Heel pain most often affects the backside or underside the heel. It is seldom a symptom of a serious condition but, it can interfere with normal activities, particularly when a person has to be on their feet and exercise. Like with any pain, a person should see a doctor if it becomes chronic.
Bunions & Hammer Toes
A bunion — a bony bump that can form at the base of the big toe — forms when the big toe pushes against the toe beside it, forcing the big toe to grow bigger and poke out. The skin over bunions often becomes sore and red. Sometimes bunions are caused or made worse by too narrow shoes. They may also be the result of stress on the foot, some other medical condition such as arthritis, or an inherited structural defect. Smaller bunions (bunionettes) can develop on the joint of the little toe.
Custom foot orthotics include custom and prefab devices and insoles that relieve foot and heel pain as well as custom shoes that aid in realignment for the feet. They also allow patients to stand, walk, and run more efficiently and comfortably. Inserts found in stores are highly discouraged and often make the underlying condition worse. Many patients experience immediate relief in their joints and muscles with properly prescribed and built orthotics.
Misalignments of the foot and ankle are common and can decrease athletic performance, as well as, lead to injury. If your sport involves standing on your feet – which is almost everything from soccer to softball – a sports medicine exam with top-rated podiatrist Dr. Ari Rubinstein can improve performance and prevent debilitating foot and ankle problems. Most foot and ankle conditions develop over time due to wear and tear. A foot that moves improperly may not initially be problematic, but can eventually cause a multitude of issues, such as achilles tendonitis, plantar fasciitis, ankle instability, ankle sprains, and shin splints.
Left undetected or untreated, an ingrown toenail can sometimes infect the underlying bone which may lead to a serious bone infection. If a patient has diabetes, an ingrown toenail that is left untreated can lead to severe complications such as poor blood flow and nerve damage in the foot. Foot ulcers sometimes occur which can lead to decay and gangrene (death of tissue). Though easily treated, to a diabetic, an ingrown toenail is a very serious matter.
The ankle is an intricate and delicate network of muscles, ligaments, tendons, and bones. Because ankles are strong enough to bear someone’s body weight, yet complex enough for precision turns and movement, they can be prone to injury and pain. Athletes, people who walk or run a lot, and the aging are most likely to have problems with ankle pain.
Dr. Ari Rubinstein and the team of experts at Lower Westchester Foot & Ankle in White Plains, New York, helps elite and aspiring athletes who’re suffering from soft tissue ankle and foot conditions with Platelet-rich plasma therapy (PRP) injections. This breakthrough regenerative medicine treatment speeds recovery of a wide range of foot and ankle issues, using a patient’s own platelets. For the best results, always select an experienced expert for your PRP therapy, such as the team at Lower Westchester Foot & Ankle. To learn whether you’re a candidate for PRP therapy, call the office or book a consultation online.
A person is said to have “flat feet” when the arches on the inside of their feet are flattened, allowing the soles of their feet to touch the surface they are standing on. This is generally a painless condition that occurs due to arches not developing properly during childhood. They can, however, develop from the simple wear-and-tear stresses of aging or after an injury.
Common warts are small, grainy skin growths that most often occur most a person’s hands or fingers. They are rough to the touch and often feature a pattern of tiny black dots (sometimes called seeds) which are actually small, clotted blood vessels. The common wart is caused by a virus and transmitted by touch. Children, young adults, and people with weakened immune systems are more likely to develop common warts. These usually disappear on their own, but people often choose to have them removed because they find them embarrassing or bothersome.
In four short sessions, the Lunula Laser improves the vast majority of toenail fungus cases. Using two low-power laser lights, the treatments eliminate the fungus without causing any pain discomfort or side effects. Sessions are scheduled at weekly intervals. Oral or topical medications are used in conjunction with the laser treatment to ensure the best outcome and fastest results possible. Rigorous foot and nail hygiene routines are also recommended. Since there’s no downtime, you can continue to participate in normal activities and work while undergoing treatment.