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broken foot4Barcelona’s 23-year-old Sergi Roberto had to be sidelined and subbed off following a right ankle injury. He sustained the injury while skirmishing for the ball with William Vainqueur during the Champions League game against Roma. Although the injury is not yet considered serious, Roberto’s status in future games is currently unknown, and will depend on how he responds to upcoming treatments.

Ankle sprains are common, but need immediate attention. For professional help, see Dr. Andrew Shapiro and Dr. Michael Barkin of New York. Our doctors will ensure that your feet receive the care that they need.

How Does an Ankle Sprain Occur?

Ankle sprains take place when the ligaments in your ankle are torn or stretched beyond their limits. There are multiple ways that the ankle can become injured, including twisting or rolling over onto your ankle, putting undue stress on it, or causing trauma to the ankle itself.

What are the Symptoms?

  • Mild to moderate bruising
  • Limited mobility
  • Swelling
  • Discoloration of the skin (depending on severity)

Preventing a Sprain

  • Wearing appropriate shoes for the occasion
  • Stretching before exercises and sports
  • Knowing your limits can aid in prevention

Treatment of a Sprain

Treatment of a sprain depends on the severity. Many times, people are told to rest and remain off their feet completely, while others are given an air cast. If the sprain is very severe, surgery may be required.

If you have suffered an ankle sprain previously, you may want to consider additional support such as a brace and regular exercises to strengthen the ankle.

If you have any questions feel free to contact our office located in Valley Stream, NY. We offer the latest in diagnostic and treatment technology to meet your needs.

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stretching2Consult your doctor about any infections you may find on your children’s feet. Hand-foot-mouth-disease (HFMD) is characterized as an acute infectious disease caused by an enterovirus, which can cause unsightly and painful lesions and boils on the skin as well as fever or cold and flu symptoms. The disease affects the hands, arms, mouth, and buttocks areas in addition to the feet region. HFMD is most common in children who are ages 1 to 5, and the symptoms are similar in appearance to chicken pox. There is no specific cure or treatment, but symptoms often dissipate after 3 to 7 days.

When dealing with systemic disease of the feet, is extremely important to check the affected areas routinely so that any additional problems are caught quickly. For professional help, see Dr. Andrew Shapiro and Dr. Michael Barkin of New York. Our doctors will ensure that your feet receive the care that they need.

Systemic Diseases of the Feet

Systemic diseases affect the whole body, and symptoms usually are displayed in the feet. This condition can make a patient’s ability to walk unbearable. Systemic diseases include gout, diabetes mellitus, neurological disorders, and arthritis.

Gout – is caused by an excess of uric acid in the body. Common symptoms include pain, inflammation, and redness at the metatarsal/phalangeal joint of the base big toe. Gout can be treated by NSAIDs to relieve pain and inflammation, and other drugs that lower the acid levels in the body.

Diabetes mellitus – is an increase in the level of blood sugar that the body cannot counteract with its own insulin. Failure to produce enough insulin is a factor in Diabetes.

Diabetes of the Feet

Diabetic Neuropathy – may lead to damaged nerves and affect the feet through numbness and loss of sensation.

Peripheral Vascular Disease – can restrict the blood flow to the feet, and often times lead to amputation of the feet.

If you have any questions feel free to contact our office located in Valley Stream, NY. We offer the latest in diagnostic and treatment technology to meet your needs.

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athletes foot8 is a common form of Tinea, a contagious skin disease that appears as small round patches. Tinea can be caused by fungi and it mostly affects the scalp and feet. Athlete’s foot occurs at least in one in every four adults, and can be contracted by contamination of public areas like pools or saunas. Infections may not usually be serious but can be passed on if your hands and feet are not properly protected in wet areas.

Athlete’s foot is an inconvenient condition that can be easily reduced with the proper treatment. For more information about working on your feet, contact Dr. Andrew Shapiro and Dr. Michael Barkin of New York. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Athlete’s Foot: The Sole Story

Athlete's foot, also known as tinea pedis, can be an extremely contagious foot infection. It is commonly contracted in public changing areas and bathrooms, dormitory style living quarters, around locker rooms and public swimming pools, or anywhere your feet often come into contact with other people.

