Answers to Questions About Getting Foot and Ankle Care
Want fast answers to your top questions about foot and ankle problems? Farmingdale podiatrist Dr. Gasparini gives you the answers you need to get back on your feet again.
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Should I cut off the corn on my foot?
If corns and calluses are causing foot pain, you need to get proper treatment. To get rid of this dead skin on your foot you need to first soften your feet in water. This is a very important step that should not be skipped or you might end up doing more damage to your feet.
When your feet have soaked for about 15 minutes, you can take a pumice stone or an emery board to the dead skin. Very gently, use the stone to slough away the hardened patch. Always remember to move in one direction. If you feel any pain, be sure to stop. If this method isn’t working to remove the rough patches, and you are experiencing discomfort, you need to get a doctor’s help. One thing you should never attempt to do is cut off the corn or callus by yourself.
Call Mark Gasparini, D.P.M., at (516) 804-9038 to make an appointment in our Massapequa, NY, office.
Why is Caring for Children's Feet so Important?
Taking care of children’s feet is very important, because at certain stages of physical development children’s foot deformities could turn into serious issues that continue into adulthood. Keeping their feet protected is crucial to laying the groundwork for a lifetime of healthy feet. Some conditions are inherited and may be present at birth—clubfoot, for example. Others, such as Sever’s disease, come as a result of trauma or overuse. Still others develop when footwear is problematic, including hammertoe. It’s important to make sure your child is wearing shoes that fit properly. It’s likely that you will be replacing their shoes every few months during growth spurts, so be prepared. Children are less likely to notice when there is an issue with their feet, so it’s up to you to check them regularly for any abnormalities. An annual visit for a consultation at our office is also a good idea, so we can be sure that everything is developing normally.
For more information on children’s foot care call Dr. Mark Gasparini at (516) 804-9038 to make an appointment in our Massapequa, NY office.
Is Surgery Needed for Ankle Injuries?
Not all ankle problems require surgery. In fact, most injuries respond to conservative methods quite successfully. In nearly all cases, noninvasive treatments are tried first. The RICE method—rest, ice, compress, and elevate—and physical therapy are some of the most effective remedies for eliminating swelling and inflammation, and helping the damage heal. Sometimes your foot may need to be immobilized for a while so you can recover without re-aggravating the injury. Only on rare occasions will an ankle injury not respond to conservative treatments or be serious enough that you need surgery to repair it.
If you have an ankle issue, don’t ignore it and hope it heals on its own. If you do, you’re far more likely to develop complications that may need a procedure later. Instead, let Mark Gasparini, D.P.M. of Foot Specialist of Long Island help manage your ankle problems today without an invasive procedure. Call our office in Massapequa, New York (516) 804-9038 or use the web request form to reach us for more information or an appointment.
What is the Difference Between Claw Toe and Hammertoes?
Claw toe and hammertoe have a number of similarities, but they are different conditions. Claw toe is a deformity that involves one or more of the small toes, though typically all four are affected. The middle and end joints in the toes are bent and curled under in this condition. The problem can be the result of a muscle imbalance or a nerve problem.
Hammertoe, on the other hand, only causes the middle joint of the affected digit to bend. Any of the small toes can be affected, but usually it’s only the second digit. Often this deformity happens in conjunction with bunions. It’s caused by a muscle and tendon imbalance. Because these two conditions are similar, they can be difficult to tell apart. Let Mark Gasparini, D.P.M., and our expert staff, help accurately diagnose your specific problem. Then we can help you begin the best treatment for your feet. Don’t wait for the toes to become permanently bent before seeking help. Call (516) 804-9038 to make an appointment at our Massapequa, NY, office.
How can I tell if I have Sesamoiditis in my feet?
Sesamoids are bones that are connected to tendons only and are embedded in muscle. There are very few of them, but one is found under your big toe. Like any other bone in the body, it can fracture and become inflamed. When this happens it’s called sesamoiditis, and it is most prevalent in ballet dancers, baseball catchers, and runners.
There are some common symptoms of sesamoiditis that you can look for to tell if you have it or not. First, you will experience ball of foot pain, focused just below your big toe. The pain may develop over time, or with a fracture immediately. Second, you might notice bruising and swelling. Finally, bending and straightening your big toe will be painful.
