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Corns are defined as small, but bothersome, patches of thickened skin, which can quietly disrupt our daily stride. These localized areas of pressure and friction often develop on the feet, particularly over areas that constantly rub against footwear. They are the skin's natural response to protect itself from irritation. However, when left untreated, corns can cause pain and discomfort. Prevention is the key to keeping corns at bay. Choosing shoes that fit well with ample toe room and cushioning can minimize friction. Regularly moisturizing the feet can help to keep skin supple and less prone to developing corns. Wearing orthotic inserts can help to provide proper arch support in addition to distributing pressure evenly. It is beneficial to recognize the importance of preventing corns on the feet, ensuring that each step remains comfortable and pain-free. If you have problematic corns on your feet, it is suggested that you consult with a podiatrist for effective relief options.

If you have any concerns regarding your feet and ankles, contact Elliot T. Udell, DPM of New York. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Corns: What Are They? and How Do You Get Rid of Them?
Corns can be described as areas of the skin that have thickened to the point of becoming painful or irritating. They are often layers and layers of the skin that have become dry and rough, and are normally smaller than calluses.

Ways to Prevent Corns
There are many ways to get rid of painful corns such as wearing:

  • Well-fitting socks
  • Comfortable shoes that are not tight around your foot
  • Shoes that offer support

Treating Corns
Treatment of corns involves removing the dead skin that has built up in the specific area of the foot. Consult with Our doctor to determine the best treatment option for your case of corns.

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

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Morton's neuroma, a painful condition affecting the ball of the foot, can cast a shadow over daily activities. This ailment arises when tissue thickens between the third and fourth toes, causing discomfort and numbness. Wearing high heels, tight shoes, and repetitive foot stress are common contributors. Avoiding surgery is often a priority for many seeking relief. Embracing proper footwear is a pivotal step, and choosing shoes with ample toe space and cushioning can alleviate pressure on the affected area. Orthotic inserts can provide arch support, which can help to redistribute weight and reduce strain. Regularly massaging the foot, and taking anti-inflammatory medications can manage pain. It is beneficial to perform exercises that strengthen surrounding muscles and can aid in reducing symptoms. By adopting these strategies, individuals can potentially sidestep surgery and reclaim pain-free steps. If you have pain in this area of your foot, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist who can offer you additional prevention techniques for Morton’s neuroma.

Morton’s neuroma is a very uncomfortable condition to live with. If you think you have Morton’s neuroma, contact Elliot T. Udell, DPM of New York. Our doctor will attend to all of your foot care needs and answer any of your related questions.  

Morton’s Neuroma

Morton's neuroma is a painful foot condition that commonly affects the areas between the second and third or third and fourth toe, although other areas of the foot are also susceptible. Morton’s neuroma is caused by an inflamed nerve in the foot that is being squeezed and aggravated by surrounding bones.

What Increases the Chances of Having Morton’s Neuroma?

  • Ill-fitting high heels or shoes that add pressure to the toe or foot
  • Jogging, running or any sport that involves constant impact to the foot
  • Flat feet, bunions, and any other foot deformities

Morton’s neuroma is a very treatable condition. Orthotics and shoe inserts can often be used to alleviate the pain on the forefront of the feet. In more severe cases, corticosteroids can also be prescribed. In order to figure out the best treatment for your neuroma, it’s recommended to seek the care of a podiatrist who can diagnose your condition and provide different treatment options.

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

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Rheumatoid arthritis, abbreviated RA, is a chronic autoimmune condition that can severely impact the joints, including those in the feet. When conservative treatments fail to provide adequate relief, foot surgery becomes a viable option for managing RA and related foot deformities. Surgical procedures aim to correct joint alignment, reduce inflammation, and improve overall foot function. Common surgical interventions for RA in the feet include a synovectomy, which is the removal of the inflamed joint lining, tendon repair or transfer, joint fusion, and joint replacement. It's important to note that foot surgery for RA is considered a last resort when other treatments have proven ineffective. It is beneficial for patients to work closely with their podiatrist to determine the most suitable surgical approach based on individual needs and medical history. While foot surgery may involve a recovery period, it can significantly enhance mobility, reduce pain, and ultimately improve the quality of life for those living with RA. It is suggested that you consult with a podiatrist if this condition affects you.

Foot surgery is sometimes necessary to treat a foot ailment. To learn more, contact Elliot T. Udell, DPM of New York. Our doctor will assist you with all of your foot and ankle needs.

When Is Surgery Necessary?

Foot and ankle surgery is generally reserved for cases in which less invasive, conservative procedures have failed to alleviate the problem. Some of the cases in which surgery may be necessary include:

  • Removing foot deformities like bunions and bone spurs
  • Severe arthritis that has caused bone issues
  • Cosmetic reconstruction

What Types of Surgery Are There?

