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We often think of flexibility as being an important part of physical fitness - but when was the last time that you thought about the flexibility of your feet? The feet are often neglected when it comes to stretching and improving flexibility. This is unfortunate, as the feet can greatly benefit from being flexible. Our feet absorb shock when we walk or run while also acting as rigid levers for pushing off the ground. By molding and adapting to the surfaces that we walk on, our feet help keep us balanced. When the feet are too rigid, stiff, and inflexible, their ability to absorb shock, push off from the ground, and balance ourselves may be impaired. For this reason, stretching your feet daily is very important. To learn about how to stretch your feet to improve their flexibility, please consult with a podiatrist. 

Stretching the feet is a great way to prevent injuries. If you have any concerns with your feet consult with Ernest Levi, DPM from Grand Central Podiatry. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Stretching the Feet

Being the backbone of the body, the feet carry your entire weight and can easily become overexerted, causing cramps and pain. As with any body part, stretching your feet can serve many benefits. From increasing flexibility to even providing some pain relief, be sure to give your feet a stretch from time to time. This is especially important for athletes or anyone performing aerobic exercises, but anyone experiencing foot pain or is on their feet constantly should also engage in this practice.

Great ways to stretch your feet:

  • Crossing one leg over the others and carefully pull your toes back. Do 10-20 repetitions and repeat the process for each foot
  • Face a wall with your arms out and hands flat against the wall. Step back with one foot and keep it flat on the floor while moving the other leg forward. Lean towards the wall until you feel a stretch. Hold for 30 seconds and perform 10 repetitions for each foot
  • Be sure not to overextend or push your limbs too hard or you could risk pulling or straining your muscle

Individuals who tend to their feet by regular stretching every day should be able to minimize foot pain and prevent new problems from arising.

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 care needs.

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Monday, 22 March 2021 00:00

What is a Lateral Ankle Sprain?

Foot and ankle injuries—particularly lateral ankle sprains—are the most common forms of physical trauma that athletes face. In order to regain full motion and movement while avoiding any secondary injuries from occurring, accurate diagnosis and proper treatment is necessary. Lateral ankle sprains typically take place when the ankle rolls outward—forcing ligaments along the side of the ankle to stretch unnaturally and tear, and in some cases, cause joint instability to occur. The severity of the damage dictates the course of treatment which can include prophylactic support, immobilization, anti-inflammatory or steroid medications, balance and neuromuscular control activities, and more. If you are an athlete that has suffered from any kind of injury to your foot or ankle, make an appointment with a podiatrist for a full examination.

Ankle sprains are common but need immediate attention. If you need your feet checked, contact Ernest Levi, DPM from Grand Central Podiatry. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

How Does an Ankle Sprain Occur?

Ankle sprains take place when the ligaments in your ankle are torn or stretched beyond their limits. There are multiple ways that the ankle can become injured, including twisting or rolling over onto your ankle, putting undue stress on it, or causing trauma to the ankle itself.

What Are the Symptoms?

  • Mild to moderate bruising
  • Limited mobility
  • Swelling
  • Discoloration of the skin (depending on severity)

Preventing a Sprain

  • Wearing appropriate shoes for the occasion
  • Stretching before exercises and sports
  • Knowing your limits

Treatment of a Sprain

Treatment of a sprain depends on the severity.  Many times, people are told to rest and remain off their feet completely, while others are given an air cast. If the sprain is very severe, surgery may be required.

If you have suffered an ankle sprain previously, you may want to consider additional support such as a brace and regular exercises to strengthen the ankle.

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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Monday, 15 March 2021 00:00

Can Being Overweight Damage My Feet?

