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Sophomore running back T.J. Thorpe suffered an injury to his foot during a preseason practice, and may not be able to return in time for the start of the season. The injury occurred while Thorpe was running drills. Thorpe was given an x-ray that identified a break in the bones of his foot, but doctors are still unsure how long his recovery will take. Although Thorpe hopes to return to the field in time for the kickoff on Sept. 1, he is focused on making a complete recovery before he begins playing.

Thorpe will be resting his foot throughout the preseason. According to Thorpe’s mom Carmen, “the main goal is to have his foot heal right, before rushing for the season opener.” It is important to ensure the feet receive care during the healing stages of an injury, like Thorpe. Tending to an injury is crucial, and the care of a podiatrist like Dr. Howard Hyman of The Podiatry Center will help with recovery.

 

Foot Rehabilitation for Athletes

Injured athletes are always looking for better, faster ways to aid their recovery and get back to the sport they love. To do this, podiatrists and physical therapists are often consulted so the injured athlete can get back onto the field as soon as possible. But rehabbing an injury is just as serious as the injury itself, and going through the motions of physical therapy or rehabilitation is a necessary process to keeping that injury at bay.

Sports Therapist or Physical Therapist?

If an athlete gets a foot injury, it is essential to receive foot rehabilitation to ensure proper healing. Sports therapists are more focused on athletic-related injuries than general physical therapists. It is important for an athlete to become healed properly because if they attempt to get back into their game before they are physically well, they could re-aggravate the original injury or even suffer a new one due to their weakened state.

Physical Therapy Gives Hope

Physical therapy helps to keep athletes as active as they are physically capable, which will get them ready to return to the field once their feet become healed. Physical therapy often gives hope to athletes. However in cases where the injury is very serious, the athlete may never be able to return to the game; but this does not mean it is the end of the road, as there is always hope to get better. It is best to seek out rehabilitation as soon as possible so there are better chances for a full recovery, no matter how severe or minor the injury is.

Preventing injuries is one thing, but avoiding them all together is harder than it seems, and when one does occur, seek out medical attention right away from your local podiatrist and sports therapist.

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

 

 

Missy Franklin, the seventeen year old swimming phenomenon who won four gold medals at the Olympics, attributes part of her success to her physiology, particularly her large size thirteen feet. Franklin said her feet “are like my built-in flippers… I definitely don’t think I would be where I am in swimming without (them).” Franklin’s large feet and hands and tall frame make her particularly adept at swimming.

However, even if you do not have Franklin’s frame, swimming remains an excellent exercise for the feet and ankles. If you are considering a swimming exercise program to strengthen and stretch your feet and ankles, you should consult a podiatrist like Dr. Howard Hyman of The Podiatry Center. Dr. Hyman can recommend the best swimming programs for your lifestyle and your feet.

Benefits of Swimming and Foot care

Our feet receive the most stress on a daily basis. Walking, running, and long standing contribute to pain and stress on the feet. Swimming helps promote circulation and keep the body feeling great and healthy.

Benefits of swimming:

Improve blood circulation

  • Swimming is a good, safe way to get in extra physical activity and improve circulation, without causing further trauma to the feet

Relieve aches or pains

  • It takes all the pressure off of them, allowing the feet to relax and recover, and improves blood flow to them.

Circulation overall for diabetics

  • Swimming contributes to blood flow, and increase oxygen levels within the body.

Reduce foot inflammation

  • Swimming in warm water can increase blood flow and make it easier to move, while helping the afflicted foot. The feet can also benefit from stretching, during a swimming activity.

Swimming the helpful alternative:

Many people like the elderly and diabetics suffer from weakened muscles and joints. A water sport like swimming will support the body, thus allowing him or her to move freely. Blood flow circulation is a main trigger to tired inflamed feet. Swimming is an alternative to other vigorous sports. Flowing freely in a pool or at the beach eases the mind, body and spirit. Altogether you are feeding a healthy lifestyle, while having some fun.

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

Podiatrist Terese Laughlin cautioned salon goers that “The easiest thing to pick up is athlete’s foot.” Being touched by unclean tools or putting your feet in an unclean whirlpool is just one of the ways you can catch the infection. She recommends that you only go to a salon that you can see thoroughly cleanses and disinfects their tools after use.

