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All you need to know about podiatry in NYAre your feet bothering you? Do you have blisters on the soles or on the toes or on the heels? Does walking feel like you’re always hurting? Do you have to steel yourself to even get up on your feet? Have you suffered a foot injury or one to your lower leg? Do you have complications from diabetes? Then you most likely need to see a podiatrist. Do you ever wonder what a podiatrist goes through to get their job - and what do they do? All you need to do is relax and read this.

 

Here is all you need to know about podiatry

 

Education

 

Just like any doctor, a podiatrist first goes to medical school - though it’s not a regular one where they learn about all different kinds of medical practices before they elect to study a specific field. There are specific ones devoted to just podiatry. Before they go there, the vast majority of them study courses like chemistry, biology, and physics in college to give them a base of knowledge to build around. In podiatry school, they learn all aspects of the human foot, how it moves, all the bones that are involved in it and what conditions can occur - this is a four-year program.

 

Once they have finished, they then go to a hospital for a residency where they will see many patients over the course of their three-year stay there. This will be done alongside many other medical specialists, like surgeons, anesthesiologists, and even pediatricians. They see people of all ages that come into the hospital needing help with their feet or their lower legs.

 

Conditions Treated

 

Feet are not the simple things that people use to walk or run from place to place. They are also quite capable of being injured - as someone who has rolled their ankle doing something as dangerous as walking down a step can tell you. There are a lot of things in that area - like bones and various tendons. When they are effected, your mobility can be decreased drastically.

 

Podiatrists can see everything from a simple ankle sprain to broken bones to hammerhead toes that are a result of wedging one’s feet into shoes that are way too small. Ingrown toenails are definitely a thing that they often see. They can help you cut your toenails properly… and even give you tips on how to moisturize them. Do you have flat feet? They can prescribe inserts that you insert into your shoes that help round the arches of your feet.

 

When To Visit One

 

Podiatry in Levittown, NY All you need to knowYou should see one if you are experiencing pain in your feet that does not go away with rest. If you sprain your ankle and the swelling does not go down even with applying ice and elevating your feet. If you notice there is general swelling or cuts on your feet that are not healing even when you put medicine on them. Swelling of the feet can mean a variety of things - and if you feel itching in that area or the sensation of bugs crawling on them, then that could be a sign of diabetes.

 

Podiatry, like many other medical fields, is an intricate one that can have a wide array of conditions to look after. People need their feet to get around and often neglect them, putting them into ill-fitting shoes or ignoring signs like swelling or bruising until it’s an emergency. Having a really good podiatrist on your side can make a big difference in terms of how well you can move around - or even your overall ability to walk, since some people need to have parts of their leg amputated due to diabetes.

 

Do not be afraid to look around for a podiatrist. Your feet are worth having the best take care of them. Always listen to your gut and take whatever recommendations/reviews with a grain of salt - your own opinion is the one that matters the most. Do your research and look at the office when you visit - is it clean? Well-run? Do patients have to wait a long time? Is the doctor friendly or seemingly hurried? Take all of those and fact them into your decision.


Dr. John J Hickey has helped many patients with their foot problems thanks to both his extensive education and experience in the field of podiatry. If you live in the Levittown area, make an appointment today to see him  - you can call 516-735-4545.

 

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Levittown, New York 11756

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August 05, 2020
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Fungus and the Feet in Levittown, NYWe diligently take care of a lot of parts of our bodies. Our face? We wash our hair, shave, and moisturize to keep it looking fresh. Hands? We cut our fingernails and file them to keep them smooth along with moisturizing them. We soap up the rest of our bodies when we shower. Well… the vast majority of it. But we tend to ignore our feet.

 

When it comes to ignoring the feet, we do it so many different ways - we cram them into shoes that don’t fit or make you perform an odd balancing act every step that you take. Many of us also let our toenails grow to absurd lengths before remembering to cut them. All of this can lead to breeding grounds for fungus, which can make life very annoying and even dangerous to some.

 

It doesn’t have to be that way. Here are some of the fungi that affect the feet and how to care for and even prevent it.

 

Athlete’s Foot

 

Athlete's FootLike many other ailments and conditions, this isn’t just relegated to people who play sports or work out. The medical name for it is tinea pedis and you usually see it start in the area between your toes. It will look like a scaly rash and it starts because your feet get sweaty while also being squeezed into tightfitting shoes. Conveniently for the fungus, it’s also dark in there, which can help it grow.