Solutions to Combat Athlete’s Foot

  • Hydrate your feet by using lotion
  • Exfoliate
  • Buff off nails
  • Use of anti-fungal products
  • Examine your feet and visit your doctor if any suspicious blisters or cuts develop

Athlete’s foot can cause many irritating symptoms such as dry and flaking skin, itching, and redness. Some more severe symptoms can include bleeding and cracked skin, intense itching and burning and even pain when walking. In the worst cases, athlete’s foot can cause blistering as well. Speaking to your podiatrist will give you a better understanding of the different causes of athlete’s foot, as well as helping you figure out which treatment options are best 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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runners20Blisters on the feet are often caused by friction between skin and the material of the shoe. To prevent this, ensure that shoes have a proper fit with a wide enough toe box. Moisture reducing socks can keep your feet dry and reduce friction. Sticking a layer of tape over any friction susceptible areas are also a sure way to reduce any blisters.

Blisters are prone to making everyday activities extremely uncomfortable. For more information about working on your feet, contact Dr. Andrew Shapiro and Dr. Michael Barkin of New York. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

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 doctor.

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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hammertoe4Battle Creek towing company owner Randy Hammer is very familiar with the risks motorists are for tow truck drivers who do not slow down and move to another lane when passing emergency vehicles. Nearly two years ago Hammer was caught in a deadly accident that forced him to spend six hours on the operating table and two-and-a-half weeks in intensive care when he was hit while trying to pull a car from a ditch. Emergency workers had to use a crowbar to free his foot from between two wheels after calling 911 himself. “It is an ongoing problem and a scenario that in the nation every four to six days a wrecker driver is killed by a car not moving over.”

While working on the feet, it is important to take the proper care of them. For more information about working on your feet, contact Dr. Andrew Shapiro and Dr. Michael Barkin of New York. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Working on Your Feet

Standing on your feet for long periods of time can cause stress and pain in your feet. Your whole body may experience change in terms of posture, back pain, bunions, callouses and or plantar warts. There are ways to avoid these conditions with proper foot care, smart choices and correct posture.

Positive Changes

Negative heeled shoe – choosing this shoe places the heel slightly lower than the ball of the foot. These are great for overall foot health. Find shoes that fit you correctly.

Go barefoot – our feet were not designed to be enclosed for hours, or all day. Try allowing yourself to expose your feet to air.

Eliminate Pain

Foot Exercises – performing simple exercises, incorporating yoga and stretches is beneficial. This will allow increased blood flow to the area and muscles of the foot.

Achilles tendon – stretching the foot out flat on the floor, will relax the calf muscles and tendon. These exercises can be performed almost anywhere. Make sure you add these exercises to your daily regimen.

With a little bit of this information and knowing more about foot health, you will notice changes. Foot stretches and proper footwear will help with pain and prevent further issues.

Keep your feet healthy and your body will thank you for it.

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 fungus7Des Lynch, a 34-year-old father, recently completed the Dublin marathon despite being diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis and viral meningitis. Lynch was determined to run the marathon in order to pay back the hospital staff who saved the lives of his twin babies. His twins, Matthew and Noah, were safely delivered prematurely at Dublin’s Coombe hospital thanks to the professionalism of the medical staff. His wife, Susanne Lynch, shared, “We’ve had a very tough time and Des took up running as a way of dealing with the fear and lack of control regarding our sons.”

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 about Rheumatoid Arthritis and its symptoms, consult with Dr. Andrew Shapiro and Dr. Michael Barkin of New York. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

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 in Valley Stream, NY. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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fungal-toenail2Feet and how they interact with the spine play an important role in gait and biomechanics of the feet. Problems with this interaction can cause gait abnormalities which can cause overpronation, heel strikes, metatarsal problems as well as support problems. Since feet are commonly referred to as the foundation of the body, making sure the proper measures are taken to prevent gait issues is important in preventing problems in the biomechanics of the feet.

