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How can a podiatrist improve the appearance of my feet?

How can a podiatrist improve the appearance of my feetWe put our feet through some of the toughest tasks of our days. We wake up and they carry our tired bodies to the shower, then we walk on them throughout the whole day. Even things done for fun, such as hiking or just in going shopping, our feet take the brunt of the effort and pounding.
When we take off our shoes after a long day, and we see our tired feet, it’s ok to wonder how to make them look better and feel better. It’s especially relevant, when you’re on your feet all the time.
What are some of the things a podiatrist can do to make your feet feel and look better?

Common Podiatry Treatments

One of the first things a podiatrist is going to look at is the appearance of your toenails. Sometimes there can be health problems underlying the discolored or cracked nails such as diabetes or circulation disease. If your toenails are yellow, discolored and darker it might be a sign of a fungus living in the nail. Have it checked out so you can not only remove the fungus, but improve the appearance of your toes.
Another common condition is a wart. A wart is caused by a unique strains of the human papillomavirus (HPV).  They can be painful or not depending on their location. Warts cause the blood vessels of your skin to increase in size and number, so they will easily bleed (and hurt!) if they are scraped or poked at. They can appear anywhere on your feet but are when they occur on your sole they can be mistaken for a callus. Podiatrists can get rid of these easily and simply.  If untreated warts can spread all over the foot, spread to the other foot and can even be transmitted to any other part of your body.  Always wash your hands with soap and water after touching what you think could be a wart, but avoid touching them altogether!  Get them examined!
If your feet display chronic redness, itching, and cracking, these can be signs of athlete’s foot caused by a fungus. This can change the skin between your toes and produce a pretty strong odor. It can prevent anyone from wearing sandals or getting that pedicure they wanted due the unsightliness.
These three simple conditions can be easily taken care of by a podiatrist.
Your feet go through so much on a daily basis, why hide them in your shoes when they’re meant to stand out?
Reach out to your local podiatrist to help you take on these conditions and solve these pesky foot troubles. Soon, your feet will be as pretty as they are healthy!
Family Foot Center specializes in these problems and so much more.  We are ready to help you with these issues. Come by to discuss how to make your feet healthy and nice again!
Professional treatment begins with taking your history, an examination and X-rays (if necessary), and is followed by a treatment plan.
Don’t hesitate, call Family Foot Center at 718-767-5555.

Podiatrist in North Queens, New York

If you live in Queens you know you do more than a little bit of walking. From hiking up the steps to your apartment to catching a subway or bus, you and your feet experience a lot of pressure. All of that hard work could leave your feet feeling achy, sore and tired. If you have painful, uncomfortable feet, or a problem with your toenails, or need a foot health checkup, you should visit our podiatrist of FAMILY FOOT CENTER located in the Whitestone Village of North Queens, New York. Dr. Stanley J. Zawada works with any person who needs to improve their foot comfort and health.

What Dr. Zawada Does

Dr. Zawada (located in the Whitestone Village of North Queens, New York) treats everyone with kindness and compassion. You can expect to be warmly greeted and welcomed by our Receptions. Family Foot Center treats every patient as a partner in care. Dr. Zawada offers education about foot health, complete evaluations and a full spectrum of foot care services.
We provide you with recommendation(s) to make informed decisions and have comfortable and healthy feet.

Why Visit a Podiatrist?

Did you know that the human foot has 26 bones, 33 joints, 107 ligaments and 19 tendons and muscles? Your two feet are almost a quarter of the 206 bones in your entire body. All of these parts must be working together and properly, in a complex timed and synchronous action, or you can have pain, difficulty with movement or a loss of your range of motion.
When your feet hurt, you hurt all over as the saying goes. This is true because as you avoid putting weight onto your sore foot or feet, your body will unconsciously and automatically change the way you shift your weight around as you walk leading to overuse and strain of other parts of your body like your ankles, knees, hips back and even up to your neck.

You might avoid doing some of your favorite activities. Even doing regular household chores or going to the grocery store could prove difficult when your feet are bothering you. There is no need for you to have feet that hurt.
A visit to Family Foot Center in North Queens provides you with a comprehensive evaluation of your feet. Early detection of foot problems creates an opportunity to get prompt care.

