Foot Doctor Blog
By Comprehensive Podiatry Associates, P.C.
September 23, 2022
Category: Foot Condition
Tags: Poor Circulation  

How your podiatrists in East Setauket, and Selden, NY, can help with poor foot circulation

Do you notice your feet and toes feeling colder than other parts of your body? Do your feet and toes feel numb? If so, you may be experiencing poor circulation problems in your feet. Your podiatrist can help with blood flow problems.

Dr. Ben Dimichino and his team at Comprehensive Podiatry Associates provide a wide range of foot and ankle services, including treatments for poor circulation in your feet. We have two convenient offices in East Setauket, and Selden, NY, to help you and your feet.

So, how do you know if you are having circulation issues in your feet? Poor circulation causes problems like these:

  • Feet and toes that feel colder than other parts of your body
  • Swelling and cramping in your legs, feet, and toes
  • Your feet and toes turning red or blue
  • Numbness and tingling in your legs, feet, and toes
  • Muscle pain or weakness in your legs
  • Slowed growth of toenails

There are many factors which can cause or contribute to poor circulation in your feet, including:

  • Diabetes, which causes circulatory issues in your entire body, including your feet
  • Peripheral artery disease (PAD) which causes lack of blood flow to extremities
  • High blood pressure, which can cause damage to blood vessels, swelling, and impaired circulation
  • High cholesterol, which causes fatty plaque buildup in your arteries, and can result in PAD
  • Damage to veins, which can cause blood clots or stop blood flow

If you are experiencing any of the signs or symptoms of poor circulation in your feet, it’s important to visit your podiatrist as soon as you can. Impaired circulation can be a sign of a very serious condition, and your podiatrist can help.

To learn more about the signs, symptoms, and treatment of poor circulation in your feet, call Dr. Ben Dimichino and the team at Comprehensive Podiatry Associates. You can reach them in East Setauket, and Selden, NY, by calling (631) 689-0202, so call today.

By Comprehensive Podiatry Associates, P.C.
August 29, 2022
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Podiatrist  

Happy feet make it easier to have a happy life. For feet that aren't happy, you need a podiatrist in  East Setauket, Selden, NY. Dr. Ben Dimichino of Comprehensive Podiatry Associates offer the services that can help. Choose one of their offices in North Massapequa, East Setauket, and Selden, NY, and get your treatments started.

When You Have Painful Flat Feet

Flat feet in toddlers and young children are normal, but once you grow to adulthood, having flat feet can lead to other issues. Flat feet can be treated with orthotics that you place in your shoes. Taping to support the arch, using ice and anti-inflammatory medication may also help. Depending on the reason for the flat feet, surgery may be a last-ditch effort to solve the painful problem. 

When You Have Bunions, Corns, or Calluses

Corns and calluses can often be treated at home by soaking in warm water and making sure that your shoes fit properly. But when they become painful or infected, it is time to see your podiatrist.  Bunions are more serious but can be treated with a variety of treatments, including orthotics and, again, properly fitted shoes. Surgery may be needed in severe cases. 

When You Have Plantar Fasciitis or a Heel Spur

Both of these conditions cause pain in the heel. The first thing to try may be an OTC orthotic, but getting one that is customized to your particular foot and condition is done at the podiatrist's office. You can also get a correct diagnosis at the doctor's office. 

When You Are Suffering From a Diabetic Foot Infection

Diabetic foot infections are very serious since the circulation in a diabetic foot is compromised by the disease. Since sensation in the foot is decreased, it can get pretty bad before you notice it. Your podiatrist can help control the infection and keep it from getting worse and leading to much more serious conditions. 

You Have Ingrown Toenails

Ingrown toenails are a common problem and tend to run in families. You may need to go to your podiatrist in East Setauket, Selden, NY to get your nails trimmed to avoid infection. 

When you need to see a podiatrist in East Setauket, Selden, NY, visit Dr. Dimichino of Comprehensive Podiatry Associate. We can be reached at North Massapequa and East Setauket at (631) 689-0202 and Selden at (631) 451-1125 to make an appointment.

By Comprehensive Podiatry Associates, P.C.
August 10, 2022
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Heel Pain  

Get your heel pain under control using the proper methods.

Heel pain is one of the most common problems our East Setauket and Selden, NY, podiatrist Dr. Ben Dimichino and his team treat. Of course, most people choose to treat heel pain on their own. Here are some steps you can take to help tackle your heel pain,

Pain Relievers

Sure, medication won’t fix your inflamed plantar fascia, but it can temporarily alleviate the pain so you can feel more comfortable. Try an over-the-counter pain reliever such as ibuprofen or naproxen, which can help manage pain and swelling. If the pain is too intense or isn’t responding to OTC pain relievers, then it’s time to talk to one of our Colorado Springs foot doctors to find out if you may need a stronger pain reliever to manage your heel pain.

Foot Exercises

While you should stay off your feet and avoid any exercises and activities that could exacerbate your condition, there are still specific stretching and strengthening exercises that your foot doctor will recommend doing. These exercises can promote better mobility and stability in the feet, which reduces pain and stiffness. In some cases, your doctor may recommend physical therapy to help strengthen and retrain the tendons, low leg muscles and plantar fascia to prevent this problem.

