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September 2022

Tuesday, 27 September 2022 00:00

Exercises for Flat Feet

Flat feet, or fallen arches, affect up to about one-third of the population. Among the many causes of flat feet are obesity, arthritis, and injuries. Other contributing factors include genetics, pregnancy, and aging. Certain diseases, such as muscular dystrophy and cerebral palsy are risk factors for flat feet. A few exercises can help to counter the pain, stress and gait problems associated with flat feet. First, sit in a chair, keeping your back straight. Roll a tennis ball back and forth under the arch of the foot. Continue for two to three minutes and switch feet. Second, stand with your feet directly under the hips. (You may wish to have a chair back or wall nearby for support, if needed.) Keeping the toes in contact with the floor, roll your feet outward and lift the arches as far as you can. This works the muscles that lift the arches. Repeat the arch lifts 10-15 times. Rest and repeat the set two more times. Before embarking on any new exercise regime, it is wise to discuss it with a medical professional. If you need more information on how exercise can help your flat feet, please consult a podiatrist.

Flatfoot is a condition many people suffer from. If you have flat feet, contact one of our podiatrists from Jill Einhorn, DPM and James Einhorn, DPM. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What Are Flat Feet?

Flatfoot is a condition in which the arch of the foot is depressed and the sole of the foot is almost completely in contact with the ground. About 20-30% of the population generally has flat feet because their arches never formed during growth.

Conditions & Problems:

Having flat feet makes it difficult to run or walk because of the stress placed on the ankles.

Alignment – The general alignment of your legs can be disrupted, because the ankles move inward which can cause major discomfort.

Knees – If you have complications with your knees, flat feet can be a contributor to arthritis in that area.  

Symptoms

  • Pain around the heel or arch area
  • Trouble standing on the tip toe
  • Swelling around the inside of the ankle
  • Flat look to one or both feet
  • Having your shoes feel uneven when worn

Treatment

If you are experiencing pain and stress on the foot you may weaken the posterior tibial tendon, which runs around the inside of the ankle. 

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

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Tuesday, 20 September 2022 00:00

Diabetes and Heel Fissures

Cracked heels, or heel fissures, are cracks or splits in the skin on the soles of the feet, often going through to the inner layers of skin. They can be painful when pressure is applied to the skin while standing, and they can bleed. This condition generally comes from dry skin. Loss of nerve supply to the sweat glands in the feet can happen to diabetics, because they tend to have drier skin than others. Heel fissures are common in the general population, but those with diabetes can have more serious consequences if they do not deal with cracked heels effectively. Diabetics can also suffer from neuropathy, causing loss of feeling in the feet. With the loss of sensation, patients with diabetes can have fissures that bleed and can possibly become infected and ulcerated without knowing it. If you are a diabetic, make sure to visually inspect your feet regularly. If you have cracked heels or some other foot problem, it is important for you to see a podiatrist for prompt treatment.

Diabetic foot care is important in preventing foot ailments such as ulcers. If you are suffering from diabetes or have any other concerns about your feet, contact one of our podiatrists from Jill Einhorn, DPM and James Einhorn, DPM. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Diabetic Foot Care

Diabetes affects millions of people every year. The condition can damage blood vessels in many parts of the body, especially the feet. Because of this, taking care of your feet is essential if you have diabetes, and having a podiatrist help monitor your foot health is highly recommended.

The Importance of Caring for Your Feet

  • Routinely inspect your feet for bruises or sores.
  • Wear socks that fit your feet comfortably.
  • Wear comfortable shoes that provide adequate support.

Patients with diabetes should have their doctor monitor their blood levels, as blood sugar levels play such a huge role in diabetic care. Monitoring these levels on a regular basis is highly advised.

It is always best to inform your healthcare professional of any concerns you may have regarding your feet, especially for diabetic patients. Early treatment and routine foot examinations are keys to maintaining proper health, especially because severe complications can arise if proper treatment is not applied.

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

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Monday, 19 September 2022 00:00

Reminder: When Was the Last Time...?

Custom orthotics, or shoe inserts, should be periodically replaced. Orthotics must fit properly to give you the best results. Protect your feet and ankles!

