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FEET FIRST!   January 2010

Volume 3, Issue 1

Please enjoy this monthly newsletter, written especially for our patients and those whom you care about. If this month’s topic can benefit a friend or family member, please feel free to pass it on so that others can experience the same superior service that you have come to know!

Those All Too Common Corns and Calluses Corns and calluses are one of the most common reasons for a visit to the

Dr. Alec O. Hochstein

calluses to develop? •

podiatrist office. In fact, we

causing pressure on the

see quite a few cases each

foot, or too loose, causing

and every day!

the foot to move around within the shoe (can also

A callus is a hardened area

cause blisters)

of skin on the foot that forms as the result of

socks that are too loose-

rubbing from shoes or


and painless and appears

for increased pressure

heel. A corn usually forms on the tops of toes, in between

against a shoe •

toes or on the tips of toes. Like a callus, a corn is a hardened area of skin, but it is smaller with a harder

“I just put my feet in the air and move them around.” Fred Astaire

center that is surrounded

Hammertoes – the top of the bent toe is a likely area

on the bottom of the foot or

Quote of the Month…

Going sock-less or wearing

pressure or continuous socks. It is usually raised

Dr. Beth L. HommelHochstein

Shoes that are too tight,

Although there are numerous over-the-counter (OTC) corn and callus remover products available, many of these products contain different types of acid that can burn the skin and cause infection. For patients who are diabetic, elderly and unable to feel different sensations, these OTC preparations may prove especially dangerous. The best (and safest) way to treat corns and calluses is to make an appointment for a

Improper gait (manner of

complete foot and ankle

walking) that causes

examination. Treating corns

pressure on the bottom of

and calluses on your own

the foot, making it easier

may provide temporary relief

for calluses to develop

but it doesn’t address the

Pre-existing deformity of

cause of the corn or callus.

by inflamed skin. Corns

the foot or biomechanical

“Bathroom surgery,” using a

usually cause pain because

problem, such as a bone

razor or knife to “trim” or

they get pushed into the


remove the corn or callus is

skin, affecting sensitive

dangerous and may lead to

nerve endings.

additional problems.

Both corns and calluses

Some things like psychiatry,

form as a means for the

cardiology and podiatry are

foot to protect itself from

best left to professionals.

ongoing pressure. The more

Please give us a call if you

persistent the pressure, the

are having a problem with

thicker the corn or callus!

corns or calluses and let us

What types of pressure or other types of foot conditions cause corns and

help – we know just what to Calluses on the undersides of your feet are common.


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About Our Practice

GREAT NECK FAMILY FOOT CARE, LLP 7 Bond Street Great Neck, NY 11021

Phone 516.482.5999

Fax 516.466.1245

Podiatric Medicine and

problems should always be

Surgery is a medical

addressed on a timely basis,

specialty that deals with

to relieve pain or other

conditions of the foot and

symptoms that interfere


with your ability to stand or

We treat all types of foot

walk with ease.

problems in children and

Unresolved problems with

adults, including bunions,

your feet tend to get worse,

Office Hours:

ingrown toenails, heel

inviting more aggressive,

Monday: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

pain, hammertoes,

and therefore, more costly

diabetic foot care,


Tuesday: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

fractures, sprains, sports

Wednesday: 10:00 a.m. –2:00 p.m.

injuries, and trauma. We

Thursday: 12:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Friday: Closed Saturday: 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

also perform minor and reconstructive foot and ankle surgery.

In addition to our regular office hours, our doctors are also available on-call, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for emergencies. Our physicians spend quality time with our patients in order to diagnose each foot disorder. The doctors, along with our team of nurses and office

The Podiatrists at Great

personnel, strive to achieve the

Neck Family Foot Care are

highest quality level of

trained and Board Certified

personalized, comprehensive

foot and ankle surgeons that

foot care.

treat all foot disorders.

Because feet are the

Whether you are suffering

foundation of the body,

from pain, discomfort or an embarrassing condition, we


can help you.

We invite you call our office with questions you have or to schedule an appointment.

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