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By Foot Care Specialists, PC
December 13, 2017
Category: orthotics
Tags: Orthotics  

Orthotics can assist feet with keeping a stable position, the effects of which can benefit your entire body by reducing pain. The custom orthotics that we provide to our patients at Foot Care Specialists, PC help to support the arch and avert imbalanced weight allocation by distributing pressure evenly across the foot. They can promote healing as excessive forces are no longer being felt by vulnerable areas of the feet. Moreover, orthotics can help with preventing injuries in athletes by directing pressures away from sensitive areas of the feet and instead position the foot in an ideal way. This can be highly beneficial when taking part in sports activities.

It is also important to remember that these devices may not feel comfortable at first. However, the benefits of preventing sports related or job-related injuries, foot fatigue and other foot pains are well worth the initial break-in procedure. As your foot becomes accustomed to the custom orthotic made for your foot, the more the contours of your feet will feel relief as the pressures are redistributed to areas of the feet that can tolerate them.

Orthotics are very helpful devices that can help alleviate serious pain from your feet when placed in your shoes. Our podiatrist, Dr. Marshall L. Lukoff, has the experience and knowledge to prescribe the best orthotics through computerized gait analysis for your foot condition. Please call us at (855) 348-3338 and visit us at Foot Care Specialists, PC, located in Quincy (South Shore, Boston, Metrowest area) and Dedham (Boston, Metrowest), Massachusetts. Don’t forget to look at our Patient Education section to learn more about what you can do to help your feet stay healthy.

By Foot Care Specialists, PC
December 06, 2017
Tags: blisters   treatment  

Blisters are fluid filled lesions that develop on the feet and cause significant pain that can hinder mobility and prevent you from performing routine activities because they can occur anywhere on the foot. However, they usually form as a self-defense mechanism by the body to protect the skin underneath them from added injury; thereby supporting healing. They generally occur because of increased friction or pressure against the skin and often happens in the shoes. However, they can also be the result of inflammation from an allergic reaction caused by poison ivy, sunburns, bug bites or infections. Symptoms most commonly accompanying this condition include bubbles on the foot that appear to be filled with liquid.

Treatment involves cleaning the blister and guarding it from further friction. Breaking the blister is not recommended as it can lead to infection. Smaller versions will usually subside, yet bigger blisters should be treated by a medical professional due to the amount of fluid within it. Make sure to air out feet when participating in intense activities to help keep them dry. Furthermore, wearing shoes that fit properly with socks that do not retain moisture reduce blistering. Applying padding to the insides of shoes will help to reduce friction against the feet.

Blisters are a painful proposition for feet and they usually occur when least expected.  It is imperative that you seek proper attention immediately to prevent severe pain or potential infections. Our podiatrist Dr. Marshall L. Lukoff can provide you with expert treatment and help your feet recover from this condition by minimizing pain. Please call Foot Care Specialists, PC, located in Quincy  (South Shore, Boston, Metrowest area) and Dedham (Boston, Metrowest), Massachusetts at (855) 348-3338. Our Patient Education library is another resource you may choose to use if you want to dive deeper into this condition.

By Foot Care Specialists, PC
November 30, 2017
Tags: Ankle Sprain   treatment  

An ankle sprain is a ligament that’s been stretched or torn. Ligaments work by connecting bones together at a joint. This condition can occur when a fall happens or when the ankle is suddenly twisted too far beyond its normal range, moving it in such a way that forces the joint out of its usual position. This injury can occur after an abnormal landing on the foot, such as after jumping. The majority of ankle sprains occur during high intensity activities or when walking on uneven surfaces.

Symptoms

After this type of injury occurs, there can be a varying amount of pain and inflammation. The pain can become significantly worse if the tear is severe. In particular, this condition causes bruising, numbness or a significant reduction in mobility.

