By Parkway Podiatry
March 22, 2018
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Bunions  

Bunions are one of the most common foot deformities. They affect people of all ages, but particularly women. If you have a bulging, red, bunionspainful joint at the base of your big toe, you likely have a bunion. At Parkway Podiatry in Brooklyn, NY, your podiatrists, Dr. Gary Saphire And Dr. Asher Rudowsky, treat bunions and they know how to do it conservatively, limiting the need for surgery.

The origin of bunions

One of the biggest causes of bunions is hereditary. In other words, if your mom has bunions, you may develop them, too, especially if you:

  • Wear tight shoes with high heels
  • Are on your feet a lot during the day
  • Are overweight

With these conditions in place, the metatarsophalangeal joint at the base of the big toe comes out of alignment, turning the big toe inward toward the second and even third toes. What results is:

  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Numbness or tingling
  • Hammertoes
  • Difficulty walking
  • Thick calluses on the bottom of the feet
  • Friction within the shoe

The diagnosis

When your podiatrist in Brooklyn looks at your foot, he can confirm the diagnosis of a bunion very easily. Also, he will take some digital X-rays to understand the extent of the problem. (For instance, is there arthritis or bursitis present?) Additionally, he may analyze how you walk (your gait) and look at your footwear. Together, you will agree upon a treatment plan.

Treating bunions

Some bunions need surgery (a bunionectomy) to remove the bump and correct the joint or injected corticosteroids to reduce inflammation. However, most do not, and conservative  measures,  used consistently in combination, provide significant relief of discomfort and halt the progression of the problem.

Conservative interventions can include:

  1. A change to roomier, more supportive shoes with low heels
  2. Weight control
  3. Shoe orthotics, custom-made by your Brooklyn podiatrist
  4. Shoe padding (such as moleskin)
  5. Callus and corn removal at Parkway Podiatry
  6. Stretching exercises and physical therapy
  7. Night-time splints to realign the big toe joint (particularly helpful for adolescents)

Find out more

Don't let your bunion worsen. Get the best help now from your podiatrists in Brooklyn, NY, Dr. Saphire and Dr. Rudowsky. Contact Parkway Podiatry today for your consultation. Phone (718) 236-5253.

By Parkway Podiatry
December 19, 2017
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Heel Pain  

Let’s get to the bottom of your heel pain and figure out what to do about it.heel pain

You want to go for that jog but as you get out of bed a shooting pain runs through your heel. Ouch! What could that be? Heel pain is an all too common issue and our Brooklyn, NY, podiatrists, Dr. Gary Saphire and Dr. Asher Rudowsky, are here to tell you more about what could be going on and what you can do to get rid of your heel pain.

What could be causing my heel pain?

There are many reasons why you could be dealing with heel pain. The common culprits include:

  • Plantar fasciitis (the most common)
  • Achilles tendonitis
  • Sprains
  • Fractures
  • Bursitis

Even though plantar fasciitis is the most common cause this doesn’t necessarily mean that this inflammatory condition is what’s going on for you. This is why it’s important to visit our Brooklyn foot doctors if:

  • The pain is severe
  • You can’t put weight on the foot
  • The pain appears suddenly
  • The pain is accompanied by swelling
  • The pain doesn’t improve within a couple of days

How can I treat my heel pain?

Usually, the first course of action is to treat the pain and other symptoms from home. These more conservative options include avoiding certain activities that could make the pain worse and resting your foot as much as possible.

Besides making sure you are wearing footwear that not only fits properly but also offers your feet the support they need, you may also benefit from bracing or splinting the foot or wearing custom orthotics for additional support, stability and shock absorption.

If these measures do not work then we will need to employ more aggressive measures such as steroid injections (for severe swelling or pain), shockwave therapy (which can be effective for severe or chronic cases of plantar fasciitis) or surgery (often the last resort when no other treatment options have worked).

If heel pain is dragging you down and these solutions aren’t helping then it’s time you turned to the foot experts at Parkway Podiatry in Brooklyn, NY. Call us to schedule an appointment right away so you can get back to what truly matters.

By Parkway Podiatry
September 19, 2017
Category: Foot Care
Tags: proper shoes  

When you choose shoes, you may base your selection strictly off of the way they look or if they match a certain outfit. However, there are proper shoesmore things to take into account when choosing the right shoe for you, especially if you wish to keep your feet’s health in mind. Find out more about choosing the best shoe for you and how orthotics can work with your shoes to help your feet with Dr. Gary Saphire and Dr. Asher Rudowsky at Parkway Podiatry in Brooklyn, NY.

What are orthotics?
An orthotic is a podiatric device your foot doctor prescribes to correct foot or ankle issues. Unlike over-the-counter orthotics available at a drug store, your podiatrist will customize prescription orthotics to your foot using. The process uses a mold or computerized model of the foot during the design process to ensure the perfect fit and that your foot receives the necessary support. Orthotics treat all manners of foot conditions, from arthritis to flatfeet to preventing ankle sprains. Depending on your condition and physiological makeup, your doctor can help you determine if a prescription orthotic is the best treatment option for you.

