The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine

Seasonal Conditions: The 3 Most Common Summer Foot Problems We Treat

Posted by on Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

Summer is a busy time for our Westchester and Manhattan podiatrist and sports medicine offices. Part of it is vanity: New Yorkers are spending more time in sandals, with their feet bared to all, and they want to look good. It’s a great time of year to get those elective procedures done. Another reason is that we are enjoying more leisure time out in the nice weather. Find out what sort of conditions we specialize in and how our well-rounded approach to foot problems can help you.

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This time of year, our feet are much more active and exposed, so we are more likely to need a trip to the podiatrist’s office.
Image Source: Flickr user Chase Lewis

Bunions & Hammertoes

“A lot more elective procedures are being done this time of year,” explains Dr. Nadia Levy. “Bunion and hammertoe pain is usually manageable, but people still want to fix the problem. The summer is advantageous for those cases because sandals help with the transition to normal shoes when there is swelling. Also, a lot of teachers and students are off and want to take advantage of the break.” Here at The Center for Podiatric Care & Sports Medicine, we have over 30 years of experience treating bunions and have a success rate of over 95%, with most patients reporting little to no pain after surgery.

What we can do for bunions & hammer toe correction:

– Perform more than 40 different types of surgical corrections, including the most advanced techniques like the  Osteotomy Sparing Mini-Tightrope.

– Fit you with custom orthotic inserts and help you choose the best fitting shoes, padding, and braces to enhance your comfort.

– Recommend exercises that can help stabilize the foot, minimize pain, stimulate healing, and aid in your complete recovery.

Toenail Fungus

“As the weather gets warmer and people start wearing open-toed shoes or going to the beach, we have patients coming in looking for treatments for discolored fungal nails,” says Dr. Katherine Lai, one of our board-certified podiatrists. “To be ready for open-toed shoes now, though, they should have started treatment during the winter, as it takes several months for the treated fungal nails to grow out.” On the bright side, we can help you get on the road to recovery so you are fungus-free before next summer.

What we can do for toenail fungus:

– We’ll take a nail scraping to confirm the diagnosis and rule out other medical conditions.

– We offer the latest technology for combating toenail fungus, including PinPointe Laser treatment.

– We can also prescribe oral antifungal medication for a more economical option.

– Lifestyle modification will also be discussed to reduce the risk of recurrence.

Overuse Injuries

Dr. Ryan Minara adds: “I feel that coming out of the doldrums of winter, patients are becoming more active, and I am seeing a lot of overuse and running/sports related injuries.” The most commonly treated injuries include: stress fractures, plantar fasciitis, and Achilles tendonitis. Usually, patients who come to us with overuse injuries have been ignoring pain for a long time until the inflammation and irritation becomes unbearable. Our sports injury doctors have extensive training as medical directors of local events like the Hamptons Marathon, Regis & Kelly’s High-Heel-A-Thon, medical team members of the U.S. Olympic trials, and official team podiatrists for the NY Lizards lacrosse team.

What we can do for overuse sports injuries:

– We can take diagnostic images and run tests to assess the severity of the injury and rule out other issues.

– We’ll discuss conservative treatment methods, such as icing, compression bandaging, elevation, stretching, and active recovery.

– We can outfit you with a cast or walking boot to immobilize the injured area, and suggest a reasonable recovery timeline.

– Our full physical therapy department can ensure that you maintain full joint mobility while you heal.

– Cortisone injections are not suitable for every situation, but we can administer them in cases of extreme pain.

– Our athletic department can help elite athletes with skill-building exercises so they can return to play without cobwebs.

– We can offer you shockwave therapy — a painless, noninvasive method of stimulating the body’s natural healing and regeneration.

– The Center’s team of experienced surgeons performs surgery at the Beth Israel Medical Center for a number of athletic injuries and accidents.

Get Your Foot Problems Taken Care of this Summer by the Best NY Podiatrists!

Regular visits to a podiatrist are ideal for making sure your feet are healthy and on track to supporting you no matter the season. The Center for Podiatric Care & Sports Medicine in New York offers the best podiatrists the City has to offer. Visit our contact page for more information.

If you have any foot problems or pain, contact The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports MedicineDr. Josef J. GeldwertDr. Katherine Lai, Dr. Ryan Minara and Dr. Mariola Rivera have helped thousands of people get back on their feet. Unfortunately, we cannot give diagnoses or treatment advice online. Please make an appointment to see us if you live in the NY metropolitan area or seek out a podiatrist in your area.