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Monday, 24 May 2021 00:00

What Is Achilles Tendinopathy?

The Achilles tendon is a large tendon which is located on the back of the ankle. This tendon connects the heel bone to the calf muscle. It is also the strongest tendon in the body, allowing you to push your body onto the tip toes, but the tendon also bears a lot of stress. When the tendon experiences an increased or abnormal amount of stress from activities such as running, jumping, or standing for long periods, it can become painful, swollen, and stiff. This is known as Achilles tendinopathy. Some factors that contribute to Achilles tendinopathy may include age, weight, tightness in the calves or stiff foot joints. If you are experiencing pain or tenderness in the Achilles tendon, consulting with a podiatrist is highly suggested due to the potential severity of the condition worsening overtime.

Achilles tendon injuries need immediate attention to avoid future complications. If you have any concerns, contact one of our podiatrists of Manhattan Footcare. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is the Achilles Tendon?

The Achilles tendon is a tendon that connects the lower leg muscles and calf to the heel of the foot. It is the strongest tendon in the human body and is essential for making movement possible. Because this tendon is such an integral part of the body, any injuries to it can create immense difficulties and should immediately be presented to a doctor.

What Are the Symptoms of an Achilles Tendon Injury?

There are various types of injuries that can affect the Achilles tendon. The two most common injuries are Achilles tendinitis and ruptures of the tendon.

Achilles Tendinitis Symptoms

  • Inflammation
  • Dull to severe pain
  • Increased blood flow to the tendon
  • Thickening of the tendon

Rupture Symptoms

  • Extreme pain and swelling in the foot
  • Total immobility

Treatment and Prevention

Achilles tendon injuries are diagnosed by a thorough physical evaluation, which can include an MRI. Treatment involves rest, physical therapy, and in some cases, surgery. However, various preventative measures can be taken to avoid these injuries, such as:

  • Thorough stretching of the tendon before and after exercise
  • Strengthening exercises like calf raises, squats, leg curls, leg extensions, leg raises, lunges, and leg presses

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

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Achilles tendonitis occurs when this large tendon in the back of the leg (which connects the calf muscles to the heel bone) becomes inflamed or, in some cases, torn due to overuse or injury. The pain often associated with Achilles tendonitis can present itself in different ways, at different times: in the back of the heel upon waking, after sitting or when the site is pressed on, a shooting, burning or piercing pain in the foot, or foot pain that lessens after resting or refraining from athletic activities. In milder cases of Achilles tendonitis where inflammation is the cause of the pain, a podiatrist may use treatment methods such as rest, orthotics, lasers, or taping. If the tendon is torn and needs to be repaired, the podiatrist may utilize extracorporeal shockwave therapy (ESWT) to repair the tendon without the need for surgery. ESWT is a process whereby low-energy shockwaves are directed onto the damaged site, which desensitizes the nerves to reduce pain, while increasing blood and boosting the body’s own natural healing activity. Contact a podiatrist to see if the pain in your Achilles tendon may be lessened with ESWT.

Shockwave therapy is a treatment commonly used to treat various injuries and conditions, particularly plantar fasciitis in the feet. To learn more, consult with one of our podiatrists from Manhattan Footcare. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Shockwave Therapy

Shockwave therapy is a new treatment option designed to treat bone conditions such as tennis elbow, shoulder pain, and others. Shockwave therapy uses high intensity sound waves that are directed to the affected tissues of the body with pinpoint accuracy. The effects are very beneficial, leading to a production of collagen fibers, eliminating inflammation.

Who Benefits from Shockwave?

Shockwave is recommended for patients suffering from heel pain and associated problems. Heel pain is a common condition which can be caused by obesity, overexertion, and spending a substantial amount of time on hard floors with your feet exposed and unsupported.

Fast and Easy

The therapy is actually a simple process that can leave patients feeling better the very next day. Shockwave therapy is not as dramatic as it sounds. It enables more blood flow to effected areas, addressing the source of the problem and allowing treatment to last for a long time.

