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Posts for: April, 2019

Doctors say they're seeing more patients, mostly women, with foot pain caused by a summer season spent in flip-flops. One local doctor says  the wrong shoes can cause injuries because they don't provide enough support. "Your foot is your foundation. So if your ligaments and tendons are not firm and not holding you, then the shoe and your sock is your foundation to help your body, your knees, your hips, and everything to work better. So, if we don't have support, you're kind of like the beautiful homes in California on mudslides. You end up with foot pain, knee pain, and back pain; but you don't always attribute that to your feet," said Dr. Mary White, podiatrist. 
 
Dr. Mary White
 
 
Dr. White says cheaper sandals will only last a season but will have lasting damage. She says a pair that costs a little more money will last longer and have better support for your feet.  
 
Courtesy of Barry Block, editor of PM News.
 
Brought to you by Doctor John A. Hardy, owner of Toronto's foot clinic, Academy Foot and Orthotic Clinics.

 


Marcy MacDonald, a podiatrist from Andover now holds the American record for her 16th swim crossing of the English Channel making history. She will be inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame.

MacDonald was recently trying to attempt to swim from England to Belgium, a 52 mile swim, which had never been attempted before but was unable to due to an injury to her left shoulder caused by rapid waves. MacDonald states "I have been hit/thrown enough times that my left latissimus dorsi muscle was pulled/over strained". This caused MacDonald to only be able to swim with her right arm for another 2 and 1/2 hours till she could land on the French coast. 
 
MacDonald is also the fifth person, and the first American to swim the 23 mile length of the Loch Ness in 11 hours. On new year's eve she also swam across Tampa Bay in 9 hours and 13 minutes. 
 
MacDonald is an inspiring swimmer, role model and podiatrist.
 
Brought to you by Doctor John A. Hardy, owner of Toronto's foot clinic, Academy Foot and Orthotic Clinics.

 


"Whether you rarely jog, run a couple of days each week or regularly race competitively on pavement or trails, a key to enjoying – and enduring – the sport is establishing and maintaining foot health practices, which include periodic shoe-fitting and proper selection. As a podiatrist and avid runner, I’m very aware of the importance of this often overlooked aspect of the sport and its role in helping people enjoy and benefit from it long-term," says podiatrist Jeffrey R. Pentek, DPM
 
Dr. Jeffrey Pentek
 
 
"Although it’s not rocket science, there are a few important things to look for when selecting a good pair of supportive running shoes. They include: When you bend a running shoe from front to back, it should only bend at the ball of the foot. The midfoot and hindfoot should be firm. Heel counters on the back of running shoes should also be firm to prevent ankles from rolling in or out. And twisting running shoes with your hands should not allow for a lot of bending. You do not want very flexible shoes since this tends to put greater stress on feet," says Dr. Pentek. 
 
Source: Local Health Guide [4/16/19]
 
Courtesy of Barry Block, editor of PM News.
 
Brought to you by Doctor John A. Hardy, owner of Toronto's foot clinic, Academy Foot and Orthotic Clinics.
 
 


"One of the most common soccer injuries we have seen is the large number of young soccer players complaining of heel pain. This problem is often caused by a condition known as apophysitis of the calcaneus or Sever’s disease. This condition consists of an inflammation of the growth area of the heel bone which has not completely matured, or closed together, and has developed in two parts. It is most commonly seen in boys and girls between the ages of 10-15. The pain is usually present in the back of the heel and is more pronounced in running and jumping sports," says Robert Weiss, DPM.
 
Dr. Robert Weiss
 
 
"Treatment consists of x-ray evaluation to make a proper diagnosis and to rule out any bone fractures. An orthotic insert is often needed to correct the biomechanical imbalances which may be causing a jamming effect on the heel plate; additionally, the elimination of any cleated shoes with less than four cleats in the heel area. In summary, watch for any warning signals; when a child complains of heel pain, there is usually a need for examination," says Dr. Weiss.
 
Source: Fairfield Citizen [4/26/19]
 
Courtesy of Barry Block, editor of PM News.
 
Brought to you by Doctor John A. Hardy, owner of Toronto's foot clinic, Academy Foot and Orthotic Clinics.

 


Ingrown toenails are caused when the border of the nail grows into the adjacent skin fold. "Over-aggressive pedicures, trimming toenails too short, and trying to trim the edges of toenails at the corners too aggressively can all cause the nail to get infected and grow further into the fold," warns D. Sean Sweeney, DPM, of Sweeney Foot & Ankle.
 
Dr. D. Sean Sweeney
 
 
To correct an ingrown toenail is a simple in-office procedure, where the toe is numbed and the ingrown portion of the nail is removed. Phenol is then applied to kill the nail root, causing the nail to grow back properly. Relief is immediate.
 
Source: Aly Walansky, MSN [4/25/19]
 
Courtesy of Barry Block, editor of PM News.
 
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