Steri-Shoe Shoe Sanitizer

Drs Remedy Nail polish -


Posts for category: Podiatrist

do i need a referral to see a podiatristWhen we are in pain, it can often be very frustrating and complicated to decipher our health insurance benefits.  This is especially relevant when it comes to issues pertaining to the feet and ankles, where your mobility can be affected as well.  It is important to have these ailments diagnosed and treated immediately, to avoid any further complications.  However, the question arises, how can I see a podiatrist quickly and do I need to provide a referral to do so?

What Is Podiatry?

Prior to speaking with your primary care doctor about a podiatry referral,  you may want to hear about what they have to offer and how they can help you.  Podiatrists are doctors who specialize in the treatment of foot, ankle and lower leg symptoms and diseases.  This is a large variety of ailments which range from plantar fascitis to deformities of the feet and toes.  They use different methods, both medication and in-office procedures, to cure those who suffer from these symptoms and prevent future ailments.

Up On Your Feet!

Studies worldwide show that nearly all adults suffer from some sort of pain the feet.  This can be due to wear and tear, footwear, poor circulation, toenail fungus, underlying cardiac disease or diabetes or even blisters.  The feet should be checked regularly by a podiatrist to prevent any gait, walking or postural abnormalities as well.  Your podiatrist can advise you on the best shoes, creams, ointments and preventative methods to keep you up on your feet!

When Would I See A Podiatrist?

There are a few tell tale signs that you must ask your physician for a podiatry referral, as soon as possible.  First, if you experience pain that does not stop for an extended period of time, especially if you are not bearing weight on the feet.  Secondly, it’s important to pay special attention to your heels, as they are prone to various forms of pathology.  If you experienced a heel injury and the pain seems to persist, even after icing and taking ibuprofen at home, it is time to make an appointment.  Lastly, if your feet develop a rash, discoloration, chaffing or odor it is important to be seen right away.  These can be signs of dangerous infections or fungus which are developing, or can even be symptoms of an underlying autoimmune complication.
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, contact your local and trusted podiatry practice.  Dr. Hickey and his team of trained, professional and courteous staff will diagnose and treat you in their state of the art practice.  Call 516-735-4545 to schedule your appointment today!

There are a few things in this world I wouldn't wish on my worst enemy. Plantar fasciitis is one of them. This debilitating and annoyingly persistent injury can happen to anyone, and is particularly common among runners. I've had my bouts with it, and while home remedies can provide some relief, improving your running technique is your best defense. Practicing the Chi Running Form Focuses will put you on the path to injury prevention and recovery.

Where is the Plantar tendon and what does it do?

The plantar tendon runs the length of the bottom of your foot, spanning the area from the base of the toes to the front of your heel. The two ends of the tendon attach at the base of the toes and at the front of the heel bone by means of fascia, a strong fibrous membrane. The plantar tendon keeps the arch of the foot from flattening completely when the foot bears weight, thus providing cushioning and shock absorption when you're walking, running or standing. This tendon also allows you to point your toes.

What is Plantar Fasciitis and what causes it?

Plantar fasciitis is an inflammation of the plantar fascia caused by any motion of the legs that creates a pull on the Plantar tendon. Walking or running up or down hills, climbing stairs, walking or running on your toes (including wearing high heels), or dorsiflexing (pointing your toes up as your heel comes down with each stride) all pull the plantar tendon.

Plantar fasciitis can also be caused by heel striking, which is usually a result of over-striding. If you reach forward with your legs with each stride, you're very likely to land on your heels. Landing in this way can create a force on your heels of up to six times your body weight with each footstep.

Tight calves and an inflexible Achilles tendon can also pull the plantar tendon and weaken the attachment of the fascia to the bone. If the plantar tendon is stretched beyond what the fascia is capable of holding, the fascia forms micro-tears and begins to pull away from the bone, causing inflammation.

When the plantar tendon is consistently over-stretched, the body begins to add calcium where the attachment between the tendon and the heel bone takes place. Over time, enough calcium is added to build more bone mass in that particular spot, creating a heel spur that can be even more painful than plantar fasciitis.

Other common causes of plantar fasciitis include:

  • Wearing inflexible or worn out shoes

  • Very low or high arches

  • Being overweight

  • Spending long hours on your feet

  • Tight calf muscles or tight/stiff ankle muscles

  • Walking barefoot in soft sand for long distances

What does plantar fasciitis feel like?