Proper foot care is important for biomechanics, which incorporates the moving parts that manage the movement of your feet. To learn more about biomechanics, see Dr. Andrew Shapiro and Dr. Michael Barkin of New York. Our doctor can provide you with the foot and ankle information you seek.  

A History of Biomechanics

- Biomechanics dates back to the BC era in Egypt where evidence of professional foot care has been recorded.
- In 1974 biomechanics gained a higher profile from the studies of Merton Root, who claimed that by changing or controlling the forces between the ankle and the foot, corrections or conditions could be implemented to gain strength and coordination to the area.

Modern technology improvements are based on past theories and therapeutic processes providing a better understanding of podiatry concepts for biomechanics. Computers provide accurate determinations about the forces, moments and patterns of the foot and lower legs with the most important information captured.

Advances in materials and more awareness of biomechanics have developed enhanced corrective methods, offering further options for foot-related injuries. Understanding foot biomechanics can help improve and eliminate pain, stopping further stress to the foot. 

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

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toenail-fungus7According to a study published in PLOS ONE, diabetic patients living in rural areas have a higher chance of a more problematic experience with diabetic foot ulcers. This includes an increase in hospital admittance and risk of major amputation. Research shows that those in rural areas with diabetic foot complications make up 1.9% of 55 million diabetic emergency visits and areas with lower incomes also had a higher risk of amputation.

Diabetic foot care is important in preventing foot complications such as ulcers or amputation. If you are suffering from diabetes or have any other concerns about your feet contact Dr. Andrew Shapiro and Dr. Michael Barkin of New York. Our doctor will diagnose and treat your foot and ankle needs.

Diabetic Foot Care

Diabetes affects millions of people every year. Diabetes can damage blood vessels in many parts of the body, including 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 because 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 office in Valley Stream, NY. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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plantar-fasciitis6Potential GOP candidate for President of the United States and business mogul Donald Trump is known for making out of the ordinary statements including a few statements about his medical deferment from serving in the military. Donald Trump, often criticized for not having served in the military, has stated, “My [draft number] was so incredible and it was a very high draft number. Anyway I never had to do that, but I felt that I was in the military in the true sense because I dealt with those people.” Trump also cited his lack of military experience due to heel spurs on both of his feet.

Heel spurs can be incredibly painful, and sometimes might make you unable to participate in physical activities. To get medical care for your heel spurs, call Dr. Andrew Shapiro and Dr. Michael Barkin of New York. Our doctors will do everything possible to treat your condition.

Heels Spurs

Heel spurs are formed by calcium deposits on the back of the foot where the heel is. This can also be a cause from small fragments of bone breaking off one section of the foot, attaching it to the back of the foot. Heel spurs can also be bone growth on the back of the foot. Bone may grow in the direction of the arch of the foot.

Older individuals usually suffer from heel spurs. Pain sometimes intensifies with age. Heel spurs are known to cause a substantial amount of pain. One of the main associations spurs are related to is plantar fasciitis.

Pain

The pain associated with spurs is often times because of weight placed on the feet. When someone is walking their entire weight is concentrated on the feet. Bone spurs then have the tendency to poke and affect other boners and tissues around the foot. As the pain continues the feet will become tender and sensitive over time.

Treatments

There are many ways to treat heel spurs. If one is suffering from heel spurs in conjunction with pain there are several methods for healing. Medicines, surgery, and herbal care are some options.

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toenail-fungus7Boston University School of Medicine recently published a study in the Annals of Rheumatology Disease and Arthritis & Rheumatology, a new classification system for gout. The classification was developed through a multistep process with help from an international group of investigators from the American College of Rheumatology and the European League Against Rheumatism. The groups conducted a study where the gold standard of identifying gout was the presence of monosodium urate crystals. This led to a decision analysis scientific approach to generate a series of domains to classify gout.

Gout is a foot condition that requires certain treatment and care. If you have any concerns regarding gout, consult with Dr. Andrew Shapiro and Dr. Michael Barkin from New York. Our doctors will assist you with all of 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 care needs.

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