Flip-Flops: Dangerous for Your Feet?

corns2Flip flops are easy to take on and off, however they are dangerous for your feet. Everyday flip flop use can cause plantar fasciitis. Stress fractures, tendinitis, and shin splints are also problems that stem from wearing flip flops too often. Flip flops that are too small for your feet might give you blisters and other infections. However, flip flops that are too big will cause you to slip and fall while you walk. Experts believe that well-fitting sneakers are the best option for your feet.

Wearing flip-flops for a long period of time can be harmful for the feet. To learn more, contact one of our podiatrists from ETL Podiatry. Our doctors will provide you with the foot- and ankle information you seek.

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

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

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Flip-flops and Feet

Flip-flops are often a popular choice of footwear for many people. Flip-flops allow your feet to breathe and give your toes the freedom of movement. They are easy to slip on and can be worn with virtually any style of clothing. Flip-flops, however, despite their many benefits, can be detrimental for your foot health.

Despite their comfortableness, frequently wearing flip-flops can create problems in the lower body over time. Issues mainly stem from the fact that people walk differently in flip-flops compared to other footwear, such as sneakers. This is due to a change in one’s natural gait, which therefore creates stress in different parts of the body while hindering the body’s natural posture. Problems can also arise in the arches and balls of the feet. Flip-flops provide little to no support to these areas.

Aside from long-term problems, flip-fops can also create short-term issues as well, such as ankle sprains and blisters. Weak materials that are flexible and bendable are generally used to manufacture flip-flops. These materials make its wearers prone to both tripping and injuring their ankles. Flip-flops can create blisters as the material rubs against the foot. People are much more at risk for infection while wearing flip-flops due to their openness. This also makes it easier to scrape and cut the foot since there is a lack of protection. If these cuts are left untreated and uncovered, the risk then becomes greater.

To prevent the aforementioned occurrences, purchase a pair of flip-flops that offer significant protection. The soles of the flip-flops should not be floppy, but sturdy and firm, and should not significantly bend or wiggle when lifted from the floor. Flip-flops made of high-quality materials will not be affected by this problem. While higher quality flip-flops may be more expensive, they will last longer and provide better protection compared to a cheaper pair. Brand name flip-flops sold from a quality manufacturer are a dependable option.

There is no problem in wearing your favorite pair of flip-flops so as long as you do not wear them daily or for extended periods of time. Flip-flops should be replaced every 3-4 months to ensure that they provide your feet with the best protection.

Athlete’s Foot affects both Men and Women

foot-pain4Contrary to popular belief, Athlete’s foot equally affects both men and women, which opposes the long heralded idea that the condition mostly affects men. According to the dermatology department at South Korea’s Kyung Hee University Medical Center, of 676 patients treated for Athlete’s foot, 53.1% were male and 46.9% were female. People who wear shoes that don’t allow proper air circulation are especially prone to to developing the condition.

For more information about how to treat and prevent Athlete’s foot, consult with one of our podiatrists from ETL Podiatry. Our doctors will answer any of your foot- and ankle-related questions.

Athlete’s Foot: The Sole Story

Athlete’s foot, also known as tinea pedis, can be an extremely contagious foot infection. It is commonly contracted in public changing areas and bathrooms, dormitory style living quarters, around locker rooms and public swimming pools, or anywhere your feet often come into contact with other people.

Solutions to Combat Athlete’s Foot

  • Hydrate your feet by using lotion
  • Exfoliate
  • Buff off nails
  • Use of anti-fungal products
  • Examine your feet and visit your doctor if any suspicious blisters or cuts develop

Athlete’s foot can cause many irritating symptoms such as dry and flaking skin, itching, and redness. Some more severe symptoms can include bleeding and cracked skin, intense itching and burning and even pain when walking. In the worst cases, athlete’s foot can cause blistering as well. Speaking to your podiatrist will give you a better understanding of the different causes of Athlete’s foot, as well as helping you figure out which treatment options are best for you.

