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    What You Need to Know About Athlete's Foot

    Last updated 1 year ago

    Podiatrists frequently diagnose and treat cases of athlete’s foot. Also called tinea pedis, it is a common type of fungal infection that most often affects the areas between the toes. Your podiatrist can quickly diagnose the problem and offer several treatment options. Once the condition is treated, talk to your podiatrist about how to prevent a recurrence.

    Common Causes

    • Your podiatrist will warn you that athlete’s foot is highly contagious, and can spread on contact. Many people acquire athlete’s foot from walking barefoot in areas like locker rooms or around swimming pools. The infection is caused by a type of fungi called dermatophytes. Although dermatophytes are naturally found on the skin, they usually don’t cause a problem as long as the skin is kept clean and dry. However, they can spread rapidly in warm, moist environments, such as damp shoes and socks.

    Typical Symptoms

    • Tell your podiatrist about all of your symptoms regarding your feet. Athlete’s foot typically comes with itching, stinging, and burning sensations, and you may also notice blisters. The skin on your feet can become quite dry, and may crack and peel. These symptoms are often worse between the toes and on the soles of the feet.

    Treatment Options

    • For a mild case of athlete’s foot, your podiatrist may recommend over-the-counter treatments, including antifungal cream. If your feet do not get better with these treatments, your podiatrist can give you a prescription-strength medication to combat the infection. He may also instruct you to keep your feet clean and dry, avoid walking barefoot in public areas, and wear well-ventilated shoes. If you exercise or sweat excessively, change your socks more than once daily and alternate the shoes you wear each day.

    Dr. Glubo of Grand Central Footcare can help you treat your athlete’s foot and keep it away. Contact our podiatry office for an appointment at (888) 701-1297. You could also visit our website to learn more about athlete’s foot and other foot conditions.

    A Look at Your Feet

    Last updated 1 year ago

    The human foot is a complex and delicate structure. With their small bones and short muscles, feet must support a person’s body weight and absorb the impact from walking, running, and jumping. It’s no wonder that the foot is prone to injuries and other problems. Did you know that the average person will walk more than 100,000 miles in his or her lifetime?

    Learn more interesting facts about your feet by watching this video. You’ll learn how many bones are really in your feet and how much they can swell up during pregnancy.

    If you experience foot discomfort, see a podiatrist as soon as possible. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Glubo of Grand Central Footcare by calling (888) 701-1297.

    More Information About Your Foot Health!

    Last updated 1 year ago

    Healthy feet will always be your primary vehicle for getting around. Incorporating podiatry into your healthcare routine can help assure that you never break stride, as foot problems can extend to your skin and bloodstream. Here are some links containing foot health information that can help keep you walking and working out for the rest of your life.

    • Severe achilles tendon injuries require your podiatrist’s attention. The New York Times guide asserts that minor soreness can be resolved at home with some ice and rest.
    • EverydayHealth.com provides daily care tips that will help you keep your feet in great condition.
    • Read this WebMD resource to learn more about athlete’s foot and how you can prevent it from cracking and burning your feet.
    • The National Institutes of Health’s Library of Medicine explains ingrown toenails, their causes, and how you can keep from getting them.

    Grand Central Footcare has served the New York City area for over 25 years. Call us at (888) 701-1297 to get a foot exam, prepare for foot surgery, or ask about our podiatry services. 

    Signs You Have Poor Circulation In Your Feet

    Last updated 1 year ago

    Inadequate blood supply to the feet can cause symptoms ranging anywhere from mild discomfort to open sores and painful skin conditions. Peripheral arterial disease (PAD) is the congestion of arteries that blocks blood flow to the extremities. Your podiatrist can point you in the right direction to combat the causes of poor circulation so you can walk, exercise, and enjoy life normally. Below are some of the most common signs that you have poor circulation in your feet. 

    Numbness and Pain

    • Poor circulation can directly affect sensation in your feet. Pain can occur when walking or performing everyday tasks. Numbness can take the form of complete lack of sensation, or a feeling of “pins and needles” in the extremities. Both of these stimuli alterations occur when blood supply is low.

    Discoloration

    • Among other things, blood transports oxygen throughout your body. Oxygen shortage results in discoloration of the affected areas. Your feet can turn pale, or any combination of blue and red. This discoloration is known as cyanosis. Consider cyanosis a warning to see a doctor to improve your blood flow before more serious medical problems arise.

    Sores and Breakdown

    • Poor blood circulation can cause open sores and breakdown of the skin. Adequate blood supply allows minor cuts and abrasions to heal quickly. When blood supply is low, these breakages in skin not only fail to heal, but they expand over time and become larger open wounds. These openings offer easy access to pathogens that can cause infections. Even without the provocation of a cut, poor blood supply can cause unhealthy skin to crack and break easily.

    Grand Central Footcare’s Midtown office is easily accessible from anywhere in New York City. Call us at (888) 701-1297 for more information on our podiatry services, including treatment for sprains, arthritis, athlete’s foot, toenail fungus, and surgery preparation. 

    Information About Achilles Tendon Injuries

    Last updated 1 year ago

    Because you need a healthy Achilles tendon in order to walk and exercise, it’s important that you treat these injuries properly. While only your podiatrist can help with serious Achilles tendon pain or rupture, there are a few things you can do to alleviate minor injury to this area.

    In this video, you will learn the best way to treat Achilles tendon injuries. For inflammation, you can apply ice to the affected area. Unlike injuries that you can work through, strained Achilles tendons require rest. As a short-term corrective and comfort solution, you can insert a small quarter-inch lift into the heel of you shoes while healing.

    At Grand Central Footcare, we’ve been treating Achilles tendon injuries in New York City for over 25 years. Call us at (888) 701-1297 to schedule an appointment with a podiatrist or learn more about foot surgery and treatment options.

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