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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!

By Michael A. Schwartzman, DPM
September 08, 2017

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 Michael A. Schwartzman, DPM
August 01, 2017
Category: Foot Condition

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.





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