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mary-kaufmanFreeport, Illinois resident Mary Kaufman starting running 5k races last year, which is a pretty admirable feat by itself. But what makes her story even more compelling is the fact that she’s had Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) since she was only 12 years old.

Kaufman finished to races last year, and this year she’s planning on trying for three or five. It can be hard for her to train because her RA makes her more susceptible to stress fractures in her lower limbs, but by planning her exercise routine very carefully she managed to avoid any serious injuries. “When I did my first race last August, it felt really good to finish it, just to know that not only had I done that for myself, but having the arthritis, that I was still able to achieve something like that,” Kaufman said.

Putting up with the pain that comes with rheumatoid arthritis can take a lot of the energy out of you. If you would like professional care for your RA, think about visiting podiatrist Dr. Tzvi Bar-David of Foot Associates of NY. Dr. Bar-David will treat the symptoms of RA in your feet and ankles and work with you to find a way to keep your lower extremities healthy.

What Is Rheumatoid Arthritis?

Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disorder in which the body’s own immune system attacks the membranes surrounding the joints. Inflammation of the lining and eventually the destruction of the joint’s cartilage and bone occurs, causing severe pain and immobility.

Rheumatoid Arthritis of the Feet

Although RA usually attacks multiple bones and joints throughout the entire body, almost 90 percent of cases result in pain in the foot or ankle area. Pain often initially presents in the toes before the condition worsens and spreads throughout the entire foot. Rheumatoid arthritis appears to be genetically inherited, so if you have a family history of RA, you may be predisposed to suffer from it as well.

Symptoms

- Swelling & pain in the feet
- Stiffness in the feet
- Pain on the ball or sole of feetz
- Joint shift and deformation

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

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achilles-tendonThe Atlanta Falcons lost a key member of their plan to create a bigger and tougher defense when linebacker Sean Weatherspoon, the team’s first-round pick in 2010, suffered a ruptured Achilles tendon during the team’s practice. Weatherspoon will consequently miss the 2014 season to fully recover from the injury, which can range from several months up to a year. “We sent Sean to the doctor for some additional testing and evaluation and unfortunately the results showed that he ruptured his Achilles tendon,” coach Mike Smith said in a team statement. “Sean had been working extremely hard to get back on the field, but regrettably he will miss the entire 2014 season. He will have a procedure done in the near future and we expect him to make a full recovery.”

Achilles tendon injuries are not funny. If you injured your Achilles, see podiatrist Dr. Tzvi Bar-David of Foot Associates of NY. Dr. Bar-Davidcan treat your foot and ankle needs with professionalism and care.

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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michelle-forbesSources of the Berlin, Germany based set told FOX411 that numerous of actors, including Michelle Forbes, who plays Lieutenant Jackson, have sustained injuries recently due to intense production schedule and stunts gone haywire on the Hunger Games set. According to the insider, Michelle sprained her ankle and injured her knee.  “She is recovering and seeing a specialist,” the insider said.

The insider also noted that the scene on the set of the final installment of the book-inspired trilogy is “pandemonium.” A source tied to the film’s studio, Lionsgate, however, denied there have been any injuries, stating the filming is on schedule. Photos also revealed Liam Hemsworth limping, with multiple outlets reporting he injured his ankle on set. But a source told E! News that the 24-year-old did not sustain an injury and that no production time was lost.

Ankle sprains can take you out of the game. If your ankle was sprained, call podiatrist Dr. Tzvi Bar-David of Foot Associates of NY.Dr. Bar-David can treat your foot and ankle needs.

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.

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.

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Additional information – including how to cope with ankle sprains– can be found by visiting www.footassociatesny.com.

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

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jedd-gyrokoJedd Gyorko of the San Diego Padres had to sit out of the team’s recent game against the Pittsburgh Pirates because of a case of plantar fasciitis in his left foot. He had been experiencing heel pain since late May. Although he was given cortisone shots by his doctor, he still found himself having a hard time playing through the condition.

The Padres speculate that Gyorko may have to be moved to the 15-week DL in order for his plantar fascia to fully heal. Jace Peterson was brought up from a Triple-A team to fill in for him when they took on the Pirates.

Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common podiatric conditions. For help dealing with the pain caused by plantar fasciitis, speak to podiatrist Dr. Tzvi Bar-David of Foot Associates of NY. Dr. Bar-David can assess your foot condition and recommend the proper treatment for your foot and ankle ailments.

What is Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis refers to heel and arch pain caused by an inflammation of the connective tissues on the bottom of the foot.

What Causes Plantar Fasciitis?

  • Ill-fitting shoes
  • Weight change
  • Excessive running
  • Non-supportive shoes
  • Overpronation

How Can It Be Treated?

