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By NYNJ Foot and Ankle Associates
November 16, 2017
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Bunions  

Find out if your foot problems could be due to this deformity.bunions

Many people develop bunions, which are a foot deformity that develops slowly over time. If you are noticing pain or other changes in the shape of your foot then you may be wondering what’s going on. Our Bronx, NY, podiatrist Dr. Barry Finkelstein is here to tell you more about bunions and how to keep their symptoms under control.

What are bunions?

A bunion is a structural deformity that affects joints in the foot. While a bunion can develop on any joint it is most commonly found at the joint that is located at the base of the big toe. If you look at this big toe joint you can see that the bone slightly juts out naturally.

Of course, if you have a bunion this joint will stick out more prominently than in a foot that doesn’t have a bunion. As the deformity progresses it can even cause the big toe to lean inward toward the other toes.

How are bunions treated?

The only way to repair a bunion is with surgery, but as our Bronx, NY foot doctor will tell you, getting bunion surgery is only necessary if you are in severe pain or if the bunion is so severe that even walking around causes you problems.

In most cases, bunion symptoms can easily be managed with simple day-to-day measures. For one, make sure that the shoes you wear don’t bunch up your toes or put pressure on the bunion. Once you have a bunion, the shoes you wear become particularly important. You want shoes that have a low heel (high heels can exacerbate your condition) and that offer enough cushioning and support.

Splinting or bracing the foot can also improve the alignment of the foot, which can help alleviate symptoms and take pressure off of the bunion when standing or walking.

When should I visit a doctor?

If you suspect that you have a bunion but don’t actually know then the best thing you can do is to schedule an evaluation with us. We can run X-rays and perform a thorough physical exam to determine whether you are dealing with a bunion or something else. The sooner we get to the bottom of your symptoms the sooner we can create a treatment plan that will effectively eliminate your issues.

NYNJ Foot and Ankle Associates in Bronx, NY, is dedicated to providing the very best in foot care services. Whether you think you have a bunion or you are dealing with other foot issues, we are here to help. Schedule your consultation with us today.

By NYNJ Foot and Ankle Associates
September 12, 2017
Category: Foot Care
Tags: foot surgery  

Find out when it’s time to weigh the pros and cons of getting foot surgery.foot surgery

Most of the time when a foot problem arises it can easily be tackled with conservative methods such as icing, physical therapy and the like. Of course, there are certain cases in which the problem is either too severe or isn’t responding to conservative treatment. When this happens, our Bronx, NY, podiatrist, Dr. Barry Finkelstein, may recommend a more aggressive tactic. Do you think you may benefit from foot surgery? Let’s find out.

Here are some of the most common types of foot surgeries and the signs that it might be time to consider getting foot surgery in Bronx, NY:

Bunionectomy

A bunion is a bony deformity that often juts out at the base of the big toe (but can form on any toe). This deformity can become severe if left untreated. While the majority of people with bunions can manage their symptoms with simple conservative measures, if you are dealing with severe, persistent pain and swelling that affects your quality of life and keeps you from doing what you love then it’s time to talk to our Bronx, NY, foot doctor about getting bunion surgery to correct the deformity.

Hammertoe Surgery

This joint or tendon deformity typically affects the smaller toes and causes the joint to bend downward, causing the toe or toes to look almost “claw-like”. While the deformity is often minor, it can get worse. If you’ve been diagnosed with a hammertoe it’s important that you stop wearing shoes that are too tight or put pressure on the toes. If shoes bunch your toes up, stop wearing them. Wearing improper footwear will only make the hammertoe worse.

If you have a rigid hammertoe that is painful or develops an open wound, this is typically about the time our foot specialists will recommend getting surgery to correct the deformity.

Arthritis Surgery

Certain forms of arthritis such as rheumatoid arthritis can cause inflammation and joint damage. Sometimes this also causes bone dislocations, particularly in the small bones of the foot. If we find that the treatments we have provided you don’t keep your symptoms under control, then surgery may be necessary. The surgery you have to undergo will depend on your symptoms and their severity.

Do you want to sit down and talk with our podiatrist Dr. Barry Finkelstein at NYNJ Foot and Ankle Associates in Bronx, NY, about your condition and whether surgery is the next best option? Call our office today and let’s schedule your consultation.

By NYNJ Foot and Ankle Associates
July 10, 2017
Category: Foot Care

What your podiatrist in Bronx, New York wants you to knowgeriatric foot care

Your feet take a beating, especially as you get older. Your feet can wear out from all the years of neglect and mistreatment. There are some things you should do to keep your feet in top shape as you age. Dr. Barry Finkelstein at NYNJ Foot and Ankle Associates wants to share how you can keep your feet feeling great.

Your body changes as you age, and your feet are no exception. As the years go by, your toe and ankle joints can stiffen, making them more prone to an injury. Your skin becomes thinner and dryer, which means you may suffer a blister or other skin problem more easily. Your arches begin to flatten out, making your foot wider and longer. All of these changes can lead to foot pain.

