The Healthy Way to Cut Your Toenails

The simple act of cutting your toenails may not seem to have much to do with podiatric medicine; however, as podiatrists caution, improper toenail cutting can cause painful ingrown toenails.

In this video, a foot doctor advises patients to cut toenails immediately after you shower, when the nails are soft. Podiatry favors using a proper toenail clipper to cut nails straight across. To prevent ingrown toenails, try to leave one millimeter of white on the tops of nails. Avoid cutting into the sides of nails, as this may also lead to ingrown toenails.

For more tips from a podiatrist in Whitestone, contact Family Foot Center of Whitestone. You can reach our foot center by calling us at (718) 767-5555.

2017-06-08T02:59:31+00:00 February 24th, 2016|

Taking Steps to Get Ready for Your Foot Surgery

If your foot doctor in Whitestone has advised you that you need podiatric surgery, it is important to follow his or her instructions exactly. Whether you need surgery for plantar fasciitis, bunions, or bone spurs, surgery at a family foot center is a serious endeavor. To get the best results and minimize pain, be sure to follow your podiatrist’s aftercare instructions. As you prepare for your surgery, keep reading to learn why you should plan time off, enlist help, and select a place to rest before your procedure.

Plan Time Off

Before you visit your foot doctor for podiatric surgery, you should make sure to plan ahead to take time off work. Your foot health depends upon you following your foot center’s instructions exactly. Foot surgery may require you to be out of work from anywhere from 3 weeks to 6 months, depending on your surgery and the level of physical exertion involved in your work.

Enlist Help

The next step in preparing for podiatric surgery is enlisting others’ help. Many people falsely believe that they will be able to get around on their own after foot surgery. However, you will have significant difficulty moving, and especially driving. Make sure to discuss plans to get groceries, books, and other necessary supplies with your spouse or loved ones far ahead of time. You should also have a caretaker for at least 24 hours after surgery.

Select a Place to Rest

Finally, before you go into surgery, prepare a “command post” with supplies you can reach. Many people opt to have a computer, telephone, TV, and clock within reach. Depending on your podiatric surgery, you may want to invest in a foot elevation system or a hospital table that slides over a bed or couch.

Do you want to know more about podiatric surgery? Contact a podiatrist with Family Foot Center today by calling us at (718) 767-5555. Dr. Zawada has performed thousands of foot surgeries, and his Whitestone foot clinic is convenient to Bayside, College Point, Flushing, and Fresh Meadows. Visit us online to learn more about our services or call to set up an appointment.

2017-06-08T02:59:49+00:00 February 17th, 2016|

How Foot Ulcers Are Diagnosed and Treated

A podiatrist in Whitestone diagnoses foot ulcers for many reasons. However, a foot doctor most often sees foot ulcers in patients who suffer from diabetes or poor circulation. A foot ulcer is an open sore on the foot. While some ulcers involve only the surface skin, others are very deep and affect the tendons and bones. Continue reading to learn about foot ulcer symptoms, diagnoses, and treatments.


In podiatric medicine, a foot ulcer is most often diagnosed when a patient properly recognizes the symptoms and reports to a foot center for treatment. As a foot specialist knows, a foot ulcer usually appears as a red crater in the skin. While some patients experience pain, if a patient does not have properly functioning nerves due to diabetes or another condition, the only symptom will be the visible ulcer itself.


A podiatrist diagnoses a foot ulcer simply by looking at your foot for the presence of a sore. If you have diabetes, your foot doctor will next assess your control of your blood pressure. He or she will ask about the care you take to maintain your foot health and what kind of shoes you normally wear. Your foot doctor will then evaluate the ulcer to determine how deep it is.

Foot ulcers are treated at a foot center. Deeper ulcers sometimes require surgery, and healing time depends on the depth of the ulcer and whether or not it has affected internal bone and tissue. Treatment also depends on whether the foot is infected. If an ulcer can be protected from rubbing and pressure and circulation can be restored, it may heal in only a few weeks.

If you have diabetes or suffer from poor circulation, it is especially important to stay on top of your foot health. Whether you believe you may have a foot ulcer or would like to schedule a consultation, you can speak to a podiatrist at Family Foot Center by calling (718) 767-5555. Our foot center is here to meet all your needs, and we will ensure your comfort throughout any treatment.

2017-06-08T11:50:07+00:00 February 10th, 2016|

Dealing with the Pain of Ingrown Toenails

You don’t know how painful ingrown toenails can be until one happens to you. The throbbing, burning pain and associated swelling is often intense and can interfere with your ability to walk and even wear a shoe. If you experience an ingrown toenail, don’t suffer in silence. You podiatrist can put an end to your symptoms with a simple treatment that is both quick and painless.

If an ingrown toenail is causing you pain, soak your toe in warm water several times per day to soothe the discomfort. Taking over-the-counter pain medications can also help. Wear shoes that don’t press on your toe, such as sandals or shoes with wide toe boxes. Don’t try to use scissors or other sharp objects to dig your nail out, as this could lead to infection. See your podiatrist as soon as possible for treatment.

Let Family Foot Center and our foot doctor in Whitestone help you say goodbye to ingrown toenail pain. Call us now at (718) 767-5555 to schedule your appointment.

2017-06-08T11:50:25+00:00 February 3rd, 2016|