Treatment

Treatment can include utilizing wraps to stabilize the ankle (allow it to heal quicker) and physical therapy involving ankle exercises to strengthen the ankle and prevent the injury from reoccurring. Getting plenty of rest, using ice, applying compression and elevating the foot are all popular methods for treating ankle sprains. Braces and splints are also useful to keep the injured ligaments immobile so that they can heal, provide protection and decrease swelling. Mild sprains can recover within weeks; however, more serious sprains could take months to recover if the ligament is seriously torn.

Ankle sprains, unfortunately, usually occur without much warning. However, our podiatrist Dr. Marshall L. Lukoff, is always prepared and can treat this condition with the utmost care to alleviate any pain associated with it. There’s no need to prolong your pain or discomfort, so 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. For more information, our patient education library has plenty of helpful information about this and many other podiatric conditions.

 

Shockwave treatment is a noninvasive method used to manage a variety of foot and ankle complications. It uses high-intensity acoustic shock waves to provide force to the body’s tissues. This therapy is used to treat Achilles tendonitis, plantar fasciitis, or tennis elbow. Although there is little to low risk of side effects with this form of therapy, patients who have neuropathy, heart conditions, open sores or who may be pregnant should not undergo this procedure. 

Shockwave therapy works by rubbing a gel on the skin for conductive purposes and then placing a probe on it to send an electrical charge that generates a wave of energy concentrated on the injured area. The force from the shock wave promotes healing by inducing swelling, which increases blood flow, allowing the body to repair the injured area. If high-energy waves are used, they could cause pain and a local anesthetic should be utilized for the procedure. The low-energy option can generally be used without anesthesia. This treatment could take multiple sessions to complete.

During the recovery period, patients should avoid bearing weight on the treated foot and reduce intense activities. Some patients may experience pain after treatment; however, these issues generally subside shortly thereafter. One of the main benefits of this procedure is that it’s an option to avoid surgery. This therapy cannot ensure a successful outcome, but it’s worth it to try to resolve your foot condition with this form of treatment rather than jump to surgical procedures right away.

Our podiatrist, Dr. Marshall L. Lukoff, can utilize this therapy on your feet for optimal results. Please call us at (855) 348-3338 and visit us at Foot Care Specialists, PC, located in Quincy (The South Shore, Boston, Metrowest area) and Dedham (Boston, Metrowest), Massachusetts. Our Patient Education library also has many helpful resources to guide you among the many foot conditions that can happen to your feet at any time.  

By Foot Care Specialists, PC
November 15, 2017

The Achilles tendon is an important part of the body and injuries to this tendon can cause significant complications. When the Achilles tendon is injured, it can experience irritation, stretching or tearing. This tendon connects the calf muscle to the heel. Achilles tendinitis generally happens as an injury stemming from repeated stress on the affected tendon. However, this condition can also be caused by weak calf muscles, arthritis or by older age. This condition can happen to those who participate in activities that involve the calf muscle to contract, such as athletes who play football or basketball. Achilles tendinitis can be a chronic condition and may even lead to the tearing of the Achilles tendon. Furthermore, ruptures can occur if this tendon becomes weakened over time from the stress of repeated forces. When this injury does occur, it can happen suddenly.

Methods of treatment include the following:

-Wearing properly fitting shoes that increase comfort.

-Anti-inflammatory medications that help to reduce pain immediately.

-Physical therapy focusing on stretching the calf muscles, which can reduce the amount of force placed on the Achilles tendon.

Surgery may be required when the above methods do not help with this condition. Surgery involves the removal of damaged tissues and subsequent repairing of the tendon. The foot must remain immobile after surgery for healing purposes. Recovery could take up to 6 months with potential complications of stiffness in the ankle being possible.

Our Podiatrist, Dr. Marshall L. Lukoff, can help to treat this condition effectively. Please contact us when you can so that we can diagnose the extent of injury to your Achilles tendon and provide a treatment plan that can help give you the best chance of getting back to your normal pace! Please call us at (855) 348-3338 and visit us at Foot Care Specialists, PC, located in Quincy (The South Shore, Boston, Metrowest area) and Dedham (Boston, Metrowest), Massachusetts. Please explore our Patient Education section for detailed information on this and many other foot and ankle conditions. 





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