Well Fitting Shoes Students of all ages came to Linwood College in New Zealand to receive a new pair of correctly fitting shoes this month. Shoe Clinic in Riccarton has a 30-day return policy and typically donates those returns to schools and charities. In the past, many of these shipments have gone to the Salvation Army and certain disaster zones, but Linwood College is currently the latest to receive the next large shipment of donations. Although finding the perfect shoe for each student was relatively difficult, everyone was eventually fitted by a professional with a new sneaker. Many students even stated that they were thankful for the shoes since they were involved in many sports, but did not have the proper footwear for them.

To ensure that their feet will grow and develop healthily, children need to proper fitting shoes on their feet. For more information about determining proper shoe fitting for children, see podiatrist Dr. Melissa Cohen of New York. Dr. Cohen will treat your foot and ankle needs.  

Proper Shoe Fitting

A common concern when it comes to foot health, having properly fitted shoes can help prevent injuries to the foot. Out feet affect our posture and gait, which in turn affects the biomechanics and overall bodily structure. With 33 joints, 26 bones, and over 100 ligaments, the potential for serious injury is much greater than one realizes. Although the feet cease growth in adulthood, they still change shape as they mature. Here are some factors to consider when it comes to investing in properly fitting shoes:

  • Be sure the shoes fit correctly right away
  • Ensure the ball of your foot fits comfortably in the widest portion of the shoes
  • Even though they may look fashionable, improperly fitting shoes can either create adverse conditions or exacerbate existing ones you may already have
  • Walk along a carpeted surface to ensure the shoes comfortably fit during normal activity

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 In some areas the fall season can be extremely unpredictable, especially when it comes to wet weather, making it a time of the year where foot care should be particularly maintained. When feet are exposed to water and moisture for too long, bacterial growth can occur. The space between the toes should be regularly cleaned while scrubbing and washing cracked feet can help remove dead cells. Keeping toenails trimmed prevent dirt from accumulating; it also makes cleaning them much easier. If possible, the feet should always be kept clean and dry; wearing waterproof shoes out in the rain can also help reduce problems.


Everyday foot care should be maintained year round, but especially during periods of wet weather since wet weather is that is when the most bacteria can grow. For more information about what you can do to practice daily foot care, speak to Dr. Melissa Cohen of New York. Dr. Cohen will assist you with all of your foot and ankle concerns.


Every Day Foot Care
Often, people take care of their bodies, face and hair more so than they do for their feet. But the feet are a very important aspect of our bodies, and one that we should pay more attention to. After all, without our feet, we would not be able to perform most daily tasks. It is best to check your feet regularly to make sure there are no new bruises or cuts that you may not have noticed before, for example.


For dry feet, moisturizer can easily be a remedy and can be applied as often as necessary to the affected areas. Wearing shoes that fit well can also help you maintain good foot health, as well as making it easier to walk and do daily activities without the stress or pain of ill-fitting shoes, high heels, or even flip flops.


Also, wearing clean socks with closed shoes is important to ensure that sweat and bacteria do not accumulate within the shoe. Clean socks help to prevent athlete’s foot, fungi problems, bad odors, and can absorb sweat.


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


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Walking and Exercising Concern regarding the fitness habits of employees of Washington, D.C has been on the rise. This concern has fostered an interest in the number of steps Capitol employees take each day. With new technology that includes smartphone applications and sensors such as the Fitbit; the steps, miles, calories burned, and the heart of users can be tracked. This new trend has been rising as a competitive fitness among workers. Offices are regularly holding competitions to ensure employees are completing their daily steps. Around 10,000 steps daily is considered a healthy recommendation according to fitness experts and dieticians.


Exercising the feet can be fun if done in a group as a healthy competition. To learn about other ways one can make exercising enjoyable, consult with Dr. Melissa Cohen at New York. Dr. Cohen will attend to all of your foot and ankle needs.

