When you get up in the morning and go about your daily routine, your big toe starts hurting. You're to the point where you need diagnosis and treatment from your White Plains podiatrist, Dr. Eric Peters. He is highly skilled and experienced in conditions of the foot and ankle. He'll get to the heart of your pain and help you stay mobile and comfortable.
Your particular problem
When you see Dr. Peters about your toe pain, he'll do a complete podiatric exam, checking your circulation, skin, range of motion and other factors related to foot health. He'll ask you about your symptoms (when they start, stop, what aggravates them and more), and also, he may use digital X-ray imaging to visualize what's happening with the toe joints and bone structure. Then, your White Plains podiatrist will individualize a care plan to treat the source of your discomfort.
Possible causes of toe pain
There are many, according to the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA), and fortunately, they can be addressed. Something as simple as footwear which is roomier in the toes relieves undue pressure and reduces friction, ingrown toenails and even fungal toenails and athlete's foot.
Additionally, the Arthritis Foundation states that toe pain often originates in:
- Sprains and strains
- Overuse injuries from athletic pursuits such as running or tennis
- Rheumatoid or osteoarthritis
- Hammertoes, deformities of the middle joints of the toes
- Neuromas, benign growths associated with the 3rd and 4th toes
While both men and women of all ages and lifestyles experience toe pain and other foot and ankle issues, women seem more prone to inflammatory and structural problems (such as bunions at the base of the big toe). The APMA blames narrow shoes, high heels and the increased pressure they exert on toes and the forefoot.
What can be done
If you have burning, stabbing, throbbing toe pain, don't wait. Come see your White Plains podiatrist for an exam. Then, expect him to use one or more of these interventions to help you:
- A change in shoes
- Shoe padding (especially for bunions and hammertoes)
- Surgery (sometimes for neuromas)
- Custom-made orthotics, or shoe inserts, to take pressure off toes and to correct gait and balance issues
- Cortisone injections
- Physical therapy
- Stretching exercises
- Over-the-counter analgesics to reduce inflammation and pain
- RICE (rest, ice, compression, and elevation) for strains and sprains
Please contact the office team at Dr. Peters' office to arrange a consultation. You can have healthy, pain-free feet and enjoy an active life. Call today: (914) 285-4444.
Are you dealing with chronic or severe heel pain due to plantar fasciitis?
Plantar fasciitis is an inflammatory foot condition that can happen to anyone. Whether you are an athlete, someone who has just started a workout regimen or you are on your feet all day for work, there are many situations in which plantar fasciitis can set in. Our White Plains, NY, podiatrist Dr. Eric Peters is here to tell you more about this foot condition and when to consider Radial Shock Wave Therapy (RSWT).
What is plantar fasciitis?
This condition is the most common cause of heel pain. Named after the plantar fascia, the tissue that runs the length of your foot, this ailment results in inflammation and even microtears within the tissue. Along with heel pain, you may notice that the arches of the affected foot are also achy and sore.
How is heel pain treated? Should I get Radial Shock Wave Therapy?
There are a variety of different treatment options available for someone dealing with heel pain, from taking pain relievers to splinting the foot or wearing custom orthotics in your shoes. Of course, there are some instances in which these simple measures just aren’t enough. When this happens it’s important that you turn to our White Plains, NY, foot doctor for care. You may want to consider if you have severe heel pain, if heel pain isn’t responding to other treatments or if you’ve had chronic heel pain.
How does Radial Shock Wave Therapy work?
First and foremost, you will need to come in for a consultation where we will make sure that plantar fasciitis is truly the cause of your heel pain and that something else isn’t the problem. From there we will be able to determine whether Radial Shock Wave Therapy is the best approach.
During your treatment, we will pinpoint the exact areas of pain and then direct a handheld device over the area. This device will send shockwaves through the heel to create microtears within the tissue to stimulate your body’s natural healing process. In most cases, you will need to go through multiple sessions over the course of several weeks but the improvement you experience could be instant.
If you want to find out if Radial Shock Wave Therapy is the best approach for treating your heel pain then it’s time you scheduled a consultation with us. Call our White Plains, NY, podiatry office today to book your visit.
We've probably all developed a callus at one time or another, especially on our feet from constant use. Calluses are a very common foot condition treated by your podiatrist in White Plains, NY, Dr. Eric Peters. Below are answers to some questions about calluses, including why they form and how they're treated in Dr. Peters' podiatry practice.
What are calluses?
