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Posts for: October, 2013

High Heel foot problemsHigh heels can add height and pair up well to your outfits, but they could also wreak havoc on your feet and cause chronic pain, according to Lisa Reed of WTOP. Sporting a heel elevates your feet to an unnatural angle, which then adds pressure to your knees, inflammation on the joints and pinched nerves according to The Washington Post.

Lisa believes there a solution to the pain, and those heels can stay on by following the stiletto workout. Lisa suggests working out the legs, heels, and ankles; but also incorporating the usual foot soaking, and foot rub.    

Although it is important to get adequate exercise for your feet and ankles, as the study indicates, you should be aware of proper exercise techniques before you embark on a new program. A podiatrist like Dr. Greg Khaimov of Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee, LLC. can provide exercise recommendations that allow you to gain strength in your feet and ankles while avoiding foot pain or foot injuries.

Exercise for Your Feet

If you spend most of your time on your feet, or don’t either way your feet should deserve attention. There are many people who exercise regularly and still don’t spend enough time to care for their feet. Your foot does get exposure that requires maintenance since your health has a lot to do with footing.

Exercises

Toe rise – this exercise involves standing on the tip-toes for a count of 15 seconds, then resting your feet on ground. This exercise should be repeated three times a day to strengthen the feet.

Toe Pick-ups – the toes are exercises that are done by picking up small items using your toes. This helps strengthen the muscles on the upper part of the feet. Three sets along with 15 seconds being held should be completed. Small items like marbles or stationary will work.

Ankle Pump – can be performed upwards or downwards. The workout can be completed both ways at the same time. This involves flexing the foot either towards the shin or to the ground. This makes the foot work very well, working large parts of the muscles.

Stretching – your muscles in the feet need to relax and return to its natural stage. Placing both feet onto the ground and leaning with your back against a wall helps. This way when stretching occurs, both feet are relaxed.

If you have any questions, please contact our offices in Fort Lee, NJ or Flushing, NY. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Morton's NeuromaWearing high-heels might be very popular as a fashion staple, but they may also result in serious health problems as well. Those who wear high heels frequently have an increased susceptibility to Morton’s Neuroma, a condition that causes pain or numbness in the feet. In addition, high heels can also cause bunions, ankle injuries, and even bone deformities. Although high-heels are popular, potential buyers should be cautious of the possible harms that these shoes can cause.

If you think you may be suffering from Morton’s Neuroma or other heel-related injuries, don’t be afraid to contact a podiatrist like Dr. Greg Khaimov of Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee, LLC. Dr. Khaimov can help treat your injuries and prevent any permanent damage.

Morton’s Neuroma

Morton's neuroma is a painful foot condition that commonly affects the areas between the third and fourth toe and the ball of the foot, although other areas of the foot are also susceptible to this condition. Morton’s neuroma is caused by an inflamed nerve in the foot that is being squeezed and aggravated by surrounding bones.  Women are more likely than men to have an occurrence of this foot condition. When a person has Morton's neuroma, it can feel as if they are walking on stones or marbles.

What Increases the Chances of having Morton’s Neuroma?

-Ill-fitting high heels or shoes that add pressure to the toe or foot area.
-Jogging, running and any sports that involve constant impact to the foot area.
-Flat feet, bunions, and any other foot deformity may put you at a higher risk for developing Morton’s neuroma.

If you suspect that you may have this condition, you should visit your podiatrist. A podiatrist will first conduct a thorough physical examination to check for palpable masses between the bones of the foot. The podiatrist will also apply pressure to the foot or toe area to replicate the pain a person experiences when active. The podiatrist may also prescribe an x-ray to rule out other conditions or problems.

If you have any questions, please contact our offices in Fort Lee, NJ or Flushing, NY. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Bunions“They’re bad, they’re bad. She has toes on top of toes and bunions that look like golf balls on the sides, and the joints are gone. Can you imagine?” said Susie Schallert’s older sister, Pattyreffering to her bunions.

Susie Schallerthas struggled with bunions reshaping her toes since she was a teenager. Schallert, who has Down’s Syndrome, must undergo surgery to help correct the deformities in order to continue dancing.

