Laser Nail Center Quincy Blog
By Foot Care Specialists, PC
October 13, 2017
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Ankle Sprains are a common injury and are actually the most frequent ankle injury, especially among basketball players who undergo frequent ankle instability. Once a sprain happens, the damage to the ligaments creates the likelihood of it happening again without proper treatment.  They occur during a rapid movement while the foot is still planted to the ground. The ankle tends to roll outwards and the foot turns inward. This reaction causes the surrounding ligaments to tear, which ruins its elastic nature.

Treatment for this condition involves taping or bracing for support, ice or medications to reduce inflammation, rest to promote healing and compression to reduce bruising. Physical therapy is also another important part of treatment as it strengthens the ankle and reduces the chance of another sprain occurring to the injured ankle. Crutches are also helpful in assisting with walking and taking pressure off the injured ankle during recovery.

As the ankle recovers, ice and exercising are helpful to increase mobility. In more severe cases, surgery may be required to adequately treat an ankle sprain. An incision is made over the ligaments that tore, these ligaments are inspected, then repaired and the wound closed. Finally, a splint is utilized to protect the ankle. The surgical procedure known as arthroscopy uses a camera to view the ankle joint and allows for the surgeon to use tiny instruments to remove loose bone or cartilage. Reconstruction will be used to repair torn ligaments and will reconstruct damaged ligaments with grafts from other ligaments near the ankle.

Ankle sprains are unfortunately common; yet, treatment has been shown to reduce pain and increase mobility. To learn more about this condition, please call our podiatrist, Dr. Marshall L. Lukoff, at (855) 348-3338 or visit us at Foot Care Specialists, PC, located in Quincy (South Shore, Boston, Metrowest area) and Dedham (Boston, Metrowest), Massachusetts. Also, don’t hesitate to visit our Patient Education section to understand how certain precautions can extend the health of your feet and ankles for many years to come. Please contact us today to finally get your ankle back in top shape! 

By Foot Care Specialists, PC
October 05, 2017
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The plantar fascia is a slender ligament that attaches the heel to the front of the foot and supports the arch during walking. When the plantar fascia ligaments undergo problems, plantar fasciitis can occur. Our podiatrist, Dr. Marshall L. Lukoff, can help treat this condition with non-surgical and surgical methods, depending on the required treatment.

Plantar fasciitis is commonly associated with heel pain. When the plantar fascia tears on the heel bone, it leads to swelling and pain. This pain is very obvious especially when first stepping out of bed in the morning. Certain factors result in an increased risk for this condition, such as standing for long amounts of time, obesity, older age or stiff calf muscles. If individuals have high arches or flat feet, they may be more likely to developing plantar fasciitis. Also, those with tight Achilles tendons, which connect the calf to the heel, are also predisposed to developing this condition. Lastly, wearing shoes that have soft soles or arch support also leads to higher rates of plantar fasciitis.

Plantar fasciitis can be treated without surgery by way of stretching, being careful when participating in intense activities and wearing comfortable shoes. Physical therapy is generally an important part of management as it can help to stretch the plantar fascia, strengthen lower leg muscles and assist with stability when walking, thereby reducing the amount of tension placed on the plantar fascia. For those who are not proactive about treating this condition, they may require surgery, which can carry a recovery time of up to 6 months.

It’s in your best interest to treat this condition before it conflicts with your mobility. Early treatment proves to be effective and you should therefore call us at (855) 348-3338 at Foot Care Specialists, PC, located in Quincy (South Shore, Boston, Metrowest area) and Dedham (Boston, Metrowest), Massachusetts. Please also visit our Patient Education section to learn further information about this condition and other useful facts to help you keep your foot and ankle health in top shape.

By Foot Care Specialists, PC
September 28, 2017
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Proper Fungal Nail Care is important in keeping up the fight against fungal toenail infections. These infections, however, are difficult to treat since the infection usually resides underneath the nail bed, making it very difficult to directly reach without surgery. There are different types of treatments that can be utilized, depending on the severity of your fungal infection. Foot Care Specialists, PC can help! Please contact us if you have a fungal nail infection and be sure to visit our Patient Education section to learn more about this condition and how to generally keep your feet and ankles in great condition.

 

Proper care of fungal nails can include antifungal drugs that help to remove the infection from the body. Oral forms of these drugs are more effective than topical forms that are applied directly to the skin, but can cause a range of side effects, from broken skin to liver damage. Those with other health conditions may not be the best candidates for these oral drugs. Another form of treatment is nail polish containing medication that is applied once a day for up to a year if necessary. Medicated antifungal cream is also helpful and is generally rubbed into the toe nails after soaking them in warm water to penetrate the nail to reach the fungus underneath. Thinning nails is used in conjunction with this method through lotions containing urea, which breaks down the thickness of the nail.

