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By gary@drjeffreyconforti.com
December 30, 2014
Category: Foot Care
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To avoid contributing to early injury and damage kids specializing in a single sport should hold off until adolescence, research shows. Once kids reach 15 years of age, specializing can commence as it is at this age that boys usually only have three years left of growing and that girls are just about finishing their growth spurts. Dr. Liebeg of Akron Children’s Hospital comments, “During the growth spurts, the growth plates are at a higher risk for injury.” Sever’s disease is one of the most common growth plate injuries that can occur in growing kids. Physically active kids are especially prone to the disease, which manifests with the inflammation of the heel’s growth plate.

Growing children are prone to acquiring Sever’s disease. If your child is suffering from heel pain, see podiatrist Dr. Jeffrey Conforti of New Jersey. Dr. Conforti will attend to all of your foot and ankle needs.

Sever’s Disease

Sever’s disease is also known as calcaneal apophysitis, which is a medical condition that causes heel pain I none or both feet. The disease is known to affect children between the ages of 8 and 14.

Sever’s disease occurs when part of the child’s heel known as the growth plate (calcaneal epiphysis) is attached to the Achilles tendon. This area can suffer injury when the muscles and tendons of the growing foot do not keep pace with bone growth. Therefore, the constant pain which one experiences at the back of the heel will make the child unable to put any weight on the heel. The child is then forced to walk on their toes.

Toe gait- develops in which the child must change the way they walk to avoid placing weight on the heel. This can lead to other problems as well in the future.

Symptoms

Acute pain – pain asscoiatied with Sever’s disease is usually felt in the heel when the child engages in physical activity such as walking, jumping and or running.

Highly active – children who are very active are among the most susceptible in experiencing Sever’s disease, because of the stress and tension placed on their feet.

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By gary@drjeffreyconforti.com
December 22, 2014
Category: Foot Care

Instability training, a new system of exercise, helps athletes looking to increase overall agility by having them eventually jump higher and run faster. The system of exercise involves the use of balance boards, rubber bands and mini-trams to work multiple areas in the feet, ankles, and lower legs as well as the knees, hips, and back. By specifically targeting the feet and ankles, instability training focuses on strengthening the body from the ground up.

Instability training exercises include changing positions on the boards or tram, standing on one foot at a time on a mini-trampoline for 15 to 30 seconds, and moving the foot up and down, in and out and side to side with rubber bands or tubing to strengthen the lower leg muscles.

Exercising the feet can be done through not only instability training, but other methods as well. To learn more, consult with Dr. Jeffrey Conforti of New Jersey. Dr. Conforti will answer any of your foot and ankle related concerns.

Exercise for Your Feet

If you spend most of your time on your feet, or don’t either way your feet should deserve attention. There are many people who exercise regularly and still don’t spend enough time to care for their feet. Your foot does get exposure that requires maintenance since your health has a lot to do with footing.

Exercises

Toe rise – this exercise involves standing on the tip-toes for a count of 15 seconds, then resting your feet on ground. This exercise should be repeated three times a day to strengthen the feet.

Toe Pick-ups – the toes are exercises that are done by picking up small items using your toes. This helps strengthen the muscles on the upper part of the feet. Three sets along with 15 seconds being held should be completed. Small items like marbles or stationary will work.

Ankle Pump – can be performed upwards or downwards. The workout can be completed both ways at the same time. This involves flexing the foot either towards the shin or to the ground. This makes the foot work very well, working large parts of the muscles.

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By gary@drjeffreyconforti.com
December 17, 2014
Category: Foot Care
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Physicaltherapist Steve Miller claims that Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome is not an uncommon condition. Miller additionally states that Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome mainly occurs in those with flat feet. Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome can also show up in people who regularly engage in intense physical activity unprepared.

Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome consists of compression in the tibial nerve in the ankle, which creates a shooting pain. To treat the condition, a therapist or physician can perform soft tissue massages or nerve glides. These remedies can help alleviate the pain and pressure placed on the nerve.

Tarsal tunnel syndrome can cause a lot of pain. If you have pain in your foot or ankle, see podiatrist Dr. Jeffrey Conforti of New Jersey. Dr. Conforti can treat your foot and ankle needs.

Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome

Tarsal tunnel syndrome, which can also be called tibial nerve dysfunction, is an uncommon condition of misfiring peripheral nerves in the foot. The tibial nerve is the peripheral nerve in the leg responsible for sensation and movement of the foot and calf muscles. In tarsal tunnel syndrome, the tibial nerve is damaged, causing problems with movement and feeling in the foot of the affected leg.

