A Burning Sensation: Should You See a Doctor for Burns on the Feet?

Posted by on Monday, October 12th, 2015

Over the summer, a four-year-old boy stepped on the glowing remains of someone’s beach barbecue that was buried in the sand at Camber Sands beach in Sussex, England.1http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3212868/Boy-four-suffers-horror-burns-stepping-disposable-barbecue-buried-beach.html Codie McDowell suffered second degree burns from the incident, so it’s a good thing his mother drove him 20 miles to the nearest hospital for evaluation. He may now need skin grafts to take care of the blisters. The youngster was supposed to start school this year, but he can’t walk or put a shoe on. Of course, not all burns on the feet are as serious. So when should you see a NYC podiatrist about foot burns?

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You’re better safe than sorry when it comes to burns on the feet, as all burns carry the risk of infection. Image Source: Wikimedia.org

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1. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3212868/Boy-four-suffers-horror-burns-stepping-disposable-barbecue-buried-beach.html

Aches in Your Feet? We’ve Got Natural Remedies for Arthritis in the Feet

Posted by on Friday, October 9th, 2015

Arthritis is a difficult chronic condition to overcome. It can be an autoimmune problem (as in the case of rheumatoid arthritis), related to overuse (as in the case of osteoarthritis), or it may be associated with a traumatic injury or a complication of foot surgery. Approximately 55,000 people a year suffer midfoot injuries like fractures or dislocations that fail to heal properly and cause the development of arthritis.1https://steinhardt.nyu.edu/scmsAdmin/uploads/004/320/TFAS%20Rao%20Midfoot%20arthritis.pdf The Arthritis Foundation estimates that nearly half of all people over 60 will suffer some form of arthritis in the feet.2http://www.everydayhealth.com/osteoarthritis-pictures/ways-to-ease-arthritis-foot-pain.aspx In this article, we’ll cover some of the things you can do at home to ease the everyday aches and pains of foot arthritis.

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Arthritis affects the feet of millions of Americans, and treatment depends on the severity and type of arthritis. Image source: Flickr CC user Peter Stevens

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1. https://steinhardt.nyu.edu/scmsAdmin/uploads/004/320/TFAS%20Rao%20Midfoot%20arthritis.pdf
2. http://www.everydayhealth.com/osteoarthritis-pictures/ways-to-ease-arthritis-foot-pain.aspx

Olympics News: Triathlete Alistair Brownlee Undergoes Ankle Surgery

Posted by on Wednesday, October 7th, 2015

In the UK, you don’t have “ankle injuries”; you have “ankle niggles.” Such is the case for Olympic Triathlete Alistair Brownlee. “My left ankle has been giving me bother since 2013, with a range of different niggles,” the gold medalist told the press at the end of August. “Getting it sorted gives me the best chance of being 100% for next season.”1http://www.bbc.com/sport/0/athletics/34055367 All British eyes were on the 27-year-old, who is expected to compete in Rio for 2016. On August 25th, he underwent ankle surgery as a last resort to end ligament and tendon troubles that have dogged him for years.

It’s time for this Olympian to deal with the inevitable and get his ankle fixed up. Image Source: Twitter.com/AliBrownleeTri

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1. http://www.bbc.com/sport/0/athletics/34055367

Home Care for Sweaty Feet and When to Call a NYC Podiatrist

Posted by on Monday, October 5th, 2015

An estimated 3% of the U.S. population is believed to have problems with excessive sweating known as hyperhidrosis.1https://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/007259.htm While that may not seem like a lot, this figure translates to more than 9.5 million people walking around with soggy socks or saturated armpits day in and day out! Less than 40% of the people suffering with excessive sweating seek medical treatment, says the US National Library of Medicine, but seeing a podiatrist can make all the difference in the world to your quality of life!

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A NYC podiatrist can help you treat sweaty feet easily and effectively. Image source: Flickr CC user m01229

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1. https://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/007259.htm

Foot Pampering: 4 Seasonal Autumn Treats for Your Feet

Posted by on Friday, October 2nd, 2015

Our days of walking barefoot on beaches and sitting on outdoor patios in sandals may have come to a close, but that doesn’t mean our feet have to be forgotten! The autumn season brings satisfying scents that soothe the senses and warm the soul. NYC podiatrists at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine can take care of all your most difficult foot care needs, including the relief of pain and deformity, but we also have a number of DIY foot pampering suggestions you can try at home.

