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By Errol Gindi, D.P.M
March 13, 2019
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: Ankle Sprain  

A sprained ankle can quickly cause walking and standing to become painful, difficult tasks. Though a sprain means the bones within the Ankle ankle were not broken, it can still cause serious issues with the long-term mobility and functionality of your ankle. Find out how to treat your ankle sprain, when to see your podiatrist, and more with Dr. Errol Gindi at his practice in Valley Stream, NY.

What is an Ankle Sprain?
The ankle is made up of a joint, bones, and fibrous bands of tissue that surround the joint. These tissues are called ligaments which connect your foot to the rest of your leg. When ligaments are stretched beyond their normal range of motion, they become damaged, stretched, or torn, resulting in an ankle sprain.

How do I Diagnose an Ankle Sprain?
Though a sprain and a broken bone produce similar symptoms, there are some tell-tale signs of a sprain:

  • Able to put some pressure onto the affected foot
  • Pain which originates in the soft tissues above or around the bone
  • Swelling around the ankle joint

The only way to truly diagnose a sprain is seeing your Valley Stream, NY, podiatrist for an x-ray. This diagnostic tool allows Dr. Gindi to examine the bone itself for fractures to rule out a broken bone before treating your sprain.

How do I Treat an Ankle Sprain?
If you think you have a sprain, you can watch the injury for a few days to see how it begins to heal. Use the RICE method, which includes resting the foot to avoid placing any pressure on it, icing the foot at regular intervals for about 15 minutes, compression, and elevating the foot. If you still have serious pain and swelling after two days, see blisters or significant bruising, you should consult with your foot doctor. Some patients with serious or recurrent sprains may require special splints or casts, or even surgery.

Ankle Sprain in Valley Stream, NY

If you think you have a sprained ankle, a trip to your foot doctor will help ensure that you receive the right care you require. For more information on ankle sprains or their treatments, please contact Dr. Errol Gindi at his practice in Valley Stream, NY, by calling (516) 825-5552 to schedule your appointment today!

By Errol Gindi, D.P.M
February 21, 2019
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: Toenail Fungus  

Discover the best treatment option for getting rid of toenail fungal infections.

All you have to do is type “toenail fungal treatments” into an online search and you’ll find a variety of home remedies (some of which may Toenail Fungussound rather odd) and tricks for getting rid of your toenail fungal infection. Unfortunately, this infection can be rather persistent and difficult to properly treat with self-care. This is where our Valley Stream, NY, foot doctor, Dr. Errol Gindi, comes in.


What are my treatment options for getting rid of toenail fungal infection?

While there are certainly some antifungal remedies at your local drugstore the one drawback about topical treatments is that the cream can’t penetrate through the nail to target and fully kill the fungus underneath. This means that often times topical anti-fungal medications aren’t enough to nip this infection in the bud.

Of course, prescription oral medications can be provided by our Valley Stream foot doctor. Since this medication works systemically, it will be able to kill the infection more effectively. It’s important to take the medication exactly as prescribed and to continue to take it until the medication regimen is complete. It will still take several months for the nail to grow out healthy and clear.

Patients dealing with persistent or recurring infections may require more than just a simple oral medication to handle their toenail fungus. In this case, you will want to talk to a podiatrist about laser fungal treatment. One simple laser session may be all that’s needed to eliminate the fungus.

The laser works by safely penetrating the nail and skin where it heats up the fungus and destroys it completely. Just like with any fungal infection treatment, it will still take the nail several months to grow out clear. The laser is a fast, effective, and non-invasive way to treat more severe or persistent cases of toenail fungus that isn’t responding to medication.


Need treatment? Call today!

If you are dealing with a thick, yellow, and crumbly nail, then you could be dealing with toenail fungus. It’s important that the nail gets the proper treatment it needs to clear the infection before it gets worse or spreads to other nails. Call our Valley Stream, NY, office today at (516) 825-5552 to arrange an appointment with foot doctor Errol Gindi!

By Errol Gindi, D.P.M
October 30, 2018
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: Bunions  

How your podiatrist in Valley Stream, New York can make your feet and you feel better

You’ve probably heard about bunions, and now you have one. That large, bony bump alongside your big toe is really starting to hurt! Well, you’re not alone—in fact, bunions are very common, especially for women who wear high heels or other shoes that are too narrow. Dr. Errol Gindi in Valley Stream, New York is the podiatrist who can help you and your feet if you have a bunion.

Basic Bunion Info

So, what causes bunions? Typically, they stem from wearing narrow shoes that crush your toes together. As your toes get squeezed together, the joint in your big toe protrudes outward and rubs on the inside of your shoe. The continued friction and rubbing causes a bunion to form. Genetics, arthritis, foot injuries or foot stress can also cause bunions.

