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Tuesday, 09 April 2024 00:00

The abductor hallucis muscle, positioned along the inner border of the foot, is pivotal for big toe movement and upholding the medial longitudinal arch. Yet its pain is often overlooked or misdiagnosed, as it can resemble conditions like plantar fasciitis. Overuse, sudden activity increases, and foot trauma may contribute to abductor hallucis pain. Risk factors such as flat feet, inadequate footwear, and excess weight also make this muscle more vulnerable. People experiencing abductor hallucis pain may notice accompanying symptoms, such as swelling or bruising, especially following traumatic injuries. There may be tenderness when touching the affected area, and they might feel tight bands within the muscle upon palpation. Additionally, muscle tightness can cause sensations of tingling or numbness in the foot. If you have foot pain on the inner part of your foot, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for an exam, diagnosis, and treatment options.

Foot Pain

Foot pain can be extremely painful and debilitating. If you have a foot pain, consult with one of our podiatrists from New York, NY. Our doctors will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Causes

Foot pain is a very broad condition that could be caused by one or more ailments. The most common include:

  • Bunions
  • Hammertoes
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Bone Spurs
  • Corns
  • Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Ingrown Toenails
  • Arthritis (such as Gout, Rheumatoid, and Osteoarthritis)
  • Flat Feet
  • Injury (from stress fractures, broken toe, foot, ankle, Achilles tendon ruptures, and sprains)
  • And more

Diagnosis

To figure out the cause of foot pain, podiatrists utilize several different methods. This can range from simple visual inspections and sensation tests to X-rays and MRI scans. Prior medical history, family medical history, and any recent physical traumatic events will all be taken into consideration for a proper diagnosis.

Treatment

Treatment depends upon the cause of the foot pain. Whether it is resting, staying off the foot, or having surgery; podiatrists have a number of treatment options available for foot pain.

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

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Friday, 05 April 2024 00:00

If left untreated, an ingrown toenail can lead to more serious concerns, such as an infection. Knowing proper nail care can help in the prevention of an ingrown toenail. Give us a call, and get treated!

Tuesday, 02 April 2024 00:00

Peripheral neuropathy causes a variety of symptoms affecting the feet. It typically begins with sensations such as numbness, tingling, or prickling, and progresses to burning, freezing, or shooting pains, often intensified at night. Peripheral neuropathy in the feet may create a sensation similar to wearing an invisible sock. Loss of balance, muscle weakness, and coordination difficulties are also common factors, hindering mobility. Symptoms of peripheral neuropathy can vary, with motor nerve damage resulting in muscle weakness. Sensory nerve damage causes tingling, numbness, or extreme sensitivity to touch. Autonomic nerve involvement can lead to abnormalities in foot temperature, sweating, and other involuntary functions. Polyneuropathy, affecting multiple nerves simultaneously, is common and requires prompt recognition for timely intervention. If you suspect you may be experiencing symptoms of peripheral neuropathy, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for an evaluation and personalized treatment.

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 one of our podiatrists from New York, NY. Our doctors 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 office located in New York, NY . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Tuesday, 26 March 2024 00:00

During pregnancy, the extra fluid in the body and the pressure from the growing uterus can cause swelling, or edema, in the ankles and feet. However, there are several strategies to help reduce swelling in the feet. First and foremost, ensure you stay well-hydrated by drinking plenty of water throughout the day to help flush out excess fluids. Elevating your feet whenever possible, especially while resting or sleeping, can aid in reducing swelling by allowing gravity to assist in fluid drainage. Consider wearing compression stockings, which provide gentle pressure to improve circulation and reduce swelling. Engaging in low-impact exercises, such as walking or swimming, can also help improve circulation and alleviate swelling. Avoiding prolonged periods of sitting or standing is important, as it can contribute to fluid retention in the lower extremities. Invest in comfortable, supportive shoes with adequate arch support to further alleviate discomfort. While having swollen feet during pregnancy is common, if problems arise, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist for an evaluation and additional treatment options.

Pregnant women with swollen feet can be treated with a variety of different methods that are readily available. For more information about other cures for swollen feet during pregnancy, consult with one of our podiatrists from New York, NY. Our doctors will attend to all of your foot and ankle needs.

What Foot Problems Can Arise During Pregnancy?

One problem that can occur is overpronation, which occurs when the arch of the foot flattens and tends to roll inward.  This can cause pain and discomfort in your heels while you’re walking or even just standing up, trying to support your baby.  

Another problem is edema, or swelling in the extremities. This often affects the feet during pregnancy but tends to occur in the later stages. 

How Can I Keep My Feet Healthy During Pregnancy?

  • Wearing orthotics can provide extra support for the feet and help distribute weight evenly
  • Minimize the amount of time spent walking barefoot
  • Wear shoes with good arch support
  • Wear shoes that allow for good circulation to the feet
  • Elevate feet if you experience swelling
  • Massage your feet
  • Get regular, light exercise, such as walking, to promote blood circulation to the feet

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

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