Cross Bay Foot Care Center

How To Get Full Ankle Recovery


There are two aspects of an ankle sprain recovery: healing and rebuilding.  Most people allow their ankle to heal but forget to rebuild and restrengthen their ankle.  Forgetting to do so leaves the ankle weak after it heals and therefore, more likely to sustain another injury.  When an ankle is weak, it cannot support the weight and balance of the body.  Therefore, a simple misstep can cause the ankle to re-roll and you will have to regrettably spend another several weeks healing again.


In the first part of recovery, healing, the goals is to prevent any further injury.  This means using crutches for the first few days after a sprain if you cannot walk without pain.  You should ice your ankle 2-3 times per day for 15 minutes to decrease swelling.  Importantly, see me, Dr. Debra Weinstock, at the Cross Bay Foot Care Center.  I will provide an x-ray to determine that you do not have a fracture.  It is key to rule out a fracture and know you sustained only a sprain.  An undiagnosed fracture will just get worse without proper treatment.


As a licensed podiatirst, I will go over with you the various strategies to accelerate the healing process of your ankle.  You will want to wear a ankle brace that restricts the movement of your ankle.  An ankle brace makes it very difficult to further injury your ankle and is an important tool during the healing process.


Best Ankle Sprain Treatment


One of the best non-surgical treatments to rapidly and naturally accelerate the recovery process of an ankle sprain is Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) treatment.  This treatment is being used by athletes to help them avoid surgery and applies the platelets found in one’s blood to stimulate advanced tissue repair at the cellular level.


Platelets are on of the body’s essential healing cells and PRP is a concentrated form of platelets containing over 30 growth factors.  Once applied to the ankle, platelets quickly heal damaged ankle tissue decreasing the chances of long-term symptoms, quickly relieving pain and inflammation, and helping the ankle to heal faster.  Please ask me about PRP treatment during your office visit.


Finally, once your ankle has sufficiently healed.  It is time to rebuild and restrengthen your ankle so that it can support your body’s movements without buckling under the pressure.  Such a workout can be done under the guidance of a physical therapist or as a home exercise program.  There are many exercises that help restrengthen your ankle.  We will go over these exercises during your visit but if you search online for them, just make sure that you are learning them from a licensed professional.


The first step is to begin the healing process and properly diagnosing your sprain.  Call (718) 835-0100 and schedule a consultation with me, Dr. Weinstock.


End Achilles Tendinitis Pain For Good


When there is an intense pain behind your ankle, you may be suffering from Achilles Tendinitis, a common foot condition, where the Achilles Tendon causes minor disability.  The Achilles Tendon is the long, thick band that connects your calf muscle to your heel and is located behind your ankle.  The real danger of Achilles Tendinitis besides disability is the potential for a rupture.


An Achilles Tendinitis rupture is a tremendously painful injury requiring extremely invasive surgery.  The best thing is to see a podiatrist quickly to treat Achilles Tendinitis in order to avoid such a rupture.  There are several strategies to non-surgically relieve Achilles Tendinitis.


Firstly, conservative treatments such as icing is key.  Other conservative treatments include changing one’s footwear.  Sometimes, our shoes actually harm our feet because the shoes do not actually support our feet.  Different shoes are made for different foot types but most people do not know this when shoe shopping.  During a visit to the Cross Bay Foot Care Center, we can go over what shoes are best for your feet and healing.


Additionally, custom made orthotics  have incredible potential to relieve consistent foot pain.  The in soles in normal shoes are often made from generic cheap material.   A custom orthotic made by me as a foot doctor aligns to your foot shape and walking pattern to provide maximum comfort and support your feet.  My patients are amazed at how much better they feel after wearing my custom-made orthotics.


Conservative treatments like icing and orthotics remove pressure and stress from the Achilles Tendon allowing it to slowly heal and decrease in inflammation.  Of course, you will want to stop any activity that is irritating your Achilles Tendon and we can go over what may or may not be doing so during your visit.


