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

4 Treatments for Sesamoiditis

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Sesamoiditis is the name of a fairly common and painful condition that involves the two pea-sized sesamoid bones that are located in the ball of your foot. These small, free-floating bones help absorb and distribute the considerable weight and pressure imparted to the feet when you are standing, walking, and exercising.

If you experience severe pain when you try to bend your big toe and if the ball of your foot is painful, red and swollen, then you may have sesamoiditis. Other conditions including neuromas and metatarsalgia have symptoms that are similar to sesamoiditis, so be sure to see your foot doctor for the proper diagnosis and treatment.

4 treatments for sesamoiditis include:

  1. Decrease stress and swelling—Resting, icing, and elevating the affected foot will allow the sesamoid bone area to rest and heal.
  2. Wear properly-fitted shoes—Correctly-fitted shoes with a lower heel cup and softer soles will decrease pressure on the ball of the foot.
  3. Medications—Steroid injections may be helpful in decreasing pain and inflammation.
  4. Custom orthoticsSpecial braces and custom- made orthotic inserts can be used in your footwear to isolate the sesamoid bones and relieve stress and pressure.

For sesamoiditis that doesn’t improve with these conservative treatments, surgery may be necessary for long-term relief.

If you are experiencing pain and discomfort in the ball of your foot, see your foot doctor for expert 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.

2 Common Toenail Problems

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It may not seem important until you develop a painful toenail condition, but noticing changes to the color and texture of your toenails can give you an early warning of an impending painful problem. Early detection can help decrease the duration and severity of conditions like ingrown and fungal toenails.

2 of the most common toenail problems include:

  1. Fungal toenailsIf you see that your toenails are becoming thicker and more brittle at the edges, and if the nail appears to be more yellow or darker than normal, you may have a fungal toenail infection.  Another major symptom of toenail fungus is the unpleasant smell that is created by the fungi as they spread. When a fungal toenail infection has really gotten out of control, complete removal of the damaged nail may be necessary to treat the underlying problem.
  2. Ingrown toenailsWhen a poorly-cut toenail digs into the tender skin on the edge of your toe, it can be very painful and make it hard to wear shoes due to the pressure on your toe from your footwear.  Improper cutting technique is a major contributor to the formation of ingrown toenails. Be careful to cut them straight across and not too short to help avoid the problem in the first place.

If you need assistance with painful ingrown toenails or 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 Causes of Metatarsal Syndrome

The ball of the foot where the metatarsal bones of the middle toes are located is particularly susceptible to irritation from all the stress and pressure that repeatedly pound the area during walking and playing sports. One of the conditions that can cause extreme pain and discomfort in this area is metatarsal syndrome. This condition is similar to the more common condition called carpal tunnel syndrome that affects the wrists.

Developing metatarsal syndrome is associated with the following risk factors and injuries:

  1. Working out and playing too hard—People who participate in rigorous and potentially high-impact activities including football and basketball are more susceptible to developing metatarsal syndrome and similar conditions.
  2. Stress fracturesStress or hairline fractures in the toe bones (metatarsal bones) may be the cause of pain in this area. Imaging studies such as an x-ray or MRI are necessary to confirm the development of a stress fracture
  3. Wearing poorly-fitting or worn out footwear—Try to avoid wearing athletic shoes that are too old and excessively worn since they won’t provide the proper support. Always have a computerized gait analysis done by your foot doctor to determine which shoes and orthotic inserts are right for you.
  4. Foot neuromaThis is a type of nerve disorder that often occurs between the third and fourth toes and can cause considerable pain, numbness, and discomfort.

Pain in the ball of your foot can be triggered by conditions that have very similar symptoms to metatarsalgia, so always 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.

Overpronation Causes Foot, Knee, and Back Problems

The correct way for your foot to operate when you walk or run is for the outer part of the heel to make contact first followed by the middle and ball of the foot. If your foot rolls excessively inward during this rotation it creates a condition called overpronation. The misalignment can cause arch and heel pain and also create problems with your knees, hips, and back.

Having untreated flat feet or fallen arches is usually the cause of overpronation. You can tell if you have flat feet by wetting your feet and then standing on a flat surface. If your foot leaves a full imprint without a gap in the middle, then you probably have flat feet.

Symptoms that you may be having overpronation problems include the following:

  • Observe the wear patterns on your shoes—The pattern of wear on the bottom of your shoes is a telltale sign of possible gait abnormalities. An even wear pattern is normal. However, if the inner side of your shoes and the ball area show signs of excessive wear, then you have a pronation problem.
  • Heel discomfort—Heel pain is often a sign that you are experiencing overpronation. The condition called plantar fasciitis that affects the arch can be a major cause of heel pain.
  • Developing toe deformities—People who have untreated flat feet are also more susceptible to developing toe deformities like bunions and hammertoes.

If you are experiencing foot pain from untreated flat feet, see your foot doctor to help correct the problem. 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, Geoffrey C. Epstein, D.P.M. Matthew J. Tavroff, D.P.M.Stuart B. Leon, D.P.M. Robert J. Leon, D.P.M. 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.