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Friday, 28 October 2022 00:00

Heel Pain in the Morning?

Heel pain can negatively affect your day-to-day life. Simple activities like walking can become incredibly uncomfortable or painful due to heel pain.

Don’t live with heel pain and get treated.

Tuesday, 25 October 2022 00:00

Common Facts About Gout

Gout is a type of arthritis that is characterized by redness, tenderness, swelling of the joints, limited movement, and severe pain. It is caused by the buildup of uric acid in the body. Uric acid is a product of purines, an ingredient in many rich foods, such as seafood, meat, sweet beverages, and alcohol. Crystallization of purines can cause kidney stones, painful arthritis, and the buildup of uric acid crystals in the feet. One with gout can experience intense joint pain that usually affects the large joint in the big toe of the foot as well as other joints of the foot. The pain is worse when it starts and can last from a few days to a few weeks. It can feel like a burning sensation. Other factors that increase uric acid in the body and can cause gout symptoms are obesity, genetic predisposition, gender (with men being more prone to gout than women), and other medical conditions, like diabetes and high blood pressure. If you suspect you have gout, see a podiatrist as soon as possible who can make sure the diagnosis is correct and provide treatment to restore you to pain-free functioning.

Gout is a foot condition that requires certain treatment and care. If you are seeking treatment, contact one of our podiatrists from Seaford Foot Care Center. 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 Seaford, NY . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 18 October 2022 00:00

Foot Bath for Seniors

Seniors must take extra special care in maintaining healthy feet because as individuals age, they can become more susceptible to foot afflictions. One potential way in which a senior might be able to provide extra care for the health of their feet is by performing a foot bath to clean the feet. However, there are several things a senior should keep in mind. First, after performing a foot bath, it is important for the individual to completely dry their feet. A senior might need someone else to help them perform this critical step. Whoever is drying the feet should be mindful of drying in between the toes as well. Second, it is important to make sure that the temperature of the water in the foot bath is sufficient and not too hot. Making sure the temperature is not too hot might be difficult for some seniors because some might have conditions that reduce sensations in the feet. If you want to learn more about elderly foot care, contact a podiatrist today.

Proper foot care is something many older adults forget to consider. If you have any concerns about your feet and ankles, contact one of our podiatrists from Seaford Foot Care Center. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

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-threatening 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.

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Tuesday, 11 October 2022 00:00

Healing Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis is a highly widespread form of heel pain that occurs when the band of tissues under the arch of the foot (the plantar fascia) becomes inflamed. After contacting a podiatrist and receiving treatment for plantar fasciitis, there are several ways to gauge how you are recovering. First, it might be a sign that you are healing if the pain is starting to become localized instead of distributed throughout your foot and ankle. Additionally, pain from plantar fasciitis can be most pronounced when taking the first steps of the day. Therefore, if you notice reduced or diminished morning pain, this might be a sign that you are recovering. Lastly, you may be recovering from plantar fasciitis if you find that your normal range of motion in the feet and ankles is returning. Recovery times can vary from person to person. However, it commonly takes patients about six months to fully recover. If you have plantar fasciitis, it is suggested that you contact a podiatrist today.

Plantar fasciitis can be very painful and inconvenient. If you are experiencing heel pain or symptoms of plantar fasciitis, contact one of our podiatrists  from Seaford Foot Care Center. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is the inflammation of the thick band of tissue that runs along the bottom of your foot, known as the plantar fascia, and causes mild to severe heel pain.

What Causes Plantar Fasciitis?

  • Excessive running
  • Non-supportive shoes
  • Overpronation
  • Repeated stretching and tearing of the plantar fascia

How Can It Be Treated?

  • Conservative measures – anti-inflammatories, ice packs, stretching exercises, physical therapy, orthotic devices
  • Shockwave therapy – sound waves are sent to the affected area to facilitate healing and are usually used for chronic cases of plantar fasciitis
  • Surgery – usually only used as a last resort when all else fails. The plantar fascia can be surgically detached from the heel

While very treatable, plantar fasciitis is definitely not something that should be ignored. Especially in severe cases, speaking to your doctor right away is highly recommended to avoid complications and severe heel pain. Your podiatrist can work with you to provide the appropriate treatment options tailored to your condition.

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

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A common Achilles tendon injury is known as Achilles tendinopathy. The Achilles tendon connects the calf muscles to the heel bone, and can become injured from overuse. This tendon is the largest one in the body, and extreme swelling may occur when it becomes injured. People who experience this type of injury often find it difficult to walk, possibly as a result of a partial or complete Achilles tendon tear. The pain is often felt in the back of the heel, which may feel tender when touched. The Achilles tendon significantly contributes to walking, as the heel is lifted when taking a step. There are some patients who experience this type of injury from the type of shoes they wear. Additionally, an Achilles tendon injury may gradually occur from medical conditions, such as arthritis, obesity, and various foot problems. If you have endured this type of injury, please contact a podiatrist, sooner rather than later, who can guide you toward correct treatments for relief.

Achilles tendon injuries need immediate attention to avoid future complications. If you have any concerns, contact one of our podiatrists of Seaford Foot Care Center. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

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 create immense 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 injuries 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 Seaford, NY . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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