Recognizing and Treating a Sprained Ankle

An ankle sprain involves the stretching or tearing of the ligaments in the ankle joint. If you experience any of the possible symptoms of a sprained ankle, you should be examined by a podiatrist right away. The symptoms of an ankle sprain typically include pain in the area, especially when placing weight on the affected foot. You may notice that the ankle becomes swollen and bruised, and you will likely have limited range of motion in the joint.

In most cases, a podiatrist can treat an ankle sprain without surgery. He or she may prescribe medications to manage your pain and show you how to use crutches. You may need to wear a walking boot to stabilize the joint. Once the injury begins to heal, physical therapy can be beneficial.

If you think you’ve sustained a sprained ankle and you live near Whitestone, you can turn to Family Foot Center for help. Call (718) 767-5555 or visit our website to explore our other podiatric medicine services.

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How to Treat and Prevent Ingrown Toenails

Ingrown toenails are among the most common problems that podiatrists treat. They occur when the edge of the toenail grows into the skin and flesh, causing pain, swelling, and redness. Podiatrists recommend preventing ingrown toenails by clipping the toenails straight across, rather than in a rounded fashion. It’s also important to practice good personal hygiene to reduce the risk of a foot infection.

For more helpful tips, watch this video. It explains that your doctor may ask you to apply an antibiotic ointment to the toe twice per day. Before sending you home with these instructions, the podiatrist may lift the nail to allow it to grow out correctly. In some cases, the nail may need to be removed.

Family Foot Center in Whitestone is your source for effective treatments for foot and toe pain. If you have an ingrown toenail or other foot problem, please don’t hesitate to call our office at (718) 767-5555.

2017-06-05T02:31:36+00:00 November 22nd, 2016|

A Look at the Common Causes of Foot Pain in Athletes

Any serious or recreational athlete is likely to experience some sort of injury at some point. Often, these injuries affect the feet and ankles. Unfortunately, many athletes try to ignore the pain and continue to train, which is only likely to make the problem worse. Instead, you should see a podiatrist at the first sign of an injury to receive an accurate diagnosis and personalized treatment plan.

Plantar Fasciitis

Do you experience an intense, stabbing pain in the bottom of your heel when you place weight on the foot? You could have plantar fasciitis, which is a condition that affects the thick band of tissue that extends from the toes to the heel bone. Plantar fasciitis is an overuse injury that involves the irritation and inflammation of this band of tissue. Your podiatrist can show you how to stretch and gently rehabilitate the foot. In severe cases, an injection of anti-inflammatory medication may be called for. Your podiatrist may also recommend wearing a night splint and, once you can return to your training, using custom foot orthotics.

Bunions

Bunions are a common problem for athletes, especially for runners who over-pronate their feet. A bunion is a noticeable disfiguration at the base of the big toe. If you have a bunion, you’ll notice that this area protrudes outward. Bunions can be painful and they may cause limited range of motion of the big toe. You might also notice that you have problems finding shoes that fit well. In some cases, a podiatry specialist may recommend surgery.

Stress Fractures

Stress fractures are particularly common among athletes who try new exercises, try new workout surfaces, or increase the intensity or duration of their training. A stress fracture in the foot can be indicated by pain that intensifies during activity and lessens during rest. To confirm the diagnosis, your podiatrist may request X-rays. Stress fractures are usually treated successfully without surgery.

Family Foot Center in Whitestone is your source for high-quality foot health services, including custom orthotics. Our podiatrist works closely with athletes to help them enjoy a full recovery and reduce their risk of future injuries. Call us at (718) 767-5555 and let us know how we can help you.

2017-06-05T02:31:56+00:00 November 15th, 2016|

The Diabetic’s Guide to Foot Care

Patients with diabetes have a number of health issues to be mindful of, including foot health problems. That’s why a podiatrist should be a member of every diabetic’s care team. Diabetes places patients at risk of foot problems because it interferes with healthy blood circulation, which consequently inhibits healing. Additionally, diabetes often leads to nerve damage, which causes the loss of feeling in the feet. This means that it’s easy for patients to develop foot injuries without realizing it. Practicing good foot care every day can help prevent these problems.

Preventing Infections

Since diabetes can inhibit the immune system, it’s particularly important to prevent foot and nail infections. Scrub your feet with soap and warm water every day, including between the toes. Avoid soaking your feet in water. After bathing, dry them well and put on clean socks.

Protecting the Skin

Dry skin can easily turn into cracked skin, which can invite infections. Keep your skin soft by applying moisturizer daily. Only apply cream to the tops and bottoms of your feet; avoid moisturizing between the toes. Instead, you can apply talcum powder between the toes.

Trimming the Toenails

Use clean nail clippers to trim the toenails. Trim them straight across instead of in a rounded manner. Use a nail file to gently smooth the corners. If you cannot see, feel, or reach your feet, visit your podiatrist regularly and have him or her trim your toenails. You should also have your podiatrist trim your nails if they are yellow and thick, and if the corners of the nail grow into the skin.

Preventing Injuries

When sensation in the foot is inhibited, you may not notice when you sustain an injury. If left untreated, an injury may become infected. Eventually, a toe or the foot might require amputation. You can prevent injuries by avoiding walking barefoot, even indoors. Always wear clean socks and supportive footwear.

Performing Inspections

Check your feet every day for signs of injury or infection. Use a mirror to check the bottoms of your feet. If you notice any problems, call your podiatrist promptly.

If you have diabetes and live near Whitestone, Family Foot Center invites you to visit our office for specialized foot health services. Our podiatrist helps patients with diabetes understand their unique health concerns and become proactive about their wellness. Call us at (718) 767-5555 or visit us on the Web for more information.

2017-06-05T02:32:24+00:00 November 8th, 2016|

Tips for Preventing Gout

Gout is a very painful type of arthritis that most often affects the big toe. If you think you may have developed gout, you should see a podiatrist promptly. Because gout is among the most painful types of arthritis, preventing it is always preferable to treating it. If you’re at a high risk of gout, you can manage this risk by abstaining from alcohol and maintaining a healthy body weight.

Dietary changes are also important for gout risk management. When you consume foods that contain purines, they break down into uric acid in the body. The accumulation of uric acid crystals is what leads to gout. Consider reducing or avoiding foods high in purines, such as meat, fish, and poultry. Instead, choose low-fat dairy products for protein. Drink plenty of fluids, but limit sweetened beverages; water is best.

The podiatrists at Family Foot Center can help you get back on your feet with a personalized treatment plan. Call (718) 767-5555 to request podiatry services near Whitestone.

2017-06-05T02:32:46+00:00 November 1st, 2016|