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What Happens to Untreated Foot Corns and Calluses?

Corns and calluses are similar and may be unsightly, causing discomfort and embarrassment for an individual. In contrast to calluses, which commonly develop on the soles of the feet, corns tend to develop on other areas of the feet when they are under constant
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Why Do My Ankles Hurt? Common Causes of Ankle Pain

Ankles provide stability and flexibility, allowing us to walk. Yet, so often, we take them for granted until pain stops us in our tracks. When your ankles hurt and walking is difficult, you may wonder what the cause of your pain is. In this
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Self-Diagnosing Untreated Heel Pain

There is no need to suffer from untreated heel pain. However, it can be tricky to decide when to see a podiatrist to dig deeper into the cause of your pain and when to try at-home treatments to manage the pain. We hope that
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Neuroma: Causes, Pain, and What To Do About It

Although neuroma is commonly known to evolve in the feet, this muscle disorder can also develop in other body locations. For example, when muscles of the ball of the foot are irritated or compressed, they can develop neuromas in this area, often very painful
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Hammertoes: Do I Need to See A Podiatrist?

Hammertoes can be painful and interfere with your normal daily activities. Seeking treatment for hammertoes and similar mallet toes is the first step towards relief and improvement in your condition. If you believe you have hammertoes, you may be concerned about how to identify
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Dealing with Untreated Foot Pain: When To See a Podiatrist

Let’s face the facts: the average American takes their feet for granted. Our feet walk thousands of steps every day, and we take little notice of them unless there is an injury or discomfort. Of course, when we do have pain or discomfort, we
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Who Is At Risk for Morton’s Neuroma

While foot problems can happen to anyone, certain groups of people may be more at risk for developing Morton’s neuroma than others. For example, women are more likely to develop this condition than men. Athletes who perform high-intensity exercise may also be at risk
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I Have Pain in My Heels – What Should I Do?

Many New Yorkers of all ages and genders will experience heel pain throughout their lives. There are several different reasons you may experience pain in your heels, including, but not limited to:  Plantar fasciitis  Achilles tendonitis  Stress fractures  Bone spurs  Inflammation  While most heel
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How to Find the Best Podiatrist in NYC

At Best Foot Doctor, we understand that your feet are crucial to your overall health and wellbeing. As millions of New Yorkers go to work and school every day, their footwear choices can significantly affect their comfort and foot health.  Everyone faces a foot condition
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Risks of Untreated Hammertoe

Most foot and ankle conditions will not improve over time if left untreated, but how much worse can they get? Unfortunately, when considering hammertoe or mallet toes, they can get much worse, to the point where surgery is the only viable option for relief.
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How Neuroma Can Affect Your Everyday Life

One of the most common forms of neuroma affects the feet and can prove painful in everyday life. Morton’s neuroma is a foot disorder that we often see here at Best Foot Doctor. Because of the frequency with which people in the NYC area
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Should I Consider Laser Treatment for Achilles Tendonitis?

Running and athletics are beneficial for the health and well-being of most individuals, but they also come with risks. For example, many athletes and runners develop Achilles tendonitis as they age. This condition is painful and uncomfortable.  And the soreness involved may reduce an
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Elective Bunion Surgery: To Do or Not To Do

Many individuals who suffer from bunions desire relief from the symptoms and embarrassment that come with bunions. However, because bunion surgery is considered elective surgery, meaning that it is not deemed medically necessary, there are several factors that you should consider before taking the
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Heel Spurs: What They Are and How To Treat Them

Many people will develop bone spurs in their heels throughout their lifetime. There will be no pain or discomfort involved for many, but some people will find that heel spurs make normal walking very uncomfortable, limiting their lifestyle options. So how do you know
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Should I Be Concerned About My Toenail Fungus?

Unless toenail fungus is unsightly and frustrating, it is tempting to ignore the condition. But what are the possible complications from leaving a toenail fungal infection untreated? This article will explore the potential health risks of untreated fungal infections in toenails and what you
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Self-Care and Tips for Dealing With Diabetic Feet

While everyone should consider regular foot checkups and maintain healthy foot hygiene, caring for your feet is even more important as a diabetic individual. Because nerve damage to the feet and legs is so common for people who have diabetes, it is crucial that
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Ask A Podiatrist: What is Morton’s Neuroma?

