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Monday, 27 April 2015 00:00

Hallux Limitus troubles Kim Kardashian

kimKim Kardashian has recently taken on a new foot procedure called a “Loub Job” to reduce high heel foot pain such as the hallux limitus. Hallux limitus occurs in the big toe and causes limited movement in one of the joints leaving the toe unable to move up or down.

The procedure involves injecting hyaluronic acid into the first joint of the big toe to restore lubrication and cushioning to the joint. The procedure is said to reduce pain and increase the range of motion in the toe. Kardashian and many high heel wearing women are opting into the procedure to avoid surgery.

Untreated hallux limitus can become very painful. To learn more, see Dr. Alfred Sanginario of Active Foot Care. Our doctor will attend to all of your foot and ankle needs and answer any of your related questions.  

What You Need To Know About Hallux Limitus
Hallux limitus is a medical condition which stands for “stiff toe.” This is an arthritic condition in which movement of the big toe is constrained. The pain is usually allocated between the large toe and foot.

Symptoms 
Toe pain is common, therefore many people tend to overlook this issue and believe it’s nothing serious. But, if you notice sharp pain, bone growths, tightness around the joint and even changes in the way you walk. It is vital to see a podiatrist before your condition worsens.  

How Do I Get It?
Genetics – hallux limitus can be inherited from your parents, or someone can be who is born with a predisposition to arthritis as well.
Injury – overuse can cause trauma to the joints leading to extra bone growth and wear away the cartilage.

Treatment
Lifestyle & Physical Therapy – having motion and massages to the given area will help slow down complications and gradually increase flexibility.

R.I.C.E. – stands for rest, ice, compression and elevation. Combining the R.I.C.E method with other treatments is proven effective.

Surgery
If there are no signs of improvement, surgery will be the final option. Surgeries performed are the arthrodesis which fuses the joint. The cheilectomy is when the joint is cleaned of scar tissue, therefore the toe can move freely.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Brooklyn, NY. We offer the newest diagnostic tools and treatment for your foot and ankle needs.

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Monday, 20 April 2015 00:00

Hallux Limitus troubles Kim Kardashian

halluxKim Kardashian has recently taken on a new foot procedure called a “Loub Job” to reduce high heel foot pain such as the hallux limitus. Hallux limitus occurs in the big toe and causes limited movement in one of the joints leaving the toe unable to move up or down.

The procedure involves injecting hyaluronic acid into the first joint of the big toe to restore lubrication and cushioning to the joint. The procedure is said to reduce pain and increase the range of motion in the toe. Kardashian and many high heel wearing women are opting into the procedure to avoid surgery.

Untreated hallux limitus can become very painful. To learn more, see Dr. Alfred Sanginario of Active Foot Care. Our doctor will attend to all of your foot and ankle needs and answer any of your related questions.  

What You Need To Know About Hallux Limitus
Hallux limitus is a medical condition which stands for “stiff toe.” This is an arthritic condition in which movement of the big toe is constrained. The pain is usually allocated between the large toe and foot.

Symptoms 
Toe pain is common, therefore many people tend to overlook this issue and believe it’s nothing serious. But, if you notice sharp pain, bone growths, tightness around the joint and even changes in the way you walk. It is vital to see a podiatrist before your condition worsens.  

How Do I Get It?
Genetics – hallux limitus can be inherited from your parents, or someone can be who is born with a predisposition to arthritis as well.
Injury – overuse can cause trauma to the joints leading to extra bone growth and wear away the cartilage.

Treatment
Lifestyle & Physical Therapy – having motion and massages to the given area will help slow down complications and gradually increase flexibility.
R.I.C.E. – stands for rest, ice, compression and elevation. Combining the R.I.C.E method with other treatments is proven effective.

Surgery
If there are no signs of improvement, surgery will be the final option. Surgeries performed are the arthrodesis which fuses the joint. The cheilectomy is when the joint is cleaned of scar tissue, therefore the toe can move freely.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Brooklyn, NY. We offer the newest diagnostic tools and treatment for your foot and ankle needs.

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Saturday, 18 April 2015 00:00

Hallux Limitus troubles Kim Kardashian

bunions7Kim Kardashian has recently taken on a new foot procedure called a “Loub Job” to reduce high heel foot pain such as the hallux limitus. Hallux limitus occurs in the big toe and causes limited movement in one of the joints leaving the toe unable to move up or down. The procedure involves injecting hyaluronic acid into the first joint of the big toe to restore lubrication and cushioning to the joint. The procedure is said to reduce pain and increase the range of motion in the toe. Kardashian and many high heel wearing women are opting into the procedure to avoid surgery.

Untreated hallux limitus can become very painful. To learn more, see one of our podiatrists from Berks Foot and Ankle Surgical Associates. Our doctors will attend to all of your foot and ankle needs and answer any of your related questions.  