Exercise for Your Feet

If you spend most of your time on your feet, or don’t either way your feet should deserve attention. There are many people who exercise regularly and still don’t spend enough time to care for their feet. Your foot does get exposure that requires maintenance since your health has a lot to do with footing.

Exercises

Toe rise – this exercise involves standing on the tip-toes for a count of 15 seconds, then resting your feet on ground. This exercise should be repeated three times a day to strengthen the feet.

Toe Pick-ups – the toes are exercises that are done by picking up small items using your toes. This helps strengthen the muscles on the upper part of the feet. Three sets along with 15 seconds being held should be completed. Small items like marbles or stationary will work.

Ankle Pump – can be performed upwards or downwards. The workout can be completed both ways at the same time. This involves flexing the foot either towards the shin or to the ground. This makes the foot work very well, working large parts of the muscles.

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Tuesday, 14 October 2014 00:00

Holistic Ways to Cure Athlete’s Foot

Athlete’s foot can be quite a difficult to contend with. While over the counter treatments are available, there are also natural home remedies for those who adhere to a holistic lifestyle. For example, applying apple cider vinegar or tea tree oil directly onto the affected area of the foot can help ease some of the irritation.

There are a variety of natural liquid solutions that can be created to wash and disinfect the feet. In one example, one solution consists of part white vinegar and warm water. Another solution can be created from garlic paste mixed with water for soaking. Neem leaves boiled in water for ten minutes can also work. There are many other solutions out there to those willing to try.

Athlete’s foot can be treated with either prescription drugs or natural remedies like those aforementioned. Consult with Dr. Melissa Cohen at New York. Dr. Cohen will attend to all of your foot and ankle needs.

Athlete’s Foot: The Sole Story
If you suffer from itching, burning, dry, and flaking feet, this may be a sign of athlete's foot. Athlete's foot, also known as tinea pedis, can be extremely contagious, and it often infects shower floors, gyms, socks and shoes, and anywhere else feet may come in contact with. It is commonly found in public changing areas and bathrooms, dormitory style living quarters, around locker rooms and public swimming pools.

Solutions to Combat Athlete’s Foot
- Hydrate your feet by using lotion
- Exfoliate
- Buff off nails
- Use of anti-fungal product
- Examine feet and visit your doctor if any suspicious blisters or cuts are present.

What is Tinea?
- Athlete’s foot is often caused by the same fungus that causes ringworm (tinea).
- Tinea can invade other parts of the body as well, if the proper thriving conditions for it are met.
- Tinea thrives in mostly dark, warm and moist environments.
- Although many people never experience athlete’s foot, around 70% of the population may suffer from tinea at some point.

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Wednesday, 08 October 2014 00:00

New Implant Technology Aids Arthritis Patients

 Recently, an implant known as Cartiva was developed that can ease the pain and stiffness associated with arthritis. The idea of the putty-like implant is to keep the toes from rubbing together in order to ease the pain. Cartiva relieves the pain and stiffness associated with arthritis due to its flexibility when inserted between the bones of the toe. Val Cornwall of Hillingdon, Middlesex underwent surgery for the implant in 2011 and could not be any more active. The sixty-seven year old is one of nearly half a million with arthritis in the big toe within Britain’s population.


If left untreated, arthritis of the feet can be very problematic and could potentially worsen. If painful arthritis has been troubling you, consult Dr. Melissa Cohen of New York. Dr. Cohen will provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment and alleviate your joint pain. 


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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 Vivienne Westwood is joining the likes of her fellow designers by creating uniforms for Virgin Atlantic flight attendants. Pierre Balmain collaborated with Singapore Airlines and Christian Lacroix has worked with Air France. The global wearer trial of the uniform has been successful within the 7,500 crew members of the airline, but some of mentioned that the shoes are causing their feet to bleed and that they create blisters. The heels are an adaptation of Westwood’s signature hourglass heel. A Virgin Atlantic spokesperson has stated that the company is working to resolve that issue and to ensure that their employees are “happy and comfortable in their working environment.”

