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study 2Xavier Henry of the Lakers will be out for the rest of the season due to a ruptured Achilles tendon that occurred during practice. The twenty-three year old was a huge asset to the team averaging a large amount of points after only being signed as a training-camp player. Last season it has been noted that Henry’s hard playing style aided the team, but caused plenty of wrist and knee problems that were treated with surgery during the off season. Coach Bryan Scott stated, “He just made a move, like most guys do when they mess up their Achilles. Nobody hit him or anything like that. He went down and pretty much said to us that he heard a pop.” Henry could still be traded despite the injury that is keeping him out for the rest of the season.

Achilles tendon injuries can be very painful. If you believe you are having problems with this condition, consult with one of our podiatrists of Foot Associates New York. Our doctors can treat your foot and ankle needs.

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 cause severe 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 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. Often the doctor will order an MRI to confirm the diagnosis. Treatment will involve rest, physical therapy, and in some cases, surgery. However, various preventative measures can be taken to avoid these injuries.

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If you have any questions, please contact one of our offices located in New York. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Thursday, 15 January 2015 10:23

Everyday Foot Care in the Winter

Winter is a season in which the feet are often neglected, as the feet are usually kept wrapped up in shoes. This makes winter foot care especially important. Keeping the feet healthy during the colder months is easy, however, with a few simple tips. Moisturizing the feet is one of the most important measures one can take to keep the feet looking fresh and healthy. Wearing thick shoes and thick socks during the winter is important to keep them protected from harsh temperatures, and can go a long way towards foot health. Pedicures and hot water treatments can help relax tense and weathered feet, while drinking plenty of water will help keep the skin hydrated.


Regardless of season or weather, everyday foot care should be practiced year round. For more information about everyday foot care, consult with one of our podiatrists of Foot Associates New York. Our doctors will provide you with the foot- and ankle information you seek. 


Every Day 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. After all, 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 example.


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.
Also, 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 New York. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.


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Nearly 36% of the European population is runners ranging from ages fifteen to thirty-six years of age. The European Commission wants to protect their vast running population from injury, causing them to launch and fund the RunSafer Project. The project involves a collection of researchers that work to educate, protect, and reduce injuries in runners as well as aid those that have already sustained an injury. One specific project created with the help of El Institute of Biomechanics of Valencia and KELME, is a running shoe with an installed device that helps improve training and reduce injuries. With the synced application, runners can check their heart rate, GPS, receive feedback on running performance as well as suggested changes in running patterns. The shoe and app combo is also set to warn runners if a certain activity or running position may cause an injury. 

Running can be a great way to keep your body healthy and in-shape, but it can also lead to injuries if you’re not careful. If you have a running injury or have an interest in preventing one, contact one of our podiatrists of Foot Associates New York. Our doctors can instruct you on proper running techniques and help you keep your lower extremities safe.

How to Prevent Running Injuries
Many common running injuries are caused by overuse and overtraining. When the back of the kneecap starts wearing out and starts causing pain in your knee, this is commonly referred to as runner’s knee. Runner’s knee is a decrease in strength in your quadriceps and can occur if you’re not wearing properly fitted or supporting shoes. Runner’s knee usually is treated with strengthening exercises focusing on the quad muscles and sports orthotic. To prevent runner’s knee, focusing on hip strengthening is a good idea, as well as strengthening your quads to keep the kneecaps aligned. Physical therapy can help you learn the best exercises to heal runner’s knee.

What Are Some Causes of Running Injuries?
- One cause of a common running injury is called iliotibial band syndrome.
- Plantar fasciitis is also another common injury.
- Stress fractures can occur from overtraining, lack of calcium, or even your running style.

Best Ways to Prevent Running Injuries
- Wear footwear that fits properly and suits your running needs.
- Running shoes are the only protective gear that runners have to safeguard them from injury.
- Make a training schedule.

 

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in New York. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle injuries.

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Thursday, 01 January 2015 13:48

How to Keep Your Feet Healthy while on the Job

If you are a massage therapist or have another occupation where you are always on your feet, you are probably very familiar with having sore and painful feet. Endurance can easily be maintained by considering several important tips. Shoes should be checked to ensure that they offer support, as ill-fitting shoes can contribute to pain and fatigue. When standing, the feet should be planted firmly on the ground with your weight distributed evenly between the two. Take the time to stretch the feet if possible; stretches such as toe curls, toe raises, and toe flexion and extension can help flexibility and reduce stress.


Constantly working on your feet can become stressful and debilitating for your foot health. If you are experiencing foot problems due to working on your feet, consult with one of our podiatrists of Foot Associates of New York. Our doctors can provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment. 


Proper Foot Care Leads to Better Health
Long periods of standing often times lead to pain and discomfort around the feet. Every day the body undergoes a series of stresses, especially during work. To minimize these stresses on your feet, better shoe choices and proper posture will significantly help. 


Better Choices
A Negative Heel

  • This is where the heel is slightly lower than the ball of the foot.

