The feet and ankles are quite remarkable. Every day they hold you upright and support your whole body. They help you balance and provide you with mobility. When they’re doing their jobs well, you hardly even think about them. They are incredibly powerful and important for your daily life. That’s why keeping them healthy is so necessary. Unfortunately, they are vulnerable to problematic conditions, just like the rest of your body. Board-certified, award-winning foot care from Dr. Stuart Birnbaum is here to help manage and eliminate those problems so you can live life pain-free.
Common Foot Conditions
Your feet are designed to support your whole body. They have bones, joints, tendons, ligaments, muscles, nerves, blood vessels, skin, fatty padding, and more, just like the rest of you. While your feet may be built to handle high pressures, they can still be susceptible to injuries, diseases, and general wear-and-tear. Worse, many people take their feet for granted, ignoring the pain or learning to live with it, unsure if anything can be done. The truth is that your feet and ankles can be treated for many conditions:
Neuropathy – Nerve damage to your feet can result in pain and numbness. This is particularly common with diabetes, but other conditions and even injuries could contribute to it as well. Neuropathy care involves managing discomfort as well as working to prevent complications or disease progression.
Bunions – This is a common forefoot deformity that makes it painful to walk or wear certain shoes. A biomechanical issue and pressure on the forefoot cause the joint at the base of the big toe to bulge out, swell, and grow inflamed. Bunion care works to keep the condition from progressing and eliminate pain.
Skin and Nail Care – All sorts of conditions can cause problems for your skin and nails. Fungal toenails, athlete’s foot, ingrown nails, warts, and even blisters cause discomfort and embarrassment. The right foot care can help eliminate these issues and restore your feet to their natural, beautiful state.
Heel Pain – Heel pain is a common problem affecting thousands of adults, and it can have many underlying causes: plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendinitis, Haglund’s deformity, and more can all be culprits. For most of these issues, the pain will not improve without targeted treatment. Let us help identify the underlying problem and eliminate your discomfort.
Arch Pain – Midfoot pain also can have many causes. Whether it’s flat feet, high arches, or something else, we help you get to the bottom of the problem so we can give you the most accurate care.
Sports Injuries – Sports are wonderful activities, but sometimes they aren’t foot friendly. Wear and tear can take a toll, contributing to overuse pain. Accidents happen, too, leading to conditions like ankle sprains, fractures, and more. Our experts will help you not only address the problem, but get your feet back to the top of your game for your activities.
Facing Foot Surgery
Most foot and ankle conditions can be successfully treated with conservative, noninvasive methods. It’s always our goal to address your foot conditions and pain this way. However, sometimes conservative methods are not enough. Sometimes surgery is your best option to recover quickly and completely. In this case, we will work with you to determine if this step right for you, then help you with expert care every step of the way.
Give Your Feet the Best with Expert Care in Spring Valley and Midwood Brooklyn, NY
Your feet and ankles support you every day and are easy to overlook—that is, until something goes wrong. Fortunately, you don’t have to live in pain. With expert care from Brook Valley Podiatry, you can address your foot conditions and get back to living a normal, healthy life. Contact us for more information through our online forms. You can also schedule an appointment with Dr. Stuart Birnbaum by calling (718) 434-0600 for our Brooklyn office or (845) 352-7507 for our Spring Valley location.