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Tuesday, 20 February 2024 00:00

If you are experiencing foot pain after a long day on your feet at work, you are not alone. The fatigue from standing all day can lead to discomfort, but if the foot pain persists, it may indicate more serious issues such as plantar fasciitis or heel spurs. Several factors contribute to foot pain and fatigue after working, including having inadequate support in your shoes, particularly if you are on hard surfaces like concrete or tile. Uneven pressure distribution within the foot and poor circulation can make the problem worse, leading to swelling and further discomfort. Additionally, existing foot conditions like bunions and Morton’s neuroma can intensify the pain. To alleviate foot pain after work, consider investing in supportive footwear with cushioned soles, taking breaks to stretch and walk, and wearing compression socks if circulation is an issue. Incorporating foot exercises and stretches into your daily routine can also help improve foot strength and flexibility, reducing the likelihood of pain. If foot pain persists, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for proper diagnosis and treatment options. 

While working on the feet, it is important to take the proper care of them. For more information about working on your feet, contact one of our podiatrists from Family Foot Care. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Working on Your Feet

Standing on your feet for long periods of time can cause stress and pain in your feet. Your whole body may experience change in terms of posture, back pain, bunions, callouses and or plantar warts. There are ways to avoid these conditions with proper foot care, smart choices and correct posture.

Positive Changes

Negative heeled shoe – Choosing this shoe type places the heel slightly lower than the ball of the foot. These are great for overall foot health. Find shoes that fit you correctly.

Go barefoot – Our feet were not designed to be enclosed for all hours of the day. Try to periodically expose your feet to air.

Eliminate Pain

Foot Exercises – Performing simple exercises, incorporating yoga and doing stretches are beneficial. This will allow increased blood flow to the area and muscles of the foot.

Achilles tendon – Stretching the foot out flat on the floor will relax the calf muscles and tendon. These exercises can be performed almost anywhere. Make sure you add these exercises to your daily regimen. 

With a little bit of this information and knowing more about foot health, you will notice changes. Foot stretches and proper footwear will help with pain and prevent further issues.

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

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Tuesday, 13 February 2024 00:00

High heels, while fashionable, can lead to various foot problems due to their design and the way they alter the natural mechanics of walking. One common issue is the development of bunions, where the pressure and narrow toe box of high heels force the big toe to bend outward, causing a painful bony bump to form. Additionally, wearing high heels regularly can shorten the Achilles tendon and calf muscles, leading to stiffness and discomfort when walking in flat shoes. High heels also increase pressure on the ball of the foot, potentially causing metatarsalgia, a painful condition characterized by inflammation and discomfort in the ball of the foot. Furthermore, the instability caused by high heels can contribute to ankle sprains and instability over time. To mitigate these issues, it is important to limit high heel wear, opt for lower, wider heels when possible, and incorporate foot-strengthening exercises into your routine to counteract the negative effects of high heels on foot health. If you wear high heels and have developed specific foot conditions, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist who can effectively treat any foot ailment that has arisen, and offer other footwear choices.

High heels have a history of causing foot and ankle problems. If you have any concerns about your feet or ankles, contact one of our podiatrists from Family Foot Care. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Effects of High Heels on the Feet

High heels are popular shoes among women because of their many styles and societal appeal.  Despite this, high heels can still cause many health problems if worn too frequently.

Which Parts of 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.  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.  Adding inserts to your heels can help cushion your feet and absorb shock. Full foot inserts or metatarsal pads are available. 

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

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Monday, 12 February 2024 00:00

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Tuesday, 06 February 2024 00:00

Bunions are bony protrusions at the base of the big toe, and manifest gradually due to a combination of genetic predisposition and external factors. Inherited structural foot issues, such as flat feet or low arches, contribute to the vulnerability of developing bunions. The gradual shifting of the metatarsophalangeal joint creates misalignment, causing the big toe to lean towards the other toes. Wearing ill-fitting footwear, particularly shoes with narrow toe boxes, exacerbates this condition by squeezing the toes together. High heels further elevate the risk, tilting the body weight forward and putting added pressure on the joint. Over time, these repeated stresses lead to the development of bony growths. Additionally, inflammatory conditions such as arthritis can accelerate bunion formation. Many bunions are unsightly and uncomfortable. If you have developed a bunion, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist who can determine what the best treatment method is for you, which may include surgery for permanent removal.

If you are suffering from bunions, contact one of our podiatrists of Family Foot Care. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is a Bunion?

A bunion is formed of swollen tissue or an enlargement of boney growth, usually located at the base joint of the toe that connects to the foot. The swelling occurs due to the bones in the big toe shifting inward, which impacts the other toes of the foot. This causes the area around the base of the big toe to become inflamed and painful.

Why Do Bunions Form?

Genetics – Susceptibility to bunions are often hereditary

Stress on the feet – Poorly fitted and uncomfortable footwear that places stress on feet, such as heels, can worsen existing bunions

How Are Bunions Diagnosed?

Doctors often perform two tests – blood tests and x-rays – when trying to diagnose bunions, especially in the early stages of development. Blood tests help determine if the foot pain is being caused by something else, such as arthritis, while x-rays provide a clear picture of your bone structure to your doctor.

How Are Bunions Treated?

  • Refrain from wearing heels or similar shoes that cause discomfort
  • Select wider shoes that can provide more comfort and reduce pain
  • Anti-inflammatory and pain management drugs
  • Orthotics or foot inserts
  • Surgery

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

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