12-57 150th Street
Whitestone, New York 11357


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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Tips for Taking Care of Your Toenails

Your feet are your foundation, but many people don’t pay much attention to their toenails unless they notice unsightly toenail fungus or painful ingrown toenails. Taking good care of your toenails and being mindful of your overall foot health can help you prevent problems from occurring. If you do develop any toenail or foot issues, a visit to your local podiatrist can help you feel well again quickly.


It’s common to make mistakes when trimming the toenail. Your podiatrist can show you the right way to go about it. Use larger clippers for your toenails than you do for your fingernails. Before and after each trim, clean them with rubbing alcohol to reduce your risk of infection. Trim your toenails when they’re dry and make a series of small clips. The toenail should be trimmed straight across, rather than in a curved fashion. This reduces your risk of ingrown toenails. Additionally, avoid trimming the nails too short.


If you like to paint your toenails, you might be tempted to clip the cuticles, but this can cause bleeding and infection. Instead, invest in a cuticle stick, which should be available at your drugstore or beauty supply store. A cuticle stick lets you safely push the cuticles back.


Pedicures are a relaxing, refreshing experience, but they can sometimes invite foot problems like toenail infections. Choose a spa that follows strict sterilization policies. Ask your pedicurist to trim your toenails straight across and not to trim them too short. Do not allow the pedicurist to trim your cuticles. Space your pedicure appointments apart by at least eight weeks.


Toenail fungus is an uncomfortable and unsightly problem that can be challenging to get rid of. To reduce your risk, avoid walking barefoot in common areas. Wear sandals around public pools, locker rooms, and shower areas. Choose breathable socks and shoes, and avoid purchasing used shoes from consignment shops.

Do you suffer from ingrown toenails and live near Whitestone? Come visit the friendly podiatrist at Family Foot Center. Call our podiatry office at (718) 767-5555 or browse our website to read more about the conditions we treat.

What to Do if Your Toenail Falls Off

If your toe has sustained a severe injury, or you have a fungal infection that has resulted in a toenail falling off, then do not panic. In most cases, your toenail will grow back in about six months to a year. Depending on the severity of the injury or infection, you will want to call your podiatrist for medical advice on treating your toe.

In the event your toe has undergone trauma and it has resulted in the loss of the nail, then keep the toe clean and free of further damage until you see your podiatrist. He may wish to examine the toe for injury and give recommendations on keeping the nail area safe. If you have toenail fungus, you should see your podiatrist well before the nail is in danger of falling off. If the nail has fallen off, though, apply an antifungal medication to the nail area and call your doctor for further advice.

It can be traumatic when your toenail falls off, but Family Foot Center is here to help. At our foot center, we specialize in podiatric medicine near Whitestone, so you will be in safe hands once you call us at (718) 767-5555.

The Link Between Uric Acid Levels and Gout

Gout typically occurs in the big toe and can cause severe pain and inflammation, if it is not treated. If your podiatrist has told you that you have gout, you should start looking at the foods and drinks you consume, because these are causing a buildup of uric acid in your blood.

As you will learn in this video, uric acid is actually a product of proteins called purine. As urine breaks down, it produces uric acid, which will eventually be discharged from your body through your kidneys. If your kidneys are damaged, or you have an unhealthy diet that encourages excess uric acid production, then you could be in danger of gout.

Come down to Family Foot Center, your expert on podiatric medicine and gout near Whitestone. Call our foot center at (718) 767-5555 or visit us online to schedule your next appointment right away.

Plantar Warts: Symptoms, Treatments, and Prevention

Warts are a common occurrence in life, but that does not mean they cannot be treated. Podiatrists, also known as foot doctors, can treat the plantar warts that develop on the soles of your feet, causing great discomfort. If your feet have been in pain, and you think you may have warts, then you should make an appointment to see your podiatrist soon.


Plantar warts are similar to warts you may develop elsewhere on your body, but they may change in shape, color, and size the longer they remain on your feet. Typically, a wart will look like a fleshy growth on the bottom of your foot. Since plantar warts are located on the bottom of the foot, they may get pushed into the skin and develop a type of callus that covers the area. You may also notice tiny black spots where blood vessels have formed to deliver blood to the wart. The wart can become painful, as if you have a rock in your shoe whenever you walk or stand.


Many times, a plantar wart will disappear on its own, but this may take over a year. There are some over-the-counter medications that can treat the area, but if the warts return or the treatment did not get rid of them, then visit your podiatrist. Your foot doctor may prescribe one of several medications or therapies, depending on the severity of the condition. Common treatments include an application of a peeling or freezing medication. Other treatments may include topical acids, minor surgery to remove the wart, or the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine.


To prevent any type of wart infection, you should avoid contact with anyone’s warts, including your own. Use disposable emery boards, or refrain from using one that was used by someone else. Wear foot protection around pools or recreation centers where warts have been found.

If you have been suffering from bunions, fungus, or plantar warts in Whitestone, then call Family Foot Doctor at (718) 767-5555. With Dr. Stanley Zawada, you will receive complete care and understanding about any and all of your foot concerns.

Exploring Common Myths About Hammertoes

Because of myths related to hammertoes and podiatry as a whole, patients can become injured to the point of surgery and even amputation. Continue reading to learn about common hammertoe myths that, if believed, could see your feet become very unhealthy.

Myth #1: Hammertoes always require surgery.

Though surgery is a common treatment option for hammertoes, it is not always the first suggestion your podiatrist will make. If the condition is caught early enough, then your podiatrist may suggest wearing specially-made shoes or shoes that fit larger on your feet. He may also suggest toe stretches and exercises that will work the muscles of the toes and relieve some of the pain. If these methods do not work, or the condition has progressed too far, podiatric surgery may be the best course of action.

Myth #2: Corns are unconnected to hammertoes.

Corns are typically a result of developing a hammertoe. A corn is a collection of skin that develops on the knuckle or tip of a toe. The toe has usually been rubbing the inside of a shoe because of various reasons that may lead to a hammertoe. Many patients may resort to over-the-counter corn pads to remove the corn, or they may even cut it off themselves. This is considered very dangerous and can lead to infection or amputation of the toe. Consult with your podiatrist before administering any medication at home.

Myth #3: Hammertoes are only caused by arthritis.

There are many misunderstandings and inconsistencies about how hammertoes develop. There are four common ways that may affect the development of a hammertoe, including arthritis. The most common hammertoe cause comes from wearing tight or high-heeled shoes regularly. As the toes crowd, the middle toes receive the most amount of pressure and begin to curl downward, causing a hammertoe. Other causes may be hereditary or bunions that cause pressure on the toes.

Don’t hurt your feet because of common myths. Visit Family Foot Center to have your hammertoes in Whitestone and any other podiatry problem checked out. We are available online or at (718) 767-5555.

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