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Tuesday, 31 October 2023 00:00

Reasons for Swollen Feet

Swollen feet can cause both inconvenience and discomfort, but ignoring them may be dangerous, as edema can be a symptom of an underlying condition. One of the most common causes of swollen feet is pregnancy, which can be the result of increased fluid retention and hormonal changes. Injuries to the leg or ankle can lead to swelling, as ligaments stretch beyond their normal range of motion. Lymphedema, another cause of swelling, results from the accumulation of lymphatic fluid, often after cancer radiation therapy or lymph node removal. Venous insufficiency, which stems from damaged vein valves in the legs and feet, can also cause the feet to swell, and can be accompanied by potential symptoms such as ulcers and skin discoloration. Infections pose a risk, especially for those with diabetic neuropathy or nerve problems, making regular foot exams with a podiatrist essential for diabetics patients. Certain medications can induce foot swelling as a side effect, necessitating consultation with a podiatrist. Arthritis can affect joints, causing swelling as a result of increased synovial fluid or inflammation. While mild foot swelling may not always warrant medical attention, chest pain, breathing difficulties, or shortness of breath require immediate evaluation as they may indicate pulmonary edema. If you notice sudden or unusual swelling in your feet, it is strongly suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist at your earliest opportunity.

Swollen feet can be a sign of an underlying condition. If you have any concerns, contact Mital Patel, DPM of South Shore Podiatry. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Swollen feet are a common ailment among pregnant women and people who stand or sit for extended periods. Aging may increase the possibility of swollen feet and patients who are obese often notice when their feet are swelling too. There may be medical reasons why swollen feet occur:

  • Phlebitis - A condition that causes the veins to become inflamed and can also cause leg pain.
  • Liver disease - This may lead to low blood levels of albumin which is a protein. This can cause fluid in the blood to pass into the tissues and several areas of the body can become swollen.
  • Heart failure - When the heart doesn’t pump properly the blood that is normally pumped back to the heart can pool in the veins of the legs causing swollen feet.
  • Kidney disease - One of the main functions of the kidneys is releasing excess fluid in the body. This type of condition can make it difficult for the kidneys to function properly, and as a result the feet may become swollen.
  • Deep-vein thrombosis (DVT)- This is a serious condition where blood clots form in the veins of the legs. They can block the return of blood from the legs to the heart which may cause the feet to swell. It is important to be treated by a podiatrist if this condition is present.

Swollen feet can also be caused by bone and tendon conditions, including fractures, arthritis, and tendinitis. Additionally, there may be skin and toenail conditions and an infection may cause the feet to swell. Patients who take medicine to treat high blood pressure may be prone to getting swollen feet. 

Many patients elevate their feet to help relieve the swelling and this is generally a temporary remedy. When a podiatrist is consulted the reason behind the swelling can be uncovered and subsequently treated.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Massapequa, NY . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.


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Wednesday, 25 October 2023 00:00

Plantar Warts Can Be Treated!

Plantar warts are small growths that develop on parts of the feet that bear weight. They're typically found on the bottom of the foot. Don't live with plantar warts, and call us today!

Flat feet, also known as fallen arches, are a common condition that affects individuals of all ages. Identifying whether you have flat feet involves recognizing various signs and symptoms. First, stand on an even surface and observe the soles of your feet. If your arches touch the ground entirely or appear significantly lowered, you may have flat feet. Pain or discomfort in the feet, particularly in the arches, heels, or calves, can also indicate flat feet. Additionally, your shoes may wear out more on the inner side, revealing your foot's pronation pattern. Consulting a podiatrist for a thorough evaluation and diagnosis is essential to determine if you have flat feet. A podiatrist will explore appropriate treatments and support options for your specific needs. If you think you have flat feet, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with this type of doctor as soon as possible.

Flatfoot is a condition many people suffer from. If you have flat feet, contact Mital Patel, DPM from South Shore Podiatry. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What Are Flat Feet?

Flatfoot is a condition in which the arch of the foot is depressed and the sole of the foot is almost completely in contact with the ground. About 20-30% of the population generally has flat feet because their arches never formed during growth.

Conditions & Problems:

Having flat feet makes it difficult to run or walk because of the stress placed on the ankles.

Alignment – The general alignment of your legs can be disrupted, because the ankles move inward which can cause major discomfort.

Knees – If you have complications with your knees, flat feet can be a contributor to arthritis in that area.  


  • Pain around the heel or arch area
  • Trouble standing on the tip toe
  • Swelling around the inside of the ankle
  • Flat look to one or both feet
  • Having your shoes feel uneven when worn


If you are experiencing pain and stress on the foot you may weaken the posterior tibial tendon, which runs around the inside of the ankle. 

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Massapequa, NY . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 17 October 2023 00:00

Symptoms of a Foot Stress Fracture

Stress fractures are small, hairline cracks in bones, often resulting from repetitive or excessive force on the affected area. These fractures can occur in various parts of the body, but they are frequently seen in weight-bearing bones such as the feet. Recognizing the symptoms of a stress fracture is essential for early intervention. One common sign is localized pain, typically described as a deep, aching discomfort that worsens with activity and may improve with rest. Swelling and tenderness at the fracture site are also common, often accompanied by a pinpoint area of pain. Unlike acute fractures, stress fractures may not always cause noticeable bruising or deformity. Left untreated, stress fractures can lead to more severe injuries. If you suspect you have a foot stress fracture, it is suggested that you seek medical attention from a podiatrist promptly to prevent further damage and ensure proper healing. 