 

You’ll feel itching, burning, and stinging in the area. Another reason why it’s called athlete's foot is that you can get it from the surface of things like gym locker room floors or even towels at the gym. It can be fixed with lotion that you buy over the counter at any drug store. You should also wear flip flops or shower shoes when using the shower at the gym and always make sure that you use a clean towel. Walking barefoot at home is one thing, but since so many people use a gym locker room, it can easily be spread. See a doctor if it doesn’t go away after two weeks or if you have diabetes, since that can lead to a secondary infection.

 

Toenail Fungus

 

This condition, known as onychomycosis, can start off as something inconspicuous - like a white or yellow spot under your toenail. That’s the fungus - it then begins to burrow further in and you’ll see the nail start to change colors, get thicker, and even start crumbling. There are times that it’s mild but oftentimes you will need to get treatment for it.

 

It’s usually caused by a fungus called dermophytes, and older adults usually get it. Their nails may also get deformed and an odor may be present. Diabetics need to constantly monitor the state of their feet since they also tend to lose circulation due to poor circulation. The fungal infection could turn into something worse for them. This type of infection is not anywhere near as contagious as athlete’s foot. People should use sterile nail clippers each time they cut their toenails. Treatment can include oral antifungal drugs, and medicated nail polish or nail cream. Surgery is the last option, where the toenail is removed.

 

Prevention

 

The most important thing to keep in mind is to not ignore the problem. These are not things that will just go away. First, try to be proactive and keep your feet dry. Avoid walking barefoot in communal areas. Have over-the-counter cream handy if you are prone to getting it. But if the above steps are not working, then you need to get medical help to keep it from getting worse. We need our feet to get around. Take care of them!

 

When it comes to these conditions, the majority of the people will just have to endure some itchiness and rashes, but we can’t stress enough to any diabetics who are reading this - see a doctor. The same goes for those who are immune-compromised. The fungus can break down the skin and then you can wind up with ulcers of the foot or cellulitis. That’s because the blood circulation in that area is weak and healing can be very difficult.

 

Ultimately, you need to pay more attention to your feet. It doesn’t take that much time to ensure that they are in good shape. Wear comfortable shoes, not what the latest fashion magazines are touting. Also, do not let up treatment. The fungus can be quite persistent and can come back. Being armed with this knowledge can make life a lot easier for you.

 

Dr. John J. Hickey is no stranger to foot conditions. He has helped many patients over the course of his career at Levittown Podiatry. Give him a call today - 516-735-4545 - to make an appointment to see what he can do for you.

 

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2870 Hempstead Tpke, Suite 103,

Levittown, New York 11756

Phone: (516) 735-4545

Website: https://www.levittownpodiatry.com/

How do I care for my feet in summer?The temperatures are soaring in the Levittown area and you know what that means: summer. That also means really, really hot days. While your whole body feels the effects, your feet can be a really big target. Since you need them to get from place to place or even to do things like walking to the refrigerator to get more water, it’s best to ensure that they are in the best condition possible.

 

Here are some of the best ways to care for your feet during the summer.

 

No Walking Barefoot Outdoors

 

This is an important distinction - of course you can walk around your own home barefoot. It’s when you’re outside that you need to have on some sort of protection for the bottom of your feet. Otherwise a lot of damage can occur that may make life a lot less fun for days or even weeks. Don’t even think of walking for any period of time on concrete during the summer. That will get your feet both dirty and possibly burned.

 

The beach is a prime example. Once people get there, they shed the shoes and run on the sand… which then feels like being on top of lava. Wait until you get your seat under the shade and then take them off. Or keep them on until you get near the wet sand, which is cooler. But you need to be careful there, as well. Seashells can cut feet.

 

Wear The Right Socks

 

You want your feet to be comfortable. Thick socks are great during the winter but can reduce your feet to a puddle of sweat in summer. Think of wearing low-cut socks that are thin and let your feet breathe. There are some who like to not wear any socks at all, but they have to wear the right shoes, otherwise they risk getting cuts and and other injuries to their feet.

 

Fix Blisters Quickly

 

This can be a result of the above situation with socks - or the lack thereof. Unlike other blisters, you don’t want to pop it. Doing this with your feet can lead to infection. Instead, cover the blister up. Put padding on it. That will allow it to go away while you go on about your daily business. Letting the blister linger can lead to more than just general discomfort - it can get infected. Be vigilant.

