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Monday, 27 April 2015 00:00

Barefoot Running for Beginners

bareBarefoot running, one of the most controversial running trends of today, comes with its hosts of benefits and risks. While barefoot running or running in minimalist shoes can strengthen the muscles of the feet and calves, it can also lead to more injuries for those who have structural issues with their feet or who have had injuries in the past.

Novices interested in trying barefoot running should ease into the practice by starting with short walks either barefoot or in minimalist shoes to help strengthen the core muscles of the feet. Initial runs should be short before slowly being increased over an amount of days. The practice is best when incorporated into a regular fitness routine as opposed to being the primary form of exercise.

If you have any concerns about barefoot running, contact one of our podiatrists of Achilles Foot and Ankle Group, LLC for more information. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Barefoot Running
Barefoot running is a fairly popular trend in the running world. More than just simply ‘running without shoes,” barefoot running affects the way your feet hit the ground and your overall posture. Barefoot runners land on the front part of their feet as opposed to those who wear shoes, who usually strike their heel as they hit the ground.

Barefoot running contains many advantages, including:

  • A lower risk for ankle and foot injuries
  • Improvement in balance and body  posture
  • Strengthens muscles in the lower legs, ankles and feet that are not normally worked when wearing shoes

There are also some disadvantages to barefoot running, which include:

  • Lack of shoes increases the risk of incurring blisters, scrapes, bruises and cuts
  • Risk of Achilles tendonitis as a result of landing on the front of your feet constantly
  • Needing time and transition to adjust as the switch cannot be automatic

Start on even, flat surfaces and consider investing in minimalist running shoes. Minimalist running shoes provide the ‘feel’ of barefoot running while affording the same protection you get from wearing shoes. Barefoot running can be safe and enjoyable with the proper planning and transition.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in North Bergen and Jersey City, NJ. We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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anklesprains2Gareth Bale of Real Madrid could have an early end to his season due to a broken toe. The winger injured the toe during training had to miss the team’s game against Rayo Vallecano. Coach Carlo Ancellotti does not want to put Bale at risk for it may hurt him in the long run. Experts believe that his toe may be fracture which will take considerably longer to heal. Bale’s club mate James Rodriguez faced a similar problem earlier in the season and was out for two months.  

A broken toe is extremely painful and needs immediate attention. If you have any concerns about your feet contact podiatrist one of our podiatrists of Achilles Foot and Ankle Group, LLC. Our doctors will 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).

Symptoms of a Broken Toe

  • throbbing pain
  • swelling
  • bruising on the skin and toenail
  • the inability to move the toe
  • toe appears crooked or disfigured
  • tingling or numbness in the toe

Generally, it is best to stay off of the injured toe with the affected foot elevated.

Severe toe fractures may be treated with a splint, cast, and in some cases, minor surgery. Due to its position and the pressure it endures with daily activity, future complications can occur if the big toe is not properly treated.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in North Bergen and Jersey City, NJ. We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technologies to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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Monday, 13 April 2015 00:00

Steps to Cope with Arthritis

xrayArthritis affects approximately 52 million people in the United States—and these are the people officially diagnosed by a physician. Those suffering from arthritis and its symptoms, however, can benefit from several steps to help cope with the condition.

The first steps one can take involve learning more about the condition, knowing what kind of arthritis one has, and responding to prolonged symptoms by seeing a physician.

Excess weight can add pressure on the joints—especially the feet; therefore exercising, losing weight, and leading an active lifestyle is important. Protect the joints by avoiding using the same joints constantly and alternating movement. Rest and relaxation is also important to avoid straining affected areas.

The feet are one of the most common sites for arthritis to occur in the body. If you are struggling with arthritis in your feet or ankles, callone of our podiatrists of Achilles Foot and Ankle Group, LLC. Our doctors can examine your lower extremities to help alleviate your joint pain.

Arthritic Foot Care

Arthritis is a joint disorder that involves inflammation of different joints in your body, such as in your feet. Arthritis is often caused by a degenerative joint disease and causes mild to severe pain in all affected areas. On top of this, swelling and stiffness in the affected joints can also be a common symptom of arthritis.

In many cases, wearing ill-fitting shoes can worsen the effects and pain of arthritis. Wearing shoes that have a lower heel and extra room can help your feet feel more comfortable. In cases of rheumatoid arthritis, the arch in your foot may become problematic. Buying shoes with proper arch support that contour to your feet can help immensely.

Alleviating Arthritic Pain

  • Exercises that stretch the foot can prevent further pain and injury and increase mobility
  • Most of the pain can be alleviated with anti-inflammatory drugs, heat, and topical medications
  • Massages can help to temporarily alleviate pain.

It is best to see your doctor for the treatment that is right for your needs and symptoms. Conditions vary, and a podiatrist can help you determine the right method of care for your feet.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in North Bergen and Jersey City, NJ. We offer the latest in diagnostic and treatment technologies to meet all your needs.

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Monday, 06 April 2015 00:00

Using Honey on Cracked Heels

heighhealsHoney, while typically used as a cooking ingredient, is very useful in remedying dry and cracked heels. The mixture includes warming a cup of honey and stirring in two tablespoons of milk. Once those two ingredients are mixed, cut half of an orange and squeeze the juice into the mixture and it becomes a paste.

Before applying the paste of the heels, wash feet and try to clean off dead skin with a pumice stone. Apply the paste to the heels and let it sit overnight. Regular use of the honey paste should heal the skin in under a month.
Cracked heels can become painful if left untreated. To learn more, consult with one of our podiatrists of Achilles Foot and Ankle Group, LLC. Our doctors will attend to all of your foot and ankle needs
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The Truth about Cracked Heels
Cracked Heels
Cracked heels are unappealing, and make it harder for you walk around in sandals. Not only may they look bad, but they can also tear stockings, socks, and wear out your shoes. There are several methods to help restore a cracked heel and prevent further damage.

How do you get them?
Dry skin is the number one culprit in creating cracked heels. Many athletes, walkers, joggers, and even swimmers suffer from cracked heels. Age and skin oil production play a role to getting cracked heels as well.

Promote Healing
Over the counter medicines can help, especially for those that need instant relief, or who suffer from chronic dry feet.

Wear Socks – wearing socks with medicated creams, helps lock in moisture so it can stay on longer.
Moisturizers – applying it both day and night will help alleviate dryness which causes cracking.
Pumice Stones – these remove dead skin, and then you can massage cream onto your foot. This way the cream will be absorbed. The skin needs to be exfoliated; therefore the outer layer dead skin needs removal.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in North Bergen and Jersey City, NJ. We offer the latest in diagnostic and treatment technologies to meet all your needs.

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