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
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).
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.
If you’re having trouble getting your heel pain under control we are here to help.
Heel pain is one of the most common foot problems that people face today. In fact, 2 million Americans end up annually seeking treatment for heel pain, according to an article in the Washington Post. So, what’s causing your heel pain and keeping you from enjoying your morning run? Read on to find out, and contact the White Plains, NY, office of podiatrist Dr. Eric Peters to find definitive answers.
It could be plantar fasciitis….
In many cases, heel pain is the result of an overuse condition known as plantar fasciitis. This occurs when microtears and inflammation develop within the plantar fascia, a band of tissue that runs from the toes under the soles of the feet to the heel bone.
Plantar fasciitis is characterized as:
- A stabbing, shocking pain under the heel
- Heel pain that is worse in the morning or after periods of rest
- Heel stiffness
- Pain that radiates to the arches
- Pain that may ease up with exercise, but becomes worse afterward
But it could also be something else…
While plantar fasciitis usually causes heel pain it isn’t the only cause. So if you’ve never been diagnosed with plantar fasciitis before, or if this is your first time dealing with heel pain, it’s a good idea to schedule an evaluation with our White Plains, NY, foot doctor. Other causes of heel pain include:
- Sprains and strains
- Achilles tendonitis
- Certain types of arthritis
How is heel pain treated?
If symptoms are minor, you may choose to give your feet the ample rest they need, along with icing the heel, and taking over-the-counter medications like ibuprofen, which can reduce pain and swelling. However, you shouldn’t hesitate to call your podiatrist if:
- You are dealing with severe heel pain
- You can’t put weight on the foot or you have trouble walking
- There is severe swelling in the heel
- The heel pain is sudden or occurs after an injury
For those dealing with severe or recurring heel pain, our podiatrist and his expert team can provide you with corticosteroid injections, extracorporeal shockwave therapy, orthotics, and surgery to help you get your stubborn heel pain under control.
Need relief? Give us a call
If you are dealing with heel pain, then it’s time you found relief. Call the White Plains, NY, podiatry office of Dr. Eric Peters today at (914) 285-4444.
You want to move, to have an active lifestyle. But, pain in your foot persists, despite the many treatments you've tried. Podiatrist and foot surgeon, Dr. Eric Peters in White Plains, wants to relieve that pain and help your mobility. He performs foot surgeries designed to do just that.
When conservative measures don't work...
That's when foot surgery may be the best option. A complete examination with your White Plains foot doctor, along with digital X-rays and other kinds of imaging, will tell what foot surgery you may need.
Whatever your medical issue, expect the finest care from Dr. Peters and his team. Typically, surgeries are performed in the office and may take anywhere from an hour to several hours. Your post-operative care plan may include a period of immobility, antibiotic medications, specialized foot wear, such as a walking cast, bandaging and more. Dr. Peters does all follow-up himself to ensure the best possible outcomes.
Problems which may need surgery
The American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons states that most American adults require the help of a podiatrist or orthopedic physician for a problem with a foot or ankle at some point in their lives. Conditions which may need treatment with surgery include:
- Complex fractures
- Joint deterioration due to arthritis
- Repeated ankle sprains
- Acquired deformities such as bunions, heel spurs, torn or ruptured tendons, hammertoes, Haglund's deformity, diabetic wounds, ingrown toenails, and neuromas (cysts)
- Impaired circulation
- Poor strength
- Limited mobility
Seeing your podiatrist
It's best to see Dr. Peters right away if:
- You sprain an ankle
- Feel pain in your heels, arches or legs in the morning
- Perceive changes in the color, temperature and sensation of your feet and ankles
- Standing is very painful or extremely fatiguing
- You notice a bump, growth, persistent rash or other skin condition
We will work with you
At Dr. Peters' podiatric practice, expect excellent, state of the art care, using the least invasive interventions possible. When surgery is needed, Dr. Peters's kind manner and wide ranging qualifications will render the best possible results. Contact us at (914) 285-4444 for a consultation.
If you are already managing your diabetes, it should come to no surprise that paying extra attention to your feet is a must. Accordingly, if you have felt foot pain or noticed changes in the feeling of your feet, you need to see your local White Plains podiatrist, Dr. Eric Peters—he can provide you with the expertise you need to keep your feet feeling healthy as possible. Read on to learn more about the importance of diabetic foot care.
