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 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.
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.
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 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.