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Posts for: February, 2013

Description: http://media.healthday.com/images/editorial/HCH077.jpgA new study in the American Journal of Physiology-Cell Physiology has uncovered new evidence that aids in the understanding of cold feet. Scientists have pinpointed specific proteins in the blood vessels that cause a reaction when the body is exposed to cold. The body's normal response to cold is to restrict blood flow to the extremities, but in people with cold feet, the proteins overreact and limit circulationtoo much, causing overly cold feet and hands.

Cold feet due to poor circulation are a difficult condition to treat. If you are experiencing overly cold feet that you think might be due to poor circulation, you should seek the care of a podiatrist like podiatrist Dr.Nicholas Crismali of Crismali Foot & Ankle.  Dr. Crismali will give you a thorough examination to determine the cause of your cold feet and recommend appropriate treatment options.

What is Poor Circulation?

Poor blood circulation in the feet and legs is caused by peripheral artery disease (PAD), which is the result of a buildup of plaque in the arteries.

Plaque buildup or atherosclerosis results from excess calcium and cholesterol in the bloodstream. It usually restricts the amount of blood which can flow through the arteries. Poor blood circulation in the feet and legs are sometimes caused by inflammation in the blood vessels, known as vasculitis.

Causes

Lack of oxygen and oxygen from poor blood circulation restricts muscle growth and development.

It can also cause:

- Muscle pain 
- Numbness in legs
- Cramps
- Skin discoloration
- Weakness
- Slower nail & hair growth
- Stiffness
- Erectile dysfunction

To learn more about poor circulation in the feet and how it affects your health, visit our link below.

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

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Description: Pau Gasol LA Lakers Pau Gasol was diagnosed with plantar fasciitis; or inflammation of a tendon in the foot’s sole. According to Los Angeles Times Editor Eric Pincus, plantar fasciitisis an injury that can be resolved with treatment and orthotics. Gasol had missed eight games prior due to knee tendinitis. However, Gasol is likely to continue to play despite his condition.

If you are experiencing significant pain in your heels or the ball of your foot, where the plantar fascia is, then it is highly recommended you seek the care of a podiatrist Dr.Nicholas Crismali of Crismali Foot & Ankle. Dr. Crismali can examine your feet and work with you to provide the appropriate treatment options to ensure safe foot recovery.

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.

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

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Description: http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/bismarcktribune.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/6/63/6632a874-2738-11df-b056-001cc4c002e0/6632a874-2738-11df-b056-001cc4c002e0.preview-300.jpgEllen Kreiter was able to walk again for the first time in seven weeks due to having surgery on her feet. Her walking was very limited due to the hammertoes she had on both feet. According to Kreiter, she had joint deformation and a tight tendon. Surgery was the way to go for Krieter and now she’s back on her feet again.

Dealing with hammertoes can be a painful experience and look unappealing. Dr.Nicholas Crismaili of Crismali Foot & Ankle treats many patients with hammertoe and with his help; you’ll be back on your feet in no time. 

Hammertoe

Hammertoe is a painful condition; it is not well-known so it is important to spread the word so that those afflicted with it may seek the right form of treatment. Hammertoe is a deformity of the foot that affects the second, third and fourth toes. Hammertoe involves different joints of the toe and foot and if you wear shoes that are too narrow or short for your feet, it may exacerbate any pain you already have.

Hammertoe can be caused by many other conditions such as RA (rheumatoid arthritis), osteoarthritis, trauma or injuries to your foot, it can be hereditary and it can also be caused by a cerebral vascular accident.

It is really important to your overall well-being to seek out medical attention at the first signs of foot pain or anything that may hinder your ability to walk in a normal manner. Taking care of your feet is one of the first steps to being able to live a full and normal life by being able to walk and complete your everyday tasks.

People may take their feet for granted until an injury happens, as long as you take care of your feet the same way you would care for the rest of your body, all will be well regarding your overall health.

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

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Description: feetWhile women are nine times as likely to get bunions as men, the condition does not seem to further discriminate with young women being affected as well.  26-year-old Kacey Barker of Massachusetts found herself with a painful bunion that kept getting worse and even caused her to limit the athletic activities she participated in.  “A lot of my friends thought bunions are for women who are old or who wear high-heeled shoes for decades,” said Barker.  Barker, who tends to select more supportive and sensitive shoes, chose to have surgery to correct the problem after the pain became unbearable.  “There’s a misconception that shoes cause the bunions.  Shoes aggravate it and make it symptomatic.  It starts to occur in the early phases of young adulthood, and as time goes on, it progresses,” said Michael Trepal, professor of surgery at the New York College of Podiatric Medicine.  

Bunions themselves are a common problem women face. If you are experiencing toe pain or foot pain that you think might be related to bunions, it is recommended to seek the care of a podiatrist like Dr. Nicholas Crismali of Crismali Foot & Ankle. Dr. Crismali can examine your bunions, diagnose the condition, and provide the appropriate treatment options to you.

What is a Bunion?

A bunion is an enlargement of the base joint of the toe that connects to the foot. The enlargement is formed of swollen tissue or boney growth. This swelling is caused by a shifting of the bones in the big toe inward, impacting the other toes of the foot. The area around the base of the big toe may become inflamed, red, and/or painful.

Formation

Genetics – people who are susceptible to bunions are often genetically predisposed.

Stress on the feet – wearing improperly fitting shoes or running and walking with improper form may cause stress on the feet. Wearing high heeled shoes puts the weight from the body onto the toes, causing further stress and bone displacement.

For more information on diagnosis and treatment for bunions, visit our link below.

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

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