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gout3Researchers have found that steroid pills may offer respite for those who suffer from gout. Research suggests that steroid pills may be one potential alternative treatment for gout sufferers, in addition to other treatments such as NSAIDs. Gout occurs as as a “common form of inflammatory arthritis,” going on to affect “about 3 percent of adults in the United States.” Uric acid buildup is the primary cause behind painful gout symptoms.

Gout is a foot condition that requires certain treatment and care. If you are seeking treatment, consult with Dr. Andrew Shapiro and Dr. Michael Barkin of New York. Our doctors will assist you with all of your podiatric concerns.

What is Gout?

Gout is a type of arthritis caused by a buildup of uric acid in the bloodstream. It often develops in the foot, especially the big toe area, although it can manifest in other parts of the body as well. Gout can make walking and standing very painful and is especially common in diabetics and the obese.

People typically get gout because of a poor diet. Genetic predisposition is also a factor. The children of parents who have had gout frequently have a chance of developing it themselves.

Gout can easily be identified by redness and inflammation of the big toe and the surrounding areas of the foot. Other symptoms include extreme fatigue, joint pain, and running high fevers. Sometimes corticosteroid drugs can be prescribed to treat gout, but the best way to combat this disease is to get more exercise and eat a better diet.

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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fungal toenail2Although Donald Trump has made comments regarding presidential candidate Marco Rubio’s sweating, excessive sweating is no joke. Excessive or uncontrollable sweating, known as hyperhidrosis, is a rare medical condition that affects areas of the body such as the underarms, feet, and hands. An estimated “15 percent of people with hyperhidrosis [also] sweat from the face and scalp,” and the condition is often a huge influential factor on daily lifestyles. Treatment options for hyperhidrosis include topical and oral medication, as well as a final solution of sympathectomy surgery. In this type of surgery, sympathetic nerves which control the sweat glands are removed.

If you have any concerns, consult with Dr. Andrew Shapiro and Dr. Michael Barkin of New York. Our doctors will assist you with all of your podiatric concerns.

Hyperhidrosis of the Feet

Hyperhidrosis is a rare disorder that can cause people to have excessive sweating of their feet. This can usually occur all on its own without rigorous activity involved. People who suffer from hyperhidrosis may also experience sweaty palms.

Although it is said that sweating is a healthy process meant to cool down the body temperature and to maintain a proper internal temperature, hyperhidrosis may prove to be a huge hindrance on a person’s everyday life.

Plantar hyperhidrosis is considered to be the main form of hyperhidrosis. Secondary hyperhidrosis can refer to sweating that occurs in areas other than the feet or hands and armpits. Often this may be a sign of it being related to another medical condition such as menopause, hyperthyroidism and even Parkinson’s disease.

In order to alleviate this condition, it is important to see your doctor so that they may prescribe the necessary medications so that you can begin to live a normal life again. If this is left untreated, it is said that it will persist throughout an individual’s life.

A last resort approach would be surgery, but it is best to speak with your doctor to find out what may be the best treatment for you.

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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plantar fasciitis6According to alignment expert Lauren Roxburgh, stretching and “treating your fascia [are] the key[s] to a fit, flexible, and less-stressed body.” Using a foam roller, she demonstrates different ways for you to tone and strengthen your body’s muscles while at home. Her stretches train the legs, heels, calves and feet areas and include a range of emotional benefits, such as stress relief and anxiety reduction.

Stretching the feet is a great way to prevent injuries. If you have any concerns with your feet consult with Dr. Andrew Shapiro and Dr. Michael Barkin of New York. Our doctors will assist you with all of your podiatric concerns.

Stretching Your Feet

Being the backbone of the body, the feet carry your entire weight and can easily become overexerted, causing cramps and pain. As with any body part, stretching your feet can serve many benefits. From increasing flexibility to even providing some pain relief, be sure to give your feet a stretch from time to time. This is especially important for athletes or anyone performing aerobic exercises, but anyone experiencing foot pain or is on their feet constantly should also engage in this practice.

