Tuesday, 18 June 2024 00:00

Orthotics can significantly alleviate first-step pain often experienced with new shoes by providing customized support and cushioning for the feet. These devices are designed to fit the contours of the foot precisely, reducing stress on the plantar fascia, which is often the source of discomfort. When new shoes lack adequate arch support or cushioning, the plantar fascia can become strained, leading to pain. Orthotics help distribute pressure more evenly across the foot, minimizing the impact on sensitive areas. They also enhance the alignment and function of the foot, promoting a more natural gait and reducing the likelihood of further strain. The materials used in orthotics, such as gel or foam, provide additional shock absorption, making each step less painful. If you are experiencing persistent or severe first-step pain, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist to discuss whether orthotics can help you and to address any underlying foot conditions. 

If you are having discomfort in your feet and would like to try orthotics, contact Afsaneh Latifi, DPM from Lenox Hill Podiatry. Our doctor 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 New York, NY . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 11 June 2024 00:00

Choosing the right pair of high heels involves more than just style, it is about finding a fit that complements your unique foot shape. For flat feet, look for heels with built-in arch support or cushioning to provide stability and prevent discomfort. High arches benefit from heels with a lower height and extra cushioning to alleviate pressure on the instep. If you have narrow feet, opt for pointy-toed heels that offer a snug fit and elongate the appearance of the foot. Conversely, individuals with wider feet may find comfort in rounded or peep-toe styles that provide ample room in the toe box. Additionally, those with bunions or other foot irregularities may prefer heels with soft, stretchy materials or adjustable straps to accommodate any protrusions or sensitivities. Wearing heels can negatively affect the feet, and it is beneficial to choose the right shape and style for your feet. If you have developed foot conditions from wearing heels, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist who can offer appropriate treatment, and guide you on choosing the right pair for you.

High heels have a history of causing foot and ankle problems. If you have any concerns about your feet or ankles, contact Afsaneh Latifi, DPM from Lenox Hill Podiatry. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Effects of High Heels on the Feet

High heels are popular shoes among women because of their many styles and societal appeal.  Despite this, high heels can still cause many health problems if worn too frequently.

Which Parts of My Body Will Be Affected by High Heels?

  • Ankle Joints
  • Achilles Tendon – May shorten and stiffen with prolonged wear
  • Balls of the Feet
  • Knees – Heels cause the knees to bend constantly, creating stress on them
  • Back – They decrease the spine’s ability to absorb shock, which may lead to back pain.  The vertebrae of the lower back may compress.

What Kinds of Foot Problems Can Develop from Wearing High Heels?

  • Corns
  • Calluses
  • Hammertoe
  • Bunions
  • Morton’s Neuroma
  • Plantar Fasciitis

How Can I Still Wear High Heels and Maintain Foot Health?

If you want to wear high heeled shoes, make sure that you are not wearing them every day, as this will help prevent long term physical problems.  Try wearing thicker heels as opposed to stilettos to distribute weight more evenly across the feet.  Always make sure you are wearing the proper shoes for the right occasion, such as sneakers for exercising.  If you walk to work, try carrying your heels with you and changing into them once you arrive at work.  Adding inserts to your heels can help cushion your feet and absorb shock. Full foot inserts or metatarsal pads are available. 

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

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Sunday, 09 June 2024 00:00

If left untreated, an ingrown toenail can lead to more serious concerns, such as an infection. Knowing proper nail care can help in the prevention of an ingrown toenail. Give us a call, and get treated!

Tuesday, 04 June 2024 00:00

Maintaining foot health at work is essential for overall well-being and safety. Whether enduring long hours on your feet or navigating potential hazards, prioritizing proper foot care can prevent injuries and discomfort. Work-related foot injuries primarily stem from punctures, crushing, sprains, and falls, underscoring the importance of foot safety measures. Neglecting foot care not only heightens injury risks but also contributes to common issues like calluses, ingrown toenails, and fatigue, all of which impairs work performance. Identifying workplace hazards such as prolonged standing, unsuitable flooring and wearing ill-fitted footwear is important for injury prevention. Addressing these concerns through job and workplace design adjustments, including rotation, ergonomic flooring, and protective footwear is essential. Additionally, cultivating good foot care habits like daily washing, toenail trimming, and wearing appropriate socks and footwear is key. Incorporating exercises to alleviate strain during prolonged standing can help. Investing in foot care not only safeguards against injuries but also enhances productivity. If you spend long hours of your work day on your feet, it is suggested that you visit a podiatrist for related foot pain, injuries, or conditions. 

While working on the feet, it is important to take the proper care of them. For more information about working on your feet, contact Afsaneh Latifi, DPM from Lenox Hill Podiatry. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Working on Your Feet

Standing on your feet for long periods of time can cause stress and pain in your feet. Your whole body may experience change in terms of posture, back pain, bunions, callouses and or plantar warts. There are ways to avoid these conditions with proper foot care, smart choices and correct posture.

Positive Changes

Negative heeled shoe – Choosing this shoe type places the heel slightly lower than the ball of the foot. These are great for overall foot health. Find shoes that fit you correctly.

Go barefoot – Our feet were not designed to be enclosed for all hours of the day. Try to periodically expose your feet to air.

Eliminate Pain

Foot Exercises – Performing simple exercises, incorporating yoga and doing stretches are beneficial. This will allow increased blood flow to the area and muscles of the foot.

Achilles tendon – Stretching the foot out flat on the floor will relax the calf muscles and tendon. These exercises can be performed almost anywhere. Make sure you add these exercises to your daily regimen. 

With a little bit of this information and knowing more about foot health, you will notice changes. Foot stretches and proper footwear will help with pain and prevent further issues.

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

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