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October 11, 2021
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: Sports Injuries  

Injuries to the feet or ankles are common when participating in various athletic activities. Left untreated, a sports injury might not heal properly and could lead to long-term problems. If you’ve sustained a foot or ankle injury due to sports, we can help. Dr. Marc Ginsburg and Dr. Steven Lam, the experienced sports medicine podiatrists at Capital Region Foot Care in Albany, NY, treat sports injuries of the feet and ankles. They can develop an individualized treatment plan to get you back on your feet.

Foot and Ankle Sports Injuries

Several types of foot and ankle injuries can occur during sports. Some are acute, such as an ankle sprain, while other injuries can develop over time due to repetitive movements that put stress or strain on the feet or ankles. Some common sports injuries affecting the feet and ankles include:

  • Ankle sprains
  • Ankle fractures
  • Achilles tendonitis
  • Plantar fasciitis (heel pain)
  • Stress fractures of the feet
  • Metatarsalgia (pain in the ball of the foot)
  • Neuroma (pinched nerve in the foot)
  • Heel or bone spurs

Treatments for Sports Injuries of the Feet

Seeking treatment for sports injuries of the feet is important to prevent long-term problems from developing. Left untreated, a foot or ankle injury could lead to chronic pain and discomfort, as well as instability and mobility issues.

The method of treatment will depend on the specific type of foot or ankle injury. Our skilled podiatrists have extensive experience treating sports injuries at our Albany, NY, practice and can develop a treatment plan tailored to your needs.

Some injuries can be treated by resting and icing the injured area. Other methods for treating sports injuries include compression bandages, custom orthotics, and physical therapy. In some cases, surgery might be needed for more serious injuries.

If you are dealing with a foot or ankle injury, we can help. For the treatment of sports injuries in Albany, NY, schedule an appointment with Dr. Ginsburg or Dr. Lam by calling Capital Region Foot Care at (518) 465-3515.

September 01, 2021
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: Plantar Fasciitis  

Find Plantar Fasciitis Relief in Albany, NY

At Capital Region Foot Care, both Dr. Ginsburg and Dr. Lam are highly dedicated to getting to the root cause of your problem, diagnosing your condition, and beginning a comprehensive treatment plan that works around your life and schedule. If you think you may be suffering from plantar fasciitis in Albany, NY, learn more about what you can do to find relief below. 

What is plantar fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is a medical condition characterized by pain felt at the bottom of the foot, caused by inflammation of a tissue called fascia. Specifically, your plantar fascia is a connective tissue providing structure and support for the muscles, tendons, and ligaments in your feet, running from the heel to about mid-foot. With overuse, this supporting structure for your arch becomes inflamed, causing pain at each step.

Symptoms and Causes of Plantar Fasciitis

Because humans spend a lot of time upright, normal activities with plantar fasciitis, such as walking, running, or jumping, can feel restricted due to pain or general discomfort. 

The specific cause of plantar fasciitis isn’t always cut and dry, but it usually starts with nearby muscle tightness, exacerbated by general overuse from too much activity too quickly. Risk factors for plantar fasciitis can include: 

  • Jobs that involve standing for long periods
  • Endurance sports
  • Age
  • Sports that involve sprinting, jumping, or quick changes of direction
  • Poor foot mechanics
  • Obesity

According to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, plantar fasciitis symptoms include:

  • Pain felt in the heel, specifically toward the bottom of the foot
  • Discomfort taking a few steps after a long rest period, such as getting out of bed, after sitting for a while at work, or extended travel
  • Increased pain around the heel after running or similar exercise 

Get Plantar Fasciitis Relief Today With Treatment in Albany, NY

Are you experiencing symptoms of heel pain? Connect with Dr. Ginsburg and Dr. Lam today to receive a diagnosis and start treatment for plantar fasciitis in Albany, NY ASAP. At Capital Region Foot Care, we're here to help you get back on your feet - quite literally - as soon and as comfortably as possible. Call us now at (518) 465-3515 to schedule your appointment today!

May 20, 2021
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: bunions  

Your podiatrists in Albany, NY, can help you get relief from painful bunions.

You rely on your feet to get you around, but if you have a bunion, walking around can be difficult. Even putting on shoes can be agonizing. You don’t have to suffer, because your podiatrist can help you get relief from bunions.

Dr. Marc Ginsburg and Dr. Steven Lam at Capital Region Foot Care in Albany, NY, offer a full range of podiatry services, including treatments for bunions.

So, what is a bunion? It’s a bony lump sticking out next to your big toe. It can rub against the inside of your shoe, causing inflammation, pain, and irritation. A small bunion can also grow into a larger bunion because of irritation and inflammation.

Bunions are caused by a bone deformity that causes your big toe joint to stick outward. Wearing shoes that are too narrow makes the problem worse, because there is not enough room for your toes, and your toes get crushed together. High heels add to the problem because they push the toes forward.