 

Moisturize

 

The temperatures are getting to be sky-high. Humidity is taking it to another level. So that means the chances of your feet getting dry go up astronomically. Having dry, cracked feet at ANY time of year is not fun, but especially not when it is 90 degrees outside. That’s why you have to moisturize your feet. It’s not a terribly time-consuming process - just lather on the lotion once a day. Do NOT put any between your toes - dry skin there keeps fungus away. Your feet will thank you.

 

Examine Your Flip-Flops

 

It’s summer, so that means flip-flops, right? Lounging by the pool or at the beach, they are a perfect addition to your footwear… correct? Not so. While they can offer short-term protection, they are not adequate for long-time wear. Boat shoes might be a better option, but the ones that wedge between your big toe and second toe are not the best.

 

That ease of slipping flip-flops on can be quite the drawback. Why? If you stumble, there’s no support to keep you from doing things like spraining your ankle. They can also come off at the worst time, like if you need to run. There’s also no arch support, which can lead to flat feet. You can wind up scraping your toes on the sidewalks. Stress fractures are a possibility.

 

A couple of other things that you can do is to make sure that you are always adequately hydrated. That can help prevent dry skin… and speaking of skin - wear sunscreen. Even on your feet, especially if you go barefoot at the beach or in the pool. You can wind up getting burned there.

 

The best part is that doing all of these things is not that expensive. You can probably pick up all the necessary items in one or two trips to a store or you can even order them online, which saves you the trips. It’s better to invest a little bit of money now rather than have to pay for more expensive things down the road. Then both your feet and your wallet will be in pain.

 

Things will stay hot for at least a couple more months in Levittown. Taking care of your feet during this time should be a top priority. If you follow the above steps, you should find yourself in good shape.  Otherwise you might find yourself at home literally cooling your heels while other people are out and about, enjoying what the season has to bring.

 

Dr. John J. Hickey knows all about keeping your feet in great shape during the summer months. Head over to his office at Levittown Podiatry and hear what he has to say. Then you can go enjoy the rest of the hot days with comfortable feet. Give him a call to make an appointment.

 

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Levittown, New York 11756

Phone: (516) 735-4545

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Have you found that there is a thick layer of skin on some parts of your body? It may be your toes or feet or on your hands. Those are calluses that develop when there is a lot of friction in that part. You might get them on your fingers from playing an instrument… perhaps the drums or guitar. They also occur on your feet if you wear ill-fitting shoes.

 

For the purpose of this post, we’re going to focus solely (no pun intended) on what happens to your feet and how you can take better care to prevent this from happening and what kind of treatments you might need.

 

Read on to learn all about corns and calluses and what you can do about them.

 

Causes & Symptoms

 

The main cause of this tends to be from those shoes that may look great but are extremely tight on your feet. That creates friction and ultimately those corns or calluses. It can also happen if you wear shoes that would normally fit if you wore socks but you decide to recreate the 1984 Miami Vice look of going sockless. The cast of that show had people who could care for their feet 24-7. That’s not the case for you. 

 

If you get corns or calluses, you can see some hard raised bumps on your feet. If you don’t get them fixed, you could wind up having conditions progress to things like bunions, hammertoe or other deformities like bone spurs.

 

Treatments

 

When you come to see your doctor, they will make sure that there isn’t something else causing those hardened bumps - like perhaps a wart or a cyst. They may take an X-ray to be absolutely sure. 

 

The most likely thing that the doctor will do is tell you to stop doing whatever is causing the problem. They may tell you to wear socks with your shoes. You may have to bump up a shoe size to ensure that you have the proper fit. They may remove excess skin using a scalpel (Do NOT try this at home). There are callus-removing medications that you can get over the counter. Surgery is an option but that’s for very rare scenarios involving how a bone is aligned in your foot.

 

A popular remedy is to get a pumice stone or a nail file and sand away the callus, but being careful to not remove too much skin. If you have a foot deformity, then there are inserts that you can put in your shoes.

 

What to Do Afterward

 

Now that you have smooth feet again, what can you do to prevent recurrences? One of the best things that you can do for your feet is to put moisturizing cream on them. That can both keep your skin from hardening and cracking and also soften and corns and calluses. You want to be safe, though, and not take off too much skin.

