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 Is an Avulsion Fracture?

There are several types of fractures that can affect the feet and ankles, and an avulsion fracture is one such condition that more frequently affects younger athletes. This fracture is characterized by the fact that a small piece of bone tears away with an injured ligament, often striking the elbows, hips, and ankles.

The bones and ligaments of youngsters are still proceeding with the development process and are more prone to experiencing this type of fracture. Usually, with the less severe avulsion tears, they can often be treated with the RICE method (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation). Severe injuries to the foot or ankle will require reattachment by a foot specialist using pins, screws, or other hardware.

Symptoms of a foot fracture include:

  • If you hear a popping or cracking sound, immediately followed by severe pain, you have broken your foot.
  • Swelling, bruising, and tenderness will increase greatly at the site of the pain.
  • You won’t be able to bear weight on the affected foot.
  • Taking your shoes off or putting them on will be painful and difficult.
  • Any protrusion and/or bleeding should be addressed immediately by your doctor.

Since soft tissue damage and hairline fractures may not be abundantly obvious, it is important to have your foot specialist perform imaging studies to see if there is any hidden damage. Immobilization of the foot with a rigid boot may be required for proper healing to occur. When the boot is no longer required, it will be very important to follow a program of physical therapy to slowly increase strength and flexibility without causing a reinjury.

If you suspect you may have complications from a foot fracture, 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).

Plantar Warts Can Be a Hidden Cause of Foot Pain

When you get a wart on the bottom of your foot it can be one of the most painful experiences, but oftentimes the actual wart is hidden under a thick section of skin with only a bump to show its existence. This is especially true when the wart grows right on the ball of your foot or your heel, where a large portion of your weight lands on the wart every time you take a step. This extra weight forces the wart to grow into your foot, hiding from view and requiring the services of your foot doctor to detect and remove.

Symptoms of plantar warts

Some of the symptoms of plantar warts include the following:

  • A bumpy lump of hard skin usually on your heel or ball that indicates a wart may have grown inward.
  • Grainy and lumpy growths with small black dots in the middle called seeds. These are actually the remnants of clotted blood vessels.
  • Consistent, paralyzing discomfort upon weight bearing right at the location of the bump on the bottom of your foot is an indication of wart involvement.

Treatment

Plantar warts are not usually considered to be a major health issue, and these warts can often be treated successfully with home remedies. But severe cases may require more astute sleuthing and possible surgical removal by your foot surgeon.

Some of the treatments for plantar warts include:

  • Skin abrasion with a file or emery paper and then applying acid to gradually peel away layers of the wart until it lessens is an often used solution.
  • Stronger prescription acids from your foot doctor may be required.
  • Freezing the wart with liquid nitrogen is also an option and may be done in conjunction with acid peels by your foot care professional. Don’t try these at home.
  • A vaccine that treats the human papillomavirus, which is a known cause of warts, can often be very effective at wart removal.

To avoid getting warts, always keep your feet clean and dry. Wear shower shoes or sandals in public showers, locker rooms, and pool areas to minimize your contact with the virus that causes warts.

If you are suffering from plantar warts, make an appointment with 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 (929-336-4523).

Why Did My Foot Fall Asleep?

Having your foot fall asleep is often just a normal result of nerve compression that can be caused by the position of your body. But it can also happen when the blood source to your feet is compromised, causing inadequate blood circulation. While these issues will often subside after you change your position and remove the pressure from the affected nerves or blood vessels, if it happens repeatedly with no correspondence to your bodily position, than it may be the sign of a more serious problem.

Some of the more serious problems that can cause your feet to fall asleep include:

  • Nerve disorders—Many places exist in the body where a nerve can become pinched and cause a numbing or sleepy feeling in your extremities. Foot neuromas may require physical therapy, orthotic inserts, or surgery to treat properly.
  • Complications from diabetes—Peripheral nerve damage from diabetes can cause numbness and tingling in the hands and feet. One of the initial symptoms of diabetes is often foot numbness.
  • Vitamin deficiencies and poor nutrition—A poor diet and insufficient intake of B vitamins are associated with nerve issues that can cause numbness and tingling in the feet.
  • Other health problems—Liver, kidney, and thyroid problems can also result in nerve damage resulting in a loss of feeling in the feet.

If your feet fall asleep more often and don’t easily reawaken, you should make an appointment with your podiatrist for further evaluation to help determine the cause. 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 Does the Side of My Foot Hurt?

Peroneal tendonitis is an injury that causes severe pain on the outside of the foot involving the two peroneal tendons, the peroneus longus and the peroneus brevis. These run parallel to each other on the outside of the foot and eventually connect to the muscles of the lower leg. This condition can easily be misidentified as plantar fasciitis and, since the treatment is different, it is essential to see a foot care specialist.

The peroneal tendons work in unison to help roll your foot outwards and also assist your calf muscles in flexing the plantar fascia, which is the wide band of tissue that runs along the bottom of your foot. They also increase ankle stability during weight-bearing exercises and activities.

Symptoms of peroneal tendonitis

 

  • Tenderness—along one or both of the tendons on the outer part of the foot
  • Severe pain—especially while doing sports and exercises
  • Stiffness—when you roll your foot outwards

 

Despite the considerable pain that is caused by this problem, peroneal tendonitis frequently responds very well to physical therapy and home treatments, so surgery is rarely needed.

Treatment options for peroneal tendonitis include the following:

 

  • Resting and icing
  • Stretching the calf muscles
  • Ankle and foot strengthening exercises
  • Single leg balancing exercises
  • Ultrasound treatments
  • Custom orthotic inserts

If your tendons do not improve sufficiently after rest and physical therapy, a custom orthotic shoe insert may be recommended. Over-the-counter shoe inserts are not good for this particular injury since they tend to shift the stress to the outside of the foot, right where the sore tendons are located. It’s important to see your podiatrist for proper insert construction and placement.

 

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).