You know you have a bunion if you experience:

  • A hard, bony growth on the side of your big toe
  • Swelling, inflammation, and pain around the toe joint
  • Calluses and corns forming on the adjacent toes
  • Recurring pain near the bunion
  • Stiffness and loss of mobility in your toe

If your bunion is small, you can try treating it at home by using:

  • Athletic tape to add support
  • Shoe inserts to cushion the bunion
  • Over-the-counter medications to reduce pain and inflammation

For larger, more painful bunions, you need to see an expert podiatrist. Some common professional treatments your doctor may suggest include:

  • Night splints to help realign your toe
  • Custom-made footwear and orthotics to provide support
  • Corn and callus removal to reduce friction and irritation
  • Physical therapy and exercises to increase mobility and flexibility
  • Surgical options to remove the bunion and realign your toe

There is relief for bunion pain. You can get back on your feet and back to your daily life quickly. Just call Dr. Errol Gindi, your podiatrist in Valley Stream, New York. Call (516) 825-5552 right now and help your feet feel better!

By Errol Gindi, D.P.M.
September 11, 2018
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: Heel Pain  

Are you dealing with persistent or chronic heel pain? Here’s how we can help.

Heel pain can occur for many reasons; however, one of the most common cause is an inflammatory condition known as plantar fasciitis. Inside the foot, running along the soles, is a thick band of tissue known as the plantar fascia. This tissue can become inflamed or incur tinyHeel Pain tears due to overuse. This happens a lot for runners and other athletes who suddenly increase the intensity or duration of their workout, putting added stress on their feet that they just weren’t ready for. If heel pain doesn’t seem to be going away for you, our Valley Stream, NY, podiatrist Dr. Errol Gindi is here to help.

I am experiencing heel pain. Now what?

In some cases, plantar fasciitis will go away on its own, as long as you give your feet ample time to rest and you avoid any high-impact activities or exercises that could aggravate the inflamed tissue. It’s best to take time away from working out and to let your feet properly heal.

My heel pain won’t go away. What do I do?

While most cases of plantar fasciitis will go away over the course of six weeks, if pain persists for more than six weeks, or is getting worse, then it’s high time you schedule an appointment with your foot doctor in Valley Stream, NY, to find out what’s going on.

Chronic heel pain shouldn’t go ignored, as it can also affect your legs, thighs, hips and back. After all, everything is interconnected within the body and if something isn’t functioning properly this means that there will be added stress placed on other areas of the body leading to chronic knee, hip and back pain. By treating the source of your heel pain you can prevent further mobility issues from happening to you.

We offer a variety of treatment options to tackle some of those more stubborn cases. One way in which we do this is through radial shock wave therapy, sometimes known as extracorporeal shock wave therapy (ESWT). ESWT is a safe non-surgical solution for reducing and even eliminating heel pain.

By delivering powerful but painless shock waves into areas of the heel, Dr. Gindi can stimulate the body’s natural healing process to reduce inflammation and to speed up the healing of microtears in the plantar fascia without affecting the healthy surrounding tissue. This procedure only takes about five minutes and it doesn’t require injections or any downtime.

If you are dealing with heel pain that doesn’t seem to respond to at-home care or isn’t getting better with the proper treatment then it’s time to turn to our foot specialists at Valley Stream, NY. Call our office today to schedule an evaluation with Dr. Gindi.

By Errol Gindi, D.P.M.
July 19, 2018
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: Athlete's Foot  

Getting rid of an athlete's foot infection isn't always as easy as you might assume. Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to treat the infection and keep it from coming back. Valley Stream, NY, podiatrist Dr. Errol Gindi cares for your feet and ankles and offers treatment for athlete's foot and other conditions.

What treatment options are available for athlete's foot?

Over-the-counter anti-fungal preparations can be helpful in eliminating mild cases of athlete's foot. If your infection doesn't get better, your Valley Stream foot doctor may prescribe a topical medication that's strong enough to penetrate thick layers of your skin. If prescription topical medications aren't effective, you may benefit from taking a prescription oral anti-fungal medication.

How can I keep athlete's foot from coming back?

Preventing a new infection can be as easy as taking these steps:

  • Keep Your Feet Dry: The fungus that causes athlete's foot thrives in dark, moist conditions. If your feet perspire heavily, you may want to wash them once or twice throughout the day and put on a fresh, dry pair of socks.
  • Don't Wear the Same Shoes Every Day: Your shoes may not appear wet, but that doesn't mean that moisture isn't lurking under the insoles. If you don't alternate your footwear, your shoes will never dry completely, and you may be more likely to develop athlete's foot again.
  • Dry Your Feet Thoroughly: The fungus can't multiply if you don't provide the ideal conditions for its growth. Wash your feet thoroughly with soapy water at least once a day, then dry them completely before putting on your shoes and soaks.
  • Wear Sandals or Shoes in Public Areas: Public pools and shower rooms offer the perfect environment for the growth of athlete's foot fungus. Keep your feet infection-free by wearing shower shoes and sandals when walking in these areas.

Has your athlete's foot lingered despite your efforts to treat it? It may be time to visit the foot doctor. Call Valley Stream, NY, podiatrist Dr. Gindi at (516) 825-5552 to schedule an appointment.

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