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springNow that spring has arrived, many people beginning to exercise more and are becoming more active in general. One thing that is important to understand when exercising is that your feet are a vital component of exercising capability.

Each foot has nearly 26 bones filled with joints, ligaments, and other structures. Muscle and structure imbalances in the foot can cause injuries such as plantar fasciitis, foot pain, ankle pain, and heel pain and many other serious conditions. In order to prevent injuries during exercise, it is best to take care of the feet by using methods such as orthotics or stretching. The healthier the feet are, the better your overall performance will be.

Exercising the feet is an important part of everyday health. If you have any questions concerning exercise for the feet contact Dr. Gregory Birch and Dr. Andrew Birch of New York. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Exercise for Your Feet
Exercise for your feet can help you to gain strength, mobility and flexibility in your feet. They say that strengthening your feet can be just as rewarding as strengthening another part of the body. Your feet are very important and often we forget about them in our daily tasks. But it is because of our feet that are we able to get going and do what we need to. For those of us fortunate not to have any foot problems, it is an important gesture to take care of them to ensure its good health in the long run.

Some foot health exercises can include ankle pumps, tip-toeing, toe rise, lifting off the floor doing reps and sets, also flexing the toes and involving the shins may help too. It is best to speak with your doctor regarding how to do these fitness steps and how often is right for you. Everyone’s needs and bodies are different and it varies from individual to individual to determine what should be done for you to maintain strength in your feet.

Once you get into a routine of doing regular exercise, you may notice a difference in your feet and how strong they may become.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Staten Island and Brooklyn, NY. We offer. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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diabetic2Over 29 million Americans are living with diabetes today and each individual maintaining their health needs to pay special attention to their feet. Dr. Patrick Bowen of Emory Health Care discusses one of the most commonly treated issues with diabetes: preventing nerve damage or neuropathy. Bowen suggests that patients check their feet every day when at home, to wear well-fitting socks, and to be weary of going barefoot. “The risks of not recognizing or treating neuropathy is an increase in the risk of foot ulcers, foot infections, which can lead to more serious or life threatening infections,” states Dr. Bowen.
Diabetics must pay special attention to their feet to help prevent any complications and should not ignore any pain they are feeling. If you are diabetic and have any concerns, see Dr. Gregory and Andrew Birch of New York. Our doctors will treat your diabetic feet.  

Diabetic Foot Care
Diabetes affects millions of people of all ages each year. Diabetes damages blood vessels in many parts of the body, including the feet. When damage occurs to nerves in the feet, they may be unable to send the proper signals to the peripheral nervous system, resulting in a condition known as neuropathy. Once a diabetic patient develops neuropathy, it is imperative that the feet are well taken care of to avoid possible amputation of the feet.

The Importance of Caring for Your Feet
- Regularly check your feet for bruises or sores.
- Wear socks that fit your feet; socks shouldn’t be tight.
- Wear properly fitting shoes that are comfortable.

Patients with diabetes should have their doctor monitor their Hemoglobin A1C levels as this test lets the physician know how well the blood sugar levels have been controlled during the past 3 months. It is important to keep the blood sugar levels in a normal range. It is advisable to visit a podiatrist if the diabetic patient is experiencing any conditions involving the feet.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in Brooklyn and Staten Island, NY. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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bunionsViola Davis recentlyappeared on the Ellen Show after winning a SAG Award for her role in How to Get Away With Murder where she discussed her quick remedy for temporary relief on bunion pain. The actress recalled that she was extremely worried about walking around on the red carpet in heels that would cause further pain to her foot. The night before the awards Davis had her husband go to the supermarket and buy her a can of white vegetable shortening called Crisco. She claims the white greasy ingredient in fried chicken reduces the friction between the bunion and the shoes and soothes her dry skin.

Bunions can be very troublesome if they are not treated correctly. If you are having problems with your bunions consult with Dr. Gregory and Andrew Birch of New York. Our doctors will diagnose the severity of your bunion and give you the proper treatment for your needs.

What is a Bunion?
A bunion is formed of swollen tissue or an enlargement of boney growth, usually located at the base joint of the toe that connects to the foot. The swelling occurs by the bones in the big toe shifting inward, which impacts the other toes of the foot. This causes the area around the base of the big toe to become inflamed and painful.

