From routine checkups to treatments for surgery, Astoria Foot Care Group, P.C. is equipped to handle all your podiatric needs. To help you understand your options, we've included descriptions of some of our leading services on this page..
Dr. Mermelstein performing laser surgery on an ingrown toenail.
- We offer office based anesthesia for surgical procedures
- Laser treatment of ingrown nails and warts
- Free consultation for new patients that do not have insurance
- Whirlpool (Hydrotherapy)
- Nitrous Oxide available for anxious patients
- Open six days per week and three late nights
- We offer house calls to home bound patients (locally)
One of the most common ailment presenting to the doctors in our office is HEEL PAIN . The complaint of heel pain is commonly caused by PLANTAR FASCIITIS . This condition is often characterized by severe heel pain on the first step in the morning or following rest.
Common causes for plantar faciitis can be one or many of the following: progressive flattening of the arch, lack of proper arch support, tightness of the calf muscle of the leg, significant high arch foot, and excessive weight gain. Any of these conditions can cause the plantar fascia to tear away from the heel bone. The heel reacts to this "tearing" by laying down more bone in the area of the pulling or tearing, which can be seen on an X-ray as a heel spur.
As you might be aware, the plantar fascia is often not seen on a conventional X-ray. We have recently acquired a DIAGNOSTIC ULTRASOUND MACHINE for soft tissue imaging. We are now able to identify and measure the amount of soft tissue swelling and injury to any plantar fascia, along with visualization of neuromas, soft tissue cysts and stress fractures with this type of machine.
Heel pain is often treated successfully with a regiment of stretching, anti-inflammatory drugs, cortisone injections and orthotics. Orthotics are greater than 90% successful in curing and preventing a recurrence of plantar fasciitis.
We alos would like to remind you that we have an extraordinary success with EXTRA CORPORAL SHOCK WAVE THERAPY treatment for plantar fasciitis and heel pain where conventional treatments have failed. By applying a high intensity sound wave to the plantar fasial region of the painful foot, a patient's chronic heel pain is often rapidly eliminated.
Remember, our office is open six days a week and we have early morining hours and late hours to accommodate all of our patients' needs. We accept most insurance plans and offer free consultations to new patients without any health insurance. Please feel free to contact our office with any questions you may have.
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Bunions are misaligned big toe joints that can become swollen and tender, causing the first joint of the big toe to slant outward, and the second joint to angle toward the other toes. Read More...
Flat feet are a common condition. In infants and toddlers, the longitudinal arch is not developed and flat feet are normal. The arch develops in childhood, and by adulthood, most people have developed normal arches. Read More...
Hammertoe is a deformity of the second, third or fourth toes. In this condition, the toe is bent at the middle joint, resembling a hammer. Left untreated, hammertoes can become inflexible and require surgery. Read More...
Diabetes and Your Feet
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Corns and calluses are protective layers of compacted, dead skin cells. They are caused by repeated friction from skin rubbing against bony areas or against an irregularity in a shoe. Corns ordinarily form on the toes and calluses on the soles of the feet. Read More...