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Monday, 25 January 2021 00:00

How to Prevent Damage From High Heels

High heels may look nice, but they can cause a variety of foot problems, including pain, injury, as well as nerve and joint damage. Still, you may be reluctant to cut high heel shoes out of your life. Fortunately, you don’t have to swear off high heels. You can take preventive measures to maintain the health of your feet and ankles by being mindful of the effects that high heels can have on these areas. High heels can weaken your calf muscles by keeping them in a shortened position for prolonged periods of time. Stretching the calves after wearing high heels can help give these muscles relief. Strengthening the ankle muscles and improving your balance with various exercises can help prevent ankle injuries and falls. For more information about how to mitigate the effects of high heels on the feet and ankles, please consult with a podiatrist.

High heels have a history of causing foot and ankle problems. If you have any concerns about your feet or ankles, contact Elliot T. Udell, DPM from New York. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Effects of High Heels on the Feet

High heels are popular shoes among women because of their many styles and societal appeal.  Despite this, high heels can still cause many health problems if worn too frequently.

Which Parts of My Body Will Be Affected by High Heels?

  • Ankle Joints
  • Achilles Tendon – May shorten and stiffen with prolonged wear
  • Balls of the Feet
  • Knees – Heels cause the knees to bend constantly, creating stress on them
  • Back – They decrease the spine’s ability to absorb shock, which may lead to back pain.  The vertebrae of the lower back may compress.

What Kinds of Foot Problems Can Develop from Wearing High Heels?

  • Corns
  • Calluses
  • Hammertoe
  • Bunions
  • Morton’s Neuroma
  • Plantar Fasciitis

How Can I Still Wear High Heels and Maintain Foot Health?

If you want to wear high heeled shoes, make sure that you are not wearing them every day, as this will help prevent long term physical problems.  Try wearing thicker heels as opposed to stilettos to distribute weight more evenly across the feet.  Always make sure you are wearing the proper shoes for the right occasion, such as sneakers for exercising.  If you walk to work, try carrying your heels with you and changing into them once you arrive at work.  Adding inserts to your heels can help cushion your feet and absorb shock. Full foot inserts or metatarsal pads are available. 

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

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Monday, 18 January 2021 00:00

How Is Clubfoot Diagnosed?

Clubfoot is a foot deformity in which one or both of a baby’s feet appear twisted inward at the ankle. Clubfoot is present at birth and can typically be diagnosed via a prenatal ultrasound. Cases of clubfoot that are not diagnosed prenatally are usually diagnosed shortly after the baby’s birth through a simple physical examination. In rare cases, an X-ray or CAT scan may be needed to make the diagnosis. Despite its appearance, clubfoot does not cause pain or discomfort, and generally responds well to treatment. Treatment usually consists of using a series of casts and braces to reposition the child’s foot. For more information about clubfoot and other pediatric foot problems, please consult with a podiatrist. 

Making sure that your children maintain good foot health is very important as they grow. If you have any questions, contact Elliot T. Udell, DPM of New York. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Keeping Children's Feet Healthy

Having healthy feet during childhood can help prevent medical problems later in life, namely in the back and legs. As children grow, their feet require different types of care. Here are some things to consider...

Although babies do not walk yet, it is still very important to take care of their feet.

Avoid putting tight shoes or socks on his or her feet.

Allow the baby to stretch and kick his or her feet to feel comfortable.

As a toddler, kids are now on the move and begin to develop differently. At this age, toddlers are getting a feel for walking, so don’t be alarmed if your toddler is unsteady or ‘walks funny’. 

As your child gets older, it is important to teach them how to take care of their feet.

Show them proper hygiene to prevent infections such as fungus.

Be watchful for any pain or injury.

Have all injuries checked by a doctor as soon as possible.

Comfortable, protective shoes should always be worn, especially at play.

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

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Wednesday, 13 January 2021 00:00

Reminder: When Was the Last Time...?

Custom orthotics, or shoe inserts, should be periodically replaced. Orthotics must fit properly to give you the best results. Protect your feet and ankles!

Monday, 11 January 2021 00:00

How Can I Reduce Foot Sweat?

