Tuesday, 20 February 2024 00:00

To manage poor circulation in the feet, various approaches can be considered. Symptoms may include numbness, tingling, or coldness in the feet. Underlying causes can range from peripheral artery disease to diabetes. Risk factors can include smoking, high blood pressure, and elevated cholesterol levels. Diagnosis often involves undergoing physical exams and ankle-brachial index tests. Improving circulation involves lifestyle changes, such as quitting smoking, regular exercise, and maintaining a healthy weight. Additionally, elevating the feet, wearing compression socks, and managing underlying conditions can help. If symptoms persist or worsen, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for further evaluation and treatment.

Poor circulation is a serious condition and needs immediate medical attention. If you have any concerns with poor circulation in your feet contact Dr. Paul Drucker of NYC Foot Care, PC. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Poor Circulation in the Feet

Poor blood circulation in the feet and legs is can be 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. This can restrict 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.

Causes

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

  • Muscle pain, stiffness, or weakness   
  • Numbness or cramping in the legs 
  • Skin discoloration
  • Slower nail & hair growth
  • Erectile dysfunction

Those who have diabetes or smoke are at greatest risk for poor circulation, as are those 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.

As always, see a podiatrist as he or she will assist in finding a regimen that suits you. A podiatrist can also prescribe you any needed medication. 

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in 70th Street Manhattan, 60th Street Manhattan, Jamaica, Queens, Plainview, NY and Fair Lawn, NJ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 13 February 2024 00:00

Cracked heels, medically known as heel fissures, occur when the skin around the heel becomes dry, thickened, and eventually splits. This common foot condition can cause discomfort, pain, and even bleeding in severe cases. Several factors contribute to cracked heels, including prolonged standing, walking barefoot, wearing open-back shoes, and dry weather conditions. Individuals with naturally dry skin or certain medical conditions such as diabetes or thyroid disorders are at a higher risk of developing cracked heels. Additionally, factors like obesity, dehydration, and poor foot hygiene can exacerbate the problem. The lack of moisture and exfoliation leads to the build-up of dead skin, creating pressure on the heels and increasing the likelihood of cracking. Prevention is important, and this can be achieved by maintaining proper foot hygiene, moisturizing regularly, wearing appropriate footwear, and avoiding prolonged standing. If you have developed cracked heels, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist who can prescribe the necessary treatment for relief.

If the skin on your feet starts to crack, you may want to see a podiatrist to find treatment. If you have any concerns, contact Dr. Paul Drucker from NYC Foot Care, PC. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Cracked Heels

It is important to moisturize your cracked heels in order to prevent pain, bleeding, and infection. The reason cracked heels form is because the skin on the foot is too dry to support the immense pressure placed on them. When the foot expands, the dry skin on the foot begins to split.

Ways to Help Heal Them

  • Invest in a good foot cream
  • Try Using Petroleum Jelly
  • Ease up on Soaps
  • Drink Plenty of Water

Ways to Prevent Cracked Heels

  • Moisturize After Showering
  • Skip a Shower
  • Keep Shower Water Lukewarm
  • Don’t Scrub Your Feet

If you are unsure how to proceed in treating cracked heels, seek guidance from a podiatrist. Your doctor will help you with any questions or information you may need. 

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in 70th Street Manhattan, 60th Street Manhattan, Jamaica, Queens, Plainview, NY and Fair Lawn, NJ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Tuesday, 06 February 2024 00:00

Ankle sprains come in various forms, each accompanied by distinct symptoms that highlight the complexity of this injury. The lateral ankle sprain is the most common, occurring when the foot turns inward,which stretches or tears the ligaments on the outer side of the ankle. Individuals experiencing a lateral sprain may encounter pain, swelling, and difficulty bearing weight on the affected foot. Medial ankle sprains, less frequent but equally impactful, involve damage to the ligaments on the inner side of the ankle, often leading to tenderness and swelling. High ankle sprains affect the ligaments that connect the tibia and fibula, causing pain above the ankle and potentially affecting stability. Regardless of the type of sprain, common symptoms include bruising, limited range of motion, and a feeling of instability. If you have endured an ankle sprain, it is suggested that you visit a podiatrist who can determine which type it is and offer appropriate treatment solutions.

Although ankle sprains are common, they aren’t always minor injuries. If you need your ankle injury looked at, contact Dr. Paul Drucker from NYC Foot Care, PC. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

How Does an Ankle Sprain Occur?

Ankle sprains are the result of a tear in the ligaments within the ankle. These injuries may happen when you make a rapid shifting movement while your foot is planted. A less common way to sprain your ankle is when your ankle rolls inward while your foot turns outward.

What Are the Symptoms?

  • Pain at the sight of the tear
  • Bruising/Swelling
  • Ankle area is tender to touch
  • In severe cases, may hear/feel something tear
  • Skin discoloration

Preventing a Sprain

  • Wearing appropriate shoes for the occasion
  • Stretching before exercises and sports
  • Knowing your limits

Treatment of a Sprain

In many cases, the RICE method (Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevate) is used to treat ankle sprains. However, you should see a podiatrist to see which treatment option would work best with your injury. In severe cases, surgery may be required.

It is important to ask your doctor about rehab options after you receive treatment for your injury. Stretching, strength training, and balance exercises may help the ankle heal while also preventing further injury.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in 70th Street Manhattan, 60th Street Manhattan, Jamaica, Queens, Plainview, NY and Fair Lawn, NJ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Monday, 05 February 2024 00:00

Gout is a painful, inflammatory form of arthritis. Those affected will typically feel an intense stiffness in the joints of their feet, particularly in the big toe. Schedule a visit to learn about how gout can be managed and treated.

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