Posts for: March, 2015

Designer and professional origami artist Kade Chan has combined traditional shoemaking methods with the 3Doodler pen to create a customized high heel shoe with a shock absorbent heel. The 3Doodler, created from a Kickstarter campaign, is a pen that can draw in 3D. Research firm Canalys is expecting the 3D printing market to grow to $16.2 billion by 2018. 3D printing proves to be the ultimate DIY market with the rapid advancements in the technology, the cost of 3D printers falling and the consumer’s desire to download and print anything they want.

High heels are very fashionable and a necessity to some, but if worn in excess can cause pain to the feet and ankles. To learn more, contact one of our podiatrists of Advanced Foot and Ankle Specialists. Our doctors will answer all of your foot- and ankle-related questions.

Effects of High Heels on the Feet

High heels are popular shoes among women because they are associated with femininity.  Despite their appeal, they can cause many health problems if worn too frequently.

What parts 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.  Also, 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. 

If you have any questions, please contact our offices located in Illinois. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Basanta Kumar Singha Roy is planning to scale the Neelkanth peak of the Garhwal Himalayas sometime this August. This will be his first time mountain climbing again after a failed expedition to the top of Dhaulagiri last year, which ended in disaster when his oxygen canister sprung a leak. While his friend rushed to their camp to get help, Roy was left alone on the mountain in freezing conditions. After he finally got to the hospital doctors had to amputate several of his toes, including a hammertoe on his right foot.

Fortunately Roy wasn’t too daunted by his loss. He has been making preparations for his trip to the Himlayas since the Dhaulagiri incident, and now he’s ready to stage his triumphant return to mountaineering. “Making a comeback was not that tough, because mountaineering has been a passion all my life and I owe it to my family because of their full support,” he said.

Hammertoes can be debilitating, but Roy’s case shows that it’s possible to make a full recovery from them. If you find yourself with this foot deformity, visit one of our podiatrists of Advanced Foot and Ankle Specialists. Our doctors can determine whether your condition is in fact a hammertoe and do everything in her power to treat you.

Hammertoe

Hammertoe is little-known a painful condition that affects the second, third and fourth toes involving different joints of the toe and foot. Hammertoe can be caused by many other conditions such as RA (rheumatoid arthritis), osteoarthritis, trauma or injuries to your foot, it can be hereditary and it can also be caused by a cerebral vascular accident. If you wear shoes that are too narrow or short for your feet, it may exacerbate any pain you already have.

It is really important to your overall well-being to seek out medical attention at the first signs of foot pain or anything that may hinder your ability to walk in a normal manner. Taking care of your feet is one of the first steps to being able to live a full and healthy life.

If you have any questions, please contact one of our offices in Illinois. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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The need to maintain good health becomes more important especially for older adults, who will often have various check-ups throughout the year. Proper foot care, however, is often neglected. Mobility issues in older adults will typically point back to foot injury, neglect, and disease; the need to monitor foot health in the elderly is therefore of great importance.

Habitually cleaning and examining the feet for any changes or irregularities is the first step the elderly can take to maintain good foot health. Using mild soaps followed with lotion keeps the skin from drying out, cracking, and itching. Ensuring that the feet are kept dry will help decrease the risk of contracting a fungal infection. Keeping the feet warm will ensure good circulation, and keeping toenails correctly trimmed can help prevent problems such as ingrown toenails and toe pain.  

Proper foot care is something many older adults forget to consider. For more information, consult with one of our podiatrists of Advanced Foot and Ankle Specialists. Our doctors will assist you with all of your podiatric concerns.

The Elderly and their Feet

As we age we start to notice many changes in our body, but the elder population may not notice them right away.  Medical conditions may prevent the elderly to take notice of their foot health right away. Poor vision is a lead contributor to not taking action for the elderly.

Common Conditions 

Neuropathy – can reduce feeling in the feet, and can hide many life threating medical conditions.

Reduced flexibility – prevents the ability of proper toenail trimming, and foot cleaning. If left untreated, it may lead to further medical issues.

Foot sores – amongst the older population can be serious before they are discovered. Some of the problematic conditions they may face are:

Gouging toenails affecting nearby toe

Shoes that don’t fit properly

Pressure sores

Loss of circulation in legs & feet

Edema & swelling of feet and ankles

Susceptible Infections

Diabetes and poor circulation can cause general loss of sensitivity over the years, turning a simple cut into a serious issue.

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If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices, located in Illinois. We offer the latest in diagnostic and treatment technology to meet your needs.

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Glasgow Caledonian University has partnered with University of Newcastle and the SME Peacocks Medical Group to receive a grant of nearly €115,000 to create 3D printed foot orthotics. The purpose of the grant is to enable and aid the “FootFEMan” project that uses elemental analysis to create improved orthotics for specific patients. Each orthotic will be printed and developed using technology from another project funded by the European Union. Each orthotic will be tested at Glasgow Caledonian University to ensure the orthotics properly improve foot function and lessen foot symptoms. Gordon Henry, PhD and project researcher states, “We are confident that we can successfully 3D print new orthotic insole devices. This project will now enable us to improve each orthosis tailored to the individual patient according to whatever foot problem they have.”

Foot orthotics are useful in treating a myriad of conditions, including heel injuries like plantar fasciitis. If you are dealing with foot pain and are interested in the possibility of using orthotics as a treatment, call one of our podiatrists of Advanced Foot and Ankle Specialists. Our doctors can evaluate the severity of your condition and determine what type of care would best suit your needs.

What is Ankle Foot Orthotics?

Orthotics is physical aids used to support weak limbs or direct the proper function of limbs. Often they are used to support the ankle and foot. Such orthotics is known as AFOs. AFOs help strengthen the muscles or train them to function in the proper position. AFOs can also benefit muscles that need to be lengthened or loosened.

Why might you need orthotics?

Modern orthotics has improved dramatically from the metal braces of previous years. Many of today’s orthotics is made of lightweight plastics and other advanced materials to provide new levels of comfort and support.

For more information about Ankle Foot Orthotics, please follow the link below.

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

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