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Researchers at the Boston Children’s Hospital are trying to develop a skin cream that can help treat peripheral neuropathy. A common condition among diabetics, peripheral neuropathy affects the nerves, including sensation and feeling. The F.M Kirby Neurobiology Center’s Gabriel Corfas, who believes that stimulating nerve growth can help, led the study.

A skin cream that can act as a small-molecule compound was created by Corfas and his colleagues. The prototype cream was first administered to mice affected by neuropathy. As a result the mice were able to regain sensitivity and had an improved nerve structure, including the mice with more advanced stages of the disease. The team is now looking to see if the cream can work for neuropathy conditions with larger fibers.

In addition to neuropathy there are other diseases and conditions that affect the nerves of the feet and lower legs. If you or a loved one is suffering from a nerve disorder in your feet or believe you may have, schedule an appointment with podiatrist Dr. Frank Henry of The Foot Center. Dr. Henry can make a diagnosis and treat whatever condition you or your loved one may have. .  

Nerve Disorders of the Foot and Ankle

There are two nerve disorders of the foot and ankle called Interdigital Neuroma and Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome. These conditions affect the hands as well, and are caused by stress and genetics. People who suffer from Interdigital Neuroma and Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome are prone to serious pain and inflammation in the area.

Pain that is associated with Interdigital Neuroma is often from local inflammation in the nerves in the front of the foot. Symptoms include pain, burning, and/or tingling sensations of the toes.

There are several steps a doctor will take to determine if one has Neuroma such as: radiographs, MRIs, and bone scans. Surgery is not required in many instances, and should only be considered when the patient is suffering from persistent pain.

To learn more about Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome and EMG tests on Nerve Disorders of the foot and ankle please follow link below.

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By greg@healthywalking.com
February 04, 2014
Category: Foot Care

According to research done by a PhD student at the University of Queensland, muscles in the feet may be more important to supporting the arch of the foot than previously thought. Typically, most of the credit for arch support is given to the plantar fascia. However, by attaching weights to the knees of test subjects and monitoring the results, researchers found that other muscles become activated in order to provide support as well.

Dr. Glen Lichtwark, an exercise scientist at Queensland, believes this study could have big implications for injury rehabilitation, as it would encourage programs that focus on muscle strengthening.

Proper foot support is essential for keeping the feet healthy and avoiding injuries. To learn more, speak with podiatrist Dr. Frank Henry of The Foot Center. Dr. Henry can determine if your feet are properly supported and help you make any adjustments you deem necessary.

The Importance of Proper Foot Support

Walking is an everyday function for both men and women, and in order to keep your body’s balance in order, you are going to need shoes that provide the proper kinds of support. 

Poor foot support can cause pain and discomfort in the lower back, hips, knees, neck and shoulder. It also can lead to emotional stress, and physiological changes in the body. In order to avoid these problems, you must have proper foot support.

The arch is the most important part of the foot, which is where most of the support and balance of your feet lies. The arch of your foot varies in height, and as you age, this height can change. Proper foot support will help musculoskeletal issues, which causes inactivity or disability.

When looking for shoes that give proper support to your feet, you should refrain from wearing ill-fitting shoes.  If footwear is too tight, this can affect the body’s posture, stress, bone deformities, and other foot and back pain. Therefore, it is important that shoes fit well in order to avoid these complications.

Shoes to Consider:

-          Good heel and arch support

-          Have proper length and width for your feet

-          Avoid tight/cramped shoes

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Victoria, Texas.

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By greg@healthywalking.com
January 27, 2014
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: Foot Pain   heel pain   high heel  

Celebrities have always been known for making public statements on their personal views and stances. Actress Emma Thompson made hers in particular at the Golden Globes.  Thompson dangled a pair of high heels in her hands before carelessly tossing them aside as she declared who had won the award for best screenplay, approaching the stage and delivering the award while barefoot.

Thompson’s statement has not been a one-time deal as Thompson also accepted an award barefoot at the National Board of Review’s gala the previous week. Thompson is known for her particular dislike of wearing high heels. "I've taken my heels off as a feminist statement really, because why do we wear them?” Thompson said in regards to high heels. They're so painful. And pointless, really.”

When working or engaged in daily activity, it is important to select shoes that help you while on your feet. If you are experiencing any pain or injuries from adverse shoes such as high heels, consult podiatrist Dr. Phillip Tutnauer of Hamilton Foot Care Center.  Dr. Tutnauer can treat your foot and ankle needs while advising you on proper footwear.

Working on Your Feet

Standing on your feet for long periods of time can cause stress and pain in your feet. Your whole body may experience change in terms of posture, back pain, bunions, callouses and or plantar warts. There are ways to avoid these conditions by:

Positive Changes

Negative heeled shoe – choosing this shoe places the heel slightly lower than the ball of the foot.

