Tuesday, 23 April 2024 00:00

A podiatrist is a medical professional specializing in the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of conditions affecting the feet, ankles, and lower extremities. These specialists undergo extensive training in podiatric medicine, encompassing various disciplines such as biomechanics, orthopedics, and surgery specific to the foot and ankle. People seek the expertise of podiatrists at different stages of life for several reasons. In childhood, podiatrists may be consulted for issues like flat feet, gait abnormalities, or congenital foot deformities. During adolescence and young adulthood, individuals might seek help for sports-related injuries, such as sprains, stress fractures, or ingrown toenails. In middle age and beyond, common concerns include conditions like arthritis, plantar fasciitis, or diabetic foot care. Additionally, seniors often rely on podiatrists for the management of age-related foot problems, such as bunions, corns, and calluses, as well as complications associated with circulatory issues or neuropathy. If you would like to ensure the health of your feet schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for an evaluation. 

If you are dealing with pain in your feet and ankles, you may want to seek help from a podiatrist. Feel free to contact one of our podiatrists from Manhattan Footcare. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is a Podiatrist?

A podiatrist is a doctor of podiatric medicine who diagnoses and treats conditions of the foot, ankle, and related structures of the leg. Your podiatrist may specialize in a certain field such as sports medicine, wound care, pediatrics, and diabetic care. Podiatrists have the ability to become board certified through training, clinical experience, and then taking an exam.

What Do Podiatrists Do?

On a daily basis, a podiatrist may perform the following activities:

  • Diagnose foot ailments such as ulcers, tumors, fractures, etc.
  • Use innovative methods to treat conditions
  • Use corrective orthotics, casts, and strappings to correct deformities
  • Correct walking patterns and balance
  • Provide individual consultations to patients

It is very important that you take care of your feet. It’s easy to take having healthy feet for granted, however foot problems tend to be among the most common health conditions. Podiatrists can help diagnose and treat a variety of feet related conditions, so it is crucial that you visit one if you need assistance.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Manhattan and Brooklyn, NY . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.


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Sunday, 21 April 2024 00:00

If left untreated, an ingrown toenail can lead to more serious concerns, such as an infection. Knowing proper nail care can help in the prevention of an ingrown toenail. Give us a call, and get treated!

Tuesday, 16 April 2024 00:00

Selecting the appropriate footwear for physical activity is critical for support and protection. Knowing when to choose walking shoes versus running shoes depends on various factors, including foot mechanics, activity level, and personal comfort. Walking shoes are designed with a flexible sole, providing cushioning and support for the foot's natural rolling motion during each step. In contrast, running shoes feature additional cushioning in the heel and forefoot to absorb impact forces and support higher-intensity activities. Key distinctions between the two types of shoes include differences in shape, support, heel drop, and arch support. Also important to consider are flexibility and durability. If you are trying to determine the best shoe type for you, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist who can assess foot biomechanics, recommend appropriate shoe types, and provide custom orthotic devices to enhance comfort and prevent injuries during walking or running activities.

For more information about walking shoes versus running shoes, consult with one of our podiatrists from Manhattan Footcare. Our doctors can measure your feet to determine what your needs are and help you find an appropriate pair of footwear.

Foot Health: The Differences between Walking & Running Shoes

There are great ways to stay in shape: running and walking are two great exercises to a healthy lifestyle. It is important to know that running shoes and walking shoes are not interchangeable. There is a key difference on how the feet hit the ground when someone is running or walking. This is why one should be aware that a shoe is designed differently for each activity.

You may be asking yourself what the real differences are between walking and running shoes and the answers may shock you.


Walking doesn’t involve as much stress or impact on the feet as running does. However, this doesn’t mean that you should be any less prepared. When you’re walking, you land on your heels and have your foot roll forward. This rolling motion requires additional support to the feet.

Flexibility – Walking shoes are designed to have soft, flexible soles. This allows the walker to push off easily with each step.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in Manhattan and Brooklyn, NY . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Tuesday, 09 April 2024 00:00

Buerger's disease is a vascular condition primarily affecting the feet and hands, characterized by inflammation and clotting of small and medium-sized arteries and veins. It is strongly associated with smoking, with tobacco use being a significant risk factor. Symptoms of Buerger's disease, also termed thromboangiitis obliterans, include pain, numbness, tingling, and discoloration in the affected extremities, worsening with activity and improving with rest. Typically afflicting young to middle-aged individuals, especially heavy smokers, diagnosis involves a medical history review, physical examination, and diagnostic tests such as a Doppler ultrasound or angiography. Treatment focuses on smoking cessation, lifestyle adjustments,  and medications to alleviate symptoms. In severe cases, surgical interventions such as bypass surgery or amputation to improve blood flow and prevent tissue damage may be needed. Early diagnosis and intervention are critical in managing Buerger's disease and reducing the risk of complications. If you are experiencing foot pain as described above, it is strongly suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for a proper diagnosis and treatment.

Some foot conditions may require additional professional care. If you have any concerns, contact one of our podiatrists of Manhattan Footcare. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Rare Foot Conditions

The majority of foot conditions are common and can be treated by a podiatrist.  Standard diagnostic procedures are generally used to identify specific conditions and treatment can be rendered. A podiatrist also treats rare foot conditions which can be difficult to diagnose and may need extra attention and care. 

There are many rare foot conditions that can affect children. Some of these can include:

  • Freiberg’s disease
  • Kohler’s disease
  • Maffucci syndrome

Freiberg’s disease - This can be seen as a deterioration and flattening of a metatarsal bone that exists in the ball of the foot. It typically affects pre-teen and teenage girls, but can affect anyone at any age. Symptoms that can accompany this can be swelling, stiffness, and the patient may limp. 

Kohler’s disease - This often targets the bone in the arch of the foot and affects younger boys. It can lead to an interruption of the blood supply which ultimately can lead to bone deterioration. The patient may limp or experience tenderness, swelling, and redness.

Maffucci syndrome - This affects the long bones in a child’s foot leading to the development of abnormal bone lesions. They are benign growths and typically develop in early childhood and the bones may be susceptible to breaking. 

A podiatrist can properly diagnose and treat all types of rare foot conditions. If your child is affected by any of these symptoms or conditions, please don’t hesitate to call our office so the correct treatment method can begin.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Manhattan and Brooklyn, NY . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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