Foot surgery like any other surgery is a big deal. There can always be risks and complications. Foot surgery is mostly elective surgery. This means that you are electing to do it and that it is not a life threatening situation. So you should always consider the options.
What the heck is plantar fasciitis? Well if you ever had severe heel or arch pain from getting up in the morning and it goes away during the day and then comes back again after you’ve been sitting. Then you have plantar fasciitis.
Why be concerned about falling?
Falls and fall-related injuries are the leading cause of accidental death in older people.
Half of seniors who fall, will fall again within a year
Nearly half of the seniors who fall reduce their activity after a fall
Most fractures among older adults are caused by falls
The key to successful management of diabetes is keeping your blood sugar stable and taking good care of your feet every day. Routine visits to a podiatrist are extremely important.
Leg pain, cramping, swelling, numbness or skin discoloration is common complaints that physicians hear from their patients.
Plantar fascitis typically caused by inflammation of the plantar fascia can cause heel pain and may also cause severe arch pain.
Fungus toenails can affect millions of people every day. This condition causes toenails to appear yellowish, thickened, crumbling and can sometimes can be very painful.
In the past few years there have been many new technological advances coming out. Finally there is something new for Podiatrists.
Fungus toenails are a very common toenail infection. It can cause the toenails to become thick, yellow, discolored and many times become painful. It can occur in almost any age group but effects mostly older adults because of their poor circulation and poor immune system.
It also is caused by trauma to the nail which could easily be from constant bumping and banging. Another possible cause might be from constantly being in closed shoes with excess of moisture and perspiration. For many years fungus toenails in young women including teenage girls was a very rare occurrence.
There has now been a 10 fold increase in the amount of young women getting fungus in their toenails. One of the possible causes is from overuse of nail polish during the winter months. In the winter women tend to wear closed shoes, socks and/or stockings. This can cause excessive perspiration and moisture which is a breeding ground for fungus toenails. In addition continuous use of nail polish does not allow the nail to breath.
Once the fungus gets into one toenail it can spread to all the toenails and can even go to fingernails. Treatment for this infection can take months and even up to years to get a complete clearing.
It is recommended to check your toenails every couple weeks. Take the polish off your toenails and check to see if you have any yellowish or discoloration. If you do, contact your local podiatrist so he can make a full evaluation and do a fungal culture. Then, he can get you on the proper treatment for this problem.
Howard J. Tzorfas D.P.M.
Diabetic shoes are specially constructed to protect your feet. They are also ”extra–depth” to accommodate special inserts which are custom made. Special features and materials combine to provide your feet with extra protection they need. Diabetics are prone to getting infections and ulcerations. These shoes help prevent these problems and many more. Medicare has shown that providing proper foot wear they have helped decrease the amount of amputations in the United States by 85%.
Medicare plus secondary insurance will pay 100% for one pair of diabetic shoes and 3 pairs of custom inserts per calendar year. The inserts are made of a soft spongy material which only lasts for a few months.
Our office carries the #1 diabetic shoes in the country. Please go on to their website@www.Doctorcomfort.com and you will see 100s of shoes from which to choose.
In order to qualify for this program you must first make an appointment and come into our office for an examination. We then perform a digital scan of your feet and measure your feet. Your order is then sent through electronically and the shoes arrive in about 3 weeks.
Please call Dr. Howard J. DPM 908-236-6999.