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Those who suffer from diabetes typically also suffer from neuropathy. Neuropathy is a condition in which nerves are damaged and numbness often ensues. Typically this loss in sensation occurs in the lower parts of the body, such as the legs and feet. This is troublesome; if a diabetic with neuropathy sustains a minor foot injury, they may not even feel it. Without proper care, these injuries can become potentially serious. Be sure to check your feet daily for blisters, redness, swelling, cuts, or anything else that is abnormal. Wash your feet with warm water, and dry them often to prevent infections or fungus. Using talcum powder and wearing breathable socks that wick away moisture can help keep your feet dry. Make sure your shoes fit and provide good support and cushioning. Avoid soaking your feet, wearing tight or non-breathable socks, and wearing poorly fitted shoes. Seeing a podiatrist once a year for a foot exam can help ensure that your feet are healthy.

Diabetic foot care is important in preventing foot ailments such as ulcers. If you are suffering from diabetes or have any other concerns about your feet, contact Dr. David Luongo from Westside Podiatric Associates, LLC. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Diabetic Foot Care

Diabetes affects millions of people every year. The condition can damage blood vessels in many parts of the body, especially the feet. Because of this, taking care of your feet is essential if you have diabetes, and having a podiatrist help monitor your foot health is highly recommended.

The Importance of Caring for Your Feet

  • Routinely inspect your feet for bruises or sores.
  • Wear socks that fit your feet comfortably.
  • Wear comfortable shoes that provide adequate support.

Patients with diabetes should have their doctor monitor their blood levels, as blood sugar levels play such a huge role in diabetic care. Monitoring these levels on a regular basis is highly advised.

It is always best to inform your healthcare professional of any concerns you may have regarding your feet, especially for diabetic patients. Early treatment and routine foot examinations are keys to maintaining proper health, especially because severe complications can arise if proper treatment is not applied.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Midtown, Manhattan and Paramus, NJ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 22 August 2017 00:00

Devin Mesoraco Suffers Foot Fracture

Devin Mesoraco of the Cincinnati Reds will unfortunately have to return back to the disabled list after suffering a foot fracture. The catcher was hit by a pitch in the second inning, and was barely able to make it to first base. Mesoraco was later pulled from the game after trying to run to second base on a ground ball. Later on, it was revealed that he had a fracture in the fifth metatarsal of his left foot. In regards to his injury, the catcher stated, "If you’ve got a broken foot, you can’t play, it doesn’t even feel remotely close to being able to play at the moment.”

Sports related foot and ankle injuries require proper treatment before players can go back to their regular routines. For more information, contact Dr. David Luongo of Westside Podiatric Associates, LLC. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Sports Related Foot and Ankle Injuries

Foot and ankle injuries are a common occurrence when it comes to athletes of any sport. While many athletes dismiss the initial aches and pains, the truth is that ignoring potential foot and ankle injuries can lead to serious problems. As athletes continue to place pressure and strain the area further, a mild injury can turn into something as serious as a rupture and may lead to a permanent disability. There are many factors that contribute to sports related foot and ankle injuries, which include failure to warm up properly, not providing support or wearing bad footwear. Common injuries and conditions athletes face, including:

  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Plantar Fasciosis
  • Achilles Tendinitis
  • Achilles Tendon Rupture
  • Ankle Sprains

Sports related injuries are commonly treated using the RICE method. This includes rest, applying ice to the injured area, compression and elevating the ankle. More serious sprains and injuries may require surgery, which could include arthroscopic and reconstructive surgery. Rehabilitation and therapy may also be required in order to get any recovering athlete to become fully functional again. Any unusual aches and pains an athlete sustains must be evaluated by a licensed, reputable medical professional.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Midtown, Manhattan and Paramus, NJ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Monday, 14 August 2017 00:00

Caring for Cracked Heels

While cracked heels affect people of all ages, they tend to be more prevalent in women compared to men. Nevertheless, cracked heels are much more likely to develop in those who stand for long periods of time, or wear backless shoes that don’t cover the heel. If you are suffering from dry, cracked heels; you should try to soak and exfoliate them routinely. This should be done using a pumice stone or loofah as these are both very effective in removing dry skin. Another tip is to moisturize your feet and cover them overnight using socks.

