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Posts for: June, 2014

Now that summer is here, many people will be walking around with flip-flops on, which means that soon podiatrists’ offices around the country will be filled with patients suffering from heel pain, ankle injuries, and deformities like hammertoes. According to Siouxland Matters, flip-flops may even have eclipsed high heels as the most injury-causing style of footwear.

This doesn’t mean that they should never be worn, but they should certainly be used in moderation and avoided altogether during activities involving a lot of walking or exercising. Sandals that offer greater arch support can also be a safer alternative. “There's only 26 little bones in the feet compared to the rest of the body so if you start throwing your foot off from a biomechanical standpoint, the next thing it goes is to the knees, the next place is the hip, next place is the back so it's important that you start with your feet,” said Dr. Valerie Tallerico, a local physician. “Have the best shoe support that you can.”

Hammertoes are painful foot deformities typically caused by overuse of improper footwear. If you think that you might be suffering from a hammertoe, consider visiting podiatrist Dr. Greg Khaimov, D.P.M. of Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee, LLC. Dr. Khaimov can treat your condition and teach you how to avoid causing more damage to your feet.

Hammertoe

Hammertoe is little-known a painful condition that affects the second, third and fourth toes involving different joints of the toe and foot. Hammertoe can be caused by many other conditions such as RA (rheumatoid arthritis), osteoarthritis, trauma or injuries to your foot, it can be hereditary and it can also be caused by a cerebral vascular accident. If you wear shoes that are too narrow or short for your feet, it may exacerbate any pain you already have.

It is really important to your overall well-being to seek out medical attention at the first signs of foot pain or anything that may hinder your ability to walk in a normal manner. Taking care of your feet is one of the first steps to being able to live a full and healthy life.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact one of our offices, located in Fort Lee, NJ and Brooklyn and Flushing, NY. We offer the latest in diagnostic and treatment technologies to give you the best care options available.

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Diabetic patients sometimes have trouble knowing when their feet are forming ulcers because nerve damage has left them without feeling in their lower extremities. Luckily, a solution to this problem is on the horizon in the form of “Smart Socks,” a new product being developed by scientists at the University of Arizona.

Smart Socks contain advanced sensors that can let doctors know when the wearer experiences pressure in their feet. The idea is to make it easier for medical professionals to identify where ulcers are likely to grow so they can stop them in their early stages. The inventors of the socks hope to make them available for sale to the public by 2019.

Diabetes is one of the most dangerous and persistent systemic diseases of the foot and ankle. It’s best to deal with this kind of disease as early as possible with the help of a podiatrist like Dr. Greg Khaimov, DPM of Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee, LLC. Dr. Khaimov can assess the level of damage, if any, that your feet have sustained and provide you with the professional care you need to keep them healthy.

Systemic Diseases of the Feet

Systemic diseases affect the whole body, and symptoms usually are displayed in the feet. This condition can make a patient’s ability to walk unbearable. Systemic diseases include: gout, diabetes mellitus, neurological disorders, and arthritis.

Gout – is caused by an excess of uric acid in the body. Some common symptoms include pain, inflammation, and redness at the metatarsal/phalangeal joint of the base big toe. Gout can be treated by NSAIDs, which relieves pain and inflammation  and other drugs which lowers the acid levels in the body.

Diabetes mellitus- is an increase in the level of blood sugar in which the body cannot counteract with the insulin in the body. When the body doesn’t produce enough insulin this is a factor in Diabetes.

Diabetes of the Feet

●Diabetic Neuropathy – may lead to damaged nerves and affect the feet through numbness and loss of sensation.

●Peripheral Vascular Disease- can restrict the blood flow to the feet, and often times lead to amputation of the feet. 

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 and ankle injuries.

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Javelin-thrower Samantha Camisa of Voorhees broke a meet record and earned her greatest win thus far—despite a recent plantar wart removal—at the Hunterdon/Warren/Sussex Championships at Wallkill Valley High. Due to the wart removal Camisa’s right toe was experiencing soreness, detrimentally affecting the athlete at the prior held Skyland Conference where she finished fourth.

Winning first with a meet-record 121-11 at the HWS Championships, Camisa beat previous record-holder Amy Suttmeier of North Hunterdon, who had placed first at Skyland.  “It hurt,” said Camisa of her toe. “But I wasn’t going to let it affect me this time.”

Plantar warts can be debilitating especially for athletes. If you have recently sustained a plantar wart, see podiatrist Dr. Greg Khaimov, D.P.M. of Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee, LLC. Dr. Khaimov will provide you with the quality foot and ankle treatment you need.

About Plantar Warts

Plantar warts are found on the feet. These warts are caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV) getting into open wounds on the feet. You can recognize plantar warts by a hard bump on the foot. They are usually found on the heels or balls of the feet. Plantar warts are usually not a sign of anything dangerous but do not ignore them if they do cause pain or embarrassment.

If you do have a plantar wart, you may notice some pain when standing but since these warts are not cancerous or dangerous, a podiatrist only needs to be seen if there is excess pain. Doctors can usually easily diagnose plantar warts. Although plantar warts don’t often call for treatment, there are options available. They can be frozen off, removed by an electric tool or burned off using laser treatment.

Home remedies are also available to help with plantar warts. An apple cider vinegar soak can help remove the wart. You can soak your feet in the vinegar for 20 minutes before using a pumice stone to remove any loose skin from the wart. Make sure to keep the wart covered for protection in between daily treatments.

For more information regarding plantar warts, follow the link below.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact one of our offices, located in Fort Lee, NJ and Brooklyn and Flushing, NY. We offer the latest in diagnostic and treatment technologies to give you the best care options available.

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A recent study published by the American Podiatric Medical Association found that 77% of Americans who are 19 years or older have experienced foot pain, but only a third of those say they would see a podiatrist.  Half of the respondents suffering foot pain say it has impeded upon daily activities, including walking, exercising, and playing with grandchildren. 

Among participants who visited a podiatrist, 88% reported a swift diagnosis and 76% said that they were given effective treatment that helped eliminate the problem.  Over a third of the participants who sought out podiatric help said their podiatrist alerted them of other medical concerns, such as circulatory issues, nerve issues, or diabetes.

If you are experiencing foot or ankle pain, don’t join the stubborn majority refusing to get help.  Seek the attention of a podiatrist like Dr. Greg Khaimov, DPM of Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee, LLC. Dr. Khaimov will provide quality care to keep you pain free and on your feet.

What is a Podiatrist?

Someone would seek care of a podiatrist when they have suffered a foot injury or have common foot ailments such as: heal spurs, bunions, arch problems, deformities, ingrown toenails, corns, foot and ankle problems etc.

Podiatric Treatment

A podiatrist will treat the problematic areas of the feet, ankle or lower leg by prescribing the following:

  • physical therapy
  • drugs
  • perform surgery on lower extremity fractures
  • orthotic inserts or soles

A common podiatric procedure a podiatrist will use is a scanner or force plate which will allow the podiatrist to know the designs of orthotics. Patients are then told to follow a series of tasks to complete the treatment. The computer will scan the foot a see which areas show weight distribution and pressure points. The podiatrist will read the analysis and then determine which treatment plans are available.

For more information about Podiatrists, follow the 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 and ankle injuries.

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