Items filtered by date: January 2021

Thursday, 28 January 2021 00:00

Do You Suffer From Painful Feet?

Painful deformities, such as hammertoes, can be treated. Stop living with foot pain, and have beautiful feet again!

Monday, 25 January 2021 00:00

Three Considerations for Elderly Foot Care

The elderly are especially vulnerable to foot problems, as they may have difficulty caring for their own feet. If you are a caregiver to an elderly person, you should be aware of proper foot care practices. Examining the feet regularly for wounds, cuts, scrapes, sores, swelling, or discoloration, as well as asking your loved one if they are experiencing any foot pain, is vital for prevention and early detection of potentially serious foot problems. It is also important to help your loved one maintain good hygiene in regards to their feet. This can be accomplished by washing the feet and then thoroughly drying them on a daily basis. Elderly people may be prone to ingrown toenails. To prevent this, it is suggested that you trim the toenails regularly, cutting straight across and keeping the length to approximately the tips of the toes. To learn more about how you can help a loved one care for their feet, please consult with a podiatrist.

Proper foot care is something many older adults forget to consider. If you have any concerns about your feet and ankles, contact Dr. Castillo from Bronx Foot Care. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

The Elderly and Their Feet

As we age we start to notice many changes in our body, but the elder population may not notice them right away. Medical conditions may prevent the elderly to take notice of their foot health right away. Poor vision is a lead contributor to not taking action for the elderly.

Common Conditions 

  • Neuropathy – can reduce feeling in the feet and can hide many life-threatening medical conditions.
  • Reduced flexibility – prevents the ability of proper toenail trimming, and foot cleaning. If left untreated, it may lead to further medical issues.
  • Foot sores – amongst the older population can be serious before they are discovered. Some of the problematic conditions they may face are:
  • Gouging toenails affecting nearby toe
  • Shoes that don’t fit properly
  • Pressure sores
  • Loss of circulation in legs & feet
  • Edema & swelling of feet and ankles

Susceptible Infections

Diabetes and poor circulation can cause general loss of sensitivity over the years, turning a simple cut into a serious issue.

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

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Monday, 18 January 2021 00:00

Peripheral Artery Disease and Exercise

Peripheral artery disease (PAD) is a condition that causes poor circulation in the lower limbs. Frequent symptoms of this can include leg pain, cramps, numbness, and claudication - a type of leg pain that is triggered by poor circulation during exercise but goes away upon rest. PAD can make it difficult to exercise, however, exercise is a key component of managing PAD. Walking-based exercises can help improve PAD symptoms, increase the distance that you can walk without pain, and may reduce the risk of having a stroke or heart attack. To learn more about the benefits of exercise for those with peripheral artery disease, please consult with a podiatrist.  

Peripheral artery disease can pose a serious risk to your health. It can increase the risk of stroke and heart attack. If you have symptoms of peripheral artery disease, consult with Dr. Castillo from Bronx Foot Care. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Peripheral artery disease (PAD) is when arteries are constricted due to plaque (fatty deposits) build-up. This results in less blood flow to the legs and other extremities. The main cause of PAD is atherosclerosis, in which plaque builds up in the arteries.

Symptoms

Symptoms of PAD include:

  • Claudication (leg pain from walking)
  • Numbness in legs
  • Decrease in growth of leg hair and toenails
  • Paleness of the skin
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Sores and wounds on legs and feet that won’t heal
  • Coldness in one leg

It is important to note that a majority of individuals never show any symptoms of PAD.

Diagnosis

While PAD occurs in the legs and arteries, Podiatrists can diagnose PAD. Podiatrists utilize a test called an ankle-brachial index (ABI). An ABI test compares blood pressure in your arm to you ankle to see if any abnormality occurs. Ultrasound and imaging devices may also be used.

Treatment

Fortunately, lifestyle changes such as maintaining a healthy diet, exercising, managing cholesterol and blood sugar levels, and quitting smoking, can all treat PAD. Medications that prevent clots from occurring can be prescribed. Finally, in some cases, surgery may be recommended.

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

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Monday, 11 January 2021 00:00

The Role of the Achilles Tendon

The Achilles tendon is an integral part of the foot. It is the tendon that connects the calf to the heels which allows walking, running, and jumping to occur. This tendon can easily tear as a result of tight calf muscles. Additionally, it may happen from wearing shoes that do not fit correctly or from having flat feet or high arches. Patients may find relief when the leg is gently massaged and corrective exercises are performed. Common symptoms of this condition can include severe pain in the back of the heel, and it is often difficult to point and flex the toes. It may help to elevate and rest the affected foot, in addition to apply compression that can help to reduce existing swelling. If you have injured your Achilles tendon, it is strongly suggested that you seek the advice of a podiatrist who can offer you correct treatment techniques.

Achilles tendon injuries need immediate attention to avoid future complications. If you have any concerns, contact Dr. Castillo of Bronx Foot Care. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is the Achilles Tendon?

The Achilles tendon is a tendon that connects the lower leg muscles and calf to the heel of the foot. It is the strongest tendon in the human body and is essential for making movement possible. Because this tendon is such an integral part of the body, any injuries to it can create immense difficulties and should immediately be presented to a doctor.

What Are the Symptoms of an Achilles Tendon Injury?

There are various types of injuries that can affect the Achilles tendon. The two most common injuries are Achilles tendinitis and ruptures of the tendon.

Achilles Tendinitis Symptoms

  • Inflammation
  • Dull to severe pain
  • Increased blood flow to the tendon
  • Thickening of the tendon

Rupture Symptoms

  • Extreme pain and swelling in the foot
  • Total immobility

Treatment and Prevention

Achilles tendon injuries are diagnosed by a thorough physical evaluation, which can include an MRI. Treatment involves rest, physical therapy, and in some cases, surgery. However, various preventative measures can be taken to avoid these injuries, such as:

  • Thorough stretching of the tendon before and after exercise
  • Strengthening exercises like calf raises, squats, leg curls, leg extensions, leg raises, lunges, and leg presses

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

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