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Wearing Wrong Shoes Can Be Very Painful

shoe foot painCan shoes cause my foot pain?

When we think of footwear, we often think about the aesthetics of how a high heel may make us look.  We think about how these shoes will make us feel taller, more confident and will dress up any outfit. However, we often neglect to think about how this will make the bones, joints, ligaments and tendons in our feet react.  Putting an unnatural arch or pressure on our toes and the soles of our feet may not sound as appealing in those stilletos!

Starting From The Bottom

Studies show that nearly all American adults suffer from some sort of joint or muscle pain.  Some of the most common pain is Sciatica (or lower back pain) as well as hip and cervical spine (neck) discomfort.  Very few patients realize that this pain can actually originate from the shoes which they choose. The natural arch in the foot must be preserved and most shoes (from sneakers to flip flops) available in stores today do not offer this necessary support.

Ask The Doc Before You Shop!

Before going to the mall or your local boutique in search of a new pair of shoes for work or a special event, consult the expert: your podiatrist! They will evaluate the condition of your feet and will advise you of the best options. The curvature of your feet will be precisely measured, as well as the structure of the inner structures of the toes.  Shoes which tend to “pinch” the toes or elevate the foot beyond it’s natural range of motion can cause detrimental pain later down the road.

Call Whitestone Podiatry today to schedule your footwear consultation. Our doctor and experienced, professional staff will have you feeling stylish in comfort!

Family Foot Center – Podiatrist in North Queens or Flushing New York

Need a Podiatrist in North Queens or Flushing New York?

FAMILY FOOT CENTER, in the Whitestone Village of North Queens and Flushing , is at 1257 150th Street, between 12th Road and 14th Avenue, across the street from Freddy’s Pizza and down the street from Cherry Valley.

Call toll free 888-718-1257 for your appointment!

With over 20 years of experience treating ingrown toenails, heel pain, arch pain, warts, corns, calluses, fungal toenails, athletes foot and so much more, you benefit and get better fast!

State-of-the-art technology treats sprained ankles, broken feet and broken toes.

The Board-Certified doctors of FAMILY FOOT CENTER are experts in handling hammertoes, bunions and flatfoot corrections.

All insurance, union and other health plans are taken that let us treat you!

Visit Whitestone Podiatry dot com or call toll free 888-718-1257 today and start feeling better faster!

Foot Massages For Foot Pain

Foot Massage for foot painOur feet are very hardworking, essential parts of our body.  They help us with strength, mobility and thousands of movements we perform everyday.  The simple rule is: no feet, no go.  Not without some sort of artificial aid like a wheelchair, artificial limb and the like. However, far too many of our feet go forgotten when it comes to healthcare. We take care of our teeth by visiting the dentist, our minds by allowing time to rest and our hearts and lungs by going to our primary care doctors.  Our feet are often left neglected, but that can easily change!

Feet Are Fun!

The average adult takes over 5,000 to 7,000 steps every day, which is equivalent to about 2.5 to 3.5 miles!  Not only is this a lot of motion and movement, but all while we put our entire body weight and more on our feet!  If you have any doubts about how much pressure goes through every step we take just put your hand on the floor and have someone walk on on your hand.  This will be an “impressive” experience, to say the least!  With all that walking comes extensive wear, tear and the need for care!  Visiting your podiatrist regularly will have them professionally examined for any signs of corns, calluses, fungus, deformities or muscular ailments.  Doing so  will ensure that you can continue being on the go, no matter where the road (or your favorite sneakers!) takes you!

Moisture And Massages

The majority of us have a sedentary work environment where there is not much opportunity for exercise during the day.  This can be especially hard on our feet, especially while wearing formal footwear like high heels, which are not the ideal type of footwear for our feet.  A fifteen minute foot massage every evening before going to bed can improve circulation in and out of the feet and if combined with lotions, can also help moisturize dry skin.  These short nightly massages have been proven to have a variety of benefits beyond circulation.  They improve mobility of the lower extremities, reduce muscle soreness and even strengthen the feet and ankles to help prevent future injuries from occurring.

Call 917.563.4193 to schedule your consultation and see how your feet can start working for you!

Could You Benefit from Orthotics?


The shoes you purchase already come with insoles, but they might not be enough to support your foot health. Your podiatrist may recommend that you use over-the-counter (OTC) or custom orthotic inserts. Orthotics give your feet superior cushioning and support exactly where you need it most, such as under a high foot arch or a painful heel. Orthotics are also a good choice for people who are prone to plantar fasciitis.

Watch this featured video for an in-depth look at custom orthotics. It explains that orthotics can help relieve painful symptoms that affect your feet, knees, hips, and back. They’re also a good choice for patients with foot arthritis and neuromas.

Family Foot Center in Whitestone is pleased to offer a full range of foot health services, including thorough assessments and orthotics. You can call us at (718) 767-5555 to request an appointment with our podiatrist.

Recognizing the Symptoms of Hammertoes

Hammertoes are deformities that can affect one or both joints of the little toes. This condition involves the abnormal bending of the toes. If you suspect you have hammertoes, it’s essential to see a podiatrist right away. Hammertoes are much more easily treated when they are detected early. Otherwise, a foot surgeon may need to correct the problem. The most obvious sign that you could have hammertoes is the visible deformity of the toes. The joint of the toe will be bent upwards. In the early stages, it’s still possible to move the toe back into its proper position, although the toe may be stiff and it may hurt when you move it.

Other possible signs of hammertoes include pain at the top of the toes when you put on shoes. It may become difficult to find shoes that fit comfortably. The area at the top of the toes may also develop corns and calluses.

If you think you might have hammertoes and you live near Whitestone, you can find the effective solutions you need at Family Foot Center. Give us a call today at (718) 767-5555 and we’ll get to work reclaiming your foot health.