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I'm Nervous About My Ingrown Toenail Surgery: What Can I Expect? Jul 23rd, 2024

An ingrown toenail occurs when the edge of your toenail grows into your surrounding skin, and while minor ingrown nails may respond well to at-home treatments, recurrent ingrown nails are nothing short of annoying. If you’re struggling with an ingrown nail, our podiatric surgeons at Manhattan Podiatry Associates, PC, may...

When to See a Podiatrist About Your Neuroma Jun 20th, 2024

Whether you call it a neuroma, a pinched nerve, or a nerve tumor, the end result is the same: searing pain in your foot. Regardless of what contributed to your neuroma — high arches, traumatic injuries, and repeat strain can contribute to neuromas — your goal is to get relief....

7 Treatments for Common Ligament Injuries Jun 6th, 2024

You might not think much about your ligaments until they’re injured. Ligaments are tough bands of connective tissue that connect bones with bones in your joints. They’re located in your knees, ankles, elbows, shoulders, and other joints, and if they’re torn or overstretched, it can lead to pain and instability...

5 Risk Factors for Severe Bunion Pain May 31st, 2024

A bunion 一 that bony bump that forms at the base of your big toe 一 can be a literal pain. While bunions vary in severity, some people experience significant discomfort and impairment. If you already have a bunion, you’re probably wondering what you can do to avoid exacerbating your...

How to Ease Your Gout Flare-Up May 28th, 2024

Gout Treatment and Specialist in New York City Gout is a form of arthritis marked by sudden, severe pain, swelling, and inflammation in the joints, particularly the big toe. If you're experiencing a gout flare-up, you're likely seeking relief from the intense discomfort. Fortunately, there are several options to ease...

How to Manage Pain After Twisting Your Ankle Apr 8th, 2024

Twisting your ankle 一 also referred to as a sprained ankle 一 is one of the most common ankle injuries with over two million Americans diagnosed each year. Sprained ankles affect athletes and non-athletes alike and can quickly take you out of commission.  Our team of board-certified podiatrists knows that...

4 Lifestyle Habits for Strong and Healthy Feet  Apr 8th, 2024

Like most New Yorkers, you’re likely no stranger to logging countless steps through Midtown and Downtown Manhattan. New York City residents log more steps than residents in any other American city! That’s why our podiatric surgeons here at Manhattan Podiatry Associates, PC, want to share four lifestyle habits for strong...

Little-Known Causes of Chronic Heel Pain Mar 5th, 2024

Heel pain can be hard, if not impossible, to ignore, but the only way to really treat heel pain is to address the root cause. Plantar fasciitis and heel spurs are common causes of chronic heel pain, but our team of board-certified podiatrists knows they aren’t the only potential causes....

Broken Foot Surgery: What to Expect During and After Mar 2nd, 2024

Sometimes a foot fracture requires only immobilization (such as with a cast), but in other cases, our team may recommend surgical intervention as the best course of action for full healing.  If you find yourself facing the prospect of broken foot surgery, our podiatric surgeons here at Manhattan Podiatry Associates,...

Telehealth: The Advantages of Telemedicine Feb 20th, 2024

The COVID-19 pandemic has triggered dramatic changes throughout everyday life — and in the medical community as well. Not only are providers across the country postponing elective procedures, but many are also encouraging people to avoid in-office appointments to reduce their risk of exposure to this highly contagious coronavirus.But what...

High Heels and Morton’s Neuroma: Yes, There Is a Connection Feb 2nd, 2024

Imagine this: You slip into a pair of stylish high heels and you’re ready to conquer the day. However, as the day progresses, an unwelcome companion might join you — the discomfort of Morton's neuroma.  A neuroma is a cluster of benign nerve tissue, and the connection between high heels...

Beyond Foot Pain: 5 Benefits of Custom Orthotics You Didn't Know About Feb 1st, 2024

Custom orthotics are medical-grade, custom shoe inserts designed to address your specific foot issues. While they’re most often associated with alleviating foot pain, they provide a variety of benefits far beyond just pain relief.  Here at Manhattan Podiatry Associates, PC, our team of board-certified podiatrists provides custom orthotics in our...

Will I Always Have Gout? Jan 16th, 2024

Gout is a type of inflammatory arthritis that most often affects your big toe, but it can affect other joints, including your ankle, knees, or even other toe joints.  Gout flare-ups 一 often referred to as gout attacks 一 cause sudden and intense pain, swelling, and redness. They’re notoriously painful,...

