Posts for category: Foot Care

By Podiatry Services of CNY, PC
May 13, 2022
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Ingrown Toenail  

You can sometimes treat an ingrown toenail at home if you are safe and careful, but if ingrown toenails are a recurring problem, if it's painful or difficult to do so, or if you suffer from diabetes, then your best option is to seek help from your North Syracuse, NY, podiatrist. Ingrown toenails can be made worse by improper treatment and you risk serious problems if it's already infected or you suffer from a condition that can worsen the problem. Learn more by getting in contact with your local professionals from Podiatry Services of CNY.

At-Home Care

At-home care for ingrown toenails should be performed only if there is no serious pain, no sign of infection, and you are able to safely do so.

You can soak your feet a few times a day for about 15 minutes each time, making sure to completely dry your feet after every session. You can then very gently push the skin with a cotton ball and see if you can trim the affecting nail.

When to Seek Help

If you have tried conservative treatments to try to care for your ingrown toenail and are not seeing results you should speak with your podiatrist.

It's almost important to do so if you are noticing signs of infection, such as redness, inflammation, and pain.

Those who suffer from diabetes are at higher risk for infection and may find it difficult to gauge their level of pain, so if you have diabetes you need to see your foot doctor before problems like these arise.

Treating an ingrown toenail should be done as early as possible as you risk serious complications without care.

Ingrown Toenails

Your doctor can treat an ingrown toenail by cutting away the affected part of the nail, the portion that is digging into the skin. But for certain circumstances a full nail removal may be necessary, although it can take just over a year for the nail to grow back, you'll be able to start over with a healthy new nail.

If you are struggling with an ingrown toenail you can schedule a consultation with your North Syracuse, NY, podiatrist with Podiatry Services of CNY by dialing (315) 458-1777.

By Podiatry Services of CNY, PC
May 12, 2022
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Podiatrists  

If you’ve been told to visit a podiatrist, you probably have many questions. Podiatry Services of CNY in Syracuse, NY provides answers to some of the most common ones in this guide.

Common Questions About Podiatry

For some, the term “podiatrist” is a common one. Others have heard the term but aren’t sure what it means. There are also some that have never heard the term before. Regardless of which category you fall into, you probably have some questions about this field. The team at Podiatry Services of CNY can help answer some of the most common questions.

What Exactly Is a Podiatrist?

A podiatrist is a doctor that is trained to treat the feet, ankles, and legs. Typically, they do four years of undergraduate school, four years of podiatric graduate education, and at least two years of hospital residency.

What Does a Podiatrist Treat?

Podiatrists treat many conditions related to the feet, ankles, and legs, including:

  • Flat feet
  • Warts, calluses, and corns
  • Heel spurs
  • Sprains
  • Bunions
  • Nail fungus
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Diabetic foot care

Are Podiatrists Qualified for Surgical Procedures?

Yes, podiatrists can perform surgery related to foot and ankle conditions. Depending on the type of surgery needed, they can operate both in their office and in a hospital.

When Should I See a Podiatrist?

Your feet are an essential part of your body, so it’s important to have them checked regularly. Seeing your podiatrist at least once per year for a checkup is typically enough to keep them in good shape if you have no issues. If you notice any symptoms or pain in your feet or ankles, you should visit in between your regular checkups.

Why Should I See a Podiatrist If I Have Diabetes?

Diabetes can impact the nerves in your feet. Sadly, you can injure your foot and not even notice due to a loss of feeling. When this happens, you might develop an infection that eventually leads to amputation. Visiting your podiatrist regularly can prevent this from happening.

If you’re looking for a podiatrist and live in or around Syracuse, Podiatry Services of CNY is here for you. You can schedule an appointment by calling (315) 458-1777 today.

By Podiatry Services of CNY, PC
October 14, 2021
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Bunion  

Bunions are a slow-growing condition. Genetics plays a large role in determining whether you may develop a bunion at some point in life. However, there are multiple things you can do to lessen the chances of developing a bunion or prevent a bunion from getting worse. Our medical team at Podiatry Services at CNY is comprised of physicians who are all experts at treating bunions in Syracuse, NY.

We also have satellite offices in Cammilus, Cortland, Oswego, Auburn, Central Square, Kirkville Office (Syracuse), Pulaski, Baldwinsville, Chittenango, Norwich, and our third location to treat bunions in Syracuse, NY - our Western Lights office.

Slowing the growth of a bunion is a possibility! Preventative measures that may keep bunion growth from worsening are :

  • Monitor the shape of your feet. This is particularly important if bunions run in your family and you know that you are predisposed to develop one. Pay close attention to the side of your big toe, at the junction where the big toe meets the foot.
  • Do not wear tight-fitting shoes. Your shoes should always fit comfortably on your feet, especially around the toe region. This is so that your weight is distributed more evenly and there is no pinching of the toes.
    • Avoid high heels, or at least avoid wearing them daily.
  • Shop for new shoes in the evening. This is because your feet will likely be somewhat swollen at the end of the day. You want to buy shoes that accommodate this slightly larger size of the feet.
  • You might want to look into getting custom orthotics for your shoes to better fit the shape of your foot. An example of this is fallen arches or flat feet. The orthotic will help to distribute the weight of your body evenly.
  • Maintain a healthy weight. Again, this has to do with taking pressure off of the foot. The more you weigh, the more pressure will be transferred to the feet when you walk.
  • Take special care of your feet! Soak them in warm water, perhaps with Epsom Salts. Receiving a foot massage and elevating your feet throughout the day will help circulation and lessen the chances of developing a bunion.

