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By Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee, LLC/Ringwood/Flushing
June 19, 2019
Category: skin conditions

Having calluses and cracked heels is a common foot problem that is usually just a minor annoyance for the majority of people and some thick skin is essential and beneficial to the proper cushioning and protection of your feet. However, when calluses get too thick and start cracking and bleeding, they can be very painful and make it hard to walk. A heel fissure can develop possibly leading to an infection and even amputation in severe cases.

Some of the causes of cracked heels include the following:

  • Standing and walking on hard surfaces all day for work
  • Being overweight adds pressure to your feet and can split your heel
  • Thyroid condition
  • Estrogen abnormality
  • Peripheral neuropathy 
  • Skin diseases like psoriasis and eczema
  • Wearing shoes that have an open back
  • Vitamin and mineral deficiencies
  • Blood circulation problems
  • Genetic component

Drinking sufficient healthy liquids (and avoiding sugary beverages and alcohol) throughout the day will help keep your skin hydrated. Consuming or applying omega 3 fatty acids is also good for the skin.

Some treatments for cracked heels include the following:

  1. The hard skin needs to be removed carefully with a file or pumice stone to avoid bleeding
  2. Holding cracks together with strapping will help them to heal faster
  3. Custom orthotic shoe inserts like the heel cup are effective at preventing the heel from expanding and cracking
  4. Creams and ointments will help rehydrate the skin

If you need help with cracking heels, consult with the foot doctors at Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee, LLC. Our team of board certified podiatrists includes Greg Khaimov, DPM, FACFAS, Daniel Pollack, DPM, FACFAS, Walter Majdanski, DPM, AACFAS, Yakov Haimof, DPM, Mathew Yagudayev, DPM, AACFAS, and Kevin Jeong, DPM. The center offers convenient locations in Fort Lee NJ, Ringwood NJ, Flushing Queens NY, Woodhaven NY, Brooklyn NY, and Forest Hills NY. Contact us at (201) 363-9844 and schedule an appointment today!

 

By Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee, LLC/Ringwood/Flushing
June 11, 2019
Category: proper footwear

High-heeled shoes are becoming increasingly vilified for all the pain and discomfort they cause. In fact, they are even now being shunned by fashion houses in favor of strutting in luxury sneakers on the catwalk! Women have suffered from the ill effects of high heels for a long time, but the trends are finally leading to more sensible options that don’t cause heel pain and other painful conditions like corns, bunions, and ingrown toenails, just to name a few.

Some of the major foot issues caused by wearing high-heeled shoes include the following:

  • Toe deformities—High heeled shoes compress your toes together, contributing to the formation of bunions, hammertoes, and mallet toes.
  • NeuromaMorton’s neuroma is one type of nerve condition that occurs near the ball of the foot. Having your toes scrunched together contributes to pressure on the nerve.
  • Achilles tendon injury—Wearing high-heeled shoes also increases pressure on the back of the foot where the Achilles tendon inserts at the heel bone. This tendon can actually decrease in length from repeatedly wearing high-heeled shoes, contributing to Achilles tendonitis and the formation of heel spurs.

For those who insist on continuing to wear high heels, do so in moderation for special occasions and if required for work. Always carry a pair of comfortable shoes that you can quickly put on to give your feet a rest such as during your commute to work.

If you have foot problems caused by wearing high-heeled shoes, consult with the foot doctors at Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee, LLC. Our team of board-certified podiatrists includes Greg Khaimov, DPM, FACFAS, Daniel Pollack, DPM, FACFAS, Walter Majdanski, DPM, AACFAS, Yakov Haimof, DPM, Mathew Yagudayev, DPM, AACFAS, and Kevin Jeong, DPM. The center offers convenient locations in Fort Lee NJ, Ringwood NJ, Flushing Queens NY, Woodhaven NY, Brooklyn NY, and Forest Hills NY. Contact us at (201) 363-9844 and schedule an appointment today!

By Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee, LLC/Ringwood/Flushing
June 05, 2019
Category: Toe conditions

The bunion is a common big toe deformity that is easily identifiable from the bony bump that forms on the top or side of the big toe joint. As the bunion matures, the big toe is bent into the other toes with a lot of force causing rubbing, blisters, and even underlapping and overlapping toes. You inherit the tendency to develop bunions from your parents, but pressure from your footwear can increase this tendency.

Wearing tightly-fitting shoes or pumps that cramp your toes together in the front of the shoe will accelerate the formation of bunions and other toe deformities like hammertoes. People who have flat feet and arthritis are also more susceptible to getting bunions.

