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Tuesday, 26 April 2022 00:00

What to Do for Bunions

Bunions, also referred to as “hallux valgus” can become painful. A bunion is a bump on the side of the big toe that comes from an inherited structural problem with the foot or changes in the bones in the front part of the foot from wearing shoes that crowd the toes. When one develops a bunion, it means that the big toe starts leaning towards the second toe rather than pointing straight forward. Though symptoms such as pain, inflammation and redness, a burning sensation, and numbness can come in later stages of bunion development, sometimes there are never symptoms other than the bump. Dealing with a bunion may be as simple as changing shoes to ones that have more room in the toe box and don’t put the foot at an unnatural angle, such as when wearing high heels. Other ways of helping with a bunion include placing padding over the bump, spending less time on your feet, modifying activities, getting cortisone shots, or possibly having surgery. A visit to a podiatrist will confirm a diagnosis of a bunion and appropriate treatment will be suggested.

If you are suffering from bunion pain, contact one of our podiatrists of Footcare Now. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is a Bunion?

Bunions are painful bony bumps that usually develop on the inside of the foot at the joint of the big toe. As the deformity increases over time, it may become painful to walk and wear shoes. Women are more likely to exacerbate existing bunions since they often wear tight, narrow shoes that shift their toes together. Bunion pain can be relieved by wearing wider shoes with enough room for the toes.

Causes

  • Genetics – some people inherit feet that are more prone to bunion development
  • Inflammatory Conditions - rheumatoid arthritis and polio may cause bunion development

Symptoms

  • Redness and inflammation
  • Pain and tenderness
  • Callus or corns on the bump
  • Restricted motion in the big toe

In order to diagnose your bunion, your podiatrist may ask about your medical history, symptoms, and general health. Your doctor might also order an x-ray to take a closer look at your feet. Nonsurgical treatment options include orthotics, padding, icing, changes in footwear, and medication. If nonsurgical treatments don’t alleviate your bunion pain, surgery may be necessary.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in Elmhurst and Jackson Heights, NY . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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The idea of wearing flip flops is appealing to many people. They are easy to wear and are available in a variety of styles and colors. However, research has indicated that this style of shoe may cause damage to the feet. A person's gait or walking pattern could be negatively impacted in order to accommodate for the lack of arch support and cushioning, and the ankles may turn inward. It can also be easier to stub your toe while wearing flip flops, which may result in a broken toe. Additionally, the toes are constantly gripping the front of the shoe to keep it securely on the foot. This repeated action may cause strain in the overall foot, or cramps may develop as well. There are several other foot conditions that can result from wearing flip flops as well. If you are interested in learning more about the effects flip flops can have on the feet, please speak with a podiatrist.

Flip-flops are not always the best choice of footwear. If you have any concerns about your feet or ankles, contact one of our podiatrists from Footcare Now. Our doctors will assist you with all of your foot and ankle needs.

Flip-Flops and Feet

When the weather starts warming up, people enjoy wearing flip-flops.  Flip-flops are comfortable, stylish, and easy to slip on and off; they're perfect for any summer beach goer.  However, these shoes can cause harm to the feet.

How Can Flip-Flops Affect Me Long-Term?

  • Ankle problems
  • Hip problems
  • Lower back problems
  • Pain in the balls of the feet
  • Problems with foot arches
  • Changes in the way you walk

Are There Injuries Associated with Flip-Flops?

Yes.  Since flip-flops are relatively weak and do not provide the same amount of support as sneakers, people who wear flip-flops regularly are more susceptible to injuries. On top of that, the open nature of the shoe makes your feet more prone to other problems, such as cuts and even infections.  Common injuries and ailments include:

  • Sprained ankles
  • Blisters
  • Infections
  • Cuts and Scrapes

I like Wearing Flip-Flops. Are There Safe Alternatives?

When buying flip-flops, try to find ones that have sturdy soles and that are made of high-quality materials that will support for your feet.  These flip-flops will cost more but will also last longer as a result.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Elmhurst and Jackson Heights, NY .  We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Have you noticed a bony protrusion on the side of your big toe? If so, you may have developed the foot condition known as a bunion. Don't let bunions interfere with your daily activities.