Excessively sweaty feet can be an unpleasant and annoying condition. There are various over-the-counter products available that can help reduce foot sweat. Antiperspirant products in the form of sprays, powders, and lotions can help keep the feet dry. Foot powders and sneaker liners can absorb excess sweat while you go about your day. Your footwear is also an important factor to consider. Wearing shoes made of breathable materials and moisture-wicking socks may help reduce your foot sweat as well. If over-the-counter treatments are not effective in managing your foot sweat, you may have plantar hyperhidrosis, a medical condition that causes the feet to sweat excessively. A podiatrist can diagnose plantar hyperhidrosis and recommend that best course of treatment for you.

If you are suffering from hyperhidrosis contact Elliot T. Udell, DPM of New York. Our doctor can provide the care you need to attend to all of your foot and ankle needs.

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

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Monday, 04 January 2021 00:00

Yoga for Plantar Fasciitis Pain

Plantar fasciitis is a condition in which the plantar fascia, a ligament that runs along the bottom of the foot, becomes inflamed. This can cause a stabbing pain in the heel. Stretching the foot may help reduce the pain associated with plantar fasciitis. Did you know that you can stretch the feet while doing yoga? For example, while standing, lift your right heel off of the ground and roll onto your right toes. Then place your right heel back onto the ground and repeat on the opposite foot. Do this several times to stretch the arch area. For more information about the benefits of yoga and stretching for plantar fasciitis pain, please consult with a podiatrist.

Plantar fasciitis can be very painful and inconvenient. If you are experiencing heel pain or symptoms of plantar fasciitis, contact Elliot T. Udell, DPM  from New York. Our doctor 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 Hicksville, NY. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Monday, 28 December 2020 00:00

Stretching the Feet May Help Heel Spurs

A heel spur is defined as a bony growth that gradually develops on the back or bottom of the heel bone. It can cause severe pain and discomfort, and it may even be difficult to walk. A heel spur can be caused by arthritis, tendonitis, or due to a heel fracture. Mild relief may be found when the affected foot is rested and pain medication for inflammation is taken. Additionally, it is beneficial to perform specific stretches that may help to strengthen the overall foot. If you have heel pain, it may be indicative of a heel spur. It is strongly suggested that you speak with a podiatrist for a proper diagnosis and to determine what the best treatment is for you.

Heel spurs can be incredibly painful and sometimes may make you unable to participate in physical activities. To get medical care for your heel spurs, contact Elliot T. Udell, DPM from New York. Our doctor 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 caused by small fragments of bone breaking off one section of the foot, attaching onto the back of the foot. Heel spurs can also be bone growth on the back of the foot and may grow in the direction of the arch of the foot.

Older individuals usually suffer from heel spurs and pain sometimes intensifies with age. One of the main condition's spurs are related to is plantar fasciitis.

Pain

The pain associated with spurs is often 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 affect other bones 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. Medication, surgery, and herbal care are some options.

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

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Monday, 21 December 2020 00:00

Finding Relief From Gout Pain

Severe pain and discomfort are symptoms that often accompany the foot condition that is known as gout. In many patients, the pain can be so debilitating that it can cause an inability to walk. Gout is considered to be a form of arthritis, and it is caused by excess amounts of uric acid in the blood. Gout may develop as a result of eating specific foods that have elevated levels of purines. These can include red meat, shellfish, and drinks that have a large sugar content. Frequently eating these types of foods may cause crystal-like deposits to form in the joints of the big toe, and the entire foot may become irritated and inflamed. Mild relief may be found when healthy eating habits are implemented, including eating fruits and vegetables, in addition to drinking plenty of water daily. If you believe you may have gout, it is strongly suggested that you are under the care of a podiatrist who can help you to manage and treat this condition.

Gout is a painful condition that can be treated. If you are seeking treatment, contact Elliot T. Udell, DPM from New York. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What Is Gout?

Gout is a form of arthritis that is characterized by sudden, severe attacks of pain, redness, and tenderness in the joints. The condition usually affects the joint at the base of the big toe. A gout attack can occur at any random time, such as the middle of the night while you are asleep.

