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Dr. Stuart Plotkin

Podiatry
Port Jeff Stat, NY
43 years experience male

Locations

Stuart Plotkin DPM

Port Jeff Stat, NY

Address

2 Medical Dr, Suite C, Port Jeff Stat, NY, US
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My office hours

Tuesday: Closed
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Insurances accepted

Cigna

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UnitedHealthcare

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United HealthCare Insurance Company

Port Jefferson Podiatry

PORT JEFFERSON STAT, NY

About

Bio

In private practice since 1979. All phases of foot care. Board certified ABPO. Lecturer at SUNY Stony Brook Hobbies Dinosaurs

Specialties
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Podiatry

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

117 Answers
12 Agrees
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stuart Plotkin
Podiatry 43 years experience
Physical therapist: The most important muscles to stretch are the hamstrings, calf muscle and back. The best way to learn is to go to a professional like a physical the... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Stuart Plotkin
Podiatry 43 years experience
Possible gout: It could be a few things such as traumatic arthritis, a new injury or gout. If it is red hot and swollen gout is possible. Need bloodwork and perhaps ... Read More
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stuart Plotkin
Podiatry 43 years experience
Probably not: 5 HTP is tryptophan based and may be useful for the conditions you listed.It is very unlikely it is the cause of your calf pain. I understand there ha... Read More
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A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stuart Plotkin
Podiatry 43 years experience
Sciatica?: Is there any swelling in the limb? It sounds like sciatica, pinched nerve in the back, probably not a blood clot. You would need a venous dopper to ru... Read More
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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stuart Plotkin
Podiatry 43 years experience
Depends on cause: There are many reasons why a second metatarsal can hurt. How do you know for sure it is not fractured? It could be related to the type of shoe, your a... Read More
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A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. Stuart Plotkin
Podiatry 43 years experience
One week: You can repeat cortisone injections after one week but when you inject around a tendon you risk rupturing it.
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stuart Plotkin
Podiatry 43 years experience
Yes: some people have the big toe as the longest, others have the second toe longest. Occasionally it can be the third
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stuart Plotkin
Podiatry 43 years experience
Definately yes: A custom orthotic made to fit your foot will redistribute pressure across the entire foot, can ease heel pain, arch pain, even knee and low back pain.... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stuart Plotkin
Podiatry 43 years experience
Blood shunted away: normally when the body gets cold it tries to maintain it core temperature around 98.6deg. When it gets cold, blood is shunted away from the extremitie... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stuart Plotkin
Podiatry 43 years experience
Kid or adult: It is not so good in a young child- should be evaluated. In an adult- why would you do that?
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A 17-year-old male asked:
Dr. Stuart Plotkin
Podiatry 43 years experience
Achilles tendon : Sounds like you injured your achilles tendon. If there is even a small chance of a partial tear, you need to treat this, may need mri, need to immobil... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stuart Plotkin
Podiatry 43 years experience
Diabetic foot: a long flight can be stressful which can increase blood sugar as well as a poor diet on the plane and dehydration. Check your blood sugar on a long fl... Read More
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A 38-year-old male asked:
Dr. Stuart Plotkin
Podiatry 43 years experience
Freezing not a cure: Callouses are caused by excess pressure.The best way to deal with painful callouses is custom orthotics- and occassional debridement ( scraping) the c... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stuart Plotkin
Podiatry 43 years experience
Unliekly: It is very unlikely you could develop HIV but for piece of mind you can have an HIV blood test if your physician agrees. Hepatitis b is more of a risk... Read More
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A 60-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stuart Plotkin
Podiatry 43 years experience
Yes: often a surgical shoe is all you need for a non displaced 4th metatarsal fracture- 4-6 weeks
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A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stuart Plotkin
Podiatry 43 years experience
Need to be examined: The extent of an ankle sprain is hard to determine. The amount of pain and swelling varies. You need to see a podiatrist or orthopod to determine if ... Read More
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A 52-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stuart Plotkin
Podiatry 43 years experience
New patient exam: Certainly the neurologist will ask you many questions,followed by a hands on exam. You may be asked to have a nerve conduction test. That is one way t... Read More
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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stuart Plotkin
Podiatry 43 years experience
On all your nails?: are the lines on all your nails, hands, feet? Beau's lines are a very general sign of stress or illness
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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stuart Plotkin
Podiatry 43 years experience
Yes: But you may want to make sure you are not developing an infection. Clean the wound very well with water or peroxide otc antibiotic cream and bandage-... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stuart Plotkin
Podiatry 43 years experience
Sharp shooting pains: The most common symptom is a sharp shooting electrical type pain that can zap into the foot or up the medial leg. If you tap on a spot half way betwe... Read More
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A 67-year-old male asked:
Dr. Stuart Plotkin
Podiatry 43 years experience
Tight calf: Most likely you have tight calf muscles- very common, need to do stretching exercises- see a physical therapist to be taught what to do, could be achi... Read More
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A 47-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stuart Plotkin
Podiatry 43 years experience
Neuroma?: It is possible you have a 'pinched' nerve between the toes. Do you wear dressy tight fitting shoes- that would make this worse, do you feel an occassi... Read More
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A 58-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stuart Plotkin
Podiatry 43 years experience
Bone stimulator: First i assume the fracture was immobilized in a cast or surgical shoe for an adequate period of time and you have stayed off of it as much as possibl... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stuart Plotkin
Podiatry 43 years experience
Look for a hole: A foot ulcer appears as a hole or break in the skin, usually round or oval and in a weightbearing area. Common in diabetics. It can be very superficia... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stuart Plotkin