How can diabetes impact your feet?
As diabetes progresses, it can cause nerve damage known as diabetic neuropathy. This nerve damage may appear in the form of tingly or painful feet, and it may even cause you to lose feeling in your lower extremities. This lost foot feeling can then lead to unnoticed cuts or scrapes on your feet, which in turn can become infected and cause additional health problems.
Diabetes can also affect your blood circulation, prohibiting your lower legs and feet from receiving enough blood flow to keep them healthy. Without this proper blood flow, cuts and scrapes can fail to heal properly, and if left untreated, may develop gangrene. Furthermore, an untreated sore on your foot could eventually require the amputation of a toe or your whole foot if you don't practice proper diabetic foot care.
How to keep healthy feet with diabetes
When you have diabetes, the importance of foot care cannot be stressed enough. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) offer these recommendations for diabetic foot health:
- Wash and check your feet daily. A daily wash and look at your feet can help spot issues early, even when you might not feel any problems.
- Gently smooth calluses and corns. If you have these thick rough patches on your feet, consult with your podiatrist for proper care instructions. They may recommend using a pumice stone to smooth these areas out, preventing them from becoming foot ulcers.
- Trim toenails straight across. After washing and drying your feet, use toenail clippers to cut the nail straight across without cutting off the corners. This helps prevent ingrown nails, which can lead to infection. You can also use an emery board to gently smooth the nails after trimming.
- Always wear socks and shoes. Even when you are indoors, you should keep your feet covered with socks AND shoes to avoid stepping on something and causing an injury to your foot.
- Keep good blood flow to your feet. Wiggle your toes throughout the day, and elevate your feet when sitting, if possible. Increase physical activities such as walking, swimming, or biking, for these increase circulation, but are easy on your feet.
Contact our White Plains office today
The most important step in your diabetic foot care plan is to work with your podiatrist. Have your feet checked regularly, and if you notice any changes in your feet, contact your doctor for an appointment. Call Dr. Eric Peters today at (914) 285-4444 to set up your diabetic foot care appointment in White Plains, NY!
Foot surgery performed by Dr. Eric Peters in his White Plains podiatric practice takes accurate diagnostics, sharp hands-on skills and a compassionate heart. If you're concerned about the health and function of your feet and ankles, and simpler treatments haven't helped, then foot surgery may be your best choice. Learn more here.
Why choose surgery?
Obviously, it's not the first choice if other treatments can improve function and mobility and provide pain relief. Your White Plains podiatrist uses surgery to manage or repair more complex problems and provide healing which really lasts. You and your doctor will consider your overall health, age, level of activity, and other important factors before proceeding with any surgery.
As a podiatric surgical patient, you'll receive a complete treatment plan. You'll know how to prepare, if your surgery is outpatient or in the hospital, what anesthetic, post-op medications, and supportive devices you'll need and what results to expect. Many surgeries limit mobility for a time, and Dr. Peters will explain your rehabilitation before your procedure date.
Common foot surgeries
Certified by the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery, Dr. Peters performs a wide variety of foot and ankle operations. They include:
- Corn and callus removal, to relieve pain and friction
- Bunionectomy, to remove the bony prominence and re-align the big toe
- Correction of hammertoes, often a straightening and fusion of the joints
- Plantar fascia release to allow for better flexion and extension of the foot, particularly the arch
- Ankle fusion, to stabilize the ankle after a serious sprain or fracture
- Ingrown toenail removal (nail avulsion--either partial or total)
Keeping healthy feet
No one wants to undergo surgery if it can be avoided. So, Dr. Peters recommends annual foot examinations at his White Plains office to be proactive on your health, gait, and mobility.
Diabetics, in particular, with their impaired circulation and nerve function, must apply extra vigilance in their foot care and see their podiatrist as directed.
Find out more
If you have a worsening foot or ankle condition, contact Dr. Eric Peters for a complete examination and treatment plan. Whether you need surgery or not, you'll receive excellent care for your best health and mobility. Call the office to ask any questions or for an appointment in White Plains, NY, at (914) 285-4444.
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