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orthotics

Give Your Feet the Best – Orthotics

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Most people tend to think that orthotic inserts and devices are for the elderly. However, people of all ages can use orthotics to treat or manage many different foot conditions such as flat feet, sports injuries, arthritis, heel and arch painankle sprainsfractures, back pain, bunionsneuromas, and more.

Dr. John C. Marzano, at Westchester Podiatric Medicine, P.C., in Yonkers, NY, strongly recommends the use of orthotic inserts to help your feet in many ways, especially by:

  • Providing the necessary support to your foot arches.
  • Enhancing stability in your movement.
  • Ensuring balance.
  • Fixing your gait.
  • Preventing any bone or joint deformity.
  • Providing cushion to your heels and relieving them from pain.
  • Absorbing shocks from sudden movements, especially while playing sports.

Even children can overcome most foot-related problems using customized orthotic inserts. They are tailor-made to address any prevalent conditions and built to fit various foot shapes and sizes. However, since children’s feet grow fast, the orthotics are also likely to be modified and replaced frequently so that their feet do not suffer.

If you are overweight or have a physically strenuous routine, your feet, especially the heels and the arches, are likely to hurt because of excessive pressure. In such cases, orthotics can provide relief by distributing your body weight more evenly or optimally.

If you feel uneasy while walking or experience difficulty moving due to any foot pain, schedule an appointment with our experts without delay. Timely examination, diagnosis, and treatment can save your feet from long-lasting harm and damage. Feel free to contact us at (914) 423-0600 or visit our podiatry office conveniently located at 984 N. Broadway, Suite LL03, Yonkers, NY 10701, for further information.

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foot care tips

4 Winter Foot Care Tips

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Winter comes with its own set of unique challenges, especially when it comes to your body and health. At Westchester Podiatric Medicine, P.C., we know how important it is to take those extra foot care steps to avoid serious winter foot problems. That’s why we have put together a list of our top foot care tips, which will keep your feet feel happy and healthy during the winter months.

  1. Keep your feet warm and dry – Cold and wet feet can develop from poor circulation, prolonged exposure to the harsh winter elements, and foot perspiration. Wear moisture-wicking socks and proper winter shoes or boots to keep your feet clean and dry. Switch to a new pair of shoes and socks if you find your feet damp and sweaty.
  • Wear safe winter shoes – The change of season requires shoes to have the right amount of support, particularly for those who transitioned into winter boots. Your flip-flops, sandals, and high heels won’t serve your feet well. Wear proper snow boots that are made with waterproof materials, have added cushioning, excellent traction, and good arch support to protect your feet from potential hazards like slips, falls, sprains, and fractures.
  • Ensure proper fit – The right fitted shoes or boots will help support your feet and ankle and avoid painful problems such as blisters, ingrown toenails, bunions, corns, calluses, and more.
  • Moisturize your feet – Your feet can suffer during the cold winter months. It can cause severe dry and cracked skin, especially around the feet and heels. Keep the skin supple and well hydrated by applying a moisturizer or cream all around the areas of your feet.

Inspect your feet daily for any cuts, injuries, infections, or any other abnormality. As the temperature starts to drop, it’s essential to pay more attention to your feet. Get help from a podiatrist for diagnosis and treatment of your podiatric problems this winter.

At Westchester Podiatric Medicine, P.C., we’re on a mission to keeping your feet in top condition. Our highly experienced board-certified podiatrist, Dr. John C. Marzano, can help diagnose and treat podiatric disorders with care and accuracy so you can enjoy the winter season pain-free. For more information on our services, give us a call at (914) 423-0600. You can even schedule a consultation at our office in Yonkers, NY, at your convenience.

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diabetes

6 Summer Foot Care Tips for Diabetics

In the wake of the ongoing pandemic, the need to support people living with diabetes, and particularly those with foot problems, remains crucial. Today Dr. John C. Marzano has a few tips on how people with diabetes can maintain their foot health throughout the long, warm summer months.

People with diabetes can mitigate the risk and manage the effects of diabetes on their feet by taking a few precautions. To enjoy an excellent and a pain-free summer, make sure that you follow these foot care tips.

  1. Manage your glucose levels. Diabetic patients need to maintain healthy blood sugar levels and avoid abnormal spikes or dips. Physical activity, proper and timely medication, a healthy diet, and routinely checking your blood sugar can help control blood sugar levels.
  • Avoid walking barefoot. Feet are at risk of cuts, infections, and puncture wounds when they are barefoot. Keep yourself safe from walking barefoot on a hot surface or at the beach where there may be pieces of broken shells, glass, and other sharp debris. Make sure that you wear shoes when outdoors too.
  • Make sure your shoes and socks fit right. If you wear shoes that are too tight, they can cause blisters and calluses. If it’s time to put away your old shoes and buy new ones, it is important to ask a professional to have your foot measured. Wear socks that are thick, soft, and without a seam to reduce the chance of irritation. Also, wear socks that are designed to wick away any moisture to avoid the risk of a fungal infection.
  • Inspect your feet daily. Develop the habit of inspecting both of your feet thoroughly. Be on the lookout for any cuts, bruises, calluses, bunions, and change in skin color, foreign objects, or any abnormalities. Make sure to check the bottom of your feet using a mirror.
  • Use moisturizing cream for dry skin. The hot summer weather can make your feet rough and dry. A moisturizing cream can help. Apply it sparingly, but never between your toes, as that could encourage a fungal infection.
  • Trim your toenails carefully. File your toenails straight across and never too short to avoid painful ingrown toenails. See your podiatrist for the best advice instead of going the DIY route.

If you have diabetes, regular appointments with your podiatrist are good for you. Don’t hesitate to contact our board-certified podiatrist Dr. John C. Marzano of Westchester Podiatric Medicine, P.C., to schedule your next appointment. Call us at (914) 423-0600 for more information on the services we offer or visit our office in Yonkers, NY today.