Long hours on your feet in uncomfortable footwear can elevate your risk for developing blisters. If you would like to learn more about blister treatment and prevention, speak to podiatrist Dr. Melissa Cohen at New York. Dr. Cohen can assist you with all of your foot and ankle needs.


Foot Blisters
Foot blisters develop as a result of constantly wearing tight or ill-fitting footwear. This happens due to the constant rubbing from the shoe, which can often lead to pain. 


What are Foot Blisters?
A foot blister is a small fluid-filled pocket that forms on the upper-most layer of the skin. Blisters are filled with clear fluid and can lead to blood drainage or pus if the area becomes infected. 


How do Blisters Form?
Blisters on the feet are often the result of constant friction of skin and material, usually by shoe rubbing. Walking in sandals, boots, or shoes that don’t fit properly for long periods of time can result in a blister. Having consistent foot moisture and humidity can easily lead to blister formation. 


Prevention & Treatment
It is important to properly care for the affected area in order to prevent infection and ease the pain. Do not lance the blister and use a band-aid to provide pain relief. Also, be sure to keep your feet dry and wear proper fitting shoes. If you see blood or pus in a blister, seek a doctor. 


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


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Orthotics, an insole that supports the foot can improve the biomechanics of the foot and help treat many conditions such as plantar fasciitis. These Cushioned insoles are helpful for reducing the pressure of the heel as well as creating and even level of shock absorption throughout the foot. According to Brandi Schlossberg at chrioeco.com, orthotics can even help to regulate the step and prevent certain conditions from occurring at all.
Custom orthotics are created with a mold of an individual’s feet that contours to wherever support is needed throughout the foot. The foot aids will support a low and achy arch as wells as an inflamed heel. Although custom orthotics are available without a prescription, it is ideal to consult with a professional before investing in any type of preventative devices.
Orthotics may be what is needed to alleviate your pain. If you think that orthotics could be right for you, see podiatrist Dr. Melissa Cohen of New York. Dr. Cohen will treat all of your foot and ankle needs. 

What are Ankle Foot Orthotics?

Orthotics are physical aids used to support weak limbs or direct the proper function of limbs. Often they are used to support the ankle and foot. Such orthotics are known as AFOs. AFOs help strengthen the muscles or train them to function in the proper position. AFOs can also benefit muscles that need to be lengthened or loosened.

Why might you need orthotics?

Orthotics are often prescribed when someone is suffering from diseases that affect the musculature, like polio and multiple sclerosis. However, more common conditions like arthritis and stroke, or those that “toe in”, may also require orthotics.
Modern orthotics have improved dramatically from the metal braces of previous years. Many of today’s orthotics are made of lightweight plastics and other advanced materials to provide new levels of comfort and support. Often the orthosis is designed in a rigid L shape that is contoured to the calf and flesh colored.

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A study that was published in the Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise shows that running does not play a role when it comes to development of arthritis. In fact, the runner’s age is not even a factor as long as the knees remain healthy. This data was found by studying the foot’s pounding as it strikes the ground. Although the foot hits the ground harder while running, it also hits the ground significantly less since the strides being taken are longer as opposed to walking.

Assistant professor of kinesiology at the University of Maryland’s Ross Miller said that “The discovery provides an explanation for why few runners develop knee arthritis”. Additionally, Miller also mentioned that, “running and walking are essentially indistinguishable,” in terms of the wear and tear inflicted on the knees.

Having arthritic feet can cause a hamper in your everyday life regardless of activity. If you have arthritis, consult podiatrist Dr. Melissa Cohen of New York. Dr. Cohen can care for your foot and ankle needs.  

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.

To learn more about arthritic foot care, please follow link below.

