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    Common Foot Injuries

    Last updated 5 days ago

    Despite bearing all of your weight, your feet are fairly sensitive and more prone to injury than you might think. For one thing, feet and toes are very susceptible to broken bones, strains, sprains, and similar injuries. There is also a long list of diseases and conditions that can affect feet and toes, including bunions, plantar fasciitis, arthritis, Achilles tendinitis, bone spurs, and posterior tibial tendon dysfunction. 

    No matter what type of foot pain or problem you are experiencing, Dr. Stanley J. Zawada and the Family Foot Center staff can help. Visit your new foot doctor at the Family Foot Center in Whitestone, NY to learn how he can treat all of your foot ailments. If you have questions for Dr. Zawada or the Family Foot Center staff, call (718) 878-4134 today. 

    What are Bunions?

    Last updated 12 days ago

    Bunions are painful, enlarged growths on your big toe or smaller toe joints. Imbalanced shifting and uneven weight distribution can cause tendons and joints to develop hard, calloused growths that extend beyond the normal shape of your foot. In this video, Dr. Richard Jacoby, President of the Association of Extremity Nerve Surgeons and Director of the Scottsdale Neuropathy Institute, discusses bunions. In particular, Dr. Jacoby discusses why women are at a higher risk of developing bunions than men. 

    If you suffer from bunions, contact Dr. Stanley J. Zawada at the Family Foot Center in Whitestone, NY. For more than 25 years, Dr. Zawada has been one of the leading podiatrists in Queens. Visit our website or call us at (718) 878-4134 to learn how Dr. Zawada and the Family Foot Center staff can alleviate your foot problems, including bunions.  

    Finding Relief from Plantar Fasciitis

    Last updated 20 days ago

    You may not recognize the medical term plantar fasciitis, but if you have it you definitely feel its effects. That’s because plantar fasciitis is the most common cause of heel pain. The plantar fascia is the flat band of tissue that connects your heel bone to your tones and supports the arch of your foot. If you strain or injure your plantar fascia, or if it gets weak or inflamed, your heel and/or the bottom of your foot will hurt when you stand or walk. Fortunately, it’s easy to find relief from plantar fasciitis, especially if you work with a reputable foot doctor in Queens. Here’s how you can find relief from your heel pain. 

    Home Treatment
    Treatment for plantar fasciitis typically starts at home. Rest your feet and stop any activities that may be causing or exacerbating your heel pain. Make sure you are wearing supportive footwear. You may even want to ask your foot doctor about shoe inserts. Ice and heat can help reduce inflammation, as can ibuprofen, aspirin, and other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).

    Medication
    In addition to over-the-counter NSAIDs, your foot doctor may recommend corticosteroid shots if you have had symptoms of plantar fasciitis for more than six to eight weeks. Doctors may recommend shots sooner for some people depending on the pain and discomfort reported.

    Surgery
    Although approximately 95 percent of people who have plantar fasciitis are able to relieve heel pain using home treatment or medication, your foot doctor may recommend surgery if other treatments have not helped reduce your pain and discomfort. Plantar fascia release is the main type of surgery for plantar fasciitis, though other procedures can also help treat heel pain.

    If you suffer from plantar fasciitis, contact Dr. Stanley J. Zawada at the Family Foot Center in Whitestone, NY. For more than 25 years, Dr. Zawada has provided quality foot care for individuals suffering from foot pain and problems. Contact Dr. Zawada online or call the Family Foot Center at (718) 878-4134 to schedule an appointment

    Identifying Symptoms of Toenail Fungus

    Last updated 27 days ago

    Although most fungal toenail infections aren’t particularly painful at first, it can become uncomfortable or even painful to wear shoes, walk, or stand for a long time without treatment. It is not hard for your foot doctor to treat toenail fungus, so long as you seek treatment before the infection spreads. To help prevent this unsightly and sometimes painful infection, schedule an appointment with your podiatrist if you notice these symptoms of toenail fungus. 

    Thick Toenail
    Distal subungual onychomycosis affects both the nail and the skin underneath the nail. A brittle, broken, and thickened nail is a symptom of this fungal infection. A discolored and thickened nail that separates from the skin under the nail is also a sign of distal subungual onychomycosis. 

    Yellow Streaks
    Another visible sign of distal subungual onychomycosis is yellow streaks in the nail bed and on the underside of the nail. Inspect your toenails closely and schedule an appointment with your podiatrist if you notice unusual yellow streaks.

    White Spots
    White superficial onychomycosis is another type of toenail fungal infection that affects the nail surface. White spots on top of the toenail may be an indication of white superficial onychomycosis. Your foot doctor can treat this fungal infection so you can wear open-toed shoes without embarrassment all summer long.

    Powdery Nail Surface
    A soft and powdery nail surface is another symptom of white superficial onychomycosis. The condition will become more noticeable as the fungal infection gets worse. The sooner you visit your foot doctor, the sooner you can show off your toenails to the world.

    These symptoms can also be caused by eczema, psoriasis, and Reiter’s syndrome. If you are experiencing any of these signs, schedule an appointment with Dr. Stanley J. Zawada at the Family Foot Center. For more than 25 years, Dr. Zawada and the Family Foot Center staff have provided foot care for individuals in Queens. Contact us online or call us at (718) 878-4134 to set up an appointment. 

    Tips for Keeping Your Feet Healthy in the Summertime

    Last updated 1 month ago

    Hopefully you’ll be spending a lot more time outside this summer, but only if you take care of your feet. While you probably worry most about your abs and tan, healthy feet are the key to getting the most out of summer. When outdoor temperatures are hot and your feet are enclosed in tight shoes, your feet become the target of numerous foot problems, including eczema, psoriasis, blisters, and fungal infections. Your feet are in even more danger if you wear sandals every day. Here are some tips from the podiatrists at Family Foot Center that will help you keep your feet healthy all summer long.  

    Wash Your Feet
    Foot perspiration is a problem during the summer months, especially if you are prone to wearing tight shoes. Unfortunately, where there’s moisture, there’s the potential for fungal infection. Wash your feet several times a day if necessary, and be sure to dry your feet before putting your shoes and socks back on.

    Use Foot Powder
    One way to combat foot perspiration is to use foot powder. Foot powders help soak up excessive moisture that can breed fungi and bacteria. Lightly scented powder can also make your feet feel refreshed. Ask your podiatrist which foot powder is best for your feet.

    Wear Sunscreen
    Whether you wear sandals to the beach or heels to the market, make sure to put sunscreen on your feet before you step out into the sun. The skin on your feet is typically more sensitive to the sun’s powerful UV rays than other parts of your body, partially because you keep your feet hidden in socks and shoes most of the year.

    The friendly foot doctors at the Family Foot Center in Queens can help keep your feet healthy all summer long. Our podiatrists have provided quality care to those suffering from foot pain and problems for more than 25 years. Visit our website or call us at (718) 878-4134 to schedule an appointment with one of our foot doctors. 




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