Long-Term Foot And Ankle Pain


One of the best non-surgical treatments for Achilles Tendinitis is Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy, also known as PRP Therapy.  PRP is a natural material made from the platelets found in the blood and contains over 30 growth factors.  It repairs damaged tissue in the Achilles Tendon so if you have a small tear or scar tissue that is preventing healing, PRP repairs this tissue allowing the Achilles Tendon to heal.


It is key to see a podiatrist quickly when you begin experiencing pain.  While a rupture is unlikely, it does happen when someone ignores their pain, which is all to easy to do.  So come in for a consultation at the Cross Bay Foot Care Center and have a visit with me, Dr. Debra Weinstock.  I will find the right solution to help you relieve this chronic pain and inflammation as I have been treating Achilles Tendinitis for over 30 years.   


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


Relieve Arthritis Pain Without Surgery


As a podiatrist, I help my patients reverse Arthritis in their feet and toes with both Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy and Stem Cell Therapy.  Both of these treatments are at the forefront of the Regenerative Medicine movement, where the body’s own healing cells are being applied to repair and heal severe medical conditions.


Platelets and Stem Cells have a vital role in the body.  They are cells repair tissue damage throughout the body.  Unfortunately, in a chronic condition such as Arthritis, the continued decay of cartilage uses up all the healing materials in that area.  When this occurs, Arthritis worsens into a significant problem causing tremendous pain, disability, and inflammation.


Further, without repairing damaged tissue, joint cartilage completely wears down leading to painful bone-on-bone friction.  In some cases, foot surgery for Arthritis is recommended to replace the joint or fuse the bones together.  This treatment is of course extremely invasive changing the functioning capability of the foot.  A better option is to discover a non-surgical solution.


My patients are having amazing success after Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy and Stem Cell Therapy.  These treatments are able to add new cartilage to the joint and protect the patients from continued bone on bone friction. 


Stem Cell Therapy and Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy

Stem Cell Therapy for Foot and Ankle Arthritis applies the use of Stem Cells, which are found throughout the body.  Stem Cells physically transform into cartilage tissue that will replace damaged tissue in the joint.  Stem Cell Therapy can add new cartilage to the joint significantly relieving inflammation and pain. 

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy is better for mild cases of Foot and Ankle Arthritis, where the Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) repairs current damaged tissue.  PRP is concentrated form of platelets and contains over 30 growth factors to repair damaged tissue.  Depending on the severity of your condition, I, Dr. Debra Weinstock, will determine which treatment will give you the highest chance of success.


The result we want is to repair and add cartilage tissue to the joint significantly relieving pain and giving you back much needed disability.  By adding cartilage to the joint, these treatments are a non-surgical approach that actually reverses the degenerative process of Arthritis.

What’s key is that these treatments are safe and effective alternatives to invasive joint replacement surgery.  Even if you’re not looking at surgery, both treatments offer non-surgical treatment to relieve significant Arthritis pain.

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


How To Avoid A Foot Amputation As A Diabetic


Suffering from diabetes comes with a lot of headaches and one of the biggest fears I hear from my patients has to do with foot and toe amputations.  A foot amputation is sadly common for people with diabetes but with a simple strategy in place, you can tremendously decrease the chance that you have to undergo an amputation.  In this article, I am going to explain what to do in order to avoid this fate.


A range of issues can occur that lead to an amputation.  As a diabetic, foot injuries and ulcers are more difficult to heal so without proper care, an infection may occur, which will sometimes require an amputation to take place.  Further, people with diabetes often suffer from diabetic neuropathy in their feet, which creates a numbness in the feet.  This numbness can mask injuries and sores making them easy to ignore.  Failing to care for such an injure may lead to an infection and eventually, an amputation.