If you’ve ever felt a burning or painful sensation between your third and fourth toes, you may be familiar with Morton’s neuroma. Unfortunately, symptoms of this foot condition also present with a feeling of stepping on a pebble or of having your sock/shoe bunched
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What Plantar Warts Are and How You Can Prevent Them

While unsightly and potentially embarrassing, the good news is that plantar warts are harmless and usually go away without treatment. However, healing generally takes a long time – sometimes up to 2-3 years. If you are concerned about your warts or unsure if the
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Are Ingrown Toenails Dangerous?

Ingrown toenails occur when the toenail digs into the skin, often causing redness, swelling, and sometimes, pain. You may usually be able to fix ingrown toenails at home without complications, but there are dangers associated with not caring for them right away. Patients with
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Fungal Nails – Why Bleach Is A Bad Idea and What To Do Instead

Dealing with unsightly toenail fungus can be embarrassing and painful. For those who suffer from this kind of fungal infection, it can be tempting to attempt to solve the problem with household products like bleach. In an attempt to save money, many turn to
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Back Heel Pain: Haglund’s Deformity

Individuals who often wear shoes with a rigid back may find that heel pain develops with continued use. For some, this pain is more significant and involves a bump on the back of the heel. This bump, if left untreated, can develop into bursitis,
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Hyperkeratosis: What Foot Calluses Can Mean for You

Thickened skin can appear on the hands and feet or anywhere that excess rubbing occurs. Calluses, a type of hyperkeratosis, are formed when improperly fitting shoes are worn, and the heel or sole skin is rubbed. What is Hyperkeratosis? Human skin contains a protein
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What Is a Podiatrist and What Do They Do?

A doctor of podiatric medicine, commonly called a podiatrist, diagnoses, treats, and helps prevent injuries and health conditions in the lower extremities. All podiatrists are licensed as experts in caring for foot conditions.  In some areas, this licensure may also include treatment of the
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What Causes My Heel Pain and How Can I Fix It?

The most common causes for heel pain are plantar fasciitis (bottom of the heel) and Achilles tendinitis (back of the heel). Other less common issues include heel spurs, joint inflammation (bursitis), arthritis, fractures, or Haglund’s deformity. Sometimes a body-wide condition like gout can contribute
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Home Remedies for Hammertoes (and What To Do If They Don’t Work)

When toes become misshapen and stick up at one or more joints, it is often called a hammertoe. Technically, three different conditions can result from deformed joints: hammer, mallet, and claw toes. Hammertoes happen when the toe is bent at the middle joint. Mallet
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Relieving Bunion Pain (and What To Do When It Still Hurts)

Many people develop bunions in their lifetime. And women are considered more at risk than men. While the exact reason that bunions form is not known, the risk of development does seem to run in families. Wearing improperly fitting shoes is also a common
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Should I Consider Laser Treatment for Toenail Fungus?

Unsightly toenail fungus can be very frustrating. Toenail fungus is an infection on the feet that causes thick, yellow toenails and can spread to other parts of the body. It is the same type of infection as yeast infections or athlete’s foot and can
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Four Simple Fixes for Plantar Fasciitis

Are you feeling a stabbing pain through your heel in the mornings? Are you concerned that it may be plantar fasciitis? Plantar fasciitis refers to a condition where there is an inflamed plantar fascia (the sheath that runs across the sole and connects the
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Prevention, Causes, and Treatment for Hammertoes

A common ailment that many foot doctors deal with is hammertoes. A patient with this condition suffers from toes that curve unnaturally backward, looking something like the shape of a hammer. This foot condition generally causes a great deal of pain and discomfort and
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All About Bunions: Causes, Symptoms, and When to Call A Doctor

Common foot problems such as bunions can be uncomfortable in daily life, even to the point of inhibiting one’s ability to perform daily functions such as sitting and standing. The good news is that bunions do not often require medical treatment and can easily
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