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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Do overlapping toes need surgery?
Overlapping toes, also known as crossover toes, do not always require surgery to be managed effectively—in fact, as with many other foot and ankle conditions, we consider surgery only as a last resort, when conservative options have been insufficient.
The bad news is that, because the condition is progressive, once toes have started to drift out of alignment, they usually don’t go back to “normal” without surgical intervention. However, if you seek treatment at the first sign of trouble, when symptoms are relatively mild and the joints are still flexible, mild measures may be more than sufficient to stop progression, maintain your mobility, and relieve pain. Such treatments may include modified footwear, toe stretches and exercise, tools such as orthotics or toes spaces, or other techniques.
If you notice drifting toes, don’t wait for the pain to become unbearable. Contact Dr. Mark Gasparini in Massapequa, NY today. You can fill out our online contact form or give our office a call at 516-804-9038 for an appointment.
Why does the middle of my foot hurt?
Between the fore- and hindfoot areas of the foot is the Lisfranc joint complex. If you are experiencing midfoot pain, it is quite likely that you have developed a Lisfranc complex injury. This joint complex consists of bones and ligaments, and most of these injuries happen when the midfoot is excessively twisted. They can be fairly common in sporting activities like soccer or football, especially when an athlete stumbles over the top of a foot that is in a downward flexed position.
There are three types of Lisfranc injuries—sprains, fractures, and dislocations. All three have similar symptoms that include swelling, pain, bruising, and inability to bear weight. In some cases, there may be an abnormal widening of the injured foot.
If you or a loved one is experiencing any of those symptoms, come see us at Foot Specialists of Long Island so that we can provide an accurate diagnosis and determine the best treatment. For more information, contact our Nassau County Podiatrist office by calling (516) 804-9038. You can also schedule an appointment with us directly through our online form today.
What can I do to avoid smelly feet?
When you want to prevent foot odor, your first line of defense is daily hygienic practices. Wash your feet daily with soap and water. After bathing or showering, be sure to dry your feet completely before putting on socks or shoes. Bacteria that can lead to funky odors thrive in damp environments, so keeping your feet dry is a major step in avoiding smelly feet. Wearing socks that wick away moisture and footwear made from breathable materials will also help.
If you are finding that daily cleanings and focused effort on dry feet are not enough, you may need to soak your feet in saltwater, vinegar, or tea to help reduce the amount of bacteria residing on your lower limbs.
These tips should help you avoid foul foot odor, but there are times when professional care is needed. If this is the case, find the treatment you need here at our Nassau County, NY foot doctor office. Foot Specialists of Long Island is committed to your foot and ankle health, including how your lower limbs smell. For more information, or to schedule an appointment with us, either use our online form or simply give us a call at (516) 804-9038.
Would exercise help with varicose veins?
The answer is a resounding “yes!” When it comes to foot, ankle, and lower limb conditions and issues, exercise is often a great place to start looking for treatment options. Obviously, it isn’t always the best option (and in some cases should not be used), but exercise definitely helps with varicose veins. That said, it is important to understand which exercises improve varicose veins.
Exercises to use include walking, swimming, cycling, and even elliptical machines. These are all low-impact, yet still promote healthy circulation. Ones to avoid (or at least limit) include running and weightlifting. Our office can help you create a workout plan that will work best for you.
Exercise is a remarkable place to start addressing varicose veins (and improving your overall health and wellbeing), but there are other treatment options that might be needed. When you want professional care for a varicose vein in Nassau County, NY, contact Foot Specialists of Long Island. We can take a look at your specific situation and find an effective treatment for you, so give us a call at (516) 804-9038 for more information or to schedule your appointment.
Should my baby wear shoes?
As babies develop and start walking, parents have many questions. There can be concern about intoeing or lack of foot arches, but another common inquiry is whether or not babies need to wear shoes. There are varying opinions on the matter, but it does not seem to be necessary for your son or daughter to use footwear, even when he or she starts walking (as long as the walking surfaces are safe).
Some individuals are curious about the matter because there can be the impression that shoes will help contribute to stronger ankles. There is not actually any medical evidence that supports this conclusion, and it may very well be disinformation that comes from the shoe industry itself. Perhaps the best way to think of this is that humans developed strong ankles and bodies long before shoes became commonplace.
When you have foot care needs or questions regarding foot issues for babies, toddlers, and young children, Foot Specialists of Long Island is here for you. You can contact our Long Island, NY podiatrist office by calling (516) 804-9038 and our staff will be glad to assist you, or you can simply schedule your appointment with us online today.
What shoes can I wear with orthotics?
