157-02 CrossBay Boulevard, Suite 202 Howard Beach, NY 11414(718) 835-0100
Cross Bay Foot Care Center


Why Your Plantar Fasciitis Won't Heal


Plantar Fasciitis is a frustrating condition, where any sort of walking or running can cause constant pain.  Often, with changing your footwear, stretching, and strengthening exercises, plantar fasciitis can disappear in days or weeks.  Some cases though seem to last months without getting any better and in these cases, I specialize in helping patients cure themselves of plantar fasciitis. 


Long-term plantar fasciitis is usually sustained by a small tear in the plantar fascia tear and/or a large build up of scar tissue.  In both cases, tissue damage is preventing the plantar fascia band from healing.  


PRP Treatment And How It Helps


Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy, also known as PRP Therapy, for plantar fasciitis is a natural treatment that accelerates the repair of tissue damage.  PRP is created using a blood sample of the patient and then, directly applied to the plantar fascia band.  PRP contains over 30 growth factors to repair both tissue and blood vessel damage.  In short, PRP Therapy easily disrupts scar tissue and heals most tears in the plantar fascia band.  


You don’t need to worry if your plantar fasciitis condition isn’t getting better.  In most cases, a small tear in the plantar fascia band is to blame and once PRP Therapy is applied, you will experience significant pain relief within weeks.  Because the platelets of PRP are derived from the patient’s own blood, there is virtually no risk to this treatment making it much better than a cortisone injection, which is actually known to damage tissue further.  


In addition to PRP Therapy, stretching, exercise, and the right footwear is still beneficial to help the plantar fascia band heal.  We will go over these strategies during your initial consultation with me.  


PRP Therapy is being used throughout professional sports to help athletes heal injuries and avoid season-ending surgery.  For more severe foot injuries, we also offer Stem Cell Therapy.  Depending on the severity of your injury, we will go over all of your options.  The treatments we apply at the Cross Bay Foot Care Center are natural, homeopathic (the materials used come from the patient’s body), and non-surgical.  


Plantar Fasciitis usually occurs after a sudden increase in activity and often resulting due to tight muscles or wearing inadequate shoes.  With constant stress, a small tear sometimes develops and because one is always on their feet, it may be difficult to remove enough pressure and allow the tear to heal.  This is why plantar fasciitis treatment as an accelerated repair strategy is often successful.  PRP provides your body the boost it needs to heal quickly and continuously.  


Call (718) 835-0100 and schedule a consultation with Dr. Debra Weinstock of the Cross Bay Foot Care Center, located in Howard Beach, NY.


How To Heal Your Ankle Sprain


An ankle sprain is simple to heal but the risk involved is that a weakened ankle is prone to chronic injury.  It is important to understand that healing an ankle sprain is a two step process: healing the sprain and then, rebuilding the ankle.  


After a twist or roll of the ankle, the ligaments, muscles, and tendon in and around ankle sustain tissue damage.  A black and blue may result, you will likely experience pain, and it may be difficult to walk without pain.  The goal of treating your ankle at the early stages is to reduce inflammation and prevent further ankle injury. 


If you you cannot walk without pain,  I suggest using crutches for the first few days until you can stand and walk on your ankle without pain.  Sustaining further injury will only prolong the recovery time of an ankle sprain.  Once you sprain your ankle, make sure to get off it as quickly as possible, lie down, elevate your ankle and ice it.  Ice your ankle at least 3 times a day for 15 minutes for the first 3 days.  This will decrease the inflammation in your ankle stimulating an accelerated healing response. 


During this period, you should schedule an appointment at the Cross Bay Foot Care Center.  Here, we will provide an x-ray for you to make sure you did not sustain a fracture.  Once we know that you definitively have a sprain, as a podiatrist, I can proceed with treatment. 


One of the most important parts of ankle sprain treatment is utilizing an ankle brace that restricts the movement of your sprained ankle.  This brace makes it virtually impossible to sustain further damage to the ankle.  I will then advice you on how to make sure your ankle heals quickly.  It normally takes 4 to 6 weeks to heal an ankle sprain.  


