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    What Are the Benefits of Custom Orthotics?

    Last updated 1 month 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 1 month 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 1 month 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.

    Your Guide to Selecting the Right Shoes

    Last updated 2 months ago

    Selecting the right shoes can spare you from a number of foot ailments including ingrown toenails, athlete’s foot, and foot pain. When it comes to buying new shoes, it is important to consider the support they offer, the degree to which they fit you, and the comfort they provide. Here is your guide to selecting the right shoes.

    Support

    If you want to avoid foot problems, it is crucial that you find shoes that provide sufficient support for your feet. Support comes from many areas of the shoe including the top of the shoe, the heel, the arch, and the front. A substantial amount of your body weight is supported by your heel. Cushioning in these areas absorbs impact and spares your muscles and bones while still allowing your feet to flex and move.

    Fit

    No matter how good you may look in a certain pair of shoes, you should only buy them if they are available in your size. Shoes that are too small may put too much pressure on your feet and toes, and shoes that are too large can fail to provide the right support in the right areas. This can easily lead to a variety of painful foot conditions that will have you visiting your podiatrist.

    Comfort

    A great way to gauge whether or not you are selecting the right pair of shoes is the comfort you feel when wearing them. Try them on in the store and walk around the aisles so you can get a feel for how comfortable (or uncomfortable) they are. If your feet slide around in them or feel squished, try a different size. If your feet feel unsupported, try a different pair of shoes or consider shoe inserts.

    For more tips on how to select the right shoes, contact the Family Foot Center or visit our website. We provide the Whitestone area with podiatry services. If you would like to learn about how we can treat your foot pain, athlete’s foot, or ingrown toenails, visit our website or stop by and see us today. You can learn more about our services by calling us at (718) 878-4134.

    Symptoms of Sprained Ankles

    Last updated 2 months ago

    A sprained ankle is a common injury that varies in severity. This is not the same as a twisted ankle, although a twisted ankle may also lead to a sprain. Typically the most pronounced symptom of a sprained ankle is pain. When you sprain your ankle you stretch the ligaments, sometimes to the point of tearing. This also causes swelling in the area. Swelling may begin immediately and there may be bruises as well. It will hurt when you move or touch your ankle. In some cases you may feel the tearing sensation and hear a snapping or popping sound. You will want to keep your weight off of your ankle if you experience any of these symptoms. More swelling and a higher level of pain typically indicates a more severe sprain.

    The Family Foot Center provides the Whitestone, Bayside, Fresh Meadows, Flushing, and College Point areas with treatments for a variety of foot conditions. If you would like to learn more about our podiatry services, feel free to call us at (718) 878-4134 or visit our website. If you live in the Queens area, stop by and see our foot doctors today. 




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