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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.

December 18, 2020
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Sports Injuries  

Sports injuries of the feet and ankles typically result from direct impact or overuse while playing sports. These sports injuries could be chronic or acute. For instance, a sprained ankle due to an awkward landing while playing football is considered an acute sports injury. A chronic sports injury, on the other hand, results from repeated overuse of joints or muscle groups while playing. Structural abnormalities and improper technique could likewise play a huge role in chronic sports injuries.

In this light, a medical inspection of feet and ankle sports injuries is crucial since you might have a more serious injury than you might be feeling. For instance, what might appear as an ankle sprain might really be a fracture, upon a thorough evaluation of your sports injuries by Dr. Marc Ginsburg or Dr. Steven Lam here at Capital Region Foot Care in Albany, NY.

First Aid for Common Ankle and Feet Sports Injuries

To avoid further damage, follow these first aid treatments for joint injuries, strains, and sprains. For broken bones, however, seek immediate help right away.

  • Rest the affected area and don’t use it for two to three days.
  • Ice the injured area for at least 20 minutes for two to three days every two hours.
  • Compress the injured site by applying an elastic band over it, extending the band below and above it for extra support.
  • Elevate the affected site above your heart’s level whenever possible.
  • Don’t massage the injured area to avoid bleeding or swelling and delayed healing.
  • See your doctor in Albany, NY, to get your sports injuries checked out as soon as you can.

Treating Your Sports Injuries

In general, your treatment will depend on the severity and kind of injury you have. Check in with your doctor if your pain worsens or persists after two days of home treatments. Physical therapy could help in rehabilitating the injured foot, leg, or ankle with specific exercises that will help promote flexibility and strength. Returning to any physical activity will depend on the instructions of your doctor.

Attempting to play prior to your injury healing completely will delay your recovery and cause more complications, so just don’t. Take note that the most significant risk factor for any injury that involves soft tissues is a past injury. This means that while you heal, you should follow all your doctor’s instructions, including exercises that you can do safely.

For Any Concerns, Questions, or Advice on Sports Injuries, We Can Help

Arrange a consultation here at Capital Region Foot Care in Albany, NY, with Dr. Marc Ginsburg or Dr. Steven Lam, by dialing (518) 465-3515.

September 21, 2020
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: Plantar Fasciitis  

Are you having difficulty walking? Do your feet hurt because you need to stand for long extensive periods? Well, you may have heel spur syndrome, which is when the plantar fasciitis is inflamed or irritated. To be sure of the diagnosis though, you need to visit your podiatrists, Drs. Marc Ginsburg and Steven Lam, of Capital Region Foot Care at their Albany, NY, office.

What is Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is a band of tissue that extends from the heel to the toes. When the fascia becomes irritated and then inflamed, this results in heel pain.

What else causes heel pain?

Because there are several potential causes, you need to visit your Albany podiatrist for a proper diagnosis.

Other reasons include:

  • stress fracture
  • tendonitis
  • arthritis
  • nerve irritation
  • faulty foot structure like flat feet or high-arched feet
  • wearing non-supportive footwear on hard, flat surfaces

What do symptoms include?

Symptoms of plantar fasciitis are pain on the bottom of the heel and pain that increases over time. Some people experience the worst pain when they get up in the morning or after sitting for too long. Walking decreases pain because it stretches the fascia but that doesn't apply for everyone.

How does your podiatrist diagnose heel pain?

Your doctor first asks for your medical history and needs to examine your foot using to zero in on the exact cause of heel pain. Treatment options include:

  • Stretching your feet, avoid walking barefoot and ice feet
  • Limit strenuous activities, use a removable walking cast, and wear a night splint
  • Anti-inflammatory medications and physical therapy
  • Shoes with proper padding and strapping
  • Use orthotic devices
  • Extracorporeal Shock Wave Treatment or ESWT

Do you need a consultation?

If you would like to learn more about plantar fasciitis treatment from Capital Region Foot Care? Then call Drs. Marc Ginsburg and Steven Lam of Albany, NY, at (518) 465-3515 to learn more.

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