Rebuild Your Ankle


Once your sprain is healed, it is time to rebuild ankle strength.  After an injury, the ankle is extremely weak.  Any little misstep can cause another sprain and weeks more in recovery.  By performing ankle strengthening exercises, you can ensure that your ankle regains it’s strength and you can prevent chronic ankle sprains. 


One great exercise is balancing on a BOSU Ball.  This is an inflatable ball with a flat surface.  Balance on this ball on one leg.  Your ankle will continually try to catch itself so you don’t fall, which will build up the ankle’s ability to manage your weight and balance.  


Ankle sprains often heal quickly but the ankle is always left weakened.  It is important to remember that healing your sprain is a two step process: healing and rebuilding.  You should get an x-ray of your ankle to ensure you don’t have a fracture, which can be done at our office.  I will also advice you on all the steps you need to take to ensure your ankle heals quickly. 


Call (718) 835-0100 and schedule a consultation. 


Heal Quickly From A Stress Fracture


A stress fracture usually occurs in the toes, foot, ankle, or tibia and can be quite painful.  It starts as just a small crack but if left untreated, the bone can break apart completely.  Healing a stress fracture in the most efficient manner possible is necessary to not only prevent a full blown fracture but also to provide fast pain relief.  


Relieving pressure from the stress fracture is the first step toward healing yourself.  If you can’t walk without pain, you may want to wear crutches for several weeks until you can stand and walk on your feet without pain. 


Stress fractures begin as a minor pain or feeling of weakness in the affected area and at this stage is easily treated.  Most patients do not recognize that they have a significant foot problem at this stage and with continued aggressive activity, the stress fracture gets worse sometimes leading to an actual broken bone.  

If you are experiencing consistent foot pain, it is time to schedule a consultation with me, Dr. Debra Weinstock, at the Cross Bay Foot Care Center.  By spotting the problem early, a stress fracture is much easier to treat.  A stress fracture left untreated progresses to a nagging ache and then, will escalate in pain with time to the point of disability.  


It is impossible to know if you have a stress fracture without professional assistance like a podiatrist.  The most common way of ascertaining whether or not you have a fracture is with an x-ray.  A stress fracture, while not life-threatening, can still cause painful disability and at risk for a full blown break. 


Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy


One of the quickest and most efficient ways to heal a stress fracture is with Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy or PRP Therapy.  This therapy is a non-surgical treatment harnessing the power of platelets found in the blood to stimulate an accelerated healing process. 


Platelet Rich Plasma contains over 30 growth factors to actively repair bone and tissue damage rapidly accelerating the healing process and by doing so, relieving a significant amount of pain early on in treatment.  


PRP Therapy is a way to ensure a quick recovery from a stress fracture virtually guaranteeing that with adequate protection, this stress fracture will not get any worse.  


There are many options to protect your stress fracture and we will go over each one during your consultation with me.  

Call (718) 835-0100 and schedule your consultation.


Heal Severe Foot Injuries Without Surgery


A deep wound in the foot heals slowly.  It is a real painful problem and occasionally, it can create life-long disability.  If you are suffering from a deep wound or severe foot injury, there are safe non-surgical options to accelerate the healing process of your injury and decrease the likelihood that this injury affects you in the long-term.  


Regenerative Medicine is a category of treatment in non-surgical medicine that advances the recovery process of severe injuries and in many cases, helps my patients avoid surgery.  Regenerative medicine is used throughout sports to help athletes avoid season-ending surgery. 


Two main treatment in Regenerative medicine in Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy and Stem Cell Therapy.  Both treatments are applied via a non-surgical injection and use the body’s own healing materials to boost the body’s healing process.  In a slow healing foot injury, such as a deep wound, the foot will gain additional materials to accelerate the recovery process and fully repair tissue damage.  


Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy


Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy or PRP Therapy is derived from a blood sample that I take during this treatment.  This blood sample is put into a centrifuge to separate the platelets from the rest of the blood’s materials.  Platelets in the blood are cells with major healing capability and platelet rich plasma, a dense concentration of platelets, contains over 30 growth factors to repair tissue and blood vessel damage. 


By repairing blood vessel damage, new and continuous blood flow is supplied to the area of injury enriching the area with a consistent stream of vitamins and nutrients that helps the injury heal.  Such platelets also repair damaged cell tissue helping the wound to heal quickly.  With this boost of healing materials, a deep wound can heal much faster and fuller than when left alone.  The risk of long-term disability minimizes and pain is alleviated as wound heals.  


Stem Cell Therapy


Stem Cell Therapy applies adult stem cells, either from the patient’s fat tissue or bone marrow, to the area of injury.  During treatment, a sample of stem cells is taken from the patient’s body and by using stem cells from the patient’s body, rather than another source, the stem cells gain a greater success rate to repair damaged tissue.  


Stem Cells are crucial to the body’s healing process.  They are everywhere in a person’s body and regenerate new cell tissue constantly.  Stem Cells transform into the type of tissue the body needs, whether it’s ligament, tendon, muscle, or organ tissue and replace damaged tissue with new and healthy tissue.  


During Stem Cell Therapy, stem cells are applied to the injured foot accelerating the recovery process of the slow healing wound or injury.  If you have a wound or foot injury that just won’t seem to heal, Stem Cell Therapy and PRP Therapy both have a high success rate to repair severe tissue damage.  Additionally, these treatments are alternatives to foot surgery


Call (718) 835-0100 and schedule a consultation. 


Decrease Your Bunion Size Without Surgery


Bunions are extremely common.  In fact, there are more than 3 million cases of bunions diagnosed in the U.S. every year.  At the Cross Bay Foot Care Center, I help my patients slow down and stop the progression of a bunion’s growth.   There are also homeopathic, non-surgical treatments that I apply to even decrease the size of a bunion bringing the joint back to it’s full health and normal size.  If you are considering bunion surgery, homeopathic treatments like PRP Therapy act as a safe and effective alternative to bunion surgery.  


The first step is to see me, Dr. Weinstock, for an initial evaluation.  Here, I can determine what conservative treatments will help with your bunion pain relief and stop the growth of the bunion.  These treatments include custom orthotics, bunion pads, and advice on proper footwear.  Actually, incorrect footwear is one of the main causes of bunions and why bunions continue to grow overtime.  


Conservative Treatments


Different shoes are made for different types of feet but many people don’t know this fact when shoe shopping.  Each person’s feet is shaped differently.  Some people have flat feet while others have high-arched feet.  If a person is wearing shoes that don’t match up with their foot type or apply consistent stress on the feet, this pressure, overtime, often causes bunions.  One example of a poor shoe choice is high heels.  These shoes put a tremendous amount of pressure on the toes by squeezing the toe box and damaging toe joints.  A bunion often forms due to this intense, pro-longed pressure. 


Even those with normal arches may affected by shoes or in soles that are cheaply made.  Most in soles of a shoe are made of cheap, generic material that don’t support the feet while walking, especially on the many types of surfaces one may walk on.  The answer to this problem of cheaply made in soles in custom orthotics.  By wearing custom orthotics, your feet will gain the maximum support while walking.  My patients are amazed at the level of comfort they feel when wearing custom, podiatrist-made orthotics.   


PRP Therapy To Shrink Bunion Size


Other than conservative treatment that makes sure you are wearing comfortable and supportive footwear, there are homeopathic treatments that I apply to help my patients with pain relief and decrease bunion size.  


Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy or PRP Therapy for bunions helps my patients repair damaged tissue in the joint allowing the joint to heal and as a result, the size of the bunion shrinks.  PRP of the PRP Therapy contains over 30 growth factors that actively repair tissue and blood vessel damage.  


If you have a painful bunion, don’t worry.  We have the solution. 

Call (718) 835-0100 and schedule your consultation. 

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