Just because it’s fall, you don’t have to ignore your hardworking feet. Image source: Flickr CC user SHELBIElynnn

Does Triathlete Paula Findlay Have a Lisfranc Injury?

Posted by on Wednesday, September 30th, 2015

Even though Paula Findlay was on the program cover, the poster, and the website homepage promoting the ITU World Triathlon in Edmonton, Alberta, she did not compete in this year’s event. The champion gold medalist had to withdraw at the last minute due to a mysterious foot injury she suffered a few weeks ago. Though mum’s the word on the particulars and some local media reported persistent ankle pain, we wonder if she may have damaged her Lisfranc ligament, which is a common type of triathlete injury.

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Did you suffer a mysterious midfoot injury like Paula Findlay? We can help! Image Source: Wikimedia.org

Death By Blister: Do Not Pop Them, Say Podiatrists!

Posted by on Monday, September 28th, 2015

Blisters are no joke, warn NYC podiatrists who point to several recent headlines as evidence. “Many patients see calluses, corns, and blisters as these benign, minor foot wounds,” explains Dr. Josef J. Geldwert from The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine. “Yet, it’s important to remember that any break in the skin opens a portal to infection in the body. Contact with the wrong type of microbe could be deadly.” He adds that “bathroom surgery” with tweezers or needles especially increases the risk of infection and should be avoided at all costs.

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You may be tempted to pop something like this, thinking it’ll heal faster, but don’t do it, warn NYC podiatrists! Image Source: Wikimedia.org

Do You Need Flat Foot Implants? 3 Success Stories of Flat Foot Surgery

Posted by on Friday, September 25th, 2015

Flexible flatfoot is a common deformity in kids, believed to affect over a third of children by age six. One study published in the journal of Pediatrics found that most interventions were unnecessary, as the deformity naturally corrected itself in about half of all patients by age 11.[1. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16882817] Arch formation often does not truly begin until age five, so it makes sense that it takes a while for foot structure to fully develop. Whether due to obesity, rigorous sports activity, choice of footwear, or genetics, some children develop unusually severe foot pain or walking abnormalities affecting other parts of the skeletal system. For these patients, flat foot implants may be necessary. Thankfully, revolutions in medical devices and implant procedures have made this a relatively quick and easy surgery.[2. http://www.mcall.com/business/mc-medical-company-flat-feet-fix-20150824-story.html]

NBA News: Kevin Durant Foot Implant Controversy

Posted by on Wednesday, September 23rd, 2015

Kevin Durant is no stranger to our blog. We wrote about the Jones fracture in his right foot on October 22nd 2014. This February, we talked about his left toe sprain — and, a month later, we told you about his second Jones fracture surgery. Most recently, Oklahoma City’s star guard admitted that he had another “unknown broken bone” in his foot that required surgery in March![1. http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2547417-kevin-durant-reveals-unknown-bone-break-in-foot-but-says-hes-healthy-now] As NYC podiatrists, we have to wonder: will Kevin Durant’s foot ever heal? Durant says he is “healthy now” — thanks, in part, to a controversial foot implant not yet approved by the FDA.

Kevin Durant’s controversial foot implant has not been approved by the FDA. Image source: Wikimedia CC “Kevin Durant Feb 2014” by Keith Allison. Licensed under CC

Choosing Running Shoes: How Do I Pick the Right Running Shoes for My Feet?

Posted by on Monday, September 21st, 2015

Should we wear shoes for pronation, shoes for heel pain, shoes with more padding? Should we buy minimalist shoes that mimic barefoot running? Is it bad if we run in cross-trainers or cross-train in running shoes? With the flood of different products on the market, it can be confusing for consumers to make the right decision. A new look at the existing research conducted by Benno Nigg, an emeritus professor of kinesiology at Canada’s University of Calgary, examines whether or not shoe choice can correct running form and lower the risk of injury.[1. http://bjsm.bmj.com/content/early/2015/07/28/bjsports-2015-095054.short?rss=1]

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Choosing running shoes can be tricky, but it is important for your feet, and a good podiatrist can help you do just that. Image source: Flickr CC user Ramón Durán