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

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Wednesday, 10 September 2014 00:00

Podiatric Service Forced to Repair Contract

The Staffordshire and Stoke-on Trent Partnership (SSoTP), a service that refers National Health Service patients with foot problems to podiatrists and chiropodists, failed to make their original requirement of setting up appointments for 95% of newly referred patients within 3 weeks due to the influx of patients. Now the organization has amended their contract with the NHS has been redone with new stipulations to ease this problem.

Under this reformed contract, the SSoTP is responsible in ensuring physician visits within two days to 90% of people with debilitating foot complications. Unfortunately, patients who have problems that need regular care but aren’t as severe may experience delays of up to six weeks before getting appointments.

Since the United States doesn’t have a National Health Service, people with foot problems are expected to choose a podiatrist on their own. For professional care for any kind of foot or ankle problem, consider podiatrist Dr. Melissa Cohen of New York. Dr. Cohen will provide you with comprehensive and effective care for your foot condition.

Choosing a Podiatrist

It is important to find a good podiatrist when it comes to healing your foot concerns and pain. A good podiatrist should know how to identify your condition and should suggest the necessary treatments that can be done so that you can get back to good health.

Choosing a podiatrist is a relatively easy task that can be done through an online search engine, word of mouth via a friend, directory listings, yellow book, advertisements, newspaper ads, etc. It is up to you to choose the one that you feel is the closest to your location, is experienced and  has a good reputation in the field.

It is best to find one that cares about your health overall and is open and happy to help you alleviate any pain you might be experiencing. Another thing to consider may be the costs of a podiatrist, what insurance carrier you have and also if they specialize in anything specific.

Visit your podiatrist at the first signs of pain, discomfort, or injuries and if you notice any unexplainable pain in the feet.

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

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Wednesday, 03 September 2014 00:00

MLB Player to Undergo Surgery for Sesamoiditis

Josh Zeid will miss the rest of the season after his foot surgeries in the upcoming weeks. ( Smiley N. Pool / Houston Chronicle )Josh Zeid of Houston Astros, is contending bilateral sesamoiditis and will have to undergo surgery on both of his feet to address his condition. Unfortunately, this means that Zeid will be out for the rest of the season. Physicians want to operate on his right foot first and then perform the same procedure on his left foot six weeks later.

Zeid pitched in 23 games this season and gave up 18 runs over 20 ⅔ total innings. His coaches are hoping he’ll be recovered in time for spring training next year.

Zeid’s sesamoiditis was probably caused by putting too much stress on the balls of his feet. If your feet hurt and you think you might have sesamoiditis, call podiatrist Dr. Melissa Cohen of New York. Dr. Cohen can provide you with a comprehensive diagnosis and get you started with your treatment right away.

Sesamoiditis
Sesamoiditis is a condition of the foot that affects the ball of the foot. It is more common in younger people than it is in older people. It can also occur with people who have begun a new exercise program, since their bodies are adjusting to the new physical regimen. Pain may also be caused by the inflammation of tendons surrounding the bones. It is important to seek treatment in its early stages because if you ignore the pain, this condition can lead to more serious problems such as severe irritation and bone fractures.

Causes of Sesamoiditis

  • Sudden increase in activity
  • Increase in physically strenuous movement without a proper warm up or build up
  • Foot structure: those who have smaller, bonier feet or those with a high arch may be more susceptible

Treatment for sesamoiditis is non-invasive and simple. Doctors may recommend a strict rest period where the patient forgoes most physical activity. This will help give the patient time to heal their feet through limited activity. For serious cases, it is best to speak with your doctor to determine a treatment option that will help your specific needs.

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Thursday, 28 August 2014 00:00

Dancer Hurts Feet Frequently on the Job

Since starting her career as a ballerina dancer, Allynne Noelle has broken several ribs, suffered from two metatarsal stress fractures, and torn the Lisfranc ligament in one of her feet. She says that ballet dancing is as much of a demanding contact sport as it is an art form.