Stress fractures occur when there is a tiny crack within a bone. To learn more, contact Mital Patel, DPM from South Shore Podiatry. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain free and on your feet.

How Are They Caused?

Stress fractures are the result of repetitive force being placed on the bone. Since the lower leg and feet often carry most of the body’s weight, stress fractures are likely to occur in these areas. If you rush into a new exercise, you are more likely to develop a stress fracture since you are starting too much, too soon.  Pain resulting from stress fractures may go unnoticed at first, however it may start to worsen over time.

Risk Factors

  • Gender – They are more commonly found in women compared to men.
  • Foot Problems – People with unusual arches in their feet are more likely to develop stress fractures.
  • Certain Sports – Dancers, gymnasts, tennis players, runners, and basketball players are more likely to develop stress fractures.
  • Lack of Nutrients – A lack of vitamin D and calcium may weaken the bones and make you more prone to stress fractures
  • Weak Bones – Osteoporosis can weaken the bones therefore resulting in stress fractures

Stress fractures do not always heal properly, so it is important that you seek help from a podiatrist if you suspect you may have one. Ignoring your stress fracture may cause it to worsen, and you may develop chronic pain as well as additional fractures.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Massapequa, NY . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Tuesday, 10 October 2023 00:00

Essential Foot Stretches for Runners

Running can be a fantastic way to stay fit and energized, but it is essential to take care of your feet to prevent injuries and discomfort. Incorporating foot stretches into your routine can help keep your feet in top shape for your runs. One effective stretch is the toe stretch. This is done by sitting with your legs extended and then using your hands to pull your toes back gently, stretching the underside of your foot. After holding for approximately 15 seconds, this can be repeated several times. The calf stretch is also beneficial. Stand facing a wall, with one foot forward and the other extended behind you. Lean into the wall while keeping your back heel on the ground, feeling the stretch in your calf muscle. It is helpful to hold this stretch for 15 seconds on each leg. Lastly, the plantar fascia stretch can relieve tension in the arch of your foot. Sit with one leg crossed over the other, and gently pull your toes back towards you, while holding for 15 seconds on each foot. Regularly incorporating these stretches into your running routine can help improve flexibility and reduce the risk of injuries. A podiatrist can provide you with additional foot stretches that are tailored for runners, and it is suggested that you contact this type of doctor for useful tips.

Stretching the feet is a great way to prevent injuries. If you have any concerns with your feet consult with Mital Patel, DPM from South Shore Podiatry. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Stretching the Feet

Being the backbone of the body, the feet carry your entire weight and can easily become overexerted, causing cramps and pain. As with any body part, stretching your feet can serve many benefits. From increasing flexibility to even providing some pain relief, be sure to give your feet a stretch from time to time. This is especially important for athletes or anyone performing aerobic exercises, but anyone experiencing foot pain or is on their feet constantly should also engage in this practice.

Great ways to stretch your feet:

  • Crossing one leg over the others and carefully pull your toes back. Do 10-20 repetitions and repeat the process for each foot
  • Face a wall with your arms out and hands flat against the wall. Step back with one foot and keep it flat on the floor while moving the other leg forward. Lean towards the wall until you feel a stretch. Hold for 30 seconds and perform 10 repetitions for each foot
  • Be sure not to overextend or push your limbs too hard or you could risk pulling or straining your muscle

Individuals who tend to their feet by regular stretching every day should be able to minimize foot pain and prevent new problems from arising.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Massapequa, NY . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Peroneal pain is a common challenge arising from injuries or strain to the lower leg and foot peroneal muscles, often disrupting mobility and well-being. Multiwave Locked System, abbreviated MLS therapy is a groundbreaking technique that offers relief from this discomfort. MLS therapy addresses peroneal pain thoroughly by utilizing synchronized wavelengths of laser light. The continuous wavelength triggers the release of natural pain relievers, swiftly alleviating discomfort, while the pulsed wavelength encourages cellular repair and diminishes inflammation. This dual-pronged approach not only provides relief but also accelerates healing, enabling individuals to regain their stride sooner. The non-invasive nature of MLS therapy ensures minimal disruption to daily life, making it an attractive relief option for peroneal pain. If you have this type of pain, it is suggested that you confer with a podiatrist who can determine if this treatment is right for you.

MLS Laser Therapy is a successful alternative for treating any pain you may be experiencing related to certain podiatric conditions.  If you are interested in MLS Laser Therapy, consult with Mital Patel, DPM from South Shore Podiatry. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

MLS Laser Therapy

Multiwave Locked System (MLS) Laser Therapy is a patented, FDA-cleared technology that helps relieve pain and inflammation from a number of podiatric conditions, including:

  • Heel Pain
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Sports Injuries
  • Wounds
  • Achilles Tendonitis
  • Arthritis
  • Neuropathy
  • Neuromas

MLS Laser Therapy is an ideal alternative to surgery and prescription medication, as it has no negative side effects and encourages accelerated healing. Among its many clinical benefits, MLS Laser Therapy also:

  • Reduces swelling due to bruising or inflammation
  • Blocks pain
  • Reduces formation of scar tissue
  • Improves nerve function

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Massapequa, NY . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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