Dr. Howard Fox

Podiatry
Staten Island, NY
44 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 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Howard Fox
Podiatry 44 years experience
No.: The only way to "cure" a nail fungus is by taking oral medicine, which has recently been found to be much safer than we originally thought. Also: n... Read More
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A 47-year-old male asked:
Dr. Howard Fox
Podiatry 44 years experience
"Cured": In the sense they can certainly be treated and cleared up, but if you want a guarantee, you need to go to midas muffler. Any infection, once "cured, ... Read More
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Howard Fox
Podiatry 44 years experience
Depends on: The severity of the ischemia, and also the cause. Ischemia from an obstruction is more dangerous than ischemia from vasospastic disease. You really ... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Howard Fox
Podiatry 44 years experience
Dr. Kass hit: the nail on the head. Oral Lamisil (terbinafine) is still the best and most successful treatment for this, but only after a fungus is confirmed by cu... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Howard Fox
Podiatry 44 years experience
As others pointed: out, athlete's foot is caused by a fungus infection of the skin. It's spread by fungal spores which don't wash out or are killed by the heat of a dri... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Howard Fox
Podiatry 44 years experience
Fungi spread by: Spores, which are everywhere. They don't wash out in the laundry or are killed in the drier. While it's entirely possible to clear up a toenail fungus... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Howard Fox
Podiatry 44 years experience
Keep it clean & dry: Blisters from burns are very susceptible to infection when broken. Given that you got this from a burn, it's probably a good idea to not deal with th... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Howard Fox
Podiatry 44 years experience
Dr. Beresh : Hit the nail on the head. It's important to understand a corn is just a symptom. The "disease" is the hammertoe. Anything you do to the symptom wil... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Howard Fox
Podiatry 44 years experience
Gout: Is a collection of uric acid crystals in a joint, usually a smaller joint, and typically (but not always) the big toe joint. Pseudogout is caused b... Read More
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A male asked:
Dr. Howard Fox
Podiatry 44 years experience
When : When you say your feet were "always" cold and painful, this has been a lifelong problem, or it developed recently? I ask, because your answer makes a... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Howard Fox
Podiatry 44 years experience
You : You very well may have pulled a muscle, or partially tore a tendon. If you're able to walk (even though it might hurt), it's unlikely you tore a tend... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Howard Fox
Podiatry 44 years experience
Dr. Newman gave: An excellent answer. The only thing i can think of to add is sometimes, if the inflammation has gone on long enough, the body tends to calcify the bu... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Howard Fox
Podiatry 44 years experience
NEED... no.: But if this is your first time you think you need reading glasses, it's always a good idea to see an optometrist before buying ones off-the-rack. If ... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Howard Fox
Podiatry 44 years experience
Dr. Machanic: Gave a great answer. You probably do have some kind of nerve compression. Female ballet dancers, because they stand on pointe, tend to compress the a... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Howard Fox
Podiatry 44 years experience
Rest: And anti inflammatory medication and some sort of orthotic or arch support to help minimize the strain across your arch. In severe cases, a cast for ... Read More
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Howard Fox
Podiatry 44 years experience
Could be: Sciatica, when a nerve in your lower back or upper thigh gets "pinched, " it can cause pain to radiate down the leg all the way to the foot. Go see a... Read More
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Howard Fox
Podiatry 44 years experience
Hogwash: First off, make certain your nails are fungal with a fungus culture. If they are, the most effective treatment is oral anti-fungal medication, which ... Read More
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A male asked:
Dr. Howard Fox
Podiatry 44 years experience
You : You need to go to a podiatrist and have it x-rayed to make sure it's not broken. If it is, taking a lot of Ibuprofen may delay in fracture healing. ... Read More
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A male asked:
Dr. Howard Fox
Podiatry 44 years experience
There : There are a host of issues that can cause ankle pain. Unfortunately, I have no specific information regarding injury, onset, duration or any medical ... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Howard Fox
Podiatry 44 years experience
You feel better!: There are 2 (minor) risks of neuroma surgery (besides the "usual" risks with any surgery): 1) the development of a stump neuroma, where a new neuroma... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Howard Fox
Podiatry 44 years experience
A : A neuroma is a benign thickening of a small nerve, typically one of the nerves that runs in between your metatarsal head to your toes on the bottom of... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Howard Fox
Podiatry 44 years experience
It : It sounds like he had some sort of procedure for a toenail on 2 toes, if i'm reading your question correctly (help us help you by using punctuation). ... Read More
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A 63-year-old male asked:
Dr. Howard Fox
Podiatry 44 years experience
See a podiatrist: To what extent you need to be concerned about your feet depends on the level of control of your diabetes and the degree of any diabetes-related issues... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Howard Fox
Podiatry 44 years experience
If : If grandma has a history of a DVT with a pulmonary embolus, and she seems to have a recurrence of the same symptoms, especially if she's short of brea... Read More
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A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Howard Fox
Podiatry 44 years experience
Well, : Well, the first thing you need to do is find out what kind, and how bad an injury you have. You can't have an effective or successful treatment witho... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Howard Fox
Podiatry 44 years experience