As you get older, you are at increased risk of:

  • Diabetes, which can lead to ulcers and diabetic neuropathy
  • Arthritis, which can lead to bone and joint destruction
  • Bone spurs or plantar fasciitis, which can lead to heel pain
  • Osteoporosis, which can lead to stress fractures

There are some simple things you can do to take care of your aging feet. Remember to:

  • Examine your feet daily and check for any sores, ulcers, bruises or skin abnormalities
  • Wash and dry your feet daily and apply a moisturizing lotion or cream
  • Keep your toenails short and trimmed straight across to avoid ingrown toenails
  • Apply an antifungal medication if necessary
  • Wear moisture-wicking socks and supportive shoes
  • Try not to go barefoot
  • Keep your feet elevated to prevent swelling and improve circulation

If you have medical conditions like diabetes, osteoporosis or arthritis, you are at greater risk for serious foot problems. You should make it a habit to visit your podiatrist regularly. Geriatric foot care is just one of the many podiatry services available at NYNJ Foot and Ankle Associates. For a complete listing of services please visit the services page on the website at http://www.nynjfootandankle.com/services.html

Get some help for your aging feet by calling Dr. Barry Finkelstein at NYNJ Foot and Ankle Associates. Don’t neglect your feet, call today!

By NYNJ Foot and Ankle Associates
May 10, 2017
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Foot Injuries  

It may only take a second to injure your foot, but the pain can last for weeks afterward. Caring for your injury properly will help you get foot injuryback on your feet sooner. Bronx, NY, foot doctor Dr. Barry Finkelstein of NYNJ Foot and Ankle Associates shares a few injury care tips and explains how a podiatrist can help you.

What should I do if I injure my foot?

Stop what you're doing immediately if you feel pain in your foot. If you've heard the old adage "no pain, no gain," you may be tempted to press on with your run, walk or game. Unfortunately, continuing to move after you feel pain can worsen the injury and may even lead to chronic pain or other issues.

Once you've stopped, sit down and assess your injuries. Can you put weight on your foot? Can you walk on it? How bad is the pain? If you can't put weight or walk on your foot, or if your foot is obviously misshapen, you'll need to pay a visit to the emergency room. Also visit the ER if you can't stop the bleeding, the cut is deep, or you are in severe pain.

If your injuries don't require immediate medical attention, you can care for your foot at home using the "RICE" approach. RICE stands for rest, ice, compression and elevation and includes these steps:

  • Rest: Stay off your foot as much as possible for a week or two.
  • Ice: Apply ice packs to your injury a few times every day. Keep the ice on your foot no longer than 15 to 20 minutes and wait at least 20 minutes before reapplying.
  • Compression: Wrap your foot in a compression bandage to reduce swelling.
  • Elevation: Keep your foot elevated as much as possible.

What if home treatment doesn't help?

If your foot still hurts after a week or two, or you have trouble walking on it, you may want to make an appointment with our Bronx office. Depending on the cause of your injury, you may benefit from a cast, walking boot or crutches. Wearing a cast or walking boot takes pressure off your foot, allowing it to heal. If you have heel pain or plantar fasciitis, orthotics, night splints and physical therapy may help reduce your pain. Pain caused by Achilles tendinitis can be helped by orthotics and foot exercises. Other therapies that may be helpful for foot injuries include shock wave, ultrasound and electrical current treatments.

Treating foot pain promptly is crucial. If you're concerned about a foot injury, call Bronx, NY, foot doctor Dr. Barry Finkelstein of NYNJ Foot and Ankle Associates at (718) 881-7990 to schedule an appointment.

By NYNJ Foot and Ankle Associates
March 10, 2017
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Foot Issues  

Foot pain is a frustrating condition which is often difficult do diagnose. However, understanding the signs and symptoms of some foot issuescommon foot conditions can help you and your doctor pinpoint the cause of your pain and find the best treatment plan for you. Find out more about foot conditions which could be causing your pain with Dr. Barry Finkelstein at NYNJ Foot And Ankle Associates in Bronx, NY.

Achilles Tendonitis
Achilles tendonitis occurs when the Achilles tendon, which runs from the heel up the back of the calf to connect the muscles, becomes inflamed. This condition is usually the result of overuse and occurs often in runners who suddenly increase the length or intensity of their runs. The symptoms of Achilles tendonitis include pain and tenderness in the leg and down the back of the heel. Treatments for this condition include medications, physical therapy exercises and stretches, or, in severe cases, surgery.

Ankle Instability 
Ankle instability occurs after repeatedly spraining the ankle. The ankle gives way, turning and causing pain and tenderness. You may experience continued discomfort and pain. Physical therapy, wearing a brace, and anti-inflammatory medications are often used to treat ankle instability.

Plantar Fasciitis
Plantar fasciitis is the most common cause of heel pain and affects the plantar fascia, a ligament which runs from the toes to the heel of the foot. This condition causes pain, irritation and swelling of the heel, and is often worst while taking the first steps of the day after waking up. Prescription orthotics worn inside the shoes, physical therapy exercises and specialized stretches can help treat the pain and inflammation caused by plantar fasciitis.

Neuromas
Neuromas are benign growths affecting the ball of the foot. Most people suffering from neuromas describe the condition as feeling as though there is a pebble inside of their shoe. The condition often causes a burning or sharp pain and irritation. Treating neuromas involves therapy to help reduce the pressure placed on the nerve, steroid injections, and, in extreme cases, the removal of the affected nerve altogether.

For more information on these conditions and more, please contact NYNJ Foot And Ankle Associates in Bronx, NY. Call (718) 881-7990 to schedule your appointment with your podiatrist today!





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