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By Michael A. Schwartzman, DPM
February 07, 2018
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 Michael A. Schwartzman, DPM
January 03, 2018
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 Michael A. Schwartzman, DPM
December 04, 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 Michael A. Schwartzman, DPM
November 03, 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 Michael A. Schwartzman, DPM
October 04, 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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