Posts for: January, 2014
On New Year’s Eve, Fox News anchor Geraldo Rivera turned to his 50,000 Twitter followers posting several updates on his gnarled foot. Geraldo claims it was a botched back surgery at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York which caused his foot to disfigure.
“Getting ready for surgery on foot ruined by [Hospital for Special Surgery],” Rivera tweeted Tuesday. A photo of his mangled big toe set atop a copy of the day’s New York Times was included. “Patient is reasonably good spirits despite hair riot,” Rivera then tweeted with a selfie inside Mount Sinai Hospital, also in New York. On his third tweet, Rivera posted “On the mend,” accompanied with a picture showing his foot and wearing a brace. In his final tweet, Rivera stated “heading home!” while taking a picture of him in his crutches.
Foot surgery is a serious proposition that should only be done after a full medical consultation. If you are thinking about surgery to fix your foot injury, consider talking to a podiatrist like Dr. Henry Slomowitz of Paramus and Paterson. Dr. Slomowitz can present you with a range of treatment options and help you decide on the best one.
When Is Surgery Necessary?
Foot and ankle surgery is generally reserved for cases in which less invasive, conservative procedures have failed to help with the problem. Some of the cases in which surgery may be necessary are:
- Removing foot deformities like bone spurs and bunions
- Severe arthritis that has caused bone issues
- Reconstruction to attend injuries caused by accidents or malformations
What Types of Surgery Are There?
The type of surgery you receive will be dependent on the nature of the problem you have. Some of the possible surgeries include:
- Bunionectomy for painful bunions
- Surgical fusion for realignment of bones
- Nerve removal for painful nerve endings
Benefits of Surgery
Although surgery is usually a last resort, when it is undertaken, if can provide more complete pain relief than before, and may allow you to finally resume full activity.
Surgical techniques have also become increasingly sophisticated. Such techniques like endoscopic surgery allow for smaller incisions and faster recovery times.
If you have any questions, contact our office located in Warminster, PA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle injuries.
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National League for Democracy leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi might be unable to hold rallies for constitutional amendments due to the toll her bunion surgery has taken on her. A colleague from the NLD’s information department stated that it will depend on how she is feeling after further check-ups. Although procedure went as planned and Daw Aung San Suu Kyi is recovering well, but Kyi currently cannot stand on her own for very long. Unfortunately, a rally in Maubin has already been cancelled, and her family doctor advised her to call off all public appearances for the next month.
Although there are different treatment options for bunions, they may remain as a painful and stubborn condition. If you are suffering from foot pain caused by bunions, it is important to seek the care of a podiatrist Dr. Henry Slomowitz of Paramus and Paterson. Dr. Slomowitz can work with you to determine the appropriate treatment options for your bunions.
A bunion is an enlargement of the base joint of the toe, connecting to the foot. The enlargement is formed of swollen tissue or boney growth. This is caused by a shifting of the bones in the big toe inward, impacting the other toes of the foot. This area around the base of the big toes may become inflamed, red, and/or painful.
Genetics – people who are susceptible to bunions are usually genetically predisposed.
Stress on the feet – wearing improperly fitting shoes, or running and walking can cause stress on the feet. High heeled shoes and putting weight from the body pushes the toes into a position, causing a bone displacement.
A podiatrist who specializes in foot structure and bio-mechanics will be able to diagnose bunions.
Blood Tests - testing the blood for gout or arthritic conditions can be identified while doing a blood test.
Radiological Exam – a podiatrist will request an exam to identify the bunion by taking a look at the bone structure. If the x-ray shows an enlargement of the joint near the base of the toe shifting toward the smaller toes, this usually indicates a bunion.
Wearing a wider shoe can remove the pressure on the bunion and reduce pain. High heeled shoes should not be worn, as this forces the big toe inward toward smaller toes. Avoiding these types of shoes will eliminate the pain associated with bunions, but if it continues, medication may be prescribed.
Orthotics or special foot soles may help the area by providing relief. But if these types of treatments do not work, surgery is required.
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When hikers on the Appalachian Trail found themselves with injuries like ankle sprains and broken legs, they often turned to a passing nurse named Marcus Ross for help. Ross was on a mission to walk the entire length of the trail, and though he did the best he could to help others he actually ended up getting painful blisters himself.
Luckily he was able to take a pit-stop at a nearby podiatrist’s office, who taught him a lot about his feet. “I actually had a lot of problems with blisters and it turns out it was the anatomy of my feet and the way my foot turns when I go to step down,” Ross said.
Blisters on the feet can be painful and can sometimes prevent people from walking. For assistance with blisters and other skin conditions, call a podiatrist like Dr. Henry Slomowitz of Paramus and Paterson. Dr. Slomowitz will look carefully at your blisters and give you a professional recommendation about how to treat them.
