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 Foot Problems Encountered by Kids

Children often develop a variety of foot and ankle problems as they grow. However, they may not communicate those issues directly, so you need to be aware of specific signs. For example, tiptoeing or limping may possibly indicate an ingrown toenail. It’s always best to have an evaluation performed by your foot doctor to properly identify and treat problems before they worsen.

3 foot problems often encountered in children include the following:

  1. Overpronation—Children frequently encounter arch problems like overpronation (flat feet) as their feet are growing. While having flexible flat feet is normal in children, you should keep abreast of the situation as the child continues to grow to make sure the arches are forming properly. See your foot doctor for a proper evaluation at least once a year during these developmental periods.
  2. Warts—Painful plantar warts that grow in the plantar fascia on the bottom of the child’s foot can be difficult to diagnose. These warts are often covered by thickened skin and should be treated by your podiatrist. Warts are very common in children and can be spread by contact, so always have warts properly treated.
  3. Sever’s disease—Since the bone growth plates are not yet fully developed in children, they are susceptible to problems like Sever’s disease. Osgood-Schlatter disease is a similar problem that develops in the knees. Your child may need to curtail exercise activities until the natural growth process corrects these temporary plate abnormalities.

For the proper care of your children’s feet, contact your podiatrist. 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 that includes Geoffrey C. Epstein, DPM, Matthew J. Tavroff, DPM, Stuart B. Leon, DPM and Robert J. Leon, DPM 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 Misconceptions Regarding Broken Toes

Many people have potentially damaging misconceptions on what one should do about broken toes. It’s very difficult to determine the true severity of a toe injury without the help of your foot doctor. For example, a poorly treated broken toe with a break or stress fracture can heal improperly, requiring more aggressive treatment at a later stage.

2 misconceptions about broken toes include the following:

  1. If you can walk on your foot, then your toe isn’t broken— A common toe injury is a stress fracture that often causes only intermittent pain. Continuing to walk on a foot with a broken toe can make the injury progressively worse, and you may not notice what is happening until considerable damage has been done. This is especially true for patients with diabetes who often have trouble feeling pain in their feet and ankles.
  2. A broken toe will heal all by itself, so there’s nothing to worry about—This misconception is unfortunately all too common. Whenever you suffer an injury to your foot, you should always take the time to have the situation properly evaluated to avoid causing further problems. Rest the foot and let any swelling subside so you can get a better idea of the damage. If you continue to experience swelling and pain into the second day, you need to see your podiatrist for a proper exam and treatment. For severely bent or fractured toes, surgery may be needed.

If you need help treating a broken toe, 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 that includes Geoffrey C. Epstein, DPM, Matthew J. Tavroff, DPM, Stuart B. Leon, DPM and Robert J. Leon, DPM 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.

3 Ways To Prevent Ingrown Toenails

The rather common condition of ingrown toenails can be extremely painful and debilitating. Because the sharp edge of the toenail often cuts into the skin, you can develop fungal toenail and bacterial infections. In many cases, an ingrown toenail could have been avoided by practicing some simple, proactive measures.

You can help prevent ingrown toenails with the following 3 methods:

  1. Proper cutting technique—The primary cause of ingrown toenails is improper cutting technique. Always strive to trim the nails straight across and a little on the long side so the nail edge is beyond the tender skin of your toes. Use the correct clippers when cutting toenails to help avoid injuries and nail splitting.
  1. Foot protection—Stubbing your toe or dropping something heavy on your foot can contribute to ingrown toenail formation. You can avoid these injuries by wearing protective shoes with steel toes. Properly fitted shoes with a wide toe box will also allow your toes to stretch so they are not pushed together as they are with pumps.
  1. Wear supportive shoes with proper arch support—Overpronation occurs when your arch is not properly supported. The excess pressure from the abnormal foot movement can push the toenails into the edge of your toe. Be sure to have any gait or arch problems evaluated by your foot doctor and use custom orthotic inserts to direct pressure away from the toes and nails.

For the pain and discomfort of ingrown toenails, see your foot doctor for the proper diagnosis and care. The specialists at ETL Podiatry in Briarwood and Melville, NY have unparalleled experience in treating all aspects of foot and ankle problems. Dr. Geoffrey Epstein, Dr. Matthew Tavroff, Dr. Stuart Leon and Dr. Robert Leon are 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 Do My Arches Hurt?

arch pain

Arch pain has a variety of causes. Sometimes the pain radiates to other areas of the foot such as the heel in the condition called plantar fasciitis. Arch pain can get worse after strenuous activity or it can develop slowly after many hours of hard training, work, stress, and pressure on the feet.

It can be difficult to pinpoint the actual cause of arch problems. Your best step is to see your podiatrist for a complete foot exam and a computerized gait analysis to determine your foot type and how best to treat your arch problems. Correcting problems with your arches can also correct knee, back, and hip misalignments.

Arch pain can be caused by the following issues:

  • Stress fractures
  • Tendon, ligament, and muscle strain
  • Structural abnormalities
  • Various types of arthritis
  • Repetitive stress
  • Damage from accident or injury
  • Muscle cramps

Some of the treatments for arch pain include the following:

  • Resting and icing—Resting your foot and applying an ice pack several times a day to the arch will decrease swelling and pain. Ibuprofen or Tylenol will also reduce symptoms. Elevating your foot while resting is also recommended.
  • Custom orthoticsUsing orthotic inserts that are made to precisely fit your foot will support the arch and correct pronation problems.
  • The right footwear—Make certain you wear the correct shoe for the activity you are participating in. Wearing running shoes on the tennis court is just asking for trouble.
  • Switch to lower impact activities—Arch pain can be relieved by switching from high impact activities to cycling, swimming, and weight lifting.

If you are experiencing arch pain, 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.

3 Methods for Treating Bunions

Bunions are a very common foot problem but since they tend to progress so slowly many people ignore them until the big toe is severely bent with a large bump protruding on the side or top.

The tendency to develop bunions is largely inherited but wearing improperly sized or tight fitting shoes like high heels can increase bunion formation.

3 excellent treatments for bunions include the following:

  1. Stretching and strengthening therapy—Physical therapy exercises will increase the flexibility of the tendons and strengthen the toe muscles. Towel scrunching exercises are an excellent method that involves simply standing on a small towel and scrunching your toes back and forth fifteen or twenty times for each foot.
  2. Wear properly sized and fitted shoes—To keep bunions from rubbing on your shoes, wear properly fitted shoes with a wide toe box to accommodate the bunion bumps. Having enough room around the bunion will also help to prevent painful corns from developing on the bunion.
  3. Use custom made orthotic inserts and braces—Orthotic shoe inserts and specially made braces will spread the toes apart to promote straightening and to prevent rubbing and blistering. Larger straightening braces can be worn at night and will help to pull the big toe into the proper position.

Treat bunions early since they become more rigid and painful over time. Surgery may eventually be needed to straighten out the big toe and reduce the size of the bunion bump.

If you need help treating bunions, 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 of Geoffrey C. Epstein, D.P.M. Matthew J. Tavroff, D.P.M. Stuart B. Leon, D.P.M. Robert J. Leon, D.P.M. 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.