Find out whether you should turn to a doctor to have your wart removed.
While warts are usually benign, sometimes you still want to get rid of these awkward and embarrassing skin growths. This may certainly be the case if they are in an uncomfortable spot such as the soles of your feet (known as plantar warts). Even though there are tons of wart removal products and DIY options from which to choose, it may be best to play it safe and to turn to our experienced New York City, NY, podiatrists for effective wart removal treatment. Dr. Kenneth Meisler treats more warts than anyone in the entire country. Here’s what you should know about getting rid of plantar warts.
You Could Have One or More Warts
While you may just develop a single plantar wart on the sole of your foot, it is possible for this infection to result in multiple warts. These clusters are known as mosaic warts and they can be more challenging to treat on your own. If you notice a cluster of skin-colored growths on the soles of your feet, then you may want to turn to Dr. Kenneth Meisler for treatment.
You Could Develop Pain
While warts are usually nothing to worry about, if they develop on the soles of the feet this can lead to pain when standing and walking. If you find yourself dealing with foot pain caused by plantar warts, then you may not wish to wait for these warts to go away on their own (this can take years). This is another instance where turning to qualified foot care professionals for wart removal treatment may be a good idea.
There are Various Wart Removal Options
Once our podiatrists have had a chance to fully inspect your feet and warts, they will be able to determine the best way to remove them. There are a variety of wart removal options including:
- Pulsed Dye Laser Treatment - For those who are resistant to previous wart treatments such as topical acids respond well to Pulse Dye Laser treatments. See the amazing results of pulsed dye laser treatment by New York's most experienced wart Podiatrist. Dr. Meisler is the #1 practitioner in the country who treats foot warts. He is one of the only podiatrists in the country to own a pulsed dye laser and has found it the best way to treat all foot warts. It can even be used with pregnant women. It is covered by all insurances. He uses the pulsed dye laser on most patients. It is especially useful in warts that have failed other treatment modalities.
- Swift Microwave Treatment - Targets the wart at the source, the heat of the device helps the body's natural immune response to attack the human papillomavirus (HPV) responsible for the wart.
- Acid - A chemical treatment on the wart to help stop its growth and encourage the body to slough off the affected skin.
If You Have Diabetes, See Us Immediately
If you have been diagnosed with diabetes, then chances are good that you already know just how important it is to get any and all foot and ankle problems treated by a medical professional as soon as possible. That’s because even the smallest and seemingly innocent problems can lead to more serious complications such as ulcers or infections.
Dr. Kenneth Meisler & Associates is your premier podiatry clinic in New York City, offering everything from wart treatment and diabetic foot care to foot and ankle injury treatment. Dr. Meisler has treated thousands of patients with warts and is the most experienced practitioner at using the pulse dye laser in the country, having received referrals from hundreds of other physicians and has treated more than 40,000 patients. To schedule your next appointment, call our office at (212) 628-4444.
Foot orthotics are inserts placed in the shoe to provide additional cushioning, stability, and support, as well as correct irregular step patterns. By improving stability, alignment, and balance, foot orthotics can alleviate pain in the feet, legs, and lower back. One of the skilled podiatrists at Kenneth Meisler & Associates in New York City can have orthotics custom made for you.
How Foot Orthotics Help
Foot orthotics, also called orthoses, help in several ways. One way they help is by correcting abnormal or irregular step patterns. When the feet and ankles are not aligned correctly when walking, pain can develop in the heels, feet, legs, and knees, as well as the hips and lower back. Orthotics help position the feet and ankles to be in better alignment with one another.
Some foot orthotics also provide increased arch support, which can improve stability, and more cushioning. Orthotics can benefit individuals experiencing a wide range of issues, including arch or heel pain, localized foot pain, and knee or leg pain. Hip pain, back pain, and some types of neck pain can also be improved with the right foot orthotics. Additionally, bunions, hammertoes, and related foot conditions can be treated with orthotics, as well.
Some of the many ways foot orthotics help include:
- Better arch support
- Additional cushioning
- Improved stability and balance
- Relief from pain and discomfort
- Reduced strain on the feet and ankles
- Improved alignment in the feet and lower extremities
Custom Foot Orthotics
Custom orthotics deliver the best results since they are tailored to your unique foot structure. A podiatrist can fit you for the right type of custom foot orthotics. Several types of orthotics are available at our practice in New York City, including rigid, semi-rigid, and soft orthotics. We also offer custom ankle-foot orthotics for patients dealing with chronic ankle instability, arthritis in the ankles, and other ankle or heel-related problems.
One of our experienced podiatrists can recommend a particular type of orthotic to address your specific foot or ankle issues. Rigid foot orthotics address irregular step patterns by correcting foot positioning when walking. Semi-rigid orthotics are beneficial to individuals with flat feet who need more arch support. Soft orthotics provide cushioning and support and are a great choice for patients with foot or ankle arthritis.
There are many reasons why you should try foot orthotics. One of the biggest reasons is to experience relief from pain in the feet, heels, ankles, legs, hips, or lower back. Schedule a consultation with one of our skilled podiatrists to discuss your options for custom foot orthotics by calling Kenneth Meisler & Associates in New York City at (212) 628-4444.
How bunion surgery from your podiatrists in New York City can help your feet
Bunions can hurt, and they can keep you from enjoying your daily activities. Fortunately, your foot doctor can help you and your feet feel better. The podiatrists at Kenneth R. Meisler & Associates in New York City offer comprehensive foot care services, including bunion surgery to heal your feet.
