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By Arthur Kaplan, D.P.M.
July 03, 2017
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Proper Footwear  

An average day of walking results in a cumulative force equal to several hundred tons inflicted on your feet. Because of this, your feet are subject to injury more than any other part of your body. So you can see how important it is to protect your them, and the best way to do this is to wear proper footwear. Your podiatrist is available to offer options for the best shoes for your feet. 

Quick Shoe Tips

Buy specific shoes for work, leisure and special activities. Your shoes should match an intended activity. When buying shoes it is important to:
  • Have your feet measured while you’re standing
  • Always try on both shoes and walk around the store
  • Always buy for the larger foot; feet are seldom exactly the same size
  • Don’t buy shoes that need a “break-in” period. Shoes should be comfortable immediately
  • Shop for shoes later in the day
  • Select a shoe with leather upper, stiff heel counter, appropriate cushioning and flexibility at the ball of the foot.
  • Don’t rely on the size of your last pair of shoes because your feet do tend to get larger

Watch for Comfort, Not Fashion

To relieve the harmful effects of wearing heels, limit how often you wear them or eliminate them altogether. If you must wear heels, it is important to alternate with supportive sneakers or flats for part of the day, in addition to a varied heel height. There are also comfortable and attractive walking pumps for work and other social activities, which blend comfort with pleasure.
Your podiatrist is specially trained and experienced in the diagnosis and treatment of all foot conditions. Protect your feet by buying proper footwear because wearing the right shoe for the right activity is the most important factor in your choice for shoes to wear.  
By Arthur Kaplan, D.P.M.
June 26, 2017
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Ingrown Toenails  

Are you prone to ingrown toenails? Find out how to stop them from happening to you.ingrown toenail

While an ingrown toenail is usually not a serious problem for a healthy individual it doesn’t make the problem any less painful. Perhaps you have found that you develop ingrown toenails often and you aren’t quite sure why. Our Port Washington, NY, podiatrist, Dr. Arthur Kaplan, has the answers you’ve been looking for to prevent ingrown toenails from happening again.

Trim Your Nails the Right Way

There are two main factors to consider when it comes to trimming your nails and keeping them healthy: length and shape. When you trim your nails you want to make sure you aren’t trimming them too short. A good guideline is to keep your nails levels with the tips of your toes. If you trim nails too short, this can leave the nail prone to an ingrown toenail.

The same goes for the shape. If you often trim your nails at a curve you need to stop. Trimming your nails straight across is the best way to ensure that you don’t develop an ingrown toenail.

Sport the Right Shoes

While we know how fun it can be to wear those cute pointed heels out, also remember that wearing tight-fitted shoes can increase your chances of developing an ingrown toenail. This is particularly important for those with diabetes and nerve damage in their feet, as they may not always know if shoes are too tight or are placing too much pressure on their feet. In this case, talk to our Port Washington foot doctor about where to shop for specialty shoes or shoes that will offer you the best fit.

Keep an Eye Out

Particularly if you have diabetes, it’s important that you continue to examine your feet regularly. It doesn’t take much for foot problems to turn into serious complications if you aren’t careful. Keeping feet clean and nails properly trimmed is one of the best things you can to protect your feet from ingrown toenails. If you do develop an ingrown toenail and you have diabetes or nerve damage then you’ll want to see us right away for care.

If you can’t seem to prevent ingrown toenails or other issues from affecting the health of your feet, then it’s time you turned to the podiatric experts at NY Sports Podiatry in Port Washington, NY, to get to the bottom of your foot problems.

By Arthur Kaplan, D.P.M.
June 05, 2017
Category: Foot Care

Diabetes causes a condition of painful nerve damage called peripheral neuropathy. Neuropathy can affect your entire body, but your legs and feet are parts of your body that are more prone to serious health problems. Damage to the nerves can cause the loss of feeling in your feet, making it difficult to detect extreme temperatures and pain as easily or readily as someone who does not have diabetes. 

This is why diabetics get infections so frequently from something as simple as a small cut or blister on the foot. When a person is unable to detect a foot wound, it can easily become infected, leading to more serious complications and even amputation in the most severe cases. With that being said, understanding the connection between foot care and diabetes is important to avoid more serious health problems. If you are diabetic, it is important talk to your podiatrist about the best ways to care for your feet. 

What is Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy?

