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    Finding the Right Shoes for Your Kids

    Last updated 1 day 10 hours 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 8 days 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.


    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.


    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.

    What Are the Benefits of Custom Orthotics?

    Last updated 15 days ago

    Many people with foot pain look to over-the-counter aids for relief. While one-size-fits-all inserts can partially or temporarily alleviate the discomfort of calluses, plantar fasciitis, or other painful foot conditions, they rarely provide lasting relief for chronic foot pain sufferers. For individuals with significant foot issues, foot doctors often recommend custom orthotics. As their name indicates, custom orthotics are made according to the individual needs of each patient. Only after a thorough examination of the patient’s foot structure and medical condition are custom orthotics made. As a result, individuals with custom orthotics typically enjoy more comprehensive relief. The superior quality of custom orthotics also guarantees better long-term foot health.

    Are you a candidate for custom orthotics? To find out how these devices can ease your chronic foot pain, call Family Foot Center at (718) 878-4134. Podiatrist Dr. Stanley Zawada and his team of foot specialists can see to it that you receive the swift and effective foot care you deserve. Stop by and see us in Queens to learn more about our foot care services. 

    Everyday Foot Care Tips

    Last updated 22 days ago

    Your feet play an integral role in your quality of life. Consider for a moment how difficult it would be to go to work, get around the house, or see your friends if your feet were in constant pain. Yet when practicing preventive health, many people overlook the needs of their feet. To keep your feet as healthy as possible, keep in mind these simple yet effective foot care tips:

    Exercise Your Feet

    Do you consider yourself an active person? Then you might already be giving your feet the workout they need to stay healthy and strong. If you lack a consistent exercise routine, though, you may be inadvertently contributing to the decline of your feet health. The feet contain many muscles, and like all muscle tissue, they require regular physical exertion to maintain their strength and flexibility. Running and walking are just two types of exercise that can keep your feet in shape.

    Support Your Feet

    No matter if you’re running a marathon or running late for work, your feet need constant footwear support. Each time your foot makes contact with the ground, it absorbs pressure from it. Rather than let your feet bear this impact hundreds or even thousands of times each day, you can purchase supportive footwear to alleviate stress on your feet. Women should especially take note of their footwear choices, as high heels and other fashionable shoe options may not provide the type of support that the feet need for optimal health.

    Cleanse Your Feet

    As many people can attest, a single afternoon of running errands in sandals can coat feet in a grimy layer of dirt and other contaminants. When left on the feet for an extended period of time, these elements can cause the buildup of bacteria, which can put your feet at risk for infections. To ensure that your feet stay germ and infection-free, thoroughly wash them each day. You can further prevent the accumulation of bacteria by wearing protective footgear, including natural fiber socks and breathable shoes.

    Family Foot Center wants you to enjoy your best foot health. Our Whitestone office provides a wide range of treatment services for those in the greater Queens area. So if you suffer from bunions, hammertoes, or another foot problem, call us today at (718) 878-4134 to schedule an appointment.

    Outsmarting Diabetes by Managing Your Foot Health

    Last updated 29 days ago

    Diabetes is a life-changing diagnosis that affects everything from the way you eat to how you care for your feet. If you have diabetes, it is imperative that you establish a good relationship with a podiatrist to minimize the negative effects to your feet and monitor for injuries and complications that could lead to amputation if left unchecked.

    In this video, you’ll learn a few tips for protecting your foot health with diabetes. Activities such as checking your feet regularly for discoloration or injury, wearing specialized footwear, and staying active are all excellent practices. Watch the clip to learn more.

    At Family Foot Center, our foot doctor understands how diabetes affects your life and feet, and is here to help you manage this aspect of the condition. Call (718) 878-4134 today to schedule an appointment in the Queens, Whitestone and surrounding areas.


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