ETL Podiatry

Experienced Podiatric Care in Queens and Melville, NY

Melville Office: (631) 549-8637

801 Walt Whitman Rd. Melville, NY 11747

Briarwood Office: (718) 657-8921

84-75 Main St. Briarwood, NY 11435

Keep Your Feet Happy While Traveling

If you are planning a trip close to home, or venturing abroad this vacation season, remember all the necessities like your tickets and medications, and make sure your feet are ready for the journey as well.

 

Here are some excellent common sense ideas on how to keep your feet happy while travelling:

 

Pack Appropriate Footwear

Carry shoes and other footwear for all the types of activities you will encounter on your trip:

 

  • For airport security checks, wear shoes that slip on and off easily. Don’t forget to wear socks!
  • Pack an extra pair of lightweight sneakers if your other footwear gets wet. You don’t want to be walking around with your feet marinating in bacteria and fungi.
  • Flip flops are great to have on hand (or foot) for use at beaches, pools, water parks, etc…
  • Be sure to wear shoes with adequate arch support and don’t forget to bring along any orthotic inserts that you normally use.
  • For adventures involving hiking or backpacking, be certain to have your properly fitted hiking boots and don’t forget the all important breathable socks to wick away moisture and help prevent blisters from forming.

 

Pack a First Aid Kit for Feet

 

Be sure to include the following items:

 

  • Bandaids of various sizes, bandages, and tape
  • Moleskin pads to help prevent blisters or to isolate a blister so it doesn’t continue to rub on your shoe
  • Antibiotic ointment
  • Sunscreen (should be applied to your feet too)
  • Nail clippers and sanding boards
  • Moisturizing lotion

 

Despite your best efforts while away, should you unfortunately return from your trip with a foot or ankle problem or injury, see your foot doctor right away. The foot specialists at ETL Podiatry in Briarwood and Melville, NY, have unparalleled experience in treating all aspects of foot and ankle problems. Our team of doctors is dedicated to serving you with all of the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies. If you have any questions or would like to make an appointment, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Melville, NY (631-549-8637) and Briarwood, NY (929-336-4523).

Healing Toenail Fungus

Yellow, brittle, thick, toenails that are possibly emitting a horrible odor are generally not something you want to show off in your sandals this summer. The cause of this malady is a microscopic organism that is similar to the fungus that causes athlete’s foot, and as with any fungus, it can be spread more easily in the summer months when the warm, moist air provides an ideal environment for growth. So be wary when out in public areas such as swimming pools, locker rooms and showers, being sure to wear shower shoes or sandals to avoid direct contact with infected surfaces.

 

If, despite your best efforts, you do develop a nasty nail fungus infection it can be very difficult to eradicate on your own. Over the counter medications may have initial success, but the infection often comes back. Seeing a podiatrist is essential to getting the treatment you need to really attack the fungus. Some of these treatments may include:

 

  • Oral prescription and other anti-fungals—A cream or lotion in combination with an oral antifungal medicine is often a good strategy for tackling the fungi.
  • Laser treatment—This treatment evaporates fungal spores and can be very effective at eliminating fungus with no pain or other side effects. It also will not damage healthy skin and nails.
  • Nail removal—For advanced infections it may be necessary to remove the nail. The infection can then be more easily treated and a new, healthy nail will grow to replace it.

 

Try these simple tips to avoid getting nail fungus in the first place:

 

  • Keep your feet clean and dry—Always carefully dry your feet after bathing, being extra vigilant to dry between your toes. Wear shoes and socks that are made with breathable materials, and be sure to change them every day.
  • Protect your feet—Wear shower shoes or sandals in public pool, shower, and locker areas.
  • Keep clippers clean—Clean your nail files and clippers regularly and don’t share them others.

 

Keep your toenails in tiptop shape by visiting with your podiatrist regularly for your foot care needs.

 

The foot specialists at ETL Podiatry in Briarwood and Melville, NY, have unparalleled experience in treating all aspects of foot and ankle problems. Our team of doctors is dedicated to serving you with all of the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies. If you have any questions or would like to make an appointment, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Melville, NY (631-549-8637) and Briarwood, NY (929-336-4523).