Either : Either the ganglion is pressing against a nerve, or mom was right, and the immobilizer you wore was, indeed, too tight. Why suffer? Go see a hand su... Read More
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Howard Fox
Podiatry 44 years experience
I : I think it's time for a second opinion. You're incredibly young to have all this going on in your foot & ankle, and i would also get an MRI to see ex... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Howard Fox
Podiatry 44 years experience
Given : Given her age, i would not even attempt to deal with this on your own. Bring her to a podiatrist or dermatologist. Don't be alarmed about the bleedi... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Howard Fox
Podiatry 44 years experience
It's : It's hard to give you a definitive answer with such vague symptoms. It almost sounds as if you have some sort of neuropathy. Are you a diabetic? Do... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Howard Fox
Podiatry 44 years experience
I : I can't diagnose you over the internet, but if you've had it for 2 years, and it's now appearing in the same spot on the other big toe, it could be ir... Read More
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A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Howard Fox
Podiatry 44 years experience
Not sure what the: Heel lift was for, but that certainly could alter the way your muscles function, especially when running. Of course, it could also be coincidence and... Read More
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A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Howard Fox
Podiatry 44 years experience
Well, : Well, lots of factors going on here. Given his history of knee issues, a day spent doing yard work certainly would aggravate this, and even cause swe... Read More
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A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Howard Fox
Podiatry 44 years experience
I'm : I'm not sure when you mean by "fallen arches surgery." there are numerous kinds of surgery to correct flat feet, so i'm guessing this is what you hav... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Howard Fox
Podiatry 44 years experience
Whenever : Whenever i hear the word "burning" from patients describing what they feel, i also think "nerve." you might have sciatica, or a problem with a disc i... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Howard Fox
Podiatry 44 years experience
So : So when you say "we iced and elevated it, " we're talking about your foot, not the laptop, right? You could very well have fractured it, but the only... Read More
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A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Howard Fox
Podiatry 44 years experience
Ringworm : Ringworm is a fungal infection, no different from an athlete's foot. It's contagious, but not overly contagious. You can't get a fungal infection fr... Read More
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A 39-year-old male asked:
Dr. Howard Fox
Podiatry 44 years experience
Tingling : Tingling is typically a sensation related to a nerve. It can be a symptom of a host of problems including diabetes, a compression of a nerve in the l... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Howard Fox
Podiatry 44 years experience
As : As challenging as it is to try to give meaningful answers over the internet, it's even more challenging when diabetes is thrown into the mix, because ... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Howard Fox
Podiatry 44 years experience
There are 2 kinds: Of flatfoot: the more common is a flexible flatfoot, which is treated with orthotics, arch supports and such, and a rare and much worse kind called pe... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Howard Fox
Podiatry 44 years experience
If : If you have no insurance (and no means to pay), you can still go to an er and have it x-rayed. This way, at least you'll know for certain whether it'... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Howard Fox
Podiatry 44 years experience
THANK : Thank you for providing a photograph! when dealing with such issues, it's tremendously helpful. If your toenail turned blue suddenly (not slowly ove... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Howard Fox
Podiatry 44 years experience
Not : Not all fractures show up on a standard x-ray, especially if they're hairline fractures. If you're starting to see bruising, you might have a little ... Read More
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A male asked:
Dr. Howard Fox
Podiatry 44 years experience
If : If you have foot pain, a podiatrist is a reasonable place to start. If you know you have peripheral neuropathy (consider that your sister might be wr... Read More
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A male asked:
Dr. Howard Fox
Podiatry 44 years experience
After : After the first 24 hours, icing usually doesn't do all that much. I'm always astounded by the number of people who would rather pursue advice on line... Read More
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Howard Fox
Podiatry 44 years experience
You : You can engage in any upper body activity you like, and can also swim. I would not engage in any activity that involves you standing or putting any p... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Howard Fox
Podiatry 44 years experience
Diagnosis: Many things can cause a burning sensation in the feet. The approach is not to focus on treating the symptom as much as it is diagnosing the underlyin... Read More
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A 59-year-old female asked:
Dr. Howard Fox
Podiatry 44 years experience
Without : Without more information, it's impossible for me to give you a meaningful answer. If you've been having heel pain and walking in such a way as to avo... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Howard Fox
Podiatry 44 years experience
Foot drop: The inability to raise (extend) your foot at your ankle usually due to a problem associated with the common peroneal nerve (and also lower spine probl... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Howard Fox
Podiatry 44 years experience
You : You made no mention of any injury, so i will assume there was none. One of the most common causes of foot pain in children is something called osteon... Read More
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A male asked:
Dr. Howard Fox
Podiatry 44 years experience
Pencils : Pencils contain graphite, not lead. (not only is lead too dangerous and heavy to put inside a pencil, lead costs too much.) so you're not going to g... 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)
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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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