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By greenblatt@newyorkfootgroup.com
June 02, 2015
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According to a study conducted by researchers of the Arthritis Research UK Centre for Genetics and Genomics, genetic variants are capable of predicting the progression of the disease. Included in the study were 4,000 rheumatoid arthritis patients where hand and feet erosions indicated a higher or lower risk of the severity of the disease. The strongest indicator of a high risk included the amino acid valine at position 11 of the HLA-DRB1 gene. The gene was also found to be studying in finding treatment responses. Although experts have suspected the results of the study for quite some time, the confirmation will help physicians make the proper advanced in treating arthritis.

Arthritis is a painful condition and arthritic foot care is necessary to avoid further complications. If you have any concerns contact Dr. Gregg Greenblatt of New York Foot Group, LLP. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What is Arthritis?

Arthritis is a joint disorder that involves inflammation of different joints in your body, such as in your feet. Arthritis is often caused by a degenerative joint disease and causes mild to severe pain in all affected areas. On top of this, swelling and stiffness in the affected joints can also be a common symptom of arthritis.

In many cases, wearing ill-fitting shoes can worsen the effects and pain of arthritis. Wearing shoes that have a lower heel and extra room can help your feet feel more comfortable. In cases of rheumatoid arthritis, the arch in your foot may become problematic. Buying shoes with proper arch support that contour to your feet can help immensely.

Alleviating Arthritic Pain

  • Exercises that stretch the foot can prevent further pain and injury and increase mobility
  • Most of the pain can be alleviated with anti-inflammatory drugs, heat, and topical medications
  • Massages can help to temporarily alleviate pain.

It is best to see your doctor for the treatment that is right for your needs and symptoms. Conditions vary, and a podiatrist can help you determine the right method of care for your feet.

If you have any concerns contact our offices located in New York, NY. We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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By greenblatt@newyorkfootgroup.com
May 28, 2015
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: hyperhidrosis   sweaty feet  

Australians have recently been found to reduce hyperhidrosis of the feet with the help of Botox injections. According to neurologist and clinical professor Dr. Peter Silbert of University of Western Australia, when Botox is injected near a sweat gland, it blocks communication between the gland and the nerves. This is said to prevent excessive sweating in the area, but the area must be injected every six months which comes with side effects such as weakness.

If you are suffering from hyperhidrosis contact Dr. Gregg Greenblatt from New York Foot Group. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Hyperhidrosis of the Feet

Hyperhidrosis is a rare disorder that can cause people to have excessive sweating of their feet. This can usually occur all on its own without rigorous activity involved. People who suffer from hyperhidrosis may also experience sweaty palms.

Although it is said that sweating is a healthy process meant to cool down the body temperature and to maintain a proper internal temperature, hyperhidrosis may prove to be a huge hindrance on a person’s everyday life.

Plantar hyperhidrosis is considered to be the main form of hyperhidrosis. Secondary hyperhidrosis can refer to sweating that occurs in areas other than the feet or hands and armpits. Often this may be a sign of it being related to another medical condition such as menopause, hyperthyroidism and even Parkinson’s disease.

In order to alleviate this condition, it is important to see your doctor so that they may prescribe the necessary medications so that you can begin to live a normal life again. If this is left untreated, it is said that it will persist throughout an individual’s life.

A last resort approach would be surgery, but it is best to speak with your doctor to find out what may be the best treatment for you.

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

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By greenblatt@newyorkfootgroup.com
May 20, 2015
Category: Foot Conditions

 According to a recent study conducted by Leger 360 Marketing, one third of Canadians living with toenail fungus have given up on treating the condition and nearly two thirds of those suffering from the condition are embarrassed about their fungus. In recent years treating toenail fungus has not been very effective since topical treatments applied to the toenail or taken orally have not completely remedied the fungus and can have negative side effects; which may be why so many people have given up on treating the condition. The study also found that 83% of respondents agree that seeing a doctor is the best way to get assistance in treating toenail fungus.

While toenail fungus is troublesome to eradicate, it is not impossible. For more information about treatment, consult with Dr. Gregg Greenblatt of New York Foot Group, LLP. Our doctor will attend to all of your podiatric needs.

Toenail Fungus Treatment

Toenail fungus is a problem which affects many people and is hard to get rid of. Fortunately, there are several methods to go about treating toenail fungus.

