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running shoe9It is important for people who like to run to take preventive measures in order to avoid injury. Running injuries tend to be more common for people who don’t run very often, because their bodies aren't used to the impact exercise has on the body. The three most common running injuries are shin splints, runner’s knee, and plantar fasciitis. Shin splints occur when too much stress is placed on the tibia. A symptom of shin splints is pain along the shin bone. Runner’s knee is a general term that is given to many different conditions that affect the knee due to running. Symptoms for runner’s knee include pain around the knee. Plantar fasciitis is the third injury, and it occurs when the plantar fascia is strained. A symptom of plantar fasciitis is pain around the heel that is usually more intense in the morning.

Runners can still be prone to running injuries even with proper precautions. For more information about treatment, contact Dr. Andrew Shapiro and Dr. Michael Barkin of New York. Our doctors will assist you with all of your foot and ankle needs.

How to Prevent Running Injuries

Many common running injuries are caused by overuse and overtraining. When the back of the kneecap starts wearing out and starts causing pain in your knee, this is commonly referred to as runner’s knee. Runner’s knee is a decrease in strength in your quadriceps and can occur if you’re not wearing properly fitted or supporting shoes. To prevent runner’s knee, focusing on hip strengthening is a good idea, as well as strengthening your quads to keep the kneecaps aligned.

What Are Some Causes of Running Injuries?
- One cause of a common running injury is called iliotibial band syndrome.
- Plantar fasciitis is also another common injury.
- Stress fractures can occur from overtraining, lack of calcium, or even your running style.

Best Ways to Prevent Running Injuries
- Wear footwear that fits properly and suits your running needs.
- Running shoes are the only protective gear that runners have to safeguard them from injury.
- Make a training schedule. Adding strengthening exercises as well as regular stretching can help keep you strong and limber and can lessen the possibility of injuries.
- Stretching keeps muscles limber, this will help you gain better flexibility.

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

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blisterBlisters can be very uncomfortable and unattractive. Fortunately, there are several methods you can use to manage them. The first method is to soak your feet in a lukewarm Epsom-salt bath. This will help dry out the blisters and reduce swelling. Another method is to coat your blisters in Aloe Vera gel. Aloe Vera contains phytochemicals that speeds up the healing process for blisters. While following these methods, it is important to keep the blister clean. You should wash the area with soap and put ointment on it twice a day. This is important because it will help your blister avoid infections. Consult your podiatrist for the best way to treat blisters.

Blisters are prone to making everyday activities extremely uncomfortable. If your feet are hurting, contact Dr. Andrew Shapiro and Dr. Michael Barkin of New York. Our doctors will assist you with all of your podiatric concerns.

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 assistance from a podiatrist.

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

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Arthritis5Professional golfer Ian Poulter has had an arthritic joint in his foot for over two years, and it has kept him from maximizing his golf performance. This arthritic joint has caused him to fall down in rankings and has kept him away from golf for four months. Unfortunately for Poulter, his arthritis has worsened and has made him unable to continue taking cortisone shots to alleviate the pain. Continuous usage of cortisone shots can cause bone thinning and stress fractures.

Arthritis can be a difficult condition to live with. If you are seeking treatment,contact Dr. Andrew Shapiro and Dr. Michael Barkin of New York. Our doctorscan provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Arthritic Foot Care

Arthritis is a joint disorder that involves inflammation of different joints in your body, such as in your feet. Arthritis is often caused by a degenerative joint disease and causes mild to severe pain in all affected areas. On top of this, swelling and stiffness in the affected joints can also be a common symptom of arthritis.

In many cases, wearing ill-fitting shoes can worsen the effects and pain of arthritis. Wearing shoes that have a lower heel and extra room can help your feet feel more comfortable. In cases of rheumatoid arthritis, the arch in your foot may become problematic. Buying shoes with proper arch support that contour to your feet can help immensely.

Alleviating Arthritic Pain

  • Exercises that stretch the foot can prevent further pain and injury and increase mobility
  • Most of the pain can be alleviated with anti-inflammatory drugs, heat, and topical medications
  • Massages can help to temporarily alleviate pain.

It is best to see your doctor for the treatment that is right for your needs and symptoms. Conditions vary, and a podiatrist can help you determine the right method of care for your feet.

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

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heel pain01There are many different causes behind heel pain, including plantar fasciitis and heel spurs. Plantar fasciitis is a condition of the feet which results when the band of tissue that lines the sole of your foot becomes inflamed. Heel spurs occur when calcium deposits, or bone growths, form in your heel bone. Both conditions can be treated with physical therapy, an overnight splint, and orthotic inserts.