 
Going Barefoot

  • Having your feet crammed into shoes for long periods of time increases pressure. Giving your feet some exposure to air and walking barefoot helps tremendously.

Exercise Your Feet

  • A foot workout helps correct movements and stimulates the blood flow and muscles of the feet. Implementing yoga exercises to your daily routine is a good example of this.

Foot Care
Spending a majority of the time on your feet will most likely trigger pain; even more so if you suffer from poor circulation.  Proper footwear and appropriate stretching will alleviate pain and prevent further issues. When your feet hurt, it is best to take care of them right away.


If you have any questions feel free to contact one of our offices located in New York. We offer the latest in diagnostic and treatment technology to meet your needs.


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According to Baylor College of Medicine assistant professor Dr. Jason Ahuero, women should be sensible this holiday season about how often they wear high heels. Wearing high heels regularly can lead to many foot problems such as foot pain and ankle sprains. Ahuero states that women should not wear heels for long periods of time and they should alternate heel height if they are unable to just wear flats. High heel wearers should also roughen up the bottoms of their heels to avoid slipping during inclement weather. When buying new high heels, Ahuero suggests that women have their foot measured each time, purchase shoes with thicker heels for stability, and to avoid high heels that are uncomfortable to wear. At the end of a day of wearing high heels, elevating the feet as well as icing them may reduce any pain or swelling.

High heels are very fashionable and a necessity to some, but they can cause a tremendous about of harm to the feet and ankles. To learn more, contact one of our podiatrists of the Foot Associates of New York. Our doctors will answer all of your foot- and ankle-related questions.

Effects of High Heels on the Feet
High heels are popular shoes among women because they are associated with femininity.  Despite their appeal, they can cause many health problems if worn too frequently.
What parts 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.  Also, the vertebrae of the lower back may compress.

What kinds of foot problems can develop from wearing high heels?

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. 

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in New York. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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At the annually-held Stratford Festival, 1000 pairs of shoes are made each year by its various shoemakers. These specially made shoes are created for the many actors and dancers performing in multiple productions staged by the theater at the festival. Customized specifications are often requested by Stratford performers, as professional dancing tends to be rather athletically demanding on the feet.


Several of the tap dancers performing in the theater’s upcoming production of Crazy for You requested an alteration in shoe size to allow a certain amount of toe room. The experienced shoe staff readily meets these requests, either altering the shoes themselves or having them done off-site. “It makes a difference as to how you perform, especially with tap dancing,” said Kerry Gage, associate choreographer of Crazy for You. “Everybody’s feet are entirely different.”
Wearing the proper shoe size is pertinent for dancers and other people who are always on their feet. If you require assistance in selecting proper-fitting footwear, see one of our podiatrists of Foot Associates of New York. Our doctors can attend to any of your foot and ankle needs. 


Getting the Right Shoe Size
Sometimes it may be difficult finding the right shoe size especially because shoe sizes tend to vary depending on the brand and company you are looking for. A size 6 for one brand may be a size 7 in another. Although many people know their exact shoe size, it can range within 2 sizes depending on where they shop.

So it is important not to always go for a size 7 just because you think you might be a size 7 universally. It is best to try on the shoe and walk around for a bit to see how it fits and how it feels. Comfort is essential and the fitting has to be well otherwise it can lead to blisters, bruises at the back of the ankle and it can also hurt your toes if the shoe is too tight for example.

People walk a lot, so it is important for you to find what is comfortable when it is possible.

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If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in New York. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Indiana Pacers’ best remaining player, David West, was escorted off the court after a sprained ankle occurred near the basket during a preseason game against the Dallas Mavericks. It appeared as though the forward’s foot rolled during an attempted layup to the point that his foot came out of his shoe, keeping him on the ground until his benched teammates came out to aid him. West was seen being carried to the locker room with the help of two of his team mates. Although it is only the preseason, many of the Pacers’ top players are already out on injury. If West is unable to play again for the season, things will not look so good for the rest of the team. 

Some sprained ankles can be worse than others, in any case it is always best to make sure your ankle is fully healed before engaging in strenuous activity. If your ankle is sprained, consult with one of our podiatrists of Foot Associates New York. Our doctors will attend to all of your foot and ankle needs and answer all of your related questions.

How Does an Ankle Sprain Happen?
This type of injury takes place when the ligaments are torn or stretched beyond their limits. There are multiple ways that the ankle can become injured; however, even the simple act of walking may cause a sprain. If footing is lost or you are walking on uneven terrain, ankle damage may occur.


What are the Symptoms?

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

Is there a Way to Care for my Ankle at Home?
Self-care for ankle sprains includes propping the ankle up and keeping it elevated, applying ice packs as needed, and remaining off your feet. Some may also find that wrapping the ankle with an ACE bandage and taking over-the-counter pain relievers are helpful. One of the most important things is to avoid further stress to the affected area.


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, which will allow you to walk while stabilizing the ankle.  


If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in New York. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.


