Dance Fever: Why Are Zumba Sports Injuries on the Rise?

Posted by on Tuesday, December 31st, 2013

Zumba, a cardio-dance fitness program, is one of the most popular fitness classes today, with more than 12 million weekly participants. While it’s upbeat, fun, and effective, there have been an increasing number of Zumba injuries over the years that calls unwanted attention to this fitness fad. It’s important that new participants understand the risks associated with Zumba dance to protect themselves from serious injury.

zumba dance
Some 12 million people participate in Zumba classes each week.
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Fashion Woes: A Startling Look at What High Heels Really Do to Your Feet

Posted by on Monday, December 30th, 2013

It’s unlikely high heels will vanish from our society, despite what podiatrists may say. Many of our staff members can’t resist a good heel when there is a fancy occasion. As the saying goes, “Everything in moderation.” The problem comes when women only wear high heels, day in and day out, and they pay little attention to more than how the shoe looks. We have an illuminating infographic (courtesy of the Huffington Post) to share with you that shows the effects of high heel shoes over time.

killer heels
These “killer heels” by artist Scott Hove from Oakland, CA illustrate just how scary shoes can be for the female anatomy.
Image Source: AGLeathers.com

What Increases the Risk of Developing Plantar Fasciitis and How Can It Be Avoided?

Posted by on Friday, December 27th, 2013

“I woke up yesterday with excruciating pain in my left arch by the heel,” writes one 71-year-old man in the NY Daily News. “My wife took me to the Emergency Room since I was limping. After x-rays, the ER doc said my problem was that I have a heel spur.” The pain from heel spurs and plantar fasciitis can be so bad that it feels like something is terribly wrong. In reality, the pain is just caused by inflammation and microscopic tears to the plantar fascia tendon that runs along the bottom of your foot.

During a five-year period from 1995 to 2000, approximately 1 million patients went to the hospital and outpatient clinics with plantar fasciitis, which is the most frequent cause of heel pain in adults. Approximately 15% of all podiatrist visits and 9% of all running injuries are related to plantar fasciitis pain. It’s important to review the risk factors so you can have a better awareness of your general health and do your best to prevent this common foot problem.

plantar fasciitis risks
Plantar fasciitis is the most common cause of heel pain. Do you know the risk factors?
Image Source: Blog.Footsmart.com

New Approaches to Healing Diabetic Foot Ulcers Show Promise in Clinical Trials

Posted by on Thursday, December 26th, 2013

Photos published in the New England Journal of Medicine highlight just how gruesome — and fast-spreading — diabetic foot ulcers can be. The patient, a 50-year-old obese man from Switzerland, apparently had no idea he was suffering from diabetes — even though his blood glucose level was 10.5% (far above the 6.5% norm) and even though he had neuropathy in his feet.

He didn’t have a fever or high white blood cell count, which normally accompany infection, but his foot had taken a bad turn. What started off as a mild brush burn from a new shoe had begun to blister by day three and turned into full-blown necrosis requiring surgery by day 10.

The man’s case was not a unique example of the danger in undiagnosed diabetes. Unfortunately, diabetic foot ulcers affect up to 15% of the diabetic population. Due to the danger of diabetic foot ulcers, many researchers are currently working on new ways to catch patients early and improve standard wound care.

diabetic wound care
Many exciting changes are taking places within the realm of diabetic wound care.
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All I Want For Christmas Is a Gout-Free Holiday

Posted by on Wednesday, December 25th, 2013

I’ll never forget the Christmas my mom got gout. I was planning to visit her house for Christmas dinner, but she called me Christmas Eve in tears. “You’ve got to help me! My foot ballooned in size, it’s hot, it’s tender to the touch, and it is KILLING ME!” she said. She had no idea what ailed her, but I had a pretty good idea it was gout.

gout attack
The holidays are the worst time to have a gout attack, but also the most common time.
Image Source: GoutEducation.org

Foot Fracture Fears: Help – I’m Too Young to Have Osteoporosis!