Go barefoot – our feet were not designed to be enclosed for hours, or all day. Try allowing yourself to expose your feet to air.

Eliminate Pain

Foot Exercises – performing simple exercises, incorporating yoga and stretches is beneficial. This will allow increased blood flow to the area and muscles of the foot.

Achilles tendon – stretching the foot out flat on the floor, will relax the calf muscles and

tendon. These exercises can be performed almost anywhere.

Learn more on how to eliminate foot pain by following the link below.

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

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By greg@healthywalking.com
January 20, 2014
Category: Foot Care

Several studies have shown that not only can the foot’s biomechanics be measured, but can actually be changed as well. With athletes possessing unique biomechanics; having a certain biomechanics compositions can affect how hard their feet hit the ground.

This correlates how running affects their body along with their weight and speed.  In 2010, scientists at the University of Delaware examined a group of test subjects whose biomechanics caused them to take particularly hard strides while running. These subjects were instructed on how to change their bodily alignment. Fortunately, this attempt turned out to be a permanent success, allowing the runners to not only make softer steps but to incur fewer injuries in the process as well.

Biomechanicsis very helpful in understanding your body and mobility. For more information about your own biomechanics, check with a podiatrist like Dr. Frank Henry of The Foot Center.  Dr. Henry will analyze your body composition and give you advice about how to improve your alignment.

Biomechanics in Podiatry

Podiatric biomechanics is a particular sector of specialty podiatry with licensed practitioners who are trained to diagnose and treat conditions affecting the foot, ankle and lower leg. Biomechanics deals with the forces that act against the body causing an interference with the biological structure and focuses on the movement of the ankle, the foot and the forces that interact with them.

A History of Biomechanics

- Biomechanics dates back to the BC era in Egypt where evidence of professional foot care has been recorded.
- In 1974 biomechanics gained a higher profile from the studies of Merton Root, who claimed that by changing or controlling the forces between the ankle and the foot, corrections or conditions could be implemented to gain strength and coordination to the area.

Modern technology improvements are based on past theories and therapeutic processes providing a better understanding of podiatry concepts for biomechanics. Computers provide accurate determinations about the forces, moments and patterns of the foot and lower legs with the most important information captured.

Advances in materials and more awareness of biomechanics have developed enhanced corrective methods, offering further options for foot-related injuries. Understanding foot biomechanics can help improve and eliminate pain, stopping further stress to the foot.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Victoria, Texas.

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By greg@healthywalking.com
January 13, 2014
Category: Uncategorized
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A study conducted in Denmark showed that children at higher weights or suffering from obesity are more likely to develop foot, ankle, and leg injuries during physical activity as opposed to children at lower, healthier weights. The researchers studied 632 children who attended physical education classes for an hour and a half every week over the course of two and a half years.

The group of children experienced 673 lower-limb injuries overall during the study’s period. The children at heavier weights had an average of 5.3 injuries for every 1000 “athletic exposures,” as compared to only 4.4 per 1000 for slimmer children. "In the bigger picture the need to get all kids more active, and particularly overweight children, is imperative," sports medicine researcher Malachy McHugh said.

As a growing problem, obesity negatively affects the feet and posture.  To maintain his or her foot health, pay a regular visit to podiatrist Dr. Frank Henry of The Foot Center. Dr. Henry will examine your child’s feet and provide the right care and treatment to keep them on the right track.

How Obesity Affects Your Feet

Extra weight can sneak up on anyone unprepared. It’s not until your feet begin to hurt at the end of the day when you realize they have been carrying your entire body weight. There are many side effects that occur in the feet as a result of having a few extra pounds.

  • Leaning forward (uneven posture)
  • Extra weight placed in the wrong parts of your feet
  • Development of Type-2 diabetes
  • Loss of sensation in the legs and feet
  • Small sores
  • Plantar Fasciitis

Treating your feet can be helped by paying special attention to your footwear and your own body. Investing in yourself can help to lead you on a better road to health as well as serve to relieve some of the issues related to your feet.

  • Invest in shoes that allow for good circulation and support
  • Losing weight can help prevent and treat diabetes in addition to other diseases
  • Activities such as yoga and water aerobics can help keep you active and mobile without placing stress on  your feet
  • Foot stretches can help alleviate some pain associated with foot conditions.

Of course, visiting a podiatrist can help you select a shoe that will provide comfort for your feet, even measuring you for special custom-made orthotic shoe-inserts if necessary. Take interest in your feet and your body and they will take care of you in return.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Victoria, Texas.

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