What You Need To Know About Hallux Limitus
Hallux limitus is a medical condition which stands for “stiff toe.” This is an arthritic condition in which movement of the big toe is constrained. The pain is usually allocated between the large toe and foot.

Symptoms 
Toe pain is common, therefore many people tend to overlook this issue and believe it’s nothing serious. But, if you notice sharp pain, bone growths, tightness around the joint and even changes in the way you walk. It is vital to see a podiatrist before your condition worsens.  

How Do I Get It?
Genetics – hallux limitus can be inherited from your parents, or someone can be who is born with a predisposition to arthritis as well.
Injury – overuse can cause trauma to the joints leading to extra bone growth and wear away the cartilage.

Treatment
Lifestyle & Physical Therapy – having motion and massages to the given area will help slow down complications and gradually increase flexibility.
R.I.C.E. – stands for rest, ice, compression and elevation. Combining the R.I.C.E method with other treatments is proven effective.

Surgery
If there are no signs of improvement, surgery will be the final option. Surgeries performed are the arthrodesis which fuses the joint. The cheilectomy is when the joint is cleaned of scar tissue, therefore the toe can move freely.

If you have any questions, please contact our offices located in Shillington and Hamburg, PA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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brokenfootScunthorpe United Striker Tom Hopper has returned to the parent club Leicester City due to surgery on his broken toe.

The 21-year-old sustained the toe injury after putting in the last goal of their 4-1 win at Leyton Orient. The striker was supposed to be on loan to Glanford Park, but has been cancelled since news of the injury broke out. Manager Mark Robins states, “We gave him a rest and shut him down for three weeks in a hope there would be a union between the bones, but there hasn’t been. We tried him yesterday but it was still not good.”

It is best for Hopper to get the surgery and rest he needs to heal the toe so he can come back stronger and contribute as a part of the team.

A broken toe needs to be treated as soon as possible. If you have any concerns about your feet contact podiatrist Dr. Alfred Sanginario of Active Foot Care. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What to Know About a Broken Toe

Although most people try to avoid foot trauma such as banging, stubbing, or dropping heavy objects on their feet, the unfortunate fact is that it is a common occurrence. Given the fact that toes are positioned in front of the feet, they typically sustain the brunt of such trauma. When trauma occurs to a toe, the result can be a painful break (fracture).

Symptoms of a Broken Toe

  • throbbing pain
  • swelling
  • bruising on the skin and toenail
  • the inability to move the toe
  • toe appears crooked or disfigured
  • tingling or numbness in the toe

Generally, it is best to stay off of the injured toe with the affected foot elevated.

Severe toe fractures may be treated with a splint, cast, and in some cases, minor surgery. Due to its position and the pressure it endures with daily activity, future complications can occur if the big toe is not properly treated.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Brooklyn, NY. We offer the newest diagnostic tools and treatment for your foot and ankle needs.

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injuryAfter experiencing soreness in the right foot he broke last October, basketball star Kevin Durant will reportedly remain out indefinitely for the rest of the season.  Looking ahead, however, many are concerned that Durant’s injury may affect him for future seasons to come. Durant sustained a Jones fracture on his fifth metatarsal in his right foot, creating a limited amount of blood flow to the area.

This lack of blood flow will prevent the injury from healing as easily as other types of fractures, with other NBA players suffering similar injuries eventually needing reconstructive surgery on the foot. Sports injury expert and certified athletic trainer Jeff Scotts commented, “The re-occurrence rate and potential complications are relatively higher than other injuries.

Additionally the timeline necessary for a full recovery remains difficult to predict from person to person.”
Full recovery is much more difficult if one continues to play sports with a foot or ankle injury. If you would like assistance with an injury, see Dr. Alfred Sanginario of Active Foot Care. Our doctor will assess your injury and provide you with a quality treatment plan.  

Playing Sports with Foot Injuries
Many types of foot injuries affect athletes over the course of their athletic career. Despite their setbacks, many of these athletes will continue to play with mild foot injuries and attempt to ‘push’ through the pain. In order to be able to prevent injuries, it is important to stretch before any activity, wear proper footwear and replace shoes as needed. Some of the foot injuries athletes are at risk for include:

  • Turf toe- upward bending of the big toe outside normal range of motion
  • Stress Fractures
  • Overpronation- excessive foot movement during gait
  • Plantar Fasciitis- swollen ligament in the foot’s base
  • Strains

For more serious injuries it is recommended to consult with a podiatrist or orthopedic specialist as fractures and other serious conditions may require surgery.

