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By Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee, LLC
August 18, 2017
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Plantar Fasciitis   Flat Feet   Blisters   corns   calluses  

It’s summertime, and long hours of sunlight, warm weather, and vacation days afford more time to walk outdoors. Walking is a great cost-free, low-impact way to keep your whole body in shape, including your feet. It also helps relieve stress and anxiety by producing endorphins.

Nevertheless, it’s always import to consider your feet before developing a walking regimen, and this consideration naturally includes the shoes you wear. Athletic shoes that fail to provide adequate support can produce blisters, corns, calluses, and plantar fasciitis.

Here is some helpful information to consider when shopping for foot-friendly walking shoes.

Three Basic Foot Types

There are three basic foot types, and when searching for shoes, it’s beneficial to identify which type aligns with your foot shape and wear patterns.

  • Pronators: people with relatively flat feet and low arches that often lead to overpronation.

People with this foot type require motion control shoes that offer ample mid-foot support.

  • Supinators: people with high arches, which can lead to underpronation. People with this foot

type need shock absorptive stability shoes with extra reinforcement around the ankle and heel.

  • Normal Feet: people who can wear any type of walking shoe.

What to Look For

While an ideal shoe fit highly depends on your individual comfort and foot shape, here are a few features you should always look for in a good pair of walking shoes:

  • Lightweight, breathable materials (for comfort and ease of movement)
  • Heels that fit snuggly (to avoid rubbing and blisters)
  • Smooth seams (to avoid irritation)

Tips for Buying New Shoes

  • Shop at the end of the day when your feet are at their most swollen. This will ensure that any shoes you purchase will accommodate your foot’s natural expansion.
  • Have your feet measured while standing up.
  • Be sure to fit your shoes to the largest of your two feet.
  • Leave room for approximately half an inch of space in the toe boxes of your shoes.
  • Look for lace-up shoes which allow for stability, control, and adjustability for foot supports.

For more professional advice on athletic footwear, schedule an appointment with a highly qualified foot doctor. At Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee, LLC, our board certified podiatrists Dr. Greg Khaimov, Dr. Daniel Pollack, Dr. Walter Majdanski, and Dr. Yakov Haimof are dedicated to treating all of your common foot problems. The center offers convenient locations in Fort Lee NJ, Ringwood NJ, Flushing Queens NY, Woodhaven NY, Brooklyn NY, and Forest Hills NY. Contact us at (201) 363-9844 and schedule an appointment today!

By Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee, LLC/Ringwood/Flushing
August 08, 2017
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Orthotics   Proper Footwear  

After a series of visits with your podiatrist, your custom-made orthotic device is finally ready! You’re excited to receive this device, knowing it will provide much needed comfort, support, and mobility in your day-to-day life. 

Your excitement is dampened, however, when the foot doctor presents you with a thick, ungainly, and frankly unattractive structure. You wonder, how will I ever fit this thing into my shoes? You picture a lifetime of oversized boots, a forever farewell to chic shoes.

Luckily, there are a wide variety of great options for orthotic-friendly footwear! Here’s what you need to look for when shopping for corrective shoes:

Removable insoles

A number of stylish brands including Wolky, Clarks, Naot, and Softwaves offer product lines with removable insoles. This feature allows shoes to be adjusted around your orthotics, creating a truly customized fit.

Supportive footbeds

Shoes with substantial, shock-absorbing and skid-resistant soles are ideal both for accommodating orthotics and for the general safety of your feet. Rubber and other synthetic materials are common materials for supportive footbeds, and they are typically a better fit for orthotics than smooth leather surfaces.

A wide variety of widths

It’s helpful to measure around your orthotic device in order to learn your new custom shoe size, in which width is just as important as length. A number of orthotic friendly companies will allow you to select your basic shoe size as well as your specific width from a range of options:

  • N (AA) or Narrow
  • M (B) or Medium
  • W (D) or Wide
  • WW (EE) or Extra Wide

Adjustable straps

Thanks to innovative strap design, you no longer need to pine for those cute T-Straps or Mary Janes! Just look for adjustable velcro closures that will allow you to fasten the straps around your orthotic device.

