Dr. Kelvin Barry is a podiatrist practicing in New York City. Dr. Barry is a foot doctor and surgeon specializing in the treatment of the foot, ankle and related parts of the leg. As a podiatrist, Dr. Barry diagnoses and treats conditions of the ankle and feet. The feet are key body parts that give a person stability, absorb shock, allow for walking and standing and are necessary for overall well-being. So, the feet need expert care. Podiatrists can specialize in surgery, wound care, sports medicine, diabetic care and pediatrics.
Education and Training
Medical School - New York College of Podiatric Medicine Podiatric Medicine and Surgery 2004
Brooklyn College - Brooklyn NY Biology / Pre-Med 2000
American Board of Multiple Specialties in Podiatry
Primary Care in Podiatric Medicine (Multiple Specialties in Podiatry)
Dr. Kelvin A Barry D.P.M.'s Expert Contributions
Plantar fasciitis is a condition that causes pain along the bottom of the foot and particularly the heel. It's easy to identify because most sufferers describe it as sharp, intense heel pain upon stepping out of bed in the morning. The first steps are usually the worst, and the pain eases up as the...
An ingrown nail is one that is curved down into the skin, usually at the nail borders (the corners and sides of the nail). This digging-in of the nail irritates the skin, often creating pain, redness, swelling and warmth in the toe.If an ingrown nail causes a break in the skin, bacteria may enter...
Plantar fasciitis is a painful condition caused by inflammation of the plantar fascia ligament, the thick band of tissue that connects your heel to the front of your foot. The inflammation can be caused by a repetitive motion, such as running, step aerobics, or added pressure from gaining weight....
Onychomycosis, also known as tinea unguium, is a fungal infection of the nail. Symptoms may include white or yellow nail discoloration, thickening of the nail, and separation of the nail from the nail bed. Toenails or fingernails may be affected, but it is more common for toenails to be affected....
An ingrown toenail is a condition in which the corner or side of a toenail grows into the flesh (nail fold) along nail borders.The condition usually affects the big toe. People who have diabetes are at a greater risk of complications. Pain, redness, and swelling can all occur at the affected...
Yes, it can be if you sprained or twisted the ankle. It could also mean a circulatory/vascular issue. See a foot doctor and a vascular specialist immediately. READ MORE
Yes. Athlete's foot is caused by fungus. Fungus is prevalent everywhere. Excessive moisture (i.e., shoes from sweaty feet, or exposure to wet environment) can cause fungi to thrive more and grow out of control. READ MORE
Is the pain at the back of the heels or bottom of the of the heels. You could have Achilles tendinitis (if at back of heel) or plantar fasciitis ( if at bottom of the heel). Wearing shoes that are too flat can cause strain and tension on plantar fascia (ligament band that goes from heel bone to balls of the feet). And if you wear high heel shoes a lot, then wearing flats could also pust strain or tension on Achilles tendon because of shortening of the Achilles tendon due to constant high heel use. READ MORE
Weight does play a factor in certain pain conditions of the lower extremity. Also, activity levels, standing or walking or running too long on hard surfaces in improper shoes, can all contribute to pain in ankles. READ MORE
Heel spur surgery is usually recommended if the heel spur itself, and not the ligament and soft tissue inflammation, is the reason for the pain. If the the spur gets too large it can become painful and wound definitely need surgical correction to remove or make smaller. It the process you will have your plantar fascia ligament cut off of the heel bone to get to the spur. READ MORE
Getting rid of toenail fungus IS a DIFFICULT task. It can take 8-12 months or even longer. Fungus is everywhere and is difficult to avoid. The problem is that given the right environment fungus can grow steadily and rapidly and take over skin (athlete's foot or tine pedis) and toenails (fungal nails or onychomycosis). Fungus in the nail is more difficult to get rid of that fungus on the skin. To start the process to rid yourself of this over growth of fungus you must change the environment in which your feet reside. Shoes are the main culprit. Fungus loves moisture, warmth, and darkness for best growth. So if you keep shoes dry and exposed to light (sunlight is best) you will prevent the growth of the fungus. Sweat from feet contributes to the moisture. That's why I recommend patient's avoid wearing the same shoes more than two consecutive days, especially shoes with fabric linings. Next, put your shoes in an environment that will keep them dry (ie in a window to get sunlight, in a boiler room or near a heat source). Next thing is to spray the insides of the shoes with Lysol, a 1:1 mixture of vinegar and water, or some antifungal spray. Do this especially if you are wearing the same shoes often. You also want to make sure you dry your feet thoroughly after a bath/shower or after soaks. Soaking your feet in a 1:1 mixture of vinegar and water every day for 20 minutes is another way to kill fungus. Acetic acid the makes up vinegar kills fungus. After all this, you can then see a podiatrist for topical and/or oral medications that will help get rid of the fungus. Please note, the oral medications do have some harsh side effects so please discuss these with your doctor, especially if you have social habits of consuming spirits regularly. READ MORE
