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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!

By Arthur Kaplan, D.P.M.
March 30, 2017
Category: Foot Care

Children take to sports like fish to water. Almost as soon as they children's sports injuriesbegin to walk, they are chasing balls, swinging sticks and running races against siblings, friends or nobody in particular! From baseball, basketball and football to soccer, wrestling, tennis, hockey and lacrosse--children play all sorts of things that are hard on thier growing bodies. Even individual sports, such as swimming, skating, track, and gymnastics, can significantly affect your child's body.  

Millions of children participate in team and individual sports, many of them outside of the school system where advice on conditioning and equipment is not always available. Your podiatrist is available to provide tips for protecting your children while they remain active in sports this season.

What to Watch Out For

Parents should be concerned about their child’s involvement in sports that require a substantial amount of running and turning, or involve contact. Protective taping of the ankles is often necessary to prevent sprains or fractures. Parents should also consider discussing these matters with their family podiatrist if they have children participating in any active sports. Sports-related foot and ankle injuries are on the rise as more children actively participate.

Ensure that your child has the correct shoes for the sport they play. Perhaps even more importantly, make sure those shoes fit! Their feet grow quickly, and shoes that fit last season aren't likely to still fit when next year comes around. 

Contact your podiatrist for more information on proper footwear and foot care for your child. Whether they are actively participating in sports, or simply walking to school, it is important to take extra precautions to protect your child’s feet well into adulthood.

By Arthur Kaplan, D.P.M.
March 01, 2017
Category: Podiatry

Leg pain and discomfort can knock you off your feet for a variety of reasons, but it should never be ignored. Aching calves, burning legs, numbness in your feet—pain in the lower extremities is a common complaint. If you are experiencing leg pain, it can be due to an array of reasons, including:

Shin Splints.This type of lower leg pain occurs when connective tissues and muscles along the edge of the shin bone become inflamed. You may experience this after running or jumping, especially on hard surfaces, due to repetitive force that overloads muscles and tendons.

Flat Feet. If you suffer from flat feet and do not have proper support in your shoes, you can experience leg pain due to the outward rotation of the foot and leg. 

Sprained Ankle. A fracture or sprain can also cause leg pain. For mild sprains, podiatrists recommend RICE: rest, ice, compression and elevation. For a more severe sprain or fracture, apply ice and visit a podiatrist immediately.  

Diabetic Neuropathy. Diabetes can damage nerves with high blood sugar levels. This can cause pain in both legs, along with numbness and lack of sensation. By visiting your podiatrist, you can take charge of your diabetes and protect yourself from the kind of damage which can, in some cases, lead to dangerous ulcerated wounds or even amputation.

By visiting your podiatrist, you can prevent leg pain and foot pain. Visit us today for diagnosis and treatment options that will let you live pain-free.

By Arthur Kaplan, D.P.M.
February 28, 2017
Category: Foot Care
Tags: proper shoes  

When you wear clothes that fit, you look and feel better. Shirts or pants that are too tight or too loose can be distracting and proper shoesuncomfortable. Properly-fitting shoes play the same role, yet most people aren't aware of how their shoes are affecting their health and appearance. Dr. Arthur Kaplan, your podiatrist in Port Washington, NY, analyzes the way his patients' feet are shaped and recommends the best shoes for each person. Combining the proper shoes with orthotics, or corrective inserts, can make your life easier. Here's how:

Professional opinion

According to athletic shoe manufacturer New Balance, 60% of people are wearing shoes that don't fit properly. This means that you could be causing undue damage to your feet. By seeking out a professional shoe fitting, you'll find out if you're wearing the right size and width for your feet and how your unique gait can play a part in the support you need.

You should also work with your Port Washington podiatrist to learn about the anatomy of your foot and how orthotics can help balance out any weaknesses you may have. Wearing corrective devices can make a huge difference in your posture, your comfort level and the way you exercise.

Function over form

High heels and pointed dress shoes look great, but the long-term effects they have on your feet are less than attractive. Calluses, bunions and other foot problems can develop if you're consistently wearing shoes that contort the shape of the foot. Fortunately, shoe manufacturers have responded to both the aesthetic and comfort needs of their customers, and there is now a wide variety of comfortable yet fashionable shoes available for purchase. These shoes can either accommodate custom orthotics or have orthotics already built in. Your podiatrist can recommend specific brands and where to get them.

To learn more about choosing the proper shoes, contact NY Sports Podiatry in Port Washington, NY, to schedule an appointment with Dr. Kaplan.

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