Posts for category: Foot Care

By Parkway Podiatry
April 05, 2019
Category: Foot Care
Tags: custom orthotics  

Do your feet hurt you after a long strenuous day at work? Do you suffer from foot-related disorders? If so, custom orthotics from Dr. Gary orthoticsSaphire in Brooklyn, NY, might be the solution for you!

More About Custom Orthotics

There are three categories of orthotics. Those designed to...

  • Change foot function
  • Create a primarily protective layer
  • Combine functionality control and protection.

Orthotics also come in several sizes, shapes, and materials, and fall into three distinct types:

  • Rigid Orthotics: Rigid orthotics control function. Made of firm material such as plastic or carbon fiber, this orthotic type supports your feet by controlling motion in the two-foot joints located below the ankle joint. Rigid orthotics are advantageous in that they help alleviate strains, aches, and pains.
  • Soft Orthotics: Soft orthotics absorb shock, thereby helping patients regain balance and reduce pressure on their feet. People with conditions such as diabetes, arthritis, and feet deformities often find soft orthotics especially helpful.
  • Semi-Rigid Orthotics: Semi-rigid orthotics are made of a combination of plastic or fiber (like rigid orthotics) and soft cushioning material (like soft orthotics). Semi-rigid orthotics help treat children suffering from flatfoot and other foot disorders.

Tips on footwear

While orthotics can certainly help your feet feel better, it is still important to wear a solid pair of shoes to place them in. That's why your Brooklyn podiatrist advise that you invest in your shoes. You need to wear durably constructed footwear that provides both protection and comfort. If you don't choose the right shoes, you may suffer from:

  1. Bunions
  2. Corns
  3. Calluses
  4. Hammertoes
  5. Other disabling foot disorders

When shoe shopping, here are a few tips to keep in mind:

  • Don't force feet into shoes.
  • Avoid wearing high heels if you already have a foot issue.
  • Make sure you can wiggle your toes when wearing shoes.

Need foot help? Give us a call!

For more information about custom orthotics, call Dr. Saphire in Brooklyn, NY, at (718) 236-5253!

By Parkway Podiatry
July 18, 2018
Category: Foot Care
Tags: foot surgery   ankle surgery  

Your podiatrist in Brooklyn provides many services which keep your feet and ankles healthy, comfortable and functioning. After all, your ankle surgerydaily activities, sports and recreation depend on them. When pain, deformity or injury interfere with life, Dr. Gay Saphire and Dr. Asher Rudowsky perform examinations to determine if surgery could help. Learn what kinds of surgeries they perform at Parkway Podiatry in Brooklyn, NY.

What your podiatrist in Brooklyn does

Basically, every podiatric patient wants to move well without pain or problems with balance and gait. That's why your podiatrists in Brooklyn recommend annual foot examinations. For diabetics with who have compromised circulation and nerve function, in-office check-ups should be more frequent.

For all patients, Dr. Saphire and Dr. Rudkowsky check for conditions such as fungal or ingrown toenails, deformities such as hammertoes and bunions, calluses and corns, swelling and range of motion issues. Then, they formulate comprehensive care plans to maintain good podiatric health and to address any issues found on examination.

Why someone would need foot or ankle surgery

There are many reasons why someone would need foot or ankle surgery. Fortunately, both Dr. Saphire and Dr. Rudowsky are highly qualified and experienced in the simplest to the most complex of lower extremity operations. So you know your health is in good hands.

Examples of foot and ankle surgeries include:

  • Removal of ingrown toenails
  • Diabetic wound debridement (removal of diseased tissue)
  • Limb salvage (to avoid amputation)
  • Foot and ankle reconstruction for congenital deformity or repair after traumatic injury
  • Joint fusion and joint replacement (due to arthritis in the ankle, for instance)
  • Removal of heel spurs and bunions
  • Correction of hammertoes
  • Corn and callus removal
  • Metatarsal surgery (to relieve the pain and inflammation of arthritis)
  • Plantar fascia release (to change the point of attachment between the heel bone and the connective tissue which stretches across the foot)
  • Morton's Neuroma removal (this is a benign thickening of the nerves between the toes)

There are many other reasons, of course. Your podiatrist carefully considers the cause of your condition or injury, your overall health, the severity of the condition and how soft and hard tissue are involved. According to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, your foot doctor uses physical examination, biomechanical gait analysis, X-rays, and a review of your symptoms to arrive at a final decision and treatment plan.

Learn more

If foot or ankle surgery is in your future, you can trust the professional team at Parkway Podiatry to get you moving again. Please call the office with any questions or concerns you may have or to book a routine foot exam: (718) 236-5253.

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!