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By Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee, LLC/Ringwood/Flushing
July 10, 2019

A recent estimate by the World Health Organization indicates that over 375 million people have been diagnosed with diabetes worldwide. In another ten or fifteen years, that number is expected to explode, with diabetes becoming the sixth leading cause of severe disability and even death.

Since one of the major symptoms of diabetes is a reduction of feeling in the feet due to nerve damage, people can be unaware that a wound or other injury has even occurred. Since the immune response in people with diabetes is so slow, infection can rapidly set in. Daily foot inspections are essential for noticing any problems before they progress to an infection and possible need for amputation. 

Some of the many things to be looking out for when you inspect your feet include the following:

  1. Blisters, sores, cuts, and bruises may take longer to heal and may require aggressive treatment to prevent any infections.
  2. Itchy, cracking, peeling, or wrinkled skin is more common in people who have diabetes.
  3. Infections can cause dark streaks, warming, swelling, and pain. You may notice pus and blood at the site.
  4. The color of your skin may become more pink, pale, dark or red. Black or blue skin may be a sign of a serious injury or infection.
  5. Changes in the shape or appearance of your toes, feet, and ankles.

If you have been diagnosed with diabetes, you should make a habit of seeing your foot doctor to catch problems before they worsen. Contact the foot doctors at Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee, LLC. Our team of board certified podiatrists includes Greg Khaimov, DPM, FACFAS, Daniel Pollack, DPM, FACFAS, Walter Majdanski, DPM, AACFAS, Yakov Haimof, DPM, Mathew Yagudayev, DPM, AACFAS, and Kevin Jeong, DPM. The center offers convenient locations in Fort Lee NJ, Ringwood NJ, 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 01, 2019
Category: toenail conditions

Ingrown toenails are a common and painful condition that often affects the big toe, but any of your toes can be affected. The condition is characterized by the side of the toenail growing into the tender skin on the edge of your toes rather than over the top. Just wearing shoes can be very painful since they can push the nail into your tender skin with every step. Untreated, ingrown toenails can lead to fungal toenail or bacterial infections, so be sure to see your foot doctor for the proper treatment.

4 treatments for ingrown toenails include the following:

  1. Cut your toenails carefully—The major cause of getting ingrown toenails in the first place is from poor cutting technique. Be careful that you don’t cut your toenails too short. Cut them straight across or on just a slight curve to help prevent the edge of the nail from digging into your skin.
  2. Soak, clean and dry your feet—Soak your feet in a warm bath for ten minutes to soften any hard skin that may be around the nail. This will reduce friction and pain. Always keep your feet and toes clean using a mild soap. Be sure to carefully dry your feet and especially the area between the toes to help prevent infections.
  3. Use spacers between your toes—Moleskin spacers can be placed between your toes to hold them apart and thereby decrease pressure on the edge of the nail.
  4. Raise the edge of the nail—This may hurt a little, but you can lift up the edge of the nail and insert a small piece of cotton underneath. This action will hold the nail away from the skin and minimize additional ingrowing.

If you continue to experience pain, swelling, and redness around the affected nails after trying these methods, see your foot doctor for an evaluation and additional treatment. Consult with the foot doctors at Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee, LLC. Our team of board-certified podiatrists includes Greg Khaimov, DPM, FACFAS, Daniel Pollack, DPM, FACFAS, Walter Majdanski, DPM, AACFAS, Yakov Haimof, DPM, Mathew Yagudayev, DPM, AACFAS, and Kevin Jeong, DPM. The center offers convenient locations in Fort Lee NJ, Ringwood NJ, 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
June 26, 2019

The Achilles tendon is the largest tendon that you have in your body. It connects from the heel bone to the calf muscle and makes it possible to stand, walk, and exercise. While runners and athletes are more susceptible to experiencing the inflammation and pain of Achilles tendonitis, it can also happen to people who have been sedentary for a long period.

Suddenly starting an exercise program without proper warm up and training can cause considerable tendon pressure. Wearing high heeled shoes can cause the calf muscle to shorten which also stresses the Achilles tendon.

Symptoms of Achilles tendonitis

Whenever you experience the following symptoms, stop what you are doing and investigate before continuing to avoid causing more damage to the tendon:

  • Pain, swelling, and stiffness in the back of the heel that continues even after resting
  • Pain and swelling in the heel and calf that gets worse with even minor exercise

If you continue stressing the tendon, it can tear or even completely break, requiring surgery to reattach.

