Foot Health Awareness Month
Posted by Jenn F. on Monday, April 27th, 2015
Did you know April was Foot Health Awareness month? The American Podiatric Medical Association takes this opportunity each year to run special public education campaigns about a podiatrist’s expertise in diagnosing and treating lower extremity injuries. Many people visit their general practitioner, local emergency room or urgent care clinic after sustaining an injury, but nothing beats the knowledge, resources, and advanced level of care you get when you visit a specialist.
What Are The Top Reasons To See A Podiatrist?
For example, at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine in NYC, board-certified podiatrists see patients for a variety of reasons, including:
- Acute injury treatment: Immediate injuries to the foot and ankle should be diagnosed by a medical professional to ensure proper treatment and a quick recovery. Specialists are equipped with advanced diagnostic equipment like x-rays, MRIs, and ultrasound machines to determine the extent of your injury. Though most injuries can be treated at home with rest, ice, compression, elevation, and over-the-counter medication, you may need a special cast or walking boot to better immobilize the injured body part during the healing process. Failing to take proper measures can lead to mobility issues, arthritis pain and re-injury down the road.
- Chronic injury treatment: Long-lasting pain may stem from sports-related injuries like tendonitis, plantar fasciitis, neuromas, and stress fractures. Platelet Rich Plasma injections, Biopuncture, MLS Pain Laser, Cortisone Shots, Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy, Ultrasound, and Focused Aspiration of Scar Tissue are some of the modern treatments we offer here at our NYC podiatrist office.
- Shoe inserts and shoe choice: “Everyday aches and pains” are NOT normal! If your feet are hurting, a specialist can often correct the problem through custom orthotic shoe inserts and by counseling you on the best shoe choice for your feet. We’ll let you know how to get adequate support for high arches or flat feet, how often to replace your shoes, and counsel you on eliminating run-of-the-mill foot pain that may be interfering with your busy lifestyle.
- Biomechanical evaluation injury prevention: Are you a runner who is looking to perform more efficiently? A 3-D computer system and pressure sensors can run a statistical analysis of your running form, including stride length, pressure, level of pronation or supination, and hip/spine alignment. A specialist can tell you what kinds of injury you may be susceptible to and coach you on how to improve your form so you can avoid hurting yourself.
- Cosmetic issues: Bunions, warts, corns, calluses and toenail fungus are annoying aberrations pertaining to the foot. A podiatrist can diagnose and treat these unsightly problems using the latest technology. Whether you need debridement or cryosurgery, a quick in-office procedure or arthroscopic surgery, we seek the least invasive treatments to restore the appearance of your feet.
Important Foot Health Concerns
“The best advice we can give for Foot Health Awareness Month is to inspect your feet at the end of each day and to call us with any questions you have,” says Dr. Josef J. Geldwert, DPM, founder of The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine in Manhattan and White Plains. “Far too often, people let things go, which puts their overall health in danger and makes treatment more complex.”
He says to keep an eye out for the following common issues:
- Diabetic foot wounds: The limited circulation, neuropathy and slow healing of the diabetic foot lead to big trouble. An estimated 15 percent of diabetics will develop an ulcer. If left untreated, these ulcers can lead to amputation and even death. The Centers for Disease Control found that comprehensive foot care programs offered by podiatrists can reduce diabetes amputations by up to 85 percent.
- Joint stiffness: Limited mobility and stiffness could indicate arthritis.
- Numbness or tingling: The sudden or frequent experience of “pins and needles” in your lower extremities or complete numbness can be an indication of diabetes/neuropathy or a nerve tumor called a neuroma.
- Swelling: Swelling in the feet can be due to temporary conditions like edema or gout, or it could be a sign of a larger problem like high blood pressure, kidney disease, or heart disease.
- Foot rolling: If your foot rolls too much toward the inside or outside as you walk, you may be at increased risk for knee pain, ankle sprains and stress fractures. A pair of 3-D printed custom orthotics can greatly help you achieve better balance and stability.
- Leg cramps or foot fractures: Osteoporosis often sneaks up on patients unannounced. One of the first signs of osteoporosis is usually a stress fracture or severe leg cramps at night (from too little Vitamin D).
NYC Foot and Ankle Treatment
Visit our friendly podiatrists and sports medicine doctors for the latest care affecting the feet and ankles. We make a great complement to your regular team of medical professionals. Whether you have a question about shoe type, basic foot care, sports injury prevention or a particular problem you’re facing, we are standing by with solutions and an advanced suite of pain relief options. Call us today.
If you have any foot problems or pain, contact The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine. Dr. Josef J. Geldwert, Dr. Katherine Lai, Dr. Ryan Minara and Dr. Mariola Rivera have helped thousands of people get back on their feet. Unfortunately, we cannot give diagnoses or treatment advice online. Please make an appointment to see us if you live in the NY metropolitan area or seek out a podiatrist in your area.