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Geriatric Care Specialist

Philip Messenger, DPM, PLLC -  - Podiatrist

West Side Foot Care

Philip Messenger, DPM, PLLC

Podiatrist located in Upper West Side, New York, NY

People who are older or have diabetes are more likely to experience issues with their feet. If you’re older, have foot pain or are diabetic, board-certified podiatrist Philip Messenger DPM, PLLC, in New York City can help. His state-of-the-art practice, West Side Foot Care, is located on the Upper West Side. To learn more about the diabetic and geriatric care offered at West Side Foot Care, call the office or schedule an appointment online today.

Geriatric Care Q & A

Why do I need to see a podiatrist?

Some patients head to their primary care physician or orthopedic doctor for foot or ankle problems. While these types of practitioners can help with some issues, it’s important to visit with a podiatrist like Dr. Messenger who has extensive training and experience treating foot and ankle conditions if you have any of the following issues:

  • General foot or ankle pain
  • Diabetic wounds
  • Calluses or corns
  • Hammertoes or bunions
  • Rheumatoid arthritis and gout
  • Elongated toenails or fungus toenails

It’s especially important to start seeing a podiatrist for people over 65 who have foot pain, stiffness, or sore feet. Many older people have a fungal infection in at least one toenail.

These conditions can be debilitating for senior patients because they hinder their mobility. Being able to ambulate is important to the quality of their life and enables socialization. Conditions like poor circulation, diabetes, arthritis, thick elongated nails or fungus nails, can be treated by Dr. Messenger to help minimize pain and keep everyone up on their feet.

Before you experience pain or discomfort, or if you already are, it’s time to see Dr. Messenger.  

Which podiatry treatments may I need?

Geriatric podiatric care by Dr. Messenger with over 30 years experience includes:

  • General assessment
  • Reduction of elongated or fungal toenails
  • Reduction of corns or callouses
  • Circulation testing
  • Diabetic shoes through Medicare program
  • Custom orthotics

If you’re a geriatric patient or have diabetes and are experiencing foot pain, schedule an exam at West Side Foot Care online or over the phone today.