The type of surgery you receive will depend on the nature of the problem you have. Some of the possible surgeries include:

  • Bunionectomy for painful bunions
  • Surgical fusion for realignment of bones
  • Neuropathy decompression surgery to treat nerve damage

Benefits of Surgery

Although surgery is usually a last resort, it can provide more complete pain relief compared to non-surgical methods and may allow you to finally resume full activity.

Surgical techniques have also become increasingly sophisticated. Techniques like endoscopic surgery allow for smaller incisions and faster recovery times.

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

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Tuesday, 08 August 2023 00:00

Eczema and Blisters on the Feet

Foot dyshidrotic eczema, also known as pompholyx, is a skin condition characterized by small, intensely itchy blisters that appear on the soles of the feet and edges of the toes. This condition tends to flare up for a few weeks and in some cases, can be chronic. It is most common in adults aged 20-40, with a higher prevalence among females. Symptoms of foot dyshidrotic eczema include a burning or prickling sensation on the skin, followed by the sudden eruption of tiny blisters that may weep and become infected. This condition can cause pain, itching, fluid-filled blisters, sweaty skin, dry and flaky skin after blisters clear, and possible dark spots for individuals with darker skin tones. The exact cause of foot dyshidrotic eczema is unknown, but it is thought to be genetic and can be linked to hypersensitivity to certain allergens, such as exposure to metals or fungal infections like athlete's foot, and excessively sweaty feet. Stress and warm weather may also lead to flare-ups. If you have anything resembling this condition, it is strongly suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist as soon as possible for a proper diagnosis and treatment. 

Blisters may appear as a single bubble or in a cluster. They can cause a lot of pain and may be filled with pus, blood, or watery serum. If your feet are hurting, contact Elliot T. Udell, DPM of New York. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Foot Blisters

Foot blisters are often the result of friction. This happens due to the constant rubbing from shoes, which can lead to pain.

What Are Foot Blisters?

A foot blister is a small fluid-filled pocket that forms on the upper-most layer of the skin. Blisters are filled with clear fluid and can lead to blood drainage or pus if the area becomes infected.


(Blister symptoms may vary depending on what is causing them)

  • Bubble of skin filled with fluid
  • Redness
  • Moderate to severe pain
  • Itching

Prevention & Treatment

In order to prevent blisters, you should be sure to wear comfortable shoes with socks that cushion your feet and absorb sweat. Breaking a blister open may increase your chances of developing an infection. However, if your blister breaks, you should wash the area with soap and water immediately and then apply a bandage to the affected area. If your blisters cause severe pain it is important that you call your podiatrist right away.

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

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Wednesday, 02 August 2023 00:00

Do Your Child's Feet Hurt?

Have your child's feet been examined lately? Healthy feet are happy feet. If your child is complaining of foot pain, it may be a sign of underlying problems.

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Many diabetic patients realize the importance of maintaining proper foot care. This can be an overwhelming task to accomplish, and it is beneficial that small steps are taken that can simplify the process. It is important to engage in a gentle exercise program frequently, and this can help to improve blood circulation to the feet, as well as the overall body. Eating healthy foods that can comprise a healthy diet may help to monitor glucose levels, and existing nerve damage may be controlled. Stress can raise blood pressure, and elevating the feet at the end of the day may give them a needed rest and may help to reduce existing stress. Additionally, inspecting the feet daily can reveal any cuts and scrapes that have developed. Many people who are diabetic experience neuropathy, which is the inability to feel sensation in the feet. Family members or caregivers may help patients to see the soles of their feet by helping them to use a mirror. If you have diabetes, it is strongly suggested that you are under the care of a podiatrist who can help you to manage this condition.

Diabetic foot care is important in preventing foot ailments such as ulcers. If you are suffering from diabetes or have any other concerns about your feet, contact Elliot T. Udell, DPM from New York. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Diabetic Foot Care

Diabetes affects millions of people every year. The condition can damage blood vessels in many parts of the body, especially the feet. Because of this, taking care of your feet is essential if you have diabetes, and having a podiatrist help monitor your foot health is highly recommended.

The Importance of Caring for Your Feet

  • Routinely inspect your feet for bruises or sores.
  • Wear socks that fit your feet comfortably.
  • Wear comfortable shoes that provide adequate support.

Patients with diabetes should have their doctor monitor their blood levels, as blood sugar levels play such a huge role in diabetic care. Monitoring these levels on a regular basis is highly advised.

It is always best to inform your healthcare professional of any concerns you may have regarding your feet, especially for diabetic patients. Early treatment and routine foot examinations are keys to maintaining proper health, especially because severe complications can arise if proper treatment is not applied.

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

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