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By Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee, LLC
December 27, 2017
Category: Senior Foot Care

Injuries from falls in the elderly population are unfortunately extremely common and often result in debilitating and life changing injuries. Nearly three million senior citizens are treated in emergency rooms for falls every year, with over 300,000 of those being for hip fractures. But injuries to the feet and ankles are also very common. These can range from minor ankle sprains and strains and muscle pulls, to more severe injuries including fractures, a torn Achilles tendon, and ligament damage.

Why do older folks fall so much?

A variety of factors including balance issues, poor vision, and lower body weakness can contribute to the risk of falls. Older individuals also are more prone to developing systemic diseases like diabetes that can cause nerve damage in the extremities resulting in numbness and loss of feeling which can make it more difficult to walk without risking a fall. Balance problems are also often a side effect of many of the medications taken by elderly patients. Consuming too much alcohol can also increase the risk of falling.

How to reduce falling risk

Some steps you can take to reduce falling risk include staying in good shape through exercising to help increase your strength and balance. Getting regular eye exams, new glasses, and wearing supportive shoes with extra ankle support are essential to mitigating the risk. Small, slippery throw rugs should be donated or tossed. Installing grab bars in bathrooms and showers can greatly decrease bathroom fall accidents. Make sure you have good lighting in hallways and stairwells, where many falls occur. Keep wires and extension cords tied up and out of the way of walking areas.

If you have experienced a foot or ankle injury from falling, consult with our board certified podiatrists at Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee, LLC. The center offers convenient locations in Fort Lee NJ, Ringwood NJ, Flushing Queens NY, Woodhaven NY, Brooklyn NY, and Forest Hills NY. Contact us at (201) 363-9844 and schedule an appointment today!

 

 

 

By Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee, LLC
December 14, 2017
Category: Ankle conditions
Tags: Orthotics   Achilles Tendon  

If you have ever ruptured your Achilles tendon, then you know it is not a pleasant experience! You may even hear a popping or snapping sound as the tendon is ripped or even completely severed, making it impossible to stand on your toes or to push off your injured leg. Those who participate in sports like tennis, soccer, and basketball, where a high degree of running and jumping and a lot of quick stops and starts are necessary, are more susceptible to an Achilles tendon tear. It has also been shown that certain antibiotic medications may increase the risk of a tendon injury.

Treating an Achilles tendon injury will depend upon the severity of the damage. Conservative measures include wearing a walking boot or cast to immobilize the area while the tendon heals. Specially made orthotic inserts can help to cushion and elevate the heel area and promote a faster recovery.

For severe injuries, you may wish to discuss surgical reattachment or repair with your podiatrist. A surgical repair has less susceptibility to re-rupture, and is often the preferred course of treatment for athletes.

Achilles tendons can take a long time to properly heal and it is important to avoid re-injury after the initial recovery period. Be certain to ease into activity slowly and deliberately to build up strength and endurance. Always warm up and stretch prior to exercising, and try adding lower impact activities like cycling and swimming to your workout routine since they are more gentle on your joints and muscles.

For more expert advice on Achilles tendon tear treatment, consult with our board certified podiatrists at Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee, LLC. The center offers convenient locations in Fort Lee NJ, Ringwood NJ, Flushing Queens NY, Woodhaven NY, Brooklyn NY, and Forest Hills NY. Contact us at (201) 363-9844 and schedule an appointment today!

 

 

 

By Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee, LLC
April 06, 2017
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Stretching   Achilles Tendon  

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.

Suggested Stretches

  • 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!

World Cup alpine ski racer Askel Lund Svindal has recently bounced back after injuring his Achilles tendon. His successful recovery and return have left the skier in high spirits: “I enjoy the process and that’s a sign I could do this for a while. As long as I’m healthy and able to be fast and have good friends--some of my teammates are my best friends--there’s no reason not to do this.” Since his World Cup debut in 2001, Svindal has scored eleven medals at major championships; three of those a respective gold, silver, and bronze at the Vancouver Olympics.    

Achilles tendon injuries can be very painful. If you believe you are having problems with your Achilles tendon, consult with Dr. Greg Khaimov, DPM of Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee, LLC. Dr. Khaimov can treat your foot and ankle needs.

What is the Achilles Tendon?

The Achilles tendon is a tendon that connects the lower leg muscles and calf to the heel bone 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

- Snapping sensation

- Total immobility

Treatment and Prevention

Achilles tendon injuries are diagnosed by a thorough physical evaluation, which can include an MRI. Treatment involves 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 unable to immediately see your podiatrist, remember to Rest, Ice, Compress, and Elevate until then.

If you have any questions, please 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 ankle injuries.

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Kyle Blanks of the Texas Rangers has reportedly undergone surgery for his right foot and will soon have surgery done on his left foot as well. The first baseman missed a large chunk of this season due to Achilles issues that affected him toward the end of 2014. Blanks has been on and off the disabled list and currently remains on it due to his surgeries. Unfortunately, due to his injuries Blanks will become a free agent at the end of the season. If surgery goes well, it is likely he will try to make a comeback next year.

Foot surgery is sometimes necessary. If you are struggling with a foot or ankle condition, talk to Dr. Greg Khaimov, DPM of Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee, LLC. Dr. Khaimov can treat your foot and ankle needs.  

When Is Surgery Necessary?

Foot and ankle surgery is generally reserved for cases in which less invasive, conservative procedures have failed to help with the problem. Some of the cases in which surgery may be necessary are:

  • Removing foot deformities like bone spurs and bunions
  • Severe arthritis that has caused bone issues
  • Cosmetic reconstruction

What Types of Surgery Are There?

The type of surgery you receive will depend on the nature of the problem you have. Some of the possible surgeries include:

  • Bunionectomy for painful bunions
  • Surgical fusion for realignment of bones
  • Neuropathy decompression surgery to treat nerve damage

Benefits of Surgery

Although surgery is usually a last resort, it can provide more complete pain relief compared to non-surgical methods and may allow you to finally resume full activity.

Surgical techniques have also become increasingly sophisticated. Techniques like endoscopic surgery allow for smaller incisions and faster recovery times.

If you have any questions, please 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 ankle injuries.

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