FAQ - General Foot Care
How do I prepare for my first podiatrist visit?
There are several things you should do to prepare for your first podiatrist visit. The first is to write down any symptoms you’ve been having and when you notice them. Also jot down all your questions, so you can remember them at your visit.
Next, check with your insurance provider to see whether you need a referral to see us and what will be covered under your plan.
Then, make a list of the medications you take regularly and any past surgeries or serious health issues, including injuries. If you have X-rays, MRIs or lab results from other doctors, gather them together and bring them with you.
You are welcome to bring a family member or friend—often two sets of ears and memories are better than one! Please tell us if you need special accommodations during your visit, such as a translator or physical assistance.
Finally, it often helps to see your walking or running shoes when diagnosing gait problems or pain.
The podiatrists at Aadvanced Foot Care Associates are ready to help you find answers to your foot issues, and it helps a lot when you are prepared as well. Call one of our Nassau County/Queens offices and let’s get started!
Plainview (516) 822-9595
Rego Park (718) 896-4433
Flushing (718) 969-2266
What types of problems do podiatrists treat?
Podiatry is the field of medicine that focuses on the lower extremities. Our doctors take the same general and surgical training as in other medical fields, but look at every issue through the lens of how it affects your feet and ankles.
Our staff has over 100 years of combined foot care know how, and we have treated just about every problem over those years, from black or ingrown nails to flat feet, from bunions to broken bones. Problems podiatrists treat include things like tendon injuries, fungal nails, skin issues, heel pain, and conditions that develop because of poor circulation or nerve damage, to mention a few.
Medical doctors and orthopedic surgeons have knowledge about foot issues too, but this is all we do, and we are very good at it. If you have a foot problem, look for help from a specialist who deals with feet and ankles all day, every day. We have three offices in New York to serve you: Rego Park (718) 896-4433, Plainview (516) 822-9595, and Flushing (718) 969-2266.
Does my lifestyle really affect my feet?
You may think your feet are pretty indestructible, but the truth is they are as vulnerable as any other part of your body. A healthy lifestyle makes a huge difference in their ability to support you throughout your life. This starts with a healthy diet, to build good bones, prevent diabetes and plaque buildup in your arteries, and promote nerve health. It also means exercising wisely, to keep your blood moving while preventing injury as much as possible. It even comes down to such foot care habits as washing and moisturizing your feet and trimming your toenails, because proper care could head off problems like fungal infections and ingrown nails. Choosing the proper shoes that will support you and fit your activities is also crucial. If you want more information about how to care for your feet, contact Aadvanced Foot Care Associates at one of our three New York locations by dialing (718) 896-4433 for our main office in Rego Park, (718) 969-2266 for Flushing, or (516) 822-9595 for our other main office in Plainview.
How can I protect my feet in cold weather?
You dress in layers to keep your body warm. Cold weather foot care includes layering your footwear, too, by wearing an inner sock liner with a thick outer sock, and making sure shoes or boots are big enough for your toes to move comfortably with the extra thickness. Take extra socks along in case the first ones get wet, because wet skin cools off quicker. There are other factors to keep in mind, too. Smoking and alcohol both affect the blood vessels and make you more susceptible to frostbite. Alcohol also may also impair your ability to know when to get out of the cold. Dehydration, thinness, low blood sugar, and poor nutrition can make it harder for your body to ward off the cold. Whether associated with diabetes or not, poor circulation and nerve problems also affect how well you handle low temperatures. Stay healthy and dress appropriately whenever you go out in freezing weather, and your feet will thank you. If you develop problems from overexposure, call Aadvanced Foot Care Associates in Plainview at (516) 822-9595, Rego Park at (718) 896-4433, or Flushing at (718) 969-2266 for an appointment to take care of your feet.
Can foot exercises make a difference?
Yes, there are several known benefits of foot exercise, including improved circulation, better conditioning of soft tissues, and treatment and prevention of pain. For example, a good foot stretching program can greatly reduce that first-step-in-the-morning pain from plantar fasciitis, and gradually increasing your walking distance can improve symptoms of peripheral arterial disease (PAD) in your legs. Foot exercises can build muscle strength, to better hold your foot structure in place, and increase the condition of your tendons and ligaments for stability and flexibility.
