What is the difference?
An orthopedist is a doctor who treats the musculoskeletal system. They treat any part of the human body, and can give injections, prescribe therapy and do surgical procedures.
A podiatrist is a doctor who treats all the systems of the feet and ankles. This means they can take care of nails, vascular issues, neurological problems as well as musculoskeletal issues all involving the feet. A podiatrist receives specific and intensive training in all foot and ankle related issues.
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The winter is finally over (mostly…although I may have just jinxed us. Apologies loyal readers). Spring sports are in full swing (no pun intended baseball players) and unfortunately, with them come many preventable injuries. The most common that we see are tendonitis, growth plate conditions, and bursitis. The occasional bumps and bruises will generally heal quickly, but lingering problems that won’t get better or become worse can sideline a player or end their season.
About 75% of the patents that present to our office with the chief complaint of a painful bunion will undergo surgical intervention. Bunion surgery is an elective procedure, meaning that it is a not mandatory that it be performed. The age range of patients presenting with bunions is very wide. Generally, around 8-80 years of age. However, the general candidate for surgery is more in the 20-65 year-old-range. This is not set in stone and there are exceptions to every rule.
We perform hundreds of these procedures per year between all the doctors in our group. We are experts on the latest techniques, instrumentation and modalities. We constantly stay abreast of advancements and are always looking to improve. We have a 99.9% success rate.
We have minimal complications due to constant attention to detail, diligent follow up and always making sure we are available to our patients after surgery.
Bunions are very very common, some figures as high as 45-50% of the population may have some form of them. We pride ourselves on our top notch care, our low complication rate and our desire to help our patients get better.
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Intoed gait, also referred to as “pigeon toed” occurs when the feet turn inwards (towards each other) when walking. Intoed gait is a very common observation in young children which may be a cause of concern or distress in many parents. Children who have intoed gait may be prone to tripping when walking or running and may even appear awkward when performing those activities. There are many causes of intoeing - the three most common causes can be broken down into three lower extremity segments. It can either be caused by the thigh bone (femur), the lower leg (tibia), or the foot.
Femoral Torsion: The thigh bone is twisted inward.
Tibial Torsion: Twisting of the shin bone which may be caused by positioning in the womb.
Metatarsus Adductus: The feet are curved inward.
With many of these conditions, no treatment or monitoring with close follow up can be all that is necessary. For severe conditions, early intervention is best. Without intervention, the deformity may get worse over time with children frequently tripping or falling, shoe gear and fit issues, or even surgical intervention needed for rigid deformities.
Please call and make an appointment if you feel your child is experiencing intoed gait or pain in the feet. Let us perform an in-depth examination which would include a gait exam and analysis. We will be able to properly diagnose your child’s feet and provide proper treatment plans when needed in order to protect your child from further complications.
As the warm weather begins to return to our area vacations, weddings, sweet sixteen parties, baby showers and beach getaways become a normal part of our weekly routines. I have many patients who present with concern regarding not only the feel but look of their toenails due to either trauma, fungus, bacteria or arthritic conditions like psoriasis. Patients not only want to have relief of pain in shoe gear but are also looking for a way to improve their toes appearance while in sandals or barefoot for the next six months. Keryflex is one of my favorite procedures to perform in the office because the end result is a natural looking and feeling nail and my patients leave with not only relief but a new sense of confidence. Unlike acrylic nails, Keryflex is not water soluble, therefore there is no risk of developing an infection underneath the nail. The keryflex nail is created from resin on top of your currently existing nail and cured with a UV light. The nail can then be painted, filed and you can instantly leave our office with no drying or aftercare. The nail will grow out and can easily be maintained on a monthly basis in the office. Antifungal topical can also be used with an intact Keryflex nail. Some patients suffer a trauma and are in need of a replacement for sometimes up to a year until their natural nail grows in - Keryflex is an excellent solution. Keryflex is offered at our Huntington and Manhasset office locations.
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