We provide a full range of diagnostic and treatment services for foot and ankle disorders. We focus on the diagnosis and treatment of pain using a variety of techniques that – when combined with a comprehensive, personalized approach – provide relief for our patients.
Most progressive foot and ankle conditions that cause pain can be treated using a combination of conservative methods like proper footwear, activity modification, rest, ice packs and physical therapy.
If you are experiencing foot or ankle pain, an early diagnosis, evaluation and treatment is highly recommended to help to keep the condition from worsening and causing further injury. Some conditions can cause chronic pain over time and require surgery to successfully treat if the symptoms are ignored for too long.
Athlete’s Foot – a skin disease cause by a fungus. This is a very common condition, and most people can treat this fungal infection using over the counter medications. If you are not responding to over the counter medications, or you have diabetes or a weakened immune system, you should consult a podiatrist for treatment. Athlete’s foot rarely goes away without proper treatment.
Bone Spurs (Heel Spurs) – an overgrowth of bone that commonly occur where two bones come together. Bone spurs do not always cause pain, and don’t always require treatment. Common causes of bone and heel spurs includes running, poor fitting foot wear, and excessive weight. Heel spurs are typically associated with plantar fasciitis. Most patients will benefit from activity modification and other conservative treatments.
Charcot Foot – a condition that causes a weakening of the bones in the foot, potentially resulting in severely misshapen foot. A person with charcot foot should see a podiatrist on a regular basis to manage any wounds and regular foot care to reduce the risk of an infection or amputation.
Corns & Calluses – our foot doctors routinely trim corns, calluses and toenails. Patients with diabetes or who prefer professional foot care typically take advantages of these services. Our doctors are also happy to educate patients on ways to prevent calluses, corns and other foot disorders.
Foot Bursitis – common condition caused by overuse. Bursitis is less commonly caused by a bunion. Foot bursitis typically occurs in people who run a lot. An inflamed bursae can swelling, redness and be painful to the touch. The majority of patients with foot bursitis benefit from conservative treatment methods.
Ganglion Cyst – Ganglion cyst can occur anywhere in the body, including your feet. Ganglion cyst in the foot typically occur at the top of the foot. Depending on where a cyst is located and what it’s attached to, it can cause discomfort. Ganglion cyst can be aspirated (drained) or removed surgically. Surgery is typically done as an outpatient procedure and lowers the chance of a recurrence.
Gout – Gout can be very painful and severe, usually coming on quickly. Gout is the result of the accumulation of urate crystals in a joint, most commonly settling into the big toe joint. Besides intense pain, a person may also experience inflammation and swelling in the affected area.
Hammertoe and Mallet Toe – these deformities typically occur in your 2nd, 3rd and 4th toe. The abnormal bend in the toe can cause pain and make it difficult to move. It’s best to see a foot and ankle doctor as soon as possible because the affected toe can become permanently bent and require surgery. A hammertoe can develop as the result of a bunion.
Ingrown Toenail – If one of your toenails grows into and breaks the skin, the area will become irritated. Irritation will typically lead to pain and swelling. Depending on the condition of the toenail and a patient’s medical history the toenail may be treated (usually with a splint under the toenail) or it can be removed.
Peripheral Neuropathy – nerve damage in the extremities. This condition is often found in patients with diabetes. A person with this disorder may experience numbness, tingling and a burning pain in their feet. Specialized care and education for patients this disorder is necessary to reduce the risk of infections and the development of skin ulcerations.
Plantar Fasciitis – Plantar Fasciitis is the most common cause of heel pain. This condition can cause a stabbing pain in the bottom of the foot. The pain is caused by an inflamed fascia, which is a thick band of tissue that runs from your heel to your toes. Most patients will benefits from conservative treatment methods. This condition can become the cause of chronic pain and be more difficult to treat if neglected.
Toenail Fungus – Toenail fungus is a common problem. Fungi can cause an infection beneath the surface of a toenail, causing toenails to become thicker and/or discolored. Toenail fungus treatments may vary depending on it’s severity. Our podiatrist can determine which type of toenail fungus you have and provide an appropriate treatment. This condition should be treated early to prevent it from spreading and causing other complications.
Plantar Warts – bumpy growths that typically appear on weight bearing areas of the feet (soles or heel). Discomfort while walking or standing is a common symptom. This conditions is sometimes confused with other conditions like calluses or corns.
Minimally-invasive procedures and regenerative injection therapies may be used as a treatment option for several foot and ankle conditions, possibly helping to avoid a surgical procedure.
Regenerative treatments like PRP and BMAC use the bodies own cells to promote healing. These treatments are commonly used by patients who are unable to manage their condition using conservatives methods. A foot doctor will be able to determine if you are a candidate for a regenerative treatment after evaluating your medical history and the severity of your condition.
These non-surgical treatments are commonly used to provide relief to patients with Achilles’ tendon injuries, plantar fasciitis, arthritis and tendonitis.
Patients who a suffering from chronic pain (usually in the heel area) as the result of a tendon disorder may be candidates for a Tenex procedure. The Tenex procedure is quick, offers a faster recover period and is less traumatic than a traditional surgical procedure.
Call to schedule an appointment at our Brooklyn facility or one of our other foot and ankle clinics. Our staff is committed to providing the best podiatric care, providing a full range of conservative treatments and surgical procedures.
Our foot and ankle specialist are highly experienced at diagnosing a wide variety of injuries and disorders. If you are experiencing pain, swelling or stability issues, it is time to see a doctor.
Early treatment is essential to proper foot and ankle and may help a patient to avoid a surgical procedure down the road.