3 relatively simple treatments for bunions include the following:

  1. Wear properly-fitted shoes with a wide toe box—The pressure and rubbing from poorly fitting shoes contribute to bunion severity and also cause blisters and corns to develop. Wearing properly-fitted shoes with a wide toe box will allow the bunion room to move without the extra friction.
  2. Physical therapy exercises—Many types of stretching and strengthening exercises are appropriate to help keep the toe joints flexible. Two of these are toe scrunching exercises and picking up small objects with your toes.
  3. Braces and orthotic insertsA splint that pulls the big toe away from the other toes can be worn during sleep to help move it into a straighter position. Your foot doctor can create custom orthotic shoe inserts that work to straighten your toes and keep them apart.

If your bunions continue to become more painful, surgery may be necessary. For the proper treatment of bunions, consult with the foot doctors at Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee, LLC. Our team of board-certified podiatrists includes Greg Khaimov, DPM, FACFAS, Daniel Pollack, DPM, FACFAS, Walter Majdanski, DPM, AACFAS, Yakov Haimof, DPM, Mathew Yagudayev, DPM, AACFAS, and Kevin Jeong, DPM. The center offers convenient locations in Fort Lee NJ, Ringwood NJ, Flushing Queens NY, Woodhaven NY, Brooklyn NY, and Forest Hills NY. Contact us at (201) 363-9844 and schedule an appointment today!

By Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee, LLC/Ringwood/Flushing
May 29, 2019

Orthotics are specially-made shoe inserts used to treat many foot and ankle problems and also to help increase athletic performance. Since achieving optimum weight distribution is essential to the proper functioning of your feet and ankles, you should have a computerized gait analysis performed by your foot doctor to see if your feet and ankles are functioning properly. Correcting problems with pronation can also have great beneficial effects on your knees, hips, and back as well.

For patients who have diabetes, orthotic inserts can be combined with special shoes to improve balance and help prevent falls. They can also isolate foot ulcers to improve healing.

Some of the conditions treated with orthotic inserts include the following:

Your foot doctor can use a computerized gait analysis to see how you walk in real time and then formulate the precise orthotic inserts that will correct alignment problems. Additionally, orthotic pads and cushions can be used for heel lifting and isolation.

In patients who have diabetes, muscle weakening often affects the extremities. Orthotic braces can be used with diabetic footwear to improve balance and stability.

For help with arch problems and to get the perfect custom orthotic inserts, consult with the foot doctors at Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee, LLC. Our team of board-certified podiatrists includes Greg Khaimov, DPM, FACFAS, Daniel Pollack, DPM, FACFAS, Walter Majdanski, DPM, AACFAS, Yakov Haimof, DPM, Mathew Yagudayev, DPM, AACFAS, and Kevin Jeong, DPM. The center offers convenient locations in Fort Lee NJ, Ringwood NJ, Flushing Queens NY, Woodhaven NY, Brooklyn NY, and Forest Hills NY. Contact us at (201) 363-9844 and schedule an appointment today!

 

By Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee, LLC/Ringwood/Flushing
May 22, 2019

Having a sensation of burning feet can be caused by many conditions. The most common cause is peripheral neuropathy from diabetic nerve damage that is caused by poorly controlled blood sugar levels. Symptoms include a sense of tingling and numbness and a burning sensation that can range from mild to severe. Excessive alcohol consumption can also damage the peripheral nerves and cause a burning feeling.

The uncomfortable sensation that your feet are burning can be caused by the following:

  • Systemic problems like kidney and liver disease
  • Vitamin, mineral and other nutrient deficiencies
  • Various thyroid conditions
  • Side effects of certain medicines
  • Toxic chemical and heavy metal contamination
  • Circulatory problems
  • Peripheral neuropathy, neuroma, and other nerve disorders
  • Peripheral artery disease
  • Fungal nails and bacterial infections

Since diagnosing the cause of the feeling of burning feet may require specific tests, you need to see your foot doctor for the proper diagnosis. Tests may include nerve conduction studies, bodily fluid analysis, and electromyography.

Treatments for burning feet:

  • The right shoes with orthotic insertsCorrectly fitted footwear with custom made orthotic inserts can treat a variety of conditions that create a burning foot sensation including foot neuroma and sesamoiditis. Special shoes and braces for patients with diabetes will also help decrease the annoyance of burning feet.
  • Decrease or avoid consumption of alcohol
  • Vitamin and nutrient supplementation—Getting proper amounts of calcium and magnesium may require taking supplements. It’s also very important to get the right amount of B vitamins, all of which can help stop your feet from burning.

If you are experiencing burning foot pain, it is important to see your foot specialist to receive the correct care. Consult with the foot doctors at Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee, LLC. Our team of board-certified podiatrists includes Dr. Greg Khaimov, Dr. Daniel Pollack, Dr. Walter Majdanski, Dr. Yakov Haimof, Dr. Mathew Yagudayev, and Dr. Kevin Jeong. The center offers convenient locations in Fort Lee NJ, Ringwood NJ, Flushing Queens NY, Woodhaven NY, Brooklyn NY, and Forest Hills NY. Contact us at (201) 363-9844 and schedule an appointment today!





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