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Tuesday, 16 July 2024 00:00

Osteoarthritis is a degenerative joint disease that commonly affects older adults, particularly in the feet and ankles. It occurs when the cartilage that cushions the joints breaks down, leading to pain, swelling, and reduced mobility. This condition is caused by the natural aging process, repetitive stress on the joints, or previous injuries. Individuals who are overweight, have a family history of arthritis or have jobs that place continuous stress on their feet are at greater risk. Diagnosis typically involves a physical examination, imaging tests like X-rays, and sometimes blood tests to rule out other conditions. Treatment focuses on managing symptoms and may include lifestyle changes, exercises, medications, or in severe cases, surgery. Maintaining a healthy weight, wearing supportive footwear, and engaging in low-impact exercises can help manage the condition. For specialized care and management, visiting a podiatrist is suggested.

Arthritis can be a difficult condition to live with. If you are seeking treatment, 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.

Arthritic Foot Care  

Arthritis is a term that is commonly used to describe joint pain.  The condition itself can occur to anyone of any age, race, or gender, and there are over 100 types of it.  Nevertheless, arthritis is more commonly found in women compared to men, and it is also more prevalent in those who are overweight. The causes of arthritis vary depending on which type of arthritis you have. Osteoarthritis for example, is often caused by injury, while rheumatoid arthritis is caused by a misdirected immune system.

Symptoms

  • Swelling
  • Pain
  • Stiffness
  • Decreased Range of Motion

Arthritic symptoms range in severity, and they may come and go. Some symptoms stay the same for several years but could potentially get worse with time. Severe cases of arthritis can prevent its sufferers from performing daily activities and make walking difficult.

Risk Factors

  • Occupation – Occupations requiring repetitive knee movements have been linked to osteoarthritis
  • Obesity – Excess weight can contribute to osteoarthritis development
  • Infection – Microbial agents can infect the joints and trigger arthritis
  • Joint Injuries – Damage to joints may lead to osteoarthritis
  • Age – Risk increases with age
  • Gender –Most types are more common in women
  • Genetics – Arthritis can be hereditary

If you suspect your arthritis is affecting your feet, it is crucial that you see a podiatrist immediately. Your doctor will be able to address your specific case and help you decide which treatment method is best 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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Friday, 12 July 2024 00:00

Custom orthotics, or shoe inserts, should be periodically replaced. Orthotics must fit properly to give you the best results. Protect your feet and ankles!

Tuesday, 09 July 2024 00:00

Cuboid syndrome is a foot condition where the cuboid bone, located on the outer side of the foot, becomes partially dislocated or misaligned. This misalignment causes pain and discomfort primarily felt along the lateral side of the foot, often extending to the base of the fourth and fifth toes. The peroneus longus muscle, which runs along the outer calf and attaches to the cuboid bone, plays a role in this condition. When the peroneus longus is overly tight or strained, it can pull on the cuboid bone, contributing to its misalignment. This can occur due to sudden twists or excessive weight-bearing activities. Proper diagnosis and treatment, including rest and sometimes manipulation of the cuboid bone, are essential for alleviating pain and restoring normal foot function. If you have pain in this part of your foot, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist who can effectively diagnose and treat cuboid syndrome.

Cuboid syndrome, also known as cuboid subluxation, occurs when the joints and ligaments near the cuboid bone in the foot become torn. If you have cuboid syndrome, consult with the foot specialists from Certified Foot Care. Our doctors will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Cuboid syndrome is a common cause of lateral foot pain, which is pain on the outside of the foot. The condition may happen suddenly due to an ankle sprain, or it may develop slowly overtime from repetitive tension through the bone and surrounding structures.

Causes

The most common causes of cuboid syndrome include:

  • Injury – The most common cause of this ailment is an ankle sprain.
  • Repetitive Strain – Tension placed through the peroneus longus muscle from repetitive activities such as jumping and running may cause excessive traction on the bone causing it to sublux.
  • Altered Foot Biomechanics – Most people suffering from cuboid subluxation have flat feet.

Symptoms

A common symptom of cuboid syndrome is pain along the outside of the foot which can be felt in the ankle and toes. This pain may create walking difficulties and may cause those with the condition to walk with a limp.

Diagnosis

Diagnosis of cuboid syndrome is often difficult, and it is often misdiagnosed. X-rays, MRIs and CT scans often fail to properly show the cuboid subluxation. Although there isn’t a specific test used to diagnose cuboid syndrome, your podiatrist will usually check if pain is felt while pressing firmly on the cuboid bone of your foot.

Treatment

Just as the range of causes varies widely, so do treatments. Some more common treatments are ice therapy, rest, exercise, taping, and orthotics.

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, 02 July 2024 00:00

Playing pickleball presents several risk factors for foot injuries. The sport's quick lateral movements and sudden stops can strain the feet, leading to sprains or fractures. Wearing improper shoes without adequate support or cushioning increases the likelihood of issues like plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendonitis. Playing on hard surfaces intensifies impact on the feet and can contribute to stress fractures over time. Insufficient warm-up or lack of conditioning can make the feet more susceptible to injury during play. Overuse from frequent games without adequate rest can increase these risks, leading to chronic foot problems. Maintaining foot health requires wearing appropriate shoes, practicing good conditioning, warming up properly, and allowing time for recovery. If you have injured your foot and ankle while playing pickleball, it is suggested that you visit a podiatrist for a comprehensive treatment plan.

Sports related foot and ankle injuries require proper treatment before players can go back to their regular routines. For more information, 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.

Sports Related Foot and Ankle Injuries

Foot and ankle injuries are a common occurrence when it comes to athletes of any sport. While many athletes dismiss the initial aches and pains, the truth is that ignoring potential foot and ankle injuries can lead to serious problems. As athletes continue to place pressure and strain the area further, a mild injury can turn into something as serious as a rupture and may lead to a permanent disability. There are many factors that contribute to sports related foot and ankle injuries, which include failure to warm up properly, not providing support or wearing bad footwear. Common injuries and conditions athletes face, including:

  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Plantar Fasciosis
  • Achilles Tendinitis
  • Achilles Tendon Rupture
  • Ankle Sprains

Sports related injuries are commonly treated using the RICE method. This includes rest, applying ice to the injured area, compression and elevating the ankle. More serious sprains and injuries may require surgery, which could include arthroscopic and reconstructive surgery. Rehabilitation and therapy may also be required in order to get any recovering athlete to become fully functional again. Any unusual aches and pains an athlete sustains must be evaluated by a licensed, reputable medical professional.

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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