Podiatry Blog

By Dr. Eric Peters, D.P.M.
December 28, 2020
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Foot Surgery  

Do you experience frequent pain or trouble walking due to a foot or ankle condition or injury? Foot surgery, offered by your White Plains, NY, podiatrist, Dr. Eric Peters, may ease your pain and improve your mobility.

When surgery can be helpful

Pain medication, physical therapy, night splints, ultrasound therapy, braces, boots, orthotics and other therapeutic approaches don't always successfully treat foot and ankle conditions, particularly if they're chronic or severe. Surgery may be the best option if:

  • You've been struggling with heel pain due to plantar fasciitis: When plantar fasciitis doesn't respond to other treatments, your White Plains foot doctor may recommend surgery to release the tension in the fascia.
  • Your bunions are getting worse: Surgery eliminates your bunions and ends your pain. During surgery, your podiatrist will realign the joint and remove the bony bump and may also remove inflamed tissue or a small piece of bone.
  • You have Morton's neuroma: Are you tired of living with constant pain, tingling and numbness from Morton's neuroma? Surgery to relieve the pressure on your nerve can relieve your symptoms.
  • Your hammertoe has become rigid: If your hammertoe is no longer flexible, your foot doctor may recommend surgery to straighten your toe.
  • You have an ingrown toenail: When your nail is embedded in your skin or you have an infection, your podiatrist may recommend surgically removing the trapped portion of your toenail.
  • Ankle arthritis makes it difficult to walk: If your life has changed due to ankle arthritis, you may benefit from surgery to remove loose cartilage and inflamed tissue. Joint replacement or fusion may also be part of the surgery.
  • You have another foot or ankle condition: Foot or ankle surgery may also be recommended for severe tears or Achilles tendon ruptures, ankle instability after a sprain, fractures, tibias posterior dysfunction, or you have a problem with the long metatarsal bones in your foot.

The length of the surgery varies depending on your condition. If you're having a bunion removed or a hammertoe straightened, surgery may only take an hour or two and may be performed on an outpatient basis. More complicated surgery, such as joint replacement, will probably require a hospital stay.

Your foot doctor will provide you with information about the recovery process, including how long you'll need to stay off your feet and when you can return to work and your usual activities. In many cases, you'll need to restrict your activities for a few weeks. Physical therapy or exercises might be recommended to help you regain strength and flexibility after surgery.

Could foot surgery improve your foot or ankle condition or injury? Call your podiatrist in White Plains, NY, Dr. Eric Peters, at (914) 285-4444 to schedule your appointment.

By Dr. Eric Peters, D.P.M.
August 06, 2020
Category: Foot Care

Laser treatment is an easy solution for eliminating stubborn nail fungus.

Yellow, brittle toenails aren’t just unsightly, they could also be a warning sign of nail fungus. Nail fungal infections are a nuisance, and to prevent the infection from permanently damaging the nail or affecting surrounding nails, you want to make sure that you are treating it effectively. If over-the-counter topical treatments are ineffective then you may want to talk with our White Plains NY podiatrist Dr. Eric Peters about laser treatment for toenail fungus.

How does it work?

Laser treatment is incredibly effective at eliminating fungal infections within the nails. That’s because the laser can penetrate the nail to reach the fungus lying underneath. Once the laser has targeted the fungus, it will heat up and destroy the infection. While the laser may be bad news for fungus, it will not affect or damage healthy nail or tissue. This treatment is completely safe, effective, and side-effect-free.

What should I expect?

Laser treatment is completely painless. You may feel a warming sensation as the laser penetrates through the nail to reach the infection but it’s not uncomfortable. It only takes a few minutes to get rid of the infection and there is no downtime. This means that busy individuals can go right back to work after coming into our White Plains NY office for toenail fungus laser treatment. Many people will only require one treatment session, but this will depend on the severity of the infection.

Should I get laser treatment?

If you are dealing with a fungal infection that doesn’t seem to respond to topical medications or other over-the-counter options, or if your fungal infection keeps coming back, then it’s a good idea to talk with our White Plains NY podiatrist to find out whether laser therapy is the best option for you. If you would like to avoid potential side effects from using topical or oral antifungal medications, then chances are good that laser treatment may be a better solution.

When will I see results?

Remember, you’ll need to wait until the nail grows out to see the results of your laser treatment. This can take about 3-4 months before you will see the nail growing in clear. If your nails grow quickly you may see results even sooner.

If you are struggling to treat your toenail fungus at home, then laser treatment may be the best option. Call our White Plains NY podiatrist, Dr. Eric Peters, at (914) 285-4444 to schedule a consultation.

By Dr. Eric Peters, D.P.M.
June 10, 2020
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Bunion Formation  

Would you like to reduce your risk of developing bunions? Wearing orthotics designed by your White Plains, NY, podiatrist, Dr. Eric Peters, and following a few of these recommendations may help.

Stay away from tight shoes and high heels

Both styles of shoes increase pressure on the front of your foot and may eventually alter the alignment of your big toe joint. Avoiding these shoes, or only wearing them for short periods of time, can decrease your risk. If you do wear high heels or tight shoes, kick them off a few times during the day to give your feet a little break.

Buy comfortable, roomy shoes

If you can't wiggle your toes a little, your shoes are probably too tight. Look for shoes that offer plenty of room in the toe area, provide adequate cushioning for your entire foot, and offer arch support.

Consider your family history

If other people in your family have had bunions, you're more likely to develop the condition. The family pattern could be related to an inherited foot imbalance. If your foot isn't properly balanced, pressure and stress on your big toe joint could spur the formation of bunions. Unfortunately, wearing high heels or tight shoes only increases your risk if you have a foot imbalance.

