Posts for: July, 2014

A 55-year-old Calgary woman recently became one of the first people to complete the Badwater Ultra Cup challenge, a trifecta of grueling races through Salton Sea, Cape Fear, and Owen’s Valley. The woman, Lorie Alexander, finished the final race, the Badwater Ultramarathon, in 36 hours, 32 minutes, and 37 seconds.

The Badwater Ultramarathon is a 135-mile uphill course that’s known for being one of the toughest foot races in the world. During the competition Alexander found herself beset by painful blisters on her feet and uncomfortable cramps in her stomach, but she still managed to pull through.

Hopefully Alexander got proper medical care for her blisters after the competition was over. For assistance dealing with blisters on the feet, call up podiatrist Dr. Brian Tedesco of Complete Foot & Ankle Care. Dr. Tedesco will get you professional treatment and give you advice for avoiding this skin condition in the future.

Blisters on the Feet

When tight or ill fitting footwear is worn, many times a foot blister may develop. Blisters can even develop by constant rubbing from the shoe, often times leading to pain.

What is a Foot Blister?

A foot blister is a small pocket that is filled with fluid, forming on the upper most layer of the skin. Blisters are filled with clear fluid, and may lead to drainage of blood or pus if the area has become infected.

How do they Form?

Blisters of the feet are almost always the result of shoe rubbing and constant friction of the skin and material. Long periods of walking in shoes, sandals, or boots which don’t fit properly can result in a blister. Those who often have moisture or humidity in the feet, are prone to blister formation easily.

Prevention & Treatment

Proper care is vital to alleviate pain and prevent infection to the affected area of the foot. The best treatment is to leave them alone. New skin will develop under the blister and during the healing stages, your blister will pop.

-          Do not lance the blister , which can lead to infection
-          Place a band-aid over the blister to provide pain relief

If you have any questions, please contact one of our offices in Reading, MA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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A Korean subcontractor with the surname “Yoon” developed a nerve condition in his feet and hands after they were exposed to hydrofluoric acid while he was working at a Samsung semiconductor plant in May of 2012. He attempted to get a subsidy for his disorder, but the government wouldn’t grant it to him on the grounds that his limbs showed no external damage.

Yoon appealed his case to the Seoul Administrative Court and won his worker’s compensation. When explaining his decision, the judge cited the fact that hydrofluoric acid often affects the inside of the body as opposed to the outside, and also pointed to traces of the toxic waste in Yoon’s shoes as further justification of his claims.

Nerve disorders in the feet can affect one’s ability to work, enjoy hobbies, and even complete everyday tasks. If you think you might have a nerve disorder, contact podiatrist Dr. Brian Tedesco of Complete Foot & Ankle Care. Dr. Tedesco can identify the cause of your condition and provide you with expert foot care.

Nerve Disorders of the Foot and Ankle

There are two nerve disorders of the foot and ankle called Interdigital Neuroma and Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome. These conditions affect the hands as well, and are caused by stress and genetics. People who suffer from Interdigital Neuroma and Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome are prone to serious pain and inflammation in the area.

Pain that is associated with Interdigital Neuroma is often from local inflammation in the nerves in the front of the foot. Symptoms include pain, burning, and/or tingling sensations of the toes.

There are several steps a doctor will take to determine if one has Neuroma such as: radiographs, MRIs, and bone scans. Surgery is not required in many instances, and should only be considered when the patient is suffering from persistent pain.

Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome is a condition that is less common than Interdigital Neuroma. It only seems to affect patients who have severe ankle pain which begins in the bottom of the foot extending all the way to the calf. 

For more information about Nerve Disorders of the Foot and Ankle, follow the link below.

If you have any questions, please contact one of our offices in Reading, MA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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 Massage Magazine’s David Garras, M.D. of says there is nothing worse than having tired, swollen or sore feet at work. Many people contend with sore feet in the workplace. Well aware of this, Dr. Garras provided several tips that can alleviate some of the pain and even help with your foot health.

For example, hard floors could place a strain on your lower legs. In these cases, Dr. Garras suggests placing a small mat or cushion under your feet. Dr. Garras also advises taking the time to stretch and perform exercises. These exercises include toe curls, flexions/extensions and raises. These exercises can keep your toes flexible and reduce the strain on your feet. The most important thing is to take the time to sit. While sitting, you can administer foot massages to ease pain.

When working on your feet, you should not be in pain. If you are experiencing foot or ankle pain, see podiatrist Dr. Brian Tedesco of Complete Foot & Ankle Care. Dr. Tedesco will treat your podiatric needs.   

