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By Dr Aarti Kumar
April 21, 2021
Category: Foot Care
Summer is around the corner and that means our feet will be allowed to breathe again...but that also means taking extra care of them! Puncture wounds are very common during the warm weather due to walking around without shoe gear. What makes puncture wounds unique from superficial cuts/scrapes in the foot is the depth of the wound and the introduction of foreign material (such as our own socks, skin debris, seashells, glass, etc) which can serve as a portal for infection. These wounds require immediate medical attention to thoroughly cleanse the area along with removal of any foreign material and/or debris along with it. Most times, specific antibiotics are indicated for these wounds. It is also important to make sure your tetanus status is up to date if you do step on a foreign object! Obviously if you are a diabetic or have any other underlying medical conditions which suppress your immune system, it is even more crucial to seek podiatric medical care. 
We always recommend wearing supportive shoe gear but understand that the warm weather becomes tempting. Always be careful when walking around barefoot as to not stepping on any foreign objects. That being said, accidents happen and if that happens to be the case; our doctors at Advanced Podiatry are available at several of our locations to help care for your feet. It is good practice to inspect the bottom of your feet after a long summer day just to make sure there are no cuts, scrapes or wounds on the bottom of your feet. If you do notice anything unusual on your feet, do not attempt to self treat at home and come in to get evaluated to avoid any infections. 
Enjoy your upcoming summer...and keep your feet safe!
By Dr David Ehrlich
April 15, 2021
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Athletes Foot  

Athletes foot, also known as tinea pedis, is a fungal infection of the foot which causes itching, redness, pain, and scaling of the skin. It can occur anywhere in the foot, but is most commonly seen in the web spaces, heel, and sole of the foot. It is common among athletes because excessive sweating in closed toed sneakers creates a breeding ground for fungi which thrive in dark, moist environments. Athletes foot can be frustrating to treat, because fungi are resilient organisms which can colonize shoes and sneakers for long periods of time and cause reinfection.

Luckily, many treatments for athletes foot exist. The mainstay treatment is topical anti-fungal medication. If the infection is found on the sole or heel, topical anti-fungal creams are effective in treating athletes foot. However, if infection is found in the web spaces, a topical solution should be used. This is because creams cause more moisture to be trapped in the web spaces, making the environment conducive to more fungal growth. In more severe cases, or if topical medications fail to manage the infection, a short course of oral anti-fungal medication may be considered.

However, the most effective treatment is prevention. Keeping the feet clean and dry, especially in the web spaces, will help to prevent fungal growth. Be sure to change socks frequently and dry the feet well after bathing or showering. Athletes or those who sweat a lot should consider using talcum powder to prevent excessive sweat or moisture buildup.

Athletes foot can be painful, uncomfortable, and unsightly. Additionally, it can spread to other parts of the body since the fungal organisms that cause athletes foot are also responsible for jock itch, ring worm, and nail fungus. Do not delay management of this pesky infection – seek consultation with one of the doctors of Advanced Podiatry!

Since April is National Foot Health Awareness Month, what better time to remind you how to show a little love and respect for a body part many take for granted. 
Most problems occur from poor footwear choices, poor hygiene or personal foot care, and also lack of exercise.
Examine your feet daily, looking for minor changes such as redness, irritation, calluses, and toenail fungus. And, if you have pain in your feet that lasts for two or more days, you should call one of our Advanced Podiatry offices in either Manhasset, Huntington, Plainview, Maspeth, or Coram and one of our award-winning expert podiatrists will be happy to evaluate your problem and discuss treatment options with you.
By Dr David Ehrlich
April 02, 2021
Category: Foot Care

Warts are a common yet frustrating issue to treat for doctors and patients alike. They are caused by a virus, typically Human Papilloma Virus (HPV), which invades the skin and causes irregular growth and discoloration. Aside from being unsightly, warts can cause significant pain, especially when they occur on a weight bearing surface of the foot.

Traditional treatments include topical acids such as salicylic acid which cauterize or burn away at the wart. Other topical drugs such as Imiquimod act as immune response modifiers to help the body fight off the wart. However, topical medications often require multiple applications. Additionally, the wart itself must be “debrided” or scraped before application of these topical medicines which can be painful.

Cryotherapy is another common form of treatment for warts in which the warts are frozen. However, this too can be painful for the patient, and medical literature has shown that recurrence rates after freezing a wart can be as high as 30-40%.

Advanced Podiatry is one of the few podiatry groups in New York that offers CO2 laser therapy for management of warts. The CO2 laser emits a precise dose of heat which is used to destroy the wart. The laser also cauterizes the blood vessels which supply warts to prevent them from recurring. While recurrence rates with topical medications and cryotherapy are relatively high, warts treated only once with the CO2 laser rarely return! Because the warts are debrided with the laser rather than a traditional scalpel blade, scarring is minimal and the end result is wart-free skin which is cosmetically pleasing.

By Dr Aarti Kumar
April 01, 2021
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Springing Forward  
As the dreary winter months finally start to wither away, we are all excited to spring forward! Spring cleaning is in full swing and that also means getting rid of our winter shoe gear...well at least hiding it away for a while. 
Whether choosing sneakers, loafers, sandals or flip flops to rock your spring look, make sure you are paying close attention to the fit of the shoe. If a shoe is too tight/small, you run the risk of exacerbating deformities such as bunions or hammertoes. Too big of a shoe and you risk the formation of blisters. 
It is common to fall prey to fashion over comfort, but it is possible to have both! Make sure a shoe is supportive enough to stabilize the arches and is not floppy. When wearing flip flops or espadrilles, it is better to go with a thicker sole than not.
If you are unsure as to which shoe is better for your particular foot, make an appointment with one of our doctors for a consultation. We can discuss specific shoe gear for your feet or recommend custom orthotics to help provide the support and stability that some lower profile shoes lack. 
We look forward to seeing you in our offices! Until then, enjoy the warm weather and stay safe.

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