Typically in diabetic peripheral neuropathy of the feet, you will begin to notice sensory changes, such as numbness or tingling in your toes. Initially, these symptoms may come and go, but in time they will be constant. When experiencing these symptoms, they may interfere with your sleep or cause you to awaken from your sleep. Over a period of time, these disturbances may cause a loss of feeling that may even hinder your ability to detect the tightness of your shoes. Even a pebble in your shoe can go unnoticed as time goes on, which can injure your foot.  
Neuropathy is the leading cause of ulcers or holes that occur in the feet, as well as infections. Additionally, neuropathy is the leading cause of the loss of toes and even amputation in advanced cases. If nerve compression goes untreated, the nerve itself can become deprived of oxygen and nutrients. This can cause the nerve to die over time, resulting in numb feet. In many patients, surgery can be performed to relieve these various sites of nerve compression in order to relieve the burning, tingling and pain, or even to restore sensation to your feet in some cases. 

Prevent Complications of Diabetes

If you have diabetes, it’s crucial to examine your feet every day and after every injury, regardless of how minor you may think the injury is. If you notice redness, swelling, persistent pain, numbness, tingling or any other unusual signs on any part of your foot, call your podiatrist immediately, as this could signify serious health problems. 
We also recommend that, if you have diabetes, you should visit us for annual checkups. We work with you to detect signs of changes, broken skin or ulcers that can be detrimental to the health of your feet and body. At our practice, we can also check your blood circulation, identify loss of sensation or detect areas of high pressure - all of which require professional medical attention. 
Early detection, simple care and regular inspections can go a long way to avoid serious foot complications related to diabetes. Diabetes is serious, especially when it comes to your feet. If you have diabetes, talk with your podiatrist about what you can do now to keep your feet safe, strong and healthy. 
By Arthur Kaplan, D.P.M.
May 04, 2017
Category: Podiatry
Tags: orthotics  

What your podiatrist in Port Washington wants you to know

There are many remedies available for foot pain, and some work better than others. You owe it to yourself and to your feet to try custom-fit orthotics. Dr. Arthur Kaplan at NY Sports Podiatry in Port Washington, NY, wants to help your feet feel better and tell you about the types of orthotics available.

You may have foot problems due to aging, excessive weight, medical conditions like diabetes, or a foot injury. You may also experience foot pain due to the activities of everyday life. Playing sports can also take a toll on your feet.

Custom-fit orthotics will cushion and protect your feet while helping them heal. The right orthotic can help you get back on your feet and back to your life. When you choose custom-fit orthotics, they are created using computer technology, according to exact measurements and castings of your feet.

Dr. Kaplan will help you choose between the three types of orthotics, ensuring you the best result. Depending on your individual characteristics and foot issues, he may suggest:

  • Soft orthotics, which absorb the impact of walking and take pressure off of your painful feet; soft orthotics also help with your balance. They cover the sole of your foot with cushioned material and can help relieve pain from diabetes, arthritis or structural abnormalities in your feet.
  • Semi-rigid orthotics, which help with balance if you play sports, walk or run; children with flat feet can also benefit from this type of orthotic. Semi-rigid orthotics have layers of rigid and cushioned materials.
  • Rigid orthotics, which limit joint motion, relieve tendon strain and help eliminate pain in the muscles of your lower back, legs and thighs; this type of orthotic is created out of hard plastic.

Custom-fit orthotics can help you walk better, move better and feel better. They can protect your feet from the stress of life. For more information about orthotics and other foot services, call Dr. Kaplan at NY Sports Podiatry in Port Washington, NY. Call today and get some relief for your feet!

By Arthur Kaplan, D.P.M.
May 02, 2017
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Proper Footwear  

When it comes to your health and your feet, walking helps both. At our office, we want to make sure you are proper footwearwearing the right shoes to better protect yourself from injury. To save your feet from complications, it is important to choose the right shoe for you.

What Kind of Shoes Do I Need For Walking?

As a walker, you should look for a good quality, lightweight walking shoe with breathable upper materials, such as leather or nylon mesh. The heel counter should be very firm, as it should have reduced cushioning to position the heel closer to the ground for walking stability. Additionally, the front area of the shoe should have adequate support and flexibility.

Your podiatrist also urges you to make sure the shoe fits your feet correctly. The shoe should be snug, but not too tight over the sock. It should also have plenty of room for the toes to move around. The athletic socks you choose are important as well, as you don’t want your shoe to become too tight with the added padding.

More Shoe Tips

  • Check the shoe width to make sure it is comfortable and accommodates the width of the ball of your foot.
  • Make sure the shoe provides good arch support.
  • See that the top of the heel counter of the shoe is properly cushioned and does not bite into the heel or touch the anklebones.  

Proper footwear is essential in protecting your feet from injury and pain, as well as allowing you to properly walk for exercise. It is important to meet with your podiatrist prior to beginning any exercise or walking routine. During a consultation with your podiatrist, we can help you develop the routine that's right for your feet and help you find the shoes to match!

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