Friday, 23 September 2022 00:00

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

Tuesday, 20 September 2022 00:00

There are various types of running shoes that are tailored to specific running needs. One of the most important things to look for in a running shoe is a perfect fit. This can be easier to do when the shoes are tried on at the end of the day, when the feet are at their largest. It is necessary to make sure there is adequate room between the toes and the top of the shoe, in addition to choosing the right width. There are three categories of running shoes, and it is beneficial to know what kind of running is most likely to be pursued. An everyday running shoe can handle the type of general running that many people do, and is considered to be the most durable. If faster workouts or running races are preferred, a lightweight shoe may be purchased, and it is made with less cushioning. People who like running on rocky trails or dirt may buy a trail running shoe, which has lugs on the sole that may provide better support than other running shoes. If you have questions about what type of running shoe is best for you, please confer with a podiatrist who can direct you toward choosing the best shoe for you.

You should always make sure your running shoes fit properly in order to avoid injury. For more information, contact Charles Passet, DPM from Forest Hills. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Choosing the Right Running Shoe for Your Foot Type

Improper shoe sizing can cause a myriad of problems for your feet. Shoes that don’t fit you properly can lead to muscular imbalances in your body, which can result in foot, knee, and hip injuries.

Tips for Finding the Right Running Shoe

  • Make sure you have a thumb’s width of wiggle room between the end of your longest toe and the front of the shoe.
  • There should be little to no slipping at the heel
  • Don’t assume your size in one shoe brand will be your size in another
  • Do not lace up your shoes too tightly
  • Walk around in the store with your new shoes before you buy them

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

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Tuesday, 13 September 2022 00:00

A plantar fibroma is a fibrous nodule in the arch of the foot that is noticeable and firm to the touch. It is embedded in the plantar fascia, the band of tissue that runs from the heel to the toes on the bottom of the foot. This can occur in one or both feet, it is usually a benign development, and it can remain the same size, get bigger, or multiply over time. This problem may or may not cause pain, but when pain is felt, it is often due to shoes pushing up against the lump in the arch. Pain can also arise when walking or standing barefoot. Specific causes for this condition have not been identified. Nonsurgical treatment, such as steroid injections, orthotics, or physical therapy, may help relieve pain of a plantar fibroma, but it will not make the mass go away. Surgical removal of the fibroma can be considered if nonsurgical approaches do not work, but this can lead to a flat foot or hammertoes. This condition has a high incidence of recurrence, and it is suggested that you see a podiatrist if you think that you have a plantar fibroma to confirm the diagnosis and get a professional opinion on the right treatment for you.

A plantar fibroma may disrupt your daily activities. If you have any concerns, contact Charles Passet, DPM of Forest Hills. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Plantar Fibroma

A plantar fibroma is a fibrous knot in the arch of the foot. It is embedded in the plantar fascia which is a band of tissue that extends from the heel to the toes along the bottom of the foot. There can be multiple plantar fibromas in the feet at the same time. There are no known causes for this condition. If you have a plantar fibroma, there will be a bump in the arch of your foot that cannot be missed. Any associated pain is most often due to a shoe rubbing against the nodule. Non-surgical options, such as steroid injections, physical therapy, and orthotics should be tried first. Surgery is a last resort and is the only thing that will remove a plantar fibroma entirely. Consult with a podiatrist for a proper diagnosis and to determine the treatment regimen that is right for you.

What Causes a Plantar Fibroma?

While there are no specific causes identified, a plantar fibroma can possibly come from genetic predisposition or the formation of scar tissue that forms from healing the tears in the plantar fascia.

What Are the Symptoms of a Plantar Fibroma?

There will be a noticeable lump in the arch of the foot that may or may not cause pain. If pain is felt, it is typically because a shoe is rubbing up against the lump or when walking or standing barefoot.

Treatment and Prevention

A plantar fibroma will not disappear without treatment, but it can get smaller and be a non-issue. If pain persists, a podiatrist examines the foot and when the arch of the foot is pressed, pain can be felt down to the toes. An MRI or biopsy might be performed to help diagnose or evaluate the plantar fibroma. The following non-surgical options are generally enough to reduce the size and pain of these nodules:

  • Steroid injections
  • Orthotics
  • Physical therapy to help apply anti-inflammatory creams on the bump 

Surgery is considered if the mass increases in size and the patient continues to feel pain after non-surgical methods are tried.

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

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Wednesday, 07 September 2022 00:00

Blisters on the feet are the result of repeated friction between the skin and a harder surface, usually the inside of a shoe. When friction continues, the body goes into action to protect itself by forming a fluid-filled blister. If the action that caused the blister continues, however, blood vessels may be ruptured resulting in a blood blister. Causes of blood blisters include demanding activities like dancing, hiking, and running. One way to avoid the formation of blood blisters is to wear shoes that fit properly and provide adequate cushioning. It also may help to wear moisture-wicking socks to minimize friction. Placing an ice pack on the affected area can help to ease the pain and any swelling or inflammation. Soaking the injured area in Epsom salt, which contains magnesium sulfate, is also beneficial and can further promote healing. However, if the blood blister is too painful or becomes infected, it may be time to visit a podiatrist for further treatment solutions.


 

Blisters are prone to making everyday activities extremely uncomfortable. If your feet are hurting, contact Charles Passet, DPM of Forest Hills. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Foot Blisters

Foot blisters develop as a result of constantly wearing tight or ill-fitting footwear. This happens due to the constant rubbing from the shoe, which can often lead to pain.

What Are Foot Blisters?

A foot blister is a small fluid-filled pocket that forms on the upper-most layer of the skin. Blisters are filled with clear fluid and can lead to blood drainage or pus if the area becomes infected.

How Do Blisters Form?

Blisters on the feet are often the result of constant friction of skin and material, usually by shoe rubbing. Walking in sandals, boots, or shoes that don’t fit properly for long periods of time can result in a blister. Having consistent foot moisture and humidity can easily lead to blister formation.

Prevention & Treatment

It is important to properly care for the affected area in order to prevent infection and ease the pain. Do not lance the blister and use a Band-Aid to provide pain relief. Also, be sure to keep your feet dry and wear proper fitting shoes. If you see blood or pus in a blister, seek assistance from a podiatrist.

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

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