Because athlete’s foot is so easy to catch, as Laughlin points out, it is important that you take proper precautions when dealing with your feet. If you do catch athlete’s foot, or are experiencing foot pain, burning, or tingling that you think might be caused by athlete’s foot, it is recommended that you should seek the care of a podiatrist like Dr. Howard Hyman of The Podiatry Center. Dr. Hyman can properly examine your feet and determine if any of the symptoms you might have, such as foot pain or burning sensations, are being caused by athlete’s foot.  

Athlete’s Foot: The Sole Story

If you suffer from itching, burning, dry, and flaking feet, this may be a sign of athlete's foot. Athlete's foot, also known as tinea pedis, can be extremely contagious, and it often infects shower floors, gyms, socks and shoes, and anywhere else feet may come in contact with. It is commonly found in public changing areas and bathrooms, dormitory style living quarters, around locker rooms and public swimming pools. This condition can also be prevalent in "commons" areas in prisons and residential care facilities.

Solutions to Combat Athlete’s Foot
- Hydrate your feet by using lotion
- Exfoliate
- Buff off nails
- Use of anti-fungal product
- Examine feet and visit your doctor if any suspicious blisters or cuts are present.

What is Tinea?

- Athlete’s foot is often caused by the same fungus that causes ringworm (tinea).
- Tinea can invade other parts of the body as well, if the proper thriving conditions for it are met.
- Tinea thrives in mostly dark, warm and moist environments.
- Although many people never experience athlete’s foot, around 70% of the population may suffer from tinea at some point.

People with a history of tinea or other skin infections are more likely to suffer from recurrent, or even additional, unrelated infections. Athlete’s foot can cause many irritating symptoms such as dry and flaking skin, itching, redness, and severe symptoms include bleeding and cracked skin, intense itching and burning and even pain when walking. In the worst cases, tinea can cause blistering as well. It is best to see your podiatrist for the best treatment and relief from these symptoms.

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

The Fit Bike Co. pro Van Homan broke his left tibia and fibula on Sunday on a film set in Raleigh, North Carolina. While riding his bike, Homan took a misstep and landed awkwardly, resulting in a broken tibia and fibula directly above the ankle.

A steel rod was placed in Homan’s leg to provide stability to his bones. Even though the injury seemed severe, Homan did not panic and remained calm immediately after the incident. Dr. Hyman of The Podiatry Center treats many patients with broken ankles, and with his help, you’ll be back on your feet in no time.

Broken Ankles

A broken ankle is experienced when a person fractures their tibia or fibula in the lower leg and ankle area. The tibia is the bone of the lower leg that is known to be the weight-bearing bone and is also more commonly called the shin. The fibula is the bone that is found on the outside of the leg and is smaller than the tibia. These bones are both attached at the bottom of the leg and combine to form what we know to be our ankle.

When a physician is referring to a break of the ankle, he or she is usually referring to a break in the area where the tibia and fibula are joined to create our ankle joint. Ankle fractures are very common since they occur in an area that suffers a lot of weight bearing and stress; therefore this area is more prone to suffering from fractures. There some obvious signs when a person experiences a fractured ankle and the following symptoms may be present.

Symptoms of a Fractured Ankle

- Excessive pain when the area is touched or when any pressure is placed on the ankle
- Swelling around the area
- Colorful bruising of the area
- Area appears to be deformed

Prognosis of a broken ankle is normally good. The sooner your receive treatment the better. So if you suspect an ankle fracture, seek treatment as soon as possible.

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

 

Ellen Kreiter was able to walk again for the first time in seven weeks after having surgery on her feet. She had been unable to walk due to the hammertoes she suffered from. According to Kreiter, she had joint deformation and a tight tendon. Surgery was the best option for Krieter and now she’s back on her feet again.

Dealing with hammertoes can be a painful and make walking difficult, just like Kreiter.  Dr. Hyman of The Podiatry Center understands the complications a hammertoe can have on a patient. Seeking the care of Dr. Hyman will take you another step in the right direction.

