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Dr. Howard Fox

Podiatry
Staten Island, NY
43 years experience male

Locations

Office

Staten Island, NY

Address

2760 Amboy Rd, Staten Island, NY
Directions

Insurances accepted

GHI

Medicare

UnitedHealthcare

1199 SEIU

Empire BlueCross BlueShield

Oxford Health Plans

About

Bio

My first love is not feet, believe it or not. It's music. I play piano and bassoon, and began my college education at Syracuse University as a music theory and composition major. I've had several works performed publicly and still write music and play piano. When I'm not between feet and notes, I enjoy hiking, fly fishing, photography and gardening. Here in Staten Island, we have an incredible network of hiking trails in the Greenbelt, and I've been hiking those trails for the last 30 years. In fact... my feet are killing me!

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Podiatry

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485 Answers
164 Agrees
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A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. Howard Fox
Podiatry 43 years experience
Yes, but...: only if another nail or skin, yours or someone else's, is susceptible. You can spread mushroom spores all over the neighborhood, but only certain lawn... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Howard Fox
Podiatry 43 years experience
Jamming of toes: Into the end of the shoes does this. If her shoes are the proper size, a tongue pad will help absorb the pounding. (tongue of the shoe, not her mout... Read More
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A 54-year-old male asked:
Dr. Howard Fox
Podiatry 43 years experience
Dry skin: Is a sign of an autonomic neuropathy. In fact, there is a study that shows the #1 factor in developing diabetic foot ulcers is dry, cracked skin. Yo... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Howard Fox
Podiatry 43 years experience
Ingrown toenail : Removal usually involves removing the little piece of nail that's stuck inside the skin, and usually also involves putting some medicine in the "root"... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Howard Fox
Podiatry 43 years experience
It's : It's impossible for me to tell you what's wrong with your foot or why you are having pain without examining you and getting more information about the... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Howard Fox
Podiatry 43 years experience
I : I assume you're in a cast, and since bone takes 6-8 weeks to heal and it's only been 4 weeks, i wouldn't expect it to have healed by now. I'm also co... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Howard Fox
Podiatry 43 years experience
You : You may have ruptured a tendon. Yes, by all means, visit your doctor asap.
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A member asked:
Dr. Howard Fox
Podiatry 43 years experience
There : There are many causes for leg cramps at night, including the infamous "restless leg syndrome." (btw, whenever you see the word "syndrome" in medicine... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Howard Fox
Podiatry 43 years experience
In : In general, swelling that occurs in both feet/ankles simultaneously is usually the result of the body retaining fluid. It's the feet and ankles that ... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Howard Fox
Podiatry 43 years experience
Stretching: Is something many animals like to do. There is some evidence it helps rehabilitate muscles, and keeps our musculoskeletal system in better shape. St... Read More
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Howard Fox
Podiatry 43 years experience
Don't mess with it!: Redness may be a sign of infection, and if you whacked it hard enough, you could even have a fracture under there, which would mean you have an open f... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Howard Fox
Podiatry 43 years experience
Heel pain: Is most commonly caused by an inflammation of the plantar fascia (plantar fasciitis), but by no means is it the only cause. There are many, many thin... Read More
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A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Howard Fox
Podiatry 43 years experience
I : I agree with your physical therapist in that you should definitely have your ankle x-rayed. If you're 15, chances are you still have active growth pl... Read More
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A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. Howard Fox
Podiatry 43 years experience
Ingrown toenail?: It's impossible to give you a diagnosis over the internet. By far, the most common cause of pain next to or near a toenail is an ingrown toenail. Bu... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Howard Fox
Podiatry 43 years experience
Swimming!: One of the best exercises around where you don't need to stress your musculoskeletal system.
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Howard Fox
Podiatry 43 years experience
I've had a lot of: Success using a dilute mixture of Nitroglycerin ointment in petrolatum, but this only works if the cause of your cold fingers and toes is due to vasos... Read More
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A 41-year-old female asked:
