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The Chinese custom of breaking the bones of young girls’ feet to structurally restrict size and growth began in the 10th century, but wasn’t banned until 1911 and in some rural areas continued as late as 1939.  Photographer Jo Farrell has been working on a project funded by Kickstarter to document the last living women subjected to foot binding, all currently in their 80s and 90s.

The process typically began between the ages of 4 and 9, while girls’ arches were still forming and therefore more pliable.  The feet were soaked in mixtures of animal blood and herbs.  Then the toes were broken into the soles and the arches were cracked so that the front of the foot could be folded under.  Thick bandages held feet in the desired shape until the bones healed in place.

While feet no longer receive the negative attention of manual reshaping, they also often lack the positive attention needed to maintain health. For information about every day foot care practices to keep your feet at their best, see podiatrist Dr. Henry Slomowitz of Paramus and Paterson. Dr. Slomowitzwill care for all of your podiatric concerns.

Every Day Foot Care

People tend to take better care of their bodies, face, and hair than their feet.  However, the feet are a very important aspect of our bodies and must be given proper care.  It is important to check your feet regularly for cuts, bruises or other irregularities that signify a bigger problem.

For dry feet, moisturizer can easily be a remedy and can be applied as often as necessary to the affected areas.  Wearing shoes that fit can also help sustain good foot health, and make it easier to walk and do daily activities without the stress or pain of ill-fitting shoes, high heels, or even flip-flops.

Wearing clean socks within closed shoes is important to ensure that sweat and bacteria do not accumulate within the shoe.  This will help prevent athlete’s foot, fungi problems, bad odors, and can absorb sweat.

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

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By gary@hurtheel.com
June 16, 2014
Category: Foot Care

Between 1870 and 1980, the average height for the European male shifted from 5’ 5” to 5’ 10.”  Better nutrition, and recently problems of overeating, has caused a trend in overall body expansion.  This trend includes foot size.

According to the College of Podiatry, averages for both men and women have increased by two shoe sizes over the last forty years.  To accommodate the extra weight, feet are becoming broader.  This is especially visible in cases of childhood obesity, because children’s bones are still supple and very able to spread under added pressure.

This increasing foot size is not necessarily a bad thing, as long as feet are not forced into footwear that is too small.  Wearing the wrong shoe size increases risks of hammertoes, bunions, and joint problems.  For help with footwear choices or any other foot or ankle concerns, see podiatrist Dr. Henry Slomowitz of Paramus and Paterson. Dr. Slomowitz will attend to any of your podiatric needs.

Getting the Right Shoe Size: How To Keep Your Feet Happy

Are your shoes the right size? Many people are walking around with ill-fitting shoes. Picking the right shoe size is not rocket science, but there are a few things to remember when selecting your next pair.

  • Make sure your toes are not cramped
  • Be able to wiggle your toes
  • There should be one inch between your toes and the shoe’s tip

Most shoe stores and department stores have rulers for measuring your feet, and these can give you an exact size. Be sure to measure with your shoe on. Measuring your foot will give you a different size than your shoe. If you do measure your foot size, you will need to add 1-2 inches to get the proper sizing.

If your shoes are not properly sized, you can experience:

·foot pain
·knee pain
·blisters
·swelling

Don’t assume that you will always wear the same size in a shoe. Often manufacturers size shoes differently.

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For more information, please contact our office located in Paramus and Paterson, NJ.  We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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heel painWearing high-heels for long hours and even simply standing for hours without rest are habits that can place stress on the feet and cause plantar fasciitis. Presenting as heel pain, plantar faciitis is an inflammation of the tissue that runs from the heel to the toes. UN Oriental Medical Clinic physician Lee Sung-hun believes this condition is easily preventable through simple changes in behavior.

The National Health Insurance Service published statistics showing that plantar fasciitis is more common in females than males. More specifically, women in their 30s to 50s are the most prevalently affected.Heavy physical activity, weight gain, and hormonal changes are common contributors. Sung-hun states that in Oriental medicine, acupuncture, bee venom, and moxibustion are used to treat plantar fasciitis, but suggests supportive footwear and stretching the Achilles heel and calf muscles as helpful alternatives.

Plantar fasciitis is a painful condition and requires medical attention. If you experience discomfort when applying weight to the heel, see a podiatrist like Dr. Henry Slomowitz of Paramus and Paterson. Dr. Slomowitz will provide quality care for all of your foot and ankle related concerns.

What is Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis refers to heel and arch pain caused by an inflammation of the connective tissues on the bottom of the foot.

What Causes Plantar Fasciitis?

