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    What is Gout and How Does it Affect Your Feet?

    Last updated 1 month ago

    Gout can be caused by a number of events, and it affects various parts of your body. Gout is a form of arthritis that is caused by a buildup of uric acid. This can occur if your kidneys are not effectively filtering uric acid or if you eat an abundance of purine-heavy foods. Many people realize that they have gout after an attack on their big toes. Gout causes your big toe to become red, swollen, stiff, and warm. It is also very painful. This condition may affect joints like your heels and ankles, as well as your insteps. If you are suffering from gout, talk to your podiatrist about treatment options.

    If you would like to know more about gout, please do not hesitate to contact Family Foot Center or visit our website. We are a podiatry practice that serves the Queens area. For more information about the services our foot doctors provide, please give us a call at (718) 878-4134 or stop in and meet with us today.

    What are Curved Toes?

    Last updated 1 month ago

    Curved toes may look strange, but it’s the pain they cause that’s the real concern. In serious cases surgery may even be necessary to correct curved toes. If you suffer from curved toes, talk to your podiatrist about possible solutions. Keep reading to take a closer look at the different types and causes of curved toes. 


    If you notice that one or more of your toes is bending downwards, you may have a hammer toe. In this case the middle joint of the toe rises up. Hammer toes usually occur in the toes directly adjacent to the big toe and typically occur with bunions.


    Claw toes create a claw shape by curling up and then down to the ground. The toe points upward at the toe and foot joint, and then curls downwards at the middle joint. This may occur in all four of your smaller toes, though curved toes are not typically seen in big toes.


    Like the hammer toe, mallet toe usually occurs in the toe next to the big toe. A mallet toe is normal until the joint furthest from the foot, where it bends downward. This may impair your ability to walk or cause calluses on the affected toe.


    Curved toes such as hammer, claw, and mallet toes are often caused by improper footwear. Tight shoes may constrict your toes and force them into awkward positions. Shoes can also interfere with the muscles in your toes; when they are kept in an awkward position for too long they may be unable to return to normal. Curved toes are more common among women who wear high heels and shoes that have narrow toes. This condition is sometimes acquired as a result of a trauma or injury to the foot or ankle.

    Family Foot Center is a podiatry practice in Queens. If you would like to know more about our services please feel free to call us at (718) 878-4134 or visit our website. If you live in the area, stop in and meet with us to find out more about what our foot doctors can do for you. 

    Got Bunions? Here's a Look at What Could be Causing Them

    Last updated 2 months ago

    A bunion is a bony bump that forms on the joint at the base of your big toe or on the joint of your little toes. A bulging bump is often the most noticeable symptom of a bunion, though persistent or intermittent pain and restricted movement of your big toe can also mean that you have a bunion on your foot. Luckily, your podiatrist can easily treat bunions so you can walk comfortably. Here is a look at what could be causing your bunions and how your podiatrist can help treat them. 

    Pressure Imbalance
    The most common cause of bunions is a pressure imbalance on your big toe. In other words, bunions develop when the pressures of bearing and shifting your weight fall unevenly on the joints and tendons in your feet. This imbalance makes your big toe join unstable, and eventually causes the joint to mold into a hard knob that bulges and juts out beyond the normal shape of your foot.

    Deformities or Inherited Foot Type
    Congenital foot or joint problems can also cause bunions later on in your life. Some inherited foot types, such as flat feet and extended arches, may also cause the pressure imbalances that cause bunions to develop. If you have congenital feet problems, visit your podiatrist to learn about shoe inserts that can help prevent bunions and other discomfort.

    If you have bunions, Dr. Stanley J. Zawada and the Family Foot Center staff can help. Dr. Zawada and the Family Foot Center has provided quality care to those suffering from foot pain and problems for over 25 years. Call (718) 767-5555 to learn how your foot doctor at the Family Foot Center in Whitestone, NY can help with all of your foot problems. 

    Common Foot Injuries

    Last updated 3 months 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) 767-5555 today. 

    What are Bunions?

    Last updated 3 months 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) 767-5555 to learn how Dr. Zawada and the Family Foot Center staff can alleviate your foot problems, including bunions.  


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