Dr. Howard Fox
Podiatry 43 years experience
I agree with the 2: Answers provided. If you don't see a noticeable improvement after 2-3 days of a topical antifungal, see a doctor. If you do, keep using it for at lea... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Howard Fox
Podiatry 43 years experience
Are you a: Diabetic? If not, do you have other symptoms or diabetes like frequent thirst and urination? I ask because tingling in the feet is a common complain... Read More
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Howard Fox
Podiatry 43 years experience
The procedure to: Remove an ingrown toenail is painless, fast & easy, with no disability or pain afterwards, and you can wear your regular shoes right away. There real... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Howard Fox
Podiatry 43 years experience
Also: To add to dr. Creighton's answer, fees tend to be dependent on area. A park avenue (nyc) bunionectomy is way more expensive than, say, a mobile alaba... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Howard Fox
Podiatry 43 years experience
Osteomyelitis: Means bone infection, which could be bacterial, fungal or yeast. Even TB can infect bone. But an infection "outside" of the bone cannot, by definiti... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Howard Fox
Podiatry 43 years experience
Well: One is a finger and the other is a toe. Other than that, they're pretty much the same. Dermatologists deal with fingers and podiatrists deal with toes... Read More
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A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Howard Fox
Podiatry 43 years experience
You're not that far : Off. Eat healthy and exercise. With those numbers, you don't have to do anything drastic.
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Howard Fox
Podiatry 43 years experience
Nerve block: Just means injecting a nerve with a local anesthetic, like lidocaine, to temporarily cause the nerve to stop working. It's usually done in order to d... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Howard Fox
Podiatry 43 years experience
If : If you're certain what you have is ringworm, rest easy. "ringworm" is otherwise known as a superficial fungal infection, no different than athlete's ... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Howard Fox
Podiatry 43 years experience
Literally, it just: Means a pain in the calf. This can be from muscle strain, a clot in a vein, a torn tendon, infection or a host of several other problems, including re... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Howard Fox
Podiatry 43 years experience
Oral Lamisil (terbinafine) is: Still the most reliable way to treat toenail fungus. The drug has now been proven to be much safer than we originally thought, and the fda dropped the... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Howard Fox
Podiatry 43 years experience
Hammertoes: Are inherited, just like the structures of other body parts are. While great for business, flip-flops do not cause hammertoes, however tight shoes an... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Howard Fox
Podiatry 43 years experience
Nail avulsion: Literally just means the nail is removed. This can be the result of trauma, disease, or as a procedure to deliberately remove a nail for medical reas... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Howard Fox
Podiatry 43 years experience
First aid: For a sprain involves rest, ice, elevation and compression (ace bandage). Minor sprains feel better in a day or so (the older we get, the longer it t... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Howard Fox
Podiatry 43 years experience
Not all spaghetti: Is the same. Some "sprains" can be pretty bad and require a cast, even surgery if the ligaments are torn, while other sprains heal themselves in a co... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Howard Fox
Podiatry 43 years experience
The Foot: Is a complicated architectural marvel that doesn't get enough respect. The list of things that can cause foot pain is too long to list here, and some... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Howard Fox
Podiatry 43 years experience
I agree with: Dr. Kass, but i also know too many people who cut their nails any old way, even bite them off, and they never get ingrown nails. Likewise, i also know... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Howard Fox
Podiatry 43 years experience
See MD NOW!!!: I don't think the burning on your toe is related to your very high blood pressure, but your BP is high, and you need to be seen right away. If you sm... Read More
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A 64-year-old female asked:
Dr. Howard Fox
Podiatry 43 years experience
You mean phlebitis?: Phlebitis is an inflammation of a vein with a clot. There are 2 species of phlebiti (i think i made that word up). Superficial thrombophlebitis affec... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Howard Fox
Podiatry 43 years experience
Hard to say: There are many causes of pain in the foot without any apparent trauma. Without knowing more about your boy's health history and getting a look at his... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Howard Fox
Podiatry 43 years experience