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

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Athlete’s Foot

Athlete’s foot is an extremely contagious infection caused by a fungus that results in itching, burning, dry, and flaking feet. The fungus that causes athlete’s foot is known as tinea pedis and thrives in moist, dark areas such as shower floors, gyms, socks and shoes, commons areas, public changing areas, bathrooms, dormitory style houses, locker rooms, and public swimming pools. Athlete’s foot is difficult to treat as well because of the highly contagious and recurrent nature of the fungus.

Tinea is the same fungus that causes ringworm, and is spread by direct contact with an infected body part, contaminated clothing, or by touching other objects and body parts that have been exposed to the fungus. Because the feet are an ideal place for tinea to grow and spread, this is the most commonly affected area.  It is, however, known to grow in other places. The term athlete’s foot describes tinea that grows strictly on the feet.

The most commonly infected body parts are the hands, groin, and scalp, as well as the feet. Around 70% of the population suffer from tinea infections at some point in their lives, however not all of these cases are athlete’s foot. Just like any other ailment, some people are more likely to get it than others, such as people with a history of tinea infections or other skin infections, both recurring and non-recurring ones. The extent to which a person experiences regrowth and recurrent tinea infections varies from person to person.

Sometimes people will not even know that they are infected with tinea or that they have athlete’s foot because of a lack of symptoms. However, most experience mild to moderate flaking, itching, redness, and burning. However, some of the more severe symptoms include cracking and bleeding skin, intense itching and burning, pain while walking or standing, and even blistering.

Because of the recurring nature of the tinea fungus and the athlete’s foot it causes, the best way to treat this condition is with prevention. You can take some preventative measures such as wearing flip flops or sandals in locker rooms and public showers to reduce contact with the floor. It also helps to keep clean, dry feet while allowing them to breathe. Using powders to keep your feet dry is a good idea, as well as keeping your feet exposed to light and cool air, to prevent the growth of tinea. If you do happen to get athlete’s foot, opt for using topical medicated creams, ointments or sprays. These treatments help eliminate and prevent it from coming back.

Spring the Season for Shin Splints

According to data from Google, internet searches for information about shin splints peak in the spring. Doctors have confirmed this trend. “We see more people in early spring than we do any other time of the year,” said Dr. Silvis, a sports medicine practitioner at Penn State Hershey Medical Center.

Shin splints are fairly common running injuries, symptomized by pain along the shinbone caused by overuse of the surrounding muscle and inflammation of the exterior of the bone. Doctors attribute the rise in shin splints during warm weather to an increase in activity without sufficient transition from a more sedate winter lifestyle.

Running injuries occur frequently and can be powerful hindrances. If you are suffering from pain caused by overuse of the feet or ankles, consider seeing Dr. Geoffrey Epstein of ETL Podiatry. Dr. Epstein will provide proper care for your podiatric needs.

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.

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

3-D Printers Create Replacement Joints to Treat Arthritis

A research team at the University of Pittsburgh is employing 3-D printers to create biological cartilage, and hope to use the technology to provide better joint replacements for patients with osteoarthritis. The cartilage is produced using growth factors, scaffolding material, and the patients’ own stem cells.

“We essentially speed up the development process by giving the cells everything they need, while creating a scaffold to give the tissue the exact shape and structure that we want,” said research head Mr. Tuan. It has not yet been tested on people, but has shown great success on large animals.

Osteoarthritis is caused by overuse and subsequent damage of the cartilage between bones, and necessitates 632,000 joint replacements every year. Joint replacements are currently made of plastic or metal, and don’t last as long as patients would like.

Arthritis can cause chronic pain and inhibit daily activities. If you are suffering from arthritis in the feet or ankles, consult podiatrist Dr. Geoffrey Epstein of ETL Podiatry. Dr. Epstein will assess the problem and create a treatment plan that is right for you.

