FAQ - Treatments
What does K-Laser treatment feel like?
K laser treatment could help your chronic foot pain, but you may be wondering if it is safe and how it feels during and after a session. Most of our patients feel little or no sensation while being treated, although some people experience a soothing warmth from the infrared wavelengths. Because the treatment stimulates cell activity, you could possibly feel a mild tingling. Old injuries may be slightly aggravated, and a brief increase in discomfort and inflammation could occur before you experience relief. Other than that, there are no painful injections, no scars to heal, and no drugs that may cause reactions. Keep in mind that the K laser can be adjusted to the proper intensity for your condition, and after 20 plus years of use, very few side effects have been noted. We will try other conservative measures of treatment first, but for stubborn pain, contact Aadvanced Foot Care Associates in New York at one of these numbers: Rego Park (718) 896-4433, Plainview (516) 822-9595, or Flushing (718) 969-2266. We will help determine if K laser treatment may be the next right step for you. You may also use our website to schedule an appointment.
What can be treated with K-Laser?
K laser treatment uses special wavelengths of light to improve cellular energy and promote better flow through cell membranes. This means your pain and swelling are reduced, your circulation is improved, and your healing time is quicker. The therapy has been shown to be effective for various types of soft tissue injuries and conditions in your feet. These include tendon problems such as Achilles tendinitis, ligament damage from plantar fasciitis, and muscle strains from overuse. It is also used to treat pain and inflammation of conditions like rheumatoid or osteoarthritis or diabetic neuropathy. It can speed up healing of venous and diabetic foot ulcers and burns, and is used for sports, auto, and work-related injuries. There are no side effects from medication and it can be used right away on acute injuries that have broken the skin or need metal implants. Whatever is causing your foot pain, contact Aadvanced Foot Care Associates in New York and set up an appointment to see if K laser therapy may be the answer for you. Call us in Rego Park (718) 896-4433, Plainview (516) 822-9595, or Flushing (718) 969-2266.
How do I know if my medications can be taken together?
Certain medications taken together can inhibit each other’s effectiveness—or worse, form toxic combinations that can really harm you. For example, many people commonly take warfarin sodium for blood clotting issues, but adding even an over-the-counter medication like ibuprofen can have serious bleeding consequences. Herbal remedies and supplements can also interact with medications. It is so important to tell us all the medications and other remedies you are taking so we can check for interactions and adjust doses. That’s why our compounding pharmacy service is a great help to so many of our patients. We develop a specific blend of medications that takes into account your specific conditions, any allergies, other medications or supplements you are taking, and your tolerance to dyes or binders commonly found in some drugs. We also provide complete, individualized instructions on how the prescription should be taken. We focus on a high standard of care and take the worry out of needing to take treatment for several different conditions. Call Aadvanced Foot Care Associates in New York at the numbers below for more information. Rego Park: (718) 896-4433 Plainview: (516) 822-9595 Flushing: (718) 969-2266
How does laser treatment for fungal toenails work?
Laser treatment has become a popular way to deal with fungal toenails. The therapy is convenient, painless, and has no known side effects (unlike oral medications that need to be monitored for possible risks to liver function). It can also be expensive, and is not always covered by insurance. There is a lack of research proving its success, although early studies are promising. You need to weigh the pros and cons for yourself and decide if it is for you. The principle of this therapy is that it directs a certain intensity and wavelength of light directly to the infected tissue, which absorbs the rays, heats up, and is destroyed, while surrounding tissues are unharmed. This allows the new nail to grow out healthy and free of infection, which may take several months. You need to take care that the nails do not become re-infected by practicing good hygiene and avoiding going barefoot in public places that may harbor the fungus. If you have unsightly fungal toenails, come in to Aadvanced Foot Care Associates in Rego Park, Flushing, or Plainview, NY, and explore your options. Call (718) 896-4433, (718) 969-2266, or (516) 822-9595 or use our online contact form.
How does compounding pharmacy work?
Medications are manufactured for the masses and may not give the exact formula you need for your condition. Aadvanced Foot Care Associates can tailor your medications to your particular requirements. We want you to get the symptom relief you need without extra ingredients that you don’t need—or ones that could cause you an allergic reaction. A compounding pharmacy allows us to do this. We may be able to use a specific drug that is not usually available, or leave out dyes or binders that you may be allergic to. The result is an individual prescription, delivered to you with specific instructions, for the highest quality of care and the best results. We use them for many conditions, from warts and tendinitis to rheumatoid arthritis and neuropathy. If this interests you, give our office a call at (718) 896-4433 in Rego Park, (718) 969-2266 in Flushing, and (516) 822-9595 in Plainview, NY.
Can physical therapy help my foot pain?
Physical therapy for foot pain is an effective treatment for many conditions. Passive forms include icing, massage, electrical stimulation, or ultrasound treatments. These help reduce swelling, loosen tight tissues, and stimulate healing in the cells.
