Dr. William M. Levine
Foot Symptoms of Diabetes

Dr. William M. Levine, a board-certified podiatrist based in Brooklyn, New York, also serves residents from areas including Far Rockaway and Sands Point. Among many conditions, Dr. Levine focuses on sports medicine and diabetic foot care. Dr. William Levine is also an active member of the American Podiatric Medicine Association (APMA), which provides professional information on proper foot care for persons with diabetes. 

Half of Americans with diabetes develop neuropathy - the loss of sensation in the feet and lower legs. This may lead to an infection that may necessitate partial or complete amputation.

Peripheral neuropathy is more widespread than other types. Symptoms include a loss in feelings or numbness in the lower extremities; this condition may also be later present in the hands and arms. Sharp foot pain at night or while walking may also be indicators. Even a light touch may bring on severe pain.

Difficulty in walking represents another symptom, as well as weak muscles. Patients should also stay alert for bone and joint pain, deformities, infections, and ulcers.

Treatment Options for Bunions

Board-certified by the American Board of Podiatric Surgery, William Levine, DPM, has treated patients in and around Manhasset and Sands Point, New York,. A podiatrist in Manhasset and Sands Point since 1993, Dr. William Levine also serves as a member of the American Podiatric Medical Association. Dr. William M. Levine focuses on bunion treatment, among other specialties.

Here are a few treatment options available to individuals with bunions:

- Medication. To help relieve the pain and pressure caused by bunions, doctors may recommend that patients take acetaminophen, naproxen, or ibuprofen. Doctors also may administer cortisone injections for pain relief, depending on the patient.

- Shoe inserts. Patients can wear over-the-counter inserts or custom-made orthotics that fit directly into shoes and help to distribute weight evenly.

- Surgery. For more severe cases, doctors may recommend a surgical procedure known as a bunionectomy. This procedure involves removing some of the bone around the big toe in order to straighten it, or removing swollen tissue around the joint of the big toe.

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