Posts for category: Podiatry

By Parkway Podiatry
September 25, 2018
Category: Podiatry
Tags: plantar warts  

If you are susceptible to warts on the feet find out how a podiatrist can help.

Plantar WartWarts are benign, skin-colored growths that might be a bit unattractive but otherwise shouldn’t cause any problems. Most people will develop a wart at least once during their lifetime. Of course, there are instances in which warts develop in more uncomfortable and sometimes awkward places such as the eyelids or the soles of the feet. If you have warts on your feet, known as plantar warts, you may want to know how to treat them. Our Brooklyn, NY, podiatrists Dr. Gary Saphire and Dr. Asher Rudowsky have the answer.

What causes plantar warts?

All warts are the result of an infection known as the human papillomavirus (HPV). While most people hear HPV and often think about the STD, it’s important to know that these are very different strains. The strain that develops on the feet and hands are not the same as the strain that causes genital warts.

Can you treat plantar warts at home?

If you do a quick Google search you may see that there are a ton of at-home methods and remedies for getting rid of warts. The only drawback is that many of these methods aren’t proven to work and can, in some cases, even make matters worse. This is why it’s a good idea to see your Brooklyn, NY, foot doctor if you suspect that you are dealing with plantar warts. After all, there are other kinds of growths that look similar to warts and it’s important that you are treating the issue appropriately.

Warts will go away on their own without treatment; however, this can take a couple of years. So if you find that your plantar warts are rather uncomfortable or are making it difficult to walk around then it’s time to see us. If you have diabetes it’s particularly important that you don’t try to treat the wart on your own.

How can a podiatrist help?

When a wart develops in an awkward area it might be safer to have a medical professional treat the issue. This is usually the case when it comes to plantar warts. There are a variety of ways to remove a wart including:

  • Freezing (liquid nitrogen)
  • Salicylic acid treatment (topical)
  • Cantharidin (topical)
  • Laser removal
  • Excision/Cryosurgery

If plantar warts are making it painful to stand or walk around then it’s time to turn to our podiatric specialists in Brooklyn, NY, for treatment. Treating a wart is quick and easy. Call us today to schedule a consultation with Parkway Podiatry.

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.

By Parkway Podiatry
December 22, 2016
Category: Podiatry

Conservative treatments are often helpful in easing foot and ankle pain, but when these methods don't help, surgery may be the best Foot and Ankle Surgeryoption. Dr. Gary Saphire and Dr. Asher Rudowsky, your Brooklyn, NY podiatrists, explain how foot and ankle surgery can help relieve the pain caused by several common conditions.

Arthritis

Joint damage caused by arthritis can cause considerable pain and make it difficult to walk. When the damage is severe, fusion surgery can relieve your pain and improve your mobility. During the surgery, the bones in a joint are permanently joined together. Fusion of the mid-foot or ankle eliminates pain and stabilizes the joint, making it easier to move.

Bunions

Bunions occur when the bones at the base of your big toe move out of alignment, producing a bump at the bottom of your toe. Since the condition deforms the foot, it can be difficult to find comfortable shoes that don't press on the bunion. If other treatments, such as splinting or taping the foot, aren't effective, surgery can relieve your pain and remove the deformity. Surgery involves re-aligning the joint and removing excess tissue.

Hammertoes

Walking and wearing shoes is often painful when you have a hammertoe. If you have the condition, your toe bends at a right angle and looks a little like a hammer. Surgery is used to fuse the joint or realign the bones.

Plantar fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis often gets better with steroid injections, shoe inserts and stretching exercises, but sometimes, the pain just doesn't improve. Surgery releases the plantar fascia, the band of connective tissue that connects your heel to your toes, relieving pain and improving mobility. Bone spurs may also be removed during plantar fasciitis surgery.

Achilles tendon issues

Surgery is used to repair torn Achilles tendons and relieve pain and mobility issues caused by Achilles tendinitis. If your pain hasn't improved after six months, your Brooklyn podiatrist may recommend surgery to lengthen your calf muscles or remove the damaged part of your tendon.

