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

Causes of Swollen Feet and Ankles

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Excessive fluid retention and swelling in the feet and ankles can happen from being on your feet all day. For many people, just taking off your shoes and resting with your feet up will allow the swelling to subside. Even sitting for long periods of time such as during bus or plane trips can contribute to fluid retention in the feet. Try to get up and move around periodically to help avoid this. If your feet are staying swollen, it could be a sign of a more serious condition that needs attention from your podiatrist.

Many issues can cause or contribute to swelling in the feet and ankles including the following:

  1. Being overweight—Being severely overweight puts excess pressure on your feet and ankles, making it more likely that they will swell.
  2. Side effects from medications—Blood pressure medications, steroids, and hormone replacement therapy can have the side effect of causing swelling in the feet and ankles.
  3. Poor circulation—Vein and artery problems can decrease the blood vessels’ ability to move fluid, with a resultant swelling of the feet and ankles.
  4. Ankle sprains and strains—Minor swelling often happens even after just a slight twist or sprain. A severe ankle sprain or sports injury can swell the foot considerably.
  5. Pregnancy—Some swelling of the feet is a normal part of being pregnant.
  6. Systemic diseases—of the kidneys, liver, heart, and lungs can increase swelling in the feet and ankles.

If your feet and ankles remain swollen constantly, you may have a serious condition, so be sure to see your foot doctor. 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.

How to Treat an Ankle Sprain

Twisting your foot and causing an ankle sprain is one of the most common injuries treated by podiatrists. Just stepping absentmindedly on the curb crossing the street while staring at your phone can have you limping in pain in no time. Ankle sprains also frequently occur during sports and exercise. Treating an ankle sprain correctly is essential for proper healing to occur and to avoid additional injuries that can lead to chronic pain, stiffness, and instability.

Be sure to see your foot doctor if you have a severe ankle sprain for a proper physical exam. Imaging studies such as x-rays or MRI may be needed to check for soft tissue damage and to confirm if there are any broken bones.

Treatment for ankle sprains includes the following:

●      The RICE method: (rest, ice, compression, elevation)

●      Pain relievers like ibuprofen and Tylenol

●      Crutches may be necessary to take the weight and stress off the foot and ankle

●      A walking boot or cast may be required to immobilize the ankle joint while it heals

●      Physical therapy exercises are essential for restoring strength, flexibility, and stability

Preventing an ankle injury from occurring in the first place or preventing a reinjury involves some practical advice like warming up before exercise, and wearing properly fitted shoes that are appropriate for the activity. Custom orthotic inserts can be used to increase balance and prevent falls and injuries.

If you need help treating an ankle sprain, 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.

Skin Growths on Your Feet Could Be Cancerous

Skin cancer is often associated with sun exposure. However, cancer can even affect areas of the body that don’t usually suffer from the effects of excess ultraviolet light, like the feet and ankles. Growths on the skin can be cancerous, and since they can look a lot like other skin conditions, you should have your suspicious looking moles, warts, blisters, etc. properly inspected.

Some of the skin cancers that can affect your feet include the following:

  • Potentially deadly melanoma—Melanoma growths begin on the top layer of the skin and then proceed inward. But, since they don’t spread very far on the surface, their malignancy can go unnoticed until the cancer has reached your circulatory and lymphatic systems. At this point, the cancer can spread throughout your body and become quite deadly. These cancers can also grow under your toenails where they look like toenail fungus, so be sure to see your foot doctor for proper identification.
  • Squamous cell cancer—The painless but sometimes itchy bumps that are characterized by this type of skin cancer can have a very similar appearance to warts. Always have an evaluation done by your foot doctor.
  • Basal cell growths—This is one of the least aggressive types of cancer since it tends to stay in the surface area without spreading very far inward. However, if left untreated, it can cause disfigurement and nerve cell and muscle injury. This cancer can also mimic psoriasis and eczema, so get it checked out.

Always see your foot doctor for any growths on your feet to help prevent cancer. The foot doctors 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.

Why Does My Heel Hurt?

Heel pain has many causes. Heel pain can even make you alter the way you walk, causing gait abnormalities that can radiate pain and other problems to your knees, hips, and back. While some causes of heel pain (such as heel spurs) can be alleviated by changing to different footwear, you should always see your podiatrist for pain and discomfort that lasts more than several days.

Some common causes of heel pain include the following:

  • Achilles tendon injuryThis tendon is the largest in your body and it connects your calf muscle to your heel bone. Debilitating pain and swelling in this tendon from excessive exercise and sporting activities are very common and need to be promptly treated by your foot doctor to avoid a possible severe tear or rupture.
  • Plantar fasciitisThe wide band of tissue that forms the bottom of your arch is called the plantar fascia. When this tissue becomes stretched or even torn due to excess stress and pressure, the result is severe discomfort. The pain is felt in the arch and can also be felt in the heel where the plantar fascia inserts into the heel bone. Plantar fasciitis often first exhibits as morning pain in the heel that decreases when you put weight on your foot. This condition can quickly worsen without prompt attention.
  • Tarsal tunnel syndrome—A large nerve that travels behind your heel in an area called the tarsal tunnel can become injured or diseased, causing a painful burning and tingling feeling. This condition can have similarities to other causes of heel pain, so be sure to see your foot doctor for the proper diagnosis and treatment.

If you are experiencing heel 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 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.