The Importance of Healthy, Happy Feet

Each person’s feet are different. While your friend might get away with wearing stiletto heels or running around barefoot, you might have a completely different experience. When your feet are functioning well, you will be able to hustle to catch the train, stand and talk with your friends or enjoy a leisurely walk through the park. Your overall health and well-being are profoundly affected by the condition of your feet. Dr. Zawada aims to help you achieve optimal foot health.

Call FAMILY FOOT CENTER located in the Whitestone Village of North Queens/Flushing, New York at 718-767-5555 and make your appointment TODAY!

Do High Heels Cause Bunions?

When it comes to your feet, we want them to be just as attractive as they are functional!

However, studies show that a significant number of adults have some form of bunions.

There are several different ways these can form and as they grow and develop they become more uncomfortable and unsightly.  The Family Foot Center of NYC wants you to walk into fall feeling fresh and bunion free!

What Is A Bunion?

A bunion is a problem with one or more bones of the foot with the bunion.  It is a complex deformity that can take years to develop or it can form quickly.  Each case is different.  Even children, adolescents, teenagers and young adults can get bunions.

Patients typically notice a lump on the side of the joint at the very base of the  big toe.

When a bunion forms as healthcare professionals refer to it, the head of the first metatarsal.  This will cause the big toe to change it’s natural angle, causing it to move closer and closer to the second toe.  This is called “hallux valgus” or “bunion”.

Small bunions can form at the base of the little toe.  These are called Tailor’s bunions.

Nice foot without a bunion

Are They Painful?

Bunions can become quite painful if they go untreated.

A bunion causes a type of arthritis (any arthritis is inflammation of a joint) which wears away at the cartilage of the joint.  As the cartilage wears away microscopic bits of it cause inflammation of the joint which results in joint pain.

The presence of the bunion itself, being a bump sticking out of the side of foot, then causes the skin over the bunion to press against the inside of your shoe.  The skin is literally “caught between a rock and a hard place”!  This constant pressure on the skin causes inflammation in the skin and pain.

Years of wear and tear, as well as constant motion and pressure will force the joint of the big toe to bend abnormally.  This is not only unsightly, but will cause a painful bump which can become swollen and discolored.  If it is not corrected the lump that forms can bear your weight while walking, which will lead to further inflammation.  The process continues and the bunion grows bigger and bigger.

Are Bunions Caused By Footwear?

It is often said that bunions are the most common problem associated with the feet, especially for those who regularly wear high heels.  These bony prominences, or bone growths, are the result of unnatural alignment, which can be caused by not only high heels, but also narrow shoes.  The shape that your foot is forced into while wearing your favorite stilettos may actually cause pain, not just while wearing the shoe but long after you take them off!

In the final analysis heredity plays the largest role.

If a blood relative has (or had) bunions then you have a greater chance of developing them.

Other causes of bunions can be injury to the big toe joint, injury to other parts of the foot, injury to other parts of the ankle, leg, hip and back.  Our body parts are connected: its not uncommon to see an injury in one body part causing an issue months or years later in another.

Contact the Family Foot Center today to schedule your foot consultation.

Get ready to walk into fall with beauty and confidence!

Visit  http://www.familyfootcenter.com/ to learn more about the podiatry services offered!

Thank you for reading!

What to do about painful hammertoes?

Many of us have heard the term “hammertoe”, but what is it?

The most common reason for hammertoes is due to an excessive amount of “pronation” (i.e., “flat-footing”) that occurs during walking (“gait cycle”).

It is normal for your foot to get a little flat when you walk.  It should then recover later on in the gait cycle.

But when factors combine to cause your foot to stay flat for too long while walking then changes happen that result in hammertoes.

Many imbalances happen such as in the ligaments and muscles at the base of the toe joint (among many others; it’s complicated!) which can cause the middle toe bone to rise up out of its normal position.

This raised up, bent, toe can become painful when the toe rubs against the inside of shoes.  It can also become aesthetically unpleasing.

All this leads to difficulty walking and wearing certain footwear.

What kinds of hammer toes are there?

There are a few different varieties of hammer toes which can appear on the feet.

Fortunately they can easily be treated if diagnosed early.

There are flexible hammer toes which can be manually straightened out but they then resume their bent shape when you let go of the toe.  This is an early stage and therefore easier to treat.