Treatment & Recovery Time

Shockwave treatment will enable your feet to recover quickly. This is especially important since surgery is not required. It is cost effective and does not require the use of anesthesia. This treatment is a better option to surgery, since it is proven safe.

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

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Monday, 10 May 2021 00:00

Several Types of Foot Pain

There are so many different reasons why people experience ankle or foot pain. Sometimes pain may build up gradually from wearing shoes that do not fit properly, or pain can occur instantly due to a sudden injury like a car accident or fall. Pain in the feet can even be caused by underlying conditions like arthritis or diabetes. Other causes of foot and ankle pain may include gout, stress fractures, ankle sprains, and most commonly, Achilles tendon injuries. Gout is considered to be a form of arthritis and can develop due to genetic factors or from a diet that contains high levels of purines which are found in organ meats, certain types of fish, alcohol, and other sugary beverages. People who enjoy running may endure a stress fracture which is defined as a hairline fracture in the bones of the feet. Ankle sprains may occur just by stepping off a curb incorrectly or from direct impact during a sporting event. Nevertheless, ankle sprains typically require immediate attention to ensure they are diagnosed correctly and treated accordingly. Achilles tendon injuries are usually caused by a sudden increase of repetitive activity where too much stress is put on the tendon too quickly. This condition is also referred to as an overuse injury and athletes have a high risk for developing this disorder, as well as individuals with flat feet. If you or someone you know is living with foot or ankle pain, it is strongly suggested to seek the counsel of a podiatrist.

Foot Pain

Foot pain can be extremely painful and debilitating. If you have a foot pain, consult with one of our podiatrists from Manhattan Footcare. Our doctors will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Causes

Foot pain is a very broad condition that could be caused by one or more ailments. The most common include:

  • Bunions
  • Hammertoes
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Bone Spurs
  • Corns
  • Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Ingrown Toenails
  • Arthritis (such as Gout, Rheumatoid, and Osteoarthritis)
  • Flat Feet
  • Injury (from stress fractures, broken toe, foot, ankle, Achilles tendon ruptures, and sprains)
  • And more

Diagnosis

To figure out the cause of foot pain, podiatrists utilize several different methods. This can range from simple visual inspections and sensation tests to X-rays and MRI scans. Prior medical history, family medical history, and any recent physical traumatic events will all be taken into consideration for a proper diagnosis.

Treatment

Treatment depends upon the cause of the foot pain. Whether it is resting, staying off the foot, or having surgery; podiatrists have a number of treatment options available for foot pain.

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

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Monday, 03 May 2021 00:00

Chronic Ankle Sprains

The outer portion of the ankle is stabilized by a group of ligaments. When these ligaments are injured, and especially when they are injured repeatedly, the ankle can become unstable and cause chronic pain. In fact, nearly half of all patients who experience an ankle sprain report persistent pain and instability in the affected ankle. The symptoms of a chronic ankle sprain include swelling and bruising around the ankle, crackling noises from the ankle while walking, stiffness in the ankle joint, and pain around the bony bump on the outside of the ankle. If you have sprained your ankle, it is suggested that you are under the care of a podiatrist, who can help you recover from your sprain and offer advice on how to prevent reinjury. 

Ankle sprains are common but need immediate attention. If you need your feet checked, contact one of our podiatrists from Manhattan Footcare. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

How Does an Ankle Sprain Occur?

Ankle sprains take place when the ligaments in your ankle are torn or stretched beyond their limits. There are multiple ways that the ankle can become injured, including twisting or rolling over onto your ankle, putting undue stress on it, or causing trauma to the ankle itself.

What Are the Symptoms?

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

Preventing a Sprain

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

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. If the sprain is very severe, surgery may be required.

If you have suffered an ankle sprain previously, you 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 offices located in Manhattan and Brooklyn, NY . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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