Treat Your Feet With Today’s Best Skin Care Products

It’s summertime: time to show off those feet! If yours are still hibernating, then get them flip-flop-ready by checking out our office’s featured products from the specially-formulated Podiatree line!

 

Adessa 30 Heel Liniment

This is a smooth, buttery balm designed to soothe and relieve hard, damaged heels and dry, thickened skin. As with the Probetic 20, it is infused with shea butter, aloe vera leaf extract and vitamin E to assist in restoring the appearance of healthy skin. It is a 30% urea-based formulation that is rich in oils and locks in moisture.

 

Probetic 20 Moisturizing Foot Cream

This cream is made of super rich 20% urea cream infused with all-natural moisturizers and softening agents like aloe vera, olive, avocado and jojoba oils. The cream also contains natural shea butter, which is highly sought-after for its decadent feel. There are no harmful acids, and it is gentler on skin than higher strength urea creams.

 

Adessa Moisturizing Gel Socks

We love these socks! The booties soothe and hydrate the entire bottom surface of the feet from heel to toes. They are made of a patented gel lining that delivers natural vitamins, like vitamin E, along with nutrients and essential oils, such as olive fruit, canola, and avocado oils. These are all used to restore the skin’s soft appearance. They even have a non-slip sole so you do not need to worry about sliding or falling. Best of all, they are washable and reusable.

These Podiatree products are ONLY sold directly to licensed podiatrists and are not available from any other source. Something catch your eye? Then stop by the office to pick it up or schedule an appointment with Dr. Siegel to see which products he recommends for your feet’s skin and nail care.

 

Dr. Siegel in the News: His Advice on Restorative Medicine

Dr. Siegel is not only an accomplished surgeon—he’s a published writer too!

Recently, Dr. Siegel wrote an article featured on the online publication Runner’s Radar entitled “A Surgery-Free Approach to Chronic Foot Pain,” wherein he details the benefits of amniotic tissue allografts. This in-office procedure is a type of injection-based restorative medicine that regenerates damaged tissue and significantly improves painful conditions.

What does that mean for patients? For those suffering from severe foot pain, such as plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendonitis, it means one last attempt at conservative therapy before going under the knife. The process is quick and easy with minimal downtime, and it works for anyone with foot pain—not just athletes.

So if you want to find out more about what an amniotic tissue allograft is and how it can help, visit the Runner’s Radar website and read Dr. Siegel’s expert advice for yourself. If you would like to set up an appointment, call our office or book online now!

The Ease and Efficiency of Booking an Appointment Online

Using technology and computers have become second-nature to many, but how many of you have tried to schedule an appointment on a physician’s website? While many offices don’t offer it and others will only allow you to submit a “request,” at Modern Foot & Ankle we believe your online experience should be quick, smooth, and—most important—convenient for you.

On our website, you can schedule an appointment at any time from the comfort of your home. It’s simple and easy. Here’s a quick overview on how to do it:

  • Go to our website at modernfootankle.com
  • Click the “Book an Appointment” button (top-left)
  • Input your contact information and reasons for the visit
  • Select your appointment date and time from the calendar below
  • Click the submit button on the bottom of the page
  • You’re all set!

Once you’ve scheduled, you will be sent a confirmation email. One of our team members will also call you within 12 hours to verify your information and answer any questions you may have concerning your upcoming visit. FYI—even if you miss that phone call your appointment won’t be affected, and we will see you when you arrive. Easy as pie!

Afterward, be sure to check your email to receive our invitation to use the onpatient portal. By activating your onpatient account, you will be able to complete all paperwork ahead of time—and that means you won’t need to arrive early for your appointment. You don’t even have to print anything out; everything is done online.

Now you’re armed with the knowledge to experience the ease of scheduling any time yourself and get your medical care faster. Don’t you wish making every doctor’s appointment could be this effortless?

Nail Salons and What Lies Beneath

Ladies and gents, raise your hand if you have ever had a pedicure at a salon… it’s safe to say that may be a lot of you. And when you get one, you’re probably concerned with the level of sanitation of the utensils, the soaking bowl, and the like—but do you ever think about how sterile the nail polishes are? You should: contaminated polishes spread toenail fungus!

The number of cases of toenail fungus, or onychomycosis, is on the rise—up to roughly 35 million worldwide. Granted, not all of those cases resulted from tainted nail polish; yet, nail polish is a known conduit for the disease.

So what exactly is onychomycosis? And, besides contaminated polish, how does one contract it?

Onychomycosis is an infection caused by fungus that occurs under the surface of the toenail, making the nail darker in color and odorous. Debris often collects underneath the nail, which causes it to become thick and painful. If ignored, the infection can spread to your other toes and to others. Most commonly, the fungus is found in adults with diabetes and those with poor circulation as well as athletes, who sweat heavily in their shoes.