Cracked heels are unsightly and can cause further damage to your shoes and feet. If you have any concerns, contact Dr. David Luongo from Westside Podiatric Associates, LLC. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Cracked Heels

Cracked heels appear unappealing and can make it harder for you walk around in sandals. Aside from looking unpleasant, cracked heels can also tear stockings, socks, and wear out your shoes. There are several methods to help restore a cracked heel and prevent further damage.

How do you get them?

Dry skin is the number one culprit in creating cracked heels. Many athletes, walkers, joggers, and even swimmers suffer from cracked heels. Age and skin oil production play a role to getting cracked heels as well.

Promote Healing

Over the counter medicines can help, especially for those that need instant relief or who suffer from chronic dry feet.

Wear Socks – Wearing socks with medicated creams helps lock in moisture.

Moisturizers – Applying both day and night will help alleviate dryness which causes cracking.

Pumice Stones – These exfoliate and remove dead skin, which allows for smoother moisturizer application and better absorption into the skin. 

Change in Diet

Eating healthy with a well-balanced diet will give the skin a fresh and radiant look. Your body responds to the kinds of food you ingest. Omega-3 fatty acids and zinc supplements can also revitalize skin tissue.

Most importantly, seek professional help if unsure how to proceed in treating cracked heels. A podiatrist will help you with any questions or information needed. 

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Midtown, Manhattan and Paramus, NJ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Researchers at Kansas University of Technology were able to develop a device that can measure pressure on human feet. The feet are responsible for carrying most of the body’s weight when a person walks, and as a result, they tend to endure the most mechanical pressure. Studying the pressure changes in one's feet can lead to the diagnosis of more serious problems such as diabetes, flat feet, and toe deformities. Flat foot is a treatable condition, and although the most common ways to treat it are by using special shoes and monitoring gait; analyzing the pressure in the feet can be beneficial as well.

Flatfoot is a condition many people suffer from. If you have flat feet, contact Dr. David Luongo from Westside Podiatric Associates, LLC. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What are Flat Feet?

Flatfoot is a condition in which the arch of the foot is depressed and the sole of the foot is almost completely in contact with the ground. About 20-30% of the population generally has flat feet because their arches never formed during growth.

Conditions & Problems:

Having flat feet makes it difficult to run or walk because of the stress placed on the ankles.

Alignment – The general alignment of your legs can be disrupted, because the ankles move inward which can cause major discomfort.

Knees – If you have complications with your knees, flat feet can be a contributor to arthritis in that area.  

Symptoms:

  • Pain around the heel or arch area
  • Trouble standing on the tip toe
  • Swelling around the inside of the ankle
  • Flat look to one or both feet
  • Having your shoes feel uneven when worn

Treatment:

If you are experiencing pain and stress on the foot you may weaken the posterior tibial tendon, which runs around the inside of the ankle. 

If you have any questions please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Midtown, Manhattan and Paramus, NJ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 01 August 2017 00:00

How Your Diet May Lead to Gout

Studies have shown that gout can be triggered by having a diet that is high in purines, so it is important that you avoid foods that contain them in order to keep from developing the condition. Some of these high-purine foods include sardines, anchovies, and scallops. Foods that are high in vitamin-C have been found to lower uric acid levels in the bloodstream, so be sure to include them in your diet if you want to lower your risk of developing gout. You should also try to avoid medications such as aspirin, which can increase your uric acid levels.

Gout is a foot condition that requires certain treatment and care. If you are seeking treatment, contact Dr. David Luongo from Westside Podiatric Associates, LLC. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What is Gout?

Gout is a type of arthritis caused by a buildup of uric acid in the bloodstream. It often develops in the foot, especially the big toe area, although it can manifest in other parts of the body as well. Gout can make walking and standing very painful and is especially common in diabetics and the obese.

People typically get gout because of a poor diet. Genetic predisposition is also a factor. The children of parents who have had gout frequently have a chance of developing it themselves.

Gout can easily be identified by redness and inflammation of the big toe and the surrounding areas of the foot. Other symptoms include extreme fatigue, joint pain, and running high fevers. Sometimes corticosteroid drugs can be prescribed to treat gout, but the best way to combat this disease is to get more exercise and eat a better diet.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Midtown, Manhattan and Paramus, NJ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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