How Wearing Sandals Affects Your Foot Health

Inadequate support and exposure to the elements can wreak havoc on your feet. This video discusses the damage your sandals can do to your podiatric health.

If your shoes fail to provide shock absorption, the bones of the feet bear the brunt of impact every time you take a step. Because of their thin soles, sandals typically offer little to no defense against these shock forces. The minimal skin coverage of sandals can also lead to foot problems. The skin on the feet is already drier than the skin on other areas of the body, and when it experiences continual friction from your sandals, it can increase the risk of skin damage and infection.

Let Family Foot Center in Whitestone look after your total foot health. For more information on our services, call (718) 878-4134. You can also stop by and see us in Queens to speak with a member of our podiatry staff about your foot problems.

2017-06-08T12:11:33+00:00 April 28th, 2015|

Discovering Common Causes of Heel Pain

When taking a step means dealing with disabling pain, it can become a challenge to walk even the length of a room. Heel discomfort is a common problem that can stem from many conditions. However, it is also a treatable issue. If you suffer from heel pain, don’t wait another day to contact a foot doctor. A podiatrist can identify the cause of your discomfort and determine the appropriate course of action to treat it. Here’s a brief overview of some of the common causes of heel pain.

Stress Fractures

Are you an athlete? Whether you compete at a professional or amateur level, your athletic endeavors may be the source of your heel pain. High-impact sports, including running, basketball, and football, can put hundreds of pounds of pressure on your feet. When you perform at a high level over an extended period of time, you may incur stress fractures in your heel. Though small, these fractures can cause significant pain and impede your athletic activities.


Arthritis is generally caused by a breakdown of the bone and cartilage in the joints. However, it can also result from an accumulation of uric acid. Uric acid has an inflammatory effect on the joints, and if it collects in the lower foot area, it can cause heel pain. This condition, known as gout, often results from the body trying to process meat products.

Plantar Fasciitis

One of the most prevalent causes of heel pain is plantar fasciitis. The plantar fascia is a band of tissue that runs the length of the foot. It is responsible for the creation of the foot arch. Like other tissues, though, the plantar fascia can develop inflammation. When it experiences overuse from athletic activities, the plantar fascia can become swollen and tender, which may result in heel pain.

Family Foot Center offers comprehensive foot and ankle pain relief for those residing in the Whitestone, Queens, Bayside, and Flushing communities. Dr. Stanley J. Zawada is a podiatrist with more than two decades of professional experience who can help you move and walk again without pain. For more information on our services, call (718) 878-4134.

2017-06-08T12:11:56+00:00 April 21st, 2015|

Plantar Warts Basics

Warts are benign skin growths, and one of the most common types of warts is the plantar wart. Plantar warts grow specifically on the feet, and children and adults alike are susceptible to getting them. Like other warts, plantar warts develop due to the transmission of HPV, a type of virus. What makes plantar warts so easily transferable is that direct contact with an infected person is not necessary for infection. Just walking on a surface that was stepped on by someone with plantar warts may be enough to spread them. Because of this, foot doctors often recommend wearing shoes when in public spaces, such as gyms and community swimming pools. Should a person develop plantar warts, laser or freezing treatment can quickly and safely remove them.

Plantar warts can be both upsetting and uncomfortable. If you suffer from plantar warts, foot doctor Stanley J. Zawada can help. Call (718) 878-4134 to speak with a Family Foot Center associate about your needs. Our Queens-area practice offers treatment for many foot issues, including plantar warts.

2017-05-31T23:20:41+00:00 April 14th, 2015|

Factors to Consider When Buying Shoes

Some men and women tend to think of shoes as only fashion accessories. While it’s true that footwear can complement attire, it also serves a more essential objective: to protect your feet. When shopping for shoes, though, many people disregard this important aspect and instead purchase footwear for its look rather than its purpose. As a result, they eventually suffer from foot pain or injury that requires the help of a podiatrist. To avoid the discomfort and danger of inferior footwear, keep the following factors in mind when looking for your next pair of shoes.


Good fit is a key component of proper footwear. Shoes that provide either too little or too much room can have a negative effect on the health of your feet. Overly small shoes can cause crowding in the toe area and lead to the development of hammertoes and bunions. Footwear that is too large may also be a problem if the foot slides inside it, which can cause instability and skin irritation.


When considering your footwear options, look for shoes that will support your foot. The arch of the shoe, in particular, should provide adequate support. Without this support, pressure from both body weight and rigid walking surfaces can cause foot arches to drop. The design of a shoe may also produce abnormal foot alignment issues. High heels are one example of shoes with poor support, as they create an irregular positioning of the foot.


Even when your shoes are the right size and provide suitable support, they may still lead to foot problems. If your shoes are made from delicate materials that can easily tear or leave your feet vulnerable to the elements, you can suffer from cuts, bruises, and other injuries. Before making a shoe purchase, be sure to consider not only the size and support of potential footwear, but also its sturdiness.

Are your shoes the source of your foot pain? Call (718) 878-4134 today to set up a consultation at Family Foot Center in Whitestone. Dr. Stanley J. Zawada can examine your feet and help you get to the root of your pain.

2017-05-31T23:24:14+00:00 April 7th, 2015|