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Posts for: September, 2014

Enteringan exclusive group of past airline-designer collaborations including Pierre Balmain for Singapore Airlines and Christian Lacroix for Air France, British designer Vivienne Westwood has been chosen by airline Virgin Atlantic to design its flight attendants’ uniforms. The collaboration is currently under scrutiny, however, as some of Virgin’s 7,500 crew members are reporting that Westwood’s shoes are causing blisters. The footwear is an adaptation of the designer’s signature hourglass heel. In a global wearer trial of the uniform, no negative feedback was reported. Nonetheless, in response to the reports a Virgin Atlantic spokesperson stated that the airline would be ensuring that its employees are “happy and comfortable in their working environment.”

Long hours on your feet, either standing or walking, can elevate your risk for developing blisters. If you would like to learn more about blister treatment and prevention, speak to Dr. Greg Khaimov, DPM of Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee, LLC. Dr. Khaimov will assist you with all of your foot and ankle needs.

Foot Blisters

Foot blisters develop as a result of constantly wearing tight or ill-fitting footwear. This happens due to the constant rubbing from the shoe, which can often lead to pain.

What are Foot Blisters?

A foot blister is a small fluid-filled pocket that forms on the upper-most layer of the skin. Blisters are filled with clear fluid and can lead to blood drainage or pus if the area becomes infected.

How do Blisters Form?

Blisters on the feet are often the result of constant friction of skin and material, usually by shoe rubbing. Walking in sandals, boots, or shoes that don’t fit properly for long periods of time can result in a blister. Having consistent foot moisture and humidity can easily lead to blister formation.

Prevention & Treatment

It is important to properly care for the affected area in order to prevent infection and ease the pain. Do not lance the blister and use a band-aid to provide pain relief. Also, be sure to keep your feet dry and wear proper fitting shoes. If you see blood or pus in a blister, seek a doctor.

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

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Swollen Feet in Pregnant Women Can Be Treated at Home

Swollen feet is a common symptom of pregnancy. Fortunately, Pregnant women can enjoy several simple remedies that can be implemented while at home in order to relieve the swelling. Salt buildup in the body is one of the main causes of swollen feet in pregnant women. To control this, pregnant women should drink at least 7-8 glasses of water each day. To further decrease swelling and increase blood circulation, massage your feet and ensuring that they are kept elevated. Soaking feet in either salt water or a solution of water and either peppermint or eucalyptus oil will also help reduce swelling.

Swollen feet can be easily treated at home with simple methods. However, if you would like the assistance of a podiatrist to help relieve swollen feet, speak to podiatrist Dr. Greg Khaimov, DPM of Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee, LLC. Dr. Khaimov will attend to all of your foot and ankle needs and answer any of your related questions.  

What foot problems can arise during pregnancy?

One problem that can occur is over-pronation, which occurs when the arch of the foot flattens and tends to roll inward.  This can cause pain and discomfort in your heels while you’re walking or even just standing up, trying to support your baby.  

Another problem is edema, or swelling in the extremities. This often affects the feet during pregnancy, but tends to occur in the later stages. 

How can I keep my feet healthy during pregnancy?

  • Wearing orthotics can provide extra support for the feet and help distribute weight evenly
  • Minimize the amount of time spent walking barefoot
  • Wear shoes with good arch support
  • Wear shoes that allow for good circulation to the feet
  • Elevate feet if you experience swelling
  • Massage your feet
  • Get regular, light exercise, such as walking, to promote blood circulation to the feet

If you have any questions, please contact one of our offices, located in 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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Ingrown Toenail Treatments

To ease the pain created by ingrown toenails, Margaret Abbott, a general practitioner (GP) at the Windmill Practice in Sneinton and the GP lead at NHS Nottingham City Clinical Commissioning Group, reveals several methods. When the sides of a toenail grow into and pierce the surrounding skin, an ingrown toenail is created, becoming swollen and tender. To help clear the infection and loosen the surrounding skin, soak the affected foot in warm water several times a day. This will force the infection to grow out. Olive oil can be used to push the skin away while further softening the skin. Home remedies such as a vapor rub or tea tree oil can be used, while an anti-inflammatory painkiller such as ibuprofen can help ease pain and reduce inflammation.

If other treatments do not help remove infection and reduce pain and swelling, surgery to remove the ingrown toenail may be needed. For more information, speak to Dr. Greg Khaimov, DPM of Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee, LLC. Dr. Khaimov will assist you with all of your foot and ankle concerns.

Ingrown Toenails Causes

Ingrown toenails occur when a toenail grows sideways into the bed of the nail, causing pain, swelling, and possibly infection.

There are a number of risk factors for ingrown toenails. Some include cutting your nails too short, participating in strenuous sports, diabetes, obesity, and fungal infection. Some are genetically predisposed to ingrown nails, although wearing ill-fitting or damp shoes can exacerbate the problem.

Treatment

There are a number of steps you can take to treat ingrown nails:

-Let your toenails grow out

-Soak the toes in hot water with antibiotic soap or Epsom salts

-Placing a piece of cotton under the affected nail may allow the toe to grow up instead of into the nail bed

-Rest with your feet up

If however, your pain is severe, or you see red streaks running up your leg, you should see a podiatrist. Your podiatrist may make a small incision and remove part of the toe nail to relieve the pressure. A local anesthetic may be used to lessen the discomfort of the operation.  Topical medication may also be prescribed to prevent the regrowth of the problem nail.

If you have any questions, please contact one of our offices, located in 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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Colin Kaepernick’s foot injury had landed him a place on the 49ers’ injury report back in 2013. Despite being injured, Kaepernick played through last year’s season. Kaepernick would joke, saying his injury was just a hangnail. Now Kaepernick says and believes otherwise—a chipped bone on his forefoot and a ruptured capsule in the ball of his foot confirmed.

 The injuries, sustained during a Week Two game against the Seahawks, slowed him down for most of the rest of the season. “It was something that was always there,” Kaepernick said. “Never spoke about it, never said anything about it because you’re a football player; you play through pain … If it’s something you can play through, that’s what you do.”

Playing sports with foot or ankle injuries can sometimes be safe, but it shouldn’t be done without a doctor’s approval. If you are injured, see podiatrist Dr. Greg Khaimov, DPM of Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee, LLC. Dr. Khaimov can treat your foot and ankle needs.

Playing Sports With Foot Injuries

Many types of foot injuries affect athletes over the course of their athletic career. Despite their setbacks, many of these athletes will continue to play with mild foot injuries and attempt to ‘push’ through the pain. In order to be able to prevent injuries, it’s important to stretch before any activity, wear proper footwear and replace shoes as needed. Some of the foot injuries athletes are at risk for include:

  • Turf toe- upward bending of the big toe outside normal range of motion
  • Stress Fractures
  • Overpronation- excessive foot movement during gait
  • Plantar Fasciitis- swollen ligament in the foot’s base
  • Strains

There are many types of treatments that are necessary to keep the injury from becoming more serious. Ice is often used to reduce swelling and inflammation while applying a compression bandage can help reduce pain and stress on the foot. For more serious injuries it is recommended to consult with a podiatrist or orthopedic specialist as fractures and other serious conditions may require surgery.

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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