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sports injuries

If you are looking for an excellent podiatrist who can treat your ankle of foot sports injuries, then you will want to visit us at South Nassau Heel Pain. Our foot doctor, Dr. Jay Kerner provides excellent treatment for patients who have a Rockville Centre sports injury, including plantar fasciitis and heel spurs.

Athletes can be prone to developing certain types of foot and ankle problems including plantar fasciitis and heel spurs. At our office, we offer many state-of-the-art treatments for our patients, including extracorporeal shock wave therapy (ESWT). This is an FDA approved therapy that is used by our doctor to treat patients who have plantar fasciitis and heel spurs, and who have not successfully had their injury successfully treated using more traditional treatment methods. Athletes are prone to developing plantar fasciitis when they run and jump on hard surfaces over an extended period of time. When a patient has plantar fasciitis, they have an inflammation of the tissues that run between the heel and spread out to the toes. ESWT is a noninvasive treatment that uses high intensity sound waves for the treatment of chronic foot problems. This innovative treatment has proven to be extremely helpful for treating patients with heel pain from plantar fasciitis or heel spur syndrome; Achilles tendinitis; and foot fractures that are proving quite stubborn in their healing. If you have had heel pain for at least six months, and other traditional treatments have not worked, our foot doctor may want to provide you with this treatment option. Other more conservative treatments for a Rockville Centre sports injury of plantar fasciitis or heel spur often include: supportive taping or strapping; prescription orthotics; cortisone injections; physiotherapy; below the knee casting; and night splints.


bunions

Feet starting to feel and look a little bit on the worn side? Do something about it—you have two ways to get this taken care of. Learn to accept those growths. Or do something about them. If door number two is one you’re willing to walk through, go ahead and reach out to South Nassau Heel. Meet with one of our professionals for bunion treatment in Rockville Centre.


Wondering what’s contributing to your bunions. Wish we had a straight-forward for you—but it doesn’t work that way. See, bunions can be attributed to so many different causes. Of course, the bed rock for its foundation is genetic predisposition. If it runs in your family, there’s a good chance that lifestyle choices can further nurture growth of these troublesome enlargements. Affected by over-pronation? Yep, that’ll also raise the bunion odds. Improper biomechanics can also contribute. They can cause the phalangeal joint—located within the metatarsal—to destabilize. Footwear doesn’t cause bunions, but they sure can worsen the symptoms. So make sure you don’t wear anything overly snug that practically chokes the life out of your gentle feet. Some other (not so common) contributors to bunion include: neuromuscular disorders (Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease or polio), trauma (nerve injuries, sprains, and fractures), and limb-length discrepancies (one leg longer than the other). Of course, don’t settle for a self-diagnosis. Seek out a professional who can properly evaluate the situation and provide a tailor-made plan of action. Seek out such a professional at South Nassau Heel and get first-rate bunion treatment in Rockville Centre.


Sound good? We certainly hope so. Now all that’s left is for you to take charge. Pick up the phone and call South Nassau Heel—or shoot an e-mail, that works too. Then schedule an appointment so you can be well on the way to bunion treatment in Rockville Centre. 
 

affordable orthopedic surgery

At South Nassau Heel our affordable orthopedic surgeon in Rockville Centre offers patients quality foot care at a fraction of the cost. Most doctors charge exorbitant prices for foot care, but we know that our patients deserve access to only the best, which is why we work to find an affordable solution for you and your family.

We treat many different foot conditions such as bunions. Bunions cause deformities and spreading of the metatarsal bone, causing the big toe to appear to be moving inward. The joint ends up becoming enlarged and deformed, weak and irritated, rubbing against shoes and other footwear. Arthritis also affects the joint more easily, causing it to be stiff and sore. Treatment for bunion care includes non-surgical as well as surgical care. The ultimate goal of bunion treatment is to relieve foot pain and to prevent the bunion from getting worse. Bunion treatment is given by our affordable orthopedic surgeon in Rockville Centre and is done on premises. Non-surgical treatments include wearing comfortable shoes or orthotics, and using bunion pads or arch supports inside your shoe. For diabetic foot pain, we recommend non-surgical pain relieving options such as acetaminophen and anti-inflammatory medicine.

Diabetics should have their feet checked anywhere from two to three times per year to prevent the complications that diabetes can cause in the feet. It affects the foot’s circulation and causes balance to be off and wounds may heal slowly due to numbness. Diabetics can be more prone to getting bunions. Many bunion deformities can progress if they are not treated properly by our affordable orthopedic surgeon in Rockville Centre. A bunion progressing from Stage I to Stage V can end up becoming debilitating. Over time bunions can cause hammer toes, calluses, plantar fasciitis and shin splints. At this point the patient will need either foot surgery or modified shoes.


Heel Pain

Here at South Nassau Heel, we specialize in the diagnosis, evaluation, and treatment of heel pain. We're pleased to offer various types of methods to address your problem, including shock way therapy, one of the most advanced technologies available today. But by far, when it comes to the relief of heel pain, the most effective, safe, simple, and quick way to do it is with our Rockville Centre orthotics, inserts that are put in your shoes. 