Gracious laces

Lace-up shoes are also great for adjusting the fit around orthotics. Look for classic oxford styles with forgiving materials and seamless surfaces. Feel free to purchase a few different pairs to match your wardrobe; orthotic shoes now come in a wide range of fun colors and patterns!

Ankle boots

While ankle boots are the go-to shoe for orthotics, today’s sleek, stylish models are a far cry from their bulky predecessors! They are also inter seasonal and coordinate with just about everything.

For more professional advice on orthotic shoes, schedule an appointment with a highly qualified foot doctor. At Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee, LLC, our board certified podiatrists Dr. Greg Khaimov, Dr. Daniel Pollack, Dr. Walter Majdanski, and Dr. Yakov Haimof are dedicated to treating all of your foot problems. The center offers convenient locations in Fort Lee NJ, Ringwood NJ, Flushing Queens NY, Woodhaven NY, Brooklyn NY, and Forest Hills NY. Contact us at (201) 363-9844 and schedule an appointment today!

By Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee, LLC/Ringwood/Flushing
August 02, 2017
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: Blisters   footwear  

It’s summertime, and rising temperatures beckon you toward easy, airy footwear. That fresh pair of sandals, slip-ons, or breezy flats is calling out from your closet. Perhaps your eagerness to hit the streets in new shoes has already resulted in that most painful, annoying, and stroll-stifling problem: blisters. 

Luckily, there are a number of simple surefire blister treatments. Here are a few tips to help you prevent and recover from summer blisters.

Keep the blister clean and sterile

Wash the blister with soap and water, and apply an antibacterial ointment at least twice a day. Avoid popping blisters unless they become extremely painful and irritated. If you must pop a blister:

  • wash the area thoroughly
  • make a small incision with a flame-sterilized needle
  • slowly drain the fluid with gentle squeezes
  • apply a dab of hydrogen peroxide
  • never remove the skin over a broken blister

Blister fluid should be clear and colorless. If the fluid is yellow, that means your blister has become infected and requires the medical attention of a licensed foot doctor.

Stay moisturized

Aloe vera and Vitamin E-based lotions do wonders for healing a blister, as they contain anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial ingredients. Look for dye-free lotions that feature 100% natural ingredients.

Enjoy a soothing soak

Make a relaxing and disinfecting foot bath with:

  • a tub of warm water
  • a cup of Epsom salt
  • a few drops of tea tree oil

Your feet will be clean, refreshed, and infection-free.

Wear a soft layer of padding

In addition to the standard bandaid, pressure-relieving gel pads and moleskin bandages can be effective for healing a blister. To prevent additional irritation, be sure to wear well-insulated socks with defined heels.

For more professional advice on treating summer blisters, schedule an appointment with a highly qualified foot doctor. At Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee, LLC, our board certified podiatrists Dr. Greg Khaimov, Dr. Daniel Pollack, Dr. Walter Majdanski, and Dr. Yakov Haimof are dedicated to treating blisters and other common foot problems. The center offers convenient locations in Fort Lee NJ, Ringwood NJ, Flushing Queens NY, Woodhaven NY, Brooklyn NY,  and Forest Hills NY. Contact us at (201) 363-9844 and schedule an appointment today!

By contactus@njfootandanklectr.com
July 26, 2017
Category: Foot Care

When you’re scanning lunch menus, wondering what to make for dinner, or searching for an afternoon snack, your feet are rarely the first thing on your mind. However, the right food choices can do wonders for the skin, bones, muscles, and ligaments of your feet. Here’s a list of healthy and foot-friendly food suggestions for you to enjoy this summer: 

Spinach Salad with Cherries and Walnuts

For a delicious light summer salad, try tossing a 5 oz bag of spinach with a few tablespoons of Champagne vinegar, olive oil, a 1/2 cup of dried cherries, and a 1/2 cup of crushed walnuts. The spinach is packed with dairy-free, bone-fueling calcium, while the cherries provide antioxidants that reduce inflammation. The walnuts contain omega-3 oils that enhance your skin’s elasticity.

