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By Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee, LLC
February 16, 2017
Category: Senior Feet

 

The answer is ~ a lot if we tune them up! It’s no surprise our feet age as we get older just like the rest of our limbs and consequently become more open to injury and infection.  If you are in your senior years or have an elderly family member who is experiencing foot discomfort it would be wise to have a full examination from our expert podiatrists at Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee LLC.

Basic Senior Foot Care Tips:

  1. Shoes are very important if you are still mobile ~ they should fit comfortably
    with a wide toe box and arch support along with adequate cushioning in the sole.
  2. Your feet should be cleaned every day with warm water and soap and pat
    them dry over harsh towel rubbing.
  3. Keep your nails clipped straight across the tip of the nail.
  4. Inspect your feet often checking them for any color change or unusual bumps, nail distortion or bruises.
  5. Moisturize your feet but make sure it doesn’t collect between your toes.
  6. Wear clean and dry socks everyday.
  7. Avoid socks with elastic tops or rough ridges if your leg or foot turns black or blue.
  8. Create a foot care kit to have handy when you need it.

If you would just like some advice or want to send a message with your concerns before you come in to the office, please contact our doctors anytime. Our elders are dear to all of us and should feel comfortable talking about their care when they are ready. Sometimes pushing them too soon can delay them getting the help they need. They have been independent for so long but we can be their advocates.

Noticeable change for concern:

  • Reduced sensation to pain or very hot/cold temps
  • Foot injuries that don’t seem to heal
  • Unusual numbness or cramping in feet
  • If feet are in pain while walking but are relieved when rested

Three out of four seniors develop foot problems in their later years. Ignoring it won’t be of any help to you or your family. Call 201-363-9844 and schedule a visit with Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee LLC. Don’t let your feet fail you now because you still have plenty more miles to go!

You do not have to suffer in your golden years from aging foot problems that could potentially ruin your independence or mobility. If you live in the New Jersey/New York State area and are need medical advice for yourself or a loved one call one of our offices in Fort Lee, Ringwood or Flushing as soon as possible:

prince georgeSales have gone way up after little Prince George was seen sporting 1950’s classic shoes. Baby George was spotted wearing the soft leather navy shoes designed by Oadby Company Early Days.

George’s footwear has caused others to take action and snag a pair of their own, but now the company has considered expanding to help with the new orders. "I looked at the photo of Prince George and his parents on tour in New Zealand and recognized the shoes he was wearing. I still cannot believe it – we've been making shoes since 1952 and now they're being worn by a future king," said Paul Bolton, managing director of Early Days. Many styles and colors of this shoe have been reportedly sold out.

Children need to keep their feet healthy, and it’s especially important that children wear correct and comfortable shoes.  To help care for your children’s feet, see podiatrist Dr. Greg Khaimov, DPM of Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee, LLC. Dr. Khaimov can treat your child’s podiatric needs.  

Keeping Children's Feet Healthy

Having healthy feet in childhood can help prevent medical problems later in life, namely in the back and legs. As children grow, their feet require different types of care from birth to school-age.

Although babies do not walk yet, it is still very important to take care of their feet.

· Avoid putting tight shoes or socks on his or her feet
· Allow the baby to stretch and kick his or her feet to feel comfortable

As a toddler, kids are now on the move and begin to develop differently. At this age toddlers are getting a feel for walking, so don’t be alarmed if your toddler is unsteady or ‘walks funny’.

As your child gets older, it is important to teach them how to take care of their feet

  • Show them proper hygiene to prevent infections such as fungus
  • Be watchful of any pain or injury
  • Have all injuries checked by a doctor as soon as possible
  • Comfortable, protective shoes should usually be worn

For more information about Keeping Children’s Feet Healthy, follow the link below.

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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Chicagoan Whitney Miller, who is 6-foot-2 and wears a size 13, said: "I always joked that I needed to move somewhere warm so I could be in flip-flops year-round."According to the National Shoe Retailers Association, theaverage female shoe size is 8½ and the average male shoe size is 10½.  Experts say that this follows an increase in average weight and height over the last decade. 

Americans are expanding upwards, outwards, and leaving bigger footprints.

In response to consumer demand, a shift in retailers’ inventories to accommodate larger shoe sizes seems like the logical next step.  However, this is happening.  "There are more women who are a size 10 now than 7, but retailers still buy more 7s than 10s. They buy one pair (of the larger shoes) because they only think they can sell that one" says Marshal Cohen of market research firm NPD Group Inc.