There are so many ways that exercising and stretching can improve your foot health. Let the experts at Aadvanced Foot Care Associates in Rego Park, Plainview, and Flushing, NY, diagnose what is causing your foot discomfort and design a plan for you. Exercise and stretching is the natural way to take care of foot issues, and may help you avoid more invasive and costly treatment. Call (718) 896-4433, (516) 822-9595, or (718) 969-2266 to set up an appointment with our podiatrists at the office most convenient for you.
Are there home remedies for smelly feet?
There are many things you can do at home to prevent smelly feet. The most important is to keep them clean by washing them every day. Foot odor is due to bacteria on your skin breaking down your perspiration, not just the sweat alone, so anything that keeps these microorganisms under control is helpful. You can use warm water and mild soap or an over-the-counter product designed for foot odor.
You can try using an antiperspirant on your feet, or sprinkling them with baking soda or talcum powder (be careful not to inhale any of it). Make sure you wear fresh socks every day, made of fibers that don’t hold moisture against your feet (such as cotton) but rather wick it away (such as wool or the right synthetics).
Check that your shoes are breathable, too, or remove them for short periods during the day, to let your feet air out. You can purchase medicated inserts for them that may act as a deodorizer. For more tips and other foot care information, check with the experts at Aadvanced Foot Care Associates in Plainview, Flushing, or Rego Park, NY by calling (516) 822-9595, (718) 969-2266, or (718) 896-4433 for an appointment.
How does pregnancy affect your feet?
Many parts of your body change during pregnancy and feet are no exception. The main things you will notice are swelling, size, and possibly soreness.
Excess fluid collects in your feet because they are the lowest part of your body. Blood pools because the major leg veins returning blood to the heart can be pressured by the uterus, and because less activity may slow down your circulation. The extra fluid your body makes—to aid the baby’s development and allow your tissues to expand as needed—can also linger in your feet. Cool foot soaks can help.
Feet during pregnancy can also spread wider and longer, because hormones allow the ligaments and joints to stretch. Unlike edema (swelling) which goes down after the baby is born, the ligament changes are likely permanent. Feet may be tired and sore from the extra weight you carry, too. Buy shoes that are large and cushioned enough to mitigate all these changes. It is also important to take breaks and elevate your feet often.
For more foot care tips during pregnancy, call Aadvanced Foot Care Associates in New York at (516) 822-9595 in Plainview, (718) 896-4433 in Rego Park, or (718) 969-2266 in Flushing.
How can I safely warm my feet?
There’s a difference between cold feet from walking around barefoot, and frostbitten toes because you’ve been exposed to freezing temperature. In the latter case, it is important to seek medical advice about warming up frozen skin so that you don’t make the problem worse.
For simple cold toe remedies, though, give the following a try:
- Tuck your feet someplace warm (inside clothing next to skin, or up on a couch, covered with throw pillows or thick blanket)
- Soak in warm water (not too hot – just a few degrees warmer than body temp)
- Use a heating pad or cloth-covered hot water bottle (again – not too hot)
- Swing your leg back and forth many times (to get the blood out to the ends of your toes)
- Take a quick walk, or if you have to remain seated, jiggle your legs up and down quickly to get the circulation going.
For more hints or to see if something other than cold temperatures is chilling your feet, call the experts at Aadvanced Foot Care Associates by dialing (516) 822-9595 in Plainview, NY, (718) 969-2266 in Flushing, or (718) 896-4433 in Rego Park.
How can I reduce swelling in my feet?
In a condition called edema, fluids in the blood seep out of your smallest arteries and veins and accumulate in your tissues. The result is puffiness, thickness, and tight skin that is more apt to be damaged. This condition can be caused by being overweight, standing or sitting for long periods of time, warmer air temperatures, and for women—pregnancy and your monthly period. Infections, medications, and certain diseases can also be factors.
Some simple ways to reduce swelling in your feet and ankles at home include the following:
- Lose weight if you are carrying too many pounds
- Exercise regularly to keep your blood flow strong
- Move your legs or take frequent breaks if you need to sit or stand for long periods
- Wear support hose to promote better circulation
- Put your feet up above heart level several times a day if possible
- Limit salt intake
Feet don’t just decide to swell up; usually there is some underlying reason such as a sprain or fracture, kidney or heart disease, pregnancy, or some other condition. If simple home remedies don’t address your issues, be sure to schedule a visit at Aadvanced Foot Care Associates for expert diagnosis and treatment.