Posts for category: Foot Care
Keeping your feet healthy after all the walking, running, climbing, and standing they do on a daily basis can be more easily accomplished when you take the time and effort to properly care for them before problems pop up. When you do notice signs of any problems, see your foot doctor to take care of them before they get more pronounced and painful, especially if you have diabetes.
Excellent proactive ways to keep your feet healthy include the following:
- Regular foot inspections—While it’s especially important for patients with diabetes to perform daily foot inspections, we can all benefit from a daily or at least weekly foot checkup. Look for bruises, blisters, and cuts and don’t forget to look between your toes and at the bottoms of your feet, using a mirror if needed. Check your toenails for fungal infections or any signs of ingrown toenails. Foot deformities like bunions respond to treatment better in the early stages so early detection is preferable.
- Correct toenail cutting method—Take the effort to carefully trim your toenails as straight across as possible and a little beyond the end of the toe to help avoid ingrown toenails. This way, the toenail won’t be able to easily grow into the tender skin at the edge.
- Wear properly-fitted shoes with custom orthotic inserts—Your footwear needs to be supportive with extra room in the toe box so your toes can move without rubbing against the inside of your shoes. Having a computerized gait analysis performed by your foot doctor will determine your foot type. The use of custom orthotic inserts, braces, and arch supports can alleviate pain and discomfort in your feet, knees, hips, and back as well.
Keep your feet healthy with regular visits to your podiatrist. Consult with our board-certified podiatrists at Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee, LLC. 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!
Keeping your feet healthy and in optimal shape can be difficult, but wearing the right shoes that are properly sized and fitted is the most important factor in avoiding injury, pain, and discomfort. Always choose a shoe that is made for the activity in which you will be engaged, and be sure to replace your footwear whenever it becomes worn out and unsupportive.
Two essential shoe tips for happy feet include:
- Footwear that is the right size—Many folks underestimate the amount of change their feet experience in a year. Your feet flatten out and become wider as you age, and the size can change as much as a half an inch year to year. Try to go shopping for shoes at the end of your day when your feet have reached their maximum size. Be sure to get both feet measured since one foot may have changed more than the other. It’s not uncommon for your two feet to be a half size or more apart in length.
- Proper arch and ball support—Correct arch and ball support are essential for proper foot mechanics. Always have your arch type properly determined with a computerized gait analysis (your podiatrist can do this) and make sure you use orthotic inserts to correct any of these gait abnormalities. The ball of the foot needs to be well supported and orthotics can also help in that regard. Having your arch and ball properly supported will help avoid many foot and ankle injuries and also helps alignment of your knees, hips, and back.
For help getting the perfect shoes for your feet, consult with our board-certified podiatrists at Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee, LLC. 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!
Your feet really are a marvel of engineering and they do an incredible job every day to get you through your day. While you may tend to take your feet for granted (75% of us do!) while they do all the work of walking, standing, and exercising, here a few things to remind yourself how truly awesome your feet are.
Here are 5 fascinating foot facts:
- The largest feet ever seen—The biggest feet ever measured belong to a Venezuelan man named J. Hernandez, and are a size 26! That’s over sixteen inches long!
- Amazing components—With over 100 muscles, tendons and connecting tissues, 26 bone, and 33 joints, your feet are a design masterpiece.
- Toenail growth rate—Did you know that your toenails grow at a much slower rate than your fingernails? Toenails grow only 1/16th of an inch per month, whereas fingernails can easily grow 1/8th of an inch or more. Nails grow faster during pregnancy, the teenage years, and during the summer months.
- The thickest skin on your body—The skin on the bottoms of your feet is the thickest anywhere on your body. The heel area is very susceptible to forming cracked calluses that could possibly become infected through fissures, so inspect your feet for any cuts or wounds, especially if you have diabetes.
- Stress and pressure absorption—Your feet absorb the equivalent of hundreds of tons of weight every day.
Another fascinating foot fact to consider is that you probably have a foot problem you are not treating, since over three-fourths of people say they neglect their feet. This can be remedied by a visit to your foot doctor, so be sure to consult with our board-certified podiatrists at Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee, LLC. 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!
Having hard, rough, abrasive skin on your feet looks ugly, and can often feel uncomfortable.
Hard skin on the foot can be easily removed using a file or pumice stone. A pumice stone is naturally abrasive and is made of volcanic rock and crystals, which is an earthy addition to your foot care program. Rubbing away the dead skin on your feet allows new skin cells to grow unimpeded and ushers in a nice smooth texture.
There are a variety of methods for dealing with this common problem, some of which include the following:
- Custom made orthotic inserts—If you have an underlying foot problem, your foot doctor may prescribe custom-made padded inserts that can relieve the pressure on the heel, and on corns and calluses.
- Trimming away dead skin—It’s best to let your foot doctor cut away thickened skin or trim a bothersome corn during an office visit. Your foot specialist can do the trimming without causing any unnecessary bleeding which could end up causing an infection.
- Acid peels—Your podiatrist may recommend a patch containing a high concentration of salicylic acid. While these patches are available at your pharmacy, the prescription strength medicine is more effective at more rapid hard skin removal. The peels may be used in conjunction with abrasive methods.
- Antibiotic medication—Antibiotic cream or ointment may be prescribed to reduce any risk of infection.
- Surgery—In severe cases, your foot specialist may recommend surgery to correct problems like the intrusion of a bone that may be causing friction and callus formation.
If you have difficult to treat hardened skin on your feet, consult with our board-certified podiatrists at Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee, LLC. 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!
Taking good care of your feet through the holidays is a wonderful way to thank them for all the hard work they do. They allow you to stand, walk, run, shop, and dance with often so little thought given to them, unless something malfunctions or becomes painful. Good foot care is a great way to pamper your fabulous feet and can help avoid complications down the road.
Here are some great foot care tips to help you pamper your feet:
- Daily foot check—One of the best ways to avoid problems with your feet is by catching anything abnormal before it has a chance to worsen. This can be accomplished during a daily foot inspection to look for cuts, scrapes, bruises, and ingrown or fungal toenail trouble.
- Keep your feet clean, dry, and moisturized—Carefully wash your feet every day with warm, soapy water and dry carefully. Keep your skin supple and smooth by applying an emollient cream to rough skin.
- Get a pedicure—A great way to pamper your feet for the holidays is with a professional pedicure. Be sure your salon follows good hygiene practices and that all state and local licenses are up to date.
- Wear comfortable shoes—Only wear high heels on special occasions, if necessary, and choose shoes that are comfortable, supportive, and with plenty of room in the toe box for your toes to move around. Avoiding high heels also helps prevent corns and calluses and other toe deformities like hammertoes and bunions.
If you are concerned about any problems you noticed during your foot inspection, consult with our board certified podiatrists at Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee, LLC. 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!