By Podiatry Services of CNY, PC
May 22, 2020
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Bunion  

You tend to take for granted simple things like walking around until they become too painful to do so. A bunion is just one culprit in making simple actions more difficult. At Podiatry Services of CNY in North Syracuse, NY, your podiatrists, Dr. David Arndt and Dr. Justin Beabes, can diagnose and treat painful bunions.

What is a Bunion?

This bone deformity occurs when the joint at the base and side of the big toe enlarges, causing the toe to move out of place and suffer from friction and pressure against footwear. Over time, the big toe angles toward the other toes, sometimes overlapping a third toe. This results in irritation, inflammation, and even the development of other toe deformities, such as hammertoe.

What are the Symptoms That One May Experience?

  • Discomfort and pain from the constant irritation, rubbing, and friction against shoes
  • Skin over the toe becoming red and tender
  • Thickening of the skin on the bottom of the foot
  • Sharp pain while walking

How to Avoid Bunion Formation

Avoid wearing shoes that are too tight. Instead, opt for wider toebox shoes to give your toes space to wiggle around. Also, make sure to wear comfortable shoes that fit right and avoid heels. Furthermore, if you do have a bunion, wear protective padding to lessen friction against shoes.

While bunions may be hereditary, there may be other ways to avoid or deal with already-existing bunions:

  • Removal of corns and calluses on the foot.
  • Orthotic devices—both over-the-counter and custom made—to help stabilize the joint while walking and standing.
  • Exercises to prevent stiffness or arthritis.
  • Splints for nighttime wear.

Do You Need Bunion Treatment?

If you need to speak with your podiatrist about bunions and how to deal with them, contact Podiatry Services of CNY of Syracuse, NY, by calling (315) 458-1777.

By Podiatry Services of CNY, PC
April 09, 2020
Category: Podiatry
Tags: Diabetic Foot Care  

Diabetes can have a major impact on the health of your feet. Here’s what you can do.

Those with diabetes are more susceptible to serious foot problems such as nerve damage and ulcers. To prevent these issues from happening, our Syracuse, NY, podiatrists can help you create a diabetic foot care plan designed specifically for you. Here are some tips for keeping diabetic feet healthy and problem-free.

Examine your feet every day, checking the heels, sides, tops, bottoms and spaces between your toes. What are you looking for? Any cuts, wounds, sores, swelling or symptoms that could lead to infection or complications if left untreated. Noticing any changes in your feet? Call our podiatrists for treatment.

Wash your feet daily with warm water and gentle soap. Once your feet are clean, make sure you towel dry them thoroughly before applying a moisturizer. Moisturizing your feet every day can prevent heels and other parts of your feet from getting dry and cracked, while leaving feet partially wet can also put you at risk for a fungal infection.

Make sure to get regular exercise and activity to keep blood flowing to your feet. When sitting it’s a good idea to elevate your feet. Also make sure that you don’t sit for long periods of time. Get up from your desk and get the circulation flowing every 15-20 minutes.

Take all of your medication exactly as directed. You should also be monitoring your blood glucose levels every day. By monitoring your glucose levels, you can very quickly determine whether your medication is working or not. If your medication isn’t controlling your blood sugar, then your doctor may need to prescribe a different medication. The sooner you find medication that controls your diabetes the better. By controlling your blood sugar, you can prevent foot-related complications.

Podiatry Services of CNY in Syracuse, NY, wants to make sure that patients get the comprehensive foot care they need, especially if they are dealing with diabetes. Whether you’re looking for a routine checkup or emergency podiatric care, call us at (315) 458-1777.

By Podiatry Services of CNY, PC
March 20, 2020
Category: Podiatry
Tags: Toenail   Fungal Infections  

If you’re having trouble getting a fungal toenail infection under control, it might be time to see a doctor.

Fungus is all around us, often thriving in moist, warm environments like your gym locker room or the local pool. This can lead many people to develop fungal toenails, a condition that isn’t as easy to treat as it might initially seem. When you’ve exhausted all at-home care and treatment options, then it might be time to consult with the podiatrists here at Podiatry Services of CNY, PC, in Syracuse, NY.

When to See a Podiatrist

If you notice any thickening, discoloration, or brittleness in one or more toenails, then it’s time to see a podiatrist who can figure out what’s going on. Unfortunately, toenail fungus often goes ignored for a long time until symptoms progress enough to change the color or quality of the nail. By the time the nail has become deformed, the fungus has already done quite a bit of permanent damage. This is why coming into our Syracuse podiatry practice is a good idea if you suspect that you might have the condition.