Bracing

Sometimes, your podiatrist may suggest wearing a night splint or bracing the foot to help stretch and lengthen the plantar fasciitis while you sleep. This can support the foot while reducing any pain and stiffness you may feel first thing in the morning.

When to See a Podiatrist

You should seek the care of our team if you are dealing with,

  • Severe heel pain or swelling
  • Difficulty bearing weight on the foot
  • Heel pain that results from an injury
  • Sudden heel pain

Are you dealing with severe or persistent heel pain? In that case, our team can provide you with steroid injections, extracorporeal shockwave therapy and ultrasound therapy to address heel pain that isn’t responding to home care. Rarely does heel pain require surgery, but we can also decide if surgery is right for you.

Having trouble getting your heel pain under control? In that case, the East Setauket and Selden, NY, podiatrists at Foot Specialists Comprehensive Podiatry can provide you with a tailored treatment plan to heal. Call us today at (631) 689-0202.

By Comprehensive Podiatry Associates, P.C.
August 09, 2022
Category: Podiatry
Tags: Bunions   Bunion Surgery  

How bunion surgery from your podiatrists in East Setauket, Massapequa, and Selden, NY, can help you get relief from bunion pain

Do you have a large, hard bump next to your big toe? If so, you could have a bunion. Bunions are caused by a bone deformity which makes your big toe joint protrude outward. The bunion rubs against the inside of your shoe, causing irritation, inflammation, and a bunion.

Drs. Ben Dimichino, George DeVito, and Rosario Saccomanno at Comprehensive Podiatry Associates offer comprehensive foot and ankle services, including bunion surgery. They have three convenient office locations in East Setauket, Massapequa, and Selden, NY.

One of the ways to treat large, painful bunions is with bunion surgery, known as a bunionectomy.

You may need bunion surgery if you:

  • Can’t wear shoes because of bunion pain
  • Have limited walking and standing ability because of bunion pain
  • Your quality of life is affected because of bunion pain

When considering bunion surgery, there are two main types:

Head procedures, which realign the big toe joint. The bone is cut and realigned into proper position and held in place by titanium pins or screws. This is an excellent choice for people who want to stay as mobile as possible.

Base procedures, which involve the bone around the big toe joint. The bone is split or modified and moved into correct position, or the joint can be fused. Base procedures may also involve moving ligaments in the toe to provide increased support and mobility.

Your surgeon can help you choose which bunion surgery option is best for you. After surgery, you may need assistive devices including crutches or a surgical shoe. The sutures will be removed at around 2 weeks.

To read more detailed information about bunion surgery, please click here.

To discover more about bunion surgery options, talk with the experts. Call Drs. Ben Dimichino, George DeVito, and Rosario Saccomanno at Comprehensive Podiatry Associates. You can reach them in the East Setauket, Massapequa, or Selden, NY, offices by calling (631) 689-0202, so call today.

By Comprehensive Podiatry Associates, P.C.
August 08, 2022
Category: Foot Condition
Tags: Ankle Pain  

Is it time to see a podiatrist about your ankle pain?

If your ankle is starting to bug you, you may be wondering whether you should turn to our East Setauket and Selden, NY, podiatrist Dr. Ben Dimichino for treatment or whether you should try and treat ankle pain yourself. Ignoring or improperly treating causes of ankle pain can leave you with more complications such as long-term pain and instability. We want to prevent that by ensuring our patients always get the care they need when they need it most.

What Causes Ankle Pain?

Ankle pain occurs when there is damage, injury or stress to any of the bones, tendons or ligaments in the ankle. Here are some of the common causes of ankle pain,

  • Tendonitis
  • Arthritis
  • Achilles tendon tear
  • Ankle sprain
  • Bursitis
  • Fracture

When Should I See a Podiatrist About Ankle Pain?

Depending on what’s causing your ankle pain, you may benefit from surgical or nonsurgical treatments that only our East Setauket and Selden, NY, podiatrist can provide. A podiatrist is a foot and ankle specialist with extensive knowledge and experience handling injuries, disorders and conditions that impact the foot and ankle. When you’re dealing with ankle pain, we’re the ones you want to turn to. If your ankle pain feels better the next day after an injury, then you may not need to turn to us; however, you should call us right away if,

  • You can’t put weight on the foot
  • The ankle or foot looks deformed or broken
  • Your ankle is painful to the touch
  • There is severe swelling, pain or bruising
  • You develop numbness, tingling or weakness in the ankle
  • Your ankle feels like it’s going to “give out”

What Are the Different Ways To Treat Ankle Pain?

Before we treat your ankle pain, our East Setauket and Selden, NY, podiatrist will need to figure out what’s causing your pain. Once we know the cause, we can tailor the solution to your needs. While rest, icing, pain relievers and elevation are great ways to manage pain at home, if your ankle pain isn’t responding to home care, our team may recommend,

  • Prescription pain relievers
  • Physical therapy
  • Stretching and strengthening exercises
  • Surgery (in more severe cases)
  • Custom orthotics
  • Assistive devices (e.g., bracing, splinting or a cast)
  • Steroid injections

Don’t let ankle pain impact your mobility and daily routine. Our East Setauket and Selden, NY, podiatrist Dr. Dimichino and the Comprehensive Podiatry Associates team can provide you with a comprehensive treatment plan for optimal healing. Call (631) 689-0202 to schedule a consultation.





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