Podiatry Specialist

Andrea Pérez, DO -  - Family Medicine

Health Development & Restorative Medicine, PC

Andrea Pérez, DO

Family Medicine serving the areas of West Farms, Parkchester, Morris Park, Castle Hill, Baychester, & The Bronx, NY

New York is a walking city, which can take its toll on your feet. Andrea Perez, DO, provides podiatry services at her practice, Health Development & Restorative Medicine, PC, serving the Bronx, West Farms, and Parkchester neighborhoods of New York City. Whether you have a plantar wart or need specialized care for your feet because you have diabetes, Dr. Perez can help. Call today, or schedule an appointment using the online booking button.

Podiatry Q & A

What is podiatry?

Podiatry is an area of medicine focused on the health and wellness of the feet. Common foot conditions that require care include:

  • Plantar warts
  • Bunions and hammertoes
  • Fungal infections
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Arthritis and gout
  • Corns and calluses

Dr. Perez also provides specialized foot care for people with diabetes, including regular evaluations and trimming of the toenails and calluses.

When should I seek help for my foot problem?

Although you may be able to recover from a minor foot injury with rest and over-the-counter medication, if your foot condition is causing a lot of pain, affecting your ability to do the things you enjoy, or has been a problem for a few months, it may be time to schedule a visit with Dr. Perez.

You should seek immediate medical help for:

  • Severe pain or sudden swelling
  • An oozing wound
  • Pain that makes it impossible for you to put weight on your foot

If you have diabetes and have a wound that feels warm to the touch or seems to be slow to heal, you should come in for an evaluation.

Why is foot care so important for diabetes?

Diabetes is a chronic health condition that when poorly controlled causes blood sugar levels to be higher than normal. Over time, elevated blood sugar damages blood vessels and nerve endings, especially in your feet.

If you have a wound and the area can’t get the nutrients it needs to heal, the wound may become infected, which can lead to further complications, such as tissue damage, that may require amputation. And because your nerve endings may be damaged too, you may not even be aware you have a wound.

Dr. Perez can closely examine your feet and provide medical care to help keep them healthy and prevent complications.

What is an ankle-brachial index (ABI)?

An ABI is a simple test Dr. Perez performs in the office that helps determine your risk of peripheral artery disease (PAD), which is a blockage or narrowing of the arteries in your legs.

You may be at risk of PAD if you have a history of:

  • Diabetes
  • High blood pressure or high cholesterol
  • Heart disease

Smoking and obesity also increase your risk of PAD. If your peripheral arteries are blocked, you’re at an increased risk of having a heart attack or stroke.

Dr. Perez takes excellent care of all of you, including your feet. For podiatry care, call Health Development & Restorative Medicine, PC, or book an appointment online.