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Vantage Medical Associates, P.C.

A Multi-specialty Medical Group located in Far Rockaway, NY

Podiatry treats the foot, ankle, and other related areas of the lower leg. Services for problems like leg and foot pain, foot ulcers, bunions, and ingrown toenails are offered at Vantage Medical Associates, P.C., which has locations in the Bergen Beach, Coney Island, Williamsburg, and Sheepshead Bay neighborhoods in Brooklyn, the Far Rockaway neighborhood in Queens, and Brentwood and Babylon, New York. If you’re having any problems with your feet or ankles, contact Vantage Medical Associates PC today. Set up your podiatry appointment by phone or use the online tool to schedule.

Podiatry Q&A

What is podiatry?

Podiatrists are trained to evaluate, diagnose, and treat foot, ankle, and lower leg problems. They reduce pain, improve mechanics, speed healing after injury or surgery, and treat problems like warts, bunions, and ulcers.

Why would I need podiatry services?

A doctor specializing in ailments of the foot, ankle, and lower leg can do a lot for your health. Your feet support all your weight and are critical to your comfort and ability to walk, run, and complete general daily functions.

Your podiatrist can:

  • Diagnose skin and nail diseases, including fungal nails
  • Address congenital deformities
  • Evaluate tumors and ulcers
  • Treat corns, warts, cysts, calluses, and infected blisters
  • Help with mechanical issues
  • Improve biomechanics when you walk or play sports
  • Teach you about proper foot care and nail-cutting to avoid ingrown nails
  • Help you manage gout pain and flare-ups

Your podiatrist can also determine if your foot problem is caused by a more significant problem like diabetes or peripheral artery disease. If that’s the case, they will refer you to the proper specialist within the Vantage Medical Associates PC practice.

What kinds of mechanical problems can podiatry treat?

Mechanical foot problems cause pain in your feet and can lead to referred pain up your kinetic chain due to a change in the way you walk. You can experience leg, hip, and back pain caused by problems in your feet.

Problems that a podiatrist can treat include:

  • High or fallen arches
  • Plantar fasciitis and heel spurs
  • Achilles tendon pain
  • Bone disorders
  • Hammertoe
  • Bunions

Your podiatry specialist can offer custom-fitted orthotics (shoe inserts) to help with your gait (the way you walk). They also provide physical therapy to improve your foot and ankle function and ease or eliminate pain.

What role does podiatry play in diabetes?

Diabetics are at greater risk of developing foot problems. Damage to their nerves can make it hard to notice sensations in their feet. They might not see a blister, cut, or ingrown toenail until it becomes infected. Foot infections in diabetics can get worse quickly. If not properly treated, these infections can lead to amputations.

Your podiatrist can help diabetics with their foot care, emphasizing the need for daily foot checks and scheduling regular visits to look for problems they might have missed. A podiatrist can also recommend the best shoes to support your lifestyle and prevent problems that often lead to infections and amputations.

Schedule your podiatry appointment at Vantage Medical Associates PC today by calling or using this website.