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Tuesday, 29 November 2022 00:00

A lack of moisture in the skin of the feet may result in a condition known as cracked heels. It is often preceded by thickened skin on the heels which may become brown or yellow. Severely cracked heels are called fissures and may bleed or become infected. Cracked heels can develop for various reasons like standing on hard surfaces for most of the day and wearing shoes that have an open back. Additionally, there are medical conditions that can cause cracked heels, including dermatitis, psoriasis, and thyroid disorders. Relief may be found when the feet are soaked in warm water, followed by applying a good moisturizer. Some patients find that it may be helpful to use a pumice stone to effectively remove hardened skin. To avoid cracked heels, the best methods to implement consist of wearing closed, supportive shoes, and practicing everyday foot care. If you are afflicted with cracked heels, it is suggested that you consult with a podiatrist to determine the best treatment option for you. 

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 Gregory Rorick, DPM from Rorick Podiatry, 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 office located in New York Mills, Utica, NY . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Tuesday, 22 November 2022 00:00

It is certainly no secret that wearing high heels can be a significant strain on the health of your feet. For example, when an individual wears high heels, they can be setting themselves up for significant foot problems in the short and long term. However, if one must wear heels for a certain occasion, chunkier heels might be a better option. The reason why chunkier heels might be more desirable than thin heels, like stilettos, is because a wider, chunkier heel can more evenly distribute weight. As a result, there is less pressure being exerted on the front of the foot. If high heels must be worn, you might consider only wearing them for a short period of time. Moderating high heel usage can reduce the strain. Contact a podiatrist today for more information.

High heels have a history of causing foot and ankle problems. If you have any concerns about your feet or ankles, contact Gregory Rorick, DPM from Rorick Podiatry, PC. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Effects of High Heels on the Feet

High heels are popular shoes among women because of their many styles and societal appeal.  Despite this, high heels can still cause many health problems if worn too frequently.

Which Parts of My Body Will Be Affected by High Heels?

  • Ankle Joints
  • Achilles Tendon – May shorten and stiffen with prolonged wear
  • Balls of the Feet
  • Knees – Heels cause the knees to bend constantly, creating stress on them
  • Back – They decrease the spine’s ability to absorb shock, which may lead to back pain.  The vertebrae of the lower back may compress.

What Kinds of Foot Problems Can Develop from Wearing High Heels?

  • Corns
  • Calluses
  • Hammertoe
  • Bunions
  • Morton’s Neuroma
  • Plantar Fasciitis

How Can I Still Wear High Heels and Maintain Foot Health?

If you want to wear high heeled shoes, make sure that you are not wearing them every day, as this will help prevent long term physical problems.  Try wearing thicker heels as opposed to stilettos to distribute weight more evenly across the feet.  Always make sure you are wearing the proper shoes for the right occasion, such as sneakers for exercising.  If you walk to work, try carrying your heels with you and changing into them once you arrive at work.  Adding inserts to your heels can help cushion your feet and absorb shock. Full foot inserts or metatarsal pads are available. 

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

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Tuesday, 15 November 2022 00:00

If you notice that your toe does not lie flat, but instead has formed a peak in the middle, it is likely that you have developed a hammertoe. Although a hammertoe may be congenital, most develop over time. The main culprits in the latter case are arthritis and ill-fitting footwear. A hammertoe develops when the muscles weaken enough to cause an imbalance in the middle joint of the toe. The muscles tighten and the joint pops up, most often in the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th toe. Women are at higher risk of hammertoes, especially if they frequently wear high heels with pointed toes. These shoes can force the feet into a fixed, flexed position. Other causes include a toe that is stubbed, jammed, or broken. A hammertoe can become painful as the raised part of the joint rubs against the inside of a shoe. Proper footwear is the number one way to prevent a hammertoe. Diagnosis of the severity of a hammertoe will determine the treatment options available to you. Please consult with a podiatrist for an examination and an appropriate treatment plan.    

Hammertoes can be a painful condition to live with. For more information, contact Gregory Rorick, DPM of Rorick Podiatry, PC. Our doctor will answer any of your foot- and ankle-related questions.

Hammertoe

Hammertoe is a foot deformity that occurs due to an imbalance in the muscles, tendons, or ligaments that normally hold the toe straight. It can be caused by the type of shoes you wear, your foot structure, trauma, and certain disease processes.

Symptoms

  • Painful and/or difficult toe movement
  • Swelling
  • Joint stiffness
  • Calluses/Corns
  • Physical deformity

Risk Factors

  • Age – The risk of hammertoe increases with age
  • Sex – Women are more likely to have hammertoe compared to men
  • Toe Length – You are more likely to develop hammertoe if your second toe is longer than your big toe
  • Certain Diseases – Arthritis and diabetes may make you more likely to develop hammertoe

Treatment

If you have hammertoe, you should change into a more comfortable shoe that provides enough room for your toes. Exercises such as picking up marbles may strengthen and stretch your toe muscles. Nevertheless, it is important to seek assistance from a podiatrist in order to determine the severity of your hammertoe and see which treatment option will work best for you.

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

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Tuesday, 08 November 2022 00:00

One of the most common side effects many pregnant women complain about is swollen feet. It often starts in the second trimester, and they may start to become uncomfortable as the pregnancy progresses. It is considered to be a normal part of pregnancy and is generally caused by additional fluid and blood the body produces. This is the body’s natural method of providing proper nourishment to the growing fetus, and, as a result, the fluid may pool in the ankles and feet. Many women find it helpful to elevate their feet as often as possible, in addition to soaking their feet in warm water. Research has indicated that it may be beneficial to ensure that there are adequate amounts of potassium included in the daily consumption of food. Additionally, this may significantly contribute to possibly reducing high blood pressure. Drinking plenty of water daily is essential in controlling swollen ankles, and wearing compression socks may help to diminish some of the fluid in the ankles. If swollen ankles are bothersome during your pregnancy, and you would like additional remedies that can help you to find relief, please contact a podiatrist. 

Pregnant women with swollen feet can be treated with a variety of different methods that are readily available. For more information about other cures for swollen feet during pregnancy, consult with Gregory Rorick, DPM from Rorick Podiatry, PC. Our doctor will attend to all of your foot and ankle needs.

What Foot Problems Can Arise During Pregnancy?

One problem that can occur is overpronation, which occurs when the arch of the foot flattens and tends to roll inward.  This can cause pain and discomfort in your heels while you’re walking or even just standing up, trying to support your baby.  

Another problem is edema, or swelling in the extremities. This often affects the feet during pregnancy but tends to occur in the later stages. 

How Can I Keep My Feet Healthy During Pregnancy?

  • Wearing orthotics can provide extra support for the feet and help distribute weight evenly
  • Minimize the amount of time spent walking barefoot
  • Wear shoes with good arch support
  • Wear shoes that allow for good circulation to the feet
  • Elevate feet if you experience swelling
  • Massage your feet
  • Get regular, light exercise, such as walking, to promote blood circulation to the feet

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

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