How Can I Prevent My Bunions From Getting Worse? Jan 4th, 2024

Bunions 一 large bony bumps that form at the base of your big toe 一 aren’t just unsightly; they can be a source of discomfort and pain. Left untreated, they can also contribute to nerve damage in your feet.  If you've noticed the early signs of a bunion (or even...

Common Causes of Heel Pain Dec 13th, 2023

Your feet are an often overlooked but remarkable part of your body. Here are three fascinating facts about feet: As you walk, each foot takes 1.5 times your weight per step; nearly a quarter of all your bones are located in your feet; and they act as natural shock absorbers. ...

Heal Naturally with Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy Nov 30th, 2023

Whether you’re dealing with plantar fasciitis, tendonitis, or stress fractures, the truth is foot and ankle pain is nothing but misery. While there are many treatments to help alleviate pain, radial extracorporeal shock wave therapy also helps you heal naturally. This therapy utilizes the power of shockwaves to stimulate your...

What Causes Toenail Fungus? Nov 29th, 2023

Though toenail fungus isn’t usually a serious health issue, it can be discouraging to look down at your toes and see yellowing, thickened toenails – whether it’s sandal season or not.  Typically, you can handle a minor fungal infection on your own. You can use topical creams and other home...

Aren't Orthotics for Senior Citizens? Nov 1st, 2023

Orthotics, often associated with senior citizens, have long been thought of as a remedy for age-related foot and posture issues. While it's true that orthotics can provide substantial benefits to older individuals, they aren’t exclusive to the elderly. Our team of podiatrists at Manhattan Podiatry Associates, PC, recommends orthotics to...

5 Reasons to See a Podiatrist Right Away Oct 1st, 2023

From broken bones to nail problems to fungal infections, podiatric care can help address a variety of foot and ankle conditions.  Our team of podiatrists at Manhattan Podiatry Associates, PC, with offices in Midtown and Downtown Manhattan, are experts when it comes to treating and diagnosing foot and ankle conditions, but it’s not always easy...

Treating Your Heel Spurs With Minimally Invasive Surgery Sep 1st, 2023

If you're dealing with the discomfort and pain of heel spurs, you're not alone. About 15% of people develop heel spurs, and just like you, they’re seeking effective ways to alleviate the agony and get back to their active lifestyles.  Our team of expert podiatrists at the Manhattan Podiatry Associates, PC, in Midtown or Downtown Manhattan, often...

What Causes Plantar Warts? Aug 1st, 2023

Do you have rough growths on the soles of your feet or between your toes? Do these growths cause irritation or discomfort? They’re likely plantar warts.  Our board-certified podiatrists with Manhattan Podiatry Associates, PC, in Midtown or Downtown Manhattan routinely treat plantar warts in children and adults. Our medical treatments are effective at getting to...

Can My Hammertoe Be Corrected with Orthotics? Jul 1st, 2023

Hammertoe 一 a common foot condition that can cause discomfort and pain 一 is characterized by an abnormal bending of your toes, resembling a hammer. This deformity often occurs in the second, third, or fourth toes and can result from various factors such as genetics, tight footwear, or muscle imbalances.  If you have...

Will My Ingrown Toenail Heal on Its Own? Jun 8th, 2023

Ingrown toenails — officially known as onychocryptosis — happen when your toenail grows into the skin that surrounds your nail. They’re common among athletes, especially runners and ballet dancers, since snug shoes can increase your risk of developing an ingrown nail.  However, athletes aren’t the only ones affected by ingrown nails. They can...

4 Benefits of Shockwave Therapy May 3rd, 2023

Plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendinitis are common conditions that result in pain, inflammation, and discomfort. Both of these conditions can be caused by overuse or injury, and they both impact daily activities such as walking or running.  While there are several treatment options available, radial extracorporeal shockwave therapy has gained...

The Best Type of Orthotics for Your Foot Pain Apr 3rd, 2023

Unlike the generic foot inserts you may find at the pharmacy, custom orthotics are medical-grade prescription podiatric devices. While they do help eliminate pain and discomfort, they can also help treat foot conditions, correct structural abnormalities, and improve the function of your foot. Our team of specialists at Manhattan Podiatry...

Can I Treat Plantar Fasciitis Without Surgery? Mar 16th, 2023

The recurring stabbing heel pain associated with plantar fasciitis can make it hard to walk, stand, or get your daily workout logged. Surgery 一 either a fasciotomy or a fasciectomy 一 can help eliminate your pain by cutting your fascia to relieve some of the tension.  While surgery may be...

