Quick Facts on Foot and Ankle Care in Our Podiatry FAQ

How can you tell if there is a bone spur in your heel? When should patients consider surgery for torn ligaments? Our FAQ page explores a variety of foot and ankle questions to help patients get the care they need. Search through our FAQ to get answers on your condition.

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  • How does Tenex treat heel pain?

    When discussing how Tenex treats heel pain, the best starting point is to look at the most common causes of heel issues – plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendinitis. In both cases, the main problem is damaged soft tissue—the plantar fascia or Achilles tendon, respectively—that becomes inflamed and causes you pain.

    Essentially, Tenex is an efficient heel pain treatment because it gently breaks down and removes the damaged part of the tissue, without having any effect on the healthy tissue around it. More specifically, though, we first locate the damaged area using ultrasound diagnostics. Then we numb it and insert a TX MicroTip—which resembles a hollow needle—through a tiny incision and directly into the tissue.

    The TX MicroTip is then agitated at an impressively fast rate, which serves to break down and remove damaged tissue. Additionally, this procedure enhances the body’s natural healing processes, speeding them up for a quicker recovery.

    In a vast majority of cases, the pain relief is almost immediate and you will be able to return back to all normal activities within six weeks (depending on various factors, naturally).

    If you would like additional information on the Tenex treatment we offer, contact Massapequa Podiatry Associates and our staff will be glad to help. If you, or any of your loved ones, are currently experiencing heel pain, request an appointment with our Massapequa, NY office by calling (516) 541-9000 right now. 

  • Who would benefit from the use of Amniovo?

    Amiovo is a revolutionary product that takes amniotic tissue, which contains natural healing properties, and converts it into an effective treatment tool for medical professionals to use. This particular treatment improves healing processes without having any adverse effects, so you may be interested in finding out who benefits from using Amniovo.

    Some of the most common applications for this treatment are soft tissue injuries and wound care. The healing factors contained in Amniovo are ideal for conditions like plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendinitis, but also give us an option for helping patients who sustain diabetic wounds. Left untreated, these wounds can ultimately lead to tissue death. Wound care is essential for preventing potential amputation from gangrene.

    We are pleased to offer this particular treatment for our patients, so give our Massapequa, NY office a call at (516) 541-9000 for more information. You can also contact Massapequa Podiatry Associates online to request your appointment today.

  • What is Amniovo?

    Amniovo is an advanced treatment for various soft tissue injuries and conditions that can result in faster, better healing processes. On a technical level, it is a composite amniotic tissue membrane. Amniotic tissue comes from the innermost layer of the placenta, which means it is a naturally-occurring material. This tissue is rich in growth factors and cytokines (substances secreted by cells in the immune system that can affect other cells).

    There is slight manipulation performed to these natural tissues to protect their natural properties, which are capable of reducing inflammation and scarring, enhancing healing, and acting as a protective barrier. Additionally, it is prepared in various configurations for optimal use in several applications (surgery recovery, soft tissue repair, etc.).

    Amniovo is durable, safe, and will help you recover better, in a shorter amount of time. It can be particularly beneficial for patients who suffer from common sources of heel pain like Achilles tendinitis and plantar fasciitis.

    For more information on Amniovo treatment, and to see if it is right for the foot or ankle condition affecting you, simply give Massapequa Podiatry Associates a call at (516) 541-9000. If you’d prefer, take advantage of our online form to connect with our Nassau County office right now.

  • How can I get rid of a heel spur?

    Heel spurs are calcium deposits the bone makes on the calcaneus (heel bone) that build up over time, until they can potentially cause issues. This process happens in response to stress, friction, or pressure, and sometimes in conjunction with plantar fasciitis – a common source of heel pain.

    By itself, a spur can go unnoticed. Issues arise, though, when a spur digs into soft tissues around it. In such an instance, you will likely want to undergo heel spur treatment. We will first attempt to address the issue with noninvasive methods. If these fail to provide sufficient relief, we may need to perform surgery on the affected plantar fascia.

    Heel pain treatment is one of the services we provide here at Massapequa Podiatry Associates, but we offer many others to cover the full spectrum of foot and ankle issues that can arise. If you are having problems in your lower limbs, come see us at our Massapequa, NY office. We will provide the care and treatment you need to relieve painful symptoms and allow you to return to normal activities. Give us a call at (516) 541-9000 for additional information or take advantage of our online form to connect with us today!

  • What is a heel spur?

    A heel spur is a bony prominence that forms along the base of your heel bone, facing the front of your foot and pointing forward. The prominence is formed by calcium, which deposits on the heel bone (also known as the calcaneus) as a response to tearing and swelling in the plantar fascia (a band of fibrous tissue that runs along the arch). Some heel spurs can even reach half an inch in length.

    Despite this, you won’t notice any outward bump (the spur only shows up on X-rays), and the heel spur itself usually doesn’t cause any pain. The pain is from the tearing and stretching in the plantar fascia, and should subside once the soft tissues heal.

