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By Kenneth R. Meisler, D.P.M., P.L.L.C. & Associates
December 30, 2020
Category: Foot Care
Tags: orthotics   Foot Orthotics  

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.

By Kenneth R. Meisler, D.P.M., P.L.L.C. & Associates
December 11, 2020
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Bunions  

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!

By Kenneth R. Meisler, D.P.M., P.L.L.C. & Associates
May 26, 2020
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Bunion Surgery  

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.

By Kenneth R. Meisler, D.P.M., P.L.L.C. & Associates
March 27, 2019
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Warts   Sweaty Feet   Laser Treatment  

Do you still have a wart on your foot despite trying home remedies and over-the-counter products? Warts can be very difficult to treat at home. Luckily, the podiatrists at Kenneth R. Meisler, DPM, & Associates in New York, NY, offer effective treatments that eliminate painful warts.

Foot WartsWhat kinds of treatments are used for warts?

Wart treatment options include:

  • Freezing (Cryotherapy): Liquid nitrogen freezes and kills the cells in your wart. After cryotherapy, blisters will appear on the surface of the wart, and dead cells will soon begin to fall off.
  • Salicylic Acid: Prescription salicylic acid is applied nightly at home. The acid removes the cells in the wart layer by layer.
  • Electrodesiccation and Curettage: Your New York, NY, foot doctor scrapes off your wart, then uses an electric needle to kill remaining wart cells.
  • Laser Treatment: Laser therapy offers a new option for wart treatment. The Pulsed Dye Laser targets wart cells only and doesn't harm the healthy skin surrounding the wart. In fact, you'll notice little to no scarring after treatment. Laser therapy is an excellent initial treatment for both adults and children and is covered by many health insurance plans.

Your New York, NY, podiatrist will recommend one or more of these treatments after examining your wart.

How can I prevent new warts?

After experiencing one painful wart on your foot, you'll probably never want to see another one. The warts are caused by a highly contagious strain of the human papilloma virus (HPV). The virus enters your skin through cuts, scratches, or tiny breaks in your skin.

You can "catch" a wart through skin-to-skin contact with someone who has a wart, but may also be exposed to the HPV virus by walking barefoot in public locker rooms, showers, and pool areas. Wearing shoes or sandals in these areas can help you decrease your risk.

Do your feet tend to sweat? Sweaty shoes and socks offer the ideal environment for warts to grow. Minimize your risk by changing your socks if they become sweaty and alternating the shoes you wear.

Are you tired of dealing with a wart on your foot? Call the podiatrists at Kenneth R. Meisler, DPM, & Associates in New York C, NY, at (212) 628-4444 to schedule an appointment today!

By Dr. Kenneth Meisler and Associates
November 26, 2018
Category: Foot Care
Tags: orthotics  

Orthotics, also known as orthoses, provide support for the feet, minimize strain on the feet, and can alleviate the pain and discomfort associated with certain foot conditions. Another thing to know about orthotics is that they can be custom made to best fit your feet. A better fit means more stability and support. A podiatrist can fit you with the right type of custom orthotic for your needs. The doctors at Kenneth R. Meisler, DPM, & Associates are your podiatrists for custom orthotics in New York City, NY.

Shoe OrthoticsTypes of Orthotics

The purpose of orthotics is to correct step patterns that are irregular or abnormal. Incorrect step patterns put excess strain on the feet, whether standing, walking, or running. The excess strain can cause discomfort, and even pain. Several types of orthotics are available for treating a variety of foot and ankle conditions. A podiatrist for orthotics in New York City can determine which type will best suit your needs. Available types of custom orthotics include:

  • Soft — Soft orthotics provide cushion and support, absorb shock, and alleviate pressure on the balls of the feet. This type is appropriate for patients with diabetes-related foot problems, foot deformities, or arthritis in the feet and ankles.
  • Rigid — Rigid orthotics alleviate pain and discomfort in the legs and lower back by correcting foot positioning when walking or running.
  • Semi-Rigid — Semi-rigid orthotics provide stability by improving foot balance and correcting foot positioning. This type is helpful for athletes, as well as patients with flat feet.

Benefits of Orthotics

Several benefits are associated with orthotics. Benefits include providing cushion and support for the feet, absorbing shock and reducing strain, and protecting the feet. Orthotics also correct foot positioning, provide stability, and minimize or eliminate pain and discomfort. In general, orthotics can make your feet more comfortable throughout the day. Further, custom orthotics maximize the benefits associated with wearing orthotics since they are custom made for a perfect fit.

There are many things you should know about orthotics. The most important thing to know is that they can provide relief from foot pain and discomfort. A podiatrist can identify the best type of orthotic for your foot condition. For custom orthotics in New York City, NY call the podiatry office of Kenneth R. Meisler & Associates at (212) 628-4444.