Now imagine, for a moment, the aforementioned athlete. Our athlete showers barefoot in the locker room and unknowingly contracts the onychomycosis fungus; later, she decides to get a pedicure. Our athlete then drives to the salon, picks out her nail color, checks that the utensils and tub are cleaned and sanitized, and sits back to enjoy a relaxing spa day. And why shouldn’t she? She doesn’t even realize her mildly discolored toenail is a sign of fungus. By the time she does, it’s too late: she’s already exposed anyone else who’s used that polish to the risk of infection. And so, the cycle continues….

Ultimately, those who were exposed could have avoided it altogether if they had simply brought their own nail polish with them. But safety at the salon is only one part of nail health—the other part is the brand of polish you choose.

You see, there are plenty of different nail polishes in the world, but, for the most part, those that are regularly available are not good for your nails. In fact, many of them leave your nails brittle, yellow, and prone to deterioration and breakage. That is why Dr. Siegel recommends Dr.’s Remedy Enriched Nail Collection.

Dr.’s Remedy Enriched Nail Polish is specially formulated by board-certified New York podiatrists Dr. Adam Cirlincione and Dr. William Spielfogel. It is made with clean, hypoallergenic, anti-fungal ingredients that are safe for pregnant women and children. The polishes use a blend of biotin, tea-tree oil, garlic bulb extract, lavender, wheat protein and vitamins C and E to minimize the appearance of dry, brittle nails, hydrate nail cuticles, and improve the wear-time of the nail color. The collection of products includes thirty beautiful colors as well as nail-care solutions, such as cuticle oil, hydration with biotin, and acetone-free removal. Dr.’s Remedy Enriched Nail Care Collection can be found at select podiatry offices, specialized foot care stores, and online.

So now that you are aware of what may be lurking in your salon’s nail polishes, the next time you want to treat yourself to a pedicure, be sure to pick up Dr.’s Remedy nail polishes before you head to the salon!

Holiday Foot Care

It is well into the holiday season, and the last thing on your mind is probably your feet. Well, all of that Christmas shopping, holiday work parties, and cooking for your family and friends adds up and is a lot of time on your feet—probably in high heels and dress shoes, too. Here are some tips for saving your feet during this festive time.

  1. Don’t forget to moisturize your feet. Did you know common foot ailments like calluses and corns form when skin is cracked, dry, and irritated? Simply lathering up your feet in the morning will help them stay moisturized throughout the day.
  2. Exercise. Stretch your feet (especially the arches) by raising your toes, flexing them, and pointing them toward the ceiling. Stretching your arch will keep your ligaments loose and help prevent heel pain.
  3. Get a foot massage. Not only is a foot massage a great gift for you, but it’s a treat for a friend or relative as well. Foot massages can release a lot of stress, and we all experience some extra stress during the holidays.
  4. Take precautions during pedicures to avoid contracting nail fungus. Whether you are giving yourself a pedicure or going to a salon, make sure that the correct utensils are being used. Instead of using a razor to cut dead skin, try a pumice stone instead. Most important, we suggest bringing your own nail polishes to a salon. Why? Well, think of all the different toes their polishes go on—some of them have bacteria that cause nail fungus and Athlete’s foot. We recommend using Dr.’s Remedy Enriched Nail Care polishes, as these are specially-formulated by podiatrists, are available in more than 30 colors, and are enriched with biotin, tea-tree oil, garlic bulb extract, lavender, wheat protein and vitamins C and E. They make great gifts too!
  5. Raise your legs. You need to keep the blood circulating in your legs and feet, especially while working late hours and traveling more. If you are on a long trip to grandma’s house, be sure to get up and move around. Raising your feet will reduce the swelling caused by being in the same position for too long.
  6. Wear the right shoes. Yes, we know you will wear high heels and swanky loafers to your holiday parties. But while you’re shopping, cooking, and cleaning, try to wear something sensible. Make sure your shoes have the correct arch support and good padding on the soles and that they aren’t tight on your feet.

When you follow these steps during the colder winter months and holiday season, your feet should be in tip-top shape for spring time! If you start to notice any pain in or unsightliness on your toes or feet, make an appointment to see a podiatrist ASAP. Most foot ailments can be treated completely if caught at the onset.

And from all of us at Modern Foot & Ankle, happy holidays!

Custom-Molded Orthotics vs. Dr. Scholl’s “Custom” Inserts

We have all walked into our local convenience store or near a pharmacy and seen the kiosk for Dr. Scholl’s “custom” inserts, advertising precise foot-support selection via 2,000 pressure sensors and a “FootMapping” evaluation. Whad’ya know—it’s the answer to all of your foot problems!

Sound too good to be true? Well—surprise, surprise—it is.