Symptoms

  • Intense Joint Pain - Usually around the large joint of your big toe, and it most severe within the first four to twelve hours
  • Lingering Discomfort - Joint discomfort may last from a few days to a few weeks
  • Inflammation and Redness -Affected joints may become swollen, tender, warm and red
  • Limited Range of Motion - May experience a decrease in joint mobility

Risk Factors

  • Genetics - If family members have gout, you’re more likely to have it
  • Medications - Diuretic medications can raise uric acid levels
  • Gender/Age - Gout is more common in men until the age of 60. It is believed that estrogen protects women until that point
  • Diet - Eating red meat and shellfish increases your risk
  • Alcohol - Having more than two alcoholic drinks per day increases your risk
  • Obesity - Obese people are at a higher risk for gout

Prior to visiting your podiatrist to receive treatment for gout, there are a few things you should do beforehand. If you have gout you should write down your symptoms--including when they started and how often you experience them, important medical information you may have, and any questions you may have. Writing down these three things will help your podiatrist in assessing your specific situation so that he or she may provide the best route of treatment for you.

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

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Suffering from this type of pain? You may have the foot condition known as Morton's neuroma. Morton's neuroma may develop as a result of ill-fitting footwear and existing foot deformities. We can help.

Monday, 14 December 2020 00:00

How PRP Injections Work

The treatment method that is referred to as platelet rich plasma (PRP) injections may be helpful in treating specific foot conditions which can include Morton’s neuroma. It is a process of using the patient’s platelets and injecting them into the affected site. This may help to accelerate healing times. The procedure of implementing this type of treatment involves extracting a small portion of blood, and inserting it into a centrifuge which can separate the platelets from the blood. After it is injected, the body’s natural growth factors can be released into the damaged tissue. If you have this ailment, or any other type of foot pain, please consult with a podiatrist who can determine if PRP injections are correct for you.

If you are suffering from a foot condition, contact Elliot T. Udell, DPM of New York. Our doctor will assist you with all of your podiatric concerns.

What Is PRP?

Platelet Rich Plasma, or PRP, is blood taken from a patient and spun in a centrifuge, concentrating the amount of platelets. The plasma is then re-injected into the site of injury or damage, assisting the body in repairing damage to muscles, tendons, ligaments, and tissue. PRP helps the body speed up its healing process.

Uses of PRP

Injuries affecting the foot sometimes don’t heal properly because of poor blood circulation. The healing time slows down, and recovery time is affected by poor blood supply. PRP injections will speed up recovery and resolve this issue.

Treatment

PRP is the first regenerative treatment for damaged muscles, tendons, and ligaments. No surgery needed. It is only applied with an insertion of a needle.

Ultrasound – An ultrasound is needed for proper placement of the platelets.

Injection – When the first injection is received, the patient will return to the doctor in about 2 to 3 weeks and monitor the recovery process.

Recovery time – Some people respond to treatments differently. Therefore, depending on your condition, the doctor will make any remaining decisions on how many more injections are needed, or if any additional ones are even required.

Benefits

One may be able to avoid major surgery, and recovery time will be cut down. PRP injections also avoid creating scar tissue and damage to the area. Risks are also very low using PRP as a treatment. There is no risk of rejection, contracting a disease from using another person’s blood, or infection.

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

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Monday, 07 December 2020 00:00

Five Tips for Everyday Foot Care

As the foundation of your body, your feet play an important role in helping you go about your day. But despite their importance, we often neglect our feet, increasing our risk of developing various foot problems. Taking small steps every day to care for your feet can help keep them healthy. Wearing comfortable, properly fitted shoes can help prevent problems such as hammertoes, corns, calluses, blisters, ingrown toenails, and general foot pain. Wearing socks can keep excess moisture off your feet, and pad the foot, preventing excess wear and tear. Taking walks regularly helps strengthen the muscles of the feet. Finally, washing and drying the feet thoroughly can help prevent foot odor and fungal infections, while moisturizing the feet can prevent dry and cracked heels. For more information about everyday foot care, please consult with a podiatrist.

Everyday foot care is very important to prevent infection and other foot ailments. If you need your feet checked, contact Elliot T. Udell, DPM from New York. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Everyday 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. 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 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. 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 Hicksville, NY. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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