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    What Is a Podiatrist?

    Last updated 5 days ago

    In medicine, there are many fields of specialty, as you are probably very aware. Keeping up with who is the right specialist for your specific needs can be a challenge, no doubt. You may have heard the term podiatrist, but are you aware of what a podiatrist really is and what he or she can do for your health?

    Podiatry Made Simple

    A podiatrist, in simplest terms, is a foot doctor. This professional is one who has specialized training in the care of feet, ankles, and related leg structures, and the diagnosis of problems that affect them. Whether you sprain an ankle, break a toe, or simply have an ingrown toenail or athlete’s foot, this is the doctor you want to see.

    Qualifications for a Podiatrist

    A podiatrist is a doctor of podiatry—a medical field. Like all medical doctors, podiatrists must complete medical school and a hospital residency. The biggest difference between podiatrists and general physicians is that their medical school is actually a specialized podiatric medical school. This means that while podiatrists do learn basic anatomy and other medical topics, the bulk of their education actually centers on their specialty.

    This unique training is what makes a foot doctor the best doctor to care for your feet. No other physician holds the rigorous and exhaustive training in this highly complex part of the body that a podiatrist does. Podiatrists are fully versed in all medical conditions that can affect the feet, such as diabetes, as well as in sports medicine, wound care, and surgery. A podiatrist can choose to become Board Certified, but is not required to in every state.

    From ill-fitting shoes that cause pain to structural deformities in the anatomy, a podiatrist can quickly diagnose and treat virtually any condition that may affect the feet. They are a valuable ally in your healthcare team.

    For foot care in the Queens, Whitestone, and surrounding areas, contact us at Family Foot Center. Call (718) 878-4134 today to schedule an appointment with one of our qualified foot doctors, or visit us online to learn more about our practice and services.

    Common Signs of a Toe Fracture

    Last updated 12 days ago

    Nearly a quarter of the body’s bones are located in the feet, making it a wonder that there aren’t more fractures here than there already are. Toe fractures are relatively common, but many people are often unaware that they have broken a toe.

    A foot doctor can tell you for sure whether a fracture has occurred, but common signs include pain and swelling in the area. Bruising may or may not be present, and walking on the affected foot may intensify the pain. Of course, if you suspect you may have broken a toe, it’s best to see a podiatrist right away, but definitely do so if the symptoms have not abated after two or three days.

    At Family Foot Center, we diagnose and treat all types of foot related injuries and conditions, including broken toes. In the Whitestone, Queens, and surrounding areas, call (718) 878-4134 to schedule your appointment with our foot doctor today.

    Understanding the Importance of Keeping Your Feet Healthy

    Last updated 19 days ago

    As the foundation of your body, your feet take quite a beating day after day. Most people don’t even notice their feet until something about them becomes uncomfortable. Indeed, visiting a foot doctor is usually a result of some acute pain rather than a normal part of healthcare for many people. 

    Taking Your Feet for Granted

    Have you ever injured your foot to the extent that you were unable to walk properly for a few days? Wasn’t that a miserable, challenging few days? Like most parts of our body, we have a tendency to take feet for granted as long as nothing’s wrong with them. We run, jump, walk, stand, kick, and even shuffle things around with our feet constantly. Why, then, would we not do everything we can, including visiting a podiatrist regularly, to ensure we can continue to do those things?

    Why Your Podiatrist is Your Friend

    While acute injuries do happen, they are certainly not the only cause of foot problems. Many diseases and illnesses, including heart disease and diabetes, can lead to internal changes that restrict the blood flow to the feet. Since feet are anatomically farthest from the heart, they are the most likely to be affected negatively by this restricted blood flow, even though the disease itself seems to have nothing to do with the feet.

    Outside of diseases like these, a number of other problems can challenge the integrity of our feet. Bunions, problems with tendons and ligaments, bone irregularities and injuries, muscle injuries, and even fungus all have the potential to limit your ability to use your feet normally. Many of the complications that occur with these types of situations can be circumvented, or at least minimized, simply by seeing a foot doctor on a regular basis.

    If you’re ready to take charge of your foot health, contact us as Family Foot Center. Our podiatrists serve patients in the Whitestone, Queens, and surrounding areas, and are qualified to offer you the very best in foot care. Call (718) 878-4134 to schedule an appointment or visit our website for more information.

    Finding the Right Shoes for Your Kids

    Last updated 26 days ago

    Children are constantly growing and developing, so it is important to facilitate the process. The right shoes can help your children’s feet grow normally and keep them comfortable throughout the development. Watch this video for a few tips on finding the right shoes for your kids.

    Kids’ shoes should have a stiff heel in order to provide an adequate amount of protection. You can test this by pressing on both sides of the heel of the shoe; the shoe should not collapse. You should also make sure that the shoe does not twist in the middle and that the toe section of the shoe does bend with the child’s toes.

    Family Foot Center is a podiatry service that serves the Queens area. You can find out more about our business by visiting our website. If you would like to talk to our foot doctors, feel free to call us at (718) 878-4134 or stop in and meet with us today.

    How to Avoid Ingrown Toenails

    Last updated 1 month ago

    Ingrown toenails can be painful and even cause infection. If you suffer from ingrown toenails, consult your podiatrist for a solution. Fortunately, there are ways you can prevent developing this condition. Here is a look at how to avoid ingrown toenails.

    Trimming Technique

    Many people are not aware of the fact that there is a right way and a wrong way to trim your toenails. Trimming all the way around the nail is what causes your toenails to grow into the skin of your toes. Instead, trim your nails straight across. It is also important to be cognizant of how short you cut your toenails. They should be trimmed so that they simply come up to the tips of your toes. Cutting them down any shorter poses a risk for ingrown toenails because of the pressure your shoes exert upon your toes.

    Footwear

    Another important aspect of avoiding ingrown toenails is wearing shoes that cooperate with your toenails. You do not want to wear shoes that cause your feet and toes to be subjected to excessive amounts of pressure. Extra pressure can pinch your toes and influence their growth, which can then lead your toenails to grow into your skin. Be sure to wear comfortable shoes that leave some wiggle room for your toes. It is important to give your toenails enough room to grow naturally.

    Monitoring

    In order to avoid ingrown toenails, you must be aware when the problem is present. Do not wait until your toes are in pain from your nails digging into your skin. Look at your toes and see how your nails are growing. If they look like they are being influenced by the tightness of your shoes or the way you trim your nails, it is time to talk to your podiatrist about treating and preventing ingrown toenails.

    If you would like to learn more about how you can avoid ingrown toenails, call the Family Foot Center at (718) 878-4134. We are a Queens based podiatrist practice that provides a variety of treatments for foot ailments, injuries, and diseases. For more information about our feet doctors and our practice, please feel free to visit our website.




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