  • Conservative measures – anti-inflammatories, ice packs, stretching exercises, physical therapy, orthotic devices. 
  • Shockwave therapy – sends sound waves to the areas where pain is experience.  Requires multiple sessions.  This is used for very persistent cases of plantar fasciitis. 
  • Ultrasound-guided technique with steroid injections into the plantar fascia.  This is from a relatively new and small study, but was shown to be effective in most cases treated.

New Studies on Treatment

According to groundbreaking treatment option studies, Luca M. Sconfienza, M.D. says that ultrasound with steroid injections was effective in over 95% of cases that involve plantar fasciitis. This process involves anesthesia and is a single process, out-patient treatment that was discovered to be highly effective. Luca M. Sconfienza M.D. presented her study at an annual meeting for the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA). Be sure to speak with your podiatrist about different methods that can be used, as well as finding out what treatment options they offer.

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

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Caris LeVert of Michigan State sustained a stress fracture in his foot. In order to have his injury repaired, LeVert had to undergo surgery. Due to his surgery and need of a recovery period, LeVert will miss approximately eight to ten weeks of game time.

Fortunately, Michigan State coach John Belein remains optimistic, stating that “He is doing well . . . We are confident he will participate in our late summer training and play in our August trip to Europe.” LeVert is currently being considered for NBA drafting.

Stress fractures are especially common in athletes. If you suffered a foot or ankle injury and believe it may be a stress fracture, come and see podiatrist Dr. Tzvi Bar-David of Foot Associates of NY.Dr. Bar-David will treat your foot and ankle injuries with the professionalism and care they need.  

 

Coping with Podiatric Stress Fractures

Stress Fractures occur on the foot and ankle when muscles in these areas weaken as a result of overexertion or underuse.  As a result, the ankles and feet lose support when walking or running from the ground. Since these bones are not protected, they receive the full impact of each step. The stress on the feet causes the bones to form cracks.

What are Stress Fractures?

Stress Fractures are very common among those who are highly active and involved in sports or activities that make excessive use of their legs and feet. Stress fractures are especially common among:

-athletes (gymnasts, tennis players, basketball players)

-runners/joggers

-osteoporosis patients

-those who engage in high-intensity workouts

 

Stress Fracture Symptoms

Pain from the fractures occur in the area of the fractures, and can be either constant or periodic. The pain is usually sharp or dull, accompanied by swelling and tenderness. Engagement in any kind of high impact activity will exacerbate the pain.

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Additional information – including how to cope with stress fractures– can be found by visiting www.footassociatesny.com.

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

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luke-rockholdMMA fighter Luke Rockhold picked up the win against Tim Boetsch in a middleweight bout at UFC 172. Unfortunately, Rockhold’s victory wasn’t just without his share of cuts and bruises. Rockhold revealed at the event’s post night press conference that he suffered a broken toe.

Rockhold took to Instagram to display the X-rayed injury. Rockhold fractured the middle toe in his right foot. According to the UFC rankings Rockhold is number 5 in the world rankings, making a title bout a possibility in the near future.  

Broken toes can break the fight out of you. If you sustained a toe injury, see podiatrist Dr. Tzvi Bar-David of Foot Associates of NY. Dr. Bar-David can attend to your foot and ankle injuries.

What to Know About a Broken Toe

Although most people try to avoid foot trauma such as banging, stubbing, or dropping heavy objects on their feet, the unfortunate fact is that it is a common occurrence. Given the fact that toes are positioned in front of the feet, they typically sustain the brunt of such trauma. When trauma occurs to a toe, the result can be a painful break (fracture). Another type of trauma that can break a toe is repeated activity that places stress on the toe for prolonged periods of time.

Symptoms of a Broken Toe

  • throbbing pain
  • swelling
  • bruising on the skin and toenail
  • inability to move the toe with ease.
  • crooked or disfigured appearance
  •  tingling or numbness in the toe
  • fever or chills throughout their body
  •  open, bleeding wound present on the toe.

It is best to stay off of the injured toe with the affected foot elevated on pillows. Alleviate swelling by placing an ice pack on the broken toe for 15 minutes every two hours then taping the two toes together with medical tape. 

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Additional information – including what to know about broken toes– can be found by visiting www.footassociatesny.com.

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

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Walk a Mile in Her Shoes is an event dedicated to raise public awareness about sexual violence. Three participants wore high heels along with ROTC attire, which made walking in heels a painful but worthwhile mile. The ROTC was a sponsor of the event which was hosted by the Sexual Assault Counseling and Information Services (SACIS). Participant Craig Sharp was walking with a sign which read: “I Am Man Enough to Walk in Her Shoes!”

“We’re huge supporters of these events,” Dan Alix, one of the participants, said. “This is just one of the great causes,” Alix said.  Even though walking in heels for the first time was “quite painful”, Alix said he knew there was no way he wasn’t going to finish the mile. SACIS executive director Erin Walters said the event was about getting people to understand what its like to walk in another’s shoes. “We want to try and understand what it must be like,” Walters said. “We want to be better allies.”

