Items filtered by date: December 2015

Monday, 28 December 2015 02:19

Foot Exercises to Increase Marathon Stamina

stretching4According to Yahoo! Health, there are some simple exercises you can do for your feet that can help increase your 5k marathon time, and just your overall foot health as well. There is the ladder exercise, in which you mimic climbing a ladder. The jump rope is the next movement you can perform without an actual jump rope but which can help increase your agility. Mini hurdles are another suggested workout which can also help with your balance and stamina.

Exercising your feet regularly with the proper foot wear is a great way to prevent injuries. If you have any concerns about your feet contact one of our podiatrists of Active Foot and Ankle Care, L.L.C.. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Exercise for Your Feet

Exercise for your feet can help you to gain strength, mobility and flexibility in your feet. They say that strengthening your feet can be just as rewarding as strengthening another part of the body. Your feet are very important and often we forget about them in our daily tasks. But it is because of our feet that are we able to get going and do what we need to. For those of us fortunate not to have any foot problems, it is an important gesture to take care of them to ensure its good health in the long run.

Some foot health exercises can include ankle pumps, tip-toeing, toe rise, lifting off the floor doing reps and sets, also flexing the toes and involving the shins may help too. It is best to speak with your doctor regarding how to do these fitness steps and how often is right for you. Everyone’s needs and bodies are different and it varies from individual to individual to determine what should be done for you to maintain strength in your feet.

Once you get into a routine of doing regular exercise, you may notice a difference in your feet and how strong they may become.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in New Jersey. We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technologies to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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Monday, 21 December 2015 00:59

Antonio Valencia to have Foot Surgery

ankle surgeryAntonio Valencia of Manchester United had to have foot surgery after the progression of an injury he sustained in a goalless Manchester derby last month. The injury he sustained damaged his left foot’s bone. Valencia went on to continue playing, which may have further damaged his foot. He is currently on bedrest for as long as the next five months as he recovers from his surgery.    

Foot surgery is sometimes necessary to fix a foot ailment. If you have any concerns about your foot and ankle needs contact one of our podiatrists of Active Foot and Ankle Care, L.L.C. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

When Is Surgery Necessary?

Foot and ankle surgery is generally reserved for cases in which less invasive, conservative procedures have failed to help with the problem. Some of the cases in which surgery may be necessary are:

  • Removing foot deformities like bone spurs and bunions
  • Severe arthritis that has caused bone issues
  • Cosmetic reconstruction

What Types of Surgery Are There?

The type of surgery you receive will depend on the nature of the problem you have. Some of the possible surgeries include:

  • Bunionectomy for painful bunions
  • Surgical fusion for realignment of bones
  • Neuropathy decompression surgery to treat nerve damage

Benefits of Surgery

Although surgery is usually a last resort, it can provide more complete pain relief compared to non-surgical methods and may allow you to finally resume full activity.

Surgical techniques have also become increasingly sophisticated. Techniques like endoscopic surgery allow for smaller incisions and faster recovery times.

If you have any concerns feel free contact our offices located in Fair Lawn and Riverdale, NJ. We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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feet3While ingrown toenails can become painful and problematic, there are ways to reduce and prevent the pain. Trim straight across and never on a curve while only cutting the tip; you don’t want to cut them too short. Avoid digging the nail clipper into the corner of the nail beds, filing them down is the best option. Wearing shoes with a wider toe box can keep the pressure off the toes, preventing ingrown toenails from occurring.

Ingrown toenails can become painful if they are not treated properly. If you have any concerns contact one of our podiatrists of Active Foot and Ankle Care, L.L.C. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Ingrown Toenails

Ingrown toenails occur when a toenail grows sideways into the bed of the nail, causing pain, swelling, and possibly infection.

Causes

  • Bacterial infections
  • Improper nail cutting such as cutting it too short or not straight across
  • Trauma to the toe, such as stubbing, which causes the nail to grow back irregularly
  • Ill-fitting shoes that bunch the toes too close together
  • Genetic predisposition

Prevention

Because ingrown toenails are not something found outside of shoe-wearing cultures, going barefoot as often as possible will decrease the likeliness of developing ingrown toenails. Wearing proper fitting shoes and using proper cutting techniques will also help decrease your risk of developing ingrown toenails.

Treatment

Ingrown toenails are a very treatable foot condition. In minor cases, soaking the affected area in salt or antibacterial soaps will not only help with the ingrown nail itself, but also help prevent any infections from occurring. In more severe cases, surgery is an option. In either case, speaking to your podiatrist about this condition will help you get a better understanding of specific treatment options that are right for you.

If you have any concerns feel free contact our offices located in Fair Lawn and Riverdale, NJ. We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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childrens feet14With the winter months coming closer, it is important to maintain your children’s feet by finding the proper shoe concerning support, fit, and warmth. Children grow quickly, so it is important to have their feet measured every two months or so to ensure a proper fit. Wearing shoes that are too small or too big can lead to developmental problems. Since most parents are interested in buying boots for the winter months, make sure that the collar of the boot sits comfortably around the ankle bone and heel since having a collar that is too tight can cause blisters on the feet.

Taking care of your children’s feet is essential in development. If you have any concerns contact one of our podiatrists of Active Foot and Ankle Care, L.L.C. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Keeping Children's Feet Healthy

Having healthy feet in childhood can help prevent medical problems later in life, namely in the back and legs. As children grow, their feet require different types of care from birth to school-age.

Although babies do not walk yet, it is still very important to take care of their feet.

  • Avoid putting tight shoes or socks on his or her feet
  • Allow the baby to stretch and kick his or her feet to feel comfortable

As a toddler, kids are now on the move and begin to develop differently. At this age toddlers are getting a feel for walking, so don’t be alarmed if your toddler is unsteady or ‘walks funny’. Be sure the child wears comfortable and protective shoes so that they can grow into their feet properly.

As your child gets older, it is important to teach them how to take care of their feet

  • Show them proper hygiene to prevent infections such as fungus
  • Be watchful of any pain or injury
  • Have all injuries checked by a doctor as soon as possible
  • Comfortable, protective shoes should always be worn, especially at play

Children of all ages are constantly developing and growing, and as a parent you want to make sure that nothing is hindering their maturation.

If you have any concerns feel free contact our offices located in Fair Lawn and Riverdale, NJ. We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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