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Tuesday, 28 May 2024 00:00

What to Do About a Heel Spur

Heel spurs are bony growths that develop on the underside of the heel bone. They arise when calcium deposits build up over several months, usually where the foot muscles connect to the heel bone. Commonly linked with plantar fasciitis, these spurs are often a response to strain, repeated stress, or chronic inflammation of the foot muscles and ligaments. Although heel spurs themselves are not always painful, they can lead to discomfort and pain in the foot, particularly during activities like walking or running. Risk factors for heel spurs include wearing poor footwear, excess weight, and an active lifestyle that puts repetitive stress on the feet. To manage the discomfort associated with heel spurs, treatments can include exercise, custom orthotics, anti-inflammatory medications, and adequate rest. In persistent cases, more invasive interventions like injections or surgery may be necessary. If you have a bothersome heel spur, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for a proper diagnosis and tailored treatment plan.

Heel spurs can be incredibly painful and sometimes may make you unable to participate in physical activities. To get medical care for your heel spurs, contact one of our podiatrists from Sayville Foot Care. Our doctors will do everything possible to treat your condition.

Heels Spurs

Heel spurs are formed by calcium deposits on the back of the foot where the heel is. This can also be caused by small fragments of bone breaking off one section of the foot, attaching onto the back of the foot. Heel spurs can also be bone growth on the back of the foot and may grow in the direction of the arch of the foot.

Older individuals usually suffer from heel spurs and pain sometimes intensifies with age. One of the main condition's spurs are related to is plantar fasciitis.


The pain associated with spurs is often because of weight placed on the feet. When someone is walking, their entire weight is concentrated on the feet. Bone spurs then have the tendency to affect other bones and tissues around the foot. As the pain continues, the feet will become tender and sensitive over time.


There are many ways to treat heel spurs. If one is suffering from heel spurs in conjunction with pain, there are several methods for healing. Medication, surgery, and herbal care are some options.

If you have any questions feel free to contact our office located in Sayville, NY . We offer the latest in diagnostic and treatment technology to meet your needs.

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Suffering from this type of pain? You may have the foot condition known as Morton's neuroma. Morton's neuroma may develop as a result of ill-fitting footwear and existing foot deformities. We can help.

Tuesday, 21 May 2024 00:00

The Impact of Neuropathy on Feet

Neuropathy, often silently lurking until later stages of life, can significantly impact foot health. It is a condition characterized by nerve damage, leading to numbness, tingling, and pain in the feet. Causes range from diabetes and infections to injuries and hereditary factors. Neuropathy can manifest in various foot problems, including loss of sensation, burning or shooting pain, and muscle weakness, making simple tasks challenging. Diagnosing neuropathy typically involves a thorough medical history, physical examination, and nerve conduction tests to assess nerve function. Prevention strategies include managing underlying conditions like diabetes, maintaining a healthy lifestyle, and avoiding prolonged pressure or trauma to the feet. While there is no outright cure for neuropathy, treatments focus on symptom management and slowing its progression. This may involve medications and lifestyle modifications. If you are experiencing symptoms of neuropathy in your feet, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist for a thorough exam and tailored treatment plans.


Neuropathy can be a potentially serious condition, especially if it is left undiagnosed. If you have any concerns that you may be experiencing nerve loss in your feet, consult with one of our podiatrists from Sayville Foot Care. Our doctors will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment for neuropathy.

What Is Neuropathy?

Neuropathy is a condition that leads to damage to the nerves in the body. Peripheral neuropathy, or neuropathy that affects your peripheral nervous system, usually occurs in the feet. Neuropathy can be triggered by a number of different causes. Such causes include diabetes, infections, cancers, disorders, and toxic substances.

Symptoms of Neuropathy Include:

  • Numbness
  • Sensation loss
  • Prickling and tingling sensations
  • Throbbing, freezing, burning pains
  • Muscle weakness

Those with diabetes are at serious risk due to being unable to feel an ulcer on their feet. Diabetics usually also suffer from poor blood circulation. This can lead to the wound not healing, infections occurring, and the limb may have to be amputated.