Good ways to stretch your feet are:

  • Crossing one leg over the others and carefully pull your toes back. Do 10-20 repetitions and repeat the process for each foot
  • Face a wall with your arms out and hands flat against the wall. Step back with one foot and keep it flat on the floor while moving the other leg forward. Lean towards the wall until you feel a stretch. Hold for 30 seconds and perform 10 repetitions for each foot
  • Be sure not to overextend or push your limbs too hard or you could risk pulling or straining your muscle

Individuals who tend to their feet by regular stretching every day should be able to minimize foot pain and prevent new problems from arising.

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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pregnancy6Water retention that occurs in your feet and ankles during pregnancy can lead to both pain and discomfort. Prevention of swollen pregnant feet involves avoiding standing or sitting for long hours, and keeping your feet elevated with a foot stool. This keeps water from accumulating in your legs and feet. Other methods for treating your sore feet include doing light exercise and drinking enough water.

Pregnant women are susceptible to aching and swollen feet and should be treated with care. If you are seeking treatment, consult with Dr. Andrew Shapiro and Dr. Michael Barkin of New York. Our doctors will assist you with all of your podiatric concerns.

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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foot injuryCorey Whelan of Liverpool sustained a possible broken ankle injury in the game against Cardiff City at Prenton Park. His status was unknown at the time, but an X-ray revealed that Whelan did not sustain a fracture. Whelan did have to be sidelined and was on recovery for an indefinite amount of time. Whelan was on crutches and his foot was “sore and swollen,” possibly from ligament damage.

Sports related foot and ankle injuries need proper treatment before players can go back to their regular routines. If you have any concerns, consult with Dr. Andrew Shapiro and Dr. Michael Barkin of New York. Our doctors will assist you with all of your podiatric concerns.

Sport Related Foot and Ankle Injuries

Foot and ankle injuries are a common occurrence when it comes to athletes of any sport. While many athletes dismiss the initial aches and pains, the truth is that ignoring potential foot and ankle injuries can lead to serious problems. As athletes continue to place pressure and strain the area further, a mild injury can turn into something as serious as a rupture and may lead to a permanent disability. There are many factors that contribute to sports related foot and ankle injuries, which include failure to warm up properly, not providing support or wearing bad footwear. Common injuries and conditions athletes face, including:

  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Plantar Fasciosis
  • Achilles Tendinitis
  • Achilles Tendon Rupture
  • Ankle Sprains

Sports-related injuries are commonly treated using the RICE method. This includes rest, applying ice to the injured area, compression and elevating the ankle. More serious sprains and injuries may require surgery, which could include arthroscopic and reconstructive surgery. Rehabilitation and therapy may also be required in order to get any recovering athlete to become fully functional again. Any unusual aches and pains an athlete sustains must be evaluated by a licensed, reputable medical professional.

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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Arthritis5Turmeric may help reduce rheumatoid arthritis symptoms, according to researchers at the University of Arizona. Endocrinologist Dr. Janet Funk “has been studying turmeric, which is a spice native to South Asia, since 2002.” Dr. Funk’s research has found that turmeric helped blocked the body’s inflammatory responses to rheumatoid arthritis in rats. Turmeric is a common spice used in many Asian dishes and is often sold as a supplement. Turmeric is grown in India and has not been largely studied before in correlation with health risks. Rheumatoid arthritis is known for being a chronic disease that causes the body’s immune system to attack itself.

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, consult with Dr. Andrew Shapiro and Dr. Michael Barkin of New York. Our doctors will assist you with all of your podiatric concerns.

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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foot care6Orlando Magic player Evan Fournier is no stranger to injuries. He has recovered from an injury on his upper lip and dislocating his pinkie finger. But Fournier continues to suffer from one injury that he hasn’t recovered from yet: an ingrown toenail. Fournier says that the afflicted toe causes “so much anguish” and extreme discomfort. Despite the pain, he finds himself playing through his games with the condition.

Ingrown toenails can become painful if they are not treated properly. For more information about ingrown toenails, consult with Dr. Andrew Shapiro and Dr. Michael Barkin of New York. Our doctors will assist you with all of your podiatric concerns.

Ingrown Toenails

Ingrown toenails occur when a toenail grows sideways into the bed of the nail, causing pain, swelling, and possibly infection.