If you bunion keeps coming back it may be a function of poor-fitting shoes and lack of proper foot function. If your shoes do not give your feet proper support, especially arch support, then your foot is not function at its best when you are walking, standing, or running. This results in joint being mal-aligned causing other joint to move improperly. If your shoes are constricting feet or toes or pushing toes in one way (in the case of narrow tipped shoes) then you are providing the perfect environment for bunions to never be corrected READ MORE
There is no way to completely prevent warts. There are ways to avoid or minimize the risk. Such can be to avoid walking barefoot in gyms, pools, locker rooms. OTC treatments do not work as well for getting rid of warts. See a podaitrist for better treatments of plantar warts READ MORE
Yes. Treatment includes injection of a cocktail of anesthetic and steroid into the soft tissue at the heel spur location READ MORE
Yes you should. Diabetics develop problems with their feet 80% of the time. You can experience diabetic peripheral neuropathy, vascular disease, and skin/toenail conditions. Please make it your business to see a podiatrist every 2 or 3 moths. About 5 times a year is highly recommended. READ MORE
You are the perfect candidate for surgical correction of your bunions. Here are some videos of the various types of bunion procedures we can do: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hGjQCLO1jLY https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PdAI77IVY00 https://www.ypo.education/orthopaedics/foot-ankle/lapidus-procedure-for-bunions-t229/video/ READ MORE
The hurt is the beginning of frost bite. Wear better insulated shoes. Try wearing thicker socks or wear two pairs of socks. Try warmers, which are these gel packs that you put in shoes, gloves, or in your pocket READ MORE
Yes it could be serious. Is it soft or is it hard like bone. Either way you should get it checked. You should see and foot and ankle specialist ASAP READ MORE
Definitely sounds like a problem you should not be having, especially at 18 years old. I would first see the primary care doctor. Then I would see a podiatrist next. There could be some systemic condition or disease causing this and affecting the soft tissue or bones of your ankle joints. READ MORE
Probably is. If it hurts a lot after standing up from periods of rest, it is most definitely a heel spur syndrome or plantar fasciitis. READ MORE
The active ingredients in Vicks are camphor (a cough suppressant and topical analgesic), eucalyptus oil (a cough suppressant) and menthol (a cough suppressant and topical analgesic). Camphor and eucalyptus are know to kill fungus (the cause of athlete's foot) or prevent their growth. READ MORE
The bunion correctors or bunion splints work like how eye-glasses work. They only work when you are wearing them. Take them off and your bunion is still there. Encourage her to go see a foot doctor, especially if the bunions are painful. READ MORE
Avoid getting the dressing or wound wet. Avoid close fitting shoes. Avoid too much walking or activities that require the consistent use of your feet. READ MORE
For the most part heel bone fractures do require surgery. In some cases if there is no displacement or separation of misalignment of the fracture fragments you can probably heal well being non-weight bearing in a cast for 6-8 weeks. However, in your case the fracture shows no signs of healing after 3 weeks so surgery should definitely be done. Surgery with plates and/or screws would give the be stability to the heel bone since it is taking a lot of weight when walking. READ MORE
There are several cures for toenail fungus. But not every treatment will work on every person. When using topical anti-fungal medication, I encourage patients to file/rough-up the surface of the toenail so the medication seeps into the nail easier and also to put the solution or cream under the front edge or sides of the toenail. READ MORE
Yes, see a podiatrist. Also, increase your water intake. This dry, cracked skin in your body showing some hydration. Also, apply lotion or cream to your feet at least twice daily. READ MORE
1. Avoid standing and walking as much as possible. 2. Elastic bandage wrapped around the ankle 3. Ankle stabilizer / support READ MORE