Could be serious: Or not, but as dr. Kass said, it's very important you see a doctor about this.
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A 43-year-old female asked:
Dr. Howard Fox
Podiatry 43 years experience
It's unlikely: A ganglion cyst on your back could cause those kinds of symptoms. It may be a pilonidal cyst or something else unrelated causing sciatica. First, get... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Howard Fox
Podiatry 43 years experience
You can't stretch a : Tendon, only a muscle. Stretching the calf muscles eases tension on the achilles tendon. But it can take a long time to resolve an achilles tendonit... Read More
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Howard Fox
Podiatry 43 years experience
The swelling may or : May not be related to the pain. It could be that you're retaining fluid causing the swelling. Sometimes, if the swelling is bad enough, pressure of th... Read More
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Howard Fox
Podiatry 43 years experience
Could be a few : Things. If you've been healing well all along and now, out of the blue, you have pain, call your surgeon. A piece of hardware may be dislodged. It's ... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Howard Fox
Podiatry 43 years experience
If she is bleeding: Or in terrible pain, yes, head to the er. But if not, i'd try calling a podiatrist first. She'll get seen faster and better if you can find a podiatri... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Howard Fox
Podiatry 43 years experience
Probably: Tingly toes is usually a symptom of a problem associated with a nerve or nerves. It could be local or from the lower back (more probable since it's a... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Howard Fox
Podiatry 43 years experience
Dr. Smith: Hit the nail on the head. The only thing i'd want to add is to consider how this happened in the first place... If there is a pair of shoes you can a... Read More
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A 77-year-old male asked:
Dr. Howard Fox
Podiatry 43 years experience
Plantar fasciitis: Is the most common cause of heel pain, and the typical complaint is pain after rest: that first step in the morning is the killer, and then it eases u... Read More
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A 49-year-old female asked:
Dr. Howard Fox
Podiatry 43 years experience
There : There is no official interaction between Prednisone and alcohol, but alcohol weakens the stomach lining, as does prednisone, so in theory, you're more... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Howard Fox
Podiatry 43 years experience
It's : It's impossible to give you a definitive answer without seeing your feet and doing a basic neurological examination, but it's been my experience that ... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Howard Fox
Podiatry 43 years experience
It's : It's really impossible to give you a meaningful answer without more information, like how long has this been going on? Was there any history of an inj... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Howard Fox
Podiatry 43 years experience
Burns : Burns can easily become infected. While this might not be an "emergency, " i would certainly seek medical attention as soon as possible.
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Howard Fox
Podiatry 43 years experience
A collection of: Fluid in the tissues, either caused by something local to the swollen area like an injury or inflammation, or from the body's retention of water. Grav... Read More
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Testimonials
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Dec 8, 2012
Dr Fox is an outstanding podiatrist. His knowledge of medicine goes beyond the scope of podiatry. He is a great educator, very capable and has one of the best sense of humors around. I highly recomme...Read More
Nov 27, 2012
I endorse this doctor. He provides outstanding information to the public on AVVO.COM. Accurate, compassionate and in layman's terms.
Dec 14, 2012
Excellent answers and very timely. Great doctor to follow. Ron (oral surgeon, orlando)
HealthTap member
Thank you, your answer was very helpful! Thanks my problem as been periperal vascular diseae with disabling left leg claudication pleade explain more
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Thank you, your answer or tip was very helpful! I understand this person, I had to wear walking boots for 3 years due to plantation fascitis
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Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

New York College of Podiatric Medicine
Graduated 1979MD

Awards

Top Doctor, First Place, Manhattan, NY - Winter
2013
Top Podiatrist, First Place, New York - Winter
2013
Top Podiatrist, Second Place, New York - Summer
2013

Affiliations

American Podiatric Medical Association
American Society of Podiatric Surgeons
New York State Podiatric Medical Association

Publications

Management of Diabetic Foot Infections Including the Use of Home Intravenous Antibiotic Therapy
Practitioner-Measured Variation in Pre-Operative X-Ray angles in Hallux Abducto Valgus Surgery
Podiatric Management of the Patient with Renal Disease
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