Anyone can wind up suffering from heel pain. For more information, contact Dr. Andrew Shapiro and Dr. Michael Barkin of New York. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep your pain free and on your feet.

Causes of Heel Pain

● Heel pain is often associated with plantar fasciitis. The plantar fascia is a band of tissues that extends along the bottom of the foot. A rip or tear in this ligament can cause inflammation of the tissue.

● Achilles tendonitis is another cause of heel pain. Inflammation of the Achilles tendon will cause pain from fractures and muscle tearing. Lack of flexibility is also another symptom.

● Heel spurs are another cause of pain. When the tissues of the plantar fascia undergo a great deal of stress, it can lead to ligament separation from the heel bone, causing heel spurs.

Why Might Heel Pain Occur?

- Wearing ill-fitting shoes                  

- Wearing non-supportive shoes

- Weight change         

- Excessive running

Treatments

Heel pain should be treated as soon as possible for immediate results. Keeping your feet in a stress free environment will help. If you suffer from Achilles tendonitis or plantar fasciitis, applying ice will reduce the swelling. Stretching before an exercise like running will help the muscles. Using all these tips will help make heel pain a thing of the past.

With the advancements in technology and greater knowledge of how muscles and joints work, physical therapists can turn things around dramatically.  

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

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Arthritis5Arthritis is “a leading cause of disability among U.S. adults,” and “by 2030, an estimated 67 million Americans ages 18 or older will be diagnosed with the disease.” Rheumatoid arthritis is known as a common form of arthritis, affecting “approximately 1.5 million people in the United States.” As rheumatoid arthritis is chronic and attacks our bodies’ joint tissue, it’s important to know the symptoms. These usually range from dryness, irritation, and impairment of the eyes to shortness in breath.

Because RA affects more than just your joints, including the joints in your feet and ankles, it is important to seek early diagnosis from your podiatrist if you feel like the pain in your feet might be caused by RA. For more information, see Dr. Andrew Shapiro and Dr. Michael Barkin of New York. Our doctors will treat your heel pain symptoms in addition to other podiatric-related needs.

What Is Rheumatoid Arthritis?

Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disorder in which the body’s own immune system attacks the membranes surrounding the joints. Inflammation of the lining and eventually the destruction of the joint’s cartilage and bone occur, causing severe pain and immobility.

Rheumatoid Arthritis of the Feet

Although RA usually attacks multiple bones and joints throughout the entire body, almost 90 percent of cases result in pain in the foot or ankle area.

Symptoms

- Swelling & pain in the feet
- Stiffness in the feet
- Pain on the ball or sole of feet
- Joint shift and deformation

Diagnosis

Quick diagnosis of RA in the feet is important so that the podiatrist can treat the area effectively. Your doctor will ask you about your medical history, occupation, and lifestyle to determine the origin of the condition. Rheumatoid Factor tests help to determine if someone is affected by the disease.

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

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pregnancy6As a woman’s body is changing rapidly during her pregnancy, her feet become one of the most affected areas. “Roughly 75 percent of pregnant women experience edema,” described as the swelling of the feet due to fluid retention. As the pregnancy progresses along, blood circulation in the legs is decelerated, leading to fluid being retained in the tissues of the ankles and feet. Edema can lead to the woman’s feet increasing in shoe size, the feeling of swollenness, and pain. It’s important for women to see their doctor if necessary, stay hydrated, maintain a healthy diet, avoid standing or sitting for long periods, wear comfortable shoes and pants, and to keep the feet elevated.

Pregnant women are susceptible to aching and swollen feet and should be treated with care. If you are seeking treatment, see Dr. Andrew Shapiro and Dr. Michael Barkin of New York. Our doctors will treat your heel pain symptoms in addition to other podiatric-related needs.

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 feel free to contact our office located in Valley Stream, NY. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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ankle injury4Tyler Seguin, center for the Dallas Stars, had to miss another playoff game due to the Achilles tendon injury that had him sidelined for a month. Seguin was unable to travel to Minnesota for Game 3 and was required to do more rehab for his injury in April. The status of his injury was day to day, described as a cut on his tendon. Seguin had missed the last 10 games of the regular season and the series opener due to the injury.

Achilles tendon injuries need immediate attention to avoid future complications. If you have any concerns,see Dr. Andrew Shapiro and Dr. Michael Barkin of New York. Our doctors will treat your heel pain symptoms in addition to other podiatric-related needs.

