Getting Rid of Corns

Corns are hard, raised bumps on the feet that can be quite painful, especially while you’re walking. If you’ve developed corns, you can talk to a foot doctor about your treatment options. A podiatrist can carefully trim the raised area. Some people may try to do this by themselves at home, but this isn’t a good idea because it may lead to infections and other complications.

Watch this video or consult a foot specialist for more tips on treating and preventing corns. This video recommends switching your shoes if your podiatrist thinks that your footwear is the cause of your corns. Choose footwear that gives your feet plenty of room. Some people may also benefit from shoe inserts.

At Family Foot Center, we’re dedicated to improving patients’ quality of life through better foot health. If you think you’ve developed corns on your feet, call us at (718) 767-5555 to schedule an appointment with our podiatrist in Whitestone.

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Tips for Keeping Your Feet Fungus-Free

Are your feet persistently dry and itchy? You may have a fungal skin or toenail infection. Fungal infections are also indicated by brittle or crumbly nails, peeling and burning skin, and occasionally blisters or sores. Fungal infections are difficult to get rid of; it’s best to consult a podiatrist to get the care you need. A foot doctor can give you all the tips you need to improve your foot health and keep them fungus-free.

Practice Careful Hygiene

If you’re prone to developing foot fungal infections, it’s particularly important to keep your feet clean and dry. Give your feet an extra scrubbing with soap and water if you’ve been exercising or otherwise sweating a great deal. Be sure to dry your feet thoroughly with a clean towel. After scrubbing your feet, sprinkle them with an antifungal powder. You can also apply the powder to the insides of your shoes each day to help keep the fungus at bay.

Choose the Right Shoes

Your podiatrist may recommend tossing old shoes that you wore when your feet had an active fungal infection. When you purchase new shoes, you should select ones that are made of breathable material. If the weather permits, wear open-toed shoes. Alternating your shoes from day to day can also help; if you put on the same shoes each day, they won’t have enough time to dry out from the previous day’s sweat. Additionally, choose socks made of wicking fabric to keep moisture away from your skin.

Avoid Going Barefoot

Fungal infections can easily spread from person to person. Avoid walking around barefoot, especially in public places like gym locker rooms, shower areas, and pool areas. Instead, wear a pair of flip-flops in public shower areas.

Family Foot Center is your one-stop shop for foot health solutions in the Whitestone area. Our podiatrist will find the underlying cause of your problem, initiate medical treatment, and offer home care instructions to prevent the fungal infection from recurring. To learn more, give us a call at (718) 767-5555 today.

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Common Causes for Podiatric Surgery

A podiatrist can diagnose and treat many types of foot health problems without the use of surgical techniques. But when patients have severe foot problems, podiatric surgery may be necessary. Bone fractures, bunions, neuromas, and hammertoes are all examples of podiatry problems that may require surgical intervention.

Bone Fractures

Many people downplay the severity of their foot injuries. They may assume that they’ve suffered a mild sprain instead of a fracture, for instance. However, any type of acute foot injury can benefit from evaluation by a podiatrist. The doctor may order X-rays and other tests to assess the extent and severity of the injury. Foot and ankle fractures do not always require surgery; the podiatrist may try to line up the ends of the bones through nonsurgical reduction. However, if the fracture is unstable, surgery may be necessary to realign the bones and perhaps to implant surgical plates and screws.


Bunions are bony bumps that are disfiguring and painful. They develop at the base of the big toe. Nonsurgical treatment cannot reposition the bunion, although it can relieve symptoms and prevent the problem from becoming worse. However, if conservative treatments are insufficient, podiatric surgery to reposition the toes may be necessary. There are different approaches the podiatrist may use. He or she may remove swollen tissue, remove part of the bone, or permanently fuse the bones together.


Neuromas are often found between the third and fourth toes. A neuroma refers to the abnormal growth of nerve tissue that causes pain, numbness, tingling, and burning sensations. Severe neuromas may require surgical removal of the enlarged nerve tissue.


Hammertoes are a painful contracture of the toes at the joint. If detected and treated early, hammertoes may not require surgery. If the problem is allowed to progress, the patient may need surgery to realign the toe.

At the Family Foot Center in Whitestone, we’re committed to maintaining the highest standards of healthcare excellence. Our podiatrist diagnoses and treats all types of problems related to foot health, including those that may require podiatric surgery. Please call (718) 767-5555 to speak with a friendly staff member and we’ll arrange an appointment for you right away.

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