Noelle’s not the only dancer with this experience. Data from the American Journal of Sports Medicine says that 67-95% of professional ballerinas get injured because of their line of work. Fortunately for Noelle, the company she works for, the Los Angeles Ballet, has a good healthcare plan from California’s Small Business Health Options Program.

Dancers spend a lot of time on their feet, so it’s not surprising that they sustain a lot of injuries to their lower extremities. If you have a foot or ankle injury related to dancing or any other sport, see podiatrist Dr. Melissa Cohen of New York. Dr. Cohen will perform a full examination of your lower limbs and do her best to heal you of your condition.

Sports Related Foot and Ankle Injuries

Foot and ankle injuries are a common occurrence when it comes to athletes of any sport. While many athletes dismiss the initial aches and pains, the truth is that ignoring potential foot and ankle injuries can lead to serious problems. As athletes continue to place pressure and strain the area further, a mild injury can turn into something as serious as a rupture and may lead to a permanent disability. There are many factors that contribute to sports related foot and ankle injuries, which include failure to warm up properly, not providing support or wearing bad footwear. Common injuries and conditions athletes face, including:

  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Plantar Fasciosis
  • Achilles Tendinitis
  • Achilles Tendon Rupture
  • Ankle Sprains

Sports-related injuries are commonly treated using the RICE method. This includes rest, applying ice to the injured area, compression and elevating the ankle. More serious sprains and injuries may require surgery, which could include arthroscopic and reconstructive surgery. Rehabilitation and therapy may also be required in order to get any recovering athlete to become fully functional again. Any unusual aches and pains an athlete sustains must be evaluated by a licensed, reputable medical professional.

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

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Thanks to his perseverance and hard work, Illinois native Joe Legat has become the 53rd member of the prestigious 50Sub4 running club. In order to be eligible to join you have to run a marathon in every U.S. state and complete them each in less than four hours. Legat’s final race was this year’s Kona Marathon in Hawaii.

It took him several years to complete a marathon in every state. At one point he had to deal with a case of Morton’s neuroma in his foot. Now that he’s been admitted to 50Sub4 Legat is thinking about continuing to challenge himself by trying to climb the tallest peak in every state.

A condition like Morton’s neuroma is best treated early, because it can become agonizing if it gets really severe. For help dealing with this condition, consider visiting podiatrist Dr. Melissa Cohen of New York. Dr. Cohen can provide you with an effective form of treatment for your neuroma and help you get back on your feet again.

Morton’s Neuroma

Morton's neuroma is a painful foot condition that commonly affects the areas between the third and fourth toe and the ball of the foot, although other areas of the foot are also susceptible to this condition. Morton’s neuroma is caused by an inflamed nerve in the foot that is being squeezed and aggravated by surrounding bones.  Women are more likely than men to have an occurrence of this foot condition. When a person has Morton's neuroma, it can feel as if they are walking on stones or marbles.

What Increases the Chances of having Morton’s Neuroma?
-Ill-fitting high heels or shoes that add pressure to the toe or foot area.
-Jogging, running and any sports that involve constant impact to the foot area.
-Flat feet, bunions, and any other foot deformity may put you at a higher risk for developing Morton’s neuroma.

If you suspect that you may have this condition, you should visit your podiatrist. A podiatrist will first conduct a thorough physical examination to check for palpable masses between the bones of the foot. The podiatrist may also prescribe an x-ray to rule out other conditions or problems.

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

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pic1A recent team practice for the Dallas Cowboys ended in disaster when a normal pass-rush drill resulted in a player getting injured. Rookie DeMarcus Lawrence was trying to rush around another player, Tyron Smith, when he was deftly blocked. Lawrence fell on top of his foot at a weird angle and broke a bone.

Lawrence will have surgery on his foot soon, which will lay him up for about 8-10 weeks. In the meantime the Cowboys will replace him with Kyle Wilber, a linebacker with experience playing Lawrence’s position of defensive end.

