Tuesday, 16 April 2024 00:00

Heel spurs occur in two main forms. One is called heel spur syndrome and the other is termed insertional Achilles tendinitis. Heel spur syndrome involves a bony growth at the bottom of the heel, often resulting from repetitive stress or strain on the foot. Symptoms include sharp pain upon standing or walking, particularly after periods of rest. Conversely, insertional Achilles tendinitis involves inflammation where the Achilles tendon connects to the heel bone. This condition commonly arises from overuse, tight calf muscles, or poor footwear, leading to pain and swelling at the back of the heel. Treatment for both conditions typically starts with conservative measures like rest, stretching, and orthotics. If you have pain that could signify one of these types of heel spurs, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist who can provide corticosteroid injections or custom shoe inserts to alleviate discomfort. In severe cases, surgical options, such as heel spur removal or Achilles tendon repair, may be considered.

Heel spurs can be incredibly painful and sometimes may make you unable to participate in physical activities. To get medical care for your heel spurs, contact one of our podiatrists from Ultimate Foot Care . Our doctors will do everything possible to treat your condition.

Heels Spurs

Heel spurs are formed by calcium deposits on the back of the foot where the heel is. This can also be caused by small fragments of bone breaking off one section of the foot, attaching onto the back of the foot. Heel spurs can also be bone growth on the back of the foot and may grow in the direction of the arch of the foot.

Older individuals usually suffer from heel spurs and pain sometimes intensifies with age. One of the main condition's spurs are related to is plantar fasciitis.

Pain

The pain associated with spurs is often because of weight placed on the feet. When someone is walking, their entire weight is concentrated on the feet. Bone spurs then have the tendency to affect other bones and tissues around the foot. As the pain continues, the feet will become tender and sensitive over time.

Treatments

There are many ways to treat heel spurs. If one is suffering from heel spurs in conjunction with pain, there are several methods for healing. Medication, surgery, and herbal care are some options.

If you have any questions feel free to contact our office located in Smithtown, NY . We offer the latest in diagnostic and treatment technology to meet your needs.

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Tuesday, 09 April 2024 00:00

Foot care is a critical aspect of diabetic management, as individuals with diabetes are prone to foot comp-lications. Maintaining skin integrity is essential, especially in diabetic feet where issues like neuropathy and poor circulation can lead to ulcers, infections, and possibly even amputations. Preventive care and regular screening are paramount in mitigating risks. A multidisciplinary team, including podiatrists, plays a pivotal role in diabetic foot care. Podiatrists specialize in assessing foot health, identifying early signs of complications, and providing tailored interventions. They offer expertise in wound care, orthotic management, and footwear recommendations, all aimed at preventing and managing foot problems. By emphasizing preventive measures, such as daily foot inspections, proper hygiene, and appropriate footwear, podiatrists collaborate with patients to minimize the likelihood of diabetic foot complications. If you are a diabetic patient, it is strongly suggested that you schedule regular appointments with a podiatrist as part of your diabetes management.

Wound care is an important part in dealing with diabetes. If you have diabetes and a foot wound or would like more information about wound care for diabetics, consult with one of our podiatrists from Ultimate Foot Care . Our doctors will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

What Is Wound Care?

Wound care is the practice of taking proper care of a wound. This can range from the smallest to the largest of wounds. While everyone can benefit from proper wound care, it is much more important for diabetics. Diabetics often suffer from poor blood circulation which causes wounds to heal much slower than they would in a non-diabetic. 

What Is the Importance of Wound Care?

While it may not seem apparent with small ulcers on the foot, for diabetics, any size ulcer can become infected. Diabetics often also suffer from neuropathy, or nerve loss. This means they might not even feel when they have an ulcer on their foot. If the wound becomes severely infected, amputation may be necessary. Therefore, it is of the upmost importance to properly care for any and all foot wounds.

How to Care for Wounds

The best way to care for foot wounds is to prevent them. For diabetics, this means daily inspections of the feet for any signs of abnormalities or ulcers. It is also recommended to see a podiatrist several times a year for a foot inspection. If you do have an ulcer, run the wound under water to clear dirt from the wound; then apply antibiotic ointment to the wound and cover with a bandage. Bandages should be changed daily and keeping pressure off the wound is smart. It is advised to see a podiatrist, who can keep an eye on it.

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

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Tuesday, 02 April 2024 00:00

Custom-made foot orthotics are personalized shoe inserts designed to support and align the feet properly. They are crafted based on an individual's foot shape, biomechanics, and specific needs. Orthotics can help alleviate various conditions such as bunions, foot pain, and plantar fasciitis. Orthotics improve mobility by providing stability, cushioning, and redistributing pressure on the feet. Users often perceive wearing orthotics positively, experiencing reduced discomfort and improved functionality. Orthotics offer relief by correcting foot abnormalities, reducing strain on muscles and joints, and promoting proper alignment. Many find that orthotics enhance their ability to engage in physical activities with less pain and fatigue. However, it is essential to wear them consistently and break them in gradually to allow the feet to adjust. If you are interested in learning whether custom-made orthotics can benefit you, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for an evaluation and discussion.

If you are having discomfort in your feet and would like to try orthotics, contact one of our podiatrists from Ultimate Foot Care . Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Are Orthotics?

Orthotics are inserts you can place into your shoes to help with a variety of foot problems such as flat feet or foot pain. Orthotics provide relief and comfort for minor foot and heel pain but can’t correct serious biomechanical problems in your feet.

Over-the-Counter Inserts

Orthotics come in a wide variety of over-the-counter inserts that are used to treat foot pain, heel pain, and minor problems. For example, arch supports can be inserted into your shoes to help correct overarched or flat feet, while gel insoles are often used because they provide comfort and relief from foot and heel pain by alleviating pressure.

Prescription Orthotics

If over-the-counter inserts don’t work for you or if you have a more severe foot concern, it is possible to have your podiatrist prescribe custom orthotics. These high-quality inserts are designed to treat problems such as abnormal motion, plantar fasciitis, and severe forms of heel pain. They can even be used to help patients suffering from diabetes by treating foot ulcers and painful calluses and are usually molded to your feet individually, which allows them to provide full support and comfort.

If you are experiencing minor to severe foot or heel pain, it’s recommended to speak with your podiatrist about the possibilities of using orthotics. A podiatrist can determine which type of orthotic is right for you and allow you to take the first steps towards being pain-free.

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

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Wednesday, 27 March 2024 00:00

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