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

3 Common Causes of Ingrown Toenails

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Ingrown toenails are a common problem that causes swelling, redness, oozing, and intense pain where the edge of the toenail pushes into your tender skin.  It’s common for a bacterial or fungal toenail infection to form, causing yellowing and fluid discharge that frequently has an unpleasant odor. When a toenail has gotten particularly out of control, it’s always best to seek treatment from your podiatrist for the proper care.

3 of the most common causes of ingrown toenails are:

  1. Improper toenail cutting technique—This is probably the predominant cause of an ingrown toenail. Cutting the nails too short and too close to the toes can allow the edge of the nail to start growing into the skin.
  2. Toe injury—Dropping something heavy like a laptop computer on your toe or accidentally stubbing your toe can cause an injury that can damage the nail and cause it to grow into the soft, tender skin.
  3. Wearing shoes that are too tight—Tightly-fitting shoes like high heels push your toes together and press on the toenails, increasing the chances of developing ingrown toenails.

Treatment for ingrown toenails may consist of the following:

  • Edge lifting—Try to lift up the edge of the toenail where it is hitting your skin and insert a small piece of cotton to hold it up and away from the skin. This will direct the nail to grow out over the skin instead of directly into it, but it will take a couple of weeks.
  • Nail removal—For severe ingrown toenails, your podiatrist will have to cut away the nail to stop the continuing damage and pain.

If you are experiencing pain and discomfort from ingrown toenails, see your podiatrist for the proper 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.

How To Treat a Painful Foot Callus

Experiencing the rough skin on your feet that is caused by a callus can be uncomfortable and unsightly and can make it difficult to walk without extreme pain and discomfort. Small calluses can often be treated by shaving the hardened skin with a pumice stone or file. This will also allow moisturizers to penetrate more deeply.

Since safely removing the dead skin of large calluses on your feet can be hard to do without causing an injury, see your podiatrist to properly remove this cracked and hardened skin.

Treatments for calluses on your feet include the following:

  • Custom orthotic shoe insertsCustom made inserts can be created to fit to your precise foot shape to direct pressure away from the heel and ball area where calluses are frequently a problem.
  • Shaving the skin (debridement)—Your podiatrist will carefully remove the dead skin using a special tool without causing any unnecessary bleeding.
  • Acid peeling chemicals—Prescription formula salicylic acid solution can be used to soften the skin and make it easier to remove the callus. These stronger acids are much more effective than the kind available at retail establishments. Your foot specialist can combine this treatment with the debriding procedure for more complete removal of the calluses.
  • Surgery—For severe cases such as in situations where an underlying toe abnormality like a bunion is causing the callus, your foot surgeon may need to correct the toe abnormality first. Large calluses or heel fissures may also require a surgical procedure to provide relief from pain and discomfort.

If you need help treating calluses on your feet, 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.

6 Causes of Foot Numbness

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Numbness and burning in your feet and ankles can cause everyday activities like standing, exercising, and walking to become dangerous. This is because it can be difficult to detect an injury and you are more likely to have balance and coordination problems that could cause a fall. Patients who have diabetes need to be especially careful. Make regular visits to your foot doctor for early detection of a variety of foot and ankle problems to help lessen their severity.

6 causes of tingling and numbness in your feet and ankles include the following:

  1. Neuroma—These are growths around nerves and tissues usually between the third and fourth metatarsal bones. A neuroma can constrict the nerves causing numbness and tingling.
  • Wearing improperly-fitted shoes—Wearing shoes that constrict your feet and interfere with blood circulation can cause numbing and tingling.
  • Being sedentary—By staying seated in one position for a long time, the nerves in the legs and feet can become crimped and pressured from the lack of movement. Remember to get up and move around a few times an hour whenever you are taking long bus, train, or plane journeys.
  • Peripheral neuropathy—This is one of the major complications of diabetes and involves nerve damage caused by excess blood sugar levels.
  • Sprain, fracture, or other injury—Sustaining an accident or injury to the foot or ankle can result in numbness and tingling due to possible nerve damage.
  • Spinal cord damage—Spinal cord damage from a slipped disc or other problem can cause foot and ankle numbness and tingling.

If you have numbness and tingling in your feet, 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.

How To Treat a Foot Neuroma

A neuroma is frequently referred to as being a nerve tumor. Actually, a foot neuroma is a swelling of the tissue that occupies the space around the nerves that supply sensations of feeling and movement to your toes. As the nerves in the ball of the foot are irritated and inflamed, an annoying burning and tingling sensation is often noticed in the toes.

Foot neuromas can be difficult to diagnosis since they can have symptoms similar to other problems that affect the ball of the foot such as metatarsalgia. Therefore, it’s extremely important to contact your foot care professional for the correct diagnosis and proper care.

  • Initially, your foot doctor may be able to detect a neuroma during a physical exam.
  • Ultrasound and advanced imaging studies will be done to confirm the findings.
  • X-rays and MRI studies will be used to determine the precise location of the growth.

Treatments for a foot neuroma consist of the following:

  1. Proper arch support—Fully supporting the arch will shift your weight and decrease pressure on the nerves in the ball of the foot.
  2. Custom orthotic insertsThese specially designed shoe inserts are used to isolate the ball of the foot and shift the pressure away from the nerve that is causing the pain.
  3. Steroids—These medicines may be effective at eliminating pain when they are injected into the ball of the foot, but they may have undesirable side effects.
  4. Surgery—In the more difficult cases, surgery may be necessary to remove the neuroma from the nerve. This procedure may result in some loss of feeling but will eliminate the pain and tingling.

If you feel that you are suffering from a foot neuroma, see your podiatrist 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.