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April 29, 2014
Category: Foot Care

Marion Laverty. Picture: Ian RutherfordMarion Laverty, a 35 year old mother from Granton, plans to run a half-marathon on May 25th, even though she recently found out that she’s pregnant with her second child. Laverty had been training for some time before discovering that she’s expecting, and she doesn’t believe that she should stop just because of her pregnancy.

Her plan is to do simple aerobic exercises and light jogging to help her get ready for the race. “I’m not advocating every pregnant woman does it, but if it’s something you have always done, research will tell you that you are capable,” Laverty stated. “I’m doing a bit of research surrounding exercise in pregnancy. It’s OK to exercise moderately if that’s what you have done before, that’s the consensus.”

The body undergoes many changes during pregnancy, some of which can affect the health of one’s feet. If you or someone you know is pregnant, visit podiatrist Dr. Nicholas Crismali, DPM of Crismali Foot and Ankle. Dr. Crismali will provide you with comprehensive advice in regards to how to care for your feet before and after the baby arrives.

What foot problems can arise during pregnancy?

One problem that can occur is over-pronation, which occurs when the arch of the foot flattens and tends to roll inward.  This can cause pain and discomfort in your heels while you’re walking or even just standing up, trying to support your baby.  

Another problem is edema, or swelling in the extremities. This often affects the feet during pregnancy, but tends to occur in the later stages. 

How can I keep my feet healthy during pregnancy?

  • Wearing orthotics can provide extra support for the feet and help distribute weight evenly
  • Minimize the amount of time spent walking barefoot
  • Wear shoes with good arch support
  • Wear shoes that allow for good circulation to the feet
  • Elevate feet if you experience swelling
  • Massage your feet
  • Get regular, light exercise, such as walking, to promote blood circulation to the feet

For more information about Pregnancy and Foot Health, please follow the link below.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office in Hesperia, CA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot ankle injuries.

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By [email protected]
April 23, 2014
Category: Foot Conditions

Plantar Fasciitis Consists of Different FactorsAccording to UN Oriental Medical Clinic practitioner Lee Sung-hun, plantar fasciitis comes from a variety of factors, including age and level of activity. Sung-hun states that plantar fasciitis is very common; about ten percent of people suffering from the painful condition.

Some common causes of the illness include extra weight due to pregnancy, hormonal changes during middle age and intense sports. In Oriental medicine, acupuncture, bee venom, and and moxibustion are used as treatments for plantar fasciitis. Sung-hun additionally says that the condition can go away on its own if given enough time.

Plantar fasciitis is an uncomfortable condition. If you have pain in your heels, call podiatrist Dr. Nicholas Crismali, DPM of Crismali Foot and Ankle. Dr. Crismali can treat your foot and ankle conditions.

What is Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis refers to heel and arch pain caused by an inflammation of the connective tissues on the bottom of the foot.

What Causes Plantar Fasciitis?

  • Ill-fitting shoes
  • Weight change
  • Excessive running
  • Non-supportive shoes
  • Overpronation

How Can It Be Treated?

  • Conservative measures – anti-inflammatories, ice packs, stretching exercises, physical therapy, orthotic devices. 
  • Shockwave therapy – sends sound waves to the areas where pain is experience.  Requires multiple sessions.  This is used for very persistent cases of plantar fasciitis. 
  • Ultrasound-guided technique with steroid injections into the plantar fascia.  This is from a relatively new and small study, but was shown to be effective in most cases treated.

New Studies on Treatment

According to groundbreaking treatment option studies, Luca M. Sconfienza, M.D. says that ultrasound with steroid injections was effective in over 95% of cases that involve plantar fasciitis. This process involves anesthesia and is a single process, out-patient treatment that was discovered to be highly effective. Luca M. Sconfienza M.D. presented her study at an annual meeting for the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA). Be sure to speak with your podiatrist about different methods that can be used, as well as finding out what treatment options they offer.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office in Hesperia, CA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot ankle injuries.

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By [email protected]
April 15, 2014
Category: Foot Conditions

ingrown toenailWhen White Sox player Avisail Garcia had an ingrown toenail surgically removed recently, the team’s manager, Robin Ventura, had thought that he would need a day off to rest. But they don’t call Garcia a “monster” for nothing. The shortstop was back to play the very next day, and performed all of his duties without any major problems throughout the game.

Garcia’s batting average was .304 last season, and he also racked up 21 RBIs. “I want to be consistent and get better,’’ Garcia said. “Put up better numbers and help my teammates.”

For most people, ingrown toenails are a painful nuisance. If you need assistance with this or similar conditions, consult podiatrist Dr. Nicholas Crismali, DPM of Crismali Foot and Ankle. Dr. Crismali will explain the different types of care that are available for ingrown toenails and help you decide on the right one for you.

