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Posts for: April, 2014

candace bureCandace Bure, one of this year’s contestants on Dancing with the Stars, posted a photo of her leg wrapped in ice and a bandage on Twitter with the caption “Great way to start off my day!!  Don’t worry, it looks worse than it is… Unless it’s not.  X-ray tomorrow!”

The Full House star incurred a leg injury last week that she believes might be tendonitis. She won’t know for sure until she gets an MRI scan, but if it turns out to be a fracture, then she may not be able to keep competing on the show.

Dealing with an Achilles tendon injury can be an extremely unpleasant experience. If you think your Achilles might be damaged, call podiatrist Dr. Greg Khaimov, DPM of Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee, LLC. Dr. Khaimov can examine your lower extremities and provide you with an appropriate form of care.

What is the Achilles Tendon?

The Achilles tendon is a tendon that connects the lower leg muscles and calf to the heel of the foot. It is the strongest tendon in the human body, and is essential for making movement possible. Because this tendon is such an integral part of the body, any injuries to it can cause severe difficulties and should immediately be presented to a doctor.

What are the symptoms of an Achilles Tendon Injury?

There are various types of injuries that can affect the Achilles tendon. The two most common are Achilles tendinitis and ruptures of the tendon.

Achilles Tendinitis Symptoms

- Inflammation
- Dull to Severe Pain
- Increased blood flow to the tendon
- Thickening of the tendon

Rupture Symptoms

- Extreme pain and swelling in the foot
- Total immobility

Treatment and Prevention

Achilles tendon injuries are diagnosed by a thorough physical evaluation. Often the doctor will order an MRI to confirm the diagnosis. Treatment will involve rest, physical therapy, and in some cases, surgery. However, various preventative measures can be taken to avoid these injuries, such as:

- Thorough stretching of the tendon before and after exercise

- Strengthening exercises like calf raises, squats, leg curls, leg extensions, leg raises, lunges, and leg presses

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

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heel painA recent study published by scientists at Guangzhou Dongsheng Hospital and Guangzhou Social Welfare House indicates that acupuncture may be effective at treating heel pain in people who suffer from conditions like plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendonitis.

A researcher named Xu Xuemeng and his team conducted an experiment involving 66 patients experiencing some form of heel pain. Some of the test subjects received filiform acupuncture needle treatment, while others were treated with more conventional drugs. After six months, the scientists found that the patients given acupuncture had an effective rate of 97%, compared to 76% in the control group.

Heel pain can be caused by a variety of foot and ankle conditions. If you are experiencing heel pain, think about consulting with podiatrist Dr. Greg Khaimov, DPM of Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee, LLC. Dr. Khaimov can identify the source of your discomfort and help you get the care you need.

Causes of Heel Pain

● Heel pain is often associated with plantar fasciitis. The plantar fascia is a band of tissues that extends along the bottom of the foot. A rip or tear in this ligament can cause inflammation of the tissue
● Achilles tendonitis is another cause of heel pain. Inflammation of the Achilles tendon will cause pain from fractures and muscle tearing. Lack of flexibility is also another symptom.
● Heel spurs are another cause of pain. When the tissues of the plantar fascia undergo a great deal of stress, it can lead to ligament separation from the heel bone, causing heel spurs.

Why Might Heel Pain Occur?

- Wearing ill-fitting shoes                 
- Wearing non-supportive shoes
- Weight change          
- Excessive running

Treatments

Heel pain should be treated as soon as possible for immediate results. Keeping your feet in a stress free environment will help. If you suffer from Achilles tendonitis or plantar fasciitis, applying ice will reduce the swelling. Stretching before an exercise like running will help the muscles. Using all these tips will help make heel pain a thing of the past.

With the advancements in technology and greater knowledge of how muscles and joints work, physical therapists can turn things around dramatically.    

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

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 Osteosarcoma Diagnosis Revealed by Broken Foot in Sixth GraderA sixth-grader at Creekside Christian Academy, Dylan McCabe, was found to have bone cancer in his right leg when he had incurred a broken bone over his Christmas break.

Tammy McCabe, Dylan’s mother, said, “It was a blessing that he broke his foot, because we wouldn’t have known otherwise.”

McCabe’s mother, a month after he received his injury, wondered why her son’s foot was still swollen when the doctor removed his cast. Many theories were put forward, tried, and found to be false. That is, until they made another trip to an orthopedist where x-rays had revealed that Dylan was suffering from a rare cancer, osteosarcoma.

The tumor in his leg measured fourteen inches in length and sat between his hipbone and knee. “The doctors said it had probably been growing for six months,” said Tammy McCabe. “Dylan never complained about any pain, though.”