Why do Bunions Form?
·                      Genetics – susceptibility to bunions are often hereditary
·                      Stress on the feet – poorly fitted and uncomfortable footwear that places stress on feet, such as heels, can cause bunions to form

How are Bunions Diagnosed?
Doctors often perform two tests – blood tests and x-rays – when trying to diagnose bunions, especially in the early stages of development. Blood tests help determine if the foot pain is being caused by something else, such as arthritis, while x-rays provide a clear picture of your bone structure to your doctor.

How are Bunions Treated?
·                  Refrain from wearing heels or similar shoes that cause discomfort
·                  Select wider shoes that can provide more comfort and reduce pain
·                  Anti-inflammatory and pain management drugs
·                  Orthotics or foot inserts
·                  Surgery

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

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APMAThe American Podiatric Medical Association recently published a study revealing that much of this nation’s foot pain goes untreated.  In a survey of 1,000 people over the age of 18, 77% reported experiencing foot pain, but only a third of those claim they would see a podiatrist.  Half of the participants with foot pain say that the pain has hindered walking, exercising, playing with grandchildren, and other daily activities. 

Among the group who sought podiatric help, 88% reported a quick diagnosis and 76% received treatment that eliminated the problem.  A third of the group said that their visits to the podiatrist exposed other health concerns, such as diabetes, circulatory issues, and nerve issues.

"It's not surprising to see how many people are affected by foot pain, when survey results show that we view our feet as the least important body part in terms of our overall health and wellbeing," said AMPA President Frank Spinosa. "Our feet are literally and figuratively the furthest things from our minds."

If you are experiencing pain in the feet or ankles, don’t join the stubborn majority refusing treatment.  Seek the assistance of Dr. Gregory and Andrew Birch. Our doctors will provide the care you need to keep you pain free and on your feet.

What is a Podiatrist?

 Someone would seek care of a podiatrist when they have suffered a foot injury or have common foot ailments such as: heal spurs, bunions, arch problems, deformities, ingrown toenails, corns, foot and ankle problems etc.

Podiatric Treatment

A podiatrist will treat the problematic areas of the feet, ankle or lower leg by prescribing the following:

  • physical therapy
  • drugs
  • perform surgery on lower extremity fractures
  • orthotic inserts or soles


A common podiatric procedure a podiatrist will use is a scanner or force plate which will allow the podiatrist to know the designs of orthotics. Patients are then told to follow a series of tasks to complete the treatment. The computer will scan the foot a see which areas show weight distribution and pressure points. The podiatrist will read the analysis and then determine which treatment plans are available.

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If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices. Weoffer the latest in diagnostic and treatment technologies to meet all your needs.

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amkleprobThose with desk jobs may be familiar with the sore backs and swollen feet that come with sitting all day. To improve posture, circulation, and overall comfort, employees should consider working with their feet elevated. Brigham Young University students Matt Hulme and Brent Murray have created a solution to this in the form of The Foot Hammock. The Foot Hammock attaches to the underside of any desk, creating a place for feet to rest, and comes in mesh, fleece, and heated versions; mesh for shoes on, fleece to make bare feet feel snug, and heated to simulate the feel of an electric blanket. “Most of us spend more time at our desk than in our beds sleeping,” said Hulme. “It is time we make our hours at our desk as comfortable as ours sleeping.”

Working on your feet for long periods of time can be very stressful for the feet. For more information on methods to help relax the feet while on the job, consult with Dr. Gregory and Andrew Birch. Our doctors will attend to all of your foot and ankle needs.

Proper Foot Care Leads to Better Health
Long periods of standing often times lead to pain and discomfort around the feet. Every day the body undergoes a series of stresses, especially during work. To minimize these stresses on your feet, better shoe choices and proper posture will significantly help.

Better Choices
A Negative Heel

  • This is where the heel is slightly lower than the ball of the foot.

Going Barefoot

  • Having your feet crammed into shoes for long periods of time increases pressure. Giving your feet some exposure to air and walking barefoot helps tremendously.

Exercise Your Feet

  • A foot workout helps correct movements and stimulates the blood flow and muscles of the feet. Implementing yoga exercises to your daily routine is a good example of this.

Foot Care
Spending a majority of the time on your feet will most likely trigger pain; even more so if you suffer from poor circulation.  Proper footwear and appropriate stretching will alleviate pain and prevent further issues. When your feet hurt, it is best to take care of them right away.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact our office. We offer the latest in diagnostic and treatment technologies to meet all your needs.

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