If you have any questions, please contact our office located in Brooklyn, NY. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Monday, 30 March 2015 00:00

Wearing the Right Flip-flops

flipflopsFlip-flops are often selected as footwear on impulse, with shoppers choosing a pair that appears to look good or feel comfortable. According to orthopedic surgeon Dr. Pradeep Moonot, however, “This ignorance is enough to lead to problems in the feet that could cost one dearly.” Hammertoes, heel pain, and ankle pain are just some of the problems wearing the wrong pair of flip-flops can lead to. When shopping for flip-flops, be sure to check the straps, choose the right heel height, check the sole and select the right sole design.

Leather is a great material for flip-flops, as leather is less likely to cause blisters or other irritation. The foot should not hang off of the edge of the flip-flop, and when worn, about a ½ inch of the sole should be seen all around the foot.

Wearing the wrong pair of flip-flops can be harmful for the feet. To learn more, speak to Dr. Alfred Sanginario of Active Foot Care. Our doctor will assist you with all of your foot and ankle needs.   

Flip-Flops and Feet
When the weather starts warming up, people enjoy wearing flip-flops.  Flip-flops are comfortable, stylish, and easy to slip on and off, perfect for any summer beach goer.  However, these shoes can cause harm to the feet.

How Can Flip-Flops Affect Me Long-Term?

  • Ankle problems
  • Hip problems
  • Lower back problems
  • Pain in the balls of the feet
  • Problems with foot arches
  • Changes in the way you walk

Are there injuries associated with flip-flops?
Yes.  Since flip-flops are relatively weak and do not provide the same amount of support as sneakers, people who wear flip-flops are more susceptible to injuries. On top of that, the open nature of the shoe makes your feet more prone to other problems, such as cuts and even infections.  Common injuries and ailments include:

  • Sprained ankles
  • Blisters
  • Infections
  • Cuts and Scrapes

If you have any questions, please contact our office located in Brooklyn, NY. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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shoesAnyone who has gone shoe shopping is familiar with how difficult finding the right size can be. While at one store you’re a size 7, at another you may be a size 8. Online shoe shopping takes away the ability to try on shoes and makes purchasing a fitting pair even more difficult. The lack of standardization between shoe sizes is an industry-wide issue, however; brands develop their own personal fit for each size of shoe, making the odds of that fit being shared with another brand very slim. Sizing differences often begin at the factory production level and continue even into the design stage, as each brand relies on certain designs to ensure success. Christina Cheng, senior director of investor relations at DSW, said, “There are very small, idiosyncratic differences that differ not just brand to brand, but shoe to shoe.”

Finding the right shoe size is a necessary part of maintaining foot health. For more information, speak to podiatrist Dr. Alfred Sanginario of Active Foot Care. Our doctor will attend to all your foot and ankle needs.

Getting the Right Shoe Size
Sometimes it may be difficult finding the right shoe size especially because shoe sizes tend to vary depending on the brand and company you are looking for. A size 6 for one brand may be a size 7 in another. Although many people know their exact shoe size, it can range within 2 sizes depending on where they shop.

So it is important not to always go for a size 7 just because you think you might be a size 7 universally. It is best to try on the shoe and walk around for a bit to see how it fits and how it feels. Comfort is essential and the fitting has to be well otherwise it can lead to blisters, bruises at the back of the ankle and it can also hurt your toes if the shoe is too tight for example.

People walk a lot, so it is important for you to find what is comfortable when it is possible.

For more information about Getting the Right Shoe Size, follow the link below.

If you have any questions, please contact our office located in Brooklyn, NY. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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foot-surgery2Dr. Selene Parekh, an orthopedic surgeon at Duke Medical Center, always makes sure to put on his glasses before scrubbing in for surgery. These are not your typical glasses, however, but a pair of Google Glass—the camera- and monitor-wielding wearable computer. In a recent operation, Dr. Parekh had the voice-activated glasses video-record his progress as he repaired a broken metatarsal and drilled a metal plate into his patient’s foot.

Google Glass has been a regular feature of Dr. Parekh’s surgeries since the previous year, as he uses the Glass recordings to help educate orthopedic surgeons in India. The doctor’s future plans involve live-streaming his operations through Glass to his native country, where he reports foot and ankle surgery is behind the U.S. by four decades.

Other Glass features include the capacity to screen helpful medical images and video conference with colleagues mid-operation; this ensures that the operating surgeon will never have to turn away from his or her patient. Software developers have also created programs that will display patient vitals, lab results, and operation checklists, turning Glass into an all-inclusive medical dashboard.
Google Glass will surely bring forth great improvements in future surgical procedures. For some patients, however, surgery cannot wait. If you require surgical consultation, see Dr. Alfred Sanginario of Active Foot Care. Our doctor will provide you with the information and care you seek.

When is Surgery Necessary?