Custom-made arch supports (“orthotics”) are made from plaster molds taken of your feet.  They are always made in pairs.  The molds are done while the podiatrist holds your foot in its “neutral” position.  X-rays are also taken and from these and the podiatrist’s examination a laboratory will made a custom-fitted device.  This device will replace the factory insert in your shoes or sneakers.

Rigid hammer toes are different in that they cannot be manually straightened out.  The toe is permanently deformed and the bones inside the toe actually change their shape as the result of forces they experience from a long-standing deformity.  Orthotics can sometimes help with these kinds of hammertoes and would be one method of treatment however surgery may become the only choice of treatment if conservative methods are not working to relieve your symptoms.


What Causes Hammer Toes?

Our toes are held in place by a wonderful balancing act of joint structures, ligaments, tendons, muscles and more working together.  They all have to work in harmony and balance to have a toe that is able to do its jobs of stabilization, propulsion, balance, sensation and more.

When the balance between all these structures changes, a hammertoe can develop.

There is a huge amount of pressure put on the toe joints with each and every step we take, of everyday, especially in those of us who walk or run more than others.

High heeled shoes or narrow footwear can cause us to suffer from hammertoe development due to the way the foot mechanics change while wearing high heels or the very narrow space allowed for toes in some fashionable shoes or high heels.

Genetics play a highly significant role.

It is likely that those who have hammertoes occurring in their family, especially in either parent, are more likely to develop some form of hammertoes in their life.  Children are not immune to developing hammertoes.  Sometimes hammertoes develop early in a child’s or adolescent’s life.

Injuries to the foot can cause hammertoe to develop when the normal balance between bones, ligaments and tendons are put out of balance as the result of the injury.  Broken bones of the toes, feet, ankle, leg and entire lower extremity can result in hammertoes developing months or years after the initial injury even with proper treatment done at the time of the injury because there are some damages that can occur where even though things heal, they heal with weakness, deformity, or some kind of imbalance in how the toe functions resulting in hammertoes.

Arthritis sufferers also know too well the damaging effects of their disease.

Diabetics are prone to developing hammertoes due to diabetes’ damage to a diabetics nervous system which then leads to imbalance as noted above.

The list of causes to hammertoes is long.

This has been an attempt to provide an introduction to the causes of hammertoes.

Contact your podiatrist if you suspect, suffer from, or know of someone who has hammertoes.


If you suffer from pain in the feet, corn formation, swelling, dislocation, have have had an injury, or any foot problem at all, it is best to contact a podiatrist for a thorough evaluation.

Early detection is the key to a proper diagnosis and treatment plan.

Call FAMILY FOOT CENTER located in the Whitestone Village of North Queens/Flushing New York at 917-563-4193 to make your appointment TODAY!

Visit us online at https://www.familyfootcenternyc.com

Wearing Wrong Shoes Can Be Very Painful

Can shoes cause my foot pain?

When we think of footwear, we often concern ourselves with just the aesthetics of how a high heel may make us look.  We think about how these shoes will make us feel taller, more confident and will dress up any outfit.

However, we often neglect to think about how this will make the bones, joints, ligaments and tendons in our feet react.  Putting an unnatural arch or pressure on our toes and the soles of our feet may not sound as appealing in those stilletos!

Starting From The Bottom

Studies show that nearly all American adults suffer from some sort of joint or muscle pain.  Some of the most common pain is Sciatica (or lower back pain) as well as hip and cervical spine (neck) discomfort.  Very few patients realize that this pain can actually originate from the shoes they choose.

High heels change the way we walk and how pressures are experienced by our feet.

Normal walking is for our heel to contact the ground first, toes last.

High heels reverse this almost completely causing the front of the foot to contact the ground first and heel last.  Also the front of the foot has to do much more in the way of balance and stabilization than it was intended to do.

The natural arch in the foot must be preserved and most shoes (from sneakers to flip flops) available in stores today do not offer this necessary support.

Ask The Doc Before You Shop!

Before going to the mall or your local boutique in search of a new pair of shoes for work or a special event, consult the expert: your podiatrist! They will evaluate the condition of your feet and will advise you of the best options. Shoes that tend to “pinch” the toes or raise the heel more than one and a half inches can cause pain and deformity (bunions, hammertoes and more) later down the road.

Call Family Foot Center located in Whitestone, Queens today to schedule your footwear consultation. Our doctor and experienced, professional staff will have you feeling stylish in comfort!