Other causes of bunions include medical conditions like rheumatoid arthritis, an injury to your feet, or high levels of foot stress.

If you have a small bunion, you may be able to get relief if you:

  • Place ice on the bunion several times each day
  • Tape the bunion to provide support
  • Wear inserts to cushion the bunion
  • Wear wider footwear, with more room for your toes
  • Take over-the-counter pain and anti-inflammatory medication

For larger, painful bunions, your podiatrist can help. Professional treatments for bunions include:

  • Callus and corn removal to eliminate friction
  • Custom-made orthotics to support your feet
  • Stretching and physical therapy to regain mobility
  • Night splints to realign your foot and toe

For large bunions with significant bone involvement, surgery, known as a bunionectomy, may be needed. Your podiatrist can discuss this option with you.

To find out more about the causes and treatment of bunions, talk with an expert. Call Dr. Ginsburg and Dr. Lam of Capital Region Foot Care in Albany, NY, at (518) 465-3515. Save your feet by calling today!

March 08, 2021
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: Heel Pain  

Are you experiencing pain when walking or wearing shoes? You might be wondering, "What is causing my heel pain?" You could have an undiagnosed issue that is making it difficult for your feet to be comfortable. An experienced podiatrist can diagnose your heel pain and offer treatment options to get your feet back on track. There can be many causes of heel pain so call Dr. Marc Ginsburg of Capital Region Foot Care in Albany, NY to get the proper treatment for your heel pain. 

Common Causes of Heel Pain 

  • Achilles tendonitis - This is caused by chronic inflammation of the Achilles tendon. It is common in older people or those who have overused their feet in sports or work. 
  • Plantar fasciitis - With too much pressure on your plantar fascia ligament your heel could become stiff and painful. 
  • Plantar Warts - Warts on your heel can be making it uncomfortable to walk.
  • Severs disease - This is most common in young children and athletes who repeatedly over-stress their feet. Overuse and repetitive trauma to the growth plates of the heel bone cause pain and discomfort. 
  • Sprains, strains, and broken bones -Injuring your foot or ankle can cause severe inflammation which may be the cause of your heel pain. 

Most heel pain is caused by inflammation as a result of overuse or pressure. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms visit your Albany podiatrists at Capital Region Foot Care. Dr. Ginsburg can design a unique treatment plan to heal your heel pain. 

Treatment Options for Your Heel Pain 

Heel pain affects everyone differently, if your podiatrist determines your pain is related to heel inflammation they may offer the following treatment. A combination of cold compresses, anti-inflammatory medication, and physical therapy is effective at reducing heel inflammation and rebuilding your foot muscles. When you work to reduce inflammation you allow your heel to heal itself naturally. Only in very rare cases is surgery required. As long as you maintain a healthy diet, get plenty of sleep and exercise, and rest your muscles when needed your heel pain will decrease. 

If you have persistent heel pain please call Capital Region Foot Care at (518) 465-3515. Dr. Ginsburg is an experienced podiatrist in the Albany area. Call today to treat your heel pain!

December 30, 2020
Category: Podiatry
Tags: Foot Pain   Podiatrist  

When To See a Podiatrist About Your Foot Pain

Too many of us go about our days enduring nagging pains or blunting them with over the counter treatments. At least just enough to bear through another day of work. But too often this ignores the problem and limits our treatment options once we've finally decided to seek out professional help. Don't wait too long, contact your Albany, NY, experts Dr. Marc Ginsburg and Dr. Steven Lam of Capital Region Foot Care to find out how they can help you with your foot pain.

Start With the Shoes
A common theme with foot pain is ill-fitting footwear. For those of us who must be on our feet for long shifts or simply are wearing shoes that are too tight or not supportive enough, we're helping create a lot of these problems, or make them worse.

Corns and calluses are often the result of friction. Which are exacerbated if we already suffer from conditions such as bunions or hammertoes, or any other type of foot deformity. These also often arise due to constricting footwear.

Shoes without proper support can lead to heel pain, and a condition called plantar fasciitis.

Changing the type of shoes you wear is a good first step for some of the above-mentioned problems. Rest and anti-inflammatory medication can help with a few mild symptoms, but if foot pain is impacting your everyday life then it's time to see your podiatrist for a solution.

Foot Pain Treatment in Albany, NY
That is the key to deciding when to see your podiatrist, when that nagging pain becomes, or has the potential of becoming, something you can't ignore. Paying attention to your feet is especially important if you suffer from diabetes because pain may not be there to alert you that something is wrong.

Let your Albany, NY, podiatrists guide you to the correct treatment. From padding and orthotic devices, to surgery, if necessary, your doctors Dr. Ginsburg and Dr. Lam of Capital Region Foot Care can help you rid yourself of pain. To schedule your appointment today call (518) 465-3515.

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