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May 2020

Pain in one or more areas of the feet is a common condition many people contend with. Foot pain can come from breaking your foot or toe, or from medical conditions that can include gout, plantar fasciitis, bunions, and blisters. Patients who are overweight can have foot pain as a result of the added weight the feet have to endure. Diabetic patients are susceptible to ulcers developing on the feet, and this may cause mild to severe pain. Foot pain that develops gradually can come from wearing shoes that do not fit correctly. Conditions that may develop from this can include bunions, hammertoes, and ingrown toenails. If you are experiencing any type of foot pain, it is strongly suggested that you are under the care of a podiatrist.

Foot Pain

Foot pain can be extremely painful and debilitating. If you have a foot pain, consult with Dr. Richard T. Bauer from Summit Foot & Ankle. Our doctor 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 Latham, NY. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Cracks in the heels are considered to be tears in the epidermis. Common symptoms can include the skin on the heel becoming thick and yellowed, and in severe cases, the cracks, or fissures may begin to bleed. It may gradually develop from standing for extended periods of time during the day, or from wearing shoes that have an open back. These types of shoes can have inadequate cushioning to support the fat pad in the heel, and cracks may form that can be uncomfortable and painful. Patients who are diabetic may be prone to developing this condition, in addition to people who have thyroid disorders. Mild relief may be found when the feet are washed daily, followed by applying a good moisturizer to the affected area. If you would like additional treatment methods for cracked heels, it is suggested that you consult with a podiatrist. 

Cracked heels are unsightly and can cause further damage to your shoes and feet. If you have any concerns, contact Dr. Richard T. Bauer from Summit Foot & Ankle. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Cracked Heels

Cracked heels appear unappealing and can make it harder for you walk around in sandals. Aside from looking unpleasant, cracked heels can also tear stockings, socks, and wear out your shoes. There are several methods to help restore a cracked heel and prevent further damage.

How Do You Get Them?

Dry skin is the number one culprit in creating cracked heels. Many athletes, walkers, joggers, and even swimmers suffer from cracked heels. Age and skin oil production play a role to getting cracked heels as well.

Promote Healing

Over the counter medicines can help, especially for those that need instant relief or who suffer from chronic dry feet.

Wear Socks – Wearing socks with medicated creams helps lock in moisture.

Moisturizers – Applying both day and night will help alleviate dryness which causes cracking.

Pumice Stones – These exfoliate and remove dead skin, which allows for smoother moisturizer application and better absorption into the skin. 

Change in Diet

Eating healthy with a well-balanced diet will give the skin a fresh and radiant look. Your body responds to the kinds of food you ingest. Omega-3 fatty acids and zinc supplements can also revitalize skin tissue.

Most importantly, seek professional help if unsure how to proceed in treating cracked heels. A podiatrist will help you with any questions or information needed. 

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

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Monday, 11 May 2020 00:00

Teenagers and Sever’s Disease

Children and young teenagers may be affected by a condition that is referred to as Sever’s disease. This may occur when they frequently participate in certain sporting activities. It is known as a condition that impacts the growth plate in the heel, and can cause severe pain and discomfort. Heel pain is a common symptom, and many children begin to limp to diminish the weight on the foot. Moderate relief may be found when the foot is elevated, and when specific foot stretches are performed. This may help a tight Achilles tendon to loosen, which may aid in decreasing tension on the tendons that are connected to the heel. Additionally, it is important to wear shoes that fit correctly, which generally consists of ensuring there is adequate support and cushioning. If you notice your child is limping, or complaining of heel pain, please schedule an appointment with a podiatrist who can properly diagnose and treat Sever’s disease.

Sever's disease often occurs in children and teens. If your child is experiencing foot or ankle pain, see Dr. Richard T. Bauer from Summit Foot & Ankle. Our doctor can treat your child’s foot and ankle needs.

Sever’s Disease

Sever’s disease is also known as calcaneal apophysitis, which is a medical condition that causes heel pain I none or both feet. The disease is known to affect children between the ages of 8 and 14.

Sever’s disease occurs when part of the child’s heel known as the growth plate (calcaneal epiphysis) is attached to the Achilles tendon. This area can suffer injury when the muscles and tendons of the growing foot do not keep pace with bone growth. Therefore, the constant pain which one experiences at the back of the heel will make the child unable to put any weight on the heel. The child is then forced to walk on their toes.

Symptoms

Acute pain – Pain associated with Sever’s disease is usually felt in the heel when the child engages in physical activity such as walking, jumping and or running.

Highly active – Children who are very active are among the most susceptible in experiencing Sever’s disease, because of the stress and tension placed on their feet.

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

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Saturday, 09 May 2020 00:00

Reminder: When Was the Last Time...?

Custom orthotics, or shoe inserts, should be periodically replaced. Orthotics must fit properly to give you the best results. Protect your feet and ankles!

If you work in a profession that requires being on your feet for the majority of the day, it’s often likely you will experience some sort of foot pain. These professions may include nurses, teachers, waiters, and mail carriers, to name a few. Lower-limb muscle fatigue and achy feet are common symptoms of working on your feet for extended periods of time throughout the day. To find relief from the discomfort or pain, it may be beneficial to wear custom orthotics or insoles to help provide you with sufficient support and cushion. If your work requires you to be on your feet for several hours of the day, it’s suggested you consult with a podiatrist who can provide you with care and treatment for any associated foot pain you may be experiencing.

While working on the feet, it is important to take the proper care of them. For more information about working on your feet, contact Dr. Richard T. Bauer from Summit Foot & Ankle. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Working on Your Feet

Standing on your feet for long periods of time can cause stress and pain in your feet. Your whole body may experience change in terms of posture, back pain, bunions, callouses and or plantar warts. There are ways to avoid these conditions with proper foot care, smart choices and correct posture.

Positive Changes

Negative heeled shoe – Choosing this shoe type places the heel slightly lower than the ball of the foot. These are great for overall foot health. Find shoes that fit you correctly.

Go barefoot – Our feet were not designed to be enclosed for all hours of the day. Try to periodically expose your feet to air.

Eliminate Pain

Foot Exercises – Performing simple exercises, incorporating yoga and doing stretches are beneficial. This will allow increased blood flow to the area and muscles of the foot.

Achilles tendon – Stretching the foot out flat on the floor will relax the calf muscles and tendon. These exercises can be performed almost anywhere. Make sure you add these exercises to your daily regimen. 

With a little bit of this information and knowing more about foot health, you will notice changes. Foot stretches and proper footwear will help with pain and prevent further issues.

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

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