Podiatry 43 years experience
Night cramps: If they are at night try standing on a cold floor. If during the day when walking you may need an orthotic.
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A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Stuart Plotkin
Podiatry 43 years experience
X-ray: have it x-rayed to make sure it didn't break inside
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stuart Plotkin
Podiatry 43 years experience
No cortisone: Don't put a cortisone cream on an athletes foot infection- try otc antifungals, for 2 weeks if not improved you will need an rx. You need to apply it ... Read More
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A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. Stuart Plotkin
Podiatry 43 years experience
Gout: If you have something other that gout, Colchicine will not help, 3x per week may not be enough. Your doctor can try naprosyn (naproxen) if you can tol... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stuart Plotkin
Podiatry 43 years experience
Hormones?: There are many possibilities, the most common is being a female. If you smoke or drink a ton of caffeine, that could also do it. Anxiety can also cau... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stuart Plotkin
Podiatry 43 years experience
Clubbing: Clubbed nails are a disfigurement, a true clubbed nail can be associated with serious ailments- but is very uncommon. See a dermatologist or podiatris... Read More
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A 54-year-old male asked:
Dr. Stuart Plotkin
Podiatry 43 years experience
Heel spur: You probably have a heel spur or something called plantar fasciitis. It is best treated with either otc arch support or custom orthotics. See a podiat... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stuart Plotkin
Podiatry 43 years experience
See a podiatrist: See a podiatrist. Unless it is very superficial and you can easily grab it with a tweezer, otherwise let a podiatrist do it.
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A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stuart Plotkin
Podiatry 43 years experience
Orthotics: You shouldn't be so fast to think surgery. A good foot orthotic may be all you need- custom made not otc- see a podiatrist.
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stuart Plotkin
Podiatry 43 years experience
6+weeks: It depends on the tendon and how its treated. Figure 6 weeks with good care, immobilization followed by light stretching and rom. If it is the achille... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stuart Plotkin
Podiatry 43 years experience
No: there are no limitations after a mantoux, but must be read within 72hrs.
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A 35-year-old male asked:
Dr. Stuart Plotkin
Podiatry 43 years experience
As long as needed: Vitamin d deficiency is never the cause of heel pain, it is caused by the way you walk and the shoes you wear.
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A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Stuart Plotkin
Podiatry 43 years experience
Ignore: A bad sprained ankle can lead to a chronic unstable ankle. Needs to be checked by a doctor.
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A 63-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stuart Plotkin
Podiatry 43 years experience
Works on skin: Works on skin but not nails.
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A 45-year-old male asked:
Dr. Stuart Plotkin
Podiatry 43 years experience
Unlikely: A non union fx is probably not related to HTN and pad. It is easy to test for circulation. Non union fx is often related to too much movement at the ... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stuart Plotkin
Podiatry 43 years experience
Keep feet dry: sweating if often the cause of odor. You can try an OTC powder, or there are prescriptions that are drying agents. Insoles do not work- in my opinion... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stuart Plotkin
Podiatry 43 years experience
Connection?: what makes you think the two are connected? swollen ankles are common especially in women, you may also have some varicose veins
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A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stuart Plotkin
Podiatry 43 years experience
Blood blister? wart?: It could be a blood blister or possibly a wart, watch it for a few days and if it is not gone,see a podiatrist.
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A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Stuart Plotkin
Podiatry 43 years experience
Yes: it is likely to be swollen for months, you can try an ace wrap for compression but it doesn't give any support. Some range of motion exercises is a ve... Read More
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A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stuart Plotkin
Podiatry 43 years experience
Pain or no symptoms: At first you say you have leg pain and foot numbness, then No symptoms?? Odds of it being a blood clot depends on your medical condition, for instanc... Read More
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stuart Plotkin
Podiatry 43 years experience
Diabetic?: Check your blood sugar, could drop very low at night causing sweats, anxiety and other symptoms
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A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Stuart Plotkin
Podiatry 43 years experience
Get an x-ray: If it is not the big toe, you can tie it to the adjacent toe. Put some cotton between the toes. The big toe is different, that may need a surgical sho... Read More
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A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Stuart Plotkin
Podiatry 43 years experience
How about a bicycle?: How about a bicycle? You should be able to do lower extremity exercises but try them slowly to see how you do
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A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. Stuart Plotkin
Podiatry 43 years experience
Drink responsibly: You can have an occassional drink but excess alcohol and terbinafine can negatively affect your liver
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stuart Plotkin
Podiatry 43 years experience
Target weight 189: Using a BMI calculator your "target weight" is 189lbs, of course it depends also on body type. Eat less calories, and more healthy foods, reduce junk ... Read More
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stuart Plotkin
Podiatry 43 years experience
No easy way: sorry there is no easy way to remove these benign skin lesions, they are small fatty deposits that squeeze their way under the skin. There might be a ... Read More
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Plotkin is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Plotkin is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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30mmgh not 300mmgh. ;) Yes it is a little high, but my bp seems to be lowering+stabilizing the more foods I remove from my diet that cause me probs.
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! I have Beau's Lines on hands and feet. Most visible: thumbs and index
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Your answer was very helpful! Thanks :) Yes. They fit well. However, they get tighter as I run outside.

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

CCPM
Graduated 1979MD

Medical/Graduate school

California School of Podiatric Medicine at Samuel Merritt University,
Graduated 1979MD

Awards

Top Podiatrist, Third Place, New York - Winter
2015

Affiliations

Stony Brook University

Publications

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