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Tuesday, 27 July 2021 00:00

Strong Feet May Help to Prevent Falling

Many seniors can incur serious foot injuries as a result of falling. It is not a natural process of aging and can possibly be prevented by implementing specific stretching techniques. It is beneficial to adhere to a gentle exercise routine. This can help to keep the muscles flexible and strong, in addition to diminishing the fear of falling. When falling occurs, many elderly patients find it difficult to complete daily activities, resulting in a lack of independence. As the body gets accustomed to exercising, it may be helpful to set realistic goals which may improve balance and strength. If you would like additional information about the benefits of performing foot exercises, please confer with a podiatrist who can guide you toward setting the right goals for you.

Preventing falls among the elderly is very important. If you are older and have fallen or fear that you are prone to falling, consult with Afsaneh Latifi, DPM from Lenox Hill Podiatry. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality advice and care.

Every 11 seconds, an elderly American is being treated in an emergency room for a fall related injury. Falls are the leading cause of head and hip injuries for those 65 and older. Due to decreases in strength, balance, senses, and lack of awareness, elderly persons are very susceptible to falling. Thankfully, there are a number of things older persons can do to prevent falls.

How to Prevent Falls

Some effective methods that older persons can do to prevent falls include:

  • Enrolling in strength and balance exercise program to increase balance and strength
  • Periodically having your sight and hearing checked
  • Discuss any medications you have with a doctor to see if it increases the risk of falling
  • Clearing the house of falling hazards and installing devices like grab bars and railings
  • Utilizing a walker or cane
  • Wearing shoes that provide good support and cushioning
  • Talking to family members about falling and increasing awareness

Falling can be a traumatic and embarrassing experience for elderly persons; this can make them less willing to leave the house, and less willing to talk to someone about their fears of falling. Doing such things, however, will increase the likelihood of tripping or losing one’s balance. Knowing the causes of falling and how to prevent them is the best way to mitigate the risk of serious injury.  

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 care needs.

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Tuesday, 20 July 2021 00:00

Peroneal Tendon Injuries

The peroneal tendons are two bands of tissue located in the foot, behind the outer ankle bone. They connect muscles to bones and stabilize the foot and ankle, protecting them from sprains. These important tendons can become injured in various ways. They may become inflamed (tendonitis) due to overuse, which can lead to pain, swelling, and warmth to the touch. The peroneal tendons can also tear due to overuse or trauma. A rupture may cause pain, swelling, weakness, and ankle instability. Overuse during a long period of time may cause degenerative tearing of the tendons. The tendons could also slip out of their proper positions, usually due to another injury, such as an ankle sprain. If you are suffering from ankle pain, it is strongly suggested that you see a podiatrist, who can diagnose and treat your condition.

Sports related foot and ankle injuries require proper treatment before players can go back to their regular routines. For more information, contact Afsaneh Latifi, DPM of Lenox Hill Podiatry. 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 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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Many patients have chosen running during the recent lockdown to stay fit. People who frequently jog know the importance of warming up and cooling down, and this is beneficial in preventing running injuries. There are risk factors for incurring painful injuries, including being overweight, and wearing shoes that are outworn. Ankle sprains are a common foot injury and can possibly be avoided by properly stretching the tendons, muscles, and ligaments in the foot. Heel pain can develop for people who regularly run, and wearing the correct running shoes may help to alleviate this painful foot condition. If you would like additional information about how running injuries can affect the feet and how to prevent them, it is suggested that you consult with 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 Afsaneh Latifi, DPM of Lenox Hill 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 New York, NY . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Thursday, 08 July 2021 00:00

What Do Podiatrists Do?

Podiatrists are doctors who specialize in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of lower limb disorders, diseases, and injuries. They are trained to diagnose and treat a variety of foot and ankle conditions, from injuries such as plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendonitis, to diabetic foot ulcers, athlete’s foot and beyond. Podiatrists can also prescribe and design custom orthotics to help patients manage and recover from various injuries, ailments, and deformities. They can analyze your walking patterns, correct your gait, improve mobility and prevent foot pain. They can even aid in the management of systemic conditions that affect the lower limbs, such as diabetes, neuropathy, and poor circulation. If you have any foot or ankle problems, schedule an appointment with a podiatrist near you. 

If you are experiencing pain in the feet or ankles, don’t join the stubborn majority refusing treatment. Feel free to 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 Is a Podiatrist?

Someone would seek the care of a podiatrist if they have suffered a foot injury or have common foot ailments such as heal spurs, bunions, arch problems, deformities, ingrown toenails, corns, foot and ankle problems, etc.

Podiatric Treatment

A podiatrist will treat the problematic areas of the feet, ankle or lower leg by prescribing the following:

  • Physical therapy
  • Drugs
  • Orthotic inserts or soles
  • Surgery on lower extremity fractures

A common podiatric procedure a podiatrist will use is a scanner or force plate which will allow the podiatrist to know the designs of orthotics. Patients are then told to follow a series of tasks to complete the treatment. The computer will scan the foot a see which areas show weight distribution and pressure points. The podiatrist will read the analysis and then determine which treatment plans 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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Plantar fasciitis is a common overuse injury in which the plantar fascia, the ligament that runs along the bottom of the foot and connects the toes to the heel, becomes inflamed. This leads to heel and arch pain that may gradually worsen over time. Plantar fasciitis can take a long time to heal due to the plantar fascia ligament having a limited blood supply. Home treatments, such as resting and icing the foot, can be helpful. However, if you are experiencing heel pain that does not improve, it is suggested that you visit a podiatrist. You should see a podiatrist as soon as possible if your heel pain is severe enough to interfere with your daily activities, or if the pain worsens or becomes recurrent. It is especially important to be seen by a podiatrist if you have pre-existing medical conditions like diabetes.

Plantar fasciitis can be very painful and inconvenient. If you are experiencing heel pain or symptoms of plantar fasciitis, 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 Is Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is the inflammation of the thick band of tissue that runs along the bottom of your foot, known as the plantar fascia, and causes mild to severe heel pain.

What Causes Plantar Fasciitis?

  • Excessive running
  • Non-supportive shoes
  • Overpronation
  • Repeated stretching and tearing of the plantar fascia

How Can It Be Treated?

  • Conservative measures – anti-inflammatories, ice packs, stretching exercises, physical therapy, orthotic devices
  • Shockwave therapy – sound waves are sent to the affected area to facilitate healing and are usually used for chronic cases of plantar fasciitis
  • Surgery – usually only used as a last resort when all else fails. The plantar fascia can be surgically detached from the heel

While very treatable, plantar fasciitis is definitely not something that should be ignored. Especially in severe cases, speaking to your doctor right away is highly recommended to avoid complications and severe heel pain. Your podiatrist can work with you to provide the appropriate treatment options tailored to your condition.

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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