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

What Causes Pain in the Ball of Your Foot?

If you are experiencing a pain in the ball of your foot, you may have a condition called metatarsalgia which is a nerve problem that affects the nerves running along the metatarsal bones of the foot.

The symptoms of metatarsalgia may include:

  • Aching or burning pain—in the ball of your foot
  • Increased pain during activity—that significantly decreases during rest
  • Shooting pain—tingling, and numbness in your toes
  • A lump in your shoe—frequently the feeling caused by metatarsalgia is referred to as a sense that you have a pebble in your shoe

The causes of metatarsalgia

One or more of the following factors are usually involved:

  • Carrying extra pounds—A large amount of your weight is absorbed by the ball of your foot when you move, so losing those extra pounds will take some of the pressure off your metatarsal bones, and decrease the symptoms.
  • Stress fracturesThese hairline breaks in the metatarsal bones or bones in the toes can cause extreme pain. Stress fractures can also alter the way you walk, causing other difficulties further up your spine.
  • Foot deformities—Wearing tight fitting shoes or high heels can cause your foot to become misshapen, contributing to the formation of bunions and hammertoes that are often linked to metatarsalgia.
  • Training too hard—The front of the foot absorbs much of the pressure during activities such as high impact sports, increasing the risk of this problem occurring.
  • Flat feetArch abnormalities can increase pressure on the metatarsal bones, contributing to this condition.

Treatment for metatarsalgia:

Often, conservative treatments such as resting and wearing properly supported footwear with orthotic inserts will alleviate symptoms. If your metatarsalgia is accompanied by other foot problems such as a bunion or hammertoe, surgery may be necessary to realign the metatarsal bones.

Several conditions have symptoms similar to metatarsalgia, so it is important to see your foot specialist for a proper diagnosis. 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).

Some Facts About Flat Feet

Some people have flat feet and don’t suffer any problems from them, but for others, untreated flat feet can cause a variety of foot and ankle issues and can also increase the likelihood of suffering injuries to the knees, hips, and back.

What causes flat feet?

Some of the causes of flat feet include the following:

  • Arthritis
  • Injured or torn tendons
  • Pregnancy
  • Diseases such as cerebral palsy or muscular dystrophy

Some of the signs of flat feet

Wet your feet and then stand on a flat surface so that you can see your footprints. If you have a normal arch, you will see a blank area in the middle of your footprint. However, if your arches have fallen, almost the entire foot touches the ground.

Some other indications of flat feet include:

  • Your feet will appear to turn outward when you walk or stand
  • Uneven wear patterns on your shoes
  • Strain in your lower back and hips
  • Pain and discomfort in the arch area, on the inside of your ankles, or in the calf muscle
  • Pain in your feet upon standing or after walking

What should I do if my feet are flat?

Having your foot type determined with the help of your podiatrist is a great place to start if you are experiencing pain and discomfort in your feet and ankles. A variety of stretching exercises, arch supports, and physical therapies can be utilized to help stop the pain.

Some of the conditions that can arise in association with untreated flat feet may include:

If you are currently experiencing problems from having flat feet, the foot specialists at ETL Podiatry in Briarwood and Melville, NY, have unparalleled experience in treating all aspects of foot and ankle problems and will be happy to assist. 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).

Don’t Ignore These Foot Symptoms

A large number of people have a tendency to try and ignore the existence of foot pain and to discount changes in foot function or appearance. Not paying attention to the initial warning signs of foot issues puts you at risk for developing more serious problems at a later date.

 

Some preliminary signs of foot issues that may worsen if left untreated include the following:

  • Toenail discoloration—The appearance of a yellow or reddish spot under a toenail may be the sign of a fungal infection, or worse yet, cancer! Untreated, a toenail fungal infection can spread to your other toes, and in diabetic patients the infection may become problematic and require amputation of a toe, or even the whole foot. Melanoma is an aggressive type of cancer that can start under the nails and spread to the lymph nodes and throughout the body.
  • Heel and arch pain—Pain in the heel can happen when you step hard on a rock or other small object. If the pain in your heel doesn’t subside after a few days, it may be indicative of a more serious condition and you should schedule a visit with your foot doctor for proper evaluation and treatment.
  • Pain in the big toe—Pain from an ingrown toenail may be a sign of infection. Also, the sudden occurrence of big toe pain may be from gout, which is caused by painful uric acid crystals forming in the joint. Rheumatoid arthritis also may first appear in the big toe joint and in the joints of the smaller toes and fingers.
  • Foot and ankle swelling—Some minor swelling caused by a sprain, tight fitting shoes, or from standing on your feet all day, is usually nothing to worry about. If pain persists for several days or a week, it may be a sign of a more serious injury requiring immediate evaluation and treatment.

It is extremely important not to ignore what your feet are telling you! Always have a proper evaluation done by a podiatrist in order to help limit any future complications. 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).

Why Do I Have Ingrown Toenails?

The pain and discomfort of an ingrown toenail is something many of us have experienced. The medical name for this condition is onychocryptosis, and it can become a debilitating problem when it affects several toes at once, creating a constant fight with the painful swelling and infections that accompany this ailment.

Since it is not always obvious that an inward growing toenail is the cause of toe pain, a careful inspection by your foot doctor is often needed. You may notice swelling and redness around the nail, and not be able to bear pressure on the edge of the nail. Yellowing, pus, and a warm sensation in the skin around the toe may be signs of an infection that needs to be treated quickly to avoid further complications.

The Causes of Ingrown Toenails

 

Some of the causes of ingrown toenails include the following:

  • Improper nail cutting technique—Probably the main cause of this condition is the nail growing into your skin due to improper cutting. The nail should be cut straight across and evenly so that it spans the entire width of your toe.
  • Injury to the toe—Trauma including stubbing the toe or dropping something heavy on it can cause the nail to grow into the skin.
  • Poorly fitting shoes—Shoes with narrow toe boxes can generate pressure on the toes causing this condition.
  • Fungal nail growth—A fungal nail infection can cause the nail to grow into the surrounding tissues.

 

Treating Ingrown Toenails

Treatments can range from conservative to a surgical resection of the entire nail plate. A less severe ingrown toenail may be treated with warm water soaking and antibacterial balms. You may try inserting a small piece of cotton under the edge of the nail to pull it away from the skin and to help it grow in the proper direction.

For chronic and painful ingrown nail conditions, your foot doctor may be able to correct the problem with a simple outpatient procedure that requires the numbing of the toe and surgical removal of the ingrown nail section.

If you are currently experiencing ingrown toenail trouble, 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).