It varies for everyone, but plantar fasciitis usually follows this progression. When it first appears, you may feel like you've got a lump in the heel of your sock. Not pain, just an uncomfortable "thick" feeling right under your heel. You want to to find a good podiatrist right away. A physical therapist can also help.

In the early stages, your heel may feel tender when you first get up from sitting or when getting out of bed in the morning, but the discomfort subsides once you're up and about on your feet. As the injury advances, tenderness lingers and begins to feel like needles sticking you in the bottom of your heel with each step. In the very advanced stages, you find yourself searching the Internet for books on levitation. It aches all day, not only when you're on your feet.


why see a podiatristMany of us live with various aches and pains, some of which effect us much more than others.  One of the most common discomforts which people live with is foot and ankle pain.  Many are afraid or embarrassed to even mention this to their loved ones or even their primary care physician. However, there is no reason to live with this pain any longer, it is time to see a podiatrist.


What Will The Podiatrist Do?


Podiatrists, or DPMs, are certified trained doctors who specialize in medical diagnosis of the feet and ankles.  This most commonly includes sprains, fractures, heel spurs, hammertoes, infections, injuries, fungal growths, corns/calluses and bunions.  Podiatry is a rapidly growing field, as more and more Americans are being treated and relieved of their pain.  During your initial visit, the podiatrist will perform a full evaluation of your feet and surrounding structures.  In some cases, this may include taking x-rays or even MRIs to rule out any potential fractures, fluid buildup or ligament tears.  In some cases, the issue may be superficial (an ingrown toenail, a visible fungus, athlete’s foot, etc.) and in others it may require further testing and/or imaging.


How Do I Know If I Should See A Podiatrist?


Besides the pain factor, there are many other reasons to see a podiatrist.  Some people have unexplainable foul odor coming from their feet, while others may experience difficulty with their posture or mobility.  All of these can be directly related to the health of the feet and/or ankles.  Some people may walk, run and even jump on damaged feet, without being examined for many years.  This is not only extremely uncomfortable, but also dangerous to your long term health.  If pathology of the feet goes untreated for extended periods of time, this can lead to several health repercussions, including abnormal gait and balance.


There is a very wide variety of issues with the feet which podiatrists treat.  For patients who suffer from fungus, rashes, athlete’s foot or ingrown toenails, several topical ointments can be prescribed, which are very effective.  For those who suffer from abnormalities of the toenails, special medicated nail polish is available which too takes effect fairly quickly.  Patients who suffer from growths such as bunions or Morton’s Neuroma can actually undergo minimally invasive procedures which are performed by the podiatrist, to remove these unwanted formations.

Take a positive step into the new year, by seeing a podiatrist today!

when to call a podiatristWhen we are not feeling well, our first thought is usually to call our regular doctor.  In some cases, your primary care physician may give you a referral to specialist based on your symptoms and medical history.  However, it is also a good idea to know your body and what to look out for, so that you can make that appointment with the specialist on your own as well.  Statistics show that over seventy five percent of American adults will suffer from some form of podiatry issues within their lifetime.  Get to know your feet and the facts!


These Boots Were Made For Walking

Shoes can often be the culprit when it comes to foot pain.  Ladies, we know how great it feels to wear those heels to work or for a night out on the town, but we also know the excruciating pain we feel when we take them off at the end of the night.  If you often experience these pains in your feet or ankle, it is important to consult a podiatrist.  You have twenty six bones in each foot, all of which are very sensitive to your natural arch and which shoes you choose to wear.  It is especially important to call your podiatrist if you find that you are walking abnormally or if you have dull or sharp pain which worsens with movement.  Even if the feet look healthy on the outside, there are many over 100 joints and ligaments in each foot which may be strained.


Not So Pretty

While many of us take great pride in our weekly pedicure and maintaining the vanity of our feet, there are still unexpected things which may grow or form.  For example, nearly every adult will experience some form of foot odor.  It may simply be the materials in our shoes or socks, or it may be an early sign of foot fungus or a rash.  If you experience a foul or offensive odor for more than a few days in a row, it is advisable to see a podiatrist right away.  They will be able to diagnose the issue and prescribe a medication (often an ointment or cream) which will cure the source of the smell.

In some cases, people often experience changes to the skin on their feet.  Peeling, itching and scaling are not uncommon.  Additionally, many report changes to the color and consistency of their toenails.  The feet are kept in a warm, moist environment throughout the day, so in turn they become great breeding grounds for bacteria, which can lead to dangerous infections.  It is important to identify and treat these early on while under the care of a podiatrist, so that they do not spread throughout the body.