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By Jay G. Levine, DPM
June 19, 2017
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Heel Pain  

Isn’t it time that you understood how to handle your heel pain?Heel Pain

If you are reading this, then chances are good that you are dealing with heel pain. Perhaps you just woke up one morning in pain or perhaps you noticed pain after physical activity and have ignored it, hoping it will go away on its own. If so, our Rockland County, NY, podiatrist Dr. Jay Levine is here to help you figure out what’s going on with your feet and how to manage your symptoms.

The Causes of Heel Pain
In a lot of cases, heel pain is the result of plantar fasciitis, a condition that causes pain along the bottom of the heel. If you are noticing pain in the back of the heel then your pain could be caused by Achilles tendinitis. Of course, there are other causes of heel pain including:

  • Stress fractures
  • Tarsal tunnel syndrome
  • Heel Fissures
  • Heel Calluses

Seeing a Doctor
While not every ache and pain requires medical attention, it’s good to know when it’s time to turn to our Rockland County, NY, foot doctor for proper care. If you are experiencing severe pain or swelling, if you are having difficulty putting weight on the foot, if you can’t move the foot or if you are noticing numbness in the heel, then it’s time to see us as soon as possible.

While not an emergency, you’ll still want to schedule an appointment with us if your heel pain doesn’t go away after a couple weeks of at-home care.

Caring for Heel Pain
Dr. Levine offers conservative treatments for heel pain. A lot of the time, heel pain is self-limiting and will go away with conservative care. Home care may include resting your feet to temporarily ease your symptoms, or exercises to decrease your heel pain. Wearing shoe inserts to provide additional support and stability for your foot may also help. Of course, the shoes you wear are also important, as shoes that don’t provide enough cushioning and support could make symptoms worse.

For chronic heel pain, we may recommend Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy (ESWT), which directs sonic waves at the target area and stimulates the body's healing response. In some instances, surgery may be needed to treat your chronic heel pain.

If you are looking for professional podiatric care in Rockland County, NY, to help treat your chronic or severe heel pain then don’t hesitate to call Dr. Levine today at 845-623-5933 to schedule an appointment. Don’t let heel pain become the norm. Turn to us for help.

By Jay G. Levine, DPM
April 20, 2017
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Bunions  

Prevent your bunion from getting worse by following these helpful day-to-day tips for healthier living.bunions

A bunion shouldn’t affect what you do on a daily basis, and yet for some people, this is an all-too-common reality. Before your bunion becomes too severe, your podiatrist Dr. Jay G. Levine in Nanuet, NY and serving the Rockland County and the Hudson Valley Region offers up some tips on how to best manage bunion symptoms and prevent pain.

Some people may have bunions but not experience symptoms. In this case, treatment may not be needed; however, you’ll still want to make sure that you are wearing comfortable, roomy shoes that won’t make your condition worse.

If pain and swelling are the two issues you battle often when it comes to having bunions, here are some easy methods you can use to reduce the frequency of these symptoms:

  • Only wear shoes that provide ample room for your toes to move around. The shoes you wear should never put pressure on your bunion. Opt for shoes that provide ideal arch support and don’t have a heel.
  • Talk to your Rockland County, NY, foot doctor about arch supports or custom shoe inserts that can properly distribute the weight to all areas of your foot so that you aren’t dealing with pain or pressure.
  • Apply a moleskin patch or bunion pad over the area before slipping into shoes to help prevent chafing or rubbing.
  • Whenever you are sitting down or resting, remember to prop your feet up. Elevating your feet above your heart can help keep swelling down.

If your bunion pain has become severe or your bunion is so bad that even walking hurts, then it’s time you called Dr. Levine in Nanuet, NY and serving the Rockland County area at 845-623-5933 to scheduled an appointment.

By Jay G. Levine, DPM
February 15, 2017
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Diabetic Foot Care  

Foot complications can happen in the blink of an eye. Know how to properly prevent these issues from happening.

Whether you’ve just been diagnosed with diabetes or you’ve had it all your life, there are certain measures you need to be taking to diabetic foot careensure that you don’t suffer from any health complications. Maybe our Rockland County, NY podiatrist, Dr. Jay Levine, has already told you this but foot health is of the utmost importance, particularly if you have diabetes. Here’s how to care for your feet to prevent issues from happening to you.

Check out your feet

Every day you should thoroughly inspect your feet and look for any redness, swelling, wounds, red spots, etc. It’s possible to have problems and not even notice it, so these daily inspections can help to pinpoint an issue right away. Our Rockland County foot doctors should address any suspicious foot issues as soon as possible.

Wash your feet daily

While it might seem obvious it’s important to wash your feet every day with warm water. Before you get into the shower or bathtub make sure that you check the water with your elbow to make doubly sure the water isn’t too hot that it could burn you. This is particularly important if you have nerve damage and have lost sensation in your feet.

