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bliserts3Blisters form due to the rupturing of cell tissue and the release of plasma, or the fluid inside a blister, creating a thin layer of skin around the plasma to prevent infection. Popping a blister means risking infection, while keeping a blister intact means it must be protected. Blisters should only be popped if they are large enough to disrupt your regular exercises or physical activities, using a sterilized needle in alcohol. Blisters that are painful, oozing pus and red around the edges should be seen by a doctor, as they might be infected. A covered blister should have its dressing removed nightly to be soaked in water and then air-dried. Any itches or burns can be eased with hemorrhoid cream. Reducing friction in the area can help prevent blisters; double-layer socks and petroleum jelly can help do this.

Untreated blisters can worsen and make mobility extremely difficult and painful. For quality blister treatment, see one of our podiatrists of Valley Stream Podiatry. Our doctors will attend to all of your foot and ankle needs and answer any of your related questions.  

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.

For more information about Blisters on the Feet, follow the link below.

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


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massagingMorton’s Neuroma occurs when a nerve between the third and fourth or the second and third toes becomes compressed or injured. Those with Morton’s neuroma may typically feel sharp pain, burning, or numbness in the foot and the nerves may thicken causing a visible lump in the foot. According to Dr. Anthony Komaroff of Harvard Medical School, women are at a greater risk because they usually wear tight shoes or high heels. One of the best ways to prevent and treat Morton’s neuroma is to wear low heeled shoes with a wider toe box so the bones, ligaments, muscles and nerves, are not squeezed. Dr. K also recommends massaging the area or visiting your foot care professional for metatarsal pads to help correct any structural problems you may have. If the pain persists, doctors may inject a local anesthetic with corticosteroid to reduce inflammation. Surgery may be needed if the previously mentioned methods do not work. 

Morton’s neuroma can be a difficult condition to live with. If you would like to learn more about your Morton’s neuroma and possible treatment options, speak to one of our podiatrists of New York. Our doctors will diagnose and treat your feet accordingly.

Morton’s Neuroma
Morton's neuroma is a painful foot condition that commonly affects the areas between the third and fourth toe and the ball of the foot, although other areas of the foot are also susceptible to this condition. Morton’s neuroma is caused by an inflamed nerve in the foot that is being squeezed and aggravated by surrounding bones.  Women are more likely than men to have an occurrence of this foot condition.

What Increases the Chances of having Morton’s Neuroma?
Ill-fitting high heels or shoes that add pressure to the toe or foot area.
Jogging, running and any sports that involve constant impact to the foot area.
Flat feet, bunions, and any other foot deformity may put you at a higher risk for developing Morton’s neuroma.

If you suspect that you may have this condition, you should visit your podiatrist. A podiatrist will first conduct a thorough physical examination to check for palpable masses between the bones of the foot.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Valley Stream, NY. We offer the newest diagnostic and holistic treatment protocols for all your individual foot and ankle needs.

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orthotics1After surgery and physical therapy at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital, six-year-old Hadi Abukhadra can now walk for the first time. Hadi was walking within two weeks of cast removal thanks to foot therapy with Lucile Packard physical therapy clinical specialist Richard Gee. The six-year-old had to endure a lot of pain, casts, and surgeries to finally arrive at his current stage in recovery.

Hadi was born with arthrogryposis, which causes “stuck joints” and other orthopedic deformities. His knees bent the wrong way and his feet were originally facing upside down. “To understand what Hadi’s feet looked like before, and what he does now, is almost night and day,” Gee said. “He basically had to relearn how to stand and how to balance. Even just the standing process of getting his body over his feet is a new process for him.”

Foot therapy is necessary for those recovering from both foot deformities and foot injuries. If you have concerns regarding therapy, speak to %_doctorname_% of %_doctoraddress_%. Our docotor can answer any of your podiatric questions.

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 – This specialized treatment will focus on the affected area, speeding up recovery and the overall healing process. This is important for those wanting to get back into the game quickly. It is a proven method that has helped millions of people return from any injury.

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.

