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    Tips for Keeping Your Feet Healthy in the Summertime

    Last updated 2 months 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) 767-5555 to schedule an appointment with one of our foot doctors. 

    Common Types of Fungal Nail Infection

    Last updated 2 months ago

    There are four major types of fungal nail infection. They are named for the area where the infection starts. Distal subungual onychomycosis (DSO) infects the skin under the end of the nail and in the nail itself. DSO is the most common type of fungal nail infection and is caused by the same fungi that cause most cases of athlete’s foot. White superficial onychomycosis (WSO) affects the top layer of the nail. WSO is the second most common type of fungal nail infection, followed by candida onychomycosis and proximal subungual onychomycosis (PSO).

    If you notice any of the symptoms of fungal nail infection, schedule a free consultation with Dr. Stanley J. Zawada and the Family Foot Center staff. For over 25 years, the Family Foot Center has provided quality foot care for individuals in Queens. Visit our website or call us at (718) 767-5555 to schedule an appointment with one of our skilled foot doctors

    Preventing Diabetes Foot Complications

    Last updated 2 months ago

    Foot care is incredibly important for individuals with diabetes. Unfortunately, it is estimated that 25 percent of all diabetics will develop a foot ulcer at some time in their lives. To prevent ulceration, you need to start taking foot care seriously. That’s because diabetes affects circulation to your feet which leads to a variety of foot problems. Proper footwear and daily foot care are essential for protecting your feet and toes if you have diabetes. To learn more, watch this short video presentation.

    Dr. Stanley J. Zawada and the Family Foot Center staff can take care of all of your foot care needs. We provide full-service podiatric care, including physical treatment, medicine, and surgery. Visit our website to schedule a free consultation with one of our skilled foot doctors in Queens, or call us at (718) 767-5555. 

    How to Take Care of Your Plantar Fasciitis

    Last updated 3 months ago

    Have you been diagnosed with plantar fasciitis? This foot problem can make even a trip to the kitchen a painful proposition. While your podiatrist can administer medication and other forms of treatment to assuage your symptoms, you too can take steps at home to alleviate your condition.

    Assess Your Footwear
    Pain and stiffness from plantar fasciitis can persist when you fail to wear supportive shoes, so take a few minutes to inspect your footwear. Do they have adequate arch construction? Are they too short or narrow for your feet? Having shoes that properly fit your feet and support your arches can lessen your plantar fasciitis symptoms. Getting the right athletic footwear is especially important, as running, jumping, and other weight-bearing exercises can produce hundreds of pounds of force on your feet.

    Switch to a New Sport
    Physical activity is integral to enjoying a healthy mind and body, but if your choice of exercise is contributing to your plantar fasciitis, you may want to consider altering your workout regimen. As mentioned, any sport that generates pressure on the plantar fascia can cause a flare-up of your plantar fasciitis problems. If you normally run, play basketball, or engage in another activity that keeps you on your feet, try a new activity. Both biking and swimming can reduce the incidence of stress on your feet and calm your plantar fasciitis discomfort.

    Warm Up Your Feet
    Regardless of your exercise routine, you can help your plantar fasciitis by giving your feet a quick workout each day. The plantar fascia is usually at its most vulnerable in the morning since it has been out of use for several hours. This tends to make it stiff, which can increase pain. To ward off discomfort, make feet warmups part of your morning ritual. Loosen the plantar fascia by rolling a ball under your feet or gently stretch your toes to heat up affected ligaments.

    Don’t let plantar fasciitis prevent you from living a full and healthy life. Family Foot Center can provide the treatment options you need to alleviate this painful condition. For more information on how our Whitestone office can help you, call (347) 625-5256

    Causes and Treatment Options for Ingrown Toenails

    Last updated 3 months ago

    Ingrown toenails are a common foot problem that can worsen with time if not treated properly. An ingrown toenail occurs when the nail begins to grow into the skin of the toe, rather than remain inside the confines of the nail bed. Keep reading to discover some of the common causes of ingrown toenails and how your podiatrist will treat them to relieve pain and prevent infection.

    Causes of Ingrown Toenails

    Ingrown toenails occur for many reasons. Clipping your toenails too short or rounding the edges when you cut them can cause the nail to grow into the skin of your foot. Thicker toenails may be more likely to become ingrown if you cut them improperly. Picking at your toenails or tearing the corners can also increase your risk of developing an ingrown toenail. Pressure exerted by shoes that are too tight can also cause toenail problems, especially if you are an athlete.

    Treatments for Ingrown Toenails

    Treatment for ingrown toenails focuses on eliminating the ingrown nail and treating any infection or swelling it may have caused. If you have an ingrown toenail that is not infected, you can soften the nail by soaking your foot in warm water three to four times a day. As the nail grows out, trim it straight across, rather than in a rounded fashion. If you cannot treat your ingrown toenail at home or it appears to be infected, visit a podiatrist. You may be given medication to treat the infection before it spreads to the rest of your foot. A podiatrist can also remove the part of the toenail that is causing the problem. This is done during a short in-office procedure.

    Dr. Stanley J. Zawada of the Family Foot Center offers treatment of ingrown toenails, bunions, plantar warts, corns, arthritis, and more in Whitestone, Bayside, Queens, and Flushing. Contact our office today by calling (718) 767-5555 to schedule your free foot health consultation. You can find additional information about common foot conditions on our blog.


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