So, there are a few measures you can take to greatly decrease the chances that you need an amputation.  The goal is to spot any foot problems early on so that they can be treated by podiatrist.  Firstly, if you spot a foot problem, do not try to heal yourself but rather seek treatment and advice from a professional foot doctor such as myself.  My name is Dr. Debra Weinstock and I run the Cross Bay Foot Care Center in Howard Beach, Queens.


Strategy To Keep Your Feet Healthy

One of the first rules of diabetic foot care is to regularly see a foot doctor, usually once every two months.  By seeing a foot doctor regularly, he or she will be able to check your feet and quickly treat any foot problems you have.  This allow little room for error since you are regularly being seen by a professional that can spot and treat problems quickly.


Secondly, check your feet everyday for cuts, sores, or problems.  If you see a problem, then you can make an immediate appointment with a foot doctor and get it taken care of.  Since you are actively checking your feet, it is less likely you will miss a foot issue that can lead to an amputation.


Next, I’d wash your feet everyday with warm water to clean your feet of any bacteria.  Again, one of the main goals of diabetic foot care is to prevent an infection, since it is often an infection that leads to an amputation.  By washing your feet regularly, you clean your feet of bacteria that can infect any open wounds or sores.


I also recommend wearing shoes or slippers around the house.  This can help you prevent cutting your feet when you accidentally step on something.  Of course, don’t go barefoot outside the house either unless you are sure that you are safe.


There are many strategies to protect your feet but most important is seeing a regular foot doctor.  Give us a call at (718) 835-0100 and schedule your consultation with me, Dr. Weinstock for a check-up and to go over any concert that you have.


End Plantar Fasciitis For Good


Congratulations to Rafael Nadal on winning his second Grand Slam title of the year.  His U.S. Open victory makes him a 16 time Grand Slam champion.  Nadal has persevered through many injuries, where he takes advantage of Stem Cell Therapy and Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy to avoid surgery and repair his various injuries.


Plantar Fasciitis is one of those injuries that often seems difficult to heal.  It is the right combination of treatment that helps a person recovery from Plantar Fasciitis.  Usually, correct footwear, exercise, and stretching will cure one’s Plantar Fasciitis but some people suffer from long-term Plantar Fasciitis that just won’t seem to go away.

I specialize in helping patients with long-term Plantar Fasciitis get rid of this painful foot condition.  The answer why this condition doesn’t heal is simple.  There is often a small tear in the Plantar Fascia band making it difficult to heal.  Since one is always on their feet, changing footwear and exercise isn’t enough to heal the small tear.  Something extra can be done to quickly heal one’s Plantar Fasciitis condition no matter how severe it seems and this is PRP Therapy.


Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy As A Cure For Plantar Fasciitis


Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy for Plantar Fasciitis applies the healing properties of the platelet cells found in the blood.  Platelets have profound healing capabilities and Platelet Rich Plasma contains over 30 growth factors to actively repair damaged tissue.  Platelets are used throughout the body to heal damaged tissue.


When PRP is applied to a Plantar Fascia band tear, it quickly heals this cell tissue allow the Plantar Fasciitis to heal altogether.  PRP can also help to break up scar tissue that is making it more difficult to heal.


I strongly suggest coming into the Cross Bay Foot Care Center for a consultation with me, Dr. Debra Weinstock, if you cannot heal your Plantar Fasciitis and it has been several months.  I have helped many patients overcome long-term and painful Plantar Fasciitis with a simple PRP treatment.


During treatment, a blood sample is taken from the patient and put into a centrifuge system.  This system separates the platelets from the rest of the blood creating a platelet rich plasma.  This plasma is then directly injected into the foot and aligns with the body's natural healing process.


People seem to notice improvement within weeks and improvement continues to help the Plantar Fascia Band fully heal.  This treatment is truly miraculous and the best treatment I have seen to cure Plantar Fasciitis in my over three decades as a practicing podiatrist.  This problem does not have to last any longer.


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

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