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Green Bay Packers running back Eddie Lacy was recently fined for being overweight, and it wasn’t the first time.  The pro running back’s contract is coming to an end, and if the Packers don’t offer him a new one he will become a free agent in March.  Lacy has battled weight issues and ankle injuries in his career, and in the NFL maintaining target weights is extremely important to the teams.  But for the rest of us, those of us that aren’t professional athletes, keeping our bodies at manageable weights is vital for our health.  While we won’t get fined for packing on the pounds, there are other non-pecuniary effects of being overweight.  Foot problems are rampant in obese people, whether due to increased pressure or as a result of other diseases and disorders.  

Obesity has become very problematic at this point in time and can have extremely negative effects on the feet. If you’re an obese individual and are concerned about your feet, contact Dr. Amnon Barnea from Walk NYC Podiatry, PC. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Obesity and your Feet

Since your feet are what support your entire weight when standing, any additional weight can result in pain and swelling. Being overweight is one of the main contributors to foot complications.

Problems & Complications

Extra Weight – Even putting on just a few extra pounds could create serious complications for your feet. As your weight increases, your balance and body will shift, creating new stresses on your feet. This uneven weight distribution can cause pain, even while doing the simplest tasks, such as walking.

Diabetes – People who are overweight are at serious risk of developing type-2 diabetes, which has a drastic impact on the health of your feet. As you get older, your diabetes might worsen, which could lead to loss of feeling in your feet, sores, and bruises. You could also become more prone to various infections.

Plantar fasciitis – Pressure and stress that is placed on muscles, joints, and tendons can trigger plantar fasciitis, which is an inflammation of tissue that forms along the bottom of the foot. 

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

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Tuesday, 21 February 2017 00:00

How Pregnancy Can Affect the Feet

Of the myriad of changes and potential health issues that may crop up during a pregnancy, foot problems are definitely among them.  The first and probably most obvious concern is the added weight on the feet.  Weight gain in pregnancy is practically a universal phenomenon, and this extra weight increases the amount of pressure on the feet.  Additionally, the uterus puts pressure on the blood vessels in the area.  Because this increases the amount of time it takes for blood to get to the heart, swelling may occur.  Swelling in the legs and feet can be painful.  Consider upping your shoe size as your pregnancy progresses.  With swollen feet your prenatal shoes might not fit the way they used to.

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 Dr. Amnon Barnea from Walk NYC Podiatry, PC. Our doctors 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, NY. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 14 February 2017 00:00

Why Do I Have A Toenail Fungus Infection?

Toenail fungus is an insidious, unsightly infection that affects millions of people worldwide.  Treatment is typically long and arduous, and success rates vary.  Infection can begin for a number of reasons.  Exposure to other people with toenail fungus, especially in a warm, damp environment like a shower or a public pool, can lead to infection.  Chronic sufferers of athlete’s foot have a higher chance of growing nail fungus as well.  If you have a weak immune system, or are currently pregnant, this also raises your risk factor.  Toenail fungus is notoriously difficult to get rid of.  Your best bet is to consult with a podiatrist to explore treatment options.

For more information about treatment, contact Dr. Amnon Barnea of Walk NYC Podiatry, PC. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

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 – 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.

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 surgical procedures that are available for toenail fungus. Some people would prefer the immediate and quick removal of toenail fungus through laser surgery. Consult with yOur doctors about the best treatment options for your case of toenail fungus.  

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

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Tuesday, 07 February 2017 00:00

Diet Can Help With RA Inflammation

Rheumatoid arthritis is a common condition of the musculoskeletal system with symptoms that can be triggered by certain foods. While Rheumatoid arthritis has no current cure and is a major cause for disability those aged 55 years plus, controlling your diet can help control the condition. Foods with high levels of sugar or salt have been known to cause inflammation. The proteins casein and whey in dairy products are also a major cause of inflammation in the joints. Processed foods and meats that contain high levels of fat and calories have chemicals that induce swelling for RA sufferers. Coffee and alcoholic beverages increase levels of inflammation when consumed excessively.

Because RA affects more than just your joints, including the joints in your feet and ankles, it is important to seek early diagnosis from your podiatrist  if you feel like the pain in your feet might be caused by RA. For more information, contact Dr. Amnon Barnea of Walk NYC Podiatry, PC. Our doctors will assist you with all of your podiatric concerns.

What Is Rheumatoid Arthritis?

Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disorder in which the body’s own immune system attacks the membranes surrounding the joints. Inflammation of the lining and eventually the destruction of the joint’s cartilage and bone occur, causing severe pain and immobility.

Rheumatoid Arthritis of the Feet

Although RA usually attacks multiple bones and joints throughout the entire body, almost 90 percent of cases result in pain in the foot or ankle area.

Symptoms

  • Swelling and pain in the feet
  • Stiffness in the feet
  • Pain on the ball or sole of feet
  • Joint shift and deformation

Diagnosis

Quick diagnosis of RA in the feet is important so that the podiatrist can treat the area effectively. Your doctor will ask you about your medical history, occupation, and lifestyle to determine the origin of the condition. Rheumatoid Factor tests help to determine if someone is affected by the disease.

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

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