Newsletter Edition 10


 

Living Life, "Feet First" Love Edition
Special Promotions Included
 
For February "A.K.A Month of Love" Gotham Footcare wants to help you fall in love with your feet.  If you do not like the way your feet look or feel we have safe and effective minimally invasive options as well as special promotions for February and March.  Many New Yorkers believe now is the best time for surgery.  You won't be getting this time back so consider booking a complimentary consultation for your major foot problems and let us help you fall in love with your feet.  
 

 
We made it! With 2021 now in full swing, it’s time to focus on maintaining good health and self-care as we begin to look towards the other side of the pandemic.
 
Consider falling in love with your feet this February… or at least paying them the attention they deserve!

Have you been ignoring that bunion for a little too long? Suffering from painful hammertoes, but worried about visiting the hospital for surgery?Dealing with plantar fasciitis brought on by all that barefoot time working from home?  Now is the time to deal with these lingering issues before the spring weather hits and things begin opening up in earnest.
 
At Gotham Footcare we always begin with the most conservative treatments, but sometimes surgery is the only answer. We’re proud to be able to offer these services from the safety of our office in our on-site AAAASF accredited surgery suite. Moreover, many of our most common foot issues can be solved with minimally invasive surgery. Exclusively, for the month of February and March our sweet deals include complimentary consultations,  travel and foot ultrasound screenings.    
 
Read on to learn more whether you need surgery, how to take control of your foot health in the New Year and which foot ailments you’re at risk for during quarantine.
 
Stay healthy,
Dr. Gotham

Have You Been Putting Off Foot Surgery?
Why NOW Is a Good Time

 

While many New Yorkers have done their best to avoid hospitals and doctor’s offices this year due to COVID-19, we have seen an uptick in surgeries at Gotham Footcare. Why? Because there are a few benefits to scheduling your surgery during quarantine:
  • Working from home allows you to recover easily and abide by the doctor’s orders to stay off your feet
  • Those concerned about furloughs and job loss are taking advantage of their health benefits now
  • An office surgery suite is safer and more convenient than the hospital during the time of COVID-19
  • Our office surgery suite is accredited by AAAASF

 

Minimally Invasive Surgeries
 

Many patients have been hesitant to pull the trigger on treatments that will require surgery on their feet. The good news: Gotham Footcare offers minimally invasive surgeries that result in a quick recovery time, less swelling and scarring. With our solutions to your foot problems, you will be back on your feet in no time.
 
Below are common foot ailments that can be addressed through minimally invasive surgeries:
 
Bunions: Bunion surgery for minor bunion deformities can be attempted utilizing a minimally invasive bunion approach by making a small incision to either shave down the prominent bone and/or shift it into its correct position. Rather than visualizing the bone directly with the traditional open approach, your surgeon uses tactile senses and real-time intraoperative x-ray to visualize the bone cutting, realignment, and stabilization of bony segments. This approach has become increasingly popular because patients prefer minimal scarring and surgeons prefer to have happy patients.
 
Hammertoes: Gotham Footcare’s main goal of hammertoe surgery is to relieve the pain associated with the deformity and correct the position of the toe.  Hammertoe surgery is performed as an outpatient procedure, under monitored IV anesthesia. A typical surgery aims to remove the hammertoe, to realign the bones that make up the toe, and to balance the forces so the deformity does not return. There are many different surgical techniques to correct hammer toe deformities that depend on the severity of the cause of the hammertoe.
 
Morton’s Neuroma: At Gotham Footcare, instead of surgically excising the nerve, we offer patients a highly effective, alternative option, called Cryosurgery, a minimally invasive office-based procedure that requires no stitches and only takes 15 minutes to perform. Cryosurgery involves cyclically freezing the neuroma to degenerate the nerve tissue that carries painful impulses to the brain by reducing the irritation and sensitivity of the neuroma. This prevents future irritation and inflammation allowing you to return to your preoperative activities free of pain.
 
Tendonitis Conditions: Tenex is a minimally invasive procedure that removes the painful scar tissue that may occur in chronic cases of plantar fasciitis or tendonitis such as Achilles or posterior tibial tendonitis. This procedure is performed with a small incision, it doesn’t require stitches and it leaves no scar. It takes less than 10 minutes to perform, and requires no downtime from work.  
 
Book an appointment today!