Hammertoe


Hammertoe is a painful condition but it is not particularly well-known. Therefore, it is important to publicize the condition so that those afflicted with it may seek the right form of treatment. Hammertoe is a deformity of the foot that affects the second, third and fourth toes. Hammertoe involves different joints of the toe and foot. Wearing shoes that are too narrow or short for your feet may exacerbate the pain you already have.

Hammertoe can be caused by many other conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis (RA), osteoarthritis, trauma or injuries to the foot, a cerebral vascular accident, or heredity.

It is 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 living a full and normal life, because your feet are essential to walking and completing everyday tasks.

Many people may take their feet for granted until an injury happens, but as long as you care for your feet the same way you care for the rest of your body, you will be able to prevent or treat any major issues with your feet.

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

Tuesday, 24 July 2012 21:23

Get Up on Your Feet!

A recent study performed by Dr. Peter Katzmarzyk who focuses on population science at Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Louisiana, found that by leading a more active life style, people can tack on two years to their lives.  Sitting less than 3 hours a day is beneficial, while sitting for 11 or more hours can be a risk factor for many diseases.

Making time for your feet with exercises can be beneficial to your health. With the help of Dr. Hyman of The Podiatry Center, he will be able to treat patients with foot complications.
Exercise for Your Feet

If you spend most of your time on your feet, or even if you don’t, your feet deserve attention. There are many people who exercise regularly and still don’t spend enough time to care for their feet. Your foot does get exposure that requires maintenance since your health has a lot to do with footing.

Exercises

Toe rise – this exercise involves standing on the tip-toes for a count of 15 seconds, then resting your feet on the ground. This exercise should be repeated three times a day to strengthen the feet.

Toe Pick-ups – the toes are exercises that are done by picking up small items using your toes. This helps strengthen the muscles on the upper part of the feet. Three sets along with 15 seconds being held should be completed. Small items like marbles or stationary will work.

Ankle Pump – can be performed upwards or downwards. The workout can be completed both ways at the same time. This involves flexing the foot either towards the shin or to the ground. This makes the foot work very well, working large parts of the muscles.

Stretching – your muscles in the feet need to relax and return to its natural stage. Placing both feet onto the ground and leaning with your back against a wall helps. This way when stretching occurs, both feet are relaxed.

As always, a good work out helps

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

Tuesday, 17 July 2012 21:22

Wrong Shoes Related to Injury

Kym Klass from the Montgomery Advertiser advocates wearing proper shoes will decrease your chances of getting an injury. After experiencing pain in her right foot for several weeks, Klass noticed her pain wouldn’t let up. She then decided to interchange her shoes for short and long runs.

Dr. Howard Hyman from The Podiatry Center sees many patients with foot concerns and complications. Like Klass, many patients often want to know what is best to wear when one wants to prevent injury or pain in the feet.

Proper Foot Care Leads to Better Health
Long periods of standing often times lead to pain and discomfort around the feet. Everyday the body undergoes a series of stresses, especially during work. To minimize these stresses on your feet, better shoe choices and proper posture will significantly help.

Better Choices

A Negative Heel

• This is where the heel is slightly lower than the ball of the foot.

Going Barefoot

• Having your feet crammed into shoes for long periods of time increases pressure. Giving your feet some exposure to air and walking barefoot helps tremendously.

Exercise Your Feet

• A foot workout helps correct movements and stimulates the blood flow and muscles of the feet. Implementing yoga exercises to your daily routine is a good example of this.

Foot Care
Spending a majority of the time on your feet will most likely trigger pain; even more so if you suffer from poor circulation.  Proper footwear and appropriate stretching will alleviate pain and prevent further issues. When your feet hurt, it is best to take care of them right away.

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

Read the full article on Proper Foot Care and Health.

While performing at Milwaukee’s Summerfest, singer Kelly Clarkson fell and sprained her foot and also suffered a hairline fracture.  Clarkson is currently in a wheel chair to rest her foot, but the singer believes the show must go on.  She has been performing while on crutches to continue promoting her latest album, “Stronger.”

Podiatrists, like Dr. Hyman of The Podiatry Center, are experts at getting you the proper care for your injured foot and helping you along the sometimes long road to recovery.