Try orthotics

Luckily, orthotics may help you avoid painful bunions. The custom shoe inserts provided by your White Plains foot doctor keep your feet properly aligned when you wear shoes, absorb shock, improve arch support, and prevent your feet from slipping and sliding in your shoes.

Orthotics can help you avoid overuse injuries when you run or play sports and are also helpful if you turn your feet inward when you walk. They're often recommended for people who have plantar fasciitis, flat feet, back pain, balance or gait issues, tarsal tunnel syndrome, hammertoes, diabetes, arthritis, bursitis, or tendonitis.

Keep your weight under control

Even a few extra pounds can increase pressure on your feet, stressing your joints. Watching your weight offers a simple way to manage your bunion risk.

Has bunion pain made your life more challenging? Your podiatrist in White Plains, Dr. Peters offers treatment methods that can relieve your pain. Call him at (914) 285-4444 to schedule an appointment to discuss the options.

By Dr. Eric Peters, D.P.M.
May 11, 2020
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Bunion  

Would you like to reduce your risk of developing bunions? Wearing orthotics designed by your White Plains, NY, podiatrist, Dr. Eric Peters, and following a few of these recommendations may help.

Stay away from tight shoes and high heels

Both styles of shoes increase pressure on the front of your foot and may eventually alter the alignment of your big toe joint. Avoiding these shoes, or only wearing them for short periods of time, can decrease your risk. If you do wear high heels or tight shoes, kick them off a few times during the day to give your feet a little break.

Buy comfortable, roomy shoes

If you can't wiggle your toes a little, your shoes are probably too tight. Look for shoes that offer plenty of room in the toe area, provide adequate cushioning for your entire foot, and offer arch support.

Consider your family history

If other people in your family have had bunions, you're more likely to develop the condition. The family pattern could be related to an inherited foot imbalance. If your foot isn't properly balanced, pressure and stress on your big toe joint could spur the formation of bunions. Unfortunately, wearing high heels or tight shoes only increases your risk if you have a foot imbalance.

Try orthotics

Luckily, orthotics may help you avoid painful bunions. The custom shoe inserts provided by your White Plains foot doctor keep your feet properly aligned when you wear shoes, absorb shock, improve arch support, and prevent your feet from slipping and sliding in your shoes.

Orthotics can help you avoid overuse injuries when you run or play sports and are also helpful if you turn your feet inward when you walk. They're often recommended for people who have plantar fasciitis, flat feet, back pain, balance or gait issues, tarsal tunnel syndrome, hammertoes, diabetes, arthritis, bursitis, or tendonitis.

Keep your weight under control

Even a few extra pounds can increase pressure on your feet, stressing your joints. Watching your weight offers a simple way to manage your bunion risk.

Has bunion pain made your life more challenging? Your podiatrist in White Plains, Dr. Peters offers treatment methods that can relieve your pain. Call him at (914) 285-4444 to schedule an appointment to discuss the options.

By Dr. Eric Peters, D.P.M.
January 24, 2020
Category: Podiatry
Tags: Bunions  

Foot surgery isn’t always the answer. Find out how to get your bunion problems under control.

Is there anything worse than bunion pain? If you have a long-standing struggle with bunions, then you know all too well the aching, throbbing, and sometimes mind-numbing pain that comes from even just the simple act of walking. Fortunately, here at the White Plains, NY, office of podiatrist Dr. Eric Peters, we have helped countless patients with nonsurgical and surgical care that is fully focused on nixing bunion pain and helping everyone lead a happier, pain-free life.

Here are some ways to reduce bunion pain and to prevent the bunion from getting worse:

Lifestyle Changes and Home Care

There are simple steps you can take each and every day to ensure that your bunion pain doesn’t rear its nasty head. Some of these lifestyle changes include:

  • Avoiding high heels (heels over 2 inches tall) and shoes with pointed toes
  • Massaging the area several times a day, particularly after wearing shoes
  • Icing the bunion for up to 15 minutes, 2-3 times a day to reduce swelling and pain
  • Losing excess weight to reduce the amount of pressure placed on your feet
  • Soaking feet in warm water to ease discomfort
  • Avoiding activities that may exacerbate symptoms

Podiatrist-Approved Treatments

While you may be handling your bunion on your own it’s also important to recognize when your podiatrist may need to step in. If at-home care isn’t giving you the relief you need, then Dr. Peters can help. Here are some of the treatment options that are offered at our White Plains office:

  • Custom orthotics: These custom-fitted shoe inserts can provide feet with cushioning and support whenever walking or standing.
  • Stretching and strengthening exercises: Peters can also show you a series of exercises that can help strengthen your feet to reduce bunion problems.
  • Splinting: Night splinting can take pressure off the joint and temporarily align it to prevent morning pain and stiffness (Dr. Peters can show you how to splint or tape the bunion properly).

Foot Surgery

Needing surgery for a bunion is rare but it can happen. Since this procedure comes with weeks of recovery, it’s important to weigh the pros and cons of bunion surgery with our podiatric surgeon to see if it’s truly the right choice for you. If you can manage your bunion symptoms with lifestyle changes and other nonsurgical options, then foot surgery probably won’t be necessary.

However, if you are dealing with around-the-clock bunion pain that is severe, doesn’t seem to be relieved by any other treatment or care, and is affecting your quality of life then it’s time to consider surgery.

Need relief? Give us a call

If you are suddenly noticing foot pain around the base of your big toe then you could be dealing with the beginnings of a bunion. Nip the problem in the bud by visiting our White Plains, NY, podiatry practice for diagnosis and a comprehensive treatment plan. Call our office today at (914) 285-4444.





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