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By Seaford Foot Care Center
September 25, 2018
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Bunions   Bunion Treatments  

Bunion TreatmentsBunions, bony bumps involving the metatarsophalangeal, or big toe, joints, are one of the most common foot deformities your Seaford, NY podiatrists see. Frequently helped with some basic lifestyle changes, painful bunions can feel better and look better so you fully enjoy your favorite activities. Learn here what treatment options Dr. Edward Fryman and Dr. Samantha Ratner use for their patients at Seaford Foot Care Center.

Who gets bunions?

Science Daily reports that a full 36 percent of the general population experiences the pain, stiffness, swelling and deformity associated with bunions on one or both feet. While more women than men, and older people than young adults, receive a bunion diagnosis, anyone at any age can develop this inward turning of the big toe.

People with bunions can also develop problems such as claw-like hammertoes. bursitis and arthritis, particularly if they:

  • Stand on their feet for a good part of the day
  • Wear shoes that are too short or too tight in the toes
  • Have relatives who have bunions (there seems to be a genetic component to foot structure)
  • Are very overweight or are diabetic

Diagnosing bunions

Many people who have bunions know what they are. However, for an official diagnosis of Hallux valgus and excellent treatment recommendations, Dr. Fryman and Dr. Ratner both recommend a podiatric consultation at Seaford Foot Care Center. Their careful visual inspection and accurate X-ray imaging confirms the problem and helps them grade its severity. Then, the foot doctors present treatment options to help patients regain full function, relieve their pain and avoid a progression of the problem.

Your best path

Foot wellness doesn't come at a high price. It may be easier than you think. In fact, bunionectomy, or surgical removal of the bunion and realignment of the big toe, usually is not the first treatment of choice. Changes in what a patient wears and does are more common and typically very effective. As part of your care plan, Dr. Fryman or Dr. Ratner may advise:

  1. Footwear with plenty of room in the toes
  2. Custom orthotics, or shoe inserts
  3. Padding, such as Moleskin, to reduce friction on the metatarsophalangeal joint
  4. Rest (stay off your feet when they hurt)
  5. Over the counter pain relievers as needed
  6. Night splints to straighten the toe (in adolescents)
  7. Maintaining a healthy weight
  8. Stretching exercises and physical therapy

The last intervention helps keep joints supple, reducing the stiffness associated with arthritis and bursitis.

Find out more

For your best foot health, see the professional team at Seaford Foot Care Center. Bunion treatment is just one of the many services they provide. Call today for a consultation: (516) 221-5982.

By Seaford Foot Care Center
July 25, 2018
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Heel Pain  

Heel PainFind out how to get your heel pain under control.

Has heel pain been affecting you for days or even weeks now? Has at-home care not been giving you the relief you were hoping for? If so, our Seaford, NY, podiatrists, Dr. Edward Fryman and Dr. Samantha Ratner, can help you treat your pain and get you back on your feet. Not sure what’s causing your heel pain? Want to find out how to manage your symptoms and get rid of the source of your pain? We can help.

More often than not, heel pain is the result of a condition known as plantar fasciitis. This problem usually occurs over time, leading to inflammation and even microtears of the plantar fascia, a thick band of tissue that runs from the toes to the heels along the soles of the feet. Other causes of heel pain include:

  • Achilles tendinitis
  • Stress fractures
  • Bone spurs
  • Bursitis

If your heel pain is due to plantar fasciitis the pain may originate at the bottom of the heel and radiate to the arches of the foot (this is because the plantar fascia also supports the arches). You may find that your heel pain is worse when first getting up in the morning or after periods of sitting.

It’s important that if you are experiencing heel pain that you don’t just ignore it and hope it goes away on its own. Ignoring your heel pain now could end up leading to chronic forms of heel pain, which can limit your exercise routine and activity level. Plus, this inflammatory condition can also negatively impact how the knees, hips, and even back function and feel.

How to Handle Heel Pain

If you are dealing with heel pain this is what you should do:

  • Rest the foot as much as possible
  • Elevate the foot when resting
  • Avoid high-impact exercises
  • Apply ice to the heel several times a day
  • Roll a chilled water bottle under the arches of your feet
  • Wear supportive shoes (don’t go barefoot)
  • Take over-the-counter pain relievers
  • Stretch out the calves every day

If at-home care isn’t giving you the relief you need then it’s time to see our Seaford foot doctor. Sometimes more advanced treatment options like shockwave treatment, splinting, orthotics, or steroid injections are necessary to alleviate severe or persistent heel pain.

Here at Seaford Foot Care Center, we want to help you get your foot problems under control. Call our Seaford, NY, foot and ankle team and let us know how we can help you.

By Seaford Foot Care Center
May 23, 2018
Category: Foot Issues

Sport injury painAs podiatrists in Seaford, NY, Dr. Edward Fryman and Dr. Samantha Ratner are used to seeing a variety of foot and ankle ailments, and injuries from sports activities are some of the most common. Here, Dr. Fryman and Dr. Ratner discuss two of the most common sports injuries, ankle sprains, and plantar fasciitis, and how they're treated at Seaford Foot Care Center.