Foot and ankle surgery is generally reserved for cases where less invasive procedures have been unsuccessful. Conditions that often require surgery are listed below:
- Removing foot deformities like bone spurs and bunions
- Severe arthritis that has caused bone issues
- Reconstruction for injuries caused by accidents or malformations

Types of Surgeries

The type of surgery you receive depends on the nature of the problem.  Possible surgeries include the following:
- Bunionectomy for painful bunions
- Surgical fusion for realignment of bones
- Nerve removal for painful nerve endings

Benefits of Surgery

Surgery can provide more complete pain relief than other options and may allow you to finally resume full activity.  Surgical techniques have also become increasingly sophisticated.  Techniques like endoscopic surgery allow for smaller incisions and faster recovery times.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Brooklyn, NY. We offer all the latest in diagnostic and treatment technologies to meet your needs.

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achilles-tendon4New replacement joints could be in the works. A team of scientific researchers working at the University of Pittsburgh has been looking at how 3D printers can transform a person's stem cells into a replacement joint. This research would be a boon to arthritic patients who often require joint replacements as a last resort, but the current models are made from metals or plastic and can wear out. Rocky S. Tuan, a cellular engineering expert, and his team hope to help those with osteoarthritis and wounded military members with this new creation that could herald a new future in treatment options.

The feet are one of the most common sites for arthritis to occur in the body. If you are struggling with arthritis in your feet or ankles, call Dr. Alfred Sanginario from Active Foot Care. Our doctor can examine your lower extremities and do everything he can to help alleviate your joint pain.

Arthritic Foot Care

Arthritis is a joint disorder that involves inflammation of different joints in your body, such as in your feet. Arthritis is often caused by a degenerative joint disease and causes mild to severe pain in all affected areas. On top of this, swelling and stiffness in the affected joints can also be a common symptom of arthritis.

In many cases, wearing ill-fitting shoes can worsen the effects and pain of arthritis. Wearing shoes that have a lower heel and extra room can help your feet feel more comfortable. In cases of rheumatoid arthritis, the arch in your foot may become problematic. Buying shoes with proper arch support that contour to your feet can help immensely.

Alleviating Arthritic Pain

  • Exercises that stretch the foot can prevent further pain and injury and increase mobility
  • Most of the pain can be alleviated with anti-inflammatory drugs, heat, and topical medications
  • Massages can help to temporarily alleviate pain.

It is best to see your doctor for the treatment that is right for your needs and symptoms. Conditions vary, and a podiatrist can help you determine the right method of care for your feet.

If you have any questions, please contact our office located in Brooklyn, NY. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Although flip-flops and sandals are typically worn less throughout the colder months, college students that shower in a communal space should keep wearing the sandals year round. Since public grooming areas are already naturally moist, they are common areas for biofilms, slimy areas where microorganisms stick together, to grow. Professor Philip Tierno of New York University’s School of Medicine even mentions that it will take more than soap and water to eliminate the hazards caused by biofilms. In order to reduce the chance of any infections that might occur when coming in contact with these biofilms, college students must make the choice to wear flip-flops anywhere near the shower. Tierno states, “People don’t think they have a contusion or lesion or crack in their skin, but many people have dried skin and they do have the ability for an organism to gain access to the foot and spread elsewhere in the body.”

Flip-flops can cause a lot of foot problems if worn too often and in the incorrect conditions, they can help you to avoid infection in certain areas. If you have any questions concerning infections on the feet, consult with one of our podiatrists of Ankle and Foot Center of Tampa Bay. Our doctors will answer any of your foot- and ankle-related questions.


Flip-Flops and Feet
When the weather starts warming up, people enjoy wearing flip-flops.  Flip-flops are comfortable, stylish, and easy to slip on and off, perfect for any summer beach goer.  However, these shoes can cause harm to the feet.
How Can Flip-Flops Affect Me Long-Term?

  • Ankle problems
  • Hip problems
  • Lower back problems
  • Pain in the balls of the feet
  • Problems with foot arches
  • Changes in the way you walk

Are there injuries associated with flip-flops?
Yes.  Since flip-flops are relatively weak and do not provide the same amount of support as sneakers, people who wear flip-flops are more susceptible to injuries. On top of that, the open nature of the shoe makes your feet more prone to other problems, such as cuts and even infections.  Common injuries and ailments include:

  • Sprained ankles
  • Blisters
  • Infections
  • Cuts and Scrapes

I like wearing flip-flops, are there safe alternatives?
When buying flip-flops, try to find ones that have sturdy soles and are made of high quality materials that will support for your feet.  These flip-flops will cost more, but will also last longer as a result.

For more information about Flip Flops, follow the link below.

If you have any questions, please contact one of our 11 conveniently located offices in the Tampa Bay area. We offer all the newest in diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle conditions.

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