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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.

By Errol Gindi, D.P.M.
April 24, 2018
Category: Podiatrist
Tags: foot care  

It is important to care for your feet, just as you do the rest of your body. The feet endure extensive stress on a daily basis. Standing for foot careextended periods of time, walking around throughout the day, jogging, or climbing stairs are common daily activities for many of us. Unfortunately, these routine activities put a lot of stress on the feet. Properly caring for your feet, such as seeing a podiatrist, is important for preventing various foot problems. Dr. Errol Gindi, your Valley Stream, NY, podiatrist, can advise you on how to properly care for your feet.

Ways to Care for Your Feet

There are many ways to care for your feet. One of the most important things you can do for your feet is wearing properly fitting shoes that are comfortable. Wearing shoes that are too tight can result in the development of bunions. Continuing to wear tight-fitting shoes will further irritate and inflame the bunions. Additionally, wearing footwear, such as flip-flops, that does not provide enough support for the feet and ankles can lead to injury. For instance, ankle sprains are more likely to occur when wearing shoes with no arch support.

Keeping the feet clean and dry is another way to care for your feet. It is important to wash the feet regularly, always drying them completely afterward so they are not damp. Applying a moisturizing lotion to clean feet will keep the skin healthy. Additionally, the toenails should be trimmed regularly to prevent dirt and germs from collecting beneath the nails. When trimming the nails, cutting or clipping them straight across will prevent ingrown toenails.

You can also care for your feet by being active, which keeps the blood flowing. Taking walks is a great low-impact way to keep the blood flowing through the feet and legs. If work or school requires you to sit for extended periods of time, try getting up to walk around regularly. If that is not possible, at least take some time to gently move your ankles and wiggle your toes to keep the blood flowing. Finally, scheduling regular foot exams with your Valley Stream podiatrist is another important aspect to keeping your feet healthy.

Properly caring for your feet is important for keeping them healthy, avoiding injuries, and preventing the development of various foot conditions. To schedule a foot exam with Dr. Gindi, your Valley Stream, NY, podiatrist, call the office at (516) 825-5552.

By Errol Gindi, D.P.M.
March 29, 2018
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: Toenail Fungus  

Toenail fungus is a condition that progresses over a long period of time. Though toenail fungus often starts out without complications or toenail fungussymptoms, if left untreated, it can progress into a truly frustrating and unsightly condition. Luckily, knowing the symptoms of toenail fungus can help you and your podiatrist catch and treat it early. Find out more about treating your toenail fungus with Dr. Errol Gindi at his practice in Valley Stream, NY.

Do I have toenail fungus?
Toenail fungus begins as a microscopic spore which enters the toenail through tiny cuts or scrapes in the toe. The fungus then settles under the toenail and begins to grow, often beginning as a small white dot on the nail. Since there are no serious symptoms, many cases of toenail fungus go unnoticed until their later stages. These stages cause the nail to become brittle, yellowed, and thickened and may cause the nail to separate from the nail bed.

How can I prevent toenail fungus?
Toenail fungus lives in damp, dark places and is easily transferred from one person to another. This makes places like public showers, public pools, or locker rooms risky environments for toenail fungus. To prevent the transfer of toenail fungus, always wear shower shoes in areas like these. Keep your feet clean and dry, wearing new socks every day and changing out of sweaty or damp socks quickly after activities that cause perspiration. Never share toenail clippers or nail files with others and try to wear only your own shoes and socks.

Treating Toenail Fungus in Valley Stream, NY
Treating toenail fungus depends greatly on how advanced the condition is. Dr. Gindi can prescribe oral antifungal medication or offer Laser Treatments to resolve the toenail fungus. Removing part or all of a toenail can also treat toenail fungus.

For more information on toenail fungus, please contact Dr. Errol Gindi at his practice in Valley Stream, NY. Call (516) 825-5552 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Gindi today!

By Errol Gindi, D.P.M.
December 21, 2017
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: ankle sprains  

Though it is often thought of as less severe than a break, an ankle sprain is a painful condition that can affect daily activities just as much ankle sprainor even more than a broken bone. Though a sprain does not affect the bone itself, it does affect the soft tissues around them, requiring significant healing times. Understanding the symptoms of a sprained ankle can help you know when to see your doctor to avoid further complications due to leaving a sprain untreated. Find out more about ankle sprains and their symptoms with Dr. Errol Gindi with locations in Valley Stream, East Meadow, and Hicksville, NY.

What is an ankle sprain? 
An ankle sprain occurs when the ligaments which hold the ankles together become overstretched or torn, resulting in pain, swelling, and tenderness. A healthy ligament is a tough, thick band of tissue which helps regulate a joint’s motion, preventing excessive movement and ensuring that the joint does not overstretch and become dislocated. When a ligament is sprained, it becomes inflamed, no longer able to do its job and stabilize the joint. A sprained ankle can vary greatly in severity, making a medical examination necessary to determine the level of severity of your sprained ankle and the best course of treatment for you and your condition.

Is my ankle sprained or broken? 
While a break and a sprain have similar symptoms, such as pain, swelling, and tenderness, there are some tell-tale signs of a break versus a sprain. If you can put any pressure on the foot, it is most likely sprained, as a broken bone can usually not bear any weight at all. If the pain is concentrated over the ankle joint itself, it may be broken. If you notice your pain concentrated around the soft tissues around the joint, you could be dealing with a sprain. However, your doctor will most likely recommend an x-ray to definitively rule out a break before diagnosing your ankle as sprained.

Ankle Sprain Treatments in Valley Stream, East Meadow, and Hicksville
Treatments for ankle sprains vary as widely as their severity. A mild strain may require simple rest, ice, compression, elevation, and over-the-counter pain and anti-inflammatory medications. However, a more serious sprain may require walking with the aid of crutches for a certain period of time or, in the worst case, surgery to repair a torn or overly stretched ligament.

For more information on ankle sprains, please contact Dr. Gindi in Valley Stream, East Meadow, and Hicksville, NY. Call (516) 825-5552 to schedule your appointment in Valley Stream or Hicksville, and (516) 796-1771 to schedule your appointment in East Meadow!

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