It could be a splinter that has gone into skin deeply. It could also be a fissure or crack in the skin. That can feel like a sharp pain or like something sticking you. READ MORE
It can become infected and become more painful. READ MORE
Arch support are a bio-mechanical method of treating Morton's neuroma. Other methods include cortisone injections or alcohol injections. Ultimately, most patients require surgical excision of the neuroma. READ MORE
A bunion is a combination deviation of the big toe joint and overgrowth of the bone at the bog toe joint. It's mostly due to the deviation of the metatarsal bone in toward the center of the body (the bone that appears to have bone growth) and the big toe away from the center of the body. READ MORE
Bunions are partly genetic. So check your parents and grandparent's feet. You'll get an idea of what to expect for yourself. Prevention includes wearing shoes with proper arch supports. Avoid shoes that are flat on the inside. Avoiding tight shoes or shoes that narrow greatly at the toes (heels and men's fancy dress shoes ie Italian, Alligator, etc) You want to avoid anything that will progress the big toe being pushed over away from the center of the body READ MORE
Surgical debridement or cutting of the corn after removal of part or all of the toenail. Sometimes there is an exostosis or bone bump/spur on the bone under the nail; this can cause the soft tissue and toenail to be pushed up thus causing pressure and shear friction when wearing shoes. Your podiatrist will take x-rays to determine of this is the case. If so, surgical removal of the bone bump/spur will be necessary READ MORE
Firstly, is the pain more intense when you stand up and walk after periods of rest? Sounds like you may have heel spur syndrome or plantar fasciitis. It is basically inflammation in the plantar fascia (a ligament that connects from the bottom of the heel bone and the balls of your feet). This ligament helps to maintain the arch of your foot. If your foot is flat or arch collapses when your body weight is on your feet then this ligament stretches. This excess stretching causes micro tears in the plantar fascia - mostly at the heel - and will result in inflammation and swelling, which are the causes of pain. Treatment includes ice and massage of the area; oral anti-inflammatory medications (Alleve, Motrin, etc.); topical pain & anti-inflammatory creams; stretching exercises; cortisone injections; arch supports or orthotics; soundwave therapy; amniotic infusion into the plantar fascia If all fails, surgery is a final option; but thisntoo is not 100% guaranteed READ MORE
I have pain in my ankle and it may need surgery. Will my diabetes make it difficult to heal my ankle?
Diabetes can make healing difficult. So, prior to surgery, your blood glucose and your Hemoglobin A1C have to be well controlled. Your circulation is another factor that has to be taken into consideration. Great circulation = fast/great healing. Poor circulation = poor healing. So, because diabetes can affect circulation, it is usually a factor we surgeons consider, though the circulation is the ultimate determination of the healing time and quality. READ MORE
1. Drink more water. Hydration level of the body will usually show up in the skin. 2. Moisturize the feet at least twice daily- morning and evening. 3. Cold weather can reduce moisture levels in skin, so keep skin covered and warm. READ MORE
Most likely it will have to be done under local anesthesia. The part of the nail that is growing into the skin will have to be surgically excised. READ MORE
Avoid wearing heels too much. The pain may be caused by strain of the plantar fascia. Also, in my years of practice women who wear heel a lot tend to have a shortened Achilles tendon. And when they try to wear flats or walk around barefooted the tendon becomes stretched thus causing discomfort and pain READ MORE
Areas of expertise and specialization
Faculty Titles & Positions
- Attending Podiatric Physician Interfaith Medical Center 2007 - 2019
- Atending Podiatric Physician Brookdale University Hospital 3 - Present
- Hammertoe Correction
- Heel Pain/spur Treatment
- Toenail/ingrown Toenail Removal
- Toenail Fungus
- Bursitis Injection
- Ankle And Foot Trauma
- Wart Removal On Foot & Ankle
- Heel Pain (plantar Fascitis)
- American Podiatric Medical Association, Inc
- New York State Podiatric Medical Association
- Interfaith Medical Center Podiatric Medicine and Surgery 2007
Experience & Accolades
- Attending Podiatric Physician and Surgery2007Interfaith Medical CenterAttending at hospital and clinic tasked with supervising and training podiatry residents in clinic/office setting, hospital setting, and in operating room.
- Credentialed Staff Surgeon2010All City Ambulatory Surgical CenterSurgical privileges for Lower Extremity surgery.
- Credentialed Staff Surgeon2007Brook Plaza Ambulatory Surgical CenterSurgical privileges for Lower Extremity surgery.
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