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Marvin Jones' Foot Injury: What to Know About His Broken 5th MetatarsalCincinnati Bengals’ wide receiver Marvin Jones is set to miss eight weeks of the season due to a broken foot. Jones fractured the fifth metatarsal in one of his feet. He will have a scheduled surgery where metal screws will be rooted into his broken foot to ensure proper healing. If all goes according to plan, Jones could be back on the field early.
Jones will have to keep the weight off of his foot and get routine x-rays after the surgery is complete. The player has a major role in the Bengals’ success, so it is vital that he heals accordingly. Complications could occur if Jones is put back on the roster before his lower extremity is healed all the way, leaving him out of the game for even longer.
Fractures in the foot occur very often and can be effectively treated with the right assistance. If you think you have a broken foot, contact one of our three podiatrists of Foot Associates of New York. Dr. Armstrong can give you a formal diagnose and get you started on a treatment plan right away.

Broken Foot Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment

A broken foot is caused by one of the bones in the foot ‘breaking’, or fracturing. Bones typically break when the bone is either bended, crushed, or stretched beyond its natural capabilities. Usually the location of the fracture indicates how the break occurred, whether it was through an object, fall, or any other type of injury. 

Common Symptoms of Broken Feet:

  • Bruising
  • Pain
  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Blue (foot)
  • Numbness
  • Cold
  • Misshapen
  • Cuts
  • Deformities

Those who are experiencing any of these symptoms, or suspect that they have a broken foot, should seek medical attention in a center where x-rays can be performed. This is especially urgent if any of the symptoms include numbness, blue coloring, cold feet, cuts, misshapen toes or deformities as these indicate more severe cases.

Treatment for broken bones varies depending on the cause, severity and location. Some will require the use of splints, casts or crutches while others could even involve surgery to repair the broken bones. Personal care includes the use of ice and keeping the foot stabilized and elevated. Trying to keep the foot rested is important as the bones need plenty of time to heal and recover.

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

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Twenty three year old Maria Schneider was recently rescued from a peak on the Dobratsch Mountain after trying to mountain climb while wearing flip-flops. The Vienna native was not wearing the correct attire for the cold temperature on the 7,109 foot high peak and she was not using the proper Alpine gear for mountain climbing. A police helicopter, an Alpine policeman, and eight mountain rescuers had to make the trip to save the young woman. Schneider is very lucky that she remained uninjured while attempting to climb a mountain under these conditions. 

Footwear that lacks arch support and does not protect the feet is not suitable for mountain climbing and can cause serious damage to the feet. For more information about long-term flip-flop-wear and its negative effects, consult with Dr. Tzvi Bar-David at Foot Associates NY. Dr. Bar-David will assist you with all of your foot and ankle concerns and answer any of your related questions.

Flip-Flops and Feet

When the weather starts warming up, people enjoy wearing flip-flops.  Flip-flops are comfortable, stylish, and easy to slip on and off, perfect for any summer beach goer.  However, these shoes can cause harm to the feet.


How Can Flip-Flops Affect Me Long-Term?

  • Ankle problems
  • Hip problems
  • Lower back problems
  • Pain in the balls of the feet
  • Problems with foot arches
  • Changes in the way you walk

Are there injuries associated with flip-flops?

Yes.  Since flip-flops are relatively weak and do not provide the same amount of support as sneakers, people who wear flip-flops are more susceptible to injuries. On top of that, the open nature of the shoe makes your feet more prone to other problems, such as cuts and even infections.  Common injuries and ailments include:

  • Sprained ankles
  • Blisters
  • Infections
  • Cuts and Scrapes

I like wearing flip-flops, are there safe alternatives?

When buying flip-flops, try to find ones that have sturdy soles and are made of high quality materials that will support for your feet.  These flip-flops will cost more, but will also last longer as a result.

For more information about Flip Flops, follow the link below.


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 ankle injuries.


