Friday, 05 February 2021 23:02

runnersMany people who enjoy running have a goal of running in a marathon. Because the feet pound the ground consistently for twenty-six miles on the day of the marathon, in addition to several weeks of training that occurs prior to the marathon, it is important to wear running shoes that fit correctly. It is also important to frequently perform stretching exercises that can benefit the feet. The big toe maintains balance when toe stretches are practiced, and this is helpful in propelling the body forward as you run.  Towel scrunches are an effective way to stretch the toes. These are accomplished by sitting in a chair with a towel under one foot and grasping the towel with the toes to bring it closer to the body. Since there are many different foot stretches, it is suggested that you consult with a podiatrist if you would like additional information.

Stretching the feet is a great way to prevent injuries. If you have any concerns with your feet consult with Harry G. Baldinger, DPM from New York. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Stretching the Feet

Stretching the muscles in the foot is an important part in any physical activity. Feet that are tight can lead to less flexibility and make you more prone to injury. One of the most common forms of foot pain, plantar fasciitis, can be stretched out to help ease the pain. Stretching can not only ease pain from plantar fasciitis but also prevent it as well. However, it is important to see a podiatrist first if stretching is right for you. Podiatrists can also recommend other ways to stretch your feet. Once you know whether stretching is right for you, here are some excellent stretches you can do.

  • Using a foam roller or any cylindrical object (a water bottle or soda can will do), roll the object under your foot back and forth. You should also exert pressure on the object. Be sure to do this to both feet for a minute. Do this exercise three times each.
  • Similar to the previous one, take a ball, such as a tennis ball, and roll it under your foot while seated and exert pressure on it.
  • Grab a resistance band or towel and take a seat. If you are using a towel, fold it length wise. Next put either one between the ball of your foot and heel and pull with both hands on each side towards you. Hold this for 15 seconds and then switch feet. Do this three times for each foot.
  • Finally hold your big toe while crossing one leg over the other. Pull the toe towards you and hold for 15 seconds. Once again do this three times per foot.

It is best to go easy when first stretching your foot and work your way up. If your foot starts hurting, stop exercising and ice and rest the foot. It is advised to then see a podiatrist for help.

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

Friday, 29 January 2021 22:36

neuropathy 2Neuropathy is a common ailment among diabetic patients that can be connected to elevated blood sugar levels and can injure the nerves in the feet. Symptoms that are generally felt with neuropathy can include a numbness and tingling sensation in the feet, and it is often difficult to feel existing cuts and bruises. A loss of balance can also be a result of neuropathy. It is beneficial to treat this condition by implementing healthy daily eating habits, which may help to control high insulin levels. If you have numbness in your feet, it is suggested that you speak to a podiatrist who can properly diagnose neuropathy. 

Neuropathy

Neuropathy can be a potentially serious condition, especially if it is left undiagnosed. If you have any concerns that you may be experiencing nerve loss in your feet, consult with Harry G. Baldinger, DPM from New York. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment for neuropathy.

What Is Neuropathy?

Neuropathy is a condition that leads to damage to the nerves in the body. Peripheral neuropathy, or neuropathy that affects your peripheral nervous system, usually occurs in the feet. Neuropathy can be triggered by a number of different causes. Such causes include diabetes, infections, cancers, disorders, and toxic substances.

Symptoms of Neuropathy Include:

  • Numbness
  • Sensation loss
  • Prickling and tingling sensations
  • Throbbing, freezing, burning pains
  • Muscle weakness

Those with diabetes are at serious risk due to being unable to feel an ulcer on their feet. Diabetics usually also suffer from poor blood circulation. This can lead to the wound not healing, infections occurring, and the limb may have to be amputated.

Treatment

To treat neuropathy in the foot, podiatrists will first diagnose the cause of the neuropathy. Figuring out the underlying cause of the neuropathy will allow the podiatrist to prescribe the best treatment, whether it be caused by diabetes, toxic substance exposure, infection, etc. If the nerve has not died, then it’s possible that sensation may be able to return to the foot.

Pain medication may be issued for pain. Electrical nerve stimulation can be used to stimulate nerves. If the neuropathy is caused from pressure on the nerves, then surgery may be necessary.

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

Thursday, 21 January 2021 21:34

bunionA bunion is a foot condition where there is a bony protrusion on the side of the big toe. It can develop as a result of genetic factors or from wearing shoes that do not have adequate room for the toes to move freely in. Larger shoes may need to be purchased for existing bunions, and it may be difficult to walk. Additionally, patients may notice the affected joint has become stiff and red, and it may be challenging to maintain balance. Relief may be found when specific foot stretches and exercises are frequently performed. This may be beneficial in improving general foot function by strengthening the muscles, tendons, and ligaments. Wearing custom-made orthotics may help to reduce the discomfort from having a bunion, and toe separators may help to alleviate a portion of the pain. If you have a bunion, it is strongly suggested that you are under the care of a podiatrist who can recommend correct treatment options for you, which may include surgery for permanent removal.

If you are suffering from bunion pain, contact Harry G. Baldinger, DPM from New York. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is a Bunion?

Bunions are painful bony bumps that usually develop on the inside of the foot at the joint of the big toe. As the deformity increases over time, it may become painful to walk and wear shoes. Women are more likely to exacerbate existing bunions since they often wear tight, narrow shoes that shift their toes together. Bunion pain can be relieved by wearing wider shoes with enough room for the toes.

Causes

  • Genetics – some people inherit feet that are more prone to bunion development
  • Inflammatory Conditions - rheumatoid arthritis and polio may cause bunion development

Symptoms

  • Redness and inflammation
  • Pain and tenderness
  • Callus or corns on the bump
  • Restricted motion in the big toe

In order to diagnose your bunion, your podiatrist may ask about your medical history, symptoms, and general health. Your doctor might also order an x-ray to take a closer look at your feet. Nonsurgical treatment options include orthotics, padding, icing, changes in footwear, and medication. If nonsurgical treatments don’t alleviate your bunion pain, surgery may be necessary.

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

Thursday, 21 January 2021 00:00

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