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Tuesday, 26 March 2024 00:00

Reasons Your Ankle May Hurt

Ankle pain can stem from various sources, including minor injuries like strains and sprains. More severe conditions, such as an Achilles tendon rupture, a fracture, and muscle or ligament damage, also result in ankle pain. Symptoms range from sharp, acute pain to persistent discomfort and swelling around the ankle. The inability to put weight on the foot is another indication of an ankle injury. While some injuries may improve with home care, persistent or severe pain requires professional evaluation. Podiatrists specialize in diagnosing and treating ankle conditions and offer personalized treatment plans tailored to your specific needs. Addressing the underlying cause of your pain is essential for effective management and restoring the optimal function of your ankle. If you're experiencing ankle pain that is affecting your daily activities, it's suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist for a comprehensive assessment. 

Ankle pain can have many different causes and the pain may potentially be serious. If you have ankle pain, consult with one of our podiatrists from Nassau Foot & Ankle. Our doctors will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Ankle pain is any condition that causes pain in the ankle. Due to the fact that the ankle consists of tendons, muscles, bones, and ligaments, ankle pain can come from a number of different conditions.


The most common causes of ankle pain include:

  • Types of arthritis (rheumatoid, osteoarthritis, and gout)
  • Ankle sprains
  • Broken ankles
  • Achilles tendinitis
  • Achilles tendon rupture
  • Stress fractures
  • Tarsal tunnel syndrome
  • Plantar fasciitis


Symptoms of ankle injury vary based upon the condition. Pain may include general pain and discomfort, swelling, aching, redness, bruising, burning or stabbing sensations, and/or loss of sensation.


Due to the wide variety of potential causes of ankle pain, podiatrists will utilize a number of different methods to properly diagnose ankle pain. This can include asking for personal and family medical histories and of any recent injuries. Further diagnosis may include sensation tests, a physical examination, and potentially x-rays or other imaging tests.


Just as the range of causes varies widely, so do treatments. Some more common treatments are rest, ice packs, keeping pressure off the foot, orthotics and braces, medication for inflammation and pain, and surgery.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in Oceanside, Franklin Square, and East Norwich, NY . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.


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Ainhum is a rare condition characterized by the spontaneous development of a constricting band around the base of the fifth toe. This can lead to progressive constriction, tissue loss, and eventual auto-amputation if left untreated. Podiatrists play a vital role in diagnosing and managing ainhum. They can provide early intervention by carefully monitoring the condition and relieving pressure on the affected toe. These foot doctors can offer treatments, such as surgical release of the constricting band or orthotic devices to alleviate discomfort and prevent further tissue damage. Podiatrists also can educate patients about proper foot care techniques and regular monitoring to detect any changes in the condition early on. If you notice a ring around one of your toes with a squeezing sensation, it is strongly suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist for a timely diagnosis and immediate treatment.

Some foot conditions may require additional professional care. If you have any concerns, contact one of our podiatrists of Nassau Foot & Ankle. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Rare Foot Conditions

The majority of foot conditions are common and can be treated by a podiatrist.  Standard diagnostic procedures are generally used to identify specific conditions and treatment can be rendered. A podiatrist also treats rare foot conditions which can be difficult to diagnose and may need extra attention and care. 

There are many rare foot conditions that can affect children. Some of these can include:

  • Freiberg’s disease
  • Kohler’s disease
  • Maffucci syndrome

Freiberg’s disease - This can be seen as a deterioration and flattening of a metatarsal bone that exists in the ball of the foot. It typically affects pre-teen and teenage girls, but can affect anyone at any age. Symptoms that can accompany this can be swelling, stiffness, and the patient may limp. 

Kohler’s disease - This often targets the bone in the arch of the foot and affects younger boys. It can lead to an interruption of the blood supply which ultimately can lead to bone deterioration. The patient may limp or experience tenderness, swelling, and redness.

Maffucci syndrome - This affects the long bones in a child’s foot leading to the development of abnormal bone lesions. They are benign growths and typically develop in early childhood and the bones may be susceptible to breaking. 

