Posts for: July, 2018

By Dr. Alison Croughan
July 20, 2018
Category: Foot Care
Tags: shoes   Feet   Summer   sunburn   beach   sneakers  

With the most recent heat wave most of our patients are spending their free time at the beach barefoot (understandably) however this brings many new pedal complaints into our office.  Please use the following as a guide on how to protect your feet and toes from summer troubles.

1. SUNBURN - most people will think about putting sunscreen on their faces, arms and even legs; however the feet including top, bottom and in between the toes often gets forgotten.  This is important for not only when you are sunbathing at the beach (think laying with feet up) but also when you are sporting your flip flops and sitting at your child's lacrosse or baseball games.
 
2. Wearing shoe gear when walking on HOT SAND - a must - blisters and superficial burns are common.
 
3. Wearing water shoes in the ocean when you cannot see the bottom to protect your feet from SEA SHELLS and other sharp objects that could cause a cut or scrape potentially causing an infection.
 
4. Watch out for FOREIGN BODIES  along your local shore line or beach - although they may be cleaned daily - we often find pieces of wood or glass in people's feet after a weekend at the beach.
 
5. Wearing appropriate slip resistant shoe gear while boarding and exiting one's BOAT - wet feet on wet surfaces make sprains, strains and even fractures are an unfortunate possibility.
 
If you or a loved one find yourself in one of these predicaments please call our office today; we pride ourselves on same day appointments and always taking the best care of our patients.

By Dr. Joseph DiStefano
July 17, 2018
Category: Toes

Issues with the nails are some of the most common reasons for a trip to your friendly neighborhood podiatric specialist.  We see everything from nail blisters to bone spurs come walking (pun intended) through our doors.  Here is a quick cheat sheet of some of the signs and symptoms of the common ailments that we see.  All due respect to WebMD of course. 

Ingrown nails: We see these every day.  They can range from mild discomfort when you wear a certain pair of shoes, to a full-blown infected toe. Signs that something is wrong usually start very subtly; so coming in for an evaluation at the first sign of trouble is the surest way to prevent a more involved visit. Ingrown nails will often become chronic if they are not properly treated (aka pedicures), so the sooner you schedule, the sooner we can get you pain-free.

Fungus: Also something we see every day, many times throughout the day. Our feet live in our shoes. Days, weeks, months and even years (gross) of sweat collect on the insoles and serve as the perfect environment for fungus to grow: damp, dark and moist. With a proper diagnosis, we can offer cutting-edge treatments and kick that fungus to the curb! 

Pincer nails: These can occur for many reasons, but they always present in the office with the same complaints. The patient notices their nails have an extreme curve, which will cause pain and often infection on the sides where the nail meets the skin.

Onychodystrophy: This is the fancy doctor way of saying, “thickened nails.” Impressive, I know. Often, we will come across a nail that is misdiagnosed as having a variant of fungus or other pathology and doesn’t improve with treatment. Fear not loyal reader, we have many tricks up our sleeves to help your nails look as normal as possible.

Psoriasis: Often, one of the manifestations of autoimmune disease is seen in the peripheral tissues of the hands and feet.  Always be sure to tell your podiatrist everything about your medical history, no matter how small or insignificant it may seem. 

This is just a small taste of the most common things we treat on a daily basis. The take-home message is the same though. Come on in! 

And eat your heart out WebMD.




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Manhasset, NY Podiatrist
Advanced Podiatry
2110 Northern Blvd.
Suite 208
Manhasset, NY 11030
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181 Main St.
Suite 207
Huntington, NY 11743
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55-31 69th St.
Maspeth, NY 11378
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488 Great Neck Rd.
Great Neck, NY 11021
(516) 544-1731
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875 Old Country Rd
Suite 100
Plainview, NY 11803
(516) 544-1722

Roslyn, NY
1514 Old Northern Blvd.
Roslyn, NY 11576
(516) 484-1420
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