There are many conditions that can affect the look and function of your feet. Whether you are concerned about chronic pain and discomfort in your feet or just want to improve the way they look, we can help. When the people of Brooklyn need to turn to a podiatrist that understands how to treat common foot problems, they come to The Foot Specialty Practice first.
Our foot doctors are well-educated and informed about common foot problems that affect the people of Brooklyn. No matter how big or small your issue is, we are confident that we can help diagnose the problem and come up with a solution that works for you.
Normal feet have an arch on the inside of the foot. If you notice that the inside of your feet are flat on the floor when you walk, your arches may not have developed correctly when you were a child or an infant. Flat feet can also develop after an injury or the average stress that comes with age.
While treatment isn’t always necessary for flat feet, painful cases can be treated with therapy, stretching exercises, proper shoes, or even surgery for the more severe situations.
The most common cause of pain in the heel is plantar fasciitis. This condition occurs when the ligament that connects the bone of the heel to the toes is swollen, inflamed or weak. You may notice pain in your heel or on the bottom of your feet when you walk or stand with plantar fasciitis.
This condition is typically treated with rest, anti-inflammatory medication, good shoes and simple exercises.
Bunions are characterized by bony, unnatural lumps where the big toe attaches to the foot, right at the base of the toe. This forces the bone out and a bunion is formed.
This condition is treated with proper shoes, bunion pads, over the counter medication and even surgery.
An imbalance in the ligament and muscle around the toe joint bends the toe’s middle joint and causes it to become stuck, resulting in a hammertoe. This condition can occur in any toe. Hammertoes are either rigid or flexible.
Depending on the severity of the condition, hammertoes can be treated with corrective shoes, medication and surgery.
Athlete’s foot is characterized by a rash on the skin of the feet, typically in the form of a fungal skin infection. Typically, this condition is caused by a fungus that grows within or on the skin’s top layer. Athlete’s foot can spread easily, so fast treatment is essential.
This condition may be treated with both non-prescription and prescription anti-fungal medications. If your case is severe and doesn’t seem to be improving, your podiatrist may also prescribe an oral antifungal medication.
Repeated friction from irregular shoes or bony areas rubbing against skin can create protective layers of dead skin cells known as corns. Typically, corns are formed on the toes, and can be extremely painful.
Corns should never be removed with scissors or clippers, and many can be treated with padding or moleskin on the sensitive areas.
Calluses typically develop on the soles of the feet, and are similar to corns. They can develop from an irregularity in your shoes or skin that rubs against a bony area. Calluses are bumps made of dead skin cells to protect the affected area.
Calluses are treated very similarly to corns, with additional padding or moleskin placed to cover the affected area. Again, calluses should never be removed with sharp instruments in your home, and any over the counter treatments should be discussed with a Brooklyn podiatrist before they are implemented.
When the sides or corners of your toenails dig into your skin in a painful way, you may have an ingrown toenail. Ingrown toenails are usually created by incorrect nail trimming, but can also be the result of heredity, poor foot structure, injury, shoe pressure or a fungus infection.
If the condition becomes serious and painful, it may be necessary to have the ingrown piece of the toenail removed for treatment.
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No matter what type of foot problems you deal with, we are here to help. Call us today to schedule an appointment with a qualified Brooklyn podiatrist that you can trust to come up with the right care plan for you.
When the people of Brooklyn have concerns or questions about their feet, they call us first at (718) 345-3450.