Working on Your Feet

Standing on your feet for long periods of time can cause stress and pain in your feet. Your whole body may experience change in terms of posture, back pain, bunions, callouses and or plantar warts. There are ways to avoid these conditions with proper foot care, smart choices and correct posture.

Positive Changes

Negative heeled shoe – choosing this shoe places the heel slightly lower than the ball of the foot. These are great for overall foot health. Find shoes that fit you correctly.

Go barefoot – our feet were not designed to be enclosed for hours, or all day. Allow yourself to expose your feet.

Eliminate Pain

Foot Exercises – performing simple exercises, incorporating yoga and stretches is beneficial. This will allow increased blood flow to the area and muscles of the foot.

Achilles tendon – stretching the foot out flat on the floor, will relax the calf muscles and tendon. These exercises can be performed almost anywhere. Make sure you add these exercises to your daily regimen. 

Keep your feet healthy and your body will thank you for it.

If you have any questions, please contact one of our offices in Reading, MA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Many people don’t consider taking precautions when it comes to trying on new shoes at the store. Shoe store inventories can contain possible contaminants can include bacteria, fungi, and viruses left there from previous customers. Some of these contaminants can be contagious.

One such contaminant that is contagious is HPV, which is known for causing plantar warts. HPV may induce the growth of plantar warts, which can be very difficult to treat and get rid of. So be sure to wear socks and take the necessary precautions at the shoe store.

Plantar warts are always unwanted. If you have plantar warts, see podiatrist Dr. Brian Tedesco of Complete Foot & Ankle Care. Dr. Tedesco can treat your foot and ankle conditions with the professional care they need.

About Plantar Warts

Plantar warts are found on the feet. These warts are caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV) getting into open wounds on the feet. You can recognize plantar warts by a hard bump on the foot. They are usually found on the heels or balls of the feet. Plantar warts are usually not a sign of anything dangerous but do not ignore them if they do cause pain or embarrassment.

If you do have a plantar wart, you may notice some pain when standing but since these warts are not cancerous or dangerous, a podiatrist only needs to be seen if there is excess pain. Doctors can usually easily diagnose plantar warts. Although plantar warts don’t often call for treatment, there are options available. They can be frozen off, removed by an electric tool or burned off using laser treatment.

Home remedies are also available to help with plantar warts. An apple cider vinegar soak can help remove the wart. You can soak your feet in the vinegar for 20 minutes before using a pumice stone to remove any loose skin from the wart. Make sure to keep the wart covered for protection in between daily treatments.

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If you have any questions, please contact one of our offices in Reading, MA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Six year old Hadi Abukhadra was not always able to walk. Born with a congenital foot deformity known as Arthrosyposis, Abukadra’s feet faced upwards and his knees bent backwards, preventing mobility. To make matters worse, there was no medical relief in the child’s immediate area. But with the help of the Palestine Children’s Relief Fund, Abukhadra was able to travel several thousand miles to receive care at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital in California.

 “The first thing he said when they took off the cast was, ‘Thank God,’ and ‘thank you,’ and gave Dr. Rinsky a big hug, and he showed up in a suit wearing a plastic stethoscope because he wants to be Dr. Rinsky” medical coordinator Nuha Shuman said. To ensure that he continues to improve, Abukhadra recieves physical therapy.

Physical therapy is sometimes necessary from foot and ankle conditions. If you are struggling with any foot or ankle injuries or conditions, see podiatrist Dr. Brian Tedesco of Complete Foot & Ankle Care. Dr. Tedesco can treat your foot and ankle needs.

Most common injuries

People who are constantly on their feet are prone to a variety of injuries. Therefore, it is important to take part in physical therapy in order to get back on the right track quickly.

What to do when injured

Physical Therapy is an important treatment option that focuses on the affected area, speeding up recovery and the overall healing process.  It is a proven method that has helped millions of people rehabilitate injuries.

During physical therapy you will undergo regimented training to get back into full form. Training is often very difficult, especially at first when the foot feels weak. These are some steps physical therapy often involves:

  1. Basic stretching & twisting exercises – getting the feet’s mobility and flexibility up.
  2. Massaging – the therapist will massage the injured area in order to activate the muscles and relax them.
  3. Strengthening Exercises – this allows the muscles in the affected area to regain their full strength, a vital step towards full recovery.

If you have any questions, please contact one of our offices in Reading, MA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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