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

Treating a Sprained Ankle

sprained ankle

A twisted ankle that causes a severe sprain is a very common occurrence. People who have had previous ankle injuries that were not properly treated are more susceptible to having future sprains. This is because repeatedly spraining your ankle and not getting proper treatment from your podiatrist causes chronic instability in the joint that may require surgery to properly repair.

So always see your foot doctor if you have a severe ankle sprain to determine if imaging studies are needed. Your doctor will check for broken bones, tendon injuries, and ligament damage. An MRI may be required to show details of any damage to the soft tissue.

Initial treatments for a sprained ankle:

  • RICERest, ice, compression, elevation
  • Pain management—Pain relievers such as ibuprofen will also reduce swelling
  • Weight removal—Taking weight off the foot with crutches or a wheelchair may be necessary
  • Rigid boot—A specially-made walking boot may need to be worn for a period of weeks to limit movement of the ankle joint and promote healing
  • Therapy exercises—These will help to restore strength, flexibility, stability and motion range

To help prevent foot and ankle injuries from happening, always do a proper warm up before exercise. Wear shoes that are correct for the activity and incorporate strength, flexibility and balance exercises to your routine.

If you are experiencing problems with sprained ankles, see your foot care professional to ensure that proper diagnosis and treatment are performed. 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 (718)-657-8921.

 

Using Custom Orthotics To Stop Foot Pain

custom orthotics

Custom-made orthotic shoe inserts and braces are fabricated and molded to fit your precise foot shape. When used in combination with properly fitted footwear, orthotics will alleviate and treat a wide variety of foot and ankle problems. Properly formed and fitted custom orthotics can also postpone or entirely prevent the need for surgery in many instances.

How custom orthotic inserts can stop or prevent foot pain and discomfort

  • Weight and pressure redistribution—A wide variety of foot and ankle ailments including Achilles tendonitis, plantar fasciitis, bunions and hammertoes can be helped with the use of custom orthotic inserts. Gait abnormalities can also be addressed, which helps the alignment of your spine and improves knee, hip, and back function.
  • Avoid the need for surgery—Custom orthotics can often correct foot and ankle problems to the point where surgery and the corresponding recovery and rehabilitation periods can be avoided. This can be especially important for patients with diabetes who can develop severe complications from surgical procedures. If surgery is required, orthotics inserts can help improve recovery quality.

Although custom-made orthotics are more costly than the store-bought variety, the custom fitting makes these inserts much more effective at treating your particular foot and ankle ailments.

If you need assistance with custom orthotics and diabetic footwear, consult with your foot care professional. 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 (718)-657-8921.

How to Avoid Athlete’s Foot Fungus

foot fungus

Peeling, itchy, and burning skin are the symptoms when an athlete’s foot fungal infection gets all over your feet. While the physical effects are annoying and even debilitating, the foot odor can also be quite unpleasant. The fungi that cause this infection are very prevalent in the environment, so the best way to avoid getting the infection is to avoid the fungi and keep them from getting established in your footwear.

To avoid and treat athlete’s foot fungus, always do the following:

  • Wear breathable socks and shoes—Always let your feet and footwear dry out completely between wearings. Shoes made of breathable fabrics like canvas and Gore-Tex are ideal. Socks should be made of breathable fibers like cotton.
  • Keep your feet clean and dry—Wash your feet every day with warm water and a mild soap. Use antifungal spray or powder in your shoes and on your feet, especially if you are prone to excessive sweating. A non-chemical method to help keep your feet dry is to use cornstarch or baking soda to soak up moisture.
  • Remember that it’s contagious!—Armed with that knowledge, don’t share footwear, socks, towels, or foot care implements and products with anybody else to avoid cross-contamination. Make sure the bath and shower are kept clean and be sure to change your socks every day. Always wear shower shoes or sandals when using public facilities like gyms and locker rooms.

If you are experiencing complications with foot fungus, see your podiatrist for the best care. 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 (718)-657-8921.

Why Does My Big Toe Hurt?

toe pain

Having a painful problem with your big toe can be very debilitating since your big toe is instrumental in helping you to stand and walk. Pain in the big toe can be caused by a variety of causes including disease and injury.

3 main causes of big toe pain include:

  • Gout—This is a painful condition that often affects the big toe. The pain is caused by uric acid crystals which form in the joints and feel like little daggers all over your big toe. Poor diet is often the cause of the increase in uric acid in the circulatory system. Keeping to a healthy diet and weight and decreasing alcohol intake will help avoid the build-up of uric acid.
  • BunionsA bunion is a bump that forms on the joint of your big toe. It is a hereditary condition that can be exacerbated by wearing tight shoes like high heels. As the big toe moves further towards the other toes it can push them over or under each other and cause problems with blistering and corns.
  • Arthritis—A painful big toe condition known as hallux rigidus may be the result of arthritic damage. Properly fitted shoes with custom orthotic inserts can help treat foot arthritis and foot and toe deformities like bunions.

If you are experiencing pain in your big toes, see your foot care professional for the proper care. 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 (718)-657-8921.