 Treatment for Achilles tendonitis includes the following:

  • Resting—Stop performing any activities that are making your symptoms worsen.
  • Icing—Pain and inflammation can be greatly reduced by applying ice to the heel area and calf for ten minutes, several times a day.
  • Physical therapy exercises—Stretching exercises for the calf muscle can help ease Achilles tendon problems.
  • Wear properly-fitted shoes with custom orthoticsYour podiatrist can do a computerized gait analysis to make sure you are wearing properly-fitted shoes with the correct orthotic inserts.

If you are suffering from Achilles tendon problems, consult with the foot doctors at Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee, LLC. Our team of board-certified podiatrists includes Greg Khaimov, DPM, FACFAS, Daniel Pollack, DPM, FACFAS, Walter Majdanski, DPM, AACFAS, Yakov Haimof, DPM, Mathew Yagudayev, DPM, AACFAS, and Kevin Jeong, DPM. 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
June 19, 2019
Category: skin conditions

Having calluses and cracked heels is a common foot problem that is usually just a minor annoyance for the majority of people and some thick skin is essential and beneficial to the proper cushioning and protection of your feet. However, when calluses get too thick and start cracking and bleeding, they can be very painful and make it hard to walk. A heel fissure can develop possibly leading to an infection and even amputation in severe cases.

Some of the causes of cracked heels include the following:

  • Standing and walking on hard surfaces all day for work
  • Being overweight adds pressure to your feet and can split your heel
  • Thyroid condition
  • Estrogen abnormality
  • Peripheral neuropathy 
  • Skin diseases like psoriasis and eczema
  • Wearing shoes that have an open back
  • Vitamin and mineral deficiencies
  • Blood circulation problems
  • Genetic component

Drinking sufficient healthy liquids (and avoiding sugary beverages and alcohol) throughout the day will help keep your skin hydrated. Consuming or applying omega 3 fatty acids is also good for the skin.

Some treatments for cracked heels include the following:

  1. The hard skin needs to be removed carefully with a file or pumice stone to avoid bleeding
  2. Holding cracks together with strapping will help them to heal faster
  3. Custom orthotic shoe inserts like the heel cup are effective at preventing the heel from expanding and cracking
  4. Creams and ointments will help rehydrate the skin

If you need help with cracking heels, consult with the foot doctors at Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee, LLC. Our team of board certified podiatrists includes Greg Khaimov, DPM, FACFAS, Daniel Pollack, DPM, FACFAS, Walter Majdanski, DPM, AACFAS, Yakov Haimof, DPM, Mathew Yagudayev, DPM, AACFAS, and Kevin Jeong, DPM. 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
June 11, 2019
Category: proper footwear

High-heeled shoes are becoming increasingly vilified for all the pain and discomfort they cause. In fact, they are even now being shunned by fashion houses in favor of strutting in luxury sneakers on the catwalk! Women have suffered from the ill effects of high heels for a long time, but the trends are finally leading to more sensible options that don’t cause heel pain and other painful conditions like corns, bunions, and ingrown toenails, just to name a few.

Some of the major foot issues caused by wearing high-heeled shoes include the following:

  • Toe deformities—High heeled shoes compress your toes together, contributing to the formation of bunions, hammertoes, and mallet toes.
  • NeuromaMorton’s neuroma is one type of nerve condition that occurs near the ball of the foot. Having your toes scrunched together contributes to pressure on the nerve.
  • Achilles tendon injury—Wearing high-heeled shoes also increases pressure on the back of the foot where the Achilles tendon inserts at the heel bone. This tendon can actually decrease in length from repeatedly wearing high-heeled shoes, contributing to Achilles tendonitis and the formation of heel spurs.

For those who insist on continuing to wear high heels, do so in moderation for special occasions and if required for work. Always carry a pair of comfortable shoes that you can quickly put on to give your feet a rest such as during your commute to work.

If you have foot problems caused by wearing high-heeled shoes, consult with the foot doctors at Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee, LLC. Our team of board-certified podiatrists includes Greg Khaimov, DPM, FACFAS, Daniel Pollack, DPM, FACFAS, Walter Majdanski, DPM, AACFAS, Yakov Haimof, DPM, Mathew Yagudayev, DPM, AACFAS, and Kevin Jeong, DPM. 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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