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By Arthur Kaplan, D.P.M.
May 09, 2018
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Bunion Treatment  

Don’t let bunion pain and discomfort affect your daily life.bunions

Many people deal with bunions and don’t even know it. If you have a bunion and it isn’t giving you issues then you won’t need to treat the issue; however, if you find that your bunion is giving you grief, our Port Washington, NY, podiatrist, Dr. Arthur Kaplan, knows some helpful tips for how to keep bunion pain and swelling at bay.

While the only way to cure a bunion is through surgery, surgery is only necessary under extreme circumstances where bunion pain is so debilitating that it affects your day-to-day life.

Choose Appropriate Footwear

The shoes you wear can certainly be a major influence on the health of your feet. Unfortunately, people often ignore this advice because they want to sport those cute new shoes; however, if you have bunions and you want to prevent the issue from getting worse than you need to forgo high heels (any heels above 2 inches are a no-no). You’ll also want to avoid shoes that offer a pointy toe, put pressure on your bunion or bunch up your toes (if your toes can’t wiggle freely within your shoes then they are too tight).

Consider Custom Orthotics

Sometimes even with the best shoes you still need a little extra support and stabilization. This is where orthotics come in. Yes, you can find shoe inserts at your drugstore; however, these one-size-fits-most inserts aren’t designed to fit your foot’s unique structure or cater to your specific needs. Sometimes these commercial shoe inserts can actually do more harm than good.

However, our Port Washington foot doctor can create custom-made shoe inserts, which can take pressure off the bunion and provide ample support to give your feet the cushioning they need when you are on the go.

Here at NY Sports Podiatry in Port Washington, NY, we believe that everyone should be able to enjoy each and every day without foot problems. If you are having trouble getting your bunion symptoms under control or want to find out if bunion surgery is the best option for you then call our office today for a consultation.

By Arthur Kaplan, D.P.M.
April 27, 2018
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Bunions  

BunionsWhat is a Bunion?

Are you dealing with a bunion? A bunion is a protrusion of the bone at the base of the big toe. While a bunion may seem like a bump, according to the (APMA) American Podiatric Medical Association a bunion is actually the enlargement of the joint at the base of the big toe – the metatarsophalangeal (MTP) joint. While bunions are a common foot disorder, it is not something that you should ignore as bunions can cause discomfort and become inflamed if left untreated.

What Causes Bunions?

Bunions can be hereditary and aggravated by the shoes you wear, especially high heels or shoes that don’t have enough room for your toes. Certain factors can also contribute to the development of bunions, such as if you have flat feet or low arches or if your feet pronate (when the ankles roll in towards each other during movement and cause excessive and prolonged pressure on the joints in the feet). If you are dealing with bunions, or think that you are, it’s important to seek help from a qualified podiatrist to get the care you need to relieve your pain and discomfort.

How a Podiatrist Can Help

Your podiatrist may recommend certain conservative at home steps you can take to minimize the discomfort. The first thing they may recommend is that you look at or change the kind of shoes you wear. It’s important to find shoes that are wide enough to accommodate your toes. Shoes such as high heels are likely to make the problem worse. Bunion pads can also help with your discomfort.
Severe bunion pain can restrict your mobility. Untreated bunions can continue to get worse if you don’t do something about them and can lead to other issues such as calluses and corns, or you may experience pain or redness on the site of the bunion, as well as swelling.
Other treatment options include orthotics or a combination of physical therapy and medication to relieve pressure and inflammation of the bunion. In severe cases, surgery may be needed to resolve the issue.

Prevention is Key

We all like to remain active, and oftentimes it is the result of this activity that can make your bunion pain worse. You should visit your podiatrist if you notice any issues so they can be caught and treated as early as possible. Call our office today.
By Arthur Kaplan, D.P.M.
April 05, 2018
Category: Foot Care
Tags: orthotics  

Do you need orthotics? Orthotic devices are custom made inserts or footbeds that are inserted into shoes. Many people rely on orthotics toorthotics keep their feet in their most efficient alignment, prevent injuries, relieve pain and increase efficiency. Dr. Arthur Kaplan of NY Sports Podiatry in Port Washington, NY, offers custom orthotics to his patients. Here are five signs you may need orthotics.

