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Many Americans Experience Foot Pain

doctor picThe American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) announced the results of the Today’s Podiatrist survey, which measured public attitudes toward podiatric health. The research surveyed one thousand American adults. The results found that 77 percent have experienced some kind of foot pain, but only one third of those experiencing pain actually sought a podiatrist. Foot pain can have a substantial impact on the quality of life. This includes restricting day-to day activities such as running, walking, exercising, work or play.

 "It's not surprising to see how many people are affected by foot pain, when survey results show that we view our feet as the least important body part in terms of our overall health and wellbeing," said APMA President Frank Spinosa, DPM. "Our feet are literally and figuratively the furthest things from our minds."

A podiatrist is here to treat your foot and ankle needs.  If you need foot or ankle care, see podiatrist Dr. Alfred Sanginario of Active Foot Care. Dr. Sanginariowill treat your podiatric needs.

What is a Podiatrist?

The branch of medicine that is focused on the treatment, diagnosis, and study of disorders of the lower leg, ankle and foot is referred to as podiatry. Someone would seek care in the field of podiatry when they have suffered a foot injury or have common foot ailments such as: heal spurs, bunions, arch problems, deformities, ingrown toenails, corns, foot and ankle problems etc.

Podiatric Treatment

A podiatrist will treat the problematic areas of the feet, ankle or lower leg by prescribing the following:

  • physical therapy
  • drugs
  • perform surgery on lower extremity fractures
  • orthotic inserts or soles

A common podiatric procedure a podiatrist will use is a scanner or force plate which will allow the podiatrist to know the designs of orthotics. Patients are then told to follow a series of tasks to complete the treatment. The computer will scan the foot a see which areas show weight distribution and pressure points. The podiatrist will read the analysis and then determine which treatment plans are available.

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

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Since 2002, 60 year old Deborah Cole Thomas has struggled with osteoarthritis in her feet and ankles. Thomas had to undergo multiple surgeries due to her condition. Additionally, Thomas has to take pain medication on a constant basis.

Fortunately for people like Thomas, The University of Pittsburgh is conducting research to aid patients suffering from osteoarthritis. Cellular and molecular engineering expert Rocky S. Tuan has his team using 3D printers to make replacement joints out of stem cells and scaffolding material. According to their research, the artificial joints just might be more effective than the metal and plastic joints that are used now.

Some people need foot surgery for their podiatric ailments. If you are contending with foot or ankle pain, consult podiatrist Dr. Alfred Sanginario of Active Foot Care. Dr. Sanginariocan help you with your foot and ankle needs.

 When Surgery is Necessary

Foot and ankle surgery are reserved in cases when less invasive procedures and treatments do not help with the problem.  Although surgery is generally considered to be a last resort, when undertaken it can provide a permanent pain relief than before and allows you to resume the activities your foot problem has prevented you from enjoying otherwise. This includes:

  • Foot deformities (bunions, bone spurs)
  • Painful nerves
  • Congenital deformities
  • Misaligned bones

The type of surgery you will undergo is dependent on the problem at hand. For painful bunions, you may undergo a bunionectomy. Surgical fusions can help realign bones while nerve removal can help get rid of painful nerves and the tissues that surround them.  With advancing, evolving technology and surgical techniques becoming more sophisticated, many procedures are now being performed with small incisions and more precise instruments, allowing for faster recovery times.

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

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U.S. Army lieutenants pulled together a research study that focused on the force used by runners when they hit the ground and the amount of injuries, attempting to correlate the two. The purpose of the study was to minimize the incidents of injuries among the U.S. military.

To accomplish the study, the U.S. Army gathered a large group of soldiers. About 1027 men and women in the U.S. Army were monitored as the researchers examined their record of injuries while observing their running techniques. The study came to the conclusion that the amount of force used while running had no relationship to any injuries sustained by the runners.

Running injuries can happen to almost anyone. If you have suffered a running injury, see podiatrist Dr. Alfred Sanginario of Active Foot Care. Dr. Sanginariocan treat your foot and ankle injuries.

How to Prevent Running Injuries

Many common running injuries are caused by overuse and overtraining. When the back of the kneecap starts wearing out and starts causing pain in your knee, this is commonly referred to as runner’s knee. Runner’s knee is a decrease in strength in your quadriceps and can occur if you’re not wearing properly fitted or supporting shoes. Runner’s knee usually is treated with strengthening exercises focusing on the quad muscles and sports orthotic. To prevent runner’s knee, focusing on hip strengthening is a good idea, as well as strengthening your quads to keep the kneecaps aligned. Physical therapy can help you learn the best exercises to heal runner’s knee.

What Are Some Causes of Running Injuries?

- One cause of a common running injury is called iliotibial band syndrome.
- Plantar fasciitis is also another common injury.
- Stress fractures can occur from overtraining, lack of calcium, or even your running style.

Best Ways to Prevent Running Injuries

- Wear footwear that fits properly and suits your running needs.
- Running shoes are the only protective gear that runners have to safeguard them from injury.
- Make a training schedule. Adding strengthening exercises as well as regular stretching can help

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

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Dallas Mavericks player Devin Harris admitted that he was unsure of his return to the court after undergoing the rehabilitation process. Harris underwent an operation on the second metatarsal in his left foot and wound up in quite a long recovery period as a result. Harris’ rehabilitation time span took longer due to a stress fracture he developed in the third metatarsal in the left foot towards the end of 2013.

“It’s been a long road since the summer,” said Harris, who had to change the mechanics of how he ran. “We’ve had a lot of things happen, but I stayed positive and worked hard and obviously we’re in a good situation now.”

Sometimes foot and ankle injuries require rehabilitation.  If your foot or ankle is injured, consult podiatrist Dr. Alfred Sanginario of Active Foot Care. Dr. Sanginariocan treat your podiatric needs.

Foot Therapy for Sports

People who are constantly on their feet are prone to a variety of injuries. Therefore, it is important to take part in physical therapy in order to get back on the right track quickly.

What to do when injured

Physical Therapy – This specialized treatment will focus on the affected area, speeding up recovery and the overall healing process. This is important for those wanting to get back into the game quickly. It is a proven method that has helped millions of people return from any injury.

During physical therapy you will undergo regimented training to get back into full form. Training is often very difficult, especially at first when the foot feels weak. These are some steps physical therapy often involves:

  1. Basic stretching & twisting exercises – getting the feet’s mobility and flexibility up.
  2. Massaging – the therapist will massage the injured area in order to activate and relax the muscles.
  3. Strengthening Exercises – this allows the muscles in the affected area to regain their full strength, a vital step towards full recovery.

With the advancements in technology and greater knowledge of how muscles and joints work, physical therapists can turn things around dramatically.    

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

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