Causes

  • Bacterial infections
  • Improper nail cutting such as cutting it too short or not straight across
  • Trauma to the toe, such as stubbing, which causes the nail to grow back irregularly
  • Ill-fitting shoes that bunch the toes too close together
  • Genetic predisposition

Prevention

Because ingrown toenails are not something found outside of shoe-wearing cultures, going barefoot as often as possible will decrease the likeliness of developing ingrown toenails. Wearing proper fitting shoes and using proper cutting techniques will also help decrease your risk of developing ingrown toenails.

Treatment

Ingrown toenails are a very treatable foot condition. In minor cases, soaking the affected area in salt or antibacterial soaps will not only help with the ingrown nail itself, but also help prevent any infections from occurring. In more severe cases, surgery is an option. In either case, speaking to your podiatrist about this condition will help you get a better understanding of specific treatment options that are right for you.

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 foot4Vitamin D may present an effective way to help reduce stress fractures, as found by the Journal of Foot & Ankle Surgery. Their latest American study suggests that low levels of vitamin D can lead to a higher risk of developing osteoporosis, when your bones start becoming brittle. This can lead to stress fractures as your skeleton becomes more prone to injury. Vitamin D is a nutrient essential for the body’s functions and helps with the development of bone and bone density. It can be derived from the foods you eat and getting enough sunlight exposure every day.

Activities where too much pressure is put on the feet can cause stress fractures. If you have any concerns about your feet contact Dr. Andrew Shapiro and Dr. Michael Barkin of New York. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Dealing with Stress Fractures of the Foot and Ankle

The Stress Fractures occur on the foot and ankle when muscles in these areas weaken from too much or too little use. Then the feet and ankles lose support when walking or running from the impact of the ground. Since there is no protection the bones receive the full impact of each step. The stress on the feet causes cracks to form in the bones, thus called stress fractures.

What are Stress Fractures?

Stress fractures occur frequently in individuals whose daily activities cause great impact on the feet and ankles. Stress factors are most common among:

-runners                                  

-people affected with Osteoporosis

-play tennis or basketball

-gymnastics

-high impact workouts

Symptoms

Pain from the fractures occur in the area of the fractures, and can be constant or intermittent. It will often cause sharp or dull pain with swelling and tenderness. Engaging in any kind of activity which involves in high impact will aggravate pain.

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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sprained ankle2Texas senior, Cameron Ridley, has broken his foot during team practice and will most likely need surgery. Ridley’s return is indefinite, but Coach Shaka Smart still hopes for a quick return. The senior was a top recruit coming from high school as 6-foot-9 big man, but did not fully live out his potential. The university still has three other men to take his place.

A broken foot requires immediate medical attention and treatment. If you are seeking treatment for a broken foot, visit one of our podiatrists of Valley Stream Podiatry. Our doctors will assess your injury and provide you with quality treatment.

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 tools and technologies to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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gout3Gout can be problematic on any area of the body, but is mostly known to cause extreme pain or swelling closer to the big toe. Nearly ten million Americans suffer from the condition, but it is important to understand the condition is treatable. While genetics are a prominent concern for gout, recent findings show that obesity is becoming a factor in gout. Medications, certain foods, alcoholic beverages, or anything with high levels of uric acid are all capable of causing gout.

Gout is a foot condition that requires certain treatment and care. For more information about your feet, contact Dr. Andrew Shapiro and Dr. Michael Barkin of New York. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What is Gout?

Gout is a type of arthritis caused by a buildup of uric acid in the bloodstream. It often develops in the foot, especially the big toe area, although it can manifest in other parts of the body as well. Gout can make walking and standing very painful and is especially common in diabetics and the obese.

People typically get gout because of a poor diet. Genetic predisposition is also a factor. The children of parents who have had gout frequently have a chance of developing it themselves.

Gout can easily be identified by redness and inflammation of the big toe and the surrounding areas of the foot. Other symptoms include extreme fatigue, joint pain, and running high fevers. Sometimes corticosteroid drugs can be prescribed to treat gout, but the best way to combat this disease is to get more exercise and eat a better diet.

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.

Read more about Gout

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