The simple mishap of slipping on the floor or tripping on a rug can cause many injuries, including unwanted foot conditions. A fall may result in a broken foot or sprained ankle, and this may complicate daily living. Falling is a common occurrence among elderly people, and it may instill a fear of completing everyday activities. This fear of falling may lead to refraining from participating in an exercise program, which may cause the muscles to lose strength. There are several things that can cause falling to occur, in addition to simple methods that can be implemented which can help to prevent them. These can include scheduling regular physical and eye examinations that can update existing medications and eyeglasses, and removing frayed rugs from the living environments. Additionally, many seniors choose to have grab bars installed in the shower and toilet areas, and it can help to use a bathmat. If you would like more information about the importance of using effective fall prevention techniques, please schedule an appointment with a podiatrist who can answer any questions you may have.

Preventing falls among the elderly is very important. If you are older and have fallen or fear that you are prone to falling, consult with one of our podiatrists from Jill Einhorn, DPM and James Einhorn, DPM. Our doctors will assess your condition and provide you with quality advice and care.

Every 11 seconds, an elderly American is being treated in an emergency room for a fall related injury. Falls are the leading cause of head and hip injuries for those 65 and older. Due to decreases in strength, balance, senses, and lack of awareness, elderly persons are very susceptible to falling. Thankfully, there are a number of things older persons can do to prevent falls.

How to Prevent Falls

Some effective methods that older persons can do to prevent falls include:

  • Enrolling in strength and balance exercise program to increase balance and strength
  • Periodically having your sight and hearing checked
  • Discuss any medications you have with a doctor to see if it increases the risk of falling
  • Clearing the house of falling hazards and installing devices like grab bars and railings
  • Utilizing a walker or cane
  • Wearing shoes that provide good support and cushioning
  • Talking to family members about falling and increasing awareness

Falling can be a traumatic and embarrassing experience for elderly persons; this can make them less willing to leave the house, and less willing to talk to someone about their fears of falling. Doing such things, however, will increase the likelihood of tripping or losing one’s balance. Knowing the causes of falling and how to prevent them is the best way to mitigate the risk of serious injury.  

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in Brooklyn and Astoria, NY . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Wednesday, 07 September 2022 00:00

Signs of Sever’s Disease

If you are the parent of a growing child, it is important to care for your child’s feet. Children can be at risk of developing certain foot conditions that can negatively impact their feet. One of the conditions that parents should be on the lookout for is Sever’s disease. This condition primarily affects children that are between 10 and 12 years of age. Sever’s disease can typically cause heel pain in a child and the condition occurs when the calcaneal apophysis becomes inflamed due to some sort of microtrauma commonly involving the Achilles tendon. There are several signs of Sever’s disease that you might be able to identify in your child. First, if your child has Sever’s disease, they might experience heightened pain when engaging in running, walking, and other weight-bearing activities. Additionally, after a period of physical activity, your child might exhibit a limp. If your child is exhibiting any of the aforementioned symptoms, contact a podiatrist for medical assistance and attention.

Sever's disease often occurs in children and teens. If your child is experiencing foot or ankle pain, see one of our podiatrists from Jill Einhorn, DPM and James Einhorn, DPM. Our doctors can treat your child’s foot and ankle needs.

Sever’s Disease

Sever’s disease is also known as calcaneal apophysitis, which is a medical condition that causes heel pain I none or both feet. The disease is known to affect children between the ages of 8 and 14.

Sever’s disease occurs when part of the child’s heel known as the growth plate (calcaneal epiphysis) is attached to the Achilles tendon. This area can suffer injury when the muscles and tendons of the growing foot do not keep pace with bone growth. Therefore, the constant pain which one experiences at the back of the heel will make the child unable to put any weight on the heel. The child is then forced to walk on their toes.

Symptoms

Acute pain – Pain associated with Sever’s disease is usually felt in the heel when the child engages in physical activity such as walking, jumping and or running.

Highly active – Children who are very active are among the most susceptible in experiencing Sever’s disease, because of the stress and tension placed on their feet.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in Brooklyn and Astoria, NY . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle injuries.

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