1. You have diabetes.

When you have diabetes, you need to take care of your feet every day. Diabetes is a condition in which the body’s ability to produce or respond to the hormone insulin is impaired. High blood sugar from diabetes can lead to serious foot problems. Diabetics use orthotics to prevent certain foot conditions from developing.

2. You have arthritis.

Arthritis is an inflammation of the joints. Arthritis often begins slowly with minor symptoms that come and go. The symptoms of arthritis may include pain, swelling, and stiffness in and around the joints. When you have arthritis, movement becomes painful and very difficult. Foot orthotics can be employed to relieve your pain and improve your mobility. 

3. You have foot pain.

Custom-made orthotic devices may help stamp out foot pain. Orthotics can help reduce pain for people who suffer from ailments such as arthritis, diabetes, heel spurs, plantar fasciitis, and walking imbalances resulting from high arches or flat feet. Orthotic devices are designed to correct structural issues and relieve foot pain.

4. You have back pain.

The use of custom-made orthotics can benefit many patients experiencing lower back pain as a result of being on their feet. Low back pain is a common, painful condition affecting the lower portion of the spine. Custom-made orthotic devices absorb jarring shock at its source and provide all-day relief. 

5. You have a bunion.

Bunions are painful, bony bumps that form on the joint connecting the big toe. Custom-made orthotic devices are placed inside your shoes to help realign the bones of your feet. This will relieve the pressure on your bunion and alleviate your pain. Orthotic devices will not cure your bunions, but they help to reduce the pain and progression of the deformity.

Join the millions who have found relief from foot and lower back pain with custom orthotics. Call NY Sports Podiatry at 516-883-8313 today to schedule a consultation in Port Washington, NY. Custom-made orthotics will do you and your feet a world of good!

By Arthur Kaplan, D.P.M.
April 02, 2018
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Heel Pain   Foot Pain   Ankle Pain   Yoga   Stretching  

Foot pain can range from your toes to your heel. When it comes to heel pain, also known as Plantar Fasciitis, affects 60% of individuals in yoga foot caretheir lifetime. When the thick tissue on the bottom of your foot called the Plantar Fascia becomes inflamed, it can become a daily annoyance. But you still need to stay fit. So what's the solution?

Yoga is a low-intensity, simple and impactful workout. Not only does it help you stay fit when your heel pain prevents you from following your regular execrise regimen, but stretching and low-impact exercise, both of which yoga covers, can help ease your pain. Tight calf muscles often make Plantar Fasciitis worse, and yoga can help stretch and loosen them.

Remember, any pose in yoga should only be performed to the extent that you feel comfortable - pain is not gain! Go at your own pace and react to your own flexibility, making adjustments as you go.

Mountain Pose:  This is a great pose to start with, especially if you aren't very familiar with yoga, as it forms the basis for many other poses and helps get you acclimated.

  1. Stand with your feet together and your arms at your sides. Try to distribute your weight as evenly as possible across all parts of the foot, from the toes to the heel to the arch.
  2. Straighten your legs without locking your knees. Lift your arches.
  3. Engage the muscles in your thighs, turning them inward slightly. Try to lengthen through the base of your spine and tailbone without curving your back.
  4. Press your shoulder blades back and down to open the chest. Allow your arms to hang loose. 
  5. Try to balance as evenly in the pose as possible, breathing deeply. Feeling the distribution of weight in your feet, do your best to keep your weight even at all four corners of the foot, to keep your head lifted with your chin parallel to the floor, and remain as even and symmetrical in weight and posture as possible.

Downward Dog Pose: The pose many people think of when they think of yoga. While this pose doesn't require a yoga mat, performing it on a non-slippery surface is helpful, because you will need to put weight into the feet, and they may slide back if you try it on a hard floor.