    Heel pain that is severe or chronic should be examined by Dr. Corey Fox of Massapequa Podiatry Associates and the Long Island Heel Pain Center. We’ll get you a proper diagnosis, and can offer the best treatment tools and training to get you back on your feet. Give us a call today at (516) 541-9000.

  • Why is it important to warm up before exercising?

    Warming up before a workout, run, or game provides important benefits, both physical and mental.

    A warm-up routine featuring some stretching and light cardio helps prepare you for more vigorous, explosive exercise that puts more stress on your body. It allows you to raise your body temperature, heart rate, and blood flow gradually under safe and controlled conditions; thrusting yourself directly into high-octane exercise without a warm up can increase your risk of sudden injuries.

    Warming up can also provide mental benefits. For many, a brief warm-up session provides focus and helps boost concentration and confidence, and is an important part of preparing for a long run, a big game, or an important dance performance.

    For more information on stretches and physical therapy exercises to help prevent foot injuries, or to address an existing injury, please call Massapequa Podiatry Associates at 516-541-9000 today. You can also request an appointment online, and our staff will get in touch with you to schedule.

  • How can I prevent Achilles tendinitis?

    There are a wide variety of strategies that can be employed aid in the prevention of heel pain from Achilles tendinitis, minimizing daily and long-term stresses on the tendon.

    Achilles tendinitis often results from overuse—that is to say, the tendon has to deal with repeated heavy forces over a period of time, not getting sufficient time to rest and heel. Prevention methods seek to both reduce stresses and allow for more recuperation time. These might include:

    • Starting new activities (or increasing intensity of current activities) gradually, rather than all at once.
    • Investing in good footwear that provides proper support and cushioning.
    • Choosing running routes that are flatter and use softer terrain.
    • Have days dedicated to low-impact exercise (like going for a bike ride), rather than always choosing high-impact exercises (like running or basketball).
    • Visit Dr. Corey Fox in Massapequa, NY to see if additional treatments, such as physical therapy or custom orthotics, may be necessary to address underlying causes and stressors.

    On that last point, you can request an appointment easily right from this website by clicking on our contact form and filling out the relevant information. You can also schedule the old fashioned way with our front office by dialing 516-541-9000.

  • Could my shoes be causing hammertoes?

    There is a strong link between footwear choice and the development of hammertoes. Extremely tight shoes that cram toes into narrow or pointed spaces are a major culprit, as are high heels that push all of your weight forward onto the front portion of your feet. When toes remain bent in the same position for extended periods of time, and especially if they have to bear excess pressure and weight in that position, the muscle pairs responsible for bending and straightening the toe may become unbalanced, leaving the toe unable to lie flat even when barefoot.

    There’s some disagreement in the medical community whether shoes can cause hammertoes all by themselves, or whether there needs to be at least one other underlying factor. However, it’s abundantly clear that wearing ill-fitting shoes can rapidly accelerate the development of hammertoes regardless of initial cause.

    If you seek treatment for hammertoes early, you may be able to avoid surgery. If your toes are looking a little bent, please call Massapequa Podiatry Associates at 516-541-9000 today.

  • Do I need surgery to correct my hammertoes?

    In most cases, yes, you will need a surgical procedure to correct a hammertoe, in the sense of permanently resetting a bent digit in its correct alignment. Once digits start to bend, you can’t really coax them back to stay in their original place any other way.

    However, surgery is not always necessary to treat a hammertoe. In the earliest stages where the deformity in less severe and the joint is still flexible and posable, conservative treatments may provide the necessary pain relief to get you through your activities without limitation or discomfort, as well as slow or halt further progression of the hammertoe. Such measures may include changing shoes or shoe modifications, medications, padding, taping, splinting, physical therapy, or custom orthotics.

    A thorough evaluation at Massapequa Podiatry Associates will help determine which treatment methods would be recommended in your situation. The earlier you seek treatment, the greater the number of options available to you. To make an appointment, please call 516-541-9000.

  • What is this bump on my heel?

    A number of conditions could produce a bump on the heel. The most common (particularly in young women, though it can happen to anyone) is Haglund’s deformity, also known as “pump bump.” In this condition, irritation and damage to the soft tissues at the back of the heel produces a bony enlargement over an extended period of time. This typically occurs from the constant pressure of wearing hard-backed heels, shoes, boots, or skates. The shape of your foot also plays a role—some people seem more prone to developing the deformity than others.

    Other possible bump-on-heel conditions could include:

    • Blisters
    • Cysts
    • Warts
    • Papules
    • Achilles tendinitis / tendon spurs

    Unexplained and/or painful bumps should always be checked out by a podiatrist. For most conditions, the earlier you seek help, the better off you’ll be in the long run. That’s true of Haglund’s deformity as well—this progressive problem will only get worse until you take action. To make an appointment with the Dr. Corey Fox, the heel pain expert at Massapequa Podiatry Associates, please fill out the contact form online or call us at 516-541-9000.