Choosing Your Shoes 
Wearing shoes that benefit for your feet rather than cause further issues is important for anyone, especially those who suffer from underlying foot or ankle conditions. While an orthotic can help in many situations, wearing the right shoes can prevent them from ever occurring in the first place. Wear a shoe with enough room in the toe box for the toes to lie flat. Get your shoes professionally sized at a shoe store to ensure that they fit correctly and will properly support your feet. Avoid wearing too-tight, high-heeled, or too-narrow shoes to prevent conditions like bunion or hammertoe.

Custom Orthotics in Brooklyn, NY
Custom orthotics last longer than the over-the-counter versions, saving you money over the course of its lifetime. While, in some cases, over-the-counter orthotics can provide the same treatment as prescription orthotics, it is important to consult with your doctor to ensure you receive the correct treatment for your condition.

For more information on orthotics or choosing the right shoe, please contact Dr. Gary Saphire and Dr. Asher Rudowsky at Parkway Podiatry in Brooklyn, NY. Call (718) 236-5253 to schedule your appointment with your podiatrist today!

By Parkway Podiatry
June 23, 2017
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Orthotics  

Orthotics don't just ease foot pain but can also reduce pain in your knees, hip and lower back. Our Brooklyn, NY, podiatrists, Dr. Gary SaphireOrthotics and Dr. Asher Rudowsky, discuss the benefits of orthotics.

Why are orthotics used?

Your feet help support your entire body. If they can't do their job effectively due to fallen arches, injuries, imbalances or other structural problems, you may soon experience pain from your ankles to your back. The pain occurs when abnormal stress is placed on these body parts due to improperly aligned feet.

Orthotics properly position your feet in your shoes and offer excellent support. Although they may look somewhat like the shoe inserts you can buy in stores, orthotics are designed by podiatrists to fit your feet and address your foot condition.

Who can needs orthotics?

You may benefit from orthotics if you suffer from:

  • Heel pain
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Flat feet
  • Tendinitis
  • Bunions
  • Bursitis
  • Arthritis
  • Injuries to your foot or leg
  • Structural problems
  • Tarsal tunnel syndrome
  • Pain in your feet, ankles, legs, knees or hips

Orthotics can also help you avoid injuries if you're a runner or regularly participate in sports. When your foot is properly balanced in your shoe, you may be less likely to develop tendinitis, bursitis, plantar fasciitis and other conditions when you run or exercise. They're a particularly good choice if you have diabetes. Orthotics eliminate pressure points that can cause diabetic ulcers. They can also prevent foot conditions, such as bunions or plantar fasciitis from worsening.

How long does it take to get orthotics?

Because orthotics are custom designed for your feet, you won't receive them the same day you visit our Brooklyn office. During your first appointment, we'll examine your feet, evaluate the way you walk and take images of your feet that will help us design orthotics that will help improve your foot issues. Once your orthotics are ready in a week or two, you'll begin wearing them on a gradual schedule that allows plenty of time to adjust to them.

Orthotics offer a simple way to correct structural foot issues and ease your pain. If they sound like a good solution for you, call our Brooklyn, NY, podiatrists, Dr. Saphire and Dr. Rudowsky, at (718) 236-5253 to schedule an appointment.

By Parkway Podiatry
March 20, 2017
Category: Podiatry
Tags: diabetic foot care  

Paying extra attention to your feet can help you avoid serious health complications if you have diabetes. Dr. Gary Saphire and Dr. Asher diabetic foot careRudowsky in Brooklyn, NY, explain why diabetic foot care is so important.

Diabetes increases your risk of foot and leg infections

High blood sugar levels not only raise your risk of kidney and heart disease but also make it harder to fight off infections. Slow healing, another potential complication of diabetes, means that even small cuts or injuries can lead to serious problems and may even increase the risk of a foot or leg amputation.

If your glucose level isn't carefully controlled, nerve damage can occur eventually. The damage tends to affect the nerves in your hands and feet, causing pain and tingling initially. Eventually, your feet may become numb, and you may not even realize that you have a blister or a cut on a toe until you develop a serious infection.

A daily foot check will help you stay healthy

Checking your feet daily can help you avoid infections. When you check your feet, look for:

  • Red Spots: Red spots are a warning sign and often appear before a blister does. If you see a red spot, switch to a different pair of shoes.
  • Blisters, Cuts and Open Sores: Blisters, a minor inconvenience before you had diabetes, should never be ignored. If you notice blisters, cuts or sores, call Dr. Saphire and Dr. Rudowsky at their Brooklyn office to schedule an appointment. Prompt treatment of these skin issues can help you avoid an infection.
  • Calluses and Corns: Do you see any evidence of thickening skin on your toes or feet? Don't attempt to shave corns or calluses yourself. Doing so may increase the risk of infection.
  • Ingrown Toenails: Don't wait to see if your ingrown toenail gets better on its own. If you notice the edge of a nail growing into the skin, call the office and schedule an appointment.
  • Unusual Changes: Call the foot doctors if you experience tingling or numbness in your feet or you notice that a foot feels very warm or looks unusually red, pale or blue.

Protect your feet with regular visits to your foot doctor. Call Dr. Saphire and Dr. Rudowsky in Brooklyn, NY, at (718) 236-5253 to schedule an appointment.





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