Pain

Foot pain can severely impact the quality of life and increase the risk of falls, affecting activities and mobility. Achy heels, bunions, calluses, and burning sensations can cause discomfort and lead to complications if left untreated. Additionally, numbness and tingling may indicate nerve issues that require prompt attention. Proper toenail care is essential to prevent ingrown nails and infections. Consulting a podiatrist can help with the effective management of foot pain. Podiatrists offer a range of solutions, from custom orthotics to specialized treatments tailored to specific conditions. By addressing the root cause of foot pain, podiatrists can alleviate discomfort, improve mobility, and reduce the risk of complications, ultimately enhancing the overall quality of life. If you are suffering from foot pain, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for a proper diagnosis and treatment.

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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