Tuesday, 12 April 2022 00:00

How to Protect Your Feet as You Age

Foot care gets more inconvenient for the elderly, sometimes because it is just hard to reach your feet, and other times because an underlying condition makes it nearly impossible. There are a few simple ways for the elderly to practice foot care. Because the fatty pads that protect the soles of the feet may have thinned, one way is to wear shoes that fit properly, provide adequate arch support and cushioning for your heels while also avoiding walking barefoot at home. Try not to sit with your feet hanging down for long periods, and instead, keep them elevated as often as possible, especially if you are less active. Exercising the feet and ankles is a good idea in order to keep the blood flowing and reduce swelling. Practice good skin care, such as keeping your feet clean and dry, applying moisturizer to prevent cracked heels, and having calluses removed. Trim toenails straight across, to avoid ingrown nails that can become infected. If your feet are uncommonly cold, seem numb, red, bruised or swollen on a regular basis, or if they have sores that do not heal properly, it is a good idea to consider regular visits to a podiatrist who can keep on top of these symptoms and provide proper treatment before they worsen.

 

Proper foot care is something many older adults forget to consider. If you have any concerns about your feet and ankles, contact one of our podiatrists from Footcare Now. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

The Elderly and Their Feet

As we age we start to notice many changes in our body, but the elder population may not notice them right away. Medical conditions may prevent the elderly to take notice of their foot health right away. Poor vision is a lead contributor to not taking action for the elderly.

Common Conditions 

  • Neuropathy – can reduce feeling in the feet and can hide many life-threatening medical conditions.
  • Reduced flexibility – prevents the ability of proper toenail trimming, and foot cleaning. If left untreated, it may lead to further medical issues.
  • Foot sores – amongst the older population can be serious before they are discovered. Some of the problematic conditions they may face are:
  • Gouging toenails affecting nearby toe
  • Shoes that don’t fit properly
  • Pressure sores
  • Loss of circulation in legs & feet
  • Edema & swelling of feet and ankles

Susceptible Infections

Diabetes and poor circulation can cause general loss of sensitivity over the years, turning a simple cut into a serious issue.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Elmhurst and Jackson Heights, NY . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 05 April 2022 00:00

The Pesky Plantar Wart

Viral infections caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV) that enter the skin of the feet can cause plantar warts. These are fleshy growths that typically form on the bottom of the feet. The pressure from walking can cause plantar warts to be painful. Plantar warts can grow individually, or they may cluster in what is known as a mosaic. They present as flat, circular, grainy patches of skin that can be small or large. A tiny black blood vessel, appearing as a dot, is often visible in the center of a plantar wart, which can often distinguish it from other types of growths. HPV is a highly contagious virus that can be spread from direct contact, or through exposure to the virus living on infected surfaces, such as communal showers, locker rooms, towels, shoes, socks, and more. Plantar warts are hearty and difficult to treat on your own. They are known to return if they are not properly treated. For these reasons, plantar warts often require professional care from a podiatrist. Make an appointment with a podiatrist if you or someone you love has developed one or more plantar warts.

Plantar warts can be very uncomfortable. If you need your feet checked, contact one of our podiatrists from Footcare Now. Our doctors will assist you with all of your foot and ankle needs.

About Plantar Warts

Plantar warts are the result of HPV, or human papillomavirus, getting into open wounds on the feet. They are mostly found on the heels or balls of the feet.

While plantar warts are generally harmless, those experiencing excessive pain or those suffering from diabetes or a compromised immune system require immediate medical care. Plantar warts are easily diagnosed, usually through scraping off a bit of rough skin or by getting a biopsy.

Symptoms

  • Lesions on the bottom of your feet, usually rough and grainy
  • Hard or thick callused spots
  • Wart seeds, which are small clotted blood vessels that look like little black spots
  • Pain, discomfort, or tenderness of your feet when walking or standing

Treatment

  • Freezing
  • Electric tool removal
  • Laser Treatment
  • Topical Creams (prescription only)
  • Over-the-counter medications

To help prevent developing plantar warts, avoid walking barefoot over abrasive surfaces that can cause cuts or wounds for HPV to get into. Avoiding direct contact with other warts, as well as not picking or rubbing existing warts, can help prevent the further spread of plantar warts. However, if you think you have developed plantar warts, speak to your podiatrist. He or she can diagnose the warts on your feet and recommend the appropriate treatment options.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Elmhurst and Jackson Heights, NY . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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