Wearing the wrong shoe size can cause discomfort and harm the feet.  For questions about proper footwear, consult podiatrist Dr. Greg Khaimov, DPM of Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee, LLC. Dr. Khaimov will provide quality care and attend to all of your podiatric needs. 

Getting the Right Shoe Size

Sometimes it may be difficult finding the right shoe size especially because shoe sizes tend to vary depending on the brand and company you are looking for. A size 6 for one brand may be a size 7 in another. Although many people know their exact shoe size, it can range within 2 sizes depending on where they shop.

So it is important not to always go for a size 7 just because you think you might be a size 7 universally. It is best to try on the shoe and walk around for a bit to see how it fits and how it feels. Comfort is essential and the fitting has to be well otherwise it can lead to blisters, bruises at the back of the ankle and it can also hurt your toes if the shoe is too tight for example.

Shopping online for shoes can be very tricky and time consuming, especially since you cannot try on the shoe or see how it fits or how it feels. Also, buying a shoe online then getting it in the mail only to find out that it was the wrong shoe can be frustrating.

For more information about Getting the Right Shoe Size, follow the link below.

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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podiatry biomechanicsScientists from the University of Queensland conducted a research that sheds new light on foot muscles. Two experiments seem to back this discovery. The first experiment involved weights being tied to the knees of two test subjects, with the scientists monitoring the responses of the muscles in their feet.

The second experiment had electrical stimulation performed. The tissues in the foot muscles caused the arch to rise during activation. Dr. Glen Lichtwark believes these findings could provide an important role in shoe design and foot rehabilitation.

Biomechanics are the parts that make up your feet. For more information, see podiatrist Dr. Greg Khaimov of Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee. Dr. Khaimov can address your concerns and treat your foot and ankle needs.   

Biomechanics in Podiatry

Podiatric biomechanics is a sect of specialized podiatry that features licensed practitioners trained in diagnosing and treating conditions that affect the foot, ankle and lower leg. Biomechanics focuses on the issues that affect the body and cause an interference with the biological structure. It also focuses on the foot and ankle’s movement and the forces that interact with them.

A History of Biomechanics

-Biomechanics historically dates back to ancient Egypt, which utilized professional foot care

-Biomechanics gained a high profile in 1974 thanks to the studies of Merton Root, who claimed by changing or controlling the ankle and foot’s forces, as well as diagnosing conditions and making corrections, could be used to gain strength and coordination to the affected area.

Improvements in modern technology are based on both therapeutic processes and past theories. These help provide a better understanding of podiatry concepts for biomechanics. Computers can provide an accurate determination regarding the movements and patterns of the lower legs and feet with important information captured.

Increasing awareness and advances in available materials have helped enhance corrective methods and offer further options for foot-related injuries.

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

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RunnersFor one group of Canadians, barefoot running is a year round sport, and that includes when there’s snow on the ground. According to this small but enthusiastic faction, barefoot running through the snow is effective because the motion creates a metabolic reaction in the feet, keeping them warm. Rod Begg, founder of the cold-weather marathon called the Winter Challenge, is one of these runners. “You could say we’re a fringe of a fringe,” he said. “Some use the word ‘crazy.’”

Barefoot running can be rewarding but should only be undertaken if you know what you’re doing. If you would like to take up this kind of exercise, talk to a podiatrist like Dr. Greg Khaimov of Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee, LLC. Dr. Khaimov can teach you about the benefits of barefoot running and how to avoid getting injured.

Barefoot Running

The Impact of Barefoot Running

-Running without shoes changes the motion of your running, as most running is done by landing on the heel of the feet.
-Running barefoot requires a different way of running; the landing is done on the front part of the feet.

The Advantages of Barefoot Running

-When running and landing on the front feet, the impact on the feet and ankle is reduced, this can reduce stress injuries.
-It strengthens muscles in the feet and ankles and the lower legs.
-Balance of the body is improved and there is a greater sensory input from the feet to the rest of the body.

The Drawbacks of Barefoot Running

-No protection while running, makes it likely that runners will land on sharp objects and scrapes, bruises and cuts on the feet will result.
-Blisters may form.
-Possibility of plantar fascia problems.
-Risk of getting Achilles tendonitis.

So what can runners do to make barefoot running safe? It’s best to make a slow transition from running shoes to barefoot running. Once the feet begin to adjust, try walking, then jogging and gradually increasing the distance. Minimalist running shoes may also be an option.

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

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