A podiatrist can properly diagnose and treat all types of rare foot conditions. If your child is affected by any of these symptoms or conditions, please don’t hesitate to call our office so the correct treatment method can begin.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Oceanside, Franklin Square, and East Norwich, NY . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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Poor circulation in the feet occurs when blood flow to the lower extremities is restricted or inadequate, leading to various symptoms and potential complications. Several factors can contribute to this condition, including peripheral artery disease, PAD, atherosclerosis, diabetes, obesity, and smoking. PAD occurs when arteries in the legs become narrowed or blocked by fatty deposits, impairing blood flow to the feet and toes. Atherosclerosis, characterized by the buildup of plaque in the arteries, can also restrict blood flow and oxygen delivery to the feet. Diabetes can damage blood vessels and nerves, further escalating circulation issues and increasing the risk of foot ulcers and infections. Symptoms of poor circulation in the feet may include cold feet, numbness or tingling, slow-healing wounds, and changes in skin color or texture. Left untreated, poor foot circulation can lead to serious complications such as foot ulcers and gangrene. Therefore, early detection and management are vital for maintaining optimal foot health and preventing complications associated with poor circulation. If you have poor foot circulation, it is strongly suggested that you consult a podiatrist who can help you to manage this condition.

Poor circulation is a serious condition and needs immediate medical attention. If you have any concerns with poor circulation in your feet contact one of our podiatrists of Nassau Foot & Ankle. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Poor Circulation in the Feet

Poor blood circulation in the feet and legs is can be caused by peripheral artery disease (PAD), which is the result of a buildup of plaque in the arteries.

Plaque buildup or atherosclerosis results from excess calcium and cholesterol in the bloodstream. This can restrict the amount of blood which can flow through the arteries. Poor blood circulation in the feet and legs are sometimes caused by inflammation in the blood vessels, known as vasculitis.


Lack of oxygen and oxygen from poor blood circulation restricts muscle growth and development. It can also cause:

  • Muscle pain, stiffness, or weakness   
  • Numbness or cramping in the legs 
  • Skin discoloration
  • Slower nail & hair growth
  • Erectile dysfunction

Those who have diabetes or smoke are at greatest risk for poor circulation, as are those who are over 50. If you have poor circulation in the feet and legs it may be caused by PAD and is important to make changes to your lifestyle in order to reduce risk of getting a heart attack or stroke. Exercise and maintaining a healthy lifestyle will dramatically improve conditions.

As always, see a podiatrist as he or she will assist in finding a regimen that suits you. A podiatrist can also prescribe you any needed medication. 

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Oceanside, Franklin Square, and East Norwich, NY . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Sunday, 10 March 2024 00:00

Do Your Child's Feet Hurt?

Have your child's feet been examined lately? Healthy feet are happy feet. If your child is complaining of foot pain, it may be a sign of underlying problems.

Tuesday, 05 March 2024 00:00

Foot Pain Caused by Flip-Flops

While flip-flops are convenient, wearing them can have negative effects on the feet. Most flip-flops lack proper arch support and cushioning. Prolonged use of flip-flops can lead to issues like flat feet, plantar fasciitis, and increased strain on the toes. This is because flip-flops can cause you to put more pressure on the plantar fascia, tissues that run from the toes to the heel. The toes also perform a constant gripping motion to keep flip-flops on, which can cause muscle fatigue and contribute to toe deformities. Additionally, the minimal protection flip-flops offer the feet leave them exposed to the elements, increasing the risk of injuries, sunburn, and infections. If you are experiencing foot pain from wearing flip-flops, it is suggested you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist who can rule out any other causes and discuss alternative footwear. 

Flip-flops are not always the best choice of footwear. If you have any concerns about your feet or ankles, contact one of our podiatrists from Nassau Foot & Ankle. Our doctors will assist you with all of your foot and ankle needs.

Flip-Flops and Feet

When the weather starts warming up, people enjoy wearing flip-flops.  Flip-flops are comfortable, stylish, and easy to slip on and off; they're perfect for any summer beach goer.  However, these shoes can cause harm to the feet.

How Can Flip-Flops Affect Me Long-Term?

  • Ankle problems
  • Hip problems
  • Lower back problems
  • Pain in the balls of the feet
  • Problems with foot arches
  • Changes in the way you walk

Are There Injuries Associated with Flip-Flops?

Yes.  Since flip-flops are relatively weak and do not provide the same amount of support as sneakers, people who wear flip-flops regularly are more susceptible to injuries. On top of that, the open nature of the shoe makes your feet more prone to other problems, such as cuts and even infections.  Common injuries and ailments include:

  • Sprained ankles
  • Blisters
  • Infections
  • Cuts and Scrapes

I like Wearing Flip-Flops. Are There Safe Alternatives?

When buying flip-flops, try to find ones that have sturdy soles and that are made of high-quality materials that will support for your feet.  These flip-flops will cost more but will also last longer as a result.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Oceanside, Franklin Square, and East Norwich, NY .  We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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