The two most common reasons for suffering with heel pain are plantar fasciitis and heel spurs, two conditions that can occur exclusive of each other or in conjunction with each other. Plantar fasciitis happens when the band of tissue that connects the heel to the toe becomes abnormally stretched. This leads to strain, and can include tiny tears. Swelling and inflammation are typical. It tends to hurt just to stand sometimes, let alone walk or run. Among the possible contributing factors to plantar fasciitis are that your footwear is not supportive enough. Also, having flat feet may be part of the equation. While purchasing more supportive shoes is a fairly easy solution, correcting flat feet is not. But in either instance, our Rockville Centre orthotics can be used in your shoes to reduce the pressure and the stress on your heel, which allows you to recover and the pain to subside. Heel spurs, which are calcium deposits that form under the heel bone, present similar challenges, and can likewise often be addressed with our Rockville Centre orthotics. Some of them are generic, able to fit anyone in any situation. However, if your condition is more severe, you may need ones that are prescribed specially by our podiatrist. 

The bottom line is that heel pain should not be ignored. Orthotics may or may not be the best choice for your treatment, but they can often help in nearly any circumstance. Call us to arrange an appointment be examined. 


Hammertoes 

Hammertoes don’t have to be a serious condition. But they can cause pain and soreness in the foot, and should be treated with the proper options before they become worse. At South Nassau Heel we give the best Rockville Centre hammertoe treatment in the area and our patients love us for helping them feel better, every day!

Hammertoe happens when there is an imbalance between the muscle and the ligament around the toe joint, causing the middle toe joint to bend into an awkward position. It becomes stuck in place and can be irritating and causes rubbing against the shoe and toe. Patients can perform Rockville Centre hammertoe treatment by wearing shoes that are wide at the toe, and which give space between the toe and tip of the shoe. Refraining from high heels and wearing appropriate shoes is also ideal. Ice and aspirin can also be used to help relieve swelling. We can also create an insert that you can wear inside the shoe to reduce pain.

Besides Rockville Centre hammertoe treatment, we also treat bunions. Bunions are a progressive foot condition that affects the joint of the big toe and causes deformities. Over time, the joint becomes enlarged and rubs against shoes and footwear, becoming irritated and painful. It may be hard to wear shoes or certain footwear in this case. Bunions can cause hammertoes, calluses and shin splints. For more mild cases and temporary relief, we may prescribe anti-inflammatory medicine to reduce swelling. Ice, staying off feet as much as possible and wearing comfortable shoes can provide bunion relief. Foot orthotics, which are custom made shoes, are also available. If the bunions become extremely restrictive, surgery is another option and can relieve bunions permanently. For more information about hammertoes, bunions and other foot ailments, call South Nassau Heel today.

foot blisters

Sometimes having a foot blister can be a serious problem. This is particularly true if you have diabetes. If you are suffering from a foot blister, we highly recommend that you come to see us at our podiatry practice, South Nassau Heel, for expert foot care in Rockville Centre by our podiatrist, Dr. Kerner.

At our podiatry practice, our foot doctor provides all different types of foot care in Rockville Centre, including treatment of foot blisters. A blister is a lesion which is filled with fluid. It is created when there is friction and pressure on the foot. Foot blisters can be caused by: poorly fitting shoes; shoes that are too stiff; socks that are wrinkled and press against the skin; excessive moisture on the feet; or even by certain foot deformities. While many patients are able to treat blisters at home, they can become a serious problem if you have diabetes, and have problems with healing on your feet. Our podiatrist will be able to successfully treat your foot blister, to keep it from becoming infected. Our podiatrist can also provide you with tips about how to keep foot blisters from developing in the future. If you have a foot blister that does not begin to heal within a short time, we definitely recommend that you contact our practice for treatment of your foot blister. Our podiatrist will be able to treat your foot blisters so that it can safely heal, and so that infection will not develop. Some recommended steps to helping prevent foot blisters are to: keep your feet dry and toe nails trimmed; control excessive moisture on feet; keep your shoes comfortable by keeping tongues and laces of your shoes comfortably arranged; and check your feet regularly for any signs of rubbing by your shoes or socks.


Gout

Gout is a foot condition that can produce pain ranging from bothersome all the way to excruciating. At South Nassau Heel, we want you to have every advantage to avoid it, and to get relief in the event that it does develop. 

Rockville Centre gout is a form of arthritis. It is caused by an excess of uric acid in your blood. Symptoms associated with it include stiffness, swelling, and pain. The reason that you experience those signs are because the uric acid forms hard crystals in your joints. Rockville Centre gout can develop in various joints in your body, including in your arm (such as the elbow). But by far, the most common place that it forms is in your big toe. Typically, a gout attack will last anywhere from a day to a week or two, but even if it goes away, this does not mean that everything is fine and that you don't need to do anything about it. Many people get recurrences of gout, often frequently and regularly. It is not an isolate incident, and the more times it occurs, the more chance there is that you could end up sustaining damage to your joints affected by it, or the tendons, or other surrounding tissue. You could wait it out when you have an attack, but if you come in to see our foot doctor, there are treatments that can lead to greater comfort, including corticosteroid shots, and other medication. You can try taking ibuprofen for the pain, but avoid aspirin, which raises uric acid levels in the blood, adding to the problem at hand. Our foot doctor will also recommend a diet designed to limit the chances of recurrence. It is a good idea to avoid meat, seafood, and alcohol (particularly beer).