Heel Pain May Be Plantar Fasciitis

If you have unremitting heel pain that often accompanies this phenomenon, than it is very likely that you have a condition known as plantar fasciitis. It is one of the most common causes of heel pain.

The fibrous tissue that runs across your arch and connects to your heel bone has to be incredibly strong because it absorbs the force of your body’s weight every moment you step and stand, and jump and run, and everything else your body can perform on two feet. But quite often, unfortunately, an injury may occur and heel pain can strike.

Treatment for plantar fasciitis:

Some of the treatments for plantar fasciitis include the following:

  • Taking the weight off—Walking, running, and just standing can exacerbate the injury, so it’s important to rest and elevate the affected foot to help relieve inflammation.
  • Reduce inflammation—This can be accomplished by applying ice to the area for fifteen minutes, several times a day. Ibuprofen or other anti-inflammatory medication may also help.
  • Stretching exercises—Calf and foot stretches can help alleviate the pressure and tightness. Rolling your arch gently on a tennis ball can also help relax the tissue.
  • Night splints—These can be applied at night while sleeping to help stretch the plantar fascia.
  • Properly fitted footwear—Wearing supportive footwear with inserts, cushions, and heel pads can help treat and prevent plantar fasciitis.

In some of the more severe cases, surgery may be necessary.

If you are experiencing heel pain that isn’t responding well to conservative measures, make an appointment with your podiatrist today. The foot specialists at ETL Podiatry in Briarwood and Melville, NY, have unparalleled experience in treating all aspects of foot and ankle problems. Our team of doctors is dedicated to serving you with all of the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies. If you have any questions or would like to make an appointment, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Melville, NY (631-549-8637) and Briarwood, NY (929-336-4523).

Exercise Ideas for Patients With Diabetes

Keeping your weight under control through regular exercise is essential for diabetics and it is a proven safe and effective method of controlling blood sugar levels. Many patients with diabetes are struggling to incorporate daily exercise into their health regimens, and it can be a daunting task for those who have been sedentary for many years.

Here are some excellent ideas for getting and keeping you on the right track with your exercise program:

  • Start with small, realistic goals—Make a list of easily realizable goals you hope to achieve with your exercise program, and review and revise it periodically with a physical therapist and your foot care professional.
  • Walking is a good way to begin—Start off by walking 10 minutes a day and slowly add minutes until you reach your goal.
  • Stretching and balancing exercises—yoga and Pilates classes are excellent for increasing flexibility and strength in your muscles, tendons, and ligaments. Try walking backwards to improve balance. Standing on one leg is also a good balancing exercise.
  • Exercise with a friend—Having a buddy to work out with is a great way to keep each other motivated.
  • Drink plenty of fluids—Keeping properly hydrated is essential. Prehydration before exercising is an excellent way to start off, and be sure to take in healthy fluids throughout the day.
  • Try using a pedometer or smart watch—Keeping track of your steps and progress is easy to do with an exercise app or pedometer.
  • Check your blood sugar regularly—Seeing the results of your efforts will help keep you motivated.

If you have diabetes and need assistance in starting an exercise program, it’s very important have your feet checked first for any potential complications. The foot specialists at ETL Podiatry in Briarwood and Melville, NY, have unparalleled experience in treating all aspects of foot and ankle problems. Our team of doctors is dedicated to serving you with all of the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies. If you have any questions or would like to make an appointment, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Melville, NY (631-549-8637) and Briarwood, NY (929-336-4523).

Football Injuries

With football season in full swing, it is inevitable that some unfortunate players will suffer an injury that puts them out of commission for several games or the whole season. Even though school and professional sports teams train carefully, vigorously and rigorously, injuries in high contact sports like football and lacrosse are common.

 

Some of the most common injuries that occur to football players include:

 

  • Sprained ankles—Overstretching or tearing the ligaments and tendons that support the ankle joint can easily happen during the high stress activities of the sport. Running, jumping, tackling and other collisions can cause the foot to roll over on the inside or outside causing severe pain, swelling, and difficulty with weight bearing.
  • Broken bones—Bones can fracture in a variety of ways depending upon the location and degree of force applied to the area. A compound fracture is the most severe, with the bone actually protruding through the skin. Repetitive stress injury can cause painful hairline fractures which frequently affect the metatarsal bones.
  • Plantar fasciitisThe web of tissue that runs along the bottom of your foot and supports the arch is susceptible to irritation and tearing which can cause severe discomfort and impairment including swelling, tenderness and heel pain.
  • Peroneal tendonitisThough not as common as a plantar fascia injury, the peroneal tendons run along the outside of the foot and can become injured and inflamed, sending a player to the sidelines.

 

Initial treatment for these types of injuries involves immobilization, rest, icing, and elevation. Compression wraps can also help. For a severe injury, it is important to see a podiatrist for proper treatment.

 

For football and other sports injuries, contact the foot specialists at ETL Podiatry in Briarwood and Melville, NY. We have unparalleled experience in treating all aspects of foot and ankle problems. Our team of doctors is dedicated to serving you with all of the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies. If you have any questions or would like to make an appointment, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Melville, NY (631-549-8637) and Briarwood, NY (929-336-4523).

What is Clubfoot?

Clubfoot is one of the most common inherited abnormalities, affecting about 1 in every 1,000 newborns. It is characterized by the inward rotation of the ankle which causes the soles of the feet to face each other. The condition can also affect only one foot. Without proper identification and treatment, clubfoot can create major difficulties with walking and participating in daily activities.

 

There are two types of clubfoot. Isolated clubfoot refers to the condition where there are no other health conditions that may cause complications with the clubfoot. Non-isolated clubfoot, as the name implies, refers to a clubfoot that occurs in conjunction with other health problems such as neuromuscular disorders.

 

Treatment for clubfoot

When caught early on, clubfoot can be rather easily treated using the Ponseti method due to the inherent flexibility of a baby’s bones and other tissues. This method incorporates a combination of manual manipulation, stretching exercises, and casting to gradually redirect the clubfoot into the proper position over a period of several months or longer. After this casting period is complete, a foot surgeon will usually need to relieve the pressure on the heel cord with a minor incision. The child may then need to wear braces for a period of time to prevent the condition from coming back.

 

For extreme cases of clubfoot that do not respond sufficiently to the usual methods of digital manipulation, stretching, and casting, a surgical procedure may be necessary. The foot surgeon will make adjustments to the bones, ligaments, tendons, and tissue to bring everything into proper alignment.

 

If you suspect that your child is exhibiting signs of clubfoot, the foot specialists at ETL Podiatry in Briarwood and Melville, NY, have unparalleled experience in treating all aspects of foot and ankle problems. Our team of doctors is dedicated to serving you with all of the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies. If you have any questions or would like to make an appointment, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Melville, NY (631-549-8637) and Briarwood, NY (929-336-4523).