Tuesday, 08 July 2014 00:00

Woman Recovers from Morton’s Neuroma

wendy-desbrow1Nurse Wendy Desbrow of Bruntingthorpe first began feeling the painful effects of her Morton’s neuroma while installing new decking on her home. Desbrow’s condition began as a feeling of slight pain, but eventually the discomfort grew to the point of becoming unbearable. In fact, Desbrow’s foot hurt so badly that she would sometimes have to pull over to the side of the road while she was driving and wait for the pain to go away.

Although many physicians examined Desbrow’s feet, only one was able to correctly diagnose her with Morton’s neuroma. Desbrow finally underwent surgery after four long years of dealing with her condition, and now her foot is back to its full health.

Morton’s Neruoma can be debilitating. For assistance with dealing with a neuroma in your foot, tsee podiatrist Dr. Alfred Sanginario of Active Foot Care. Dr. Sanginariocan treat your foot and ankle needs.

Morton’s Neuroma

Morton's neuroma is a painful foot condition that commonly affects the areas between the third and fourth toe and the ball of the foot, although other areas of the foot are also susceptible to this condition. Morton’s neuroma is caused by an inflamed nerve in the foot that is being squeezed and aggravated by surrounding bones. Women are more likely than men to have an occurrence of this foot condition. When a person has Morton's neuroma, it can feel as if they are walking on stones or marbles.

What Increases the Chances of having Morton’s Neuroma?

-Ill-fitting high heels or shoes that add pressure to the toe or foot area.
-Jogging, running and any sports that involve constant impact to the foot area.
-Flat feet, bunions, and any other foot deformity may put you at a higher risk for developing Morton’s neuroma.

If you suspect that you may have this condition, you should visit your podiatrist. A podiatrist will first conduct a thorough physical examination to check for palpable masses between the bones of the foot.

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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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gout-foot2Ancient DNA isn’t just the product of conspiracy theories and science fiction movies. In fact,dinosaur DNA is currently being tested in order to create a possible cure for gout. Scientists tested the DNA’s capabilities by reviving a prehistoric protein via E.coli. The E.coli was then able to convert the DNA into workable live proteins.

The 90 million year old DNA proved to be solid when it came to eliminating uric acid build up, a common gout symptom. A patent was filed for the protein with the company starting the drug’s production. The FDA is currently in the process of providing approval for clinical trials.

Gout is a difficult condition to deal with. If you have gout, see podiatrist Dr. Alfred Sanginario of Active Foot Care. Dr. Sanginariocan treat your foot and ankle needs.

What is Gout?

Gout is a type of arthritis caused by a buildup of uric acid in the bloodstream. It often affects the foot, especially the big toe, although it can manifest in other parts of the body as well. Gout can make walking and standing very painful and is especially common in diabetics and the obese.

The main reason get gout is because of a poor diet. Foods rich in purines like turkey, red meats, and liver can affect the body’s ability to excrete uric acid, which in turn leads to hyperuricema, the blood condition that causes gout to develop. Genetic predisposition is also a factor. The children of parents who have had gout frequently have as much as a one in five chance of developing it themselves.

Gout can easily be identified by redness and inflammation of the big toe and the surrounding areas of the foot. Other symptoms include extreme fatigue, joint pain, and running high fevers. Sometimes corticosteroid drugs can be prescribed to treat gout, but the best way to combat this disease is to get more exercise and eat a better diet. In particular, low-fat dairy products, fruits high in vitamin C, and coffee are all foods that are known for their ability to help people recover from gout.

For more information about Gout in the feet and lower extremities, please follow the link below.

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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Tuesday, 24 June 2014 00:00

Broken Toe Benches Major Player

broken-toeJenna O’Hea is a major player on the Seattle Storm roster. Unfortunately for the 6’1 Australian guard, O’Hea suffered a broken toe that might affect the rest of her season. O’Hea will be out of the game and on the bench for the next four to six weeks as a result of her injury.

Fortunately, the Storm must still go on. The team is slated to take on New York, Atlanta and Tulsa, showing that they will keep the spirit going. As for O’Hea, she averages in about 4.3 points and 2.8 rebounds, so that makes her absence quite the loss for the team. Hopefully the Seattle Storm will still bring their best and be able to accrue the wins they need to climb to the top.

Broken toes can be incredibly painful. If you injured or fractured your toe, see podiatrist Dr. Alfred Sanginario of Active Foot Care. Dr. Sanginariocan 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). Another type of trauma that can break a toe is repeated activity that places stress on the toe for prolonged periods of time.

Symptoms of a Broken Toe

  • throbbing pain
  • swelling
  • bruising on the skin and toenail
  • inability to move the toe with ease.
  • crooked or disfigured appearance
  • tingling or numbness in the toe
  • fever or chills throughout their body

It is best to stay off of the injured toe with the affected foot elevated on pillows. Alleviate swelling by placing an ice pack on the broken toe for 15 minutes every two hours then taping the two toes together with medical tape. 

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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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Tuesday, 17 June 2014 00:00

Summer Season Risks Athletes Foot

recreational-water-illnessesThe Center of Disease Control and Prevention label recreational water illnesses as potential health risks for the summer. Since many summer activities involve water, contaminated water is a huge risk for many people. Pathogens are easily contracted in public waters such as lakes or spas via contact with the skin or accidental ingestion.

