12-57 150th Street
Whitestone, New York 11357

718.767.5555

Dr. Stanley J. Zawada and the Family Foot Center staff have provided quality care to those suffering from foot pain and problems for more than 25 years.

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Getting Relief for Foot Calluses

Foot calluses are thick, hardened areas of skin that can be unsightly. If your callus refuses to go away or if you’re at risk of complications because of diabetes, it’s best to consult a podiatrist about your treatment options. This is because attempting to trim the callus by yourself can raise your risk of an infection. A podiatrist can use a scalpel to carefully pare down the excess skin. In some cases, podiatrists also apply a special patch to the area. The patch, which will contain about 40 percent salicylic acid, will help resolve the thickened skin.

Your podiatrist can also recommend self-care measures to take at home, such as applying an antibiotic ointment to the callus to reduce your risk of infection. The foot doctor can evaluate your need for foot orthotics and may measure you for a custom-made orthotic insert. This can help reduce your risk of recurrent calluses.

Family Foot Center offers speedy relief for all types of foot health problems—from corns and calluses to bone spurs and broken toes. You can reach us at (718) 767-5555 to let us know how we can help you improve your foot health in Whitestone.

Taking Steps to Prevent Diabetic Foot Complications

As a patient with diabetes, your podiatric medicine specialist is an important member of your care team. Since diabetes can compromise blood flow and nerve health, it is especially important for patients to seek podiatric care promptly when any changes to the feet occur. A podiatrist can also help you learn how to reduce your risk of life-changing complications by taking excellent care of your feet.

Improving Circulation

Patients with diabetes tend to have poor circulation because the blood vessels are prone to narrowing and hardening. To support healthy blood flow, talk to your doctor about managing your blood pressure and cholesterol levels. Get aerobic exercise on most days of the week, which stimulates blood circulation. While working out, be sure to wear supportive, properly fitting shoes. If you smoke, it’s critical that you kick the habit. Smoking further inhibits blood flow, suppresses the immune system, and contributes to slow-healing wounds that may later lead to amputation.

Facilitating Rapid Wound Healing

If you do develop a wound on your feet, you should see a podiatrist promptly to prevent additional complications like infections or delayed wound healing. Along with quitting smoking to support faster wound healing, your doctor may ask you to keep pressure off the affected foot until it heals. To accomplish this, you may be given a cast or brace, or you may be shown how to use assistive devices to move around without placing weight on your foot.

Wearing Proper Footwear

Wearing the right shoes can help diabetics reduce the risk of bunions, ingrown toenails, and blisters. Your podiatrist can help you find the right shoes for your needs. Choosing appropriate socks is also important. In general, podiatrists recommend socks that wick moisture away from the feet to reduce the risk of fungal infections.

At Family Foot Center, we firmly believe in the value of preventive care, particularly for patients with diabetes who are at risk of serious complications. Our podiatrists provide specialized care for patients who have diabetes and live in Whitestone. Give us a call today at (718) 767-5555 to discuss your foot care needs.

Why Early Treatment for Hammertoes Is Important

A hammertoe is a painful, disfiguring condition. Hammertoes occur because of heightened pressure on the tendons and joints of the toe, which causes it to bend abnormally. If you’ve developed hammertoes, you should know that it’s crucial to see a podiatric medicine specialist as quickly as possible. This is because when hammertoes first develop, they are known as flexible hammertoes. The podiatrist can still manipulate the toes at the joint. If you wait too long to see a doctor, the condition can progress to rigid hammertoe.

When rigid hammertoe develops, the joint is disfigured and immobile. Typically, patients with rigid hammertoes must undergo podiatric surgery to fix this painful condition. Waiting too long to seek treatment can also increase the risk of other complications, such as the development of sores that may become infected. Patients may find that it becomes difficult to walk with rigid hammertoes.

Patients who have been experiencing toe pain in the Whitestone area can turn to Family Foot Center for effective podiatric medicine solutions. Call us at (718) 767-5555 right away and we’ll set up a consultation for your hammertoes treatment.

Getting Rid of Corns

Corns are hard, raised bumps on the feet that can be quite painful, especially while you’re walking. If you’ve developed corns, you can talk to a foot doctor about your treatment options. A podiatrist can carefully trim the raised area. Some people may try to do this by themselves at home, but this isn’t a good idea because it may lead to infections and other complications.

Watch this video or consult a foot specialist for more tips on treating and preventing corns. This video recommends switching your shoes if your podiatrist thinks that your footwear is the cause of your corns. Choose footwear that gives your feet plenty of room. Some people may also benefit from shoe inserts.

At Family Foot Center, we’re dedicated to improving patients’ quality of life through better foot health. If you think you’ve developed corns on your feet, call us at (718) 767-5555 to schedule an appointment with our podiatrist in Whitestone.

Tips for Keeping Your Feet Fungus-Free

Are your feet persistently dry and itchy? You may have a fungal skin or toenail infection. Fungal infections are also indicated by brittle or crumbly nails, peeling and burning skin, and occasionally blisters or sores. Fungal infections are difficult to get rid of; it’s best to consult a podiatrist to get the care you need. A foot doctor can give you all the tips you need to improve your foot health and keep them fungus-free.

Practice Careful Hygiene

If you’re prone to developing foot fungal infections, it’s particularly important to keep your feet clean and dry. Give your feet an extra scrubbing with soap and water if you’ve been exercising or otherwise sweating a great deal. Be sure to dry your feet thoroughly with a clean towel. After scrubbing your feet, sprinkle them with an antifungal powder. You can also apply the powder to the insides of your shoes each day to help keep the fungus at bay.

Choose the Right Shoes

Your podiatrist may recommend tossing old shoes that you wore when your feet had an active fungal infection. When you purchase new shoes, you should select ones that are made of breathable material. If the weather permits, wear open-toed shoes. Alternating your shoes from day to day can also help; if you put on the same shoes each day, they won’t have enough time to dry out from the previous day’s sweat. Additionally, choose socks made of wicking fabric to keep moisture away from your skin.

Avoid Going Barefoot

Fungal infections can easily spread from person to person. Avoid walking around barefoot, especially in public places like gym locker rooms, shower areas, and pool areas. Instead, wear a pair of flip-flops in public shower areas.

Family Foot Center is your one-stop shop for foot health solutions in the Whitestone area. Our podiatrist will find the underlying cause of your problem, initiate medical treatment, and offer home care instructions to prevent the fungal infection from recurring. To learn more, give us a call at (718) 767-5555 today.

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