Common Cause of Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome

-Involves pressure or an injury, direct pressure on the tibial nerve for an extended period of time, sometimes caused by other body structures close by or near the knee.
-Diseases that damage nerves, including diabetes, may cause tarsal tunnel syndrome.
-At times, tarsal tunnel syndrome can appear without an obvious cause in some cases.

The Effects of Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome

-Different sensations, an afflicted person may experience pain, tingling, burning or other unusual sensations in the foot of the affected leg.
-The foot muscles, toes and ankle become weaker, and curling your toes or flexing your foot can become difficult.
-If condition worsens, infections and ulcers may develop on the foot that is experiencing the syndrome.

A physical exam of the leg can help identify the presence of tarsal tunnel syndrome.

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By gary@drjeffreyconforti.com
December 11, 2014
Category: Foot Care
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Cracked feet often occur due to not only improper foot care, but cold weather, shoes that don’t fit well, or even standing for extended periods of time. If not properly treated, cracked heels can create discomfort and even bleeding. Fortunately cracked heels can be eased with the help of several simple remedies. As cracked feet are caused by dry skin, moisturizing is important. Castor oil and petroleum jelly are great moisturizers that are heavy and creamy enough to ease extremely cracked feet. Feet should also be properly dried every time they become wet before moisturizing. Drinking plenty of water will keep the body—and therefore the skin—properly hydrated, keeping skin from becoming dry. Ensure that the soaps you are using are mild soaps that are not harsh and over-dry the skin. Exfoliating the feet by gently scrubbing with a pumice stone can help remove dry skin.

Cracked heels can be prevented if one pays attention to the feet.For more information, speak to Dr. Jeffrey Conforti of New Jersey. Dr. Conforti will attend to all of your foot and ankle needs.  

The Truth about Cracked Heels

Cracked Heels

Cracked heels are unappealing, and make it harder for you walk around in sandals. Not only may they look bad, but they can also tear stockings, socks, and wear out your shoes. There are several methods to help restore a cracked heel and prevent further damage.

How do you get them?

Dry skin is the number one culprit in creating cracked heels. Many athletes, walkers, joggers, and even swimmers suffer from cracked heels. Age and skin oil production play a role to getting cracked heels as well.

Promote Healing

Over the counter medicines can help, especially for those that need instant relief, or who suffer from chronic dry feet.

Wear Socks– wearing socks with medicated creams, helps lock in moisture so it can stay on longer.

Moisturizers– applying it both day and night will help alleviate dryness which causes cracking.

Pumice Stones– these remove dead skin, and then you can massage cream onto your foot. This way the cream will be absorbed. The skin needs to be exfoliated; therefore the outer layer dead skin needs removal.

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By gary@drjeffreyconforti.com
December 04, 2014
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http://ww3.hdnux.com/photos/20/46/34/4351778/0/385x218.jpgAccording to Kim Kyle Morgan of Chron, customers with conditions like diabetes or a weak immune system can put themselves at risk when dealing with the procedures done to their feet during a basic pedicure. In fact, research shows that pedicures can even increase the likelihood of unhealthy foot problems such as toenail fungus.

"Fungus can get caught up in the motor of whirlpool basins, releasing it again every time the motor revs up,” explains physician Esther Jonas. However, it is still possible to get a pedicure safely. "The ones without the whirlpool effect are much safer, and adding a disposable liner offers double protection" Jonas says.  

If you are suffering from fungal toenails, seek the care of podiatrist Dr. Jeffrey Conforti of New Jersey. Dr. Conforti will provide appropriate treatment options for your feet.  

Toenail Fungus

Toenail fungus is a persistent problem that can be not only difficult to be rid of, but also embarrassing for the one affected. Fortunately there are several different options when it comes to treating toenail fungus.

  • Soaking toenails in a gentle bleach solution made with vinegar and Listerine
  • Applying anti-fungal treatments containing terbinafine on a regular basis can be very effective. Lamisil is considered to be the most effective but any anti-fungal treatment may be used
  • Applying talcum powder inside shoes or wearing quick-dry wick socks
  • Topical products manufactured specifically for toenail fungus
  • Laser surgery
  • Natural methods such as tea tree oil, alcohol, Vicks VapoRub or hydrogen peroxide

Fungus requires air, moisture, and skin to live. Be sure to wash and dry the affected area thoroughly on a routine basis. Never cut fungal toenails with any sort of scissor. Once fungal nails are treated, throw away any old pairs of shoes in order to avoid the possibility of reinfection.

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