Minimally-Invasive Bunion Surgery: All Your Questions Answered Feb 21st, 2023

Bunions are notorious for causing a bony bump at the base of your big toe. While this may cause potential cosmetic concerns (especially if the bump is large), the reality is bunions can be quite painful. But there’s good news: Surgery can help correct the bump, relieve your pain, and...

Avoid These Foods If You Have Gout Jan 2nd, 2023

Gout is notorious for causing “gout attacks” 一 painful episodes marked by swelling, tenderness, redness, and swelling in your toe joints. These attacks happen when uric acid crystals develop in your joints.  As a type of arthritis, gout can progress to the point of being chronic rather than just the...

Does a Neuroma Go Away on Its Own? Dec 16th, 2022

Morton’s neuroma 一 a thickened area of tissue between your third and fourth toes 一 can make it seem like you’re walking on a pebble, and unfortunately all of the pressure on your nerves can lead to pain too. The tell-tale symptoms of nerve irritation are tingling, burning, and sharp...

Is Toenail Fungus Contagious? Nov 10th, 2022

Even though it’s not sandal season here in New York City, you probably still want to have nice-looking nails. Whether you’re showing off your new pedicure at one of the many recreational pools in Midtown and Downtown Manhattan, or you’re going barefoot in a martial arts class, no one wants...

Here's How to Clip Your Toenails to Avoid an Ingrown Toenail Oct 12th, 2022

You might not think much about your toenails apart from an occasional pedicure, but toenail issues aren’t that uncommon. Runners may experience blackened nails, and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Other toenail problems include fungal infections and ingrown nails.  Ingrown toenails are particularly bothersome as they cause pain...

Telltale Signs of Plantar Fasciitis Sep 1st, 2022

When your feet hurt, the key to finding relief is targeting the source of your pain. But with 26 bones, 30 joints, and more than 100 muscles, ligaments, and tendons in each of your feet, there’s a lot that can go wrong. Arthritis? Sprains? Plantar fasciitis? That’s why our team...

Do You Have Tendon Issues? Shockwave Therapy Can Help Aug 10th, 2022

Tendons are fibrous connective tissues that connect your muscles to your bones, and believe it or not, there are over 100 tendons, muscles, and ligaments in your feet. Unfortunately, overuse or too much joint strain can make your tendons inflamed. This is known as tendinitis, and it’s a painful condition that can affect...

Orthotics Don't Just Help Your Feet: Learn How They Can Improve Joint Pain Jul 1st, 2022

Unlike their drugstore counterparts, custom orthotics are made specifically for you and your unique foot anatomy, which means they’re great for relieving foot pain and correcting foot and gait conditions. But did you know that the benefits of orthotics don’t stop there? They also improve joint pain. When you come to Manhattan Podiatry Associates, PC,...

Pain in the Ball of Your Foot? You May Have a Neuroma Jun 1st, 2022

Most people associate pinched nerves with neck or shoulder pain, but did you know you can develop a pinched nerve in your foot?  This painful condition is also referred to as Morton’s neuroma, and it’s quite common. Experts estimate that 33% of people develop neuromas, most of whom are women....

How to Know When It's Time for Bunion Surgery May 1st, 2022

Hallux valgus 一 more commonly known as a bunion 一 is a bony bump that develops when your first metatarsal shifts out of place. This causes your big toe to lean inward. Bunions can develop slowly, but over time these bony bumps can contribute to pain, swelling, and redness on your big...

How Shock Wave Therapy Works for Your Plantar Fasciitis Apr 1st, 2022

If you have plantar fasciitis, you know that this condition can cause heel pain with each step you take. Your plantar fascia is a thick tendon, and when it becomes overstretched or torn, it can limit your mobility and keep you from your favorite activities.  But there’s hope! Our team of specialists at Manhattan Podiatry...

Can Orthotics Really Correct My Foot Problems? Mar 9th, 2022

There’s no denying that worn-out shoes with thin soles provide little to no support and can contribute to foot pain. But if your shoes are well fitting 一 and you’re still experiencing foot pain 一 it’s time to consider podiatric intervention. Our team of specialists at Manhattan Podiatry Associates, PC,...

Can Over-the-Counter Treatments Take Care of My Plantar Warts? Feb 28th, 2022

Plantar warts are noncancerous skin growths caused by a virus. When they form on the bottom of your foot, it can make walking uncomfortable, much like walking with a pebble in your shoe. Warts are contagious and spread easily from person to person.  Although they are common, many people find...