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pie verdeScientists at Guangzhou Dongsheng Hospital and Guangzhou Social Welfare House in China held a study that could prove acupuncture can treat heel pain effectively. Researcher Xu Xuemeng had his team work with 66 patients who were experiencing some form of heel pain. A number of the test subjects were given filiform acupuncture needle treatment, while others were given more conventional drugs.

After six months, the scientists found that the patients given acupuncture had an effectiveness rating of 97% as opposed to 76% in the control group. Acupuncture is said to be especially useful when it comes to conditions such as plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendonitis.

Your life can greatly be affected by even simple heel pain. If your heel hurts, see podiatrists Dr. Andrew Shapiro and Dr. Michael Barkin of Valley Stream Podiatry. Our doctors can treat your heel pain.

Causes of Heel Pain

● Heel pain is often associated with plantar fasciitis. The plantar fascia is a band of tissues that extends along the bottom of the foot. A rip or tear in this ligament can cause inflammation of the tissue.

● Achilles tendonitis is another cause of heel pain. Inflammation of the Achilles tendon will cause pain from fractures and muscle tearing. Lack of flexibility is also another symptom.

● Heel spurs are another cause of pain. When the tissues of the plantar fascia undergo a great deal of stress, it can lead to ligament separation from the heel bone, causing heel spurs.

Why Might Heel Pain Occur?

- Wearing ill-fitting shoes
- Wearing non-supportive shoes
- Weight change
- Excessive running

Treatments

Heel pain should be treated as soon as possible for immediate results. Keeping your feet in a stress free environment will help. If you suffer from Achilles tendonitis or plantar fasciitis, applying ice will reduce the swelling. Stretching before an exercise like running will help the muscles. Using all these tips will help make heel pain a thing of the past.

With the advancements in technology and greater knowledge of how muscles and joints work, physical therapists can turn things around dramatically.

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

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amkleprobWinter is a season in which the feet are often neglected, as the feet are usually kept wrapped up in shoes. This makes winter foot care especially important. Keeping the feet healthy during the colder months is easy, however, with a few simple tips. Moisturizing the feet is one of the most important measures one can take to keep the feet looking fresh and healthy. Wearing thick shoes and thick socks during the winter is important to keep them protected from harsh temperatures, and can go a long way towards foot health. Pedicures and hot water treatments can help relax tense and weathered feet, while drinking plenty of water will help keep the skin hydrated.
Regardless of season or weather, everyday foot care should be practiced year round. For more information about everyday foot care, consult with our podiatrists of Valley Stream Podiatry. Our doctors will provide you with the foot- and ankle information you seek.

Every Day Foot Care

Often, people take care of their bodies, face and hair more so than they do for their feet. But the feet are a very important aspect of our bodies, and one that we should pay more attention to. After all, without our feet, we would not be able to perform most daily tasks. It is best to check your feet regularly to make sure there are no new bruises or cuts that you may not have noticed before, for example.

For dry feet, moisturizer can easily be a remedy and can be applied as often as necessary to the affected areas. Wearing shoes that fit well can also help you maintain good foot health, as well as making it easier to walk and do daily activities without the stress or pain of ill-fitting shoes, high heels, or even flip flops.

Also, wearing clean socks with closed shoes is important to ensure that sweat and bacteria do not accumulate within the shoe. Clean socks help to prevent athlete's foot, fungi problems, bad odors, and can absorb sweat.

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

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plantar-warts3Plantar warts are typically hard and grainy growths that appear on the heels and balls of the feet. Warts occur when the human papilloma virus (HPV) enters your body through cuts or weak spots on the bottom of the feet. Once plantar warts start to grow, they can take as long as two years to go away if not treated. Luckily there are plenty of treatments to reduce, remove, and prevent the inconvenience. Cryotherapy, also known as freezing therapy, is the most widely used method is removing warts, but it may not always work if the treatment does not reach the entire wart. Over-the-counter salicylic acids and prescription medications are also available aid wart removal process. If a plantar wart is particularly thick, a mixture of cryotherapy and salicylic acid treatments may ultimately do the trick.

