nypc logo
an affiliate of:
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
Columbia University Medical Center

Items filtered by date: August 2014 - Foot Associates of NY

vicky-hollandTriathlete Vicky Holland is getting ready to cap off a great season by completing two final faces in Stockholm and Edmonton. After winning gold at this year’s Commonwealth Games, she feels confident that she can earn one of the places at each competition.

Holland has been dealing with a painful case of plantar fasciitis in her foot recently. “I’m not sure what the plan is at the end of the season, whether I will be in a boot or have shockwave therapy again, or have injections … So it’s important for me now to finish the season early, address the issues I have and then go again,” she said.

When traditional forms of treatment don’t work, sometimes shockwave therapy is needed to cure a foot problem. If you are interested in getting shockwave therapy for your lower extremities, call podiatrist Dr. Tzvi Bar-David of Foot Associates of NY. Dr. Bar-David will assess your needs and give you his professional opinion.

Shockwave Therapy

Shockwave therapy is a new treatment option designed to treat bone conditions such as tennis elbow, shoulder pain, and others. This technique is used on patients that do not respond well to physiotherapy. Shockwave therapy uses high intensity sound waves that are directed to the affected tissues of the body with pinpoint accuracy. The effects are very beneficial, leading to a production of collagen fibers, eliminating inflammation.

Who Benefits from Shockwave?

Shockwave is recommended for patients suffering from heel pain and associated problems. Heel pain is a common condition which can be caused by obesity, overexertion, and spending a substantial amount of time on hard floors with your feet exposed and unsupported.

Fast and Easy

The therapy is actually a simple process that can leave patients feeling better the very next day. Shockwave therapy is not as dramatic as it sounds. It enables more blood flow to effected areas, attacking the source of the problem so treatment lasts for a long time.

Treatment & Recovery Time

Shockwave treatment will enable your feet to recover quickly. This is especially important since surgery is not required. It is cost effective and does not require the use of anesthesia.

FOR MORE INFORMATION
Additional information about Shockwave Therapy 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.

Read more about Plantar Fasciitis

Monday, 18 August 2014 00:00

Kids Can Stay in Shape by Running

childrens-feet11The benefits of running are pretty obvious, and many adults use this technique to get in shape. However, running can also be a great activity for kids, especially those who aren’t who aren’t very interested in playing organized sports.

Children’s bones are still growing, so they may be susceptible to running injuries, but with careful supervision and practice these risks should diminish quickly. Running doesn’t require much preparation besides a good pair of footwear, and it can even be a bonding experience if kids do it with friends or family. 

All children need to have healthy feet. To ensure your child has healthy feet, see podiatrist Dr. Tzvi Bar-David of Foot Associates of NY. Dr. Bar-David can treat your child’s podiatric needs.  

Keeping Children's Feet Healthy

Having healthy feet in 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 from birth to school-age.

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 of any pain or injury
  • Have all injuries checked by a doctor as soon as possible
  • Comfortable, protective shoes should usually be worn

FOR MORE INFORMATION
Additional information about podiatrists 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.

Read more about Keeping Children’s Feet Healthy

diabetic-foot-care3A new stick-on device, determined by Oxford University studies to be 86% accurate, may help diabetics detect neuropathy and seek help. The pad will not change color if neuropathy is present; color changes indicate no trouble. The pad works by detecting sweat which can indicate possible nerve damage.

"This is an exciting innovation. In association with a yearly foot screen and referral to the podiatry services, this will reduce the risk of amputations," said Lond Diabetic Foot Network chair Stella Vig. "At present, up to 50 per cent of amputations may be preventable - no patient should ignore their feet."

Diabetics need podiatric care. If you are diabetic, see podiatrist Dr. Tzvi Bar-David of Foot Associates of NY. Dr. Bar-David will treat your foot and ankle needs.  

Diabetic Foot Care

Diabetes affects millions of people of all ages each year. Diabetes damages blood vessels in many parts of the body, including the feet. When damage occurs to nerves in the feet, they may be unable to send the proper signals to the peripheral nervous system, resulting in a condition known as neuropathy. Once a diabetic patient develops neuropathy, it is imperative that the feet are well taken care of to avoid possible amputation of the feet.

The Importance of Caring for Your Feet

- Regularly check your feet for bruises or sores.
- Wear socks that fit your feet; socks shouldn’t be tight.
- Wear properly fitting shoes that are comfortable.

Patients with diabetes should have their doctor monitor their Hemoglobin A1C levels as this test lets the physician know how well the blood sugar levels have been controlled during the past 3 months. It is important to keep the blood sugar levels in a normal range (70-110mg/dl). It is advisable to visit a podiatrist if the diabetic patient is experiencing any conditions involving the feet.

FOR MORE INFORMATION
Additional information about podiatrists 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.

Read more about Diabetic Foot Care

podiatristThe Staffordshire and Stoke-on Trent Partnership (SSoTP), the trust that runs the podiatry branch of the UK’s National Health Service, had to renegotiate its contract with the NHS after failing to adequately meet the needs of hundreds of citizens with foot problems.

SSoTP’s original deal required them to make appointments for 95% of patients within 3 weeks of being referred, but due to the large volume of people needing treatment they only got appointments for less than 70% last month. Their new contract requires them to make sure that 90% of people who need immediate attention are seen within 48 hours. However, “routine” patients may have to wait up to 6 weeks.

Although it may be harder for UK citizens to get an appointment with a foot doctor now, they still shouldn’t hesitate to see a podiatrist if they have any kind of lower extremity problem. To learn more about what podiatrists do, see Dr. Tzvi Bar-David of Foot Associates of NY, one of the best in the business. Dr. Bar-David can teach you about the foot conditions he treats and answer any questions you might have.

What is a Podiatrist?

 The branch of medicine that is focused on the treatment, diagnosis, and study of disorders of the lower leg, ankle and foot is referred to as podiatry. Someone would seek care in the field of podiatry when they have suffered a foot injury or have common foot ailments such as: heal spurs, bunions, arch problems, deformities, ingrown toenails, corns, foot and ankle problems etc.

Podiatric Treatment

A podiatrist will treat the problematic areas of the feet, ankle or lower leg by prescribing the following:

  • physical therapy
  • drugs
  • perform surgery on lower extremity fractures
  • orthotic inserts or soles

A common podiatric procedure a podiatrist will use is a scanner or force plate which will allow the podiatrist to know the designs of orthotics. Patients are told to follow a series of tasks to complete the treatment. The computer will scan the foot a see which areas show weight distribution and pressure points. The podiatrist will read the analysis and then determine which treatment plans are available.

FOR MORE INFORMATION
Additional information about podiatrists 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.

Read more about Podiatrists

Midtown Manhattan
60 East 56th Street
3rd Floor
New York, NY 10022
(212) 355-4229

NYP-Columbia Hospital
161 Fort Washington Avenue
2nd Floor
New York, NY 10032
(212) 355-4229

Riverdale
3616 Henry Hudson Parkway
Riverdale, NY 10463
(718) 548-5757

Foot Associates of New York


affiliated with
nyp logo white
an affiliate of:
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
Columbia University Medical Center