The podiatrists at Adler Footcare New York hear common questions every day about foot problems causing foot pain. Below are some questions that callers asked Dr. Adler on the April 6th radio talk show “Living Better with Laura Smith” on WABC, along with some often heard at our offices.
What is podiatrist?
A podiatrist is a foot doctor. Podiatry is the branch of medicine that studies the foot, ankle and lower extremities – anything below the knee.
Do I have toenail fungus?
If your toenails are have become discolored, resembling a yellow-brown color, thick and crusty, then those are good signs you have toenail fungus. The best way to know for sure is to have a culture test taken to make sure it is in fact fungus. This will help determine if you’re a candidate for toenail fungus laser treatment, or if you have a different problem that needs to be treated.
What is a bunion?
A bunion is a bone deformity on the foot that forms when the toe moves out of place. It’s caused when the joint becomes enlarged at the base and side of the big toe. The bony bump causes friction and pressure as it rubs against foot wear, causing foot pain. The underlying cause of a bunion is due to muscle strengths and weaknesses that are hereditary. There are treatment options available.
What is minimally invasive surgery?
Minimally invasive surgery is a technique that is done by making a small incision in the foot the size of a pin prick. It’s an outpatient procedure that causes little trauma to the foot, less pain for the patient, and minimal scarring. It’s used to help treat painful foot problems such as bunions, hammertoes, or ankle injuries.
Can custom orthotics help arthritis in the knee to lessen the pain when walking?
Custom orthotics are shoe inserts that are made to fit your unique foot structure. They can give you better support and help manage the pain, but it really depends on how much damage there is to the knee. If the feet aren’t bearing weight properly and you excessively pronate (roll the foot inward) it can cause a lot of pain in the knee. Orthotics are limited in what they can do. HyProCure would be the best treatment to help with the weight bearing. It’s a procedure that uses a minimally invasive technique to insert a stent between the ankle bone and heel bone that keeps the ankle from rolling in. It corrects the misalignment of the foot, and can also help with secondary problems in the body causing pain due to misalignment.
Is electro pulse technology that is inserted in the shoe safe to help treat plantar fasciitis?
This type of technology is only available overseas, however, it is safe. A lot of people think plantar fasciitis is inflammation of the ligament that runs along the bottom of the foot, however more and more it seems to actually be tears and scarred tissue, a sign of a biochemical dysfunction which means you have a “hitch in your get along.”
Basically, you’re not bearing weight properly, and when you’re a runner, the weight is going to get transferred from the feet up the leg to other parts of the body, causing more problems. Be aware there is a difference between masking the pain and alleviating the pain.
Can I come in to just get my feet evaluated?
Absolutely! Feet don’t have to hurt. Adler Footcare offers a variety of treatments to help your foot pain. Contact a New York podiatrist below to schedule a free consultation with us. We believe feet shouldn’t hurt and neither should their treatment.