Welcome to Tower Podiatry where we offer a wide list of foot care services in a warm and friendly environment. Dr. Jonathan Thurm, the Director of Tower Podiatry, is a graduate of the New York College of Podiatric medicine and completed a residency in foot surgery. This top podiatrist in Central Park South has been in private practice since 1989. Dr. Thurm is a board-certified diplomat of the American Board of Podiatric Surgery. Dr. Thurm uses minimal invasive surgery (MIS) which allows him to correct foot deformities and pathologies through very small incisions. Utilizing this special technique, there is much less exposure, soft tissue injury, swelling, scarring, and pain. There is also no use of pins, wires or screws that can break or need to be removed with another surgery. MIS allows patients to walk on their feet immediately without the need of casts, crutches or canes. Most patients can return to work the next day after most procedures, meaning less down time and a quick return to normal activities.
One of the most common procedures performed by this podiatrist in Central Park South is the treatment of hammertoes. A hammertoe is a deformity of the second, third or fourth toes. In this condition, the toe is bent at the middle joint, so that it resembles a hammer. Initially, hammertoes are flexible and the hammertoe treatment is done with simple measures. However, if left untreated, they can become fixed and require surgery. People with hammertoes may have corns or calluses on the top of the middle joint of the toe or on the tip of the toe. They may also feel pain in their toes or feet and have difficulty finding comfortable shoes. The causes of hammertoe are shoes that don’t fit properly or a muscle imbalance, usually in combination with one or more other factors. Shoes that narrow toward the toe may make your forefoot look smaller, but they also push the smaller toes into a flexed (bent) position. The toes rub against the shoe, leading to the formation of corns and calluses, which further aggravate the condition. A higher heel forces the foot down and presses the toes against the shoe, increasing the pressure and the bend in the toe.
Hammertoe treatment by this podiatrist in Central Park South starts conservatively with new shoes that have soft, roomy toe boxes. Shoes should be one-half inch longer than your longest toe. Avoid wearing tight, narrow, high-heeled shoes. You may also be able to find a shoe with a deep toe box that accommodates the hammertoe. Or, a shoe repair shop may be able to stretch the toe box so that it bulges out around the toe. Sandals may help, as long as they do not pinch or rub other areas of the foot. Our office will prescribe some toe exercises that you can do at home to stretch and strengthen the muscles. For example, you can gently stretch the toes manually. You can use your toes to pick things up off the floor. While you watch television or read, you can put a towel flat under your feet and use your toes to crumple it. In addition, over-the-counter straps, cushions or non-medicated corn pads can be used to relieve symptoms. If these non-invasive treatments don’t straighten the toe, surgery can correct the problem. Call Tower Podiatry for an evaluation of your foot today.