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Monday, 26 September 2016 19:41

5% of Americans are “Morbidly Obese”

obesity4According to research recently conducted by John Hopkins published in the Journal of the American Heart Association, “morbidly obese individuals were more than two times more likely to have heart failure than comparable people with a healthy body mass index.” It is estimated that about 5 percent of Americans living in the U.S. are considered morbidly obese, having a body mass index of greater than 35. It’s important to stay in shape through dieting and exercising in order to prevent the onset of life-threatening health issues such as heart disease.

Any additional problems in the feet of those with obesity can be detrimental to foot health. If you have any concerns, contact Dr. Andrew Shapiro and Dr. Michael Barkin of New York. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Obesity and your Feet

Since your feet are what support your entire weight when standing, any additional weight can result in pain and swelling. Being overweight is one of the main contributors to foot complications.

Problems & Complications

Extra Weight – Even putting on just a few extra pounds could create serious complications for your feet. As your weight increases, your balance and body will shift, creating new stresses on your feet. This uneven weight distribution can cause pain, even while doing the simplest tasks, such as walking.

Diabetes – People who are overweight are at serious risk of developing type-2 diabetes, which has a drastic impact on the health of your feet. As you get older, your diabetes might worsen, which could lead to loss of feeling in your feet, sores, and bruises. You could also become more prone to various infections.

Solutions

Footwear – Specially made footwear that supports your joints, arches, and ankles, and allows room for good circulation is a great option to mitigate pressure and pain. A podiatrist will help you decide what works best for your specific needs.

Exercise – Exercise will help alleviate the pain and give your feet the strength it needs to support your body. Exercise also increases blood flow to your feet, allowing them to remain healthy and strong.

Most importantly, seek the help of a podiatrist for foot care if something is wrong or doesn’t seem to be working. A podiatrist will help you with any questions or information needed.

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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Monday, 19 September 2016 20:12

How to Remove Corns

ankle surgeryThere is a wide range of problems that can affect foot health. Some of these issues may be minor, but some may be a bit more serious. The most common skin conditions that affect the feet are corns and calluses. Corns develop on the feet as a result of pressure and friction. They are usually painful and can become infected if they go without treatment. The removal of corns should always be done by a podiatrist using a sharp blade. A professional should remove your corns because they can very easily lead to further problems if removed incorrectly.

Foot surgery is sometimes necessary to fix a foot ailment. To learn more, contact Dr. Andrew Shapiro and Dr. Michael Barkin of New York. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

When Is Surgery Necessary?

Foot and ankle surgery is generally reserved for cases in which less invasive, conservative procedures have failed to help with the problem. Some of the cases in which surgery may be necessary are:

  • Removing foot deformities like bone spurs and bunions
  • Severe arthritis that has caused bone issues
  • Cosmetic reconstruction

What Types of Surgery Are There?

The type of surgery you receive will depend on the nature of the problem you have. Some of the possible surgeries include:

  • Bunionectomy for painful bunions
  • Surgical fusion for realignment of bones
  • Neuropathy decompression surgery to treat nerve damage

Benefits of Surgery

Although surgery is usually a last resort, it can provide more complete pain relief compared to non-surgical methods and may allow you to finally resume full activity.

Surgical techniques have also become increasingly sophisticated. Techniques like endoscopic surgery allow for smaller incisions and faster recovery times.

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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Monday, 12 September 2016 01:35

Caring for Blisters

blister6Blisters are a fairly common foot condition that can be easily prevented with a few simple steps. The first step is to always ensure the feet or kept clean to prevent any germs or bacteria from penetrating the skin. Wearing the right pair of socks can also help support the feet and reduce friction, which can create blisters. Applying bandages or band aids to any preexisting blisters can help reduce excess heat or additional friction that can exacerbate the blister.

Blisters are prone to making everyday activities extremely uncomfortable. If your feet are 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 contact 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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Monday, 05 September 2016 15:24

What Are Plantar Warts?

foot care2Plantar warts develop on the bottom of our feet as round growths on the skin, described as brown dots. Warts are caused by the papillomavirus and usually go away on their own, typically not requiring any treatment. Avoid picking at the wart to prevent infection. A potential option for treating your wart is covering it up with tape, as “warts deprived of air and sun exposure sometimes die without the need for topical treatments.”

Plantar warts can be very uncomfortable. 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 doctors can provide the care you need to keep your pain free and on your feet.

About Plantar Warts

Plantar warts are the result of HPV, or human papillomavirus, getting into open wounds on the feet. They are mostly found on the heels or balls of the feet.

While plantar warts are generally harmless, those experiencing excessive pain or those suffering from diabetes or a compromised immune system require immediate medical care. Plantar warts are easily diagnosed, usually through scraping off a bit of rough skin or by getting a biopsy.

Symptoms

  • Legions on the bottom of your feet, usually rough and grainy
  • Hard or thick callused spots
  • Wart seeds, which are small clotted blood vessels that look like little black spots
  • Pain, discomfort, or tenderness of your feet when walking or standing

Treatment

  • Freezing
  • Electric tool removal
  • Laser Treatment
  • Topical Creams (prescription only)
  • Over-the-counter medications

To help prevent developing plantar warts, avoid walking barefoot over abrasive surfaces that can cause cuts or wounds for HPV to get into. Avoiding direct contact with other warts, as well as not picking or rubbing existing warts, will help prevent the further spread of plantar warts. However, if you think you have developed plantar warts, speak to your podiatrist. He or she can diagnose the warts on your feet and recommend the appropriate treatment options.

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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