 

When the above methods are not successful in controlling the infection, surgery may be required to remove the fungal nail. This removal may be temporary or permanent depending on the severity of the pain. Since this form of treatment is highly invasive, a more popular option is to use laser therapy to combat this condition, which uses light waves to kill the infection. Laser treatment is a state of the art technology and provides significant benefits without invasive surgery.

 

Our Podiatrist, Dr. Marshall L. Lukoff, has the experience and advanced technologies to provide you with the best treatment for fungal toenails. Call us at (855) 348-3338 or visit us at Foot Care Specialists, PC, located in Quincy (South Shore, Boston, Metrowest area) and Dedham (Boston, Metrowest), Massachusetts to get started with removing fungus from your toenails. 

By Foot Care Specialists, PC
September 21, 2017
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Bunions are deformities at the base of the big toe and are common in women. They can be painful and annoying, not to mention a serious condition that shouldn’t be ignored. Our podiatrist, Dr. Marshall L. Lukoff, has had great experience in treating this condition and can help provide you with lasting results. Call us at (855) 348-3338 or visit us at Foot Care Specialists, PC, located in Quincy (South Shore, Boston, Metrowest area) and Dedham (Boston, Metrowest), Massachusetts to find out more about this condition.

Bunion pain happens when the foot’s foremost metatarsal bone shifts outward and the big toe points inwards. Because the toe is pointed out in such an usual manner, it tends to hit against the inside of shoes and becomes swollen and painful. Bunions thereafter develop when there is repeated friction in narrowed footwear. Bunions can also form because of genetics since hereditary shape and structure play a big role in prevalent foot types in families, and some types are more prone to bunions than others. Low arches and flat-feet increase the risk of bunions. However, high heels are a huge contributing factor because they incline the body forward, which makes the toes shove into the front of the shoe. For these reasons, teachers and nurses develop bunions frequently due to their standing for long hours.

Bunions do not usually require surgery, however, unless there's a deformity that does not respond to more conservative treatments and/or if there is extreme pain. Surgery would provide a relief in pain and reinstate proper mobility. There are many types of surgical measures to take against bunion formation, but utilizing proper methods of prevention, such as wearing correct footwear and receiving regular medical attention, will go a long way to making sure that bunions do not any longer cause pain in your boots! So, please contact Foot Care Specialists, PC if your bunions are causing you to lose your mobility or causing unnecessary pain because you should not have to suffer from the pain of this condition any longer.

 

By Foot Care Specialists, PC
September 14, 2017
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Sesamoiditis occurs when the two sesamoid bones in the bottom of the foot become swollen. This condition can be painful, but there are minimally invasive techniques to assist with pain reduction. Our podiatrist, Dr. Marshall L. Lukoff, treats this condition and can help provide you with lasting pain relief. Call us at (855) 348-3338 or visit us at Foot Care Specialists, PC, located in Quincy (South Shore, Boston, Metrowest area) and Dedham (Boston, Metrowest), Massachusetts to find out more about this condition.

 

Sesamoid bones are not actually linked to other bones but are connected instead to the tendons embedded in the muscles. These bones are important since they act to bear weight but can be injured easily, thus causing this condition. If severe pain is felt when bending the big toe and there is inflammation near the big toe at the ball of your feet, it’s likely to be sesamoiditis. Generally, those who participate in high intensity activities such as athletes or dancers are at a higher risk of developing this condition due to the amount of pressure put on their sesamoid bones.

 

Treatments are generally noninvasive, which helps to diminish unnecessary discomfort. First off, rest is paramount in helping injured sesamoid bones to heal, as well as shoes with low heels and soft soles. Taping the toe also helps when it is bent downwards. Medications such as steroids can help to reduce swelling but a brace may be needed if these methods don’t help and will be required to be worn for up to a month for healing to occur. Surgery is reserved for severe cases where all of the above methods fail to subside pain and mobility is significantly reduced.

 

Sesamoiditis can happen easily and can also heal just as routinely. However, for those whose feet are in constant pain from this condition, it would be wise to seek medical attention early on to prevent the need for surgery. Please contact us at Foot Care Specialists, PC if you have this condition and make an appointment now so that you can get on the road to pain free feet!

            





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