Keep skin moisturized

You don’t want to deal with cracked and dry skin, which can lead to more serious issues along the way. That’s why adding a moisturizer to your daily regime is vitally important. Apply lotion or cream to your feet (but never between toes, as this could lead to an infection), particularly right after getting out of the shower, to lock in moisture.

Always wear shoes and socks

You never want to walk around barefoot, even if you are inside. It’s too easy to step on something or injure yourself. By wearing socks and shoes all the time you can protect your feet from injury. Always wear socks with your shoes to prevent blisters or other sores from developing. Also, wear shoes that fit properly and provide enough cushioning to support your feet.

Keep your toenails properly trimmed

Trim your toenails regularly right after washing and drying your feet. Always trim your nails straight across and never at a curve since this can increase your chances of an ingrown toenail. If you have trouble trimming your own nails, our podiatrist will be able to do it for you.

Don’t let foot problems get the better of your health. At the first sign of an issue call our Rockland County podiatry office right away. The sooner you treat your foot problems the better.

By Jay G. Levine, DPM
February 07, 2017
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: foot ulcer  

A foot ulcer is an open sore on the foot. A foot ulcer also can be very deep. It may involve bones, tendons, and other deep structures. ulcersDr.Jay Levine is one of the most well known, and experienced Podiatrists in Rockland County and the Hudson Valley Region, currently practicing in Nanuet, NY. His practice offers state-of-the-art podiatric treatment. Here's everything you've ever wanted to know about foot ulcers.

Causes Of Foot Ulcers

Foot ulcers may be caused by medical conditions such as atherosclerosis, diabetes, those with vascular issues, and sickle cell anemia, among other conditions. Foot ulcers can also be a problem for individuals with nerve damage.

Symptoms Of Foot Ulcers

A foot ulcer looks like a red sore, most commonly found under the big toe or on the ball of the foot. If the ulcer gets infected, you will smell a bad odor and see pus. A deep ulcer on the foot may extend through the full thickness of the skin. People with foot ulcers may also have swelling, itching, or burning of the foot.

Diagnosis of Foot Ulcers

If you discover a foot ulcer, you need to see your podiatrist right away. An untreated foot ulcer can develop gangrene and lead to an amputation. Your podiatrist will examine your foot and evaluate the ulcer to determine how deep it is and whether there is an infection. Your podiatrist may order other tests to determine whether your foot ulcer is infected.

Treatment for Foot Ulcers

The management of foot ulcers may include debridement, using appropriate therapeutic footwear, daily wound dressings, and antibiotic therapy. Your foot may be placed in a cast or a special boot. While your ulcer heals, stay off your feet and follow your treatment plan.

If you suffer from a non-healing foot ulcer, please call Dr. Jay G. Levine in Nanuet, NY, at 845-623-5933 to schedule and appointment.

By Jay G. Levine, DPM
October 18, 2016
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Plantar Fasciitis  

Heel pain can put a damper on even the brightest of days. Unfortunately, the number one cause of heel pain, plantar fasciitis, affects heel painmany people a year. Determining you suffer from plantar fasciitis may be tricky without the right help. Luckily, Dr. Jay Levine in Rockland County, NY can help you pinpoint the cause of your foot pain and develop the most effective treatment plan possible to get you back on your feet.

What is plantar fasciitis? 
Plantar fasciitis is a condition of the foot which causes pain on the bottom of the heel. The plantar fascia is a ligament which runs from the back of your foot, underneath the length of your foot and ends at the front of your foot. When the ligament becomes inflamed, it causes plantar fasciitis. This extremely common condition often comes from normal daily wear and tear, but can also result from underlying conditions or injury.

The Symptoms of Plantar Fasciitis 
The main symptom of plantar fasciitis is pain in the bottom, middle part of the foot. Stiffness in this area is also common. While some patients complain of sharp, sudden pains, others report their pain as dull or throbbing. Normally, the pain gets worse over long periods of time. Additionally, the pain is often worst in the morning while taking the first steps of the day or after a period of heavy activity.

Plantar Fasciitis Treatment in Rockland County
Before creating your treatment plan, your podiatrist must first determine that you suffer from plantar fasciitis. A physical examination helps your doctor pinpoint any tenderness and pain to eliminate the chance that your pain comes from a different condition. Treatment for plantar fasciitis begins conservatively with staying off of your feet and icing the affected foot for 15 minutes several times a day. You can also try taking over-the-counter pain relievers or anti-inflammatories to reduce pain and swelling.

Your podiatrist may recommend prescription orthotics to wear inside of your shoes. Administering corticosteroid injections directly into the ligament has proven successful in relieving pain. Physical therapy and shockwave therapy can also help reduce pain and swelling.

For more information on plantar fasciitis treatments in the Rockland County, NY area, please contact Dr. Levine. Call (845) 623-5933 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Levine today!

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