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Items filtered by date: August 2014
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Wednesday, 27 August 2014 00:00

Research Suggests Going Bare Isn't All There

A study conducted by University of Colorado doctoral student Jason Franz found that the barefoot running trend may not be beneficial. Conducted in the University’s Locomotion Lab, the study found that people run more efficiently with shoes on their feet than by going barefoot.

The experiments that were conducted by the researchers studied runners’ air intake and exhalation while running on a treadmill. The study concluded the body requires three to four percent more energy exertion while the runner is running barefoot. Jason Franz thinks that the adjustments made while running barefoot must require more energy exertion by the body.

Barefoot running can be a very effective way to exercise if done correctly. To get help and advice with this type of running technique, contact podiatrist Dr. Alfred Sanginario of Active Foot Care. Dr. Sanginario will instruct you on what precautions you should take before starting and answer any questions you have.

Barefoot Running

The Impact of Barefoot Running
-Running without shoes changes the motion of your running, as most running is done by landing on the heel of the feet.
-Running barefoot requires a different way of running; the landing is done on the front part of the feet.

The Advantages of Barefoot Running

-When running and landing on the front feet, the impact on the feet and ankle is reduced, this can reduce stress injuries.
-It strengthens muscles in the feet and ankles and the lower legs.
-Balance of the body is improved and there is a greater sensory input from the feet to the rest of the body.

The Drawbacks of Barefoot Running
-No protection while running, makes it likely that runners will land on sharp objects and scrapes, bruises and cuts on the feet will result.
-Blisters may form.
-Possibility of plantar fascia problems.
-Risk of getting Achilles tendonitis.

So what can runners do to make barefoot running safe? It’s best to make a slow transition from running shoes to barefoot running. Once the feet begin to adjust, try walking, then jogging and gradually increasing the distance. Minimalist running shoes may also be an option.

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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 University of Queensland scientists conducted research indicating the plantar fascia is not the only muscle in the foot that can provide arch support. The first experiment involved weights being tied to the knees of two test subjects. The scientists monitored the responses of the muscles in their feet.

The second experiment involved electrical stimulation was performed soon after, showing that when activated, these tissues caused the arch to rise. Dr. Glen Lichtwark believes this could play an important role in fields focusing on the feet.

The biomechanics are the cogs behind the gears that manage your feet. If you would like more information, see podiatrist Dr. Alfred Sanginario of Active Foot Care. Dr. Sanginario can provide in-depth information as well as measure your personal foot biomechanics.   

A History of Biomechanics

- Biomechanics dates back to the BC era in Egypt where evidence of professional foot care has been recorded.
- In 1974 biomechanics gained a higher profile from the studies of Merton Root, who claimed that by changing or controlling the forces between the ankle and the foot, corrections or conditions could be implemented to gain strength and coordination to the area.
Modern technology improvements are based on past theories and therapeutic processes providing a better understanding of podiatry concepts for biomechanics. Computers provide accurate determinations about the forces, moments and patterns of the foot and lower legs with the most important information captured.
Advances in materials and more awareness of biomechanics have developed enhanced corrective methods, offering further options for foot-related injuries. Understanding foot biomechanics can help improve and eliminate pain, stopping further stress to the foot.

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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Wednesday, 13 August 2014 00:00

YaserKasim Deals with Nerve Damage in Foot

pic1YaserKasim, a midfielder for the Swindon Town Robins soccer team, has had to take time off during the current preseason to rest his injured foot. A nerve in Kasim’s foot became inflamed after a recent accident, and he had to get a special injection to help ease the pain. He missed Swindon’s games in Petersfield and Eastleigh but was able to join the Robins in their loss to Southampton.

Kasim was used as a sweeper during another recent game, but what he really wants is to be back on the field in his usual position of midfielder. “I need to do what’s good for me and what’s right for me to be ready for the season and help the team,” he said.

Like in Kasim’s nerve case, nerve disorders in the feet can often be a huge burden. If you think there’s a problem with the nerves in your feet, see podiatrist Dr. Alfred Sanginario of Active Foot Care. Dr. Sanginariocan figure out what the problem is and apply his unmatched medical expertise to solving it.

Nerve Disorders of the Foot and Ankle

There are two nerve disorders of the foot and ankle called Interdigital Neuroma and Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome. These conditions affect the hands as well, and are caused by stress and genetics. People who suffer from Interdigital Neuroma and Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome are prone to serious pain and inflammation in the area.

Pain that is associated with Interdigital Neuroma is often from local inflammation in the nerves in the front of the foot. Symptoms include pain, burning, and/or tingling sensations of the toes.

There are several steps a doctor will take to determine if one has Neuroma such as: radiographs, MRIs, and bone scans. Surgery isn’t required in many instances, and should only be considered when the patient is suffering from persistent pain.

Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome is a condition that is less common than Interdigital Neuroma. It only seems to affect patients who have severe ankle pain which begins in the bottom of the foot extending all the way to the calf. 

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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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Hammertoe53-year-old Basanta Kumar Singha Roy had to have a hammertoe and two other toes from his right foot amputated after a failed attempt to scale Dhaulagiri, a mountain in Nepal, last year. His oxygen tank sprung a leak while he was climbing down the down the mountain, causing irreparable damage to his feet.

Roy has been practicing his mountaineering skills since then by hiking through the Ayodhya hills. He’s ready to start climbing again, and has set his sights on the Neelkanth peek in the Garhwal Himalayas. He leaves for the expedition on August 19, and if he’s successful he’ll be the first Indian civilian to ever reach the summit. “For the last few months I’ve started working towards my goal,” Roy said. “I went for trekking at the Ayodhya Hills...Now I’m absolutely fit and ready and raring to go for the Neelkanth expedition.”

Hammertoes don’t usually have to be amputated, but they do sometimes need intensive treatment. To get help with a hammertoe or any other lower extremity problem, visit podiatrist Dr. Alfred Sanginario of Active Foot Care. Dr. Sanginario will provide you with care of an unmatched quality and do everything he can to cure you of your foot condition.

Hammertoe
Hammertoe is little-known a painful condition that affects the second, third and fourth toes involving different joints of the toe and foot. Hammertoe can be caused by many other conditions such as RA (rheumatoid arthritis), osteoarthritis, trauma or injuries to your foot, it can be hereditary and it can also be caused by a cerebral vascular accident. If you wear shoes that are too narrow or short for your feet, it may exacerbate any pain you already have.

It is really important to your overall well-being to seek out medical attention at the first signs of foot pain or anything that may hinder your ability to walk in a normal manner. Taking care of your feet is one of the first steps to being able to live a full and healthy life.

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