It is rather common to wonder how orthotics work with shoes. These devices are intended to be used as inserts into footwear to help correct a medical condition. The orthotic devices we provide in our Nassau County podiatrist office are customized for you and will be able to work in most styles of footwear you already own.
While they can be used in a wide array of shoes, orthotics work particularly well with athletic shoes, work boots, and shoes worn in the office. Most casual footwear models will also work well with your orthotics. They work best in shoes that have a removable insole.
There is a possibility that a pair of custom orthotics will be beneficial for a painful foot or ankle condition that is ailing you or someone you care about. Come see our doctors at Foot Specialists of Long Island and we can develop a treatment plan that works for you. If this includes a pair of orthotics, we will discuss how they work with your footwear.
Call our Long Island, NY foot doctor office for more information at (516) 804-9038 or fill out our online form to request an appointment.
How long should I have physical therapy after surgery?
It is difficult to provide an assessment with regard to how long you may need physical therapy after surgery without an actual evaluation of your issues and situation, but there are some guidelines that might help. For example, six to eight weeks of physical therapy following a bunion surgery may be recommended. With other procedures, we may recommend four to six weeks of physical conditioning. Still others may take even longer than eight weeks.
What we can say definitively is that we will always take the time to explain the surgical procedure to you first, including what you can expect from recovery. During this discussion, we can estimate more accurately your specific need for therapy.
Our patients know that the preferred course of treatment is conservative, but some cases benefit from surgical intervention. Fortunately, our podiatrist—Mark Gasparini, D.P.M.—has the experience and skill you want from a foot surgeon. Once the procedure is completed, we will provide instructions as part of your postsurgical care, and this might include physical therapy. Simply follow doctor instructions for optimal healing.
To discuss possible surgery, call our Long Island, NY podiatrist office at (516) 804-9038 or schedule your appointment with us online today.
What causes ankle stress fractures?
Stress fractures are different than other types of fractures that can be sustained by bone tissue. In these common overuse injuries, the cumulative forces that accompany every step—whether while running or walking—add up over time and result in a hairline fracture on the surface of a bone.
Contributing factors to the condition are fatigued muscles and the natural cycle of bone cell regeneration and replacement. Muscle tissues often help to absorb a certain degree of the forces that come with physical activity. When they are exhausted from overuse, the forces are transferred to bones.
Additionally, bone tissue undergoes a continual cycle wherein old cells are replaced with new ones. When excessive physical activity interrupts this process, a bone is more susceptible to fracturing.
Causes of this injury include high-impact activities, sudden increase in physical activity, and abnormal foot arches.
Now that you understand the causes of ankle stress fractures, it is important to understand the symptoms and preventative measures for the condition. Foot Specialists of Long Island can help by providing further information, offering prevention advice, and treating these common injuries. Call our Nassau County, NY office at (516) 804-9038 or schedule an appointment with us online.
How long does an Achilles tendon rupture take to heal?
The Achilles tendon is a valuable part of the lower body, as it is used with every step. Given the frequency of its use, it should come as no surprise that it can become injured.
In many cases, an injury with this tendon is simply a matter of Achilles tendinitis, but an Achilles tendon rupture is more severe. Recovery will typically take anywhere from 8 weeks to 6 months to heal, depending on the type of injury. The good news is that the time is worth it, as most people are eventually able to return to their favorite activities—including sports.
No matter the nature of your foot or ankle injury, be sure to call our Massapequa, NY office. We will evaluate the extent of the condition and determine an appropriate treatment plan for you, or refer you to another doctor or surgeon when necessary. Our team will ensure you receive the treatment you require to return to your daily activity, so call Foot Specialists of Long Island at (516) 804-9038 or simply fill out our online form.
What are the best shoes for bunions?
Bunions develop over time when pressure on the inside, front edge of the foot causes the big toe to drift inwards, towards the other toes. This results in the joint protruding out, which appears as a bony bump at the base of the toe. On account of the protrusion, wearing certain footwear can be uncomfortable or even painful.
The best shoes for bunions are those that feature a wide, deep toe box. Narrow shoes place too much pressure on the deformity and the protrusion often extends downward, too, so extra depth is important. Additionally, it is wise to avoid models that have high heels, since they place excessive pressure on the front of the foot.
When you need exceptional care for a problem bunion, Foot Specialists of Long Island is here for you. We can provide treatment to relieve pain and help you determine which pair of shoes is the right one to reduce issues bunions can cause. Contact our Massapequa, NY office today through our online form or call (516) 804-9038 with any questions or to schedule your appointment.