5 Tips for Preventing Gout Jan 3rd, 2022

Does the weight of a blanket against your toe cause pain? If so, you may be one of the 8.3 million Americans who suffer from gout. Originally known as the king’s disease, this condition is a type of arthritis that can affect anyone 一 whether you’re royalty or not.  Unlike...

How Improper Footwear Can Play a Role in Foot Pain Dec 13th, 2021

Your shoes can be the piece de resistance of your ensemble, but the reality is that your shoes are more than just an accessory. If you’re a dock worker, steel-toed shoes might save your toes from injuries, and if you’re hiking upstate in the Adirondacks, high-top hiking boots can save...

Tips for Running Safely During the NYC Marathon Nov 9th, 2021

If you’re an avid runner, you know the first Sunday in November brings marathoners and fans alike to New York City. Race day is the culmination of months of training, and while many training programs focus on building up your mileage, it’s important to focus on running safely. As proud...

A Closer Look at Gout Oct 14th, 2021

History buffs might recall Henry VIII’s struggle with gout 一 a type of arthritis that is famously known as the “disease of kings.” For centuries, it was thought that the rich, indulgent diet of the royalty caused gout (hence the name). However, gout doesn’t just affect royalty. Rich, indulgent foods...

Tips for Avoiding Ankle Sprains Sep 7th, 2021

Nothing can disrupt an active lifestyle quite like an ankle sprain. Ankle sprains 一 which happen when the ligaments in your ankle are overstretched or torn 一 require rest, ice, compression bandages, and sometimes surgery before you can return to your normal routine.  At Manhattan Podiatry Associates, PC, with office...

Do All Bunions Require Surgery? Aug 18th, 2021

You’ve probably seen this condition before. A bunion happens when your big toe points inward, toward your other toes, causing a deformity. It’s a common condition that may require surgery if it’s severe enough.  When your big toe pushes against your other toes, the pain can be unbearable. When your...

Adjusting to Life with Arthritis Jul 20th, 2021

Arthritis can impact your joints, tendons, and body as you get older. Your joints and tendons feel the wear and tear of everyday life. When you have arthritis, you are susceptible to more pain and adjusting to your new arthritic joints. At Manhattan Podiatry Associates, PC, we understand arthritis can...

Beyond Foot Pain: 5 Benefits of Custom Orthotics Jun 24th, 2021

Are you experiencing foot pain? You may be a candidate for custom orthotics. Orthotics are special shoe or heel inserts prescribed by a doctor. They’re custom-made specifically for you and designed to provide support to relieve your foot pain. At Manhattan Podiatry Associates, PC, your foot health is our top...

What Causes Hammertoe and What Are My Treatment Options? May 21st, 2021

Hammertoes resemble their name and often take the shape of a hammer. The more technical definition is a foot deformity that can occur for a variety of reasons. An imbalance in muscles, tendons, and ligaments cause the toe to be deformed. Your shoes, foot structure, and underlying diseases can cause...

What Caused Your Neuroma? Apr 22nd, 2021

Our feet have a lot of miles on them! It’s important to take care of our foot health to avoid long-term damage like a neuroma.  At Manhattan Podiatry Associates, PC, your neuroma care is in good hands! Our specialists are experienced in podiatric medicine and foot and ankle rehabilitation and...

Relieve Foot Pain With Radial Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy Mar 31st, 2021

Are you suffering from foot pain? You have a lot of company. 80% of Americans will have foot pain at some point in their lives, and for many of these people, their symptoms are severe enough to make even simple tasks like walking and climbing stairs extremely painful. Heel pain...

pain after a cortisone injection Jan 12th, 2017

If you have had a cortisone injection for plantar fasciitis, a neuroma or any other inflammatory condition, and experienced increased pain at the injection site you are not alone. You are in the minority however;  a very small percentage of patients receiving a cortisone injection may develop a post-injection flare-up....

plantar warts Dec 8th, 2016

If you see a callous or hard skin anywhere on your feet, chances are it could be a wart, also known as a verruca; A subtle difference that only a podiatric specialist may be able to diagnose. They are viral in origin and most usually are spread from contact with...

Radial Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy Nov 16th, 2016

Plantar fasciitis and other tendon pathologies can be chronically painful due to the body's inability to heal the area.  After your body's defense mechanisms have basically given up over time, there is a disconnect between one's brain and the injured area. The signals are just not getting through.  Extracorporeal shock wave therapy flips...