 

Ultimately, it comes down to taking good care of your feet by doing things like ensuring that your shoes are well-fitted. This is very important if you have diabetes, since the flow of blood to your feet will be compromised. If you are wearing a new pair, be sure to protect certain areas of your feet, such as the heels, to keep them from becoming chafed or have those calluses form. Do this until the shoes are truly comfortable and broken in.

 

If things keep persisting, you can see a foot doctor to see what suggestions they have to get you on the right path to good foot health. Then you can go back to enjoying things like walking around outside and not have to worry about the state of your feet.

 

Dr. John J Hickey has nearly 40 years of experience working with patients and their feet. He can help you with your corns and your calluses and ensure that you are out and about walking pain-free again. Give him a call at 516-735-4545 to make an appointment today!

 

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2870 Hempstead Tpke, Suite 103,

Levittown, New York 11756

Phone: (516) 735-4545

Website: https://www.levittownpodiatry.com/

Geriatric Foot Problems in Levittown, NYAlthough the distance of the years between your date of birth and your age may have widened some, that doesn’t mean that you have to feel older. Then again, certain parts of your body do show some signs of aging, no matter how young your spirit may feel. Feet have a particular bothersome habit of developing issues as you get older. Fear not. There are many ways that you can still enjoy your life in Levittown - you just have to add a few foot care routines each day. It’s not that time-consuming and you can reap tremendous benefits.

 

It’s always good to do research beforehand. But be sure to look at reputable sites that give you sound medical advice for your feet. Since the Internet has made it really simple for people to create web sites and sell unproven things or suggest possibly dangerous remedies, make sure that your source is a well-known one, like WebMd or something similar.

 

Here are some geriatric foot problems that you might encounter.

 

Common Issues

 

The main issues tend to be mild ones that can affect people of all ages. They include corns, calluses, and ingrown toenails. Make sure that you have the right footwear for your feet. Your immune system is not quite as robust and may have trouble keeping pathogens out - that may open the door for things like athlete’s foot and nail fungus.

 

Another thing to look out for is gradual flattening of the feet. Your connective tissues may loosen and you can develop tendonitis or plantar fasciitis. The skin of your feet, like much more your body, will get thinner and you will be losing padding in the heel, which means you don’t have protection from the ground. Metatarsalgia, which is pain in the ball of the foot can result as well as neuromas, which is pressure on the nerves of your foot.

 

Arthritis is where joints in your feet wear down and might even damage your feet to the point where walking is extremely painful or even impossible. Foot deformity is something you definitely do not want to have happen to you. Address arthritis as soon as you feel symptoms.

 

More Severe Ones

You want your feet to have adequate blood flow. Diabetes and circulatory issues present a big danger there. If that is compromised, that can lead to damage to your feet… up to and including tissue death, which might mean amputation. You need to pay strict attention to your overall health there and make sure that you are not losing sensation in your feet - which can then mask a host of other problems like cuts or bruises that won’t heal.

 

Overall Care

 

Check your shoes. Check your foot grooming equipment. Check your socks. Are they suitable for your needs? If you’re using a dull clipper, then it’s time to get a new one. Thin socks might feel comfortable but you need to have a well-fitting shoe to keep friction from causing blisters or calluses. Thick socks might be better but that might require a small bump in shoe size to accommodate that. But make sure that the socks are made of material that wicks moisture away instead of retaining it.

 

The most important thing to do is inspect your feet each day. See if there are any changes in the skin color, any cuts, or anything else. If the pain seems to worsen, then definitely seek out medical care. You need to find a balance to make sure that your quality of life continues to be excellent.

 

Of course, before you self-diagnose yourself of the above conditions, it’s always best to see a podiatrist to ensure that there are no underlying causes of your foot issues that might need more medical attention. That’s one drawback of the Internet. It has TOO much information at times. Only a doctor can verify. Once they have given you the OK, then you can go ahead and help your feet feel the best that they can.

 

Dr. John J Hickey is a podiatrist with many years of experience in helping people have healthy feet, no matter their age. He’s always happy to tell you what you can do for your foot care regimen. Give him a call at Levittown Podiatry to make an appointment: 516-735-4545.

 

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2870 Hempstead Tpke, Suite 103,

Levittown, New York 11756

Phone: (516) 735-4545

Website: https://www.levittownpodiatry.com/





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