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

Haglund’s Deformity Causes Heel Pain

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Haglund’s deformity is sometimes called the “pump bump” since it tends to affect people who frequently wear tight-fitting shoes like high heels. The bony protrusion that is the telltale sign of this condition forms near the Achilles tendon.

It isn’t always painful in the beginning, but the condition can lead to a complication called bursitis which may cause the tendon to pull away from the bone. Bursitis can also increase the development of calcification causing the bump to become larger and more problematic.

Some of the conservative treatments for Haglund’s deformity include:

  1. Wear softer shoes—Backless sandals or very soft canvas footwear will help by removing the pressure on the heel.
  2. Pain medications—Ibuprofen can reduce pain and inflammation.
  3. Resting and icing—Rest your foot and decrease inflammation by applying ice wrapped in a towel to the area for ten or fifteen minutes several times a day.
  4. Physical therapy exercises—Stretching and strengthening therapy exercises will increase muscle strength and flexibility and decrease pressure on the heel.
  5. Orthotic shoe inserts—Heel lifts placed inside the shoe will minimize movement of the foot and provide relief of pain and discomfort.

Some of the above methods will also treat bursitis that is often seen in conjunction with a Haglund’s deformity. In more severe cases, surgical removal of the bone may be required to provide pain relief and allow normal shoe wearing to occur.

If you are experiencing a painful Haglund’s deformity, see your podiatrist for the proper 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 (718)-657-8921.

How To Prevent Painful Plantar Warts

Plantar warts can grow hidden under the skin on the bottom of your foot. The only sign that you have a plantar wart will be a painful bump that hurts when you walk on it. Warts are caused by the human papillomavirus that can enter under your skin through cuts and scrapes.

Since plantar warts can mimic other conditions and be hard to identify and treat, you should always see your foot doctor for the correct care. Treating plantar warts involves removing layers of skin and treating the wart with acid or liquid nitrogen. However, preventing warts in the first place is obviously the best way to go.

You can help prevent plantar warts by avoiding the virus that causes warts in the first place:

  1. Keep your feet clean, dry, and protected—To help eliminate microbes on your feet, wash and carefully dry your feet at least once every day. Always wear clean and dry socks and shoes. Allow your footwear to dry out completely between uses.
  • Avoid spreading the virus—Since warts can spread from one part of your body to another, try not to scratch your warts to avoid this cross contamination. The HPV virus is hard to avoid, so always wear protective sandals or shower shoes when using public showers and locker areas to limit your contact with microorganisms.

If you notice a painful bump on the bottom of your feet, you may have a hidden plantar wart. Be sure to see your foot doctor for the 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 (718)-657-8921.

How To Avoid Fungal Toenail Infections

When the fungi that cause a fungal toenail infection get underneath your toenail, the nasty little microbes can cause the nail to become yellow, thick, and brittle with a terrible odor in many cases. Fungal toenails can be hard to fix once the infection has become advanced, so see your podiatrist if this is the case. Preventing contact with the microbes in the first place is the best way to avoid a fungal infection.

 To avoid toenail fungus infections, adopt the following practices:

  • Clean and dry your feet regularly—Wash and dry your feet once or preferably twice a day. Let your shoes dry out between wearings to help eliminate the moisture that fungi love.
  • Use antifungal sprays—on your feet and in your shoes to kill any lingering fungi.
  • Cut your toenails properly—to avoid painful ingrown toenails that often lead to a fungal toenail infection. The nail can break the skin and allow the microbes to get in.
  • Wear shoes that allow your feet to breathe—Wear lightweight, breathable socks that wick away moisture. Choose shoes that are lined with Gore-Tex or other breathable fibers.
  • Keep your feet protected—Remember to wear shower shoes or sandals in public locker rooms, pool, and shower areas to decrease your contact with the microbes.

If you are experiencing the pain and discomfort of a fungal toenail infection, see your foot doctor 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.

4 Ways To Treat and Prevent Plantar Fasciitis

The plantar fascia is the connective tissue that runs across the bottom of your foot between the metatarsal bones that form your toes and the heel bone. When this tough yet delicate tissue is overly stressed, or if tiny tears develop, the pain and debilitation can be severe. The pain often radiates to other parts of the foot including the heel area in a condition called plantar fasciitis.

Since plantar fasciitis symptoms are very similar to those experienced with a peroneal tendon injury, you should see your podiatrist for proper diagnosis because the treatments for these injuries are quite different.

4 great exercises to treat and prevent plantar fasciitis include the following:

  • Arch stretches—From a seated position, place one foot over your lap and pull the toes back to stretch out the arch. Hold for 15 seconds and repeat five times. Switch leg positions and repeat with the other foot.
  • Calf stretches—While facing a wall with one leg forward and one leg back, bend the knee of the forward leg and stretch. Hold for 15 seconds and repeat ten times with each calf.
  • Step stretches—While standing on the edge of a step slowly lower your heels to produce a stretch in the Achilles tendons and calves. Then raise your heels up and repeat this exercise ten times.
  • Calf strengthening exercises—While standing, raise your heels to stretch out your calf muscles. Lower and repeat twenty times.

If you have pain in your heel or arch, contact your foot doctor for the 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 (718)-657-8921.