Posts for: April, 2017
Laser treatments are becoming very popular today for treating a variety of different foot and ankle conditions. Laser therapy can cut healing time and reduce pain quickly. It can also decrease swelling a
nd increase circulation faster than traditional therapy. While there are many conditions that can benefit from laser therapy, plantar fasciitis is one of the most common.
What Ailments will it Cover?
Laser technology can repair tissue and manage pain with these common ailments. Naturally, being proactive to remain healthy is ideal, however if those measures fail and injury has come upon you, reach out to Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee and ask about Laser Surgery.
Is it Effective?
The answer is yes and it has been proven to work scientifically. Studies have shown the effectiveness of laser treatment with many clinical conditions such as chronic pain, inflammation, neuro conditions, joint pain, tendonitis and the list continues. There are many types of laser therapy that relate to each ailment and if you call on our team for diagnoses we can suggest the proper laser treatment and you can see the results for yourself.
What are the types of treatments?
Dual Wavelength ~ promotes tissue healing.
Dio Wave ~ non-surgical option that immediately reduces pain.
Deep Tissue ~ covers many ailments and provides relief for those ailments.
How does it Work?
During treatment, a light beam is placed on the injured area. The laser light interacts at a cellular level while the metabolic activity increases within the cell, this will ultimately improve cellular function which in turn creates better health.
What are the benefits of Laser therapy?
When used for pain management or fungus destruction, it provides astonishing results and there are almost no side effects and more importantly, unlike pain killers, there is no risk of addiction.
If you are having pain in your feet or ankles and need to be diagnosed or treated call one of our offices at 201-363-9662 and make an appointment. We are conveniently located in New Jersey, Fort Lee and Ringwood and in New York, Forest Hills, Wood Haven and Brooklyn.
We may not know the exact answer to the nickname behind the spasm but we have some facts that may help. We have all had them and it usually starts with a shout out in pain and abruptly stopping whatever it is you are doing. Since the contracting muscle doesn’t stop for several seconds or more, neither does the discomfort. This American baseball slang term, originating in the 1800’s, is now a common cramp in or out of sports. Although there are a few conflicting stories behind its origin, there is no doubt that it will stop you right in your tracks.
What causes the spasm?
- Muscle injuries
- Excessive exercising in heat or cold environments
- Stress or over use of a muscle
- Lack of good blood flow to that muscle
- Insufficient stretching before exercise
- Malfunctioning pinched nerves
- Vitamin deficiencies
These symptoms can also be a warning sign of other serious health problems and should be considered when visiting your doctor. Medical attention for recurring problems is always a wise choice and can never hurt to get an opinion or examination.
How can it be prevented?
- Stretch before and after all exercise
- Do not exercise the same muscles two days in a row
- Stretch before going to bed
- Drink beverages that have electrolytes to help with hydration
- Drink plenty of water all day
- Avoid exercise in extreme weather conditions
What to do during a spasm?
- If you are laying down or in bed try to stand up and put pressure on the foot
- Use warmth to increase blood flow and relax the muscle
- If it is persistent you can use ibuprofen
- If it occurs often then a trip to the doctor is suggested
While these sudden cramps can be generally managed easily from home, they should still be monitored. If severe and frequent foot spasms occur and you feel like there is more to the problem, call one of our offices and schedule an appointment. Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee has six locations between New Jersey and New York and can be easily contacted at 201-363-9662. Our team of doctors are ready to knock that Charley Horse out of the race and get you back in shape for the Spring.
Cracked heels are very common this time of year and can become painful and cosmetically unpleasing. You may experience more than just dryness as time goes on. The heel can become red, itchy, inflamed and your skin can even peel. But if you take proper precautions as soon as the symptoms start it may be your answer to accomplishing soft, summer heels.
Some causes of cracked heels (also known as heel fissures) are dry air, lack of moisture, improper foot care, aging, prolonged standing and unhealthy diet. Now that we know how it happens and what it feels like, let’s examine some ways to avoid it.
- Rosewater and Glycerin ~ the glycerin will soften while the rosewater adds vitamins and antioxidants with its anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties. Just mix equal amounts of each and rub it on your heels before bed.
- Paraffin Wax ~ this can provide quick relief and works as a natural emollient to soften your heels. You can go to a salon for the treatment or do it yourself at home. Simply melt a block of the paraffin wax in a double boiler with a tablespoon of coconut oil. Allow to cool for about 10 seconds and apply. Cover your heel with plastic wrap and leave on for 30 minutes.
- Honey ~ who knew it had antibacterial properties. You will be soaking the honey with warm water rather than applying so don’t worry about being stuck in the honey pot. Soak for about 20 minutes and then scrub your feet gently afterwards.
- Bananas ~ not just for monkeys. The riper the better as they become softer and cheaper. Mash one banana into a paste, clean your feet well and apply. Let it sit for about 15 minutes as you read a good book and relax. Then gently wash off with warm water and soak in cold water for 10 minutes.
- Petroleum Jelly ~ a multi- purpose product that has been around forever. Scrub your heels and remove as much of the dead skin as you can after a good soak. Rub a good amount all over the heels and put socks on to keep it contained.
Keeping your feet pretty and healthy takes effort and you may need a doctor to provide your solutions. Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee has locations in Fort Lee and Ringwood New Jersey plus Queens, Brooklyn and Forest Hills, New York. You can call 201-363-9844 for an appointment with our team of expert podiatrists. Let us help make your feet happy for Spring!
The weather is finally cooperating for outdoor activities and your body needs to prepare for safe workouts. If your muscles are warm, then the stress on your joints and tendons is eased. It only takes a short time and is important for overall good health but can also save your feet and ankles from needless injury.
- Up against a wall ~ find a solid structure to rest the palms of your hands on that is about 3 feet away from your body. Keep your feet flat on the ground and lock your knees. Let your body lean in for 10 seconds and then relax for a set of 5 times. Remember that bouncing is counterproductive!
- Don’t forget your toes ~ while sitting, place your feet flat on the ground and move your toes apart. Hold and repeat 5 times. Next, lay a towel flat on the floor and use your toes to pick it up. Lastly, loop the towel around your toes and gently pull it towards your body
- Your back matters too ~ Straighten your legs and spread your feet slightly apart from each other. As you bend over at the waist try to touch your hands to the ground and hold for 10 seconds for a set of 10 times. Again, bouncing is never a good thing! You are simply stretching at your own pace so do not worry about how far you can touch the ground.
- Calves get forgotten ~ stand with your heels over the edge of a step and drop the heels and raise the toes for a set of 10 times.
Your Achilles tendon is attached to your calf muscle and the back of your heel so when the calf muscle gets tight it limits movement in your ankle which can cause injury during your workout. Many people use stretching at the beginning of their routine which is wise but it is even smarter to take a quick walk or low level jog in place to get your body warmed up before you stretch.
Be mindful and listen to your body when it’s at its limit during your stretch routine. Our body knows us better than anyone else. The fact that you stretch regularly to prevent an injury can also aid after an injury. If you have injured your foot or ankle and need medical attention reach out to any of our five locations for an appointment. Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee has an office in Fort Lee, NJ, Ringwood, NJ, Forest Hills, NY, Flushing, NY, Woodhaven, NY and Brooklyn, NY and our team can be reached at 201-363-9844. Let us guide you towards a healthy workout!