Outsmarting Diabetes by Managing Your Foot Health

Diabetes is a life-changing diagnosis that affects everything from the way you eat to how you care for your feet. If you have diabetes, it is imperative that you establish a good relationship with a podiatrist to minimize the negative effects to your feet and monitor for injuries and complications that could lead to amputation if left unchecked.

In this video, you’ll learn a few tips for protecting your foot health with diabetes. Activities such as checking your feet regularly for discoloration or injury, wearing specialized footwear, and staying active are all excellent practices. Watch the clip to learn more.

At Family Foot Center, our foot doctor understands how diabetes affects your life and feet, and is here to help you manage this aspect of the condition. Call (718) 767-5555 today to schedule an appointment in the Queens, Whitestone and surrounding areas.

2017-06-08T12:19:13+00:00 October 28th, 2014|

Your Guide to Selecting the Right Shoes

Selecting the right shoes can spare you from a number of foot ailments including ingrown toenails, athlete’s foot, and foot pain. When it comes to buying new shoes, it is important to consider the support they offer, the degree to which they fit you, and the comfort they provide. Here is your guide to selecting the right shoes.

Support

If you want to avoid foot problems, it is crucial that you find shoes that provide sufficient support for your feet. Support comes from many areas of the shoe including the top of the shoe, the heel, the arch, and the front. A substantial amount of your body weight is supported by your heel. Cushioning in these areas absorbs impact and spares your muscles and bones while still allowing your feet to flex and move.

Fit

No matter how good you may look in a certain pair of shoes, you should only buy them if they are available in your size. Shoes that are too small may put too much pressure on your feet and toes, and shoes that are too large can fail to provide the right support in the right areas. This can easily lead to a variety of painful foot conditions that will have you visiting your podiatrist.

Comfort

A great way to gauge whether or not you are selecting the right pair of shoes is the comfort you feel when wearing them. Try them on in the store and walk around the aisles so you can get a feel for how comfortable (or uncomfortable) they are. If your feet slide around in them or feel squished, try a different size. If your feet feel unsupported, try a different pair of shoes or consider shoe inserts.

For more tips on how to select the right shoes, contact the Family Foot Center or visit our website. We provide the Whitestone area with podiatry services. If you would like to learn about how we can treat your foot pain, athlete’s foot, or ingrown toenails, visit our website or stop by and see us today. You can learn more about our services by calling us at (718) 767-5555.

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Symptoms of Sprained Ankles

A sprained ankle is a common injury that varies in severity. This is not the same as a twisted ankle, although a twisted ankle may also lead to a sprain. Typically the most pronounced symptom of a sprained ankle is pain. When you sprain your ankle you stretch the ligaments, sometimes to the point of tearing. This also causes swelling in the area. Swelling may begin immediately and there may be bruises as well. It will hurt when you move or touch your ankle. In some cases you may feel the tearing sensation and hear a snapping or popping sound. You will want to keep your weight off of your ankle if you experience any of these symptoms. More swelling and a higher level of pain typically indicates a more severe sprain.

The Family Foot Center provides the Whitestone, Bayside, Fresh Meadows, Flushing, and College Point areas with treatments for a variety of foot conditions. If you would like to learn more about our podiatry services, feel free to call us at (718) 767-5555 or visit our website. If you live in the Queens area, stop by and see our foot doctors today.

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Treating the Most Common Foot Issues

Each year, thousands of people go to the foot doctor because of painful foot conditions. Yet as common as some foot issues may be, many people delay going to a podiatrist. If you have any of the following foot conditions, know that you do not have to suffer needlessly. A foot doctor can quickly and conveniently address your needs with easy and comfortable treatment.

Ingrown Toenails

Do you suffer from redness and tenderness where your nail and toe skin meet? Then you may have an ingrown toenail. While healthy nails grow above the toe skin, an ingrown toenail penetrates the skin tissue and can cause both infection and chronic pain. Yet with a single visit to a podiatrist, you can find fast relief. First, a foot doctor can administer pain-reducing medication to alleviate your discomfort. Next, he can remove the section of nail embedded in your skin so that your toe can begin the healing process. In just a few hours, you can be pain-free once again.

Bunions

Many people with bunions not only experience the pain of their condition, but also see a visible change to the structure of their feet. This problem, which creates a projection of the big toe joint, can cause considerable discomfort and embarrassment for sufferers. In some cases, a foot doctor may only recommend a change of shoes to alleviate this problem. If more appropriate footwear cannot alleviate your condition, though, a podiatrist may need to perform corrective surgery to remedy the structural changes that bunions can cause.

Plantar Warts

Plantar warts are another foot condition that can lead to both clinical and cosmetic complications. These skin growths, which tend to develop in clusters at the base of the foot, can make any type of movement painful for those with them. Depending on the severity of this condition, plantar warts can also become highly visible to others. Over-the-counter topical treatments often cannot slow or eradicate the growth of plantar warts. However, professional treatment, which may involve freezing off the warts or manually removing them, can help patients find relief after just a few appointments.

Have you tried in vain to fix your foot problem? Then come to Family Foot Center for the fast and effective treatment you want. For more information on our foot care options for Whitestone residents, call (718) 767-5555 or visit our website.

2017-06-08T12:24:39+00:00 October 7th, 2014|