If you are experiencing pain and it is affecting your walking, it is time to schedule a consultation at one of our locations. Get treatment for bunions in:

  • Syracuse, NY (315) 458-1777
  • Camillus, NY (315) 487-2631
  • Cortland, NY (607) 756-8831
  • Oswego, NY (315) 342-9743
  • Auburn, NY (315) 255-0070
  • Central Square, NY (315) 668-9532
  • Kirkville Office in East Syracuse, NY (315) 433-0090
  • Pulaski, NY (315) 298-3644
  • Baldwinsville, NY (315) 635-4619
  • Chittenango, NY (315) 687-9400
  • Norwich, NY (607) 336-3338
  • Western Lights Office in Syracuse, NY (315) 422-1870
By Podiatry Services of CNY, PC
March 30, 2021
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Warts  

How are plantar warts removed by a podiatrist?

Did you know that warts are actually one of the most common skin conditions that our Syracuse, NY, podiatrists treat? Plantar warts, just like other warts that develop on the body, are caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV). When the infection gets into the body through damaged or broken skin, warts appear. While warts can appear anywhere on the body, they often develop on the soles of the feet and are known as plantar warts.

What do plantar warts look like?

These bumps or growths are often grainy and hard to the touch. They are more likely to develop on the heel or ball of the foot. Since warts can also look like other types of growths or bumps. It’s best to see a podiatrist if you’ve never had a wart before or you’re not exactly sure if that’s what you’re dealing with.

Can I treat plantar warts on my own?

Since plantar warts can be embarrassing you may wish to treat the problem on your own. There are several home remedies and DIY options to treat your plantar warts. The problem is that some chemicals or online recommendations could lead to cuts, burns, and other complications if you aren’t careful.

This is why it’s always best to turn to our team of podiatrists here in Syracuse, NY, for treatment. Those with diabetes or compromised immune systems should not attempt at-home remedies to get rid of a wart. Call your doctor instead.

When should I have a wart removed?

This is a personal choice. After all, once the body sheds the infection the wart will go away. However, it can take months or even years for this to happen. If you’re dealing with plantar warts, then even a single wart on the soles of the feet could be causing you discomfort when you stand, walk, or run. This is the main reason people turn to our team of foot doctors for wart removal treatment.

How will a podiatrist remove my plantar warts?

There are various options available to our Syracuse, NY, patients for successfully removing warts. The most common treatment option is cryotherapy, which uses liquid nitrogen to freeze the wart, so it falls off. Topical ointments containing salicylic acid may be prescribed and applied every day to gradually shed the wart. Laser therapy, immunosuppressants, and a simple excision may also be practical approaches to removing plantar warts.

If you’re ready to sit down with our Syracuse, NY, podiatrists today to discuss ways to treat your plantar warts, then all you have to do is call Podiatry Services of CNY at (315) 458-1777 to schedule a consultation.

By Podiatry Services of CNY, PC
January 13, 2021
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Foot Care  

The feet endure a significant amount of stress throughout the day so it is important to keep them healthy by caring for them. For example, wearing supportive footwear can provide additional cushioning and stability to protect your feet. The experienced podiatrists at Podiatry Services of CNY in Syracuse can help you develop an effective foot care routine to keep your feet their healthiest.
 

Ways to Care for Your Feet

There are many steps you can easily incorporate into your daily routine to care for your feet. Some easy tips for proper foot care include:
 

  • Wear supportive shoes
  • Wear shoes that fit properly
  • Keep feet clean and dry
  • Trim toenails straight across
  • Move the feet to improve circulation
  • Avoid going barefoot in public areas

Wearing supportive footwear that fits properly is one of the most helpful ways to care for your feet. Wearing shoes that are narrow or too tight can lead to the development of bunions, corns, or calluses. Additionally, wearing shoes that lack sufficient cushioning or arch support could lead to an injury, such as a sprained ankle.
 

You can also care for your feet by keeping them clean and dry to prevent infections. Further, it is best to avoid going barefoot around public pools and in locker rooms or shared showers. The risk of developing a fungal infection is higher in these places because fungi thrive in a warm, damp environment.
 

Another important aspect of caring for your feet is trimming the toenails straight across or too close to the skin. Ingrown toenails are more likely to develop when the edges of the nails are curved or trimmed too close to the skin. It is also a good idea to move the feet and ankles regularly throughout the day to promote better circulation. Simply wiggling the toes or gently rotating the ankles while sitting down is an easy way to keep improve blood flow to the feet.
 

Finally, scheduling regular visits with a podiatrist at our office in Syracuse is an excellent way to ensure your feet are in good shape. The podiatrist can check for potential concerns you might not be aware of, such as overpronation which can contribute to the development of plantar fasciitis and other foot conditions. If any problems are identified, steps can be taken to keep your feet healthy and prevent the issue from getting worse.
 

Practicing proper foot care can keep your feet healthy and help prevent injury or a foot condition. An easy way to care for your feet is to see a podiatrist regularly to ensure your feet are in good shape. To schedule an appointment with a podiatrist, call Podiatry Services of CNY in Syracuse at (315) 458-1777.