Heel & Arch Pain of Plantar Fasciitis

If you are experiencing heel pain after the first few steps when you arise from slumber, or after extended periods of sitting or standing, it could be a sign that you have plantar fasciitis—an inflammation of the tissue that runs along the bottom of your foot from your toes and up your heel bone. This connective tissue can become stressed and torn from the repetitive shock of landing on your foot during sporting activities like running, basketball and tennis. It also is a common injury for people who are on their feet all day for work.

 

Some symptoms that you may have from plantar fasciitis include:

 

  • A sharp stabbing pain in the heel, or conversely, a dull, achy pain.
  • Extreme tenderness and a burning sensation on the bottom of the foot.
  • Stiffness and pain after work or exercise, but usually not during.

 

It is a good idea to see your podiatrist right away if you are experiencing severe heel pain to rule out other problems and to get on the right track for complete healing.

 

Treatment options for plantar fasciitis include the following:

 

  • RICE (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation)
  • Night splints to relieve pressure
  • Orthotic shoe inserts for heel and arch support
  • Stretching and physical therapy exercises to increase strength and flexibility

 

Steps you can take to prevent plantar fasciitis include wearing properly fitted shoes, stretching before exercise, trying low impact sports like swimming, and maintaining a healthy weight.

 

Ignoring the symptoms of plantar fasciitis can lead to developing chronic heel pain. This pain may also cause you to alter the way you walk to avoid putting pressure on certain parts of your foot. That can lead to a misalignment that causes problems with the foot, knee, hip and back, so be sure to have your foot problems professionally evaluated to avoid these additional problems.

 

The foot specialists at ETL Podiatry in Briarwood and Melville, NY, have unparalleled experience in treating all aspects of foot and ankle problems. Our team of doctors is dedicated to serving you with all of the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies. If you have any questions or would like to make an appointment, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Melville, NY (631-549-8637) and Briarwood, NY (929-336-4523).

Foot Warts—What a Pain!

Sometimes you can develop a large wart on the bottom of your foot right where the ball or heel of your foot is located. These warts, called plantar warts, are often forced to grow inward due to all the weight bearing down on these parts of your foot. Frequently, you won’t even be able to distinguish the outline of an actual wart since it is covered with a thick layer of skin. The only indication will be a bump—and the severe pain every time you take a step!

 

Symptoms that you may have a plantar wart include the following:

 

  • A lump or bump of hard skin usually on the heel or ball of the foot. This skin could be hiding a painful wart underneath.
  • You can also develop and actually see warts on other parts of the foot, with telltale grainy and bumpy structure and the small black pinpoints at the center. These are called wart seeds, but are really just tiny blood vessels that have clotted.
  • Extreme pain in the heel or ball when you put weight on your foot.

 

Warts on your feet are not usually a major health problem, and a variety of home and/or doctor’s treatments can be effective at controlling and eliminating foot warts. These may include:

 

  • Gradually peeling away layers of the wart with a combination of abrasives and acid peeling solution available at your pharmacy.
  • Your foot doctor can use liquid nitrogen to freeze troublesome warts into submission. This can be combined with acid peels and may take several treatments.
  • Your doctor can also prescribe an antiviral medication that attacks the human papilloma virus, which is a known cause of warts on the skin.

 

Since the cause of warts is the human papillomavirus (HPV), you can avoid contracting them by using common sense methods to avoid exposure, such as always wearing sandals or shower shoes when using public facilities like gyms, lockers, and showers.

 

If you need help with foot warts contact your podiatrist for proper diagnosis and treatment.

 

The foot specialists at ETL Podiatry in Briarwood and Melville, NY, have unparalleled experience in treating all aspects of foot and ankle problems. Our team of doctors is dedicated to serving you with all of the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies. If you have any questions or would like to make an appointment, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Melville, NY (631-549-8637) and Briarwood, NY (929-336-4523).