Tuesday, 16 January 2018 00:00

If you are experiencing abnormal walking patterns, you may want to consider wearing orthotics. Orthotics are custom-made inserts that are slipped into your shoes. Generally, an impression of your feet is taken to obtain a perfect fit, preventing any feelings of discomfort. The benefits of wearing orthotics may include keeping the foot stable while performing daily activities and helping to correct debilitating pronation. They’re also beneficial in aiding in conditions such as bunions, corns, and heel pain. It may take some time to get used to your new orthotics, since your feet have been functioning in a certain way for years. Therefore, a gradual increase in wearing them may be recommended. Please consider a consultation with a podiatrist for advice on how you can be measured for custom-made orthotics.

If you are having discomfort in your feet and would like to try orthotics, contact Dr. Brent Kempf from Sayville Foot Care. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What are Orthotics?

Orthotics are inserts you can place into your shoes to help with a variety of foot problems such as flat feet or foot pain. Orthotics provide relief and comfort for minor foot and heel pain, but can’t correct serious biomechanical problems in your feet.

Over-the-Counter Inserts

Orthotics come in a wide variety of over-the-counter inserts that are used to treat foot pain, heel pain, and minor problems. For example, arch supports can be inserted into your shoes to help correct overarched or flat feet, while gel insoles are often used because they provide comfort and relief from foot and heel pain by alleviating pressure.

Prescription Orthotics

If over-the-counter inserts don’t work for you or if you have a more severe foot concern, it is possible to have your podiatrist prescribe custom orthotics. These high quality inserts are designed to treat problems such as abnormal motion, plantar fasciitis, and severe forms of heel pain. They can even be used to help patients suffering from diabetes by treating foot ulcers and painful calluses and are usually molded to your feet individually, which allows them to provide full support and comfort.

If you are experiencing minor to severe foot or heel pain, it’s recommended to speak with your podiatrist about the possibilities of using orthotics. A podiatrist can determine which type of orthotic is right for you and allow you to take the first steps towards being pain-free.

If you have any questions please contact our office located in Sayville, NY. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 09 January 2018 00:00

When the arch in the foot doesn't develop, it may cause a condition known as flat feet. Some symptoms may include pain in the foot or lower back and having feet that roll in, often referred to as overpronation. The shoes will typically wear out, even though they may appear to fit well and are supportive. Sometimes this condition is inherited or may result from an injury due to overuse, where the connective tissue becomes inflamed. Most treatments can be found in non-surgical options and may consist of wearing supportive shoes, stretching the muscles in the lower legs, and being fitted for orthotics. Surgery may be considered if the bones in the foot are not correctly shaped and need to be straightened, with the goal of correcting the arch in the foot. Please consult a podiatrist for a proper diagnosis and possible treatment options.

Flatfoot is a condition many people suffer from. If you have flat feet, contact Dr. Brent Kempf from Sayville Foot Care. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What are Flat Feet?

Flatfoot is a condition in which the arch of the foot is depressed and the sole of the foot is almost completely in contact with the ground. About 20-30% of the population generally has flat feet because their arches never formed during growth.

Conditions & Problems:

Having flat feet makes it difficult to run or walk because of the stress placed on the ankles.

Alignment – The general alignment of your legs can be disrupted, because the ankles move inward which can cause major discomfort.

Knees – If you have complications with your knees, flat feet can be a contributor to arthritis in that area.  

Symptoms:

  • Pain around the heel or arch area
  • Trouble standing on the tip toe
  • Swelling around the inside of the ankle
  • Flat look to one or both feet
  • Having your shoes feel uneven when worn

Treatment:

If you are experiencing pain and stress on the foot you may weaken the posterior tibial tendon, which runs around the inside of the ankle. 

If you have any questions please feel free to contact one of our office located in Sayville, NY. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 02 January 2018 00:00

Foot massages are an effective way to transform painful, tired feet into feet that may feel brand new. It not only helps to increase blood flow, but may also help eliminate cramping or tenderness. The use of oils or lotions made for the feet are wonderful relaxation tools, in addition to helping the skin on the feet to feel soft. Massaging the toes can be done by pulling on each toe or by sliding between the toes. Using a firm circular motion with the thumbs on the foot, then using a lighter touch while moving toward the toes may be an effective way in helping to ease pain or achiness. Certain medical conditions may exist, such as gout or diabetes, and foot massages may not be recommended. Please consult with a podiatrist to see if foot massages will be beneficial to you.

Foot therapy is often necessary for those recovering from either foot deformities or foot injuries. If you have concerns regarding therapy, Dr. Brent Kempf of Sayville Foot Care. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Most Common Injuries

People who are active or athletes are prone to a variety of injuries. Therefore, it is often important to take part in physical therapy in order to quickly get back on the right track. 

What To Do When Injured

Physical Therapy – This specialized treatment will focus on the affected area, speeding up recovery and the overall healing process. It is a proven method that has helped millions of people return from any injury.

During physical therapy you will undergo regimented training to get back into full form. Training is often very difficult, especially at first when the foot feels weak. Physical therapy often involves:

Basic stretching and twisting exercises – getting the feet’s mobility and flexibility up.

Massaging – the therapist will massage the injured area in order to activate the muscles and relax them.

Strengthening Exercises – this allows the muscles in the affected area to regain their full strength, a vital step towards full recovery.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Sayville, NY. We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 26 December 2017 00:00

The Achilles tendon is the largest tendon in the body and is susceptible to injury just like every body part is.  Achilles tendinopathy is the universal term to describe disease of the tendon. Specifically, Achilles tenosynovitis is the term to describe the inflammation of the sheath that surrounds the tendon; Achilles tendonitis is the inflammation of the tendon itself.  When it comes to Achilles tendinopathy, it is strongly recommended that you see a podiatrist, as an exact diagnosis and proper treatment is needed to ensure that the Achilles tendon will heal. In the meantime, it is recommended to take it easy and rest to avoid further damage and irritation.  Stretching and certain exercises may help, but it is best to discuss with a podiatrist whether this is right for you. Podiatrists may utilize different forms of treatment depending on the type and severity of the injury.

Achilles tendon injuries need immediate attention to avoid future complications. If you have any concerns, contact Dr. Brent Kempf of Sayville Foot Care. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What is the Achilles Tendon?

The Achilles tendon is a tendon that connects the lower leg muscles and calf to the heel of the foot. It is the strongest tendon in the human body and is essential for making movement possible. Because this tendon is such an integral part of the body, any injuries to it can create immense difficulties and should immediately be presented to a doctor.

What are the symptoms of an Achilles Tendon Injury?

There are various types of injuries that can affect the Achilles tendon. The two most common injuries are Achilles tendinitis and ruptures of the tendon.

Achilles Tendinitis Symptoms

  • Inflammation
  • Dull to severe pain
  • Increased blood flow to the tendon
  • Thickening of the tendon

Rupture Symptoms

  • Extreme pain and swelling in the foot
  • Total immobility

Treatment and Prevention

Achilles tendon injuries are diagnosed by a thorough physical evaluation, which can include an MRI. Treatment involves rest, physical therapy, and in some cases, surgery. However, various preventative measures can be taken to avoid these injuries, such as:

  • Thorough stretching of the tendon before and after exercise
  • Strengthening exercises like calf raises, squats, leg curls, leg extensions, leg raises, lunges, and leg presses

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Sayville, NY. We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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