Podiatry

At Westchester Health, our Podiatry Department consists of a board trained and certified physician who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of common, acute and chronic conditions of the foot and ankle.

Feet and ankles are complex anatomical structures, requiring expert care. Not only do they bear the weight of our bodies but they enable us to stand, walk, run, jump, swim, ride (bikes, motorcycles and horses) and perform numerous other activities and sports. Our podiatrist has extensive experience in his field, using the latest technology and techniques to treat and provide preventative care for all types of podiatric issues, including diabetic foot care, wounds and infections, corns, calluses, warts, ingrown toenails, lower-extremity amputations, reconstruction after sports or traumatic injuries, arthritic deformity correction and bunion removal.

Prevention as well as treatment

At Westchester Health, our focus is not only on the evaluation and treatment of conditions of the foot and ankle but also on preventative care.

In addition to providing the highest quality of podiatric care, our podiatrist works closely with your primary care provider and other specialists to coordinate and implement a total treatment plan that is customized for your specific condition to achieve the best possible outcome. He also focuses on educating you and your family about lifestyle changes you can make to control, improve or even eradicate your particular foot or ankle disorder.

What makes Westchester Health’s Podiatry Department different?

At Westchester Health, we firmly believe that good treatment starts with good listening. We also believe that the best patient is an informed patient, and that patient education is critical to your long-term health.

From the first time you arrive at our offices, we spend as much time with you and your family as is necessary to make sure you understand your condition, the diagnostic tests we are recommending and all of your treatment options. Throughout your journey with us, we will continue to explain our recommended course of treatment and answer any questions you may have so that you understand what to expect.

Whether you have been with Westchester Health for years or are new to our practice, you quickly recognize that our Podiatry Department truly cares about each and every one of our patients. When you need us, we are here for you.

Always at the forefront of medicine

The world of medicine continues to change and evolve, especially regarding conditions of the foot and ankle. As part of Northwell Health, our podiatrist participates in its Department of Podiatry training programs, making sure he is continually up-to-date on the newest breakthrough treatments for our patients’ podiatric conditions.

Podiatrists are experts at treating a variety of foot and ankle disorders, including:

Bunions

A bunion is a bony, usually painful hump at the base of the big toe where the toe bends to walk. Bunions can be caused by arthritis, weak or poor foot structure and if one leg is longer than the other. Women are more likely to get them than men due to wearing tight shoes (especially high heels) that push the foot bones into an unnatural shape over time. Treatments include medication to relieve pain, heating pad, warm foot bath, changing your shoes, and in severe cases, surgery (bunionectomy).

Diabetic foot care

If not managed properly, diabetes can cause irreversible damage to the feet and in some cases, amputation. People with diabetes face two main dangers in relation to their feet: neurological damage (impacts the ability to feel pain, resulting in foot injuries) and vascular damage (increases the risk of infection and foot ulcers). To prevent these complications, diabetics should check their feet every day, wear clean socks, be very careful when cutting their toenails, wear shoes that do not cause friction, and be under the constant medical supervision of a podiatrist.

Hammertoe

Hammertoe is a foot deformity that causes your toe to bend or curl downward instead of pointing forward, most often affecting the second or third toe. It usually develops over time due to arthritis, a very high arch or wearing ill-fitting shoes, such as tight, pointed heels. Typical treatments include wearing properly fitting shoes, putting toe pads or insoles in your shoes, medication to relieve pain, and in severe cases, surgery.

Plantar fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis is a very painful condition caused by inflammation of the thick tissue, or fascia, that run along the bottom of the foot connecting the heel bone to the toes. It tends to affect long distance runners, people with low arches, people who are on their feet all day and people who are overweight. Treatments include stretching the lower legs, feet and ankles, applying ice to the arch, wearing a night splint and choosing shoes with strong arch support.

Surgery

Because the feet and ankles support the body’s weight and must bear the impact of walking and running, they are easily injured. Twisting, spraining and fracturing the foot or ankle are common injuries, caused by strenuous athletic activities, a trip or misstep, or even ill-fitting or high-heeled shoes. Arthritis is a major cause of foot and ankle surgery—specifically, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and posttraumatic arthritis. The most common types of foot and ankle surgery are ankle arthroscopy, bunion surgery and hammertoe surgery.

Wound care

When injuries such as cuts, scrapes, bruises and even more serious wounds occur on your feet, heels or ankles, they can be especially painful and hard to heal. Proper care and treatment for a foot wound from the very moment it occurs is very important to ensure proper healing. This includes cleaning the wound, applying antibiotic cream, covering with a bandage and watching for signs of infection. People with diabetes who sustain foot and/or ankle wounds need to be especially careful and see should a podiatrist immediately.

Additional conditions treated:

  • Achilles tendon
  • Ankle instability
  • Heel spurs
  • Ankle sprains
  • Ingrown toenails
  • Arthritic foot and ankle care
  • Injuries
  • Athletes foot
  • Metatarsalgia
  • Neuromas
  • Calluses
  • Orthotics
  • Corns
  • Crush injuries
  • Shockwave therapy
  • Heel pain
  • Flat feet
  • Toenail fungus
  • Warts
  • Geriatric foot care

We offer the following treatments to correct damage and reduce pain in the feet:

  • Bunion surgery (bunionectomy)
  • Cosmetic surgery
  • Custom foot orthotics
  • Diagnostic injection
  • Endoscopy
  • Fluoroscopy motion equipment
  • Hammertoe surgery
  • Injection therapy
  • Laser treatments
  • Minimally invasive surgery
  • Physical therapy and rehabilitation
  • Plantar fasciectomy/fasciotomy
  • Surgical excision of neuroma
  • Treatment of foot wounds and ulcers due to diabetes
  • Ultrasound
  • X-rays

 

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