Soba Noodles with Ginger Broccoli

Broccoli contains a high dose of vitamin C, which fortifies the collagen in your foot’s tendons and ligaments. For an easy summery meal, mix cooked soba noodles with pan-sizzled broccoli, garlic, and ginger. Drizzle 2 tablespoons of lime juice over the top for a refreshing tang.

Pineapple Pomegranate Smoothie

To feed your skin’s healthy glow, blend a smoothie with 1/2 cup water, 1/2 cup pineapple, 1/2 cup frozen berries, and 1/4 cup pomegranate seeds. The pomegranate is filled with antioxidants, and the pineapple is a great source of ligament-repairing enzymes.

Granola with Dark Chocolate Chunks

Start the day with a bowl of chocolate chunk granola, or indulge mid-afternoon for a crunchy snack. Your foot muscles will appreciate the extra surge of protein, while the skin of your feet will benefit from the chocolate’s rich flavonoids.

Homemade Orange Dreamsicles

For a quick summer cool-off, blend 1 cup orange juice with 1 cup coconut milk, 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla, and 3 tablespoons of agave nectar or any natural sweetener. Freeze the mix in popsicle molds for about 4 hours, then enjoy! Be sure to use fortified orange juice to receive the skin-nourishing benefits of its vitamin C as well as its bone-boosting calcium.

In addition to making healthy choices for your feet, it’s always a good idea to see a foot doctor for seasonal check-ups. At Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee, LLC, our board certified podiatrists Dr. Greg Khaimov, Dr. Daniel Pollack, Dr. Walter Majdanski, and Dr. Yakov Haimof are dedicated to treating bunions, heel pain, and other common summer foot issues. The center offers convenient locations in Fort Lee NJ, Ringwood NJ, Flushing Queens NY, Woodhaven NY, Brooklyn NY,  and Forest Hills NY. Contact us at (201) 363-9844 and schedule an appointment today!

By Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee, LLC/Ringwood/Flushing
July 20, 2017
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Toenail Fungus   foot odor   pedicures  

Foot odor: it’s inconvenient, it’s embarrassing, it just plain stinks, and it’s an especial nuisance during the sweat-inducing summer months. With over 3,000 sweat glands per square inch of skin, it’s all-too easy for feet to produce less-than-lovable smells. 

Luckily, there are a number of simple steps you can take to prevent foot odor and treat smelly feet:

Establish a Daily Hygiene Routine

Wash your feet every day and dry them thoroughly. Clean your nails and toes using a cotton ball dipped in gentle disinfectant such as witch hazel or tea tree oil. It’s also important to keep your toenails trimmed and to file away any excess skin. This prevents the growth of toenail fungus.

In addition to these basic steps, you may find it helpful to incorporate foot powders and foot soaks into your foot care routine. You may want to invest in:

  • a pumice stone (for removing dead skin)
  • an emory board (for home pedicures)
  • an orange stick or Hindu stone (to push back cuticles)
  • pleasant-smelling essential oils and lotions (to soften and soothe the skin of your feet)

Rotate Your Shoes and Socks

It’s easy for shoes to accumulate foot sweat if you wear the same pair every day, so keep a variety of comfortable options in your wardrobe. Socks should also be changed every day, and it is recommended that you opt for moisture-wicking fabrics such as cotton or wool.

Change Your Diet

Your diet actively contributes to the growth of fungus and bacteria in your body, which highly affects your foot odor. Podiatrists at Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee recommend limiting your intake of refined carbohydrates and maintaining a diet rich in protein, healthy fats, and anti-inflammatory foods including:

  • leafy greens
  • beets
  • broccoli
  • blueberries
  • pineapple
  • walnuts
  • flax seeds
  • ginger
  • turmeric

For more professional advice on eliminating foot odor, schedule an appointment with a highly qualified foot doctor. At Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee, LLC, our board certified podiatrists Dr. Greg Khaimov, Dr. Daniel Pollack, Dr. Walter Majdanski, and Dr. Yakov Haimof are dedicated to treating foot odor and other common foot problems. The center offers convenient locations in Fort Lee NJ, Ringwood NJ, Flushing Queens NY, Woodhaven NY, Brooklyn NY, and Forest Hills NY. Contact us at (201) 363-9844 and schedule an appointment today!





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