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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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.
Can I cut off my corn?
You should never attempt to cut off, trim, or shave a corn on your own feet! Although it may seem like the fastest way to deal with the problem, there is a very serious risk that any “bathroom surgery” you perform will lead to a serious – and potentially dangerous – infection.
If you have diabetes, poor circulation, neuropathy, or other potentially complicating conditions and corns are bothering you, give us a call and we can advise you on the next steps you should take.
If you do not have any underlying health problems, you may attempt to treat your corns at home in the following manner:
Soak your feet for about 15 minutes to soften the skin. Then, use a pumice stone or emery board and very gently slough away the hardened patch of skin. Always remember to move in one direction, to not remove too much skin, and to stop immediately if you develop any pain or bleeding. Follow up moisturizing your feet daily and wearing comfortable, breathable, and well-fitting socks and shoes until the corn disappears on its own.
If this method does not work and your painful corns won’t go away or keep coming back, you will need help from a doctor.
Again, do not attempt to cut into your corns yourself. Give the Foot Specialists of Long Island a call or click here to make an appointment in our Massapequa, NY, office so we can take a look. We will be able to provide relief from your corns in a safe and controlled environment, and can also help you figure out what’s causing your corns in the first place so you can prevent them from returning
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.