How Often Should You Replace Your Running Shoes?

Podiatrists recommend replacing running shoes regularly to reduce your risk of injuries. Over time, the cushioning and support of a high-quality running shoe will degrade. Unfortunately, many runners replace their shoes too late. The frequency at which you should get new shoes depends on how many miles you typically run each week and the starting quality of your shoes. Generally, aim for a new pair of shoes every 300 to 500 miles. If you aren’t sure what your particular needs are, ask your foot doctor for guidance.

He or she may advise you to consider whether you’re experiencing any new aches and pains. This could be a sign that your shoes are no longer giving you the proper support and may be compromising your foot health. You could also press your thumb into the midsole area of the shoe. If it feels hard and unyielding, rather than comfortable and cushioning, then it’s time to get some new shoes.

Athletes and non-athletes alike can turn to a foot doctor in Whitestone for expert guidance. Call Family Foot Center at (718) 767-5555 and let us know how we can help you.

2017-06-02T20:37:02+00:00 December 27th, 2016|

What You Can Do to Prevent and Treat Hammertoes

Hammertoes are painful foot deformities that are characterized by the abnormal bend of toes in the middle joint. This abnormality should be evaluated by a podiatrist as soon as possible. If you wait too long to visit a foot doctor, the deformity will worsen and be more difficult to treat conservatively.

Watch this video to find out what recommendations your foot doctor may make, such as a change in footwear or the use of shoe padding and inserts. Of course, prevention is always best. You can reduce your risk of developing hammertoes by wearing properly fitting shoes with a wide, deep toe box.

If you notice the potential signs of hammertoes and you live in Whitestone, you can turn to Family Foot Center for expert help. Call (718) 767-5555 to request an examination with our podiatrist.

2017-06-02T20:37:50+00:00 December 20th, 2016|

Common Types of Foot Fungus and How to Avoid Them

Foot fungus can be an embarrassing condition to have, but it’s important to seek medical care instead of trying to hide the signs of an infection. A podiatrist can help you treat all types of foot and toenail infections. He or she will also give you some valuable tips for reducing your risk of recurrent fungal infections.


Two of the most common types of foot infections are athlete’s foot, also called tinea pedis, and toenail fungus, also called onychomycosis. Athlete’s foot is highly contagious. It typically begins between the toes. If you have athlete’s foot, you’ll likely notice a red, scaly rash in these areas, along with intense itching. Athlete’s foot can also sometimes involve blisters, ulcers, or very dry, scaly skin that extends from the soles up the sides of the foot. Athlete’s foot is caused by the fungus that also causes jock itch and ringworm. As the term implies, toenail fungus affects the nails. It typically begins as a yellow or white spot that gradually causes nail discoloration, thickening, and even crumbling. Toenail infections are often the result of a dermatophyte fungus, although they might also be caused by yeasts and molds.


To prevent athlete’s foot and fungal nail infections, your podiatrist might recommend a change in footwear. Look for socks that feature wicking material that keep moisture away from your skin. Choose shoes made from a breathable material that help keep your feet dry. If you use public pools or locker room shower areas, always wear sandals or shower shoes in these public places. Replace your shoes as soon as they become worn out; wearing old shoes can introduce infection.


Keep your feet as clean and dry as possible. After bathing or swimming, be sure to thoroughly dry the spaces between your toes. Apply talcum powder or an antifungal powder to your feet before putting on socks. After trimming your toenails (straight across, not curved), wash your hands well.

Foot fungus is one of the many foot health problems we can treat here at Family Foot Center in Whitestone. If you’ve been suffering from dry, itchy feet, foot pain, or other symptoms, you can schedule an appointment with our podiatrist right away. Call (718) 767-5555 or browse our website for more information.

2017-06-02T20:37:25+00:00 December 13th, 2016|

Answering Your Questions About Plantar Fasciitis

Heel pain is common among athletes and individuals who spend a great deal of time on their feet. Quite often, heel pain is attributable to plantar fasciitis. This is an inflammatory condition that can become worse and may turn into a chronic problem. Keep your feet healthy by consulting a podiatrist if you experience pain or other symptoms. Your foot doctor is your best source of information about plantar fasciitis and other medical conditions.

How does plantar fasciitis occur?

Along the bottom of every human foot is a plantar fascia. The plantar fascia, which is a thick, tough band of tissue, connects the heel bone to the toes. This band of tissue plays an important role in providing shock absorption for the arch of the foot. Unfortunately, it is susceptible to damage. Over time, the plantar fascia can develop small tears and become inflamed, which is known as plantar fasciitis.

What are my risk factors?

Certain people are at a greater risk of experiencing the sharp, stabbing pain in the heel that is characteristic of plantar fasciitis. For example, this condition is most common in patients ages 40 through 60. It often afflicts athletes, such as runners and ballet dancers, but it can also affect sedentary individuals who are overweight or obese. This is because the extra pounds exert additional stress on the feet. Some people are susceptible to plantar fasciitis because their jobs require a great deal of standing or walking, or simply because they have abnormal foot mechanics.

How can a foot specialist treat plantar fasciitis?

Your doctor will likely recommend a combination approach of lifestyle modifications and medical treatment. If you lead an active lifestyle, you may be advised to rest while you recover. Ice packs can be very effective in reducing the inflammation in the area and managing the pain. Your doctor might also prescribe anti-inflammatory medications and recommend physical therapy, orthotics, and night splints. If your symptoms persist after a few months of conservative treatment, it may be time to consider anti-inflammatory injections or surgery.

If you have any questions about plantar fasciitis, a podiatrist in Whitestone can assist you. At Family Foot Center, you’ll find a patient-focused setting with caring and knowledgeable staff members. Call us at (718) 767-5555 to get started recovering from your painful foot symptoms.

2017-06-05T02:30:32+00:00 December 6th, 2016|