  1. While sitting on the floor, move onto all fours, placing your hands down firmly on the floor slightly ahead of your shoulders, palm and fingers spread. Keep your knees directly in line with your pelvis.
  2. Breathe out and lift your knees from the floor, tucking your toes under and standing on the balls of your feet falling back almost as if you will sit on your heels. Keep your hands firmly on the floor.
  3. Then push up with your legs, allowing your heels to fall back toward the floor, pushing your pelvis into the air, hands still on the ground, forming an inverted v-shape with your body.
  4. Keep your head between your arms rather than letting it hang loose toward the floor. Try to distribute your weight between feet and hands, to avoid putting too much weight on either the ankles or the wrists. Drop your shoulder blades 
  5. Try to press your chest toward your legs as much as is comfortable. You can also try to press your heels into the floor, again, only as much as is comfortable. Try to rotate your arms so your elbows face toward your thumbs and rotate your thighs inward, as in mountain pose, to engage the quads.
  6. Your hands should be shoulder-width apart, your feet hip-width apart and hands and feet should be parallel to each other. Your toes should point straight ahead. Take deep, long breaths and stretch into the pose as much as you feel comfortable doing. 
  7. Breathe into the pose. When you want to release the pose, perform a reverse of how you pressed yourself up - bend your knees in, then move back to hands and knees.

Chair Pose:  Chair pose offers a great stretch. As a pose that involved standing on both feet, one of the great things about it is that you can do it anywhere - even at the office!

  1. Start in Mountain Pose.
  2. Raise your arms over your head. Do not bend your elbows.
  3. Bend your knees and gently push your pelvis down as if you are sitting into an invisible chair behind you. Try to make your thighs as parallel as possible to the floor without losing your balance.
  4. Keep your lower back lengthened, not allowing it to curve into the pose, maintaining a straight back. Try to also shift as much weight as possible into your heels. Look straight ahead.
  5. Sink as deep into the pose as you feel comfortable, then try to hold it, again breathing deeply through the nose.
  6. To release, exhale and straighten the knees, coming back to Mountain.

Yoga offers a heel-pain friendly way to get in a workout, and may even help ease your pain. For other foot and ankle pain remedies and treatments, contact your podiatrist today!

By Arthur Kaplan, D.P.M.
March 06, 2018
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Foot Care   Diabetics   Diabetes  

Summertime brings flip-flops, pool time and more. While these are the signs of enjoyable warm weather, they can also be concerning if you have diabetes. Higher temperatures and opportunities to walk barefoot increase the chances you can injure your feet or experience cracking, swelling and discomfort.

Because you are living with diabetes, you likely know the condition puts you at greater risk for nerve damage to your feet. This affects your foot sensations, meaning you may experience a scrape or cut without realizing you had it. Because diabetes affects your body’s wound healing time, having a cut that’s unknown to you can easily turn into a more serious wound if left untreated.

To ensure your feet have an event-free summer, here are some warm weather-specific tips from our podiatrist.

Always wear shoes. If you’re planning a beach vacation, it can be tempting to leave the flip-flops behind in favor of sand beneath your toes. This can be a troublesome habit, however, because it increases your risk for cuts from seashells, beach glass or other unknown beach items. Close-toed beach shoes that have breathable mesh and a protective sole are available that protect your feet from injury while also allowing you to walk comfortably.

Give your feet a once-over twice daily. When you have diabetes, you should inspect your feet at least as often as you should brush your teeth: at least twice per day. Pay special attention to the areas between your toes and underneath your feet. You may even want to get a mirror to place on the ground and put your foot a few inches away to identify hard-to-see areas. In addition to checking out your feet, you’ll also want to check out your shoes. Debris, such as dirt and rocks, can easily accumulate in your shoes and cause injuries. Give them a good shake before wearing to protect yourself.

Don’t forget to apply sunscreen. You can just as easily burn your foot skin as you can anywhere else, yet many people forget to apply sunscreen to this important area. When you are applying sunscreen to your arms, legs and face, don’t forget to apply it on the tops and bottoms of your feet before putting on your outdoor shoes.

Don’t feel the burn. Remember the beach isn't the only place you can burn or injure your feet. Campfires, cookouts and even ultra-hot pavement are all areas where you can unexpectedly injure your feet in the summer. The same rules apply when it comes to wearing shoes and taking every precaution to protect your feet.

Finally, remember that it’s important to see a podiatrist regularly to inspect your feet and ensure you have not experienced an injury that could easily affect your overall health. Visiting our podiatrist to have your toenails cut can help to prevent ingrown toenails and injury. If you notice other foot conditions, such as blisters or scrapes, seeing us as quickly as possible can help to prevent your injuries from worsening.

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