In particular, the feet risk developing athlete’s foot. The athlete’s foot fungus often can be found in public showers that don’t have adequate drainage. To prevent athlete’s foot, it is suggested to keep feet as dry as possible.

Athlete’s foot can be troublesome. If you have athletes foot, see podiatrist Dr. Alfred Sanginario of Active Foot Care. Dr. Sanginariocan help you with all of your podiatric needs.

Athlete’s Foot

Athlete’s foot is a very contagious form of fungus, which can infect persons usually resulting in itching, burning, dry, and flaking feet. Treatment is often difficult, because of its contagious and reoccurring nature. Tinea pedis is the fungus which causes athletes foot, and is found to survive in moist humid areas.

Common places found:

-shower floors            
-public changing areas-locker rooms
-gyms                        
-bathrooms                             
-public swimming pools
-socks and shoes        
-dormitory style houses                      

What is Tinea Pedi?

Is the same fungus which causes ringworm, and is known to be spread by direct contact of the infected body part. Or infection can spread by touching other objects and body parts which have been exposed to the fungus. Tinea Pedi is mostly found on the feet, because it is the ideal place for it to thrive on.

Treatment & Prevention

Because of its reoccurring nature of tinea fungus and athletes foot, the best way to treat this condition is with prevention. By taking the necessary precautions such as:

-Wear flips-flops or sandals in locker rooms and public showers.
-Use powders t keep your feet dry
-Keep your feet exposed to light and cool air
-Treating athletes foot with special creams/sprays

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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Kevin Youkilis is an American baseball player who went international as he was to play with the Rakuten Golden Eagles in Japan. However, after struggling with chronic plantar fasciitis, Youkilis had to cut his time short and make an early leave. Youkilis was signed a deal to play a full season, but as the pain and symptoms progressed Youkilis decided to focus on treating his condition rather than enduring it.

 "It was definitely a unique experience," Youkilis said when it comes to his short Japanese career. "It was fun being in a different culture, learning a new language.” Youkilis returned to the U.S.A to make a guest appearance for the Red Sox’s 2004 anniversary celebration in Fenway Park. 

Plantar fasciitis can end an athletic career early if left untreated. If you have pain in  your heels, visit podiatrist Dr. Alfred Sanginario of Active Foot Care. Dr. Sanginariocan treat your heel pain and see if you have plantar fasciitis.  

What is Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis refers to heel and arch pain caused by an inflammation of the connective tissues on the bottom of the foot.

What Causes Plantar Fasciitis?

  • Ill-fitting shoes
  • Weight change
  • Excessive running
  • Non-supportive shoes
  • Overpronation

How Can It Be Treated?

  • Conservative measures – anti-inflammatories, ice packs, stretching exercises, physical therapy, orthotic devices. 
  • Shockwave therapy – sends sound waves to the areas where pain is experience.  Requires multiple sessions.  This is used for very persistent cases of plantar fasciitis. 
  • Ultrasound-guided technique with steroid injections into the plantar fascia.  This is from a relatively new and small study, but was shown to be effective in most cases treated.

New Studies on Treatment

According to groundbreaking treatment option studies, Luca M. Sconfienza, M.D. says that ultrasound with steroid injections was effective in over 95% of cases that involve plantar fasciitis. This process involves anesthesia and is a single process, out-patient treatment that was discovered to be highly effective. Luca M. Sconfienza M.D. presented her study at an annual meeting for the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA). Be sure to speak with your podiatrist about different methods that can be used, as well as finding out what treatment options they offer.

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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kris-letangPittsburgh Penguins defenseman Kris Letang suffered an end to a rather difficult season after sustaining a broken foot. TVA Sports Renaud Lavoie tweeted: ‘Kris Letang suffered a broken foot (game 6) and a broken hand (game 7) vs Rangers. Can't workout for the next 4 weeks.’

Letang appeared in only 37 games after suffering from a stroke. The 27 year old managed to return for the playoffs but now has to contend with both a broken hand and broken foot. This injury has placed a huge dent on the Penguins’ roster.

A broken foot can be very painful. If you or a loved one suffered a foot or ankle injury, see podiatrist Dr. Alfred Sanginario of Active Foot Care. Dr. Sanginario can treat your foot and ankle injuries.

Broken Foot Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment

A broken foot is caused by one of the bones in the foot ‘breaking’, or fracturing. Bones typically break when the bone is bended, crushed, or stretched beyond its natural capabilities. Usually the location of the fracture indicates how the break occurred, whether it was through an object, fall, or any other type of injury.

Common Symptoms of Broken Feet:

  • Bruising
  • Pain
  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Blue (foot)
  • Numbness
  • Cold
  • Misshapen
  • Cuts
  • Deformities

Those who are experiencing any of these symptoms, or suspect that they have a broken foot, should seek medical attention in a center where x-rays can be performed. This is especially urgent if any of the symptoms include numbness, blue coloring, cold feet, cuts, misshapen toes or deformities as these indicate more severe cases.

To learn more about broken foot and its treatment, please follow link below.

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, 28 May 2014 00:00

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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