And it’s time to call a spade a spade. Dr. Scholl’s manufactures non-prescription, pre-packaged arch supports that aren’t the least bit tailored to the shape and needs of your specific foot. Unless a device is prescribed and crafted by a doctor just for you, it is a standard shoe insert, not a custom-fitted orthotic device. While shoe inserts can provide some comfort, cushioning, and support for the arches, they cannot correct biomechanical foot problems or cure long-standing (get it?) foot issues.

Every individual’s feet are unique to them and them only; even the left and right feet are different from each other. This is why having a doctor prescribe and mold custom orthotics is the only way to correct chronic problems. Custom-orthotic castings are performed in an office of a specialist and are done by using either plaster or digital capture to match the contours of your feet and accommodate the way you move.

Podiatrists use custom-molded orthotics to treat plantar fasciitis, tendinitis, diabetic foot ulcers, and foot, ankle, and heel pain, as they can decrease pain and improve function. Because they are designed specifically for your feet, custom orthotics are pricey—but they are worth it. They’re made of high-quality material, so, when cared for properly, orthotics can last for 5-7 years.

When something sounds too good to be true and claims an off-the-shelf insert can relieve your plantar fasciitis, hammertoes, diabetic foot ulcers and other foot pains, it is wiser to see a medically-trained professional and get fitted for custom-molded orthotics instead.

Diabetes and Ulcers: What You Don’t Know Could Hurt You

Do you or a loved one suffer from diabetes? If so, it’s important that you follow the following tips to prevent an ulcer (i.e., an open wound or sore) from developing.

  1. Inspect feet every day.
  2. Bathe feet gently in lukewarm water.
  3. Moisturize feet but not toes.
  4. Cut nails carefully. (See a podiatrist if you cannot perform correctly.)
  5. Never treat calluses or corns yourself. (That is why there are specialists!)
  6. Always wear clean, dry socks. (Consider socks made specially for diabetics.)
  7. Wear socks to bed if feet get cold, never use a heating pad.
  8. Shake out shoes and feel inside for foreign object before putting shoes on.
  9. Keep feet warm and dry.
  10. Never walk barefoot.
  11. Take care of the diabetes. (Keep blood sugar levels under control.)
  12. Do not smoke.
  13. Get periodic foot exams from a podiatrist.

Diabetes is the leading cause of nontraumatic lower-extremity amputations in the United States, and approximately 14-24% of patients with diabetes who develop a foot ulcer will require an amputation. In fact, foot ulcers precede 85% of diabetes-related amputations.

Keep in mind, diabetes may cause nerve damage that takes away the feeling in feet. It may also decrease blood circulation, making it more difficult to heal a wound or resist infection. Because of these problems, a foreign object in a shoe may go unnoticed and a blister or a sore may develop, possibly leading to an infection or ulcer—however, with diligent care and action, diabetics can reduce the chances of getting an ulcer and avoid a possible amputation.

Remember to execute the above steps regularly for adequate preventative care and visit a podiatrist to monitor your condition; doing so can significantly reduce the chances of lower-extremity amputation and limb loss.

Let’s Talk about Bone Spurs

One out of ten people have bone spurs—but they may not even know it.

That’s because only one out of twenty bone-spur sufferers experience pain.

A bone spur, or osteophyte, is a bony growth that forms on a normal bone and is most commonly found in joints, which are where two or more bones come together. In the lower extremities, bones spurs often form in areas of heavy stress (e.g., the big toe joint) or where large tendons and ligaments attach (e.g., heel bone). It is usually smooth but can cause wear and tear or pain if it rubs against other bones and soft tissue.

Bone spurs form as the body tries to repair itself from damage, which is typically caused by arthritis. As we age, the cartilage that covers the ends of the bones begins to break down and wear away. This leads to swelling and pain and, in some cases, bone spurs.

Trauma to the area also leads to this disorder. Other causes include Achilles tendonitis, which can induce tenderness and pain at the heel, as well as plantar fasciitis.

These painful growths have a multitude of different symptoms, but many people may not have symptoms at all. Some indications of bone spurs are tenderness of the foot, a noticeable bony mass or knot, joint stiffness, pain when walking, and swelling.

Heel spurs can be self-treated with at-home remedies, such as resting and icing the foot. Sufferers should also elevate the foot on a stack of pillows above the heart to relieve swelling, take anti-inflammatory medicines like Advil, or receive cortisone injections. Custom-molded orthotics are the best defense as they provide cushioning and support to the spurred areas, and physical therapy may be helpful as well. Walking, running, or playing sports can worsen the pain so staying off of your feet as much as you can will help.

If conventional treatments do not work, surgery is the next alternative. In cases of serious bone spurs where surrounding soft tissue may be damaged, the surgeon would remove the spur and repair any surrounding soft tissue injury. Surgery recovery time depends on where the surgery is performed and what type of surgery was executed.

Bone spurs are a progressive problem—meaning they get worse with time—so if you think you have a bone spur, make an appointment to see a podiatric surgeon today.