High heels may be popular, but they aren’t high in the eyes of your feet. If you have foot or ankle complications from wearing heels, see podiatrist Dr. Tzvi Bar-David of Foot Associates of NY. Dr. Bar-David can treat your foot and ankle needs.  

Wearing High Heels and How it Affects Feet

High heels affect what parts of the body?

·         Joints in the Ankle

·         Balls of the Feet

·         Achilles Tendon

·         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 problems can arise from long term use of high heels?

·         Calluses

·         Corns

·         Morton’s Neuroma

·         Plantar Fasciitis

·         Bunions

·         Hammertoe

How can I maintain my foot health and still wear high heels?

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Additional information – including how high-heels affect your feet– can be found by visiting www.footassociatesny.com.

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 In hopes of lowering the rate of injury, lieutenants in the U.S. Army held a research study. The study consisted of 1027 soldiers whose running habits and techniques were monitored, particularly the amount of force being used.  The lieutenants attempted to see if there was a link between the amounts of force made when runners hit the ground with the injury rate.

Researchers examined the soldiers’ instances of injuries while observing their running techniques. The study concluded that the amount of force used had no bearing on any of the injuries sustained by the soldiers.

Running injuries can happen to anyone, even soldiers. If you have suffered a running injury, see podiatrist Dr. Tzvi Bar-David of Foot Associates of NY. Dr. Bar-David can treat your foot and ankle injuries.

 

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. Adding strengthening exercises as well as regular stretching can help

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Additional information – including how to prevent foot injuries– can be found by visiting www.footassociatesny.com.

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

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NBA player Devin Harris underwent a rough patch in his career. The 31 year old Dallas Maverick needed rehabilitation after an operation on the second metatarsal in his left foot. Harris knew he needed surgery after seeing the results of an examination performed by the Mavs’ team doctor.

Although his recovery took longer than expected due to a subsequent stress fracture, Harris was finally able to get back on the court. “It’s been a long road since the summer,” Harris said. “We’ve had a lot of things happen, but I stayed positive and worked hard and obviously we’re in a good situation now.”

Many athletes wind up injuring their foot or ankle. If your foot or ankle is injured from athletic endeavors, see podiatrist Dr. Tzvi Bar-David of Foot Associates of NY. Dr. Bar-David can care for your foot and ankle needs.

 

Foot Rehabilitation for Athletes

Injured athletes are always looking for better, faster ways to aid their recovery and get back to the sport they love. To do this, podiatrists and physical therapists are often consulted so the injured athlete can get back onto the field as soon as possible. But rehabbing an injury is just as serious as the injury itself, and going through the motions of physical therapy or rehabilitation is a necessary process to keeping that injury at bay.

Physical Therapy Gives Hope

Physical therapy helps to keep athletes as active as they are physically capable, which will get them ready to return to the field once their feet become healed. Physical therapy often gives hope to athletes. However in cases where the injury is very serious, the athlete may never be able to return to the game; but this does not mean it is the end of the road, as there is always hope to get better. It is best to seek out rehabilitation as soon as possible so there are better chances for a full recovery, no matter how severe or minor the injury is.

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Additional information – including foot rehabilitation – can be found by visiting www.footassociatesny.com.

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

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In preparation for his upcoming movie Chapter 27, actor Jared Leto needed to gain seventy pounds. Leto’s weight increase wound up causing more than just his role for the movie. "Really, it's a stupid thing to do (gaining weight),” Leto said. Leto’s cholesterol skyrocketed, resulting in Leto contracting gout.  

 Fortunately Leto was able to go on tour with his band 30 Seconds to Mars after the filming, which aided the process of getting the actor down to a much healthier weight.

Having gout can make walking difficult. If you are experiencing pain in your foot or ankle, see podiatrist Dr. Tzvi Bar-David of Foot Associates of NY. Dr. Bar-David can assist you with your foot and ankle needs.

 

What is gout?

Diseases of the feet can affect the whole body, and symptoms usually arise within the feet. A condition like gout can make a patient’s ability to walk unbearable.  The pain caused by this disease is often so agonizing that it requires elevation of the feet and some time off for them to fully recover.

Known in the past as “the disease of kings”, Gout is caused by an excess of uric acid in the body. Some common symptoms include pain, inflammation, and redness at the metatarsal/phalangeal joint of the base big toe. This buildup of acid is typically seen on the big toe of the foot and can cause inflammation, redness and swelling. Although these are common symptoms of the diseases others include joint pain, extreme fatigue and a high fever. 

Gout can be treated by NSAIDs, which relieves pain and inflammation and other drugs which lowers the acid levels in the body.

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

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