10 Tips to Treat Your Feet Right on Halloween Night

Posted by on Friday, October 31st, 2014

Halloween night has enough frights as it is, with ghouls and goblins patrolling the street in search of candy. Let’s not add horrors like plantar fasciitis, sprained ankles, and ball of foot pain to the list. “Every year, we see a rash of patients the day or the week after Halloween,” say the podiatrists at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine in New York City. “Honestly, a lot of the time, it’s the parents who were not prepared for the long night.” High heels and old shoes are common culprits for post-Halloween haunts lingering in the feet. Other times, kids get caught up in the hysteria of rushing for candy and do not look where they’re running or simply do not hit the town in the right kind of footwear. Get 10 tips on how to treat your feet and have a safer Halloween this year…

Get treats, no tricks, for your feet this Halloween with these 10 tips from NY podiatrists. (Image Source: Flickr CC User, Andrew Huff)

NHL News: Philadelphia Flyers’ Foot Injuries Cause Skate Guard Showdown

Posted by on Thursday, October 30th, 2014

Every kid who has played ice hockey knows the stinging sensation of a puck ricocheting off the foot or ankle. With any luck, a player can just walk it off with an uneasy expression and some throbbing. Other times, the cart comes out, a stint is slapped on, and it’s a one-way ticket to the injured reserve.  The bigger and stronger players are, the greater the risk. One shot from Zdeno Chara and you’ve got a 108 mile-per-hour slapshot coming your way! In light of a few recent foot injuries, the Philadelphia Flyers’ General Manager Ron Hextall thinks it’s about time all players protect themselves with skate guards. Yet, not all players are on board, as they worry this decision could alter game dynamics in a negative way.

Skate Fender and Shotblockers are helping NHL players and high school skaters steer clear of foot and ankle injuries like those sustained by the Philadelphia Flyers this season. Image Source: Wikimedia Commons User, Eric Kilby

What Cold Feet Could Say About Your Health

Posted by on Tuesday, October 28th, 2014

People often joke about “getting cold feet” before a wedding. But for some people, cold feet are no joke at all. As we alluded to in yesterday’s post, cold hands and feet can be a sign of a more serious medical issue. Problems with the circulatory system, blood vessel function, and the immune system often manifest in the feet. So if you have been thinking about seeing a podiatrist to inquire as to why your feet are always cold–even in socks, even in the summertime–it is wise to get checked out and know for sure!

For some people, cold feet can be a sign of serious health problems. Flickr CC User, chaoticandserene

Winter Is Coming: Beware Raynaud’s Sufferers!

Posted by on Monday, October 27th, 2014

Winter is coming–and you know what that means: cold hands and feet! It’s common for people to have chilly extremities in the winter months, especially for women. Some people may tease that you’re a “wimp” or that you “just need to put more meat on your bones.” Yet, did you know there may be a medical reason behind the phenomena? Raynaud’s (pronounced “Ray-nodes”) is a relatively rare disorder, but it affects 5 percent of Americans.

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Winter can be a difficult time for Raynaud’s sufferers, particularly those who live in colder climates. Image Source: Flickr.com (@ilsaslightroom)

5 Things You Didn’t Know about Posterior Tibial Tendon Dysfunction

Posted by on Friday, October 24th, 2014

Patients who complain of pain in the Posterior Tibial Tendon region of the foot and ankle cause us immediate concern. Micro-tears in this important tendon cause inflammation, pain, and weakness. There is a wide range of severity with this condition. In the worst case scenario, the tendon will actually rupture–causing severe pain and a lengthy recovery. We have seen patients with inflamed tendons the size of hot dogs that require immediate casting. We have also seen patients with just a dull ache after walking around in old shoes. If you have foot pain in New York City, it’s best to see the experts at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine, but here are five things you may not know about Posterior Tibial Tendon Dysfunction.

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The posterior tibial tendon lies near the tibialis posterior muscle, running along the inner arch, up along the ball joint of the ankle. (Image Source: Wikimedia.org)

Metatarsalgia: What It Is & What to Do

Posted by on Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

The metatarsals are the five long bones running down the foot, connecting the ankle and toe bones. The five metatarsals help the body move along uneven ground and reduce the total carrying load. Injuries to these bones may be acute or slow-developing in nature–occurring due to direct impact, twisting movements, overuse, or faulty foot mechanics. Podiatrists at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine in New York City help athletes, soldiers, dancers, and retail workers with foot problems associated with these bones.

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The long bones connecting ankle to toe are the metatarsals. Pain on the top may be due to a fracture, whereas pain below is likely inflammation-related. Image Source: Starkmandown.files.Wordpress.com

NBA News: Kevin Durant Suffers Foot Fracture

Posted by on Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

A Jones fracture can be deceiving. By definition, a Jones fracture is a crack in the fifth metatarsal bone at the base of the little toe. This may sound like a relatively insignificant foot fracture, but it can be intensely swollen and painful when it happens–and it still requires at least eight weeks of rest and recovery, since there is little blood flow to the region. That’s terrible news for Oklahoma City Thunder fans who will be missing superstar Kevin Durant for the start of the NBA season.

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OKC Thunder MVP Kevin Durant will undergo Jones fracture surgery. Image Source: Wikimedia.org

Children’s Foot Health: Issues with Ingrown Toenails Are All Too Common

Posted by on Tuesday, October 21st, 2014

New York City podiatrists treat a lot of ingrown toenails, especially among young children and athletes. Often, kids hide foot problems from their parents. They may not even realize what’s happening until the toe becomes very painful, red, and swollen. Ingrown toenails are not just unsightly or painful, but can become infected, which requires more invasive treatment.

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Teach your child proper nail trimming technique to prevent ingrown toenails.

Preventing Frostbite and Other Cold Weather Foot Injuries

Posted by on Monday, October 20th, 2014

Frigid temperatures are coming. Overexposure to the cold can cause lasting foot problems with injury to the skin and soft tissue. Early signs and symptoms of a cold weather foot condition may include burning, tingling, or changes in skin color, but often times, the foot simply goes numb–making it even harder to tell how much damage has been done. Cold weather injuries are even possible when temperatures are above freezing, especially when there are high winds or your socks are wet. Learn about the different types of cold weather foot injuries and how to prevent them here.

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The feet and hands are particularly susceptible to frostbite because the body is busy working hard to keep the internal organs warm.

Why Do Feet Hurt So Much in Fall and Winter?

Posted by on Friday, October 17th, 2014

Autumn is a painful time of year for many of our patients at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine in New York City. When your feet are aching day and night, it can be difficult to think of anything else, so we really sympathize. Whether a person has diabetes, arthritis, bunions or another type of foot issue, there is never a good time to be dealing with pain. However, it’s especially difficult in the run-up to holiday season. With Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s quickly approaching, it’s best to treat what’s ailing you now. In today’s post, we’ll explain why it seems foot problems are so prevalent this time of year, what the most common foot issues are, and how we treat them.

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Fall and winter can be a brutal time for your feet, say NY podiatrists. Image Source: Flickr user Nicholas A. Tonelli