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Tuesday, 16 September 2014 21:16

Correlation between Gout and Temperature

 Dr. Tuhina Neogi and other faculty members of Boston University School of Medicine revealed conducted an experiment that correlated that excessive humidity and warm temperatures to an increase in gout attacks. The researchers used an online questionnaire to collected data using 619 individuals who have been diagnosed with gout by their doctors. The participants had a wide variety of age ranging from 21 to 88 years old.

Neogi and other researchers concluded that temperatures between 70°-79° F would cause a 43% increase in potential gout attacks. Temperatures just above 80° F showed at 40% increase in the likelihood of agout flare up. The results showed that temperatures less 30° F decreased the risk of a flare up by 40%. All results were compared the probability of gout flare-ups occurring in the 50°-59° F range.

Gout is a very uncomfortable condition and should be treated as soon as possible. If you have gout in your feet, consider speaking with podiatrist Dr. Tzvi Bar-David, of Foot Associates New York. Dr. Bar-David can work with you to alleviate your symptoms and give you advice about how to prevent flare-ups from occurring.

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.

For more information about Gout, please follow the link below.

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

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The Nurses’ Health Study and the Nurses’ Health Study II are two scientific studies that indicate a woman’s chances of developing a form of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) can increase up to 63% if she consumes regular soda on a regular basis.  Alarmingly, this increase spikes up to 164% if the patient happens to be over the age of 55.

The first of the two scientific studies involved 79,000 women in the U.S, while the second consisted of 107,330. The participants involved in the study were interviewed every four years about how often they drank soda.  The data did not show any correlation between drinking diet soda and contracting RA.

Rheumatoid arthritis is a very painful disease. For foot and ankle care, visit podiatrist Dr. Tzvi Bar-David of Foot Associates of NY. Dr. Bar-David can treat your podiatric needs.  

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 feet

Diagnosis
Quick diagnosis of RA in the feet is important so that the podiatrist can treat the area effectively. Your doctor will ask you about your medical history, occupation, and lifestyle to determine the origin of the condition.

 

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.

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Tuesday, 02 September 2014 00:00

Ingrown Toenails Can Happen to Children Too

ingrown-toenail3Parents should know their kids can develop ingrown toenails in their feet if their nails are cut too short. To prevent this from happening, be sure to cut their nails evenly and avoid trimming them down too much. Ingrown nails can also occur if a child wears socks and shoes that aren’t big enough for his or her feet.

Other cases of ingrown toenails can simply be caused by a child’s genetic predisposition to curved nails. No matter how the ingrown toenail was caused, do not attempt to treat this condition at home. Removing a young one’s ingrown nail with a “bathroom surgery” can lead to a bacterial infection.

Ingrown toenails are terribly uncomfortable, and in the worst cases surgery might be required to get rid of them. If you think you have an ingrown toenail, consult podiatrist Dr. Tzvi Bar-David of Foot Associates of NY. Dr. Bar-David will confirm your diagnosis and do everything she can to treat your problem.

Ingrown Toenails Causes
Ingrown toenails occur when a toenail grows sideways into the bed of the nail, causing pain, swelling, and possibly infection.

There are a number of risk factors for ingrown toenails. Some include cutting your nails too short, participating in strenuous sports, diabetes, obesity, and fungal infection. Some are genetically predisposed to ingrown nails, although wearing ill-fitting or damp shoes can exacerbate the problem.

Treatment
There are a number of steps you can take to treat ingrown nails:

-Let your toenails grow out
-Soak the toes in hot water with antibiotic soap or Epsom salts
-Placing a piece of cotton under the affected nail may allow the toe to grow up instead of into the nail bed
-Rest with your feet up

If however, your pain is severe, or you see red streaks running up your leg, you should see a podiatrist. Your podiatrist may make a small incision and remove part of the toe nail to relieve the pressure. A local anesthetic may be used to lessen the discomfort of the operation.  Topical medication may also be prescribed to prevent the regrowth of the problem nail.

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.

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