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By Arthur Kaplan, D.P.M.
September 08, 2017
Category: Foot Care
Tags: orthotics  

If your feet are suffering from pain or other ailments, you are in luck! Your podiatrist offers custom orthotics to help you stand, walk and run more efficiently and comfortably.  

What Are Orthotics?

Orthotics are essentially pads or shoe inserts that have been sculpted to achieve a particular effect on your foot when you walk on them. They can be placed inside many different types of shoes, depending on their thickness and the fit of the shoe in question.

Orthotic devices come in many shapes, sizes and materials to help alleviate your foot ailments. At your local podiatrist, we utilize orthotics to alter or modify foot function. They are designed to treat, adjust and support various biomechanical foot disorders. The most effective are custom-made orthotics, which are created to meet the specific needs of an individual’s foot shape and problem.

They also fall under three different categories: rigid, soft and semi-rigid orthotics. While more rigid orthotics help to control the motion of the foot, softer orthotics mimic sometimes missing or inadequate padding and support on the bottom of the foot.

Why Are Orthotics Prescribed?

Your podiatrist prescribes orthotics as a conservative approach to many foot problems, or as a method of control after certain types of foot surgery. Orthotics correct an abnormal walking patterns and support your foot. By slightly altering the angles at which the foot strikes a walking or running surface, orthotics make standing, walking and running much more comfortable.

Visit your podiatrist today for an evaluation and remain on track for healthy, pain-free feet with orthotics!

By Arthur Kaplan, D.P.M.
August 17, 2017
Category: Foot Care
Tags: orthotics  

There are many types of custom foot orthotics in Port Washington, NY to choose. They help to resolve a variety of foot problems. The foot carematerial, construction, and design combined with a patient’s foot condition and their activity level will help determine the best type of each patient. Our podiatrist, Dr. Arthur Kaplan, can examine each patient and suggest the type that will work best.

More about Custom Orthotics in Port Washington

Semi-rigid custom foot orthotics are the maximum support option available. They work great for dress shoes and work boots. They’re long-lasting and durable because they are made of a high-density polypropylene. They are used for many different types of feet issues; however, a proper examination is needed for treatment.

Custom orthotics or rigid orthotics are used in advanced cases. These are custom made by our podiatrist, Dr. Kaplan. He will examine your feet and design inserts that will force the feet back into their proper position. This is the most effective way to treat feet problems.

Heat molding orthotics are another option that is used in less severe cases. They are similar to custom orthotics that are purchased in a store. Made of EVA, a special type of plastic, they feel like a soft rubber. They are heated, which molds to the shape of the foot.

Learning about different types of custom foot orthotics is important for any individuals with foot issues. Dr. Kaplan is experienced in treating a variety of foot problems and knows which orthotics work best for each injury. A full examination is required before any recommendations or custom orthotics can be made. To schedule this informative appointment with Dr. Kaplan at our podiatry office in Port Washington, NY today, call 516-883-8313. We can’t wait to help treat your foot problems soon!

By Arthur Kaplan, D.P.M.
August 02, 2017
Category: Foot Care

A parent should never ignore their child’s complaints about pain in their feet. We never want our children to be in pain, and it is especially important to protect their feet to allow them to remain active. But your child should never play through the pain, as it can lead to difficulty in walking that can require complicated therapy. Your podiatrist is available to help diagnose your child’s foot troubles, while also providing the best care possible to get them on their feet and running around again.

Heel pain is a common childhood complaint, but that doesn’t mean it should be ignored, or that you should wait to see if the pain will go away. Heel pain is a symptom, not a disease. In other words, heel pain is a warning sign that a child has a condition that needs attention.

Your child may not know to or be able to articulate to you that they are in pain. Keep in mind that heel pain in children is often associated with these signs and symptoms: 

  • Limping
  • Walking on toes
  • Difficulty participating in usual activities or sports

Treatment from your child’s podiatrist will depend on the diagnosis and the severity of the pain. For mild heel pain, treatment options might include a reduction in activity and cushioning the heel with temporary shoe inserts. For moderate heel pain, in addition to reducing activity and cushioning the heel, your podiatrist might use medications, physical therapy, and orthotic devices. If your child has severe heel pain, immobilization, follow-up measures or surgery might be needed. 

Schedule an appointment with your podiatrist if your child is experiencing heel pain of any kind. The cause of the pain isn't likely to disappear on its own, and waiting has the potential of making a small problem into a big one.

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.

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