 

February & March Sweet Deals
  • Complimentary Bunion & Hammertoe Surgery Consultations
  • Free transportation to and from Gotham Footcare downtown on the day of Bunion or Hammertoe Surgery (up to $100 value)
  • Complimentary Ultrasound Consultation for Minimally Invasive Tendon Repair (TENEX) qualification

Taking Control Over Your Foot Health In The New Year
 
On average, 80% of New Year's resolutions fail by the second week of February. Here are a few simple commitments you should make – and keep – to ensure that your feet stay healthy all year long!
 
Start treating your feet like you do your teeth. Most people brush their teeth twice daily and have routine checkups each year. When was the last time you saw a Podiatrist, or even checked in on your own feet? Don’t neglect the symptoms of your feet – they are the literal foundation of your body and can be one of the first places to be impacted by illness. What’s more, minor foot issues now could lead to major issues down the road. This is especially true if you’re a diabetic with nerve issues that could leave you more susceptible to infections and further complications.
 
Pay attention to changes on your feet. Now that you are checking in regularly with the most used and most unappreciated parts of your body, pay attention to the color of your toenails, the quality of the skin around your heels and any changes to the shape of the foot.
 
Avoid walking barefoot on hard surfaces. Walking barefoot on hard surfaces allows our foot to collapse which can lead to a tremendous amount of stress not only to the foot but to the rest of the body. Walking barefoot also exposes our feet to bacterial and fungal organisms that can infect the skin and nails. These organisms can lead to infections that change the appearance, smell, and comfort of the foot such as Athlete’s Foot or fungal nails.
 
Upgrade your home shoes: Whether it’s your favorite pair of slippers (with ankle support!) or your running sneakers, make sure that you don’t exhaust the lifeline of your shoe. Rotate your shoes frequently and do not hold on to a shoe when they are just plain worn out. Pay attention to the quality, fit, comfort, size and feel – not just the sale price.

 
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What is Quarantine Doing to Your Feet?
 
Quarantine has been difficult for all us New Yorkers. Many of us our working from home, scheduling remote hang outs and rarely leave our apartments. While it’s been arguably nice to work in our pajamas and skip the makeup, there are some grooming habits we shouldn’t skip – like wearing footwear or examining our feet.
 
Here are a few common foot issues that have arisen as a result of quarantine:
 
Plantar Fasciitis: The plantar fascia is a shock-absorbing bowstring like thick ligament that connects your heel to toes. When you walk barefoot on hard surfaces your arch collapses causing this bowstring to stretch out leading to the formation of micro tears in the ligament that can result in weakness, swelling, and irritation of the plantar fascia. It may feel like a stabbing pain in the bottom of your foot when you get out of bed in the morning, after standing for prolonged periods of time, or when you stand up after sitting for a while.
 
Fungal Nails: Nail fungus is a condition that occurs when a microscopic fungus enters one or more nails. This condition often begins as an infection in the skin called tinea pedis, which is commonly referred to as athlete’s foot. As the nail fungus penetrates deeper into the nail, it may cause the nail to discolor, thicken, and develop crumbling edges- an unsightly and potentially painful problem.
 
Plantar Warts: A wart is a thickened and elevated small growth of skin that develops when the skin becomes infected by the human papillomavirus (HPV). Warts can develop anywhere on the foot, but typically occur on areas of direct pressure under the foot, such as the ball and the heel. Hard and thick callus can grow over the wart lesions as they grow inward and make them more painful. Clotted blood vessels or as they are commonly called “wart seeds” present as black dots at the base of the lesions.

 

 

Patient Testimonial 

After doing intensive research trying to find a Doctor who would help my 14 year old daughter with her painful bunions I luckily found Dr Cunha and Gotham Footcare. Right from our first visit we knew we made the right decision . He was caring, thorough and explained everything that needed to be done- every other doctor we went to said she didn't need surgery when she obviously did. He operated on her in his downtown office and the results have been amazing.
Following her surgery he called us personally  to check on her and told us to text or call with any issues and gave us his cell number. We had an issue with her dressing getting wet and he returned my text at 9:30 at night and stayed on the phone and walked me through redressing the site and had me send pictures after every step. We are so happy we found Dr. Cunha and will be doing her other foot next month so she can have a normal life without pain. Thank you Gotham Footcare for being the best!!!
-Stephanie W. On Google
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