Dr John Hickey, DPM Podiatrist - Levittown 2870 Hempstead Tpke, Suite 103 Levittown, New York 11756 516-735-4545 What makes our practice different from others?
•A serious commitment to continued learning. While all doctors have to take a certain number of credits of medical education each year, our doctors often wind up with almost twice the number required. •Besides regular Xrays, we have other diagnostic tests to save you time and trouble. This helps us decide which procedures, if any, might be indicated; it can also avoid an MRI or even a CT scan. We also have a diagnostic ultrasound machine, which allows us to look for soft tissue injuries, like torn ligaments/tendons, which would otherwise require an MRI. It has the advantage of being less traumatic than other types. It is not for every patient or condition, but should be looked into if surgery is contemplated. It works especially well for soft corns, between the toes. It may be called PRP ("platelet rich plasma") or APC ("autologous platelet concentrate"). This is not new, having been used orthopedically for about 20 years. Uses include chronic heel pain, Achilles tendinitis, neuromas, and various types of tendon injury. We do it as an attempt to avoid surgery. It gives about 90% relief, which patients have assured us they can live with. •For those people who don't like (or cannot tolerate) cortisone injections or regular anti-inflammatory medicine, we offer a full range of homeopathic injectables and oral tablets. This is used extensively in our office for mechanical problems such as heel pain, ankle sprains and neuromas. It has helped us avoid surgery in many instances. •Ankle instability •Bunions •Calluses •Corns •Crush injuries •Flat feet •Fungus toenails •Geriatric foot troubles •Ingrown toenails •Injuries •Neuromas •Plantar fasciitis Hicksville 11801 athlete's foot treatment ****************************************************************************** Podiatrists prevent, diagnose, and treat foot problems, such as sprains, fractures, bunions (misaligned big toe joints that become swollen and tender), heel pain/spur (inflammation and thickening occurring on the bottom of the foot), warts, corns, neuroma (enlarged nerves commonly between the third and the fourth toes), calluses, and other related cases.
To become one of the foot doctors, an individual must first finish a 4-year bachelor's degree from a university, then transfer to a Podiatric Medical School that offers a Doctorate degree on Podiatry. After they have achieved their doctorate degree, one must go through hospital-based residency programs, which runs from two to three years. This process will tell the individual if he/she would be qualified to become a full-time podiatrist. After completing the 2- to 3-year course, they will have full medical and surgical privileges for the treatment of the foot and other related problems, though there are specified variations from state to state. Podiatrists treat a wide range of people from children to adults, from couch potatoes to athletes, and many more.
There are categories into which a podiatry is further explained. Many diabetics end up in podiatry hospitals since the future effects of diabetes are peripheral neuropathy and ulcerations, which involve the feet. Podiatrists use the modern and the most advanced wound machines to heal and help people with foot wounds that may cause later infection. Ointments and dressings are also applied to the wounded foot.
Meanwhile, podiatrists can also be consulted by pediatric patients who are having trouble in toe walking. Since they specialize on the foot and the ankle and biomechanics, which are the abnormal foot function that may cause pain due to tendonitis, heel pain, and many others, a podiatrist can help lessen these foot deformities of the patient. Lastly, a podiatrist is licensed to do surgeries. Foot surgery can range from simple ingrown toenails, to bunions, and hammertoe (toe is bent in a claw-like position) correction, up to amputations of infected parts of the foot.