Bunions affect women more than men because women often wear shoes that are too narrow, crushing their toes. The big toe joint is forced outward and begins to rub against the inside of a shoe, irritating. The irritation turns into inflammation, and eventually, bone deformation, causing a bunion. In addition to wearing narrow shoes, a genetic bone deformity can also cause a bunion.
When a bunion forms, it looks like a hard, bony bump on the side of your big toe. Your podiatrist will take x-rays of your big toe, to determine the level of bone involvement, which will determine what type of bunion treatment you need.
For large bunions with bone involvement, surgery may be indicated to remove the bunion and realign your toe.
For smaller, less painful bunions, your podiatrist may recommend:
- Shaving the corns and calluses to reduce friction
- Stretching and physical therapy to maintain flexibility
- Custom-made orthotics or footwear to help maintain proper foot alignment
You can do a lot to prevent bunion formation by wearing supportive shoes with a lot of room for your toes.
You can also:
- Place ice on your bunion several times during the day
- Wear inserts or padding inside your shoes
- Tape the bunion and your foot to provide support
- Take over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications to decrease pain and swelling
Bunions can dramatically change your lifestyle, keeping you from doing the activities you enjoy. Your podiatrist wants to help you and your feet enjoy good health, free from bunion pain. To find out more about bunion surgery and other foot care services, call the podiatrists of Kenneth R. Meisler & Associates in New York City at (212) 628-4444. Call today and help your feet!
Bunions could be painless, but they could also be excruciatingly painful. Although most people find relief from bunion pain with home remedies and conservative treatments, others, unfortunately, don’t. Here at Kenneth R. Meisler, D.P.M., FACFAS, P.L.L.C. & Associates in New York City, NY, we only suggest bunion surgery when nonsurgical and conservative treatments fail to ease bunion symptoms. The procedure corrects the deformed area of your affected foot.
How to Prepare for Bunion Surgery
You will have to undergo several medical exams so that your podiatrist can check your general health to ensure that you’re medically fit to undergo bunion surgery. You’ll likewise need to take a break from your medications several days before the procedure, particularly if you’re taking blood-thinners. Bunion surgery is typically performed on an outpatient basis so you can head home several hours following your surgery and once the anesthetic’s effects have worn off.
It will be up to your podiatrist to decide on how long you shouldn’t drink or eat anything prior to your operation. Make absolutely certain to follow all the prep instructions of your podiatrist in New York City, NY, to avoid potential complications from the bunion surgery.
Recovering Well from Bunion Removal Surgery
Partial recovery will take approximately a month or two, but complete recovery will take about four up to six months. You will be wearing a surgical cast or boot for the first two to three weeks after the procedure to safeguard the surgery site. You also need to keep your stitches dry as much as possible. Likewise, your podiatrist will teach you exercises to help strengthen your lower leg and foot.
Once your boot or cast has been removed, it will be replaced with a brace to give proper support to your foot as it heals. You must also be careful of placing pressure on your foot so you’ll need to use crutches when moving around. You can resume driving after one or two weeks or when your podiatrist gives you the go signal.
Expect some swelling on the surgery site for a couple of months. To help reduce inflammation and speed up healing, apply ice a couple of times daily, careful to avoid the stitches. Always wear shoes with sufficient space and don’t wear high-heeled shoes for a minimum of six months following bunion surgery.
For More Information on Bunion Surgery, Contact Us
Call (212) 628-4444 to schedule your consultation here at Kenneth R. Meisler, D.P.M., FACFAS, P.L.L.C. & Associates in New York City, NY.
Bunions are not just unattractive and unsightly, but depending on their size and the extent of joint damage they've caused, they can also be painful and affect everything from your ability to fit into your favorite shoes to participating in sports and physical activities. Fortunately, you don't have to live with bunion pain. Here at Kenneth R. Meisler, D.P.M., FACFAS, P.L.L.C. & Associates in Manhattan, your podiatrists offer solutions for both bunions as well as a number of other foot and ankle conditions. Read on to learn more!
More about Bunions and Bunion Symptoms
One of the most common podiatric problems today, bunions are acquired foot deformities that manifest themselves as bumps at the base of big toes. There are several factors that can increase an individual's risk of developing bunions, and while anyone can get a bunion at any age, they are more common in women and the risk tends to develop with age.
Some of the most common symptoms include:
- Bony protrusion/bump at the base of the big toe
- Big toe slants towards the other toes away from the joint
- Corns and calluses from friction between the bunion and your shoes
- Limited movement/mobility issues (advanced joint damage can also increase your risk for arthritis)
- Your shoes feel tighter than normal or don't fit
What Causes Bunions?
There are a few things that can cause or increase the risk of bunions, some of which are preventable and others which are caused by factors like heredity or your foot type. Some other risk factors for developing bunions include:
- Wearing high heels and tight, narrow shoes that crowd the toes
- Spending a lot of time on your feet on an ongoing basis
- Underlying joint injury or arthritis
Bunion Treatment in Manhattan
Like many other foot and ankle problems, bunions can generally be treated conservatively at first depending on the size and severity. The treatment options for bunions include:
- Icing and pain relievers to relieve inflammation and discomfort
- Arch supports or custom orthotics if you have flat feet or pronation
- Supportive shoes
- Splints and padding to align the joint and prevent chafing
Surgery to correct a bunion is rare, but is sometimes performed when conservative treatments are ineffective and there is extensive damage to the joint. You can also lower your risk of developing a bunion by wearing comfortable and supportive shoes, and discussing your risk factors with the podiatrist.
Find a Podiatrist in NYC
Whether you're a highly active individual and athlete, or you're just experiencing pain or having trouble fitting into your favorite shoes because of a bunion, we can help. Contact our Manhattan office today by calling (212) 628-4444 to schedule an appointment with one of our podiatrists.
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