The postoperative procedure was successful, as four pins were placed in Susie’s foot. Susie will also consider having a total joint replacement procedure in her foot.

Bunions themselves are a common problem people face, and can make it difficult for one to walk or move. If you are experiencing toe pain or foot pain that you think might be related to bunions, it is recommended to seek the care of a podiatrist such as Dr. Greg Khaimov of Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee, LLC.

When is Foot Surgery Needed?

Foot surgery is usually required in events where regular therapy has proven to be ineffective. Surgeons often use foot surgery as a last resort because of its invasive nature. In many cases physical therapy, medication, rest, exercise, and casts can help to heal a foot injury.

However, sometimes you may need to have surgery done without ever having an injury. Foot surgery can correct a birth defect or deformity or be used for reconstructive purposes. Foot surgery is designed to improve the quality of your feet and to help you return to your daily life.

In extreme cases where the foot cannot be saved, or is beyond repair and is hinders the health of nearby parts of the body, amputation may be a necessary. However the main goal is to save the feet, making such options a last resort.

If you have any questions, please contact our offices in Fort Lee, NJ or Flushing, NY. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Choosing the right running shoeA shoe company is releasing a new line of running shoes inspired by the reality series Duck Dynasty. To promote the new project, A & E Network is connecting with Rockethub for “Project Startup”, and if the proposal can raise up to $100k, they will donate $20k to wounded veterans groups.

The innovative new footwear makes use of a exclusive equipment known as WaveSpring, a lightweight coil that pillows and yields energy for not as much of a tension in the foot and more relaxation. Above 200 people have accomplished marathons and races wearing these shoes, and a study showed those who wore these running shoes had a reduced heart rate and could run an average of 20 seconds per mile faster.

When beginning a new exercise regimen, such as running, it is recommended to seek the care of a podiatrist like Dr. Greg Khaimov of Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee, LLC. Dr. Khaimov will not only provide you with recommendations for the appropriate footwear to use while running, but can also treat and care for all your foot injuries.

Choosing the Right Running Shoes for Your Foot Type

Injury and stress on the foot can be an important factor on which kind of shoe you’re wearing. It is important to find out what fits you based on cushioning, stability and motion. Speak with a shoe specialist or retail professional to see what your foot type is.

Running Mechanics

When you are running or walking in your shoes, every step determines how your foot is landing. Pronation is the natural rolling of your ankle from outside to inside during foot strike.

Pronation is a correct form of walking or running. It helps absorb shock and store energy from your lower extremities. Neutral runners who pronate correctly do not need specific shoes, since they have stability and control.

If you have any questions, please contact our offices in Fort Lee, NJ or Flushing, NY. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Diabetic Foot CareExperts at Duke University Medical Center have found that diabetic patients with the APOE4 gene are more prone to peripheral neuropathy. This research also suggests that some people are more prone to neuropathy as a result of their genetics.

According to Geoff Michaels of NewsFix, about half of people afflicted with diabetes get peripheral neuropathy, where nerve impairment in the feet occurs as a result of decreased blood flow. This increases the risk of diabetic foot ulcers and other complications as a result. Taking control and monitoring your blood sugar could help prevent neuropathy.  

If you are currently suffering from diabetes and need help with diabetic foot care, it is recommended to seek the care of a podiatrist like Dr. Greg Khaimov of Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee, LLC. Dr. Khaimov can help you manage your diabetic feet to ensure that they remain healthy, while also providing you with any treatment options if any problems do arise.

Diabetic Foot Care

Diabetes affects millions of people of all ages each year. Diabetes damages blood vessels in many parts of the body, including the feet. When damage occurs to nerves in the feet, they may be unable to send the proper signals to the peripheral nervous system, resulting in a condition known as neuropathy. Once a diabetic patient develops neuropathy, it is imperative that the feet are well taken care of to avoid possible amputation of the feet.

The Importance of Caring for Your Feet

- Regularly check your feet for bruises or sores.
- Wear socks that fit your feet; socks shouldn’t be tight.
- Wear properly fitting shoes that are comfortable.

To learn more about Diabetic Foot Care please follow link below.

If you have any questions, please contact our offices in Fort Lee, NJ or Flushing, NY. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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