Ankle sprain

Sprained ankles are one of the most common injuries throughout the world, with approximately 2 million people in the United States experiencing them each year. Athletes are at a particular risk, as you might imagine; it's estimated that between 10% and 30% of injuries related to sports are ankle sprains. Your Seaford podiatrist helps many patients manage sprains, which range from mild to severe, with a combination of rest, bracing, and therapeutic exercises designed to gradually return the ankle to normal. It's imperative to follow prescribed treatment to prevent permanent ankle instability.

Plantar fasciitis

Running has become an enjoyable and beneficial activity for millions of people, but "too much too soon" while training can put you at risk for plantar fasciitis. This common runner's injury happens when the plantar fascia, the ligament that connects the front of the foot to the back, becomes inflamed from overuse. The pain is typically felt in the heel immediately after getting up in the morning and tends to get better during the day. Fortunately, this sports injury is very treatable for many of your Seaford podiatrist's patients through rest, changes to footwear, and wearing special shoe inserts.

If you think you might have sustained a foot or ankle injury from a sport, your Seaford, NY, podiatrist is the best place to start for recovery! Contact Seaford Foot Care Center to make an appointment with Dr. Fryman or Dr. Ratner today!

By Seaford Foot Care Center
March 15, 2018
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Ankle Sprain  

What your podiatrists in Seaford want you to knowankle sprain

If you have ever sprained your ankle, you know how debilitating it can be. You may be thinking you can get up and walk around, but activity may make it worse. So how do you know you have an ankle sprain instead of just ankle discomfort? How do you know if you should take it easy and not try to walk around? Dr. Edward Fryman and Dr. Samantha Ratner at Seaford Foot Care Center in Seaford, NY want to share the facts about ankle sprains.

There are several common signs of an ankle sprain you need to look for. You may have sprained your ankle if you notice:

  • Severe ankle pain
  • Swelling and bruising around your ankle
  • Popping sounds when you try to move your ankle
  • Ankle instability when you try to stand or walk
  • Sudden, unexpected ankle movement

If you notice any of the signs above, there are a few simple tips you can try at home, including:

  • Icing your ankle for 20 minutes several times during the day
  • Taking over-the-counter anti-inflammatory and pain medications
  • Wrapping or taping your ankle to keep it from moving
  • Elevating your ankle and avoiding movement for a few days.

Home therapy is great, but you should also visit your podiatrist for professional treatment. Your podiatrist can help heal your ankle sprain quickly and eliminate your pain. Professional treatments for your ankle sprain may include:

  • Wearing a walking cast or ankle brace for support and to keep your ankle immobile so your sprain can heal
  • Using crutches to take the weight off of your ankle while you move around
  • Physical therapy and stretching exercises to improve strength and stability and to aid flexibility
  • Prescription strength anti-inflammatory medication to reduce swelling and inflammation

A sprained ankle can be frustrating and painful. You want to get back on your feet and enjoy life. Help is just a phone call away from Dr. Fryman and Dr. Ratner at Seaford Foot Care Center in Seaford, NY, so call today!

By Seaford Foot Care Center
January 22, 2018
Category: Foot Care

Find out how to get rid of that yellow, ugly toenail and treat the underlying infection.toenail fungus

The same fungus responsible for that itching, burning athlete’s foot is the fungus that can sneak in or under your toenails and cause an infection. If you have just noticed that a toenail is starting to turn yellow and brittle, then you could just be dealing with a fungal infection yourself. Our Seaford, NY, podiatrists, Dr. Edward Fryman and Dr. Samantha Ratner, are here to tell you what you can do to treat it.

Antifungal Creams

We know that most people don’t want to rush right into the podiatrist’s office, particularly for minor problems like a fungal infection. Of course, it’s necessary that you treat the problem as soon as possible to prevent it from spreading to other areas of the foot.

In this case, you may turn to simple over-the-counter treatment options like antifungal creams or nail polishes, which can be helpful if you only have a mild fungal infection. This same nail polish can also be used to prevent fungus from re-infecting the nail. Of course, antifungal creams aren’t always the most effective option out there.

Oral Medication

If you’ve been trying antifungal remedies from your local drugstore and haven’t noticed any changes in your symptoms after a week or so then it’s a good idea to visit our Seaford foot doctors. Of course, if you are someone who has diabetes or nerve damage in the feet, you should come in immediately for care and not try to treat the fungal infection yourself. Oral medication is often far more effective than antifungal creams and is a great treatment option for severe or persistent fungal toenail infections.

Laser Therapy

If you aren’t finding relief from antifungal medications or if you deal with recurring fungal infections then you may want to talk to us about whether laser therapy could offer you a better success rate. Laser therapy can easily penetrate through the nail to kill the fungus lying within and around the nail without affecting the healthy skin and nail around it. Laser therapy is painless, doesn’t take long to complete and there is absolutely no recovery period.

If you are having trouble treating your fungal infection yourself then it’s time to turn to the foot care specialists at Seaford Foot Care Center in Seaford, NY. We can provide you with the individualized, comprehensive care your feet deserve.

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