Podiatry is a field of medicine that strives
to improve the overall health and
well-being of patients by focusing on
preventing, diagnosing, and treating
conditions associated with the foot and
ankle. Doctors of Podiatric Medicine
(DPMs) are physicians and surgeons who
practice on the lower extremities, primarily
on feet and ankles.
The preparatory education of most DPMs
includes four years of undergraduate work,
followed by four years in an accredited
podiatric medical school, followed by a
hospital-based residency. DPMs are
licensed in all 50 states, the District of
Columbia, and Puerto Rico to diagnose
and treat the foot and its related or
governing structures by medical, surgical,
or other means. The vast majority of states
also include ankle care as part of the
podiatric physician's scope of practice.
Dr. DellaCorte and his staff can help you with:
Athlete's Foot
Athlete's foot is a skin disease caused by a fungus, usually occurring between the toes.
A bunion is an enlargement of the joint at the base of the big toe—the
metatarsophalangeal (MTP) joint—that forms when the bone or tissue at the big toe joint
moves out of place.
Children's Feet
Information on healthy feet for your child.
Diabetes mellitus is a chronic disease that affects the lives of about 16 million people in
the United States.
Diabetic Wound Care
Diabetes is the leading cause of nontraumatic lower extremity amputations in the United
Foot and Ankle Injuries
Foot and ankle emergencies happen every day. Broken bones, dislocations, sprains,
contusions, infections, and other serious injuries can occur at any time. Early attention is
vitally important. Whenever you sustain a foot or ankle injury, you should seek immediate
treatment from a podiatric physician.
Proper footwear can reduce foot problems.
Forefoot Surgery
Many foot problems do not respond to “conservative” management. Your podiatric
physician can determine when surgical intervention may be helpful. Often when pain or
deformity persists, surgery may be appropriate to alleviate discomfort or to restore the
function of your foot.
A hammertoe is a contracture—or bending—of the toe at the first joint of the digit, called
the proximal interphalangeal joint.
Heel Pain
Heel pain has many causes.
Leg Cramps
You might be surprised to learn that leg pain that develops during walking—and then goes
away only with rest—can be caused by intermittent claudication (IC), a potentially disabling
yet treatable medical condition.
Nail Problems
Toenails often serve as barometers of our health; they are diagnostic tools providing the
initial signal of the presence or onset of systemic diseases.
A neuroma is a painful condition, also referred to as a “pinched nerve” or a nerve tumor. It
is a benign growth of nerve tissue frequently found between the third and fourth toes that
brings on pain, a burning sensation, tingling, or numbness between the toes and in the
ball of the foot.
Orthotics are shoe inserts that are intended to correct an abnormal, or irregular, walking
Rearfoot Surgery
Many conditions can affect the back portion of the foot and ankle. Fortunately, many of
these problems can be resolved through conservative treatments. However when pain
persists or deformity occurs, surgical intervention can often help alleviate pain, reduce
deformity, and/or restore the function of your foot or ankle.
Warts are one of several soft tissue conditions of the foot that can be quite painful. They
are caused by a virus, which generally invades the skin through small or invisible cuts and
What is Podiatry?
Michael P. DellaCorte, DPM, FACFAS, FACFAOM
Podiatrist/Foot Specialist
DellaCorte Footcare, PC
59-01 69th Street
Maspeth, NY 11378
(718)  639 - 3338