Foot Health

Foot pain is not normal and will not go away on its own. Podiatrists are uniquely qualified among medical professionals to treat the complex structure of the foot and ankle, based on their education, training and experience. They can diagnose illnesses, treat injuries and perform surgery affecting the foot, ankle and the lower extremities. They can provide guidance on proper athletic footwear, prescribe custom orthotics, and evaluate biomechanics.

Use the foot health information pages below (compiled from the APMA) to learn more common foot conditions and treatments. Contact an NYSPMA podiatrist today if you are experiencing foot pain or any foot health problems. 


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Diabetes & Cardiovascular Disease


Podiatrists play a key role in helping patients manage diabetes successfully and avoiding foot-related complications.

Peripheral Arterial Disease

PAD is caused by a blockage or narrowing of the arteries in the legs when fatty deposits (plaque) build up. The buildup of plaque causes the arteries to harden and narrow.

Peripheral Neuropathy

Peripheral neuropathy is damage of the peripheral nerves—the nerves in your toes and fingertips. In the United States, the most common cause of peripheral neuropathy is diabetes.

Foot & Ankle Injuries

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Muscle & Tendon Problems

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Skin Disorders

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Toe Joint & Nerve Disorders

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Toenail Problems

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Tips For Helping Your Feet

Get advice on how to care for your feet. These helpful pointers are sure to keep you and your family in step with good foot health.

September 22 is Falls Prevention Awareness Day

The New York State Podiatric Medical Association (NYSPMA) Raises Awareness with Steps for Reducing Falls

According the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, every 11 seconds an older adult is seen in an emergency room for a falls-related injury. Falls are the leading cause of injuries among older adults...


Podiatrists: First Responders for Vascular Disease

Many are aware of the risk factors of heart disease. However, fewer are aware that the blockages that can cause heart disease affect more than coronary arteries—they can also affect other arteries throughout your body. This condition is called vascular disease. Signs and symptoms for vascular disease often first appear in your feet. 

Luckily, today's podiatrists are uniquely qualified among medical professionals to diagnose vascular disease based on their education, training, and experience.

Learn more about your risk for vascular disease with APMA's new "Podiatrists: First Responders For Vascular Disease" campaign.

If you have a suspicious spot on your foot or ankle and are at risk for vascular disease, make an appointment with podiatrist near you!

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Celebrating Women in Podiatry - Advice for Women Considering a Career in Podiatry

NYSPMA member, Dr. Patricia Nicholas, DPM, of Wading River, NY, offers career advice for women who are considering a career in podiatry.

Celebrating Women in Podiatry - Advice for Women Considering a Career in Podiatry from NYSPMA on Vimeo.

Celebrating Women in Podiatry - Work-Life Balance IS Possible

Thinking about a career in podiatry? NYSPMA member, Dr. Vanessa Darmochwal, DPM, of Poughkeepsie, NY, offers advice for women considering a career in podiatry - and explains how attaining work-life balance is possible.

Celebrating Women In Podiatry - Work-Life Balance IS Possible from NYSPMA on Vimeo.