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By Dr. Eric Peters, D.P.M.
April 11, 2017
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Heel Pain  

How your podiatrist in White Plains, New York can help end your heel painheel pain

Heel pain can sometimes go away on its own. It might also be a symptom of plantar fasciitis, caused by inflammation of the plantar fascia, a thick band of tissue running across your heel. Runners get plantar fasciitis, but you can also suffer from it if you walk or stand on hard surfaces for extended periods of time.

Whether you have common heel pain or plantar fasciitis, don’t ignore it! Dr. Eric Peters in White Plains, New York wants to help you get relief from heel pain and plantar fasciitis.

You can try to treat heel pain at home by following these simple tips:

  • Do arch stretches several times each day
  • Try wearing heel wedges, inserts or custom-fit shoes

For stubborn heel pain and plantar fasciitis, you may need the services of an expert like Dr. Eric Peters. He offers several non-invasive treatments including:

  • Custom-made footwear and orthotics to add support to your heel
  • Physical therapy to increase flexibility and mobility
  • Extracorporeal Shock Wave Treatment (ESWT)

For severe cases of heel pain related to plantar fasciitis, surgery might be recommended. The goal of this type of surgery is to release part of the plantar fascia allowing increased movement without pain. Many foot surgeries are performed endoscopically. Treatment is often on an outpatient basis. Dr. Peters will discuss the results you can expect from surgery, downtime, and recovery.

Don’t ignore your heel pain! It could be a sign of plantar fasciitis. At the very least, heel pain can put you on the couch, making it difficult for you to enjoy the activities of your life. Help for your heel pain is just a phone call away. Call Dr. Eric Peters, your podiatrist in White Plains, New York. Get started feeling better by calling today!

By Dr. Eric Peters, D.P.M.
January 31, 2017
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Toenail Fungus  

Are you dealing with a fungal infection that just won’t go away?toenail fungus

Have you noticed that your toenails have started to become thick and yellow? Have they become brittle or are they starting to break off? This can be a rather startling situation to deal with but our White Plains, NY, podiatrist, Dr. Eric Peters, is here to tell you that you could very well be dealing with a nail fungal infection, also known as an onychomycosis. Find out what to do if you experience a fungal infection.

While you could try over-the-counter fungal remedies to combat your infection, most topical creams and ointments aren’t very effective. Why? Because they aren’t able to penetrate through the hard enamel layers of the nail to kill the fungus underneath. If you have tried these OTC treatments and haven’t achieved the results you want then it’s time you talked to our White Plains foot doctor about our PinPointe Laser System.

How does the PinPointe laser work?

Unlike medications, which can’t reach under the nail, this light energy is able to go through the nail to heat up and kill the fungus without harming the nail or surrounding tissue.

Will this fungal laser treatment hurt?

What makes this treatment so ideal is that it isn’t painful. You may feel warmth in the region when the laser in directed at the toenail and sometimes you might experience something akin to a light pinprick, but the procedure isn’t invasive and shouldn’t be uncomfortable.

How long will laser treatment take?

Getting PinPointe laser treatment in White Plains usually takes only a half hour to complete.

How long is the recovery period after treatment?

Another benefit to choosing laser therapy to treat your toenail fungus is that there is absolutely no downtime. That’s right! You will walk into our office to get your procedure and then you are free to leave and go about the rest of your day. It’s that simple.

When will I see results?

This is an important question because so many people think that if their toenails don’t instantly turn clear that treatment didn’t work. Remember, it takes several months for a nail to grow out clear. So, laser treatment may just work for you but you will have to be patient to see results.

If you want to find out if laser treatment is the best way to tackle your toenail fungus then it’s time you called our White Plains, NY, podiatry office today to learn more.

By Dr. Eric Peters, D.P.M.
December 07, 2016
Category: Foot Surgery
Tags: Diabetes  

What your podiatrist in White Plains wants you to know

Diabetes is a very common disease. Over 29 million people in the United States are affected by diabetes, according to the American Diabetes Association. It is also a life changing disease which affects many parts of your body, including your feet. The effects on your feet can range from loss of feeling to needing foot surgery. Dr. Eric Peters, your podiatrist in White Plains, NY, wants to share how diabetics might need foot surgery.

Diabetes has a profound effect on many major body systems, including your immune, circulatory and nervous systems. When your nervous system is affected, you may lose feeling in your feet. You can injure your feet and not even realize it. You can burn your feet in hot water and you may not feel any pain.

When your circulatory system is compromised, you may not have enough blood flowing to your extremities, including your feet. Lack of sufficient blood flow can cause tissue death and can result in the need for amputation of your toes or parts of your foot.