Plantar warts can be painful and can worsen if not treated properly. If you would like to be treated for plantar warts, consult with our podiatrists from Valley Stream Podiatry. Our doctors will attend to all of your foot and ankle needs and provide you with quality treatment.

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. 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.

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

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blisters4Blisters form due to the rupturing of cell tissue and the release of plasma, or the fluid inside a blister, creating a thin layer of skin around the plasma to prevent infection. Popping a blister means risking infection, while keeping a blister intact means it must be protected. Blisters should only be popped if they are large enough to disrupt your regular exercises or physical activities, using a sterilized needle in alcohol. Blisters that are painful, oozing pus and red around the edges should be seen by a doctor, as they might be infected. A covered blister should have its dressing removed nightly to be soaked in water and then air-dried. Any itches or burns can be eased with hemorrhoid cream. Reducing friction in the area can help prevent blisters; double-layer socks and petroleum jelly can help do this.
Untreated blisters can worsen and make mobility extremely difficult and painful. For quality blister treatment, see our podiatrists from Valley Stream Podiatry. Our doctors will attend to all of your foot and ankle needs and answer any of your related questions.
  
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.

For more information about Blisters on the Feet, follow the link below.

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

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broken-toe2At any given period of time, around fifteen to twenty-five percent of people have Athlete’s foot or tinea pedis. Athlete’s foot, a fungal infection of the foot, can easily be prevented by regularly changing your socks. Many people choose to wear sandals to help avoid an Athlete’s foot infection. During the colder winter months, however, wearing sandals may be difficult.
Another benefit of habitually changing your socks is the prevention of troublesome foot odor. Changing into a clean pair of socks at least once a day can help prevent unpleasant smells, according to the U.K.’s National Health Service. When compared to fabrics such as cotton, synthetic materials such as polyester are more likely to house odor- and fungus-causing bacteria and should therefore be avoided.

Foot conditions caused by fungal infections, such as Athlete’s foot, mostly form due to improper hygiene. For more information about how to prevent Athlete’s foot, consult with our podiatrists from Valley Stream Podiatry. Our doctors will answer any of your foot- and ankle-related questions.

Athlete’s Foot: The Sole Story

If you suffer from itching, burning, dry, and flaking feet, this may be a sign of athlete's foot. Athlete's foot, also known as tinea pedis, can be extremely contagious, and it often infects shower floors, gyms, socks and shoes, and anywhere else feet may come in contact with. It is commonly found in public changing areas and bathrooms, dormitory style living quarters, around locker rooms and public swimming pools.

Solutions to Combat Athlete’s Foot

- Hydrate your feet by using lotion
- Exfoliate
- Buff off nails
- Use of anti-fungal product
- Examine feet and visit your doctor if any suspicious blisters or cuts are present.

What is Tinea?

- Athlete’s foot is often caused by the same fungus that causes ringworm (tinea).
- Tinea can invade other parts of the body as well, if the proper thriving conditions for it are met.
- Tinea thrives in mostly dark, warm and moist environments.
- Although many people never experience athlete’s foot, around 70% of the population may suffer from tinea at some point.

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

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diabetic-foot-care4According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s 2014 National Diabetes Statistics Report, about 60 percent of non-traumatic lower-limb amputations occur for people ages 20 and older who are living with diabetes. It is very important for diabetics to be aware of whatever cuts or wounds they may have on their feet; due to nerve damage related to diabetes, diabetics often do not realize they even have them. The American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) has offered some advice to help diabetics protect their foot health. Inspect the feet daily for cuts, bruises, or sores, and treat wounds immediately. Exercise by walking, which can help you maintain a healthy weight and improve circulation. Keep feet covered and avoid going barefoot if possible. Have a podiatrist safely remove any calluses, warts, or corns.

Diabetics must pay special attention to their feet to help prevent infection. If you are diabetic and have any concerns, see our podiatrists from Valley Stream Podiatry. Our doctors can 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 (70-110mg/dl). It is advisable to visit a podiatrist if the diabetic patient is experiencing any conditions involving the feet.

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

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orthotics1The 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 our podiatrists from Valley Stream Podiatry. 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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