Come visit Mark Gasparini, D.P.M in Massapequa, NY and see how we can help you keep your feet healthy and pain-free. You can schedule an appointment by calling (516) 804-9038. Sesamoiditis is painful, but treatable, so don’t let it keep you from being active!
How can orthotics help with foot pain?
Orthotics is a catch-all word for many devices that are used to help with foot pain. An orthotic can be custom-made for your unique foot. Some are meant to change the way you walk so that your gait is controlled; others provide special cushioning or compensate for deformities in your feet. Orthotics can also be bought at a drug store and slipped into your shoe. Some simply add cushioning, and others offer arch or heel support in spots where it may be needed. The main goal of an orthotic is to get rid of pain or fix an existing foot condition that may be causing problems for you. Using these devices could even help with pain further up in your knees or hips.
There are many benefits for using supports in your shoes. If you think they might help your foot pain, Dr. Mark Gasparini in Massapequa, NY can help you out. Just call (516) 804-9038 or use our online contact page to make an appointment today.
How do laser nail treatments work?
A fungal nail infection is caused by fungus that grows in and under the nail. Once the infection takes hold, it can be stubborn to treat. There are topical and oral medications, but these often take a long time and can have some negative side effects. Because of this, we offer laser nail treatment as alternative.
In this simple procedure, a hand-held probe is passed over the nail. It emits an intense beam of light that is targeted onto the affected area. It travels through the nail to eradicate the fungus underneath without harming the nail or surrounding tissue. The treatment is done right here in our office, is painless, and requires no anesthesia.
If you are tired of living with unsightly nails that are discolored or thick and crumbling, it is time to take action. Contact Mark Gasparini, DPM today to discuss this state-of-the-art laser therapy to get rid of your fungal infection once and for all. Call our office at (516) 804-9038 today.
What can I do to prevent Achilles tendonitis?
Achilles tendonitis tends to happen when you increase your activity level too quickly or intensely, have flat feet that excessively overpronate, wear ill-fitting shoes during activity, and having tight calf muscles. To prevent this injury, make sure you ease into exercise if you are just starting out. Always warm up properly, and if you are a runner, limit hill running which puts excessive stress on the Achilles. Wear well-fitting shoes with good cushioning and a firm arch support. Stretch your Achilles tendon and calf muscles every day so they stay flexible, and focus on strengthening them to help reduce the tension on your heel. Tendonitis stems from repeated stress, so mix up your exercise routine to include some low-impact days, or try swimming and cycling instead.
Finally, let us know right away if you have returning pain in your Achilles. We can put a stop to the progression of the injury and make sure you avoid even worse problems like a torn tendon. Contact Mark Gasparini, D.P.M in Bethpage, NY with any questions by calling (516) 804-9038.
What is causing my morning heel pain?
There are a few reasons you may be experiencing morning heel pain in the front, back, or bottom of the heel. The first is a very common injury called plantar fasciitis. This is when the plantar fascia that runs along the bottom of your foot from your toes to your heel becomes strained and inflamed. The plantar fascia tends to tighten back up overnight, so when you step down in the morning, it can be quite painful when the tissue stretches again. Pain at the back of your heel could be the result of tendonitis in your Achilles tendon or there may be strain on the muscles and ligaments in your foot from a heel spur. There is a chance that a fracture could be present as well.
With so many possible causes, we encourage you to visit Mark Gasparini, D.P.M. so we can accurately diagnose the reason for your pain and provide you with the right treatment. Contact us today at (516) 804-9038.
How is heel pain treated?
Technicians have to do a diagnostic search to find the root of the problem when your car or an appliance is broken. We do the same with feet. Pain is an indication that there is a problem, and there are several possible causes for your heel pain. The first step to treating it is to identify what is causing your symptoms. Pain in your heel can be caused by spurs, plantar fasciitis, a stone bruise, and an injury to the Achilles tendon, or possibly a fracture to the heel bone itself. Depending on the nature and cause of your pain, your treatment may include rest, anti-inflammatory medications, icing, stretching exercises, shoe modifications, physical therapy, splinting, casting, or custom orthotics. In persistent cases, we may implement Extra Corporeal Shockwave Treatment to alleviate your discomfort.
Don’t live unnecessarily with heel discomfort when we have treatments that can help. Contact Mark Gasparini, D.P.M. for an accurate diagnosis and effective treatment—call our office in Massapequa, NY at (516) 804-9038.