The effect of diabetes on your immune system can result in you being unable to fight off infections. This means that a tiny cut or blister on your foot can turn into a debilitating diabetic ulcer. Some diabetic ulcers require surgery to clean the wound area and remove dead or diseased tissue.

The best way to prevent the need for surgery is to protect your feet. Your podiatrist in White Plains suggests these simple tips to keep your feet healthy:

  • Inspect your feet every day, looking for blisters, cuts or bruises.
  • Use a hand mirror to look at the soles of your feet
  • Wash and dry your feet thoroughly every day
  • Apply lotion daily to keep your skin from drying out
  • Wear socks and comfortable shoes
  • Don’t go barefoot
  • Stretch and move your toes, feet and ankles several times daily
  • Avoid heat and hot water
  • Avoid walking on uneven or sharp surfaces

Visiting your podiatrist in White Plains, NY, should be a vital part of your health care regimen. If you have problems with your feet, don’t wait! A small problem could turn into the need for foot surgery. Call Dr. Peters for more information on how to keep your feet healthy. Call today and protect your feet!

By Dr. Eric Peters, D.P.M.
October 04, 2016
Category: Foot Care
Tags: ankle pain  

A little foot and ankle pain is normal from time to time. Everything from spending too many hours in uncomfortable shoes, to overdoing it ankle painat the gym can temporarily strain the feet and ankles. But persistent pain and discomfort that does not subside, or that returns frequently, may be a sign of an injury and should be examined by a foot doctor to determine if treatment or supportive footwear is necessary. Dr. Eric Peters, a foot and ankle doctor in White Plains, NY, recommends scheduling an appointment with a podiatrist in cases of swelling, intense pain, difficulty walking, rotating or putting pressure on the ankle, fever and other signs of infection like redness or warmth, an open wound and bone protrusions or deformities.

Foot and Ankle Pain Diagnosis and Treatment in White Plains

There are different forms of ankle pain which can develop for a number of reasons. The most common type of pain occurs while performing a specific type of movement, like walking, running or jumping. In some cases, mild ankle pain can be managed with conservative treatments like rest, icing, compression, elevation and over the counter pain medication and anti-inflammatories like Advil or Motrin, depending on the cause of the pain.

Common Causes of Ankle Pain

Because the ankle is a weight bearing hinge joint made up of a complex network of bones and connective tissue (ligaments, muscles, cartilage and tendons), it can be especially susceptible to strains and injuries. Some of the most common pain causing injuries and conditions include:

  • Arthritis
  • Achilles tendonitis
  • Tears, breaks, sprains, and fractures
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Bursitis

Find a Foot Doctor in White Plains

Are you suffering from heel or ankle pain? It may be a sign of an injury or orthopedic condition. For more information, and to obtain an accurate diagnosis, contact the office of Dr. Peters by calling (914) 285-4444 to schedule an appointment today.

By Dr. Eric Peters, D.P.M.
July 21, 2016
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Bunions  

What issues could cause a bunion to form and what can you do once you have one?

If our White Plains, NY podiatrist, Dr. Eric Peters, has just recently diagnosed you with a bunion then you may have a lot of questions. bunionsHow did this bunion form? How do you manage your bunion symptoms so it doesn’t get worse? We have all these answers (and more!).

What causes bunions?

While a lot is still unknown about bunions and what causes them, it’s believed that genetics has a role to play. Certain inherited factors like overpronation can increase your chances of developing a bunion. If you have biomechanical imbalances in your feet, this can affect how your joints and muscles work, resulting in a bunion.

Some people wonder if high heels or tight shoes can cause bunions. While there is some controversy over whether this is true or not, one thing is for certain—wearing poorly fitted shoes or shoes with high heels can certainly exacerbate your condition.

How do you treat bunion symptoms?

Most of the time your symptoms can be managed through conservative at-home care. Of course, our White Plains foot doctor should always examine your foot problems to make sure that the issue you are having is actually a bunion. Common treatment options include"

  • Icing the bunion for 15-20 minutes at a time multiple times throughout the day
  • Taking over-the-counter or prescription pain relievers to alleviate pain
  • Wearing prescription orthotics (which we can make right here in-office) to provide additional support and stability for structural imbalances in the feet
  • Only wearing shoes that fit properly, provide support and don’t have a heel
  • Wearing a bunion pad to take pressure off the bunion when wearing shoes
  • If pain and inflammation isn’t relieved with medication we may recommend steroid injections
  • Surgery is often the last resort when all other treatment options have failed

Have questions about how you can care for your bunion properly? Need to find relief now? Then talk to Dr. Peters, our White Plains, NY bunion specialist, to get the care you need.

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