To treat neuropathy in the foot, podiatrists will first diagnose the cause of the neuropathy. Figuring out the underlying cause of the neuropathy will allow the podiatrist to prescribe the best treatment, whether it be caused by diabetes, toxic substance exposure, infection, etc. If the nerve has not died, then it’s possible that sensation may be able to return to the foot.

Pain medication may be issued for pain. Electrical nerve stimulation can be used to stimulate nerves. If the neuropathy is caused from pressure on the nerves, then surgery may be necessary.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Sayville, NY . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Tuesday, 14 May 2024 00:00

Facts About Flat Feet

Flat feet, also known as fallen arches, are a common condition where the arches of the feet collapse, causing the entire sole of the foot to come into contact with the ground. This can result in discomfort, pain, and even difficulty while walking for some individuals. Flat feet can be caused by various factors, including genetics, injury, or the natural aging process. In some cases, flat feet may not cause any symptoms and may not require treatment. However, for those experiencing pain or discomfort, wearing supportive footwear and orthotic inserts can provide relief by providing additional arch support. Strengthening exercises and stretches may also help improve foot function and alleviate symptoms. With proper management, individuals with flat feet can lead active and fulfilling lives while minimizing any associated discomfort or limitations. If you have flat feet that are causing discomfort, it is suggested that you are under the care of a podiatrist who can offer you a tailored treatment plan for relief.

Flatfoot is a condition many people suffer from. If you have flat feet, contact one of our podiatrists from Sayville Foot Care. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What Are Flat Feet?

Flatfoot is a condition in which the arch of the foot is depressed and the sole of the foot is almost completely in contact with the ground. About 20-30% of the population generally has flat feet because their arches never formed during growth.

Conditions & Problems:

Having flat feet makes it difficult to run or walk because of the stress placed on the ankles.

Alignment – The general alignment of your legs can be disrupted, because the ankles move inward which can cause major discomfort.

Knees – If you have complications with your knees, flat feet can be a contributor to arthritis in that area.  


  • Pain around the heel or arch area
  • Trouble standing on the tip toe
  • Swelling around the inside of the ankle
  • Flat look to one or both feet
  • Having your shoes feel uneven when worn


If you are experiencing pain and stress on the foot you may weaken the posterior tibial tendon, which runs around the inside of the ankle. 

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Sayville, NY . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 07 May 2024 00:00

How to Find Your Running Solemate

Choosing the right pair of running shoes is vital for runners of all levels, as it can impact performance and prevent injuries. Understanding the different categories of running shoes can help you find the perfect fit for your needs. First, there are neutral shoes, designed for runners with normal arches who require cushioning and support. Then, stability shoes are ideal for runners with mild to moderate overpronation, providing additional support to help stabilize the foot. For those with severe overpronation or flat feet, motion control shoes offer maximum stability and control to prevent excessive inward rolling of the foot. Additionally, minimalist shoes provide a barefoot-like experience, promoting a natural running gait and strengthening foot muscles. Finally, maximalist shoes feature extra cushioning to absorb impact, making them suitable for long distance runners or those prone to joint pain. By understanding these categories and considering factors, such as foot type and running style, you can find the perfect pair of running shoes to support your fitness goals. If you have developed foot conditions from wearing the wrong type of shoes, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist who can treat your specific foot ailment, and guide you on the right type of running shoes to purchase.

You should always make sure your running shoes fit properly in order to avoid injury. For more information, contact one of our podiatrists from Sayville Foot Care. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Choosing the Right Running Shoe for Your Foot Type

Improper shoe sizing can cause a myriad of problems for your feet. Shoes that don’t fit you properly can lead to muscular imbalances in your body, which can result in foot, knee, and hip injuries.

Tips for Finding the Right Running Shoe

  • Make sure you have a thumb’s width of wiggle room between the end of your longest toe and the front of the shoe.
  • There should be little to no slipping at the heel
  • Don’t assume your size in one shoe brand will be your size in another
  • Do not lace up your shoes too tightly
  • Walk around in the store with your new shoes before you buy them

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our our office located in Sayville, NY . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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