Treating Toenail Fungal Infections

Most healthy individuals may attempt to treat the infection with over-the-counter remedies. Unfortunately, these creams and ointments don’t penetrate through the nail, leaving the fungus only partially treated. This is why many patients end up turning to our practice to get oral fungal medication. This medication works systemically to kill the infection.

Contact Us

Don’t let a toenail fungus keep you from feeling confident in your feet. Get rid of your infection and sport clear, healthy nails for the summer. Call Podiatry Services of CNY in Syracuse, NY, today at (315) 458-1777 to learn more about fungal laser therapy and whether you’re a good candidate for treatment.

By Podiatry Services of CNY, PC
November 11, 2019
Category: Podiatry
Tags: Foot Care & Age  

While you might not think about it, your feet certainly do a lot for you day in and day out: They help lug your tired body up those flights of stairs to get to your apartment after a long day of work. They pound the pavement (or the treadmill) for those regular stress-relieving sweat sessions. They suffer through endless hours of dancing in high heels for a night on the town with your friends. When you think about your feet in this light, they are pretty amazing.

However, just like everything else, our feet also change over time. What your feet needed when you were an athletic teenager will be different than the thirty-something professional wearing dress shoes or an older adult who is enjoying some post-retirement travel. It’s important that our feet get the unique care they need as you get older. After all, you may be at an increased risk for developing these common foot problems:

  • Bunions and hammertoes
  • Corns and calluses
  • Ingrown toenails
  • Fungal infections
  • Plantar fasciitis (one of the most common causes of heel pain)

Your feet will change as you get older. They may get larger and even require a completely different shoe size. You’ll lose density in the fatty pads of the feet. Skin also loses its elasticity and becomes thinner, so it may be more prone to infection or injuries.

Of course, if you’ve been diagnosed with diabetes, arthritis, nerve damage or obesity, these chronic health problems can also increase your chances of developing foot-related complications. If you’ve been diagnosed with any of these health problems it’s important that you have a podiatrist you can turn to at the first sign of an issue. It’s important that you inspect your feet every day to look for any changes or symptoms such as redness, swelling, cuts or open wounds that may require immediate care.

You’ll also want to take into account the importance of wearing the right footwear. While this is something everyone should do, as you get older your feet lose a lot of their natural cushioning and, as a result, require additional support from their shoes. It’s important that the shoes you wear provide you with the ample support and cushioning you need.

Toenail fungal infections are also more common as you get older. While this infection may not seem like a big deal, leaving this infection untreated could cause it to spread to other areas of the foot. Plus, it leaves toenails brittle, yellow and unsightly. If you are having trouble treating a toenail fungus on your own, or if you deal with persistent fungal infections, this is also a time to turn to a foot doctor for care.

By Podiatry Services of CNY, PC
October 22, 2019
Category: Podiatry
Tags: ingrown toenails  

An ingrown toenail is a common problem where the toenail grows into the toe. Any of your toenails can become ingrown. Many things canIngrown Toenail cause ingrown toenails to develop, including an injury, wearing narrow shoes, and badly cut toenails. Left untreated, ingrown toenails can become infected. Podiatry Services of CNY, PC in North Syracuse, NY offers full-service, state-of-the-art podiatric care to the patients they serve. Read on to learn more about ingrown toenails and how to prevent them.
 

About Ingrown Toenails

An ingrown nail is caused by the pressure from the ingrowth of the nail edge into the skin of the toe. The result is pain, swelling, and redness. Ingrown toenails can be caused by shoes that are too narrow in the toe area. Pressure from ill-fitting footwear causes the toenails to grow abnormally. Some conditions, such as arthritis or a fungal infection, can cause toenails to thicken and grow abnormally. Ingrown nails can also result from an injury to the toe.
 

How to Prevent Ingrown Nails

Many cases of ingrown nails can be prevented by cutting your nails the right way. Always trim your toenails straight across using nail clippers, and don’t cut them too short. Short toenails have a tendency to become ingrown. Using an emery board to give your nails a slight curve. Avoid ill-fitting shoes and wear comfortable socks. If you love manicures and pedicures, make sure you go to an experienced nail technician. Manicures and pedicures can cause ingrown nails if the technician is overly aggressive in cutting back the nails.
 

When to Visit a Podiatrist

If a short trial of at-home treatment has not resulted in improvement of your condition, see your podiatrist. You should always see a podiatrist if your ingrown toenails are causing you pain or you think you may have an infection. If you have diabetes or poor circulation, you should see a podiatrist immediately at the first signs of an ingrown toenail, as it can lead to serious complications.

Conquer pain and regain your active life! Call one Podiatry Services of CNY, PC's offices to make an appointment- North Syracuse, NY (315) 458-1777. Our treatments will help you feel better, move better, and relieve your pain.





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