Broken feet are incredibly painful, but recovery can be fairly straightforward if you have help from an experienced medical professional. To get assistance with your broken foot, see podiatrist Dr. Melissa Cohen of New York. Dr. Cohen will provide you with quality foot care that will have you feeling better in no time.

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 our office in Cicero, NY. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 05 August 2014 22:27

Bunions Consequence of Ill-Fitting Footwear

BunionsMost people only measure their feet a handful of times in their lifetimes. However, our feet typically grow in size as we age, which means that many individuals end up being ignorant as to how big their feet actually are. According to the American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society, this has lead about 88% of U.S. women to consistently wear shoes that are too small for them.

It’s all too common for people to end up buying and wearing footwear that isn’t big enough for them, which eventually causes them to develop painful foot conditions. In fact, the American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society also reported that an astounding 55% of American women have bunions, probably from wearing badly-fitting shoes.

Don’t compromise when it comes to the size of your footwear, or you might have to deal with a painful condition like bunions for a long time. If you have bunions in your feet that are causing you problems, call podiatrist Dr. Melissa Cohen of New York. Dr. Cohen can work with you to alleviate your pain and help you decide on an appropriate treatment option.

 

What is a Bunion?

A bunion is an enlargement of the base joint of the toe that connects to the foot. The enlargement is formed of swollen tissue or boney growth. This swelling is caused by a shifting of the bones in the big toe inward, impacting the other toes of the foot. The area around the base of the big toe may become inflamed, red, and/or painful.

Formation

Genetics – people who are susceptible to bunions are often genetically predisposed.
Stress on the feet – wearing improperly fitting shoes or running and walking with improper form may cause stress on the feet. Wearing high heeled shoes puts the weight from the body onto the toes, causing further stress and bone displacement.

Diagnosis

A podiatrist who specializes in foot structure and bio-mechanics will be able to diagnose bunions.
Blood Tests - testing the blood for gout or arthritic conditions can help identify the causes.
Radiological Exam – a podiatrist will request an exam to identify the bunion by taking a look at the bone structure.

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american-heart-associationA Korean man’s hands and feet were exposed to dangerous hydrofluoric acid while he was fixing a waste disposal pipe at a Samsung semiconductor plant in 2012. As a result, the nerves in his limbs stopped working properly. He tried to apply for worker’s compensation but his claim was dismissed because the exteriors of his extremities weren’t visibly damaged.

The man, who was identified only by his last name, “Yoon,” brought his case to court. The judge awarded him a state subsidy based on the fact that nerve damage is often a side effect of prolonged exposure to hydrofluoric acid.

Nerve disorders of the feet come in a variety of different forms. For comprehensive treatment for a nerve problem in your lower extremities, consider talking to podiatrist Dr. Melissa Cohen of New York. Dr. Cohen will investigate the afflicted region and suggest what she thinks would be the best form of care.

Nerve Disorders of the Foot and Ankle

There are two nerve disorders of the foot and ankle called Interdigital Neuroma and Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome. These conditions affect the hands as well, and are caused by stress and genetics. People who suffer from Interdigital Neuroma and Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome are prone to serious pain and inflammation in the area.

Pain that is associated with Interdigital Neuroma is often from local inflammation in the nerves in the front of the foot. Symptoms include pain, burning, and/or tingling sensations of the toes.

There are several steps a doctor will take to determine if one has Neuroma such as: radiographs, MRIs, and bone scans. Surgery is not required in many instances.

Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome is a condition that is less common than Interdigital Neuroma. It only seems to affect patients who have severe ankle pain which begins in the bottom of the foot extending all the way to the calf. In other instances one may encounter partial numbness and atrophy if the cases are extreme.

EMG tests are often provided to diagnose Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome. If a patient shows signs of Tarsal Tunnel Syndrom, an MRI will be used to see the compression of the nerve.

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

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