Posted by on Tuesday, December 24th, 2013

Dr. Pamela Tronetti penned a great column at FloridaToday.com about receiving an osteoporosis diagnosis. “The test must have been done on someone else…. Osteoporosis happens to old ladies. Not to me. I’m only 55,” she thought.

Many patients believe that they are far “too young” to have compromised bone density and fail to think of bone as a living structure that is under a constant state of renewal. At some point, the regeneration slows, causing the bone to weaken, for reasons that are many. Risk factors include: delicate bone structure, smoking, drinking, rheumatoid arthritis, steroid use, lack of exercise, calcium deficiency, vitamin D deficiency, and the use of acid reflux medication.

Try not to panic if you’ve received a shocking diagnosis like Dr. Tronetti. We have solutions for avoiding stress fractures of the feet and keeping your symptoms at bay.

Tips for Surviving More Time on Your Feet During the Holidays… Without the Foot Pain

Posted by on Monday, December 23rd, 2013

The holidays bring warmth into our hearts as we prepare to spend more time with our loved ones, creating cherished winter memories for years to come. Unfortunately, all this hustle and bustle can really take a toll on our backs, knees, and feet. The podiatrists at The New York Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine have a few tips for you to survive the season with fewer aches and pains. Starting from the ground up will help to alleviate much of the stress on your body.

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Are you cooking Christmas dinner this year? Don’t let it leave you feeling crippled!
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Looking for Comfort and Style? Choose the Right Winter Boots for Wider Calves and Feet

Posted by on Friday, December 20th, 2013

This time of year, we’re all bundled up in boots. Sometimes these boots are practical — designed to prevent our feet from getting wet or loaded with extra traction to stop a spill on the ice. Other times, the boots are for fashion’s sake.That’s where our patients tend to run into trouble. They may buy leather boots that are too restrictive and cut off circulation around the calves or boots that are extremely difficult to get on and off. For women with a little extra thickness in the legs, buying winter boots can be a nightmare. The AARP recently published a great article about slimming boot choices that proved you don’t have to sacrifice style when you’re seeking fit and comfort.

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Women with wider calves can have a harder time finding Winter boots that are both comfortable and stylish.
Image source: Plusshe.com

Cryosurgery for Morton’s Foot Neuromas: An Option, but Not a Miracle!

Posted by on Thursday, December 19th, 2013

Cryosurgery sounds like a magic cure for foot neuromas, a type of chronic nerve pain. However, tales of unsatisfactory outcomes can be dug up from online message boards — if you look hard enough. “I think I am worse off than before I had the cryosurgery,” writes one cryosurgery patient known as “Barefoot TJ.”

He adds, “What should have taken a couple of weeks to ‘get back out there’ has taken months.” He says he didn’t start running until 3.5 months later — and even then, he was walking on his heels to avoid putting pressure on the balls of his feet. “Now I have a bad case of plantar fasciitis in both feet because of it,” he says.

Stories like this are not uncommon. Cryosurgery for foot neuromas CAN be a good option for some patients, but not for all. In this article, we’ll discuss the topic openly and honestly to help you decide what might be best for your case.

Morton's Neuroma
Morton’s Neuroma is an injury to the nerve in between the toes, which causes inflammation, thickening and pain. Image Source: FootAnkle.com

Podiatrist Secrets: 5 Ways Runners Can Beat Blisters Once and For All

Posted by on Wednesday, December 18th, 2013

At one ill-fated high school cross-country meet, I twisted an ankle tripping over a root, rolled down a hill, got stuck in the mud, suffered shin splints and got a thorn in my side. Yet, what troubled me most was the God-awful blister that had sprung up on both of my right baby toes. The stabbing, throbbing pain was nearly intolerable! If you know this feeling all too well, then consider these five podiatrist tips for beating blisters for good.

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Blisters are a common complaint of runners.
Image Source: WalkingEquipment.net