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 Fascinating Foot Facts

Fun Foot Facts

Until you experience an injury to your feet or ankles that causes severe pain or makes it difficult or impossible to walk, you are probably like most people and tend to take your feet for granted.

So keeping in mind the following facts about your awesome feet will hopefully inspire you to take better care of them and to see your podiatrist for regular checkups.

4 fascinating foot facts that may astonish and impress include the following:

  • Your feet are designed for walking and running—A normally active person will take between 8000 and 11,000 steps every day. In a year, that equals enough steps to walk all the way around the earth four times!
  • One foot is usually larger than the other—It’s quite normal for one foot do be as much as a half size larger than the other. Widths also vary with conditions like bunions and flat feet contributing to an increase in foot width.
  • 25 percent of all your bones are in your feet and ankles—There are 26 bones, 33 joints, and over one hundred tendons, muscles, and ligaments in each one of your feet.
  • Women have more foot problems than men—Girls have nearly four times as many foot and ankle problems as men. This is likely due to the wearing of high heeled shoes and pumps that put extreme pressure on the feet and ankles and contribute to conditions like plantar fasciitis, bunions, ingrown toenails and

If you need help with a foot or ankle problem, schedule an appointment with 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 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.

Treating and Preventing Blisters on Your Feet

Blisters can vary in size considerably, but even a small blister can become painfully irritated and possibly infected, especially in patients who have diabetes. Blisters are caused by a combination of heat, moisture, and rubbing that occurs with your footwear. Minimizing these factors can go a long way to blister prevention.

Some tips to help treat and prevent blisters include the following:

  • The correct shoes and socks—Poorly-fitting shoes that are either too loose or too tight can cause blistering on your feet. Have your feet measured and properly fitted and wear moisture wicking socks. A liner sock can also be worn to minimize friction and rubbing against your footwear.
  • Treat hot spots—These hot spots are where you repeatedly get blisters. They can be minimized by using padding and Band-Aids. Custom orthotic inserts can redirect pressure and isolate parts of the foot that are blistering repeatedly.
  • Early detection and remediation—Try not to pop blisters since that tends to disrupt the protective layer of skin. Carefully drain the fluid out of the blister by inserting a sterilized needle in the edge of the blister and slowly squeezing out the fluid into a cotton ball or tissue. Treat with antimicrobial ointment and cover with a Band-Aid. Be sure to trace the source of the irritation and take steps to remove it.

If you frequently get blisters on your feet or if a blister looks infected, see your podiatrist right away. 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.

 

 

What Is Clubfoot?

Clubfoot is a foot deformity that affects nearly one out of every one thousand children.  It is an inherited condition that is characterized by the inward rotation of the ankles. This anomaly often causes the bottoms of both feet to face each other, but one foot only may also be affected.

This problem needs to be properly identified and treated by your foot care professional to avoid major complications with mobility as the child ages.

Clubfoot can take the following two forms:

  • Isolated—When no other health conditions are contributing to complications with the clubfoot, it is referred to as isolated clubfoot
  • Non-isolated—A clubfoot that occurs in conjunction with a neuromuscular disease or other condition is referred to as non-isolated

Treatments for clubfoot include the following:

  • The Ponseti method—A combination of manual manipulation, stretching exercises, and casting or a rigid boot is utilized to gradually redirect the foot into the proper position over a period of many months.
  • Braces—After the cast or boot is removed, specially formed braces will help to keep the foot in the correct position until the foot bones have matured.
  • Surgical intervention—If the clubfoot condition wasn’t noticed early enough, a surgical procedure may be necessary to straighten out the foot. Your foot doctor will make the necessary adjustments to the bones, ligaments, and tendons to properly align them. The recovery period will be extensive and will require physical therapy exercises after the initial healing process.

If you think your child is exhibiting signs of clubfoot, see your podiatrist for the proper diagnosis and 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.