A broken foot can happen to just about anyone---sometimes it can even be a blessing in disguise. If you or someone you know has suffered a broken foot, come see podiatrist Dr. Greg Khaimov, DPM of Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee, LLC. Dr. Khaimov can treat your foot and ankle injuries with the professionalism and care they require.  

Broken Foot Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment

A broken foot is caused by one of the bones in the foot ‘breaking’, or fracturing. Bones typically break when the bone is bended, crushed, or stretched beyond its natural capabilities. Usually the location of the fracture indicates how the break occurred, whether it was through an object, fall, or any other type of injury.  

Common Symptoms of Broken Feet:

· Bruising
· Pain
· Redness
· Swelling
· Blue (foot)
· Numbness
· Cold
· Misshapen
· Cuts
· Deformities

Those who are experiencing any of these symptoms, or suspect that they have a broken foot, should seek medical attention in a center where x-rays can be performed. This is especially urgent if any of the symptoms include numbness, blue coloring, cold feet, cuts, misshapen toes or deformities as these indicate more severe cases.

To learn more about broken foot and its treatment, please follow link below.

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

Read more on Broken Foot Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment.


Jose Iglesias is Out for Six Months with Stress Fractures in Both Legs Jose Iglesias, the Detroit Tigers shortstop, will be out for about four to six months because of stress fractures he incurred in both legs. Manager, Dave Dombrowski indicated to the public that the team will move forward to play the season without Iglesias.

Iglesias will be trained onto non-weight bearing exercises and upper-body conditioning for four to six months. He will be required to undergo several tests to see why the stress fractures occurred. “This is a very rare situation for somebody at any age, but particularly a young individual,” Dombrowski said. X-rays, MRIs and bone scans showed that Iglesias was having a stress reaction.

Stress fractures can be incredibly painful. If you believe you might have sustained a stress fracture, visit podiatrist Dr. Greg Khaimov of Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee. Dr. Khaimov can examine perform an examination and determine the best treatment course for your injury needs.   

Dealing with Stress Fractures of the Foot and Ankle

The Stress Fractures occur on the foot and ankle when muscles in these areas weaken from too much or too little use.  Then the feet and ankles lose support when walking or running from the impact of the ground. Since there is no protection the bones receive the full impact of each step. The stress on the feet causes cracks to form in the bones, thus called stress fractures.

What are Stress Fractures?

Common among individuals whose daily activities cause great impact on the feet and ankles. Stress factors are most common among:

-runners                                 
-people affected with Osteoporosis
-play tennis or basketball
-gymnastics
-high impact workouts

Symptoms

Pain from the fractures occur in the area of the fractures, and can be constant or intermittent. It will often cause sharp or dull pain with swelling and tenderness. Engaging in any kind of activity which involves in high impact will aggravate pain.

Treatment

The individual and the degree of injury depend on the fracture of the foot. Some fractures heal very fast while others take a long times and one would need crutches.

For more information about Stress Fractures, follow the link below.

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

Read more about Stress Fractures.


broken ankleDaniel Curry, an actor starring in the Broadway musical about Spider Man, suffered an almost crippling injury on the set. The New York Times reports that Curry’s foot was snagged in a mechanical stage lift and that surgeons had to displace three fourths of his foot. In addition to the removal and replacement of a large majority of his foot, three places in both the foot and leg were pulverized requiring pins and plates. The actor is forced to uses crutches and wears a boot for orthopedic reasons.

As a result of his injuries, Curry has lodged a complaint and is suing the producers of the show; Michael Cohl and Jeremiah Harris, for negligence. The dancer/actor is not sure if he will ever dance again.

Broken feet are incredibly painful. If you’ve sustained a broken ankle, visit a podiatrist like Dr. Greg Khaimov, DPM of Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee. Dr. Khaimov will treat your ankle and ensure full recovery.

Broken Foot Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment

A broken foot is caused by one of the bones in the foot ‘breaking’, or fracturing. Bones typically break when the bone is bended, crushed, or stretched beyond its natural capabilities. Usually the location of the fracture indicates how the break occurred, whether it was through an object, fall, or any other type of injury. 

Common Symptoms of Broken Feet:

· Bruising
· Pain
· Redness
· Swelling
· Blue (foot)
· Numbness
· Cold
· Misshapen
· Cuts
· Deformities

Those who are experiencing any of these symptoms, or suspect that they have a broken foot, should seek medical attention in a center where x-rays can be performed. This is especially urgent if any of the symptoms include numbness, blue coloring, cold feet, cuts, misshapen toes or deformities as these indicate more severe cases.

To learn more about broken foot and its treatment, please follow link below.

For more information, contact our offices in Brooklyn and Flushing NY, and Fort Lee, NJ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

Read more on Broken Foot Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment.




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