Active physical therapy, such as stretches and low-impact exercises, can also help in the healing process. Stretching tight muscles and tendons reduces the risk of injury by making them more flexible and able to absorb stress. For example, stretching your plantar fascia before getting out of bed in the morning can head off that sharp pain you otherwise feel the first time you put weight on it. Exercises to strengthen ligaments, tendons, and muscles help them function more effectively to improve stability and avoid injury.
If you want to explore how physical therapy may help your foot pain, contact Aadvanced Foot Care Associates in Rego Park at (718) 896-4433, in Plainview at (516) 822-9595, or Flushing at (718) 969-2266 and let our experts guide you to the right treatments for you.
What happens after foot and ankle surgery?
Foot surgery recovery may take a few weeks or a few months depending on what procedure you have done, but knowing how to help feet heal makes all the difference. Here are a few things to keep in mind:
- Don’t move your foot or ankle too much the first day, especially if you had a nerve block. Take other meds as directed as the block wears off.
- Keep your foot elevated except during bathroom breaks to control swelling and inflammation.
- Use icing to reduce swelling, numb the pain, and prevent perspiration, which could cause itchiness and odor.
- Eat fiber and drink water, as pain meds and lack of movement could cause constipation.
- Keep dressings clean and dry at all times. Take sponge baths unless you can completely protect the cast or bandages from water.
- Learn to use crutches properly, and follow our instructions about weight-bearing. Putting weight on the foot too soon is the main reason for poor healing and long recovery times.
Aadvanced Foot Care Associates will monitor you following surgery to make sure all is healing as it should. To learn more, call us at the numbers below:
Rego Park (718) 896-4433
Plainview (516) 822-9595
Flushing (718) 969-2266
Do I need surgery to correct a bunion?
When considering whether you need surgery to correct a bunion, think about the following:
- Is your bunion painful? If it doesn’t bother you, there is no sense going through the risk of surgery. A rule of thumb is that if your pain rates a 7,8 or 9 on a scale of 1 to 10, it might be time.
- Can you find shoes to fit? There are many wider-toe styles that relieve the pressure on the misaligned joint, as well as open styles like sandals. If you can find shoes that are comfortable, you may be able to avoid a procedure.
- Can you do your normal activities? If the pain gets to the point that you can’t take your favorite hikes, or get your shopping done, or play with your kids and grandkids, you may want to consider getting your bunion fixed.
- Can you find alternative relief? Conservative bunion treatments you can try include padding, stretching the shoe, massage, icing, splints you wear at night, stretching the toes, pain relievers from the pharmacy (ask us which are best for you), or steroid injections.
Want an expert opinion? Our podiatrists can help you. Just call our Plainview office in Nassau County at (516) 822-9595, or our two Queens locations—Rego Park (718) 896-4433 or Flushing (718) 969-2266—and we’ll do all we can to relieve that painful bump by your big toe.
How does cryosurgery work?
Podiatrists use cryosurgery for removing warts, tumors, or other benign growths on the skin. The treatment area is numbed to prevent any pain, and compressed gas, which is extremely cold, is applied with a swab or spray to the abnormal tissue, destroying the unwanted cells. You can go home the same day, but you will need to care for the area by keeping it clean and changing bandages.
With added training in the use of ultrasound and fluoroscopy imaging, we can also use the technique to treat internal growths within the foot. Cryosurgery for foot pain from neuromas is used on sensory nerves as well.
A tiny incision is made and imaging technology is used to direct a small tube to the exact spot needing treatment. The correct amount of compressed gas is released through the tube and immediately destroys the cells (your body reabsorbs them). After care will include care for the incision, and follow-up imaging to determine the success of the procedure.
Cryosurgery provides a minimally invasive way to deal with internal tumors or nerve pain and to hopefully avoid more extensive surgery. Call the experts at Aadvanced Foot Care Associates to see if it may be right for your foot issue. You can reach us at the following numbers: Plainview (516) 822-9595, Rego Park (718) 896-4433, or Flushing (718) 969-2266.
What is vacuum assisted wound closure?
Vacuum-assisted wound closure is a method used to drain excess fluids from open wounds and stimulate faster, more effective healing. It’s a method that’s proven particularly effective for slow-healing, chronic wounds like ulcers, but can also be used for acute injuries. It involves packing the wound with special foam, then sealing the wound closed so no air can enter. A small suction device is then inserted into the seal, and the excess fluids pumped out through the foam.
This removes the fluids contributing to swelling and pain, as well as the bacteria floating around in the wound. It also helps optimize blood flow to the area and trigger a cellular healing process that speeds up your recovery. How quickly you recover will still depend on the size of the wound, but this treatment encourages healing more effectively than other methods.
If you’re struggling with a deep, chronic wound that doesn’t want to heal, vacuum assisted wound closure may be the step you need. Let our team at Aadvanced Footcare Associates help you determine if this process is right for you. Contact our New York offices in Rego Park at (718) 896-4433, Plainview at (516) 822-9595, or Flushing at (718) 969-2266 for a consultation today.