Being overweight by even 25 pounds can put extra stress on your feet and make you more susceptible to developing conditions like tendinitis, osteoarthritis, and plantar fasciitis. Obesity—identified as having a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or higher—can lead to even bigger, more painful and potentially dangerous foot conditions brought on by diabetes, gout, and peripheral heart disease. Losing weight through diet and low-impact exercise is one of the best ways to keep your feet and ankles healthy. However, this can be challenging or even risky for those with a foot or ankle issue. Ask your podiatrist to recommend physical activities that are safe for you, and proper footwear to support your feet and avoid injury.

The more you weigh, the harder your feet must work to support your body. If you’re an obese individual and are concerned about your feet, contact Ernest Levi, DPM from Grand Central Podiatry. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Obesity and Your Feet

People who are overweight are putting more pressure on their ankles, knees, and hips as well as their feet. This unfortunately can lead to variety of different issues.

Problems & Complications Stemming from Obesity

  • When the body is overweight, it tries to compensate by changing the way that it moves. An obese person may lean forward and put extra weight on the wrong part of the foot. This puts unnecessary stress on the feet.
  • Obese people are also more likely to develop type II diabetes which is a condition that causes a lot of foot problems. People with diabetes often don’t feel the cuts and sores that they may have on their feet, which can lead to more complicated and severe issues.
  • Plantar fasciitis is another foot condition that can be caused by obesity. Plantar fasciitis is an inflammation of the tissue along the bottom of the foot, which causes pain and stiffness while walking and climbing stairs.

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 care needs.

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Monday, 08 March 2021 00:00

Bunion Exercises

A bunion is described as a bony protrusion that forms on the side of the big toe. Many patients experience pain and discomfort from this ailment, and it may gradually worsen. It can happen as a result of genetic factors, or from wearing shoes that do not have adequate room for the toes to move freely in. The muscles can become weakened, and it is beneficial to perform specific foot stretches that may help to strengthen the affected area and overall foot. A foot scrunch helps to improve dexterity when performed regularly. This is done by placing a towel on the floor, and lifting it up with your foot. Toe yoga helps to improve mobility in the toes, which may positively affect general balance in the body. If you have developed a bunion, it is strongly suggested that you speak with a podiatrist who can offer you additional exercise and treatment options that are right for you.

If you are suffering from bunions, contact Ernest Levi, DPM of Grand Central Podiatry. Our doctor 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 office located in New York, NY . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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The foot condition that is known as athlete’s foot is a common ailment that can cause the feet to feel uncomfortable. It develops as a result of a fungal infection. Symptoms many patients experience often include peeling skin, severe itchiness on the bottom of the foot and between the toes, and the affected areas can appear red. The fungus that causes athlete's foot lives and thrives in warm and moist environments. These can consist of public swimming pools, shower room floors, and surrounding areas. It is common for the fungus to enter the body through tiny cracks in the skin on the feet. An effective prevention technique involves wearing appropriate shoes while in these areas. There are several treatment methods, and it is suggested that you consult with a podiatrist who can determine which one is the best for you.

Athlete’s foot is an inconvenient condition that can be easily reduced with the proper treatment. If you have any concerns about your feet and ankles, contact Ernest Levi, DPM from Grand Central Podiatry.  Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Athlete’s Foot: The Sole Story

Athlete's foot, also known as tinea pedis, can be an extremely contagious foot infection. It is commonly contracted in public changing areas and bathrooms, dormitory style living quarters, around locker rooms and public swimming pools, or anywhere your feet often come into contact with other people.

Solutions to Combat Athlete’s Foot

  • Hydrate your feet by using lotion
  • Exfoliate
  • Buff off nails
  • Use of anti-fungal products
  • Examine your feet and visit your doctor if any suspicious blisters or cuts develop

Athlete’s foot can cause many irritating symptoms such as dry and flaking skin, itching, and redness. Some more severe symptoms can include bleeding and cracked skin, intense itching and burning, and even pain when walking. In the worst cases, Athlete’s foot can cause blistering as well. Speak to your podiatrist for a better understanding of the different causes of Athlete’s foot, as well as help in determining which treatment options are best for you.

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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