What is the Achilles Tendon?

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

- 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 you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Valley Stream, NY. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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broken foot6Singer Axl Rose of Guns N’ Roses was seen at a Los Angeles airport using a scooter to support his broken foot, which was wrapped in a cast. Rose had played for Coachella while sporting his broken foot, which he had sustained during his band’s first show in Las Vegas earlier in April. Rose is hopeful he will be able to walk unaided in a “in a couple of weeks.”

A broken foot requires immediate medical attention and treatment. To learn more, see Dr. Andrew Shapiro and Dr. Michael Barkin of New York. Our doctors will treat your heel pain symptoms in addition to other podiatric-related needs.

Broken Foot Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment

A broken foot is caused by one of the bones in the foot typically breaking when bended, crushed, or stretched beyond its natural capabilities. Usually the location of the fracture indicates how the break occurred, whether it was through an object, fall, or any other type of injury.

Common Symptoms of Broken Feet:

  • Bruising
  • Pain
  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Blue (foot)
  • Numbness
  • Cold
  • Misshapen
  • Cuts
  • Deformities

Those that suspect they have a broken foot shoot seek urgent medical attention where a medical professional could diagnose the severity.

Treatment for broken bones varies depending on the cause, severity and location. Some will require the use of splints, casts or crutches while others could even involve surgery to repair the broken bones. Personal care includes the use of ice and keeping the foot stabilized and elevated.

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

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slower walkingAs we get older, our feet become more prone to damage over time. “With every step you take over the years, your body [and your feet] absorbs two to three times its weight due to gravity.” This can lead to changes in your feet such as your increase in foot size in width and length and the development of foot conditions over time such as bunions or hammertoes. We also become more prone to diabetes and arthritis as we age, conditions which can greatly impact our feet. See your podiatrist often to have proper assessments done.

Proper foot care is something many older adults forget to consider. If you have any concerns about your feet and ankles see Dr. Andrew Shapiro and Dr. Michael Barkin of New York. Our doctors will treat your heel pain symptoms in addition to other podiatric-related needs.

The Elderly and their Feet

As we age we start to notice many changes in our body, but the elder population may not notice them right away. Medical conditions may prevent the elderly to take notice of their foot health right away. Poor vision is a lead contributor to not taking action for the elderly.

Common Conditions

Neuropathy – can reduce feeling in the feet, and can hide many life threating medical conditions.

Reduced flexibility – prevents the ability of proper toenail trimming, and foot cleaning. If left untreated, it may lead to further medical issues.

Foot sores – amongst the older population can be serious before they are discovered. Some of the problematic conditions they may face are:

Gouging toenails affecting nearby toe

Shoes that don’t fit properly

Pressure sores

Loss of circulation in legs & feet

Edema & swelling of feet and ankles

Susceptible Infections

Diabetes and poor circulation can cause general loss of sensitivity over the years, turning a simple cut into a serious issue.

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

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toenail fungus7As feet contain ¼ of our body’s bones, they are no doubt essential in our everyday activities. According to Dr. Kurt Rode from Saint Francis Hospital, “75% of Americans will experience foot health problems at one time or another in their lives,” and your feet support up to three or four times your body’s weight when you run. Women are also 4 times more likely to have foot problems than men. To prepare for the summer, Dr. Rode recommends protecting your feet when going to places like the pool, beach, public areas, and to include your feet when applying sunscreen. Exercise often, stay hydrated, and limit barefoot walking in hot weather.

Every day foot care is very important, especially for those that are lacking the proper foot care resources. For more information about everyday foot care, see Dr. Andrew Shapiro and Dr. Michael Barkin of New York. Our doctors will treat your heel pain symptoms in addition to other podiatric-related needs.

Every Day Foot Care

Often, people take care of their bodies, face and hair more so than they do for their feet. But the feet are a very important aspect of our bodies, and one that we should pay more attention to. After all, without our feet, we would not be able to perform most daily tasks. It is best to check your feet regularly to make sure there are no new bruises or cuts that you may not have noticed before, for example.

For dry feet, moisturizer can easily be a remedy and can be applied as often as necessary to the affected areas. Wearing shoes that fit well can also help you maintain good foot health, as well as making it easier to walk and do daily activities without the stress or pain of ill-fitting shoes, high heels, or even flip flops.

Also, wearing clean socks with closed shoes is important to ensure that sweat and bacteria do not accumulate within the shoe. Clean socks help to prevent athlete’s foot, fungi problems, bad odors, and can absorb sweat.

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

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