Most common injuries
People who are constantly on their feet are prone to a variety of injuries. Whether it is a turf toe injury, or damaging fracture, or ankle sprains these can be very frustrating. Therefore, it is always important to keep yourself in 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, even at first when the foot feels awkward. 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 the muscles and relax them.
  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 in Milburn NJ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot ankle injuries.

A recent study that focused on professional soccer players in Greece, from the online medical journal Medical News Today, found that players who had one ankle that was significantly stronger than the other were more prone to non-contact ankle sprains. The risk of injury is increased because the ankles do not absorb shock evenly. 

Dealing with ankle sprains can be made easier with the help of a podiatrist.  Dr. Hyman of The Podiatry Center treats many patients with ankle sprains and with his help, you’ll be back on your feet in no time. 

How Does an Ankle Sprain Happen?

This type of injury takes place when the ligaments are torn or stretched beyond their limits. There are multiple ways that the ankle can become injured; however, even the simple act of walking may cause a sprain. If footing is lost or you are walking on uneven terrain, ankle damage may occur.

What are the Symptoms?

  • Mild to moderate bruising
  • Limited mobility
  • Swelling
  • Discoloration of the skin, depending on severity

Is there a Way to Care for my Ankle at Home?
Self-care for ankle sprains includes propping the ankle up and keeping it elevated, applying ice packs as needed, and remaining off your feet. Some may also find that wrapping with an ACE bandage and taking over-the-counter pain relievers are helpful. One of the most important things is to avoid further stress to the affected area.

Preventing a Sprain

  • Wearing appropriate shoes for the occasion
  • Stretching before exercises and sports,
  • Knowing your limits can aid in prevention.

Treatment of a Sprain
Treatment of a sprain depends on the severity.  Many times, people are told to rest and remain off their feet completely, while others are given an air cast, which will allow you to walk while stabilizing the ankle.  If the sprain is very severe, surgery may be required. 

If you have suffered a previous sprain may want to consider additional support, such as a brace and regular exercises to strengthen the ankle.

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

Read the full article on Ankle Sprains.

Tuesday, 26 June 2012 21:17

New Surgery Procedure for Flat Feet

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Surgery to correct flat feet is not new, however, advances in medical technology are becoming available that gives patients the option of an outpatient procedure to correct flat feet. Vanessa Wanshop, of Mount Penn, Pennsylvania, benefitted from this outpatient procedure, where a titanium implant is inserted into the tarsal tunnel of the ankle to help form an arch.

Even without surgery, taking care of flat feet can become easier with the help of a podiatrist. Dr. Hyman of The Podiatry Center treats many patients with flat feet on a daily basis and can recommend the best course of action to help take care of your feet.

 

What are Flat Feet?

Flat feet are a condition in which the arch of the foot is depressed and the sole of the foot is almost completely in contact with the ground. Standing about 20-30% of the population generally has flat feet because their arch never formed during growth.

 

Conditions & Problems:

Having flat feet makes it difficult to run or walk because of the stress placed on the ankles.

Alignment – The general alignment of your legs can be disrupted, because the ankles move inward which can cause major discomfort.

Knees – if you have complications with your knees, flat feet can be a contributor to arthritis in that area.

 

Symptoms:

- Pain around the heel or arch area

- Trouble standing on the tips of your toes

- Swelling around the inside of the ankle

- Flat look to one or both feet

- Having your shoes feel uneven when worn

 

Treatment:

If you are experiencing pain and stress on the foot you may weaken the posterior tibial tendon, which runs around the inside of the ankle. There are several ways to help treat this pain and help flat feet.

Barefoot- studies show that those who grew up going barefoot, wearing less closed-toe shoes have more of an arch. This so happens because the strength and fullness of the arch increased.

Exercise- the will strengthen and stretch the area, helping with the Achilles tendon.

Shoe Inserts – orthopedists will often recommended patients with ankle supports. This reduces pain especially those who suffer from flat feet.

Surgery – tendon surgery is an option that can help with any posterior tears. As with any surgery, it is important to speak with your doctor for professional advice.

If you have any questions or experience pain from flat feet, please feel free to contact our office in Milburn NJ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot ankle injuries.

Read the full article on Flat Feet.

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