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Thursday, 04 December 2014 15:52

Orthotics Can Assist With Painful Conditions

 Brandi Schlossberg believes that making use of orthotics can help address painful conditions such as plantar fasciitis. Foot orthotics work can treat plantar fasciitis since they can reduce the pressure being placed on the heel and spread any shock being absorbed by the foot.  
Additionally, orthotics can improve the foot’s biomechanics of the feet. Having good or improved biomechanics can prevent or reduce the likelihood of plantar fasciitis. However, as with any treatment, Schlossberg advises consulting with a physician first before wearing foot orthotics.

Foot orthotics serve a wide range of usefulness when it comes to foot and ankle conditions. If you are undergoing discomfort in your feet, see one of our podiatrists of the Foot Associates of New York. Our doctors can treat your foot and ankle needs.  

What are Ankle Foot Orthotics?
Orthotics are physical aids used to support weak limbs or direct the proper function of limbs. Often they are used to support the ankle and foot. Such orthotics are known as AFOs. AFOs help strengthen the muscles or train them to function in the proper position. AFOs can also benefit muscles that need to be lengthened or loosened.

Why might you need orthotics?
Orthotics are often prescribed when someone is suffering from diseases that affect the musculature, like polio and multiple sclerosis. However, more common conditions like arthritis and stroke, or those that “toe in”, may also require orthotics.
Modern orthotics have improved dramatically from the metal braces of previous years. Many of today’s orthotics are made of lightweight plastics and other advanced materials to provide new levels of comfort and support. Often the orthosis is designed in a rigid L shape that is contoured to the calf and flesh colored.

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The successful Samaritan’s Feet event, held by Samaritan’s Feet International and Northeastern Indiana Credit Union Chapter (NEICUC), was able to put new pairs of shoes onto three hundred members of the Boys & Girls Club of Fort Wayne and the Euell A. Wilson Center. To help spread and share hope among local children, the event also had the members’ feet washed by volunteers. Samaritan’s Feet’s leaders believe it is possible to show to the youth that they can reach their dreams. NEICUC financed the event, coordinated the logistics, and recruited over 40 volunteers to help run the project. “It is wonderful to see the collaborative efforts that have been done on behalf of the youth in our community,” said Joe Jordan, President and CEO of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Fort Wayne.


Growing children should wear proper fitting shoes to ensure that their development is not hindered by detrimental foot problems. For more information about proper shoe fitting and its benefits for children, consult with one of our podiatrists of Foot Associates New York. Our doctors can help you determine the best fit for your children’s feet and provide you with the information to help answer all of your questions. 


Proper Shoe Fitting
A common concern when it comes to foot health, having properly fitted shoes can help prevent injuries to the foot. Out feet affect our posture and gait, which in turn affects the biomechanics and overall bodily structure. With 33 joints, 26 bones, and over 100 ligaments, the potential for serious injury is much greater than one realizes. Although the feet cease growth in adulthood, they still change shape as they mature. Here are some factors to consider when it comes to investing in properly fitting shoes:

  • Be sure the shoes fit correctly right away
  • Ensure the ball of your foot fits comfortably in the widest portion of the shoes
  • Even though they may look fashionable, improperly fitting shoes can either create adverse conditions or exacerbate existing ones you may already have
  • Walk along a carpeted surface to ensure the shoes comfortably fit during normal activity

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Tuesday, 18 November 2014 11:04

Marathon Held to Raise Orphan Awareness

Adam Traczek will be one of the runners competing at the Barefoot Run for Buckner International’s Shoes for Orphan Souls. This marathon will be held in order to raise awareness for orphaned children, using donated proceeds to provide these kids with shoes. Twenty percent of the runners, including Traczek, are competing at the event barefoot.  Each runner involved in the event is partnered with a specific child involved in the program. “Participants aren’t just running for a time, they’re running for a child,” said Laurie Ann Hanson of Buckner International. All proceeds from the event will go to providing shoes to children in need.


Barefoot running can be a difficult transition from traditional running. If you would like more guidance and more information, see one of our podiatrists of Foot Associates of New York. Our doctors can provide you with up-to-date foot and ankle information and treatment.


Barefoot Running
The Impact of Barefoot Running
-Running without shoes changes the motion of your running, as most running is done by landing on the heel of the feet.
-Running barefoot requires a different way of running; the landing is done on the front part of the feet.

The Advantages of Barefoot Running

-When running and landing on the front feet, the impact on the feet and ankle is reduced, this can reduce stress injuries.
-It strengthens muscles in the feet and ankles and the lower legs.
-Balance of the body is improved and there is a greater sensory input from the feet to the rest of the body.

The Drawbacks of Barefoot Running
-No protection while running, makes it likely that runners will land on sharp objects and scrapes, bruises and cuts on the feet will result.
-Blisters may form.
-Possibility of plantar fascia problems.
-Risk of getting Achilles tendonitis.

So what can runners do to make barefoot running safe? It’s best to make a slow transition from running shoes to barefoot running. Once the feet begin to adjust, try walking, then jogging and gradually increasing the distance. Minimalist running shoes may also be an option.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in New York. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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