Blisters on the Feet
When tight or ill-fitting footwear is worn, many times a foot blister may develop. Blisters can even develop by constant rubbing from the shoe, often times leading to pain.
What is a Foot Blister?
A foot blister is a small pocket that is filled with fluid, forming on the upper most layer of the skin. Blisters are filled with clear fluid, and may lead to drainage of blood or pus if the area has become infected.
How do they Form?
Blisters of the feet are almost always the result of shoe rubbing and constant friction of the skin and material. Long periods of walking in shoes, sandals, or boots which don’t fit properly can result in a blister. Those who often have moisture or humidity in the feet are prone to blister formation easily.
Prevention & Treatment
Proper care is vital to alleviate pain and prevent infection to the affected area of the foot. The best treatment is to leave them alone. New skin will develop under the blister and during the healing stages, your blister will pop.
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NBA player Jeff Taylor of the Bobcats will be off the court for the rest of the season after rupturing his right Achilles tendon during a game against the Detroit Pistons. Bobcats coach Steve Clifford said it would be too early to estimate how many months Taylor will be out, though surgery will definitely tell the severity of the injury, even if Clifford believes Taylor will be ‘just fine’.
“What I relayed to him is it’s unfortunate for him and really unfortunate for his teammates, because he’s a big part of this team,” Clifford said. “But his mindset has to be on his career now. And for his career, it shouldn’t be a problem. From what other guys (rehabbing from similar injuries) have done, if he has the same approach to his injury that he has to improving his game, then he should come back and be 100 percent.”
Achilles tendon injuries hurt. If you suffered an injury to your Achilles tendon you should consider seeing a podiatrist like Dr. Henry Slomowitz of Paramus and Paterson. Dr. Slomowitz can evaluate and treat your condition.
Just What Is the Achilles Tendon?
The Achilles tendon is the strongest tendon in our bodies. As the tendon that connects the heel to the calf muscles, the Achilles tendon helps with even the most basic movement in the legs such as walking. As a result, the Achilles tendon can risk incurring Achilles tendinitis or even a rupture. Those especially at risk include people who overexert themselves during physical activity, namely athletes.
Achilles Tendinitis Symptoms Include:
- Increased Blood Flow
- Tendon Thickening
- Slower Movement Time
- Pain ranging from dull to severe
Achilles Tendon ruptures are caused by the tendon ‘snapping’ or ripping. There are often more painful and immediate as opposed to Achilles tendinitis. There are surgical and non-surgical methods in treating Achilles tendon ruptures, with recovery time possibly taking up to a year.
While no injury is completely avoidable, there are preventive measures that can lower your chances. This includes:
- Incorporating strengthening exercises to your workout regimen such as squats and leg presses
- Stretch your tendon before and after exercise
- Wear comfortable, fitted footwear that is occasion-specific
And of course, if you believe you have injured your Achilles tendon be sure to visit a podiatrist immediately, as they can help diagnose and address your problem.
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Christina Applegate has shared the story about how she broke her foot right before her debut performance in a Broadway show with the public. The show was a revival of Sweet Charity, and she injured herself while performing in one of the previews.
"I don't think disappointing is a word that can describe how awful that whole experience was, how sad it was,” Applegate said. “I'd been working so hard, dancing my butt off, and once it (her foot) was broken, I could never do the show the way I had rehearsed it.” An understudy filled her role until her foot had healed appropriately.
A broken foot is a typical injury, and also a very painful one. If you suffered an injury like a stress fracture as a result of a broken foot, you should consider seeing a podiatrist like Dr. Henry Slomowitz of Paramus and Paterson. Dr. Slomowitz can evaluate your foot and ankle and assist you in getting the care you need.
Broken Foot Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment
A broken foot is when one of the bones located in the foot fractures, or breaks. About 10% of broken bones occur in the foot.
Bones typically break when an object crushes, bends, or stretches the bone. In the foot, the location of the broken bone is usually indicative of how the break occurred. Toes usually break when something hard and solid is kicked with great force. Broken Heels are usually a result of falling from a great height and landing on the feet. Other broken bones in the feet can occur because of a twisted or sprained ankle. Most of the time, a broken foot results from a sudden accident or injury. Sometimes small cracks can form over time in the bones of the feet from repeated stress. These cracks are called stress fractures and usually only occur in athletes that put a lot of pressure on their feet, like runners, dancers, and gymnasts.
Symptoms of a broken foot typically include pain, swelling, bruising, and redness. Occasionally the pain of a broken foot may be so severe that walking is not an option. However, this depends on the location of the broken bone within the foot.
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