Antibiotics & Treatments 

Lamisil – is the most commonly effective treatment for toenail fungus. It is available as an antibiotic Terbinafine tablet and cream. Terbinafine is a chemical component which kills fungal growth on the body.  Applying regular doses will gradually kill the fungal growth. It is important to keep the area clean and air free. 

Talcum powder – applying powder on the feet and shoes helps keep the feet free of moisture and sweat.

Sandals or open toed shoes – wearing these will allow air movement and help keep feet dry. They also expose your feet to light, which fungus cannot tolerate. Socks with moisture wicking material also help as well

Alternative Treatments

There are always surgical procedures that are available for toenail fungus. Some people would like immediate quick removal of toenail fungus. Surgeons will be able to cut through and remove the growth using laser surgery. It is important not to try and remove it yourself. Once removed, your old shoes will need to be replaced to avoid reinfection.  

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

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By greenblatt@newyorkfootgroup.com
May 15, 2015
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Dr. Margaret Abbott of Nottingham states that athlete’s foot is a mild fungal infection that causes an itchy rash to develop or for red, scaly, and dry skin to appear. The bottom of the foot is also capable of becoming inflamed or blistery. Abbott states that feet are warm, dark, and humid, and are the perfect conditions for fungi to multiply, which can become troublesome if infected. Athlete’s foot is easily treated with antifungal medication. The ailment can also be prevented by washing feet regularly with soap and water. It is important to thoroughly dry the feet after they have been wet as well. Wear breathable, cotton socks, and change your socks and shoes regularly to ensure proper dryness of the feet.

Athlete’s foot can be an uncomfortable condition to deal with. If you are suffering from athlete’s foot contact Dr. Gregg Greenblatt of New York Foot Group, LLP. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Athlete’s Foot

Athlete’s foot is a condition that results in itching, burning, dry, and flaking feet. Treatment is often difficult, because of its contagious and reoccurring nature. Also known as tinea pedis, it is found to survive in moist humid areas.

Common places found:

-shower floors             -public changing areas -locker rooms

-Gyms                         -bathrooms                              -public swimming pools

-socks and shoes         -dormitory style houses                      

Treatment & Prevention

Because of its reoccurring nature, the best way to treat Athlete’s foot is with prevention. Take necessary precautions such as:

-Wearing flips-flops or sandals in locker rooms and public showers

-Using powders to keep your feet dry

-Keeping your feet exposed to light and cool air

Athlete’s foot can be treated with special creams and sprays.

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

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By greenblatt@newyorkfootgroup.com
May 07, 2015
Category: Foot Care

Dr. Scott Slivka, orthopedic surgeon, has had many years in sports medicine and has come up with three tips to prevent injuries and conditions such as Sever’s disease in children. For starters, flexibility is important in easing strained muscles and is regularly taken for granted.

Children should be encouraged to stretch three to four days a week, before and after any strenuous activity. Building muscle strength through regular conditioning of light resistance, high repetition activities such as swimming will help children in the long run.

Lastly, starting a child off with condition long before a big event occurs will have their bodies prepared for rigorus activities and less apt to injury.

If your child is suffering from heel pain, it can be indicative of Sever’s disease. To learn more, see one of our podiatrists from podiatrist Dr. Gregg Greenblatt of New York Foot Group, LLP. Our doctor will attend to all of your foot and ankle needs.

Sever’s Disease

Sever’s disease is also known as calcaneal apophysitis, which is a medical condition that causes heel pain I none or both feet. The disease is known to affect children between the ages of 8 and 14.

Sever’s disease occurs when part of the child’s heel known as the growth plate (calcaneal epiphysis) is attached to the Achilles tendon. This area can suffer injury when the muscles and tendons of the growing foot do not keep pace with bone growth. Therefore, the constant pain which one experiences at the back of the heel will make the child unable to put any weight on the heel. The child is then forced to walk on their toes.

Toe gait- develops in which the child must change the way they walk to avoid placing weight on the heel. This can lead to other problems as well in the future.

Symptoms

Acute pain – Pain associated with Sever’s disease is usually felt in the heel when the child engages in physical activity such as walking, jumping and or running.

Highly active – Children who are very active are among the most susceptible in experiencing Sever’s disease, because of the stress and tension placed on their feet.

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

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