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Patient Testimonial 5 Star Review

Dr Stanley J Zawada at Family Foot Center in Whitestone Queens NY is the neighborhood podiatrist near you. Here is a patient testimonial:

Chris Mastorakis
5 Star Review

“I’ve been a patient of Dr Zawadas for about 8 years now. I’ve had foot issues my whole life I’m very flat footed and work in heavy construction. I had plantar fasciitis that he treated. My feet used to always hurt now any issue I ever have the Dr and his wonderful staff take care of right away. And his staff is the best. Always there to answer the phone not a robot. Calling Lori is a pleasure as compared to calling other Drs offices!! I highly recommend This practice.”

Patient Testimonial 5 Star Review

Dr Stanley J Zawada at Family Foot Center in Whitestone Queens NY is the neighborhood podiatrist near you.
Here is a patient testimonial:
David Plonsky
5 Star Review
“Dr. Zawada is both professional and friendly. I highly recommend this practice!”

Patient Testimonial 5 Star Review

Dr Stanley J Zawada at Family Foot Center in Whitestone Queens NY is the neighborhood podiatrist near you.
Here is a patient testimonial:
5 Star Review
“I love coming to doctor Zowadas practice. He had great bed side manners, makes my ankle and feet feel normal again. Listens to your problems with your foot or ankle and tries to help you as much as he can . Would recommend him any day of the week over any other podiatrist in New York.”

Foot Infections

Foot infections can come from different sources: a metabolic condition (such as diabetes, peripheral vascular diseases, etc) or trauma to the foot.

In both cases, the infection has to be treated immediately. If not, the infection can spread and more drastic measures might need to be taken.

Infections ordinarily develop after the foot’s skin has been injured or wounded. From there, the affected area becomes inflamed as a normal and protective response from the body’s immune system. When damaged tissue is irritated, the immune system will increase blood flow to the area. This is what causes swelling, redness and warmth. The extra blood (swelling) may end up putting pressure near the affected areas which may cause further discomfort.

This is different from an inflammation as those tend to occur in the joints or extremities. Inflammations may happen when a part of the body is overused. Inflammation may also accompany an injury.

Initially, it may be hard to tell an infection and inflammation apart. Therefore it’s vital to evaluate the symptoms the moment they begin appearing.

There are also different forms of infections that one can get and each needs to be addressed and looked after.

A common one is a fungal infection — more commonly known as athlete’s foot. Next, is a viral infection which can come from a wound in a plantar wart. This is a reminder to never pick at warts as this may lead to an infection and will actually worsen the case.

There are also skin infections (cellulitis). A pus-filled pocket could form under the skin surface or deep within the tissue. This is called an abscess. These are quite tricky because you don’t want them to pop under the skin’s surface or without proper medical supervision as this could lead to a graver and more severe infection.

There could be a joint infection (such as septic arthritis), bursa infection ( septic bursitis), and bone infection (osteomyelitis).
If you have any of these symptoms, you should have the condition professionally evaluated:

  • Increased pain
  • Swelling
  • Redness
  • Warmth around the affected area
  • Red streaks extending from the affected area
  • Pus draining from the area
  • Fever

If you have, or think you may have a foot infection, please don’t hesitate, call
Family Foot Center at 718-767-5555.

Is surgery a good idea for bunions?

Bunion PhotoStudies show that up to thirty percent of adults aged eighteen to sixty-five will develop some form of a bunion on either one foot or both in their lifetime.
Bunions are considered aesthetically unpleasing and quite uncomfortable when wearing certain footwear.  However, Family Foot Center of Whitestone, Queens, New York has a solution to your bunions and will leave both you and your feet looking and feeling happy!

What Is A Bunion?

If you look down at your foot and see a bump developing to the side and bottom of your big toe, that is a bunion.  It is a deformity that occurs at the base of the big toe and pushes on the bones and related soft tissue structures deforming and stretching them.  Bunions are commonly genetic and passed down from one generation to another.  If one or both of your parents or grandparents had one you have a greater chance of getting one too.
Women who wear high heeled and tight fitting shoes which change the natural curvature and arch of the foot are at great risk for bunion formation.  Bunions develop at the base of the joint, making it painful to walk and engage in athletic activities.  The feet carry the entire weight of the body and the skin over a bunion will become inflamed from shoe pressure.

Surgery For Bunions

Bunion surgery, or a “Bunionectomy” is a common outpatient procedure performed daily in Podiatry Centers.  This procedure begins with an incision on the top or side of the large toe joint.  The area is put to sleep with a local anesthetic, but general anesthesia is rarely necessary.  Then the surgeon will remove the unwanted soft tissue and extra bone growths and reset the bones back to their proper position.  In total, this procedure will take about an hour or so.  Small surgical hardware such as wires, screws and plates may be used to secure the new positions of the bones and ensure that everything stays in place.  Recovery time is minimal and you will be back up on your newly shapen feet in no time!
If you are experiencing what seems to be a bunion, visit the Family Foot Center of Whitestone, Queens, New York for an evaluation.  Dr. Zawada will complete a comprehensive examination of both your feet and will let you know what the best surgical or non-invasive approach and procedure plan would be for your feet.  No two feet are the same, so make sure they are in good hands!
Professional treatment begins with taking your history, an examination, X-rays, and is followed by a treatment plan.
• Prescription pain reliever
• Medication to reduce swelling
• Custom shoe inserts (orthotics)
• Specially designed shoes
• Bunion Surgery
If you have or think you might have a bunion, or suffer from pain that might be due to a bunion, don’t hesitate.
Call FAMILY FOOT CENTER at 718-767-5555.