Comparing Bunions and Bunionettes

Bunions are just one of the many foot-related problems that a podiatrist can treat. Consult your foot doctor and watch this video to learn more about this common problem. This featured expert explains that a bunion is a bump that develops at the base of the big toe. Sometimes, a bump may develop on the base of the little toe. In this case, it is referred to as a bunionette.

Bunions and bunionettes can cause the same symptoms, including pain, reddening, and inflammation. Blisters and calluses may develop and sometimes one toe may overlap the other. Without appropriate treatment, bunions may worsen over time.

The foot doctors at Family Foot Center provide comprehensive bunion treatment in Whitestone. If you have the symptoms of bunions or bunionettes, give us a call today at (718) 767-5555.

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Reasons to Consider Custom Foot Orthotics

Shoe inserts are widely available over the counter in supermarkets, shopping malls, and shoe stores. Yet, these over-the-counter products might not be the best choice for your feet, especially if your podiatrist has diagnosed you with a specific foot or ankle condition. Although different styles and comfort levels are available, over-the-counter products simply can’t compare to custom orthotics. Custom orthotics are specially made to suit your unique anatomy and biomechanics. Consider asking your podiatrist if custom orthotics are right for you.

Foot Problems

Shoes are designed to protect and support the feet, but many people have specific podiatric conditions that require extra support. Custom foot orthotics are ideal for people with high arches, which means that the middle part of the foot barely touches the ground or doesn’t touch the ground at all. Custom orthotics are also ideal for people with flat feet, which refers to the lack of a foot arch. When you visit your podiatrist, he or she may ask you to move around. The doctor will observe the way your feet land on the floor as you walk. Some people tend to bend the ankle too far outward or inward, both of which are problematic. Custom-made orthotic inserts can correct these imbalances.

Underlying Conditions

Even if you don’t yet have a foot condition, your podiatrist may still recommend custom orthotics if you have certain underlying medical conditions. Diabetics, for example, can greatly benefit from full-contact, cushioning orthotics. This is because the pressure exerted on the foot is a significant concern for diabetics, since they tend to have impaired blood circulation and delayed healing responses.

Injury Prevention

People who enjoy active lifestyles often choose custom-made orthotics to reduce their risk of injuries. If you’re a runner, basketball player, soccer player, or other type of athlete, consider talking to a foot doctor about your needs.

At Family Foot Center, residents of Whitestone can receive custom orthotics to correct biomechanical issues and prevent future injuries. Our podiatrist provides a comprehensive suite of surgical and nonsurgical services to help our patients live life well. Call us at (718) 767-5555 today to request your appointment.

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Tips for Taking Care of Your Toenails

Your feet are your foundation, but many people don’t pay much attention to their toenails unless they notice unsightly toenail fungus or painful ingrown toenails. Taking good care of your toenails and being mindful of your overall foot health can help you prevent problems from occurring. If you do develop any toenail or foot issues, a visit to your local podiatrist can help you feel well again quickly.


It’s common to make mistakes when trimming the toenail. Your podiatrist can show you the right way to go about it. Use larger clippers for your toenails than you do for your fingernails. Before and after each trim, clean them with rubbing alcohol to reduce your risk of infection. Trim your toenails when they’re dry and make a series of small clips. The toenail should be trimmed straight across, rather than in a curved fashion. This reduces your risk of ingrown toenails. Additionally, avoid trimming the nails too short.


If you like to paint your toenails, you might be tempted to clip the cuticles, but this can cause bleeding and infection. Instead, invest in a cuticle stick, which should be available at your drugstore or beauty supply store. A cuticle stick lets you safely push the cuticles back.


Pedicures are a relaxing, refreshing experience, but they can sometimes invite foot problems like toenail infections. Choose a spa that follows strict sterilization policies. Ask your pedicurist to trim your toenails straight across and not to trim them too short. Do not allow the pedicurist to trim your cuticles. Space your pedicure appointments apart by at least eight weeks.


Toenail fungus is an uncomfortable and unsightly problem that can be challenging to get rid of. To reduce your risk, avoid walking barefoot in common areas. Wear sandals around public pools, locker rooms, and shower areas. Choose breathable socks and shoes, and avoid purchasing used shoes from consignment shops.

Do you suffer from ingrown toenails and live near Whitestone? Come visit the friendly podiatrist at Family Foot Center. Call our podiatry office at (718) 767-5555 or browse our website to read more about the conditions we treat.

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What to Do if Your Toenail Falls Off

If your toe has sustained a severe injury, or you have a fungal infection that has resulted in a toenail falling off, then do not panic. In most cases, your toenail will grow back in about six months to a year. Depending on the severity of the injury or infection, you will want to call your podiatrist for medical advice on treating your toe.

In the event your toe has undergone trauma and it has resulted in the loss of the nail, then keep the toe clean and free of further damage until you see your podiatrist. He may wish to examine the toe for injury and give recommendations on keeping the nail area safe. If you have toenail fungus, you should see your podiatrist well before the nail is in danger of falling off. If the nail has fallen off, though, apply an antifungal medication to the nail area and call your doctor for further advice.

It can be traumatic when your toenail falls off, but Family Foot Center is here to help. At our foot center, we specialize in podiatric medicine near Whitestone, so you will be in safe hands once you call us at (718) 767-5555.

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