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podiatry biomechanicsScientists from the University of Queensland conducted a research that sheds new light on foot muscles. Two experiments seem to back this discovery. The first experiment involved weights being tied to the knees of two test subjects, with the scientists monitoring the responses of the muscles in their feet.

The second experiment had electrical stimulation performed. The tissues in the foot muscles caused the arch to rise during activation. Dr. Glen Lichtwark believes these findings could provide an important role in shoe design and foot rehabilitation.

Biomechanics are the parts that make up your feet. For more information, see podiatrist Dr. Greg Khaimov of Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee. Dr. Khaimov can address your concerns and treat your foot and ankle needs.   

Biomechanics in Podiatry

Podiatric biomechanics is a sect of specialized podiatry that features licensed practitioners trained in diagnosing and treating conditions that affect the foot, ankle and lower leg. Biomechanics focuses on the issues that affect the body and cause an interference with the biological structure. It also focuses on the foot and ankle’s movement and the forces that interact with them.

A History of Biomechanics

-Biomechanics historically dates back to ancient Egypt, which utilized professional foot care

-Biomechanics gained a high profile in 1974 thanks to the studies of Merton Root, who claimed by changing or controlling the ankle and foot’s forces, as well as diagnosing conditions and making corrections, could be used to gain strength and coordination to the affected area.

Improvements in modern technology are based on both therapeutic processes and past theories. These help provide a better understanding of podiatry concepts for biomechanics. Computers can provide an accurate determination regarding the movements and patterns of the lower legs and feet with important information captured.

Increasing awareness and advances in available materials have helped enhance corrective methods and offer further options for foot-related injuries.

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

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poor circulationIt’s common for women going through menopause to experience uncomfortable issues like cold feet, hyperhidrosis, and insomnia. According to Dr. Nike Bello, a gynecologist and obstetrician from the University College Hospital in Ibadan, many of these conditions are the result of the hormonal imbalances the body goes through at this stage.

As she explains to the Daily Post, slow circulation of the blood is typical during menopause because of women’s changing hormone levels. To warm up the coldness in the feet that sometimes comes from this, Dr. Bello recommends taking short walks, exercising three hours before bed, and eating plenty of fruits and vegetables during the day.

Poor circulation in the feet can be tricky to deal with. For professional assistance with this condition, consult with podiatrist Dr. Greg Khaimov of Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee. Dr. Khaimov will assess the level of blood flow in your feet and help you figure out what to do to increase it.

Poor Circulation in the Feet

Poor blood circulation in the feet and legs is caused by peripheral artery disease (PAD), which is the result of a buildup of plaque in the arteries.

Plaque buildup or atherosclerosis results from excess calcium and cholesterol in the bloodstream. It usually restricts the amount of blood which can flow through the arteries. Poor blood circulation in the feet and legs are sometimes caused by inflammation in the blood vessels, known as vasculitis.

Causes

Lack of oxygen and oxygen from poor blood circulation restricts muscle growth and development.

It can also cause:

-muscle pain    -numbness in legs

-cramps            -skin discoloration

-weakness        -slower nail & hair growth

-stiffness         -erectile dysfunction

Those who have diabetes and or smoke are at greatest risk for poor circulation, or who are over 50.

If you have poor circulation in the feet and legs it may be caused by PAD, and is important to make changes to your lifestyle in order to reduce risk of getting a heart attack or stroke. Exercise and maintain a healthy lifestyle will dramatically improve conditions.

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

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Hyperhidrosis of the FeetA team at John Hopkins Hospital has revealed a technique they’ve been developing which is believed to have a potential to effectively treat hyperhidrosis. Hyperhidrosis is a disorder that involves recurring, profuse sweat in the hands, feet, and armpits of sufferers.

Normally, the only kinds of treatment available to patients with this condition are temporary ones like botox injections. But doctors at Hopkins’ “Center for Sweat Disorders” claim that they can reduce the effects of hyperhidrosis by cutting patients’ sympathico nerves, a procedure that works quickly and is easy to bounce back from.

Hyperhidrosis isn’t always a health concern, but it’s unpleasant and can affect your self-esteem and overall hygiene. For professional advice about hyperhidrosis in the feet speak with a podiatrist like Dr. Greg Khaimov of Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee. Dr. Khaimov can examine your feet and teach you on how to treat your foot condition.

Hyperhidrosis of the Feet

Hyperhidrosis is a rare disorder that can cause people to have excessive sweating of their feet. This can usually occur all on its own without rigorous activity involved. People who suffer from hyperhidrosis may also experience sweaty palms.

Although it is said that sweating is a healthy process meant to cool down the body temperature and to maintain a proper internal temperature, hyperhidrosis may prove to be a huge hindrance on a person’s everyday life.

Plantar hyperhidrosis is considered to be the main form of hyperhidrosis. Secondary hyperhidrosis can refer to sweating that occurs in areas other than the feet or hands and armpits. Often this may be a sign of it being related to another medical condition such as menopause, hyperthyroidism and even Parkinson’s disease.

Botox is a common option only because these injections minimize the sweat glands. A final last resort approach would be surgery but it’s best to speak with your doctor to find out what may be the best treatment for you.

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

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rheumatoid arthritisAccording to Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences, the number of Canadians affected by rheumatoid arthritis has significantly increased from 43,000 to 97,000 from the years 1996 to 2010. Although the number of arthritic patients has risen, the number of doctors available to help these patients has remained roughly the same.

As a result, those who need this type care have to contend with long waiting periods, sometimes even months. “What we’re faced with is an onslaught of patients with this disease with very few physicians that have the training and the ability to treat them properly,” said Claire Bombardier, the lead author of the study.

Rheumatoid arthritis can be troublesome if left untreated. If you struggle with foot or ankle related arthritis, see podiatrist Dr. Greg Khaimov of Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee. Dr. Khaimov can help provide a treatment plan for your needs.   

What Is Rheumatoid Arthritis?

Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disorder in which the body’s own immune system attacks the membranes surrounding the joints. Inflammation of the lining and eventually the destruction of the joint’s cartilage and bone occurs, causing severe pain and immobility.

Rheumatoid Arthritis of the Feet

Although RA usually attacks multiple bones and joints throughout the entire body, almost 90 percent of cases result in pain in the foot or ankle area. Pain often initially presents in the toes before the condition worsens and spreads throughout the entire foot. Rheumatoid arthritis appears to be genetically inherited, so if you have a family history of RA, you may be predisposed to suffer from it as well.

Symptoms

- Swelling & pain in the feet
- Stiffness in the feet
- Pain on the ball or sole of feet
- Joint shift and deformation

Diagnosis

Quick diagnosis of RA in the feet is important so that the podiatrist can treat the area effectively. Your doctor will ask you about your medical history, occupation, and lifestyle to determine the origin of the condition. Rheumatoid Factor tests help to determine if someone is affected by the disease.

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