Items filtered by date: October 2014

 Dr. Taryn Rose, an ex-orthopedic surgeon, has recently collaborated with architect Enrico Cuini, in an attempt to create a pair of heels that are actually comfortable and supportive. The creation has already established a $40 million dollar business and Dr. Rose has also started a Kickstarter campaign to fund the “wing” shoes. The shoes will be known as Enrico Cuini for DRESR and is said to cushion parts of the foot’s arch with the carbon fiber wings that are built in the insoles. “The wings ‘flutter’ as you walk to provide a pumping action, which helps blood flow back to your heart from your feet,” stated Dr. Rose. “This provides comfort and decreases swelling in your feet.”

High heels can negatively affect your feet if they do not offer enough support. If you would like to learn more, speak to one of our podiatrists of Active Foot Care. Our doctors will answer all of your foot- and ankle-related questions.

Effects of High Heels on the Feet
High heels are popular shoes among women because they are associated with femininity.  Despite their appeal, they can cause many health problems if worn too frequently.

What parts my body will be affected by high heels?

  • Ankle Joints
  • Achilles Tendon – may shorten and stiffen with prolonged wear
  • Balls of the Feet
  • Knees – heels cause the knees to bend constantly, creating stress on them
  • Back – they decrease the spine’s ability to absorb shock, which may lead to back pain.  Also, the vertebrae of the lower back may compress.

What kinds of foot problems can develop from wearing high heels?

  • Corns
  • Calluses
  • Hammertoe
  • Bunions
  • Morton’s Neuroma
  • Plantar Fasciitis

How can I still wear high heels and maintain foot health?
If you want to wear high heeled shoes, make sure that you are not wearing them every day, as this will help prevent long term physical problems.  Try wearing thicker heels as opposed to stilettos to distribute weight more evenly across the feet.  Always make sure you are wearing the proper shoes for the right occasion, such as sneakers for exercising.  If you walk to work, try carrying your heels with you and changing into them once you arrive at work. 

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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internationalSchools in Richmond, Virginia participated in International Walk to School Day on October 8th. The schools encouraged students, parents, and teachers around the area to participate in the event aimed to teach those involved about the benefits of exercise. The day’s activities included showing students the pedestrian safety importance and a safe walking route to school. Many schools wanted to promote physical activity, good health, and safety. Linwood Holton Elementary School hosted a Mini-wellness Fair in addition to the day’s activities to teach students how to obtain healthy lifestyles.

All parents should teach their children the importance of caring for their feet. If your child needs foot treatment, see one of our podiatrists at Active Foot Care. We will care for your child’s foot needs.

How to Keep Your Child’s Feet Healthy

Throughout childhood, it is very crucial for children to have and maintain good health and proper care of their feet. With good foot health starting at an early age, foot problems and diseases can be prevented in the future. As children continue to develop so do their feet, and require different techniques of care and maintenance.

Even though babies do not begin walking until later stages, their feet should be taken care of properly:

  • Stay away from socks that are too tight for your baby’s feet. This can cause pain and allow less circulation
  • Encourage your baby to move their feet as much as possible so they feel comfortable with them

When your baby begins to learn how to walk, do not panic if they are unsteady on their feet. Toddlers are just getting used to the way in which their feet work so wobbliness is completely acceptable.
When your child grows out of their toddler years, here are a few steps they should take to stay with good health within their feet:

  • Practice proper hygiene with them
  • Be observant of any injuries that might occur

For more information about Keeping Children’s Feet Healthy, 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 and ankle injuries.

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Tuesday, 14 October 2014 00:00

Hammertoe Suffers Have Non-Surgical Options

 Most hammertoe patients would typically like to get corrective surgery as their inital form of treatment; however, certain insurance companies make it mandatory that patients try non-surgical treatments before surgery can be approved. A few invasive treatments include taking analgesic or anti-inflammatory drugs, even cortisone injections may ease the pain and swelling. A few non-invasive actions include making custom orthotic inserts or wearing splints to ease discomfort and prevent the condition from worsening. Splints may also be used to protect the toe from rubbing against the top of the shoe.

Regardless of the treatment you choose, hammertoes require some form of medical attention if they are to be corrected. If you are seeking treatment for a hammertoe, consult with podiatrist one of our doctors at Active Foot Care. We can attend to all of your foot and ankle needs.

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.

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

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A study shows that dark chocolate polyphenols can help with symptoms of peripheral artery disorder (PAD). Sapienza University scientists gathered 20 participants for this study, providing one half with dark chocolate and the other with milk chocolate.

After eating the chocolate the subjects were instructed to walk on treadmills for a set time. As the scientists monitored the patients, they found that patients who ate dark chocolate experienced better circulation and were able to walk 10% farther than those who had eaten the milk chocolate.

Poor circulation is difficult to live with. If you have poor circulation in your feet or ankles, consider calling podiatrist Dr. Alfred Sanginario of Active Foot Care. Dr. Sanginario can treat your podiatric needs.  

Poor Circulation in the Feet

Poor blood circulation in the feet and legs is caused by peripheral artery disease (PAD), which is the result of a buildup of plaque in the arteries.

 Plaque buildup or atherosclerosis results from excess calcium and cholesterol in the bloodstream. It usually restricts the amount of blood which can flow through the arteries. Poor blood circulation in the feet and legs are sometimes caused by inflammation in the blood vessels, known as vasculitis.


Lack of oxygen and oxygen from poor blood circulation restricts muscle growth and development.
It can also cause:

-muscle pain     -numbness in legs
-cramps            -skin discoloration
-weakness        -slower nail & hair growth
-stiffness          -erectile dysfunction

Those who have diabetes and or smoke are at greatest risk for poor circulation, or who are over 50.

If you have poor circulation in the feet and legs it may be caused by PAD, and is important to make changes to your lifestyle in order to reduce risk of getting a heart attack or stroke. Exercise and maintaining a healthy lifestyle will dramatically improve conditions.

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 ankle injuries.

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Maria Schneider  was rescued via helicopter on the Dobratsch Mountain after she attempted to climb the 7,109 foot high mountain while wearing flip-flops. The twenty-three year old was trying to hike near the peak of the mountain when she got stuck and was not able to take another step due to her footwear. When rescuers reached Schneider, she was not dressed warmly or equipped with the proper Alpine gear. A police helicopter, eight mountain rescuers, and an alpine policeman were all involved in the rescue and Schneider remained uninjured in the event.

If you will be undertaking excessive physical activity and are looking for proper foot support, flip-flops may not be the best choice of footwear.  To learn more about the harmful long-term effects of flip-flops, consult with podiatrist Dr. Alfred Sanginario of Active Foot Care. Dr. Sanginario will attend to all of your foot and ankle needs and answer any of your 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 our office located in Brooklyn, NY. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot ankle injuries.

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