  • Ill-fitting shoes
  • Weight change
  • Excessive running
  • Non-supportive shoes
  • Overpronation

How Can It Be Treated?

  • Conservative measures – anti-inflammatories, ice packs, stretching exercises, physical therapy, orthotic devices. 
  • Shockwave therapy – sends sound waves to the areas where pain is experience.  Requires multiple sessions.  This is used for very persistent cases of plantar fasciitis. 
  • Ultrasound-guided technique with steroid injections into the plantar fascia.  This is from a relatively new and small study, but was shown to be effective in most cases treated.

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

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Plantar FasciitisAt first, Colorado fitness instructor and graphic designer Tammy Moore thought her shoes were the source of her heel pain. But after a while the pain became so intense that sometimes it was difficult for her to even stand up.

She decided to visit a doctor, who identified her condition as plantar fasciitis.  

Moore spent upward of $1000 on physical therapy, new shoes, and insoles. She found that stretching her feet regularly did a lot to make her heel feel better. It ended up being more than a year before her plantar fasciitis fully subsided. “At the first signs, if you think you have it, start (treatments),” she said. “If I felt it coming back, I think I’d do all these things.”

Plantar fasciitis is very painful, but can usually be treated with a wide variety of options. For help with your heel pain, call podiatrist Dr. Henry Slomowitz, DPM. Dr. Slomowitz will let you know if you have plantar fasciitis or not and recommend an appropriate treatment.

What is Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis refers to heel and arch pain caused by an inflammation of the connective tissues on the bottom of the foot.

What Causes Plantar Fasciitis?

· Ill-fitting shoes
· Weight change
· Excessive running
· Non-supportive shoes
· Overpronation

How Can It Be Treated?

· Conservative measures – anti-inflammatories, ice packs, stretching exercises, physical therapy, orthotic devices.
· Shockwave therapy – sends sound waves to the areas where pain is experience.  Requires multiple sessions.  This is used for very persistent cases of plantar fasciitis.
· Ultrasound-guided technique with steroid injections into the plantar fascia.  This is from a relatively new and small study, but was shown to be effective in most cases treated.

New Studies on Treatment

According to groundbreaking treatment option studies, Luca M. Sconfienza, M.D. says that ultrasound with steroid injections was effective in over 95% of cases that involve plantar fasciitis. This process involves anesthesia and is a single process, out-patient treatment that was discovered to be highly effective. Luca M. Sconfienza M.D. presented her study at an annual meeting for the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA). Be sure to speak with your podiatrist about different methods that can be used, as well as finding out what treatment options they offer. For more information about Plantar Fasciitis, please follow the link below.

If you have any questions, please contact our office which is located in Paramus and Paterson, NJ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle problems.

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ingrown toenailWhite Sox right fielder Avisail Garcia demonstrated his strength and dedication to his team recently when he played a game the day after having an ingrown toenail removed.

White Sox Manager Robin Ventura had guessed that he would need at least a day to recover, but Garcia was able to throw and hit the ball without any problem. Last year Garcia had a .304 batting average and 21 RBIs, and is described by his teammates as a “monster.” “I want to be consistent and get better,’’ he said. “Put up better numbers and help my teammates.”

Ingrown toenails are deformities known for causing a lot of pain and discomfort usually around the big toe. If you think you might have an ingrown toenail, consult with a podiatrist like Dr. Henry Slomowitz of Paramus and Paterson. Dr. Slomowitz will diagnose your condition and offer you expert guidance as you prepare to get it treated.

Ingrown Toenails Causes

Ingrown toenails occur when a toenail grows sideways into the bed of the nail, causing pain, swelling, and possibly infection.

There are a number of risk factors for ingrown toenails. Some include cutting your nails too short, participating in strenuous sports, diabetes, obesity, and fungal infection. Some are genetically predisposed to ingrown nails, although wearing ill-fitting or damp shoes can exacerbate the problem.

Treatment

There are a number of steps you can take to treat ingrown nails:

- Let your toenails grow out
- Soak the toes in hot water with antibiotic soap or Epsom salts
- Placing a piece of cotton under the affected nail may allow the toe to grow up instead of into the nail bed
- Rest with your feet up

If however, your pain is severe, or you see red streaks running up your leg, you should see a podiatrist. Your podiatrist may make a small incision and remove part of the toe nail to relieve the pressure. A local anesthetic may be used to lessen the discomfort of the operation.  Topical medication may also be prescribed to prevent the regrowth of the problem nail. You will probably have to stay off your feet for a day or so, but should be able to carry on normal activities quickly.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices in Paramus and Paterson, NJ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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