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 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.
How can I prevent shin splints?
Shin splints occur when the muscles along your shin bones become irritated and inflamed. It’s an annoying condition that almost every runner has dealt with at least once in life. Though often caused by overuse, they may also be a result of stress fractures or flat feet. It is not always possible to prevent shin splints from happening, especially if you run often and on different types of terrain, but there are things you can do to protect yourself. Always make sure you are wearing good supportive shoes with cushioning where needed. Never run without first warming up your body. The muscles in your feet and legs need to be properly stretched or you could do yourself a lot of damage. If you ever feel pain of any kind, you need to stop the activity that is causing that discomfort. Do not push yourself past your limits unless you want to risk long-lasting foot and leg complications.
If your shins are sore, call Dr. Mark Gasparini at (516) 804-9038 to schedule an appointment in our Massapequa, NY office.
When should I call my podiatrist?
A podiatrist is a specialist for a wide variety of foot and ankle ailments, so you should call yours whenever you have pain or some other lower limb concern. Your feet are your foundation. They are designed to keep you standing and walking around without discomfort. Pain is your body’s way of warning you that something is not quite right in your lower limbs. Lumps, bumps, discolored skin or nails, and unusual changes in your feet aren’t normal, either, and should be investigated.
If something happens to your lower limbs and you’re questioning whether or not you should call your foot specialists, you should probably contact them, even if it’s only for more information. Our expert staff would be more than happy to answer your questions and help you determine what care you may need. At our office in Massapequa, NY, we care for everything from general foot check-ups and sports injuries to chronic fungal toes and pain from bunions. Don’t wait until you can barely walk to seek help. Contact Mark Gasparini, D.P.M., by calling (516) 804-9038 or using the website contact form.
How do you treat a stress fracture?
If during some form of physical activity you think you may have fractured a bone, stop the activity immediately, apply ice, and rest your foot and ankle. Stress fractures are injuries to the bone that can range from a crack to an all-out break. Sometimes they can heal on their own, as long as they are given proper rest and weight is kept off of your foot by using crutches or a walking boot.
If your injury is particularly severe, however, surgical options may need to be considered. By inserting metal plates and screws, the bone is held in place then immobilized and supported with a cast. That way it will heal correctly in its proper position.
If you think you may have suffered a stress fracture, and you have tried rest and ice but to no avail, call our Massapequa, NY office at (516) 804-9038 to make an appointment with Mark Gasparini, D.P.M. today.
The arch of my foot hurts. Do I have flat feet?
There are different reasons for arch discomfort, and flat foot pain is one of them. Having no arch and the related issue of overpronation can certainly cause an immense amount of aching in your feet. Flat foot treatment can range from conservative to invasive, depending on your unique condition. There are two different kinds of flat feet: flexible and rigid. Flexible feet may or may not be painful; your foot may look flat when standing but the arch may form when you jump or run. A rigid flat foot means that there is never a noticeable arch, and this can cause discomfort, because your foot isn’t able to do what it naturally wants to do. We can help relieve your pain by fitting you with custom orthotics or prescribing physical therapy to help strengthen the muscles in your feet. In some cases surgery may become necessary, especially if there are co-existing conditions such as a tendon tear.
For more information about flat feet call, Dr. Mark Gasparini at (516) 804-9038 to schedule an appointment in our Massapequa, NY office.
Why is diabetic foot care so important?
People with diabetes have a higher risk for foot problems due to two complications related to the disease: neuropathy and poor circulation. High glucose levels can damage nerves in your feet, limiting your ability to feel pain, cold and heat. They can also cause blood vessels to narrow and harden, impacting healthy blood flow in your feet. A lack of feeling can allow an injury to go unnoticed and poor circulation can cause it to become a non-healing wound. Minor problems in someone else (ingrown toenail, blister or fungal infection) could become major issues for someone with diabetes if you are not treating them aggressively.
In addition to making self-care practices part of your daily routine, it is also essential to be in regular contact with our office. This way we are able to be proactive and quickly treat any problems or injuries that arise before they become serious complications. If you are in need of diabetic foot care, contact Mark Gasparini, D.P.M. in Massapequa, NY at (516) 804-9038.
What is a bunionette?
A bunionette is similar to a bunion, but forms on the outside of the fifth toe, or metatarsophalangeal joint. You’ll notice the protrusion by your pinky toe, usually starting out small and painless, but often growing to be large and painful. If your bunionette is causing you discomfort, not to worry—there are surgical and nonsurgical treatment methods that can help.
Try wearing roomier shoes, padding on your fifth toe, and special custom-fit inserts. If these options do not reduce your pain, surgery may need to be considered. Depending on the severity of your condition, there are a number of different procedures that can help alleviate the pain you’re experiencing. What’s great, is that these surgeries are outpatient and you are at home the same day starting your three to six month recovery period.
Don’t let bunionettes cause you pain or discomfort. Call Mark Gasparini, D.P.M. at (516) 804-9038 in Massapequa, NY. He’ll help you enjoy a happy, active, and pain-free lifestyle.
What shoes should I wear to prevent bunions?
While shoes often get the full blame for causing a bunion problem, they really are only one aggravating factor. The tendency to have a bunion problem is most often due to genetics, although shoe choice can lead to bunions developing or worsening sooner. When it comes to footwear, shoes for bunion prevention will avoid having tight, pointy shoes. When the toe box of a shoe is narrow and squishes your toes together, it can encourage the joint of the big toe to become misaligned and cause the big toe to lean inward. There should be around ½ inch of space between the end of the shoe and the end of your longest toe, and your toes should not be cramped or squeezed together. Tight, pointed high heels generally would be a style of shoe to avoid.
Do not hesitate to contact Mark Gasparini, D.P.M. if you would like further information or require treatment for a bunion problem. Call our office in Massapequa, NY at (516) 804-9038 or request an appointment online.