Ingrown Toenails Causes

Ingrown toenails occur when a toenail grows sideways into the bed of the nail, causing pain, swelling, and possibly infection.

There are a number of risk factors for ingrown toenails. Some include cutting your nails too short, participating in strenuous sports, diabetes, obesity, and fungal infection. Some are genetically predisposed to ingrown nails, although wearing ill-fitting or damp shoes can exacerbate the problem.

Treatment

There are a number of steps you can take to treat ingrown nails:

-Let your toenails grow out
-Soak the toes in hot water with antibiotic soap or Epsom salts
-Placing a piece of cotton under the affected nail may allow the toe to grow up instead of into the nail bed
-Rest with your feet up

If however, your pain is severe, or you see red streaks running up your leg, you should see a podiatrist. Your podiatrist may make a small incision and remove part of the toe nail to relieve the pressure. A local anesthetic may be used to lessen the discomfort of the operation.  Topical medication may also be prescribed to prevent the regrowth of the problem nail. You will probably have to stay off your feet for a day or so, but should be able to carry on normal activities quickly.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office in Hesperia, CA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot ankle injuries.

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By [email protected]
April 08, 2014
Category: Foot Care

The American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) launched their campaign, an online education source of information for both professionals and parents called, ‘First Steps: Keeping Children’s Feet Healthy and Happy,’ this week. The aim, of course, is to provide comprehensive education to the general public about regularly maintaining children’s feet and the true importance; from very young ages on up, of the role podiatrists play in positive health.

"It's important that parents pay close attention to children's feet even before they start to walk, beginning at birth and continuing as they take their first steps, go to school, and participate in sports."said APMA President Frank Spinosa. This only underscores the necessity of podiatrists in providing guidance for keeping a child’s feet healthy at all stages of development and in treating injuries and abnormalities that crop up.  

This only underscores the necessity of podiatrists in providing guidance for keeping a child’s feet healthy at all stages of development and in treating injuries and abnormalities that crop up. So speak with podiatrist Dr. Nicholas Crismali, DPM of Crismali Foot and Ankle. Dr. Crismali  will evaluate your current care methods and make suggestions where he sees the need for improvement.

Keeping Children's Feet Healthy

Having healthy feet in childhood can help prevent medical problems later in life, namely in the back and legs. As children grow, their feet require different types of care from birth to school-age.

Although babies do not walk yet, it is still very important to take care of their feet.

· Avoid putting tight shoes or socks on his or her feet
· Allow the baby to stretch and kick his or her feet to feel comfortable

As a toddler, kids are now on the move and begin to develop differently. At this age toddlers are getting a feel for walking, so don’t be alarmed if your toddler is unsteady or ‘walks funny’.

As your child gets older, it is important to teach them how to take care of their feet

  • Show them proper hygiene to prevent infections such as fungus
  • Be watchful of any pain or injury
  • Have all injuries checked by a doctor as soon as possible
  • Comfortable, protective shoes should usually be worn

For more information about Keeping Children’s Feet Healthy, follow the link below.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office in Hesperia, CA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot ankle injuries.

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By [email protected]
April 01, 2014
Category: Foot Care

running shoesHitoshi Mimura, formerly affiliated with the shoe brand Asics, is touted as the ‘god shoes’. Mimura, who has taken on a solo act, is considered to be one of the best in the shoe design field.

Mimura does business crafting custom footwear for world-class athletes who consult with him. When asked what his secret is, Mimura says it’s is all about the metrics involved when making a shoe. Mimura’s measurements go by the length and circumference of each toe, heel width, and the length of the Achilles tendon. 

Running shoe selection needs consideration. If you would like some assistance finding the right running shoe, come and see podiatrist Dr. Nicholas Crismali of Crismali Foot and Ankle .  Dr. Crismali can help you to find a shoe that works for you and your feet.  

Choosing the Right Running Shoes for Your Foot Type

Running is a physical activity although fun, can put a lot of stress on the joints, bones and ligaments of the body. Injury and stress on the foot can be an important factor on which kind of shoe you’re wearing. Running shoes should be worn based on your foot type. It is important to find out what fits you based on cushioning, stability and motion.

Determining your type

Speak with a shoe specialist or retail professional to see what your foot type is. They will be able to identify and measure your arch type, stride and gait.

Running Mechanics

When you are running or walking in your shoes, every step determines how your foot is landing. Pronation is the natural rolling of your ankle from outside to inside during foot strike.

Pronation is a correct form of walking or running. It helps absorb shock and store energy from your lower extremities. Neutral runners who pronate correctly do not need specific shoes, since they have stability and control.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office in Hesperia, CA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot ankle injuries.

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