A rough, dry callus is the result of the body's immune system responding to repeated friction or pressure. The affected skin thickens itself in an effort to prevent a wound from forming in the area. On the feet, calluses often form on the outsides of the first and fifth toes due to the constant friction that comes from wearing shoes. They can also form on the bottom of the feet; these are known as plantar calluses.
Can calluses cause problems for me?
Most people who have calluses aren't bothered by them, although they might not like the way they look. However, large calluses can become overly dry and develop cracks on their surface, which can be painful. These openings may also cause infection. Diabetic patients are at risk for serious complications from any foot ailment due to reduced blood circulation. If you are diabetic and develop a callus on your feet, see your White Plains podiatrist as soon as possible for evaluation.
How are calluses treated?
Calluses will eventually disappear once the source of friction is eliminated. For this reason, you may need to change the type of shoes you're wearing regularly. Your White Plains podiatrist can make suggestions about brands to try and places to go for professional shoe fittings. Dr. Peters can also remove part of a callus to help reduce its thickness or apply chemicals to remove it. If you have an abnormal gait or foot structure that is leading to calluses, you may need further evaluation to determine how these problems can be corrected.
If you have an uncomfortable callus, or any other issue with your feet and ankles, Dr. Peters in White Plains, NY can help you. Contact our podiatry office today to make an appointment!
A bunion is an abnormal growth pattern of the joint below the big toe; it causes the inside of the foot to become misshapen. Not all bunions are painful, but if you're experiencing discomfort in this area, it's time to visit Dr. Eric Peters, your foot doctor in White Plains, NY. Here, you'll get a better idea of how bunions are typically treated.
Shoes that are too narrow or constricting will put pressure on the bunion and can lead to pain and swelling. Your White Plains foot doctor is an excellent resource for learning about the best shoes for accommodating bunions. A professional shoe fitting can also determine if you're wearing the correct size and width for your feet.
For many people with bunions, a bit of cushioning can make a big difference in the way their bunions feel. Specially-designed pads to provide a barrier between the foot and the inside of shoes are available at many drugstore chains; your White Plains foot doctor will make suggestions about the brands and styles that will work best for you. For severe bunions, over-the-counter pads may not be sufficient. In these cases, Dr. Peters will take measurements of your foot that will be used to create a custom-fitted orthotic that balances out your foot's pressure points.
Bunion surgery, also called bunionectomy, removes the deformed bone and reshapes the foot. Your White Plains foot doctor usually waits to see if more conservative treatment methods, like those listed above, are effective first.
If you have a problem with your feet, contact your White Plains, NY, foot doctor, Dr. Peters, for a thorough evaluation. We'd be happy to set you up with an appointment, so call us today!
Laser treatment may just be the best approach for saying goodbye to that pesky toenail fungus.
Are you dealing with an unsightly toenail fungus that doesn’t seem to respond to at-home treatment or over the counter medication? Do you feel confused about how to best treat the problem so you can sport those summer sandals without fear? Don’t worry; our White Plains, NY, podiatrist, Dr. Eric Peters, may have just the treatment for you. Here are some of the most popular questions about laser therapy, answered!
Q. How does laser therapy work to treat toenail fungus?
A. Just by focusing the PinPointe FootLaser over the infected nail, our White Plains foot doctor can attack and destroy the fungus that lies underneath. How? This specialized laser has the unique ability to penetrate the hard layers of the nail to heat up and kill the fungus while leaving the nail and healthy skin unharmed.
Q. Is it safe?
A. Laser therapy is a great option because it is completely safe. Unlike medications, which can often cause side effects, laser treatment isn’t known to cause any complications or issues. Plus, there is absolutely no downtime associated with this treatment.
Q. How long does it take for treatment?
A. Treatment can take anywhere from around 15 to 20 minutes for one foot, making it a quick trip for those on the go.
Q. Is it painful?
A. Another benefit to getting laser therapy is that this treatment is completely painless. Yes, you may notice the area becoming warm when the laser is directed over the nail, but we will be able to monitor it throughout the course of your treatment to make sure that it’s always comfortable.
Q. Do I need more than one laser session?
A. Sometimes all you will need is a single laser session in order to kill the fungus; however, for more stubborn infections, you may need to come back for additional treatments.
If you are dealing with stubborn toenail fungus in White Plains, NY, and nothing seems to be helping, then it’s time you talked to use about our amazing laser system, which can get infected nails healthy again. Call our office to learn more.
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