Tuesday, 16 July 2024 00:00

Running is often considered a contact sport due to the repeated impact of the feet striking the ground. To avoid injuries while running, it is important to follow some key tips. Begin with a proper warm-up to prepare your muscles and joints for the activity ahead. Running at an easy pace most of the time allows your body to adapt to the stresses of running, reducing the risk of overuse injuries. Gradually increasing your running intensity and distance helps to build endurance and strength safely. Incorporate strength training exercises to enhance muscle stability and support your joints. Pay attention to your running form, maintaining an upright posture and a mid-foot strike to distribute impact forces evenly. Wearing appropriate, well-fitted running shoes is essential to provide the necessary support and cushioning. Lastly, listen to your body, and rest if you feel pain or discomfort. If you are a runner, to get the most out of your sport, it is suggested that you seek personalized advice and injury prevention strategies from a podiatrist.

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 Mital Patel, DPM of South Shore Podiatry. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

How to Prevent Running Injuries

Many common running injuries are caused by overuse and overtraining. When the back of the kneecap starts wearing out and starts causing pain in your knee, this is commonly referred to as runner’s knee. Runner’s knee is a decrease in strength in your quadriceps and can occur if you’re not wearing properly fitted or supporting shoes. To prevent runner’s knee, focusing on hip strengthening is a good idea, as well as strengthening your quads to keep the kneecaps aligned.

What Are Some Causes of Running Injuries?
- One cause of a common running injury is called iliotibial band syndrome.
- Plantar fasciitis is also another common injury.
- Stress fractures can occur from overtraining, lack of calcium, or even your running style.

Best Ways to Prevent Running Injuries
- Wear footwear that fits properly and suits your running needs.
- Running shoes are the only protective gear that runners have to safeguard them from injury.
- Make a training schedule. Adding strengthening exercises as well as regular stretching can help keep you strong and limber and can lessen the possibility of injuries.
- Stretching keeps muscles limber; this will help you gain better flexibility.

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

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Tuesday, 09 July 2024 00:00

Flip-flops, though convenient, can be harsh on your feet, especially for individuals at risk like those with diabetes. The lack of support in flip-flops leads to improper heel strike, causing stress on the heels and increasing the risk of plantar fasciitis. Further, to keep the flip flops on, wearers often grip with their toes, which can cause muscle strain and negatively affect conditions like hammertoes. For people with diabetes, the minimal protection provided by flip-flops increases the risk of cuts, blisters, and infections due to decreased sensation and poor wound healing. Additionally, the flat design offers little or no arch support, leading to pain and discomfort in the feet and ankles. If you have foot pain as a result of wearing flip-flops, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist who can offer you relief tips, in addition to guiding you on more favorable footwear choices.

Flip-flops can cause a lot of problems for your feet. If you have any concerns about your feet or ankles, contact Mital Patel, DPM from South Shore Podiatry. Our doctor will assist you with all of your foot and ankle needs.

Flip-Flops and Feet

Flip-flops have managed to become a summer essential for a lot of people. While the shoes may be stylish and easy to slip on and off, they can be dangerous to those who wear them too often. These shoes might protect you from fungal infections such as athlete’s foot, but they can also give you foot pain and sprained ankles if you trip while wearing them.

When Are They Okay to Wear?

Flip-flops should only be worn for very short periods of time. They can help protect your feet in places that are crawling with fungi, such as gym locker rooms. Athlete’s foot and plantar warts are two common fungi that flip-flops may help protect your feet against.

Why Are They Bad for My Feet?

These shoes do not offer any arch support, so they are not ideal for everyday use. They also do not provide shock absorption or heel cushioning which can be problematic for your feet. Additionally, you may suffer from glass cuts, puncture wounds, and stubbed toes since they offer little protection for your feet.

More Reasons Why They Are Bad for Your Feet

  • They Slow You Down
  • May Cause Blisters and Calluses
  • Expose Your Feet to Bacteria

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

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Tuesday, 02 July 2024 00:00

Recovering from ankle surgery involves a careful balance of rest and rehabilitation to restore function and strength. An essential aspect of recovery is maintaining and improving ankle mobility. Early, gentle movements help reduce stiffness and promote circulation, aiding in the healing process. Ankle exercises play a vital role in regaining strength and flexibility. Simple exercises such as ankle circles, toe stretches, and resistance band exercises can enhance range of motion and prevent muscle atrophy. Following a podiatrist’s guidance ensures that exercises are performed correctly and safely. Consistent practice of these exercises helps in rebuilding the stability and strength of the ankle, enabling a smoother transition back to normal activities. If you have had surgery to relieve chronic ankle pain, it is suggested that a podiatrist is on your healthcare team who can guide you toward a safe and effective recovery.

Foot surgery is sometimes necessary to treat a foot ailment. To learn more, contact Mital Patel, DPM of South Shore Podiatry. Our doctor will assist you with all of 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 alleviate the problem. Some of the cases in which surgery may be necessary include:

  • Removing foot deformities like bunions and bone spurs
  • 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 questions please feel free to contact our office located in Massapequa, NY . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 25 June 2024 00:00

Toenail fungus manifests in several forms, each with distinct characteristics. Subungual onychomycosis is the most common type, occurring beneath the nail plate and leading to thickened, discolored, and brittle nails. White superficial onychomycosis affects the nail's surface, causing white, crumbly spots that can spread and cover the entire nail if untreated. Candida onychomycosis, caused by yeast, often targets nails already damaged or exposed to moisture. This type results in swelling, pain, and a yellow-brown discoloration. Proper diagnosis by a podiatrist is essential to determine the specific type of infection and appropriate treatment. Antifungal medications, whether topical or oral, are typically used to combat these infections, helping restore nail health and prevent further complications. If you have developed a toenail fungus, it is strongly suggested that you confer with a podiatrist who can effectively treat the type you have.

If left untreated, toenail fungus may spread to other toenails, skin, or even fingernails. If you suspect you have toenail fungus it is important to seek treatment right away. For more information about treatment, contact Mital Patel, DPM of South Shore Podiatry. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Symptoms

  • Warped or oddly shaped nails
  • Yellowish nails
  • Loose/separated nail
  • Buildup of bits and pieces of nail fragments under the nail
  • Brittle, broken, thickened nail

Treatment

If self-care strategies and over-the-counter medications does not help your fungus, your podiatrist may give you a prescription drug instead. Even if you find relief from your toenail fungus symptoms, you may experience a repeat infection in the future.

Prevention

In order to prevent getting toenail fungus in the future, you should always make sure to wash your feet with soap and water. After washing, it is important to dry your feet thoroughly especially in between the toes. When trimming your toenails, be sure to trim straight across instead of in a rounded shape. It is crucial not to cover up discolored nails with nail polish because that will prevent your nail from being able to “breathe”.

In some cases, surgical procedure may be needed to remove the toenail fungus. Consult with your podiatrist about the best treatment options for your case of toenail fungus.  

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

 

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