Arthritic Foot Care

In an average lifetime, we walk approximately 75,000 miles. This can put a great deal of stress on the 26 bones and 30 joints that we have in our feet. As we get older, our feet lose flexibility and elasticity. Our shock absorbers weaken, and if arthritis comes into play, the joints become inflamed and distorted. Arthritic foot care and treatment would become imperative at this point.

It is best to take care of your feet by wearing well-fitted shoes. Certain conditions may develop when you wear shoes that don’t fit properly, for example hammertoes, neuroma, and bunions. Wearing shoes that have a lower heel and extra room in the shoe can help your feet be comfortable. In cases of rheumatoid arthritis, the arch in your foot may become problematic. Buying shoes with arch support will help; it is also a good idea to buy shoes that contour to your foot.

Alleviating Arthritic Pain

-Specific exercises may help; stretching the Achilles tendon can prevent further pain and injury. Stretching can also increase your mobility.

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

John Simm Tears Muscle while Filming PREY

Actor John Simm was injured while filming a scene for new crime drama series PREY. Simm plays a man running from authorities after being wrongly accused of murdering his family. “It was a very physical role – lots of running, hanging off bridges and climbing fences. Hard work but I loved it” said Simm.

Simm said that he makes sure to partake in stretching exercises before shooting, but still managed to tear a calf muscle while climbing out of a river during a chase scene. The show was forced to delay production while Simm underwent physiotherapy, but Simms has since healed and character Marcus Farrow is back on the run.

Stretching is extremely important to prepare muscles for intense physical activity. For questions about stretching exercises or treatment for athletic injuries, see podiatrist Dr. Geoffrey Epstein of ETL Podiatry. Dr. Epstein will care for your foot and ankle needs.

Stretching Your Feet

Being the backbone of the body, the feet carry your entire weight and can easily become overexerted, causing cramps and pain. As with any body part, stretching your feet can serve many benefits. From increasing flexibility to even providing some pain relief, be sure to give your feet a stretch from time to time. This is especially important for athletes or anyone performing aerobic exercises, but anyone experiencing foot pain or is on their feet constantly should also engage in this practice.

Good ways to stretch your feet are:

  • Crossing one leg over the others and carefully pull your toes back. Do 10-20 repetitions and repeat the process for each foot
  • Face a wall with your arms out and hands flat against the wall. Step back with one foot and keep it flat on the floor while moving the other leg forward. Lean towards the wall until you feel a stretch. Hold for 30 seconds and perform 10 repetitions for each foot
  • Be sure not to overextend or push your limbs too hard or you could risk pulling or straining your muscle

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office in Melville, Briarwood, and Flushing, NY. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

Shoe Company Rakes in Profits Thanks to Royal Baby

Prince George was recently seen wearing a pair of leather shoes designed by a company called Early Days, and since then sales of that particular design have hit the roof. Their popularity has increased so much that the firm is considering adding on more workers to help increase their inventory.

“I looked at the photo of Prince George and his parents on tour in New Zealand and recognized the shoes he was wearing,” said Early Days director Paul Bolton. “I still cannot believe it – we’ve been making shoes since 1952 and now they’re being worn by a future king.”

Babies’ feet are delicate, meaning that wearing the wrong size shoe could make them very uncomfortable. If you have an infant and are curious about what size footwear you should get for them, meet with podiatrist Dr. Geoffrey Epstein of ETL Podiatry. Dr. Epstein can teach you how to measure your child’s feet and find shoes that fit them correctly.

Fitting Shoes for Infants

Taking care of a baby to ensure proper development is highly important and necessary to make sure that they grow up to be healthy and happy. Finding shoes for infants may be tricky for new parents because it is a new experience for everyone involved. Also, since infants cannot speak, they cannot tell you which one feels best, which hurts, and which styles they like more. Although often crying is a signal for them being unhappy, it is still difficult to know what fits.

Since their feet are so tiny, it might be easier to go around a store and try to see which shoes fit them best. Most infant shoes are very soft and you will not have to worry about fancy laces or intricate shoe designs. For infants, all that matters is that they are warm, well-protected and comfortable so that they can grow properly.