Could you benefit from foot and ankle surgery? Call Dr. Saphire and Dr. Rudowsky, your Brooklyn, NY podiatrists, at (718) 236-5253 to schedule an appointment to discuss your foot or ankle condition.

By Parkway Podiatry
September 21, 2016
Category: Podiatry
Tags: Heel Pain  

Our feet have dozens of tiny bones and moving parts. Due to their location, this complex part of the body is, unfortunately, prone to injury heel painand overuse. Heel pain is a common condition which can develop due to many different situations. Luckily, your Brooklyn, NY podiatrist can diagnose and help you overcome your heel pain. Find out more about heel pain treatments with Dr. Gary Saphire and Dr. Asher Rudowsky at Parkway Podiatry.

What causes heel pain? 
From injury to underlying issues, heel pain can come from a myriad of things. However, some causes of heel pain are more common than others, including:

  • plantar fasciitis
  • Achilles tendonitis
  • stress fracture
  • bursitis
  • trauma to the foot
  • overuse

If you experience heel pain which is severe, lasts longer than a week, or has begun to affect your daily life, you should see your podiatrist for an examination. If you experience severe swelling, the inability to move or bend your foot, or heel pain accompanied by fever or numbness, you should seek medical attention immediately.

Diagnosing Heel Pain 
Your podiatrist uses several techniques to get to the bottom of your heel pain. A physical examination allows your doctor to spot abnormalities visually. X-rays or MRIs help your doctor dig deeper to see your foot’s tissues, muscles, ligaments, and bones. These techniques coupled with your medical and family history and information about your lifestyle help your doctor determine the root cause of your heel pain.

Heel Pain Treatment in Brooklyn, NY 
Heel pain treatment varies depending on your condition and its severity. Treatment often begins conservatively with rest, ice, compression, and elevation. Over-the-counter pain medications help relieve pain and swelling. If these conservative treatments fail, your doctor may prescribe a brace or orthotic to stabilize the foot and help align its tissues and bones. Though rare, some severe cases of heel pain require surgery. Your doctor is your best resource for information on diagnosing and treating your heel pain.

For more information on heel pain, please contact Dr. Gary Saphire and Dr. Asher Rudowsky at Parkway Podiatry in Brooklyn, NY. Call (718) 236-5253 to schedule an appointment with your podiatrist today!

By Parkway Podiatry
June 22, 2016
Category: Podiatry
Tags: Orthotics  

Wondering if orthotics could improve your foot health? Find out now!

It can be hard to go about your day-to-day tasks when you are dealing with foot pain and other ailments. If you are looking for ways to orthoticsimprove how your feet feel without changing your daily routine, it’s time you talked to your Brooklyn, NY podiatrists, Dr. Gary Saphire and Dr. Asher Rudowsky, about getting orthotics.

What are orthotics and how do they work?

These custom-made shoe inserts are prescribed and made by our Brooklyn foot doctors. When they are custom-made, like we do right here in our office, we can change the way the foot rests in your shoes, providing better support and cushioning while standing, walking or even running. Orthotics also offer stability and shock absorption.

But I’m not an athlete. Can I benefit from orthotics?

Of course! While orthotics can be great for those who lead active lifestyles, it’s not meant specifically for them. You may want to get orthotics if you are dealing with any of these common foot problems:

  • Chronic ankle instability
  • Recurrent ankle or foot injuries
  • Chronic back, leg or knee pain
  • Flat feet and other structural abnormalities
  • Plantar fasciitis and other inflammatory conditions
  • Foot pain

Find out if your feet can benefit from orthotics by talking with our podiatrists in Brooklyn, NY.

Can’t I just buy orthotics over-the-counter?

While you can go to your local drugstore and grab a set of shoe inserts, you don’t want to mistake them for the kind of orthotics we make. In fact, if you are dealing with a specific problem you are better off seeing us to find out if orthotics can treat your symptoms. Unfortunately, because these commercial orthotics aren’t tailored to your feet and its specific needs, it could actually make your condition worse.

Ready to discover the relief that custom orthotics can provide you? Then it’s time to call Parkway Podiatry in Brooklyn, NY to schedule your next appointment with us. Your feet will be happy you did!