Once a baby is able to stand or start walking after they pass their crawling phase, it is important to change their shoes as often as they grow, and since they tend to grow and change fast, it is best to keep up with them to ensure safety and comfort.

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

Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome Identifiable by Searing Foot Pain

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is a fairly common disorder, but what about Tarsal Tunnel? According to Steve Miller, a professional physical therapist, Tarsal Tunnel isn’t as prevalent as its counterpart in the hand, but it can still occasionally be found in people who strain their lower extremities while exercising or have flat feet.

Tarsal Tunnel arises when the tendons around the tibial nerve in the ankle are compressed for some reason, causing an aching or burning pain in the foot. The symptoms of this condition can typically be treated with nerve glides and soft tissue massages.

Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome can be an excruciating problem. If you are dealing with foot or ankle pain and you think it might be Tarsal Tunnel, meet with podiatrist Dr. Geoffrey Epstein of ETL Podiatry. Dr. Epstein can check out the afflicted area and help you decide what to do next.

Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome

Tarsal tunnel syndrome, which can also be called tibial nerve dysfunction, is an uncommon condition of misfiring peripheral nerves in the foot. The tibial nerve is the peripheral nerve in the leg responsible for sensation and movement of the foot and calf muscles. In tarsal tunnel syndrome, the tibial nerve is damaged, causing problems with movement and feeling in the foot.

Common Cause of Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome

-Involves pressure or an injury, direct pressure on the tibial nerve for an extended period of time, sometimes caused by other body structures close by or near the knee.
-Diseases that damage nerves, including diabetes, may cause tarsal tunnel syndrome.
-At times, tarsal tunnel syndrome can appear without an obvious cause.

The Effects of Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome

-Different sensations, an afflicted person may experience pain, tingling, burning or other unusual sensations in the foot of the affected leg.
-The foot muscles, toes and ankle become weaker, and curling your toes or flexing your foot can become difficult.
-If condition worsens, infections and ulcers may develop on the foot that is experiencing the syndrome.

A physical exam of the leg can help identify the presence of tarsal tunnel syndrome. Medical tests, such as a nerve biopsy, are also used.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office in Melville, Briarwood, and Flushing, NY. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

Kawhi Leonard Pushes his Feet to the Limit

According to sports news website Grantland, one of the reasons the San Antonio Spurs did so well this past season was because of the skillful footwork of small forward Kawhi Leonard. Leonard’s feet, like many other basketball players’, are large and weathered, and his years of practice have caused him to develop corns on many of his toes.

This year his training paid off, as he finished the season 10th in the NBA in steals and demonstrated that his shooting abilities are becoming quite strong. Thanks to his discipline and his unpredictable footwork, Leonard is likely going to be a force to be reckoned with next year.

He might have basketball skills he can be proud of, but Leonard probably isn’t happy with all of the corns on his feet. For help dealing with corns, calluses, and other skin maladies of the feet, go see podiatrist Dr. Geoffrey Epstein of ETL Podiatry. Dr. Epstein will figure out what’s causing your corns to grow and do all that he can to cure you of them.

Corns: What are they? And how do you get rid of them?

Corns can be described as areas of the skin that have thickened to the point of becoming painful or irritating. They are often layers and layers of the skin that have become dry and rough, and are normally smaller than calluses.

Ways to Prevent Corns

There are many ways to get rid of painful corns such as wearing:
– Well-fitting socks
– Comfortable shoes that are not tight around your foot
– Shoes that offer support

Treating Corns

Treating corns involves removing the dead skin that has built up in the specific area of the foot. Salicylic acid can help in getting rid of these corns because it dissolves keratin, which is the protein that makes up a good majority of corns.

Preventing the Return of Corns

Orthotic shoes can also be an option because they are fitted by a podiatrist and help to prevent the return of corns. They lower friction and lower chances of getting corns, as well as reducing pain overall.

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