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By Kenneth R. Meisler, D.P.M., P.L.L.C. & Associates
August 23, 2021
Category: Podiatry
Tags: Toenail Fungus  

How your podiatrists in New York, NY, can help you deal with toenail fungus

Toenail fungus can be a nasty problem, making it embarrassing for you to take off your shoes. Toenail fungus can also cause long-term issues if left untreated. Fortunately, your podiatrist can help you get rid of toenail fungus for good.

The podiatrists at Dr. Kenneth Meisler & Associates in New York, NY, offer comprehensive foot care services, including treatment of toenail fungus.

You can acquire toenail fungus from walking barefoot in public pool areas, showers, locker rooms, and other areas which remain warm and wet. That’s because the fungus that causes toenail problems thrives in warm, moist environments.

You can protect yourself from toenail fungus by never going barefoot in these areas if possible. You can wear a pair of rubber flip-flops into the shower to keep your feet from contacting the fungus.

If you have toenail fungus and it goes untreated, you may experience:

  • Pain in your feet and toes due to thickened, distorted toenails
  • Spread of the fungus to your skin, causing athlete’s foot
  • Infection of the surrounding areas, causing cracked skin, and increasing bacterial spread
  • Loss of your toenails, either temporarily or permanently

When you have toenail fungus, you can try applying over-the-counter anti-fungal lotions or creams, and thinning and trimming your toenails. For stubborn, moderate to severe toenail fungus, your podiatrist may recommend:

  • Prescription-strength topical antifungal treatments to kill the fungus
  • Prescription-strength oral antifungal medications
  • Removing the infected toenail to allow a healthy new toenail to grow
  • Light or laser therapy to eliminate the fungus and prevent it from coming back

You don’t have to suffer from toenail fungus when help is just a phone call away. To learn more about the causes, treatment, and long-term effects of toenail fungus, call the podiatrists of Dr. Kenneth Meisler & Associates in New York, NY, at (212) 628-4444. Call now!

By Dr. Kenneth Meisler and Associates
April 17, 2018
Category: Podiatry
Tags: Foot Surgery   Ankle Surgery  

Are your foot symptoms bad enough to warrant surgical interventions?Foot Surgery, Ankle Surgery

Have you been trying every treatment possible to help manage your foot problem? Are you not experiencing the relief you thought you would even after months of dedicated care? Are your foot or ankle problems affecting your day-to-day activities? If you said, “yes” to these questions, then it might be time to consider getting foot or ankle surgery. While surgery is often the last thing someone wants to think about it, here are some reasons why it might be needed.

What are the most common types of foot surgeries?

You might be surprised to learn about all the seemingly common conditions that could benefit from surgery. While these conditions don’t always warrant this kind of aggressive treatment, there are some cases in which it will. Here are some of the most common foot surgeries to consider:

  • Bunions
  • Hammertoes
  • Arthritis (of the foot and/or ankle)
  • Ankle replacement
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Morton’s neuroma
  • Achilles tendon rupture or injury
  • Tibialis posterior dysfunction

Why is surgery needed?

Most people with these issues above won’t require surgery to get a handle on their symptoms. Whether you do actually need to get foot surgery will really depend on several factors such as:

  • The severity of the pain
  • How long you’ve been experiencing pain
  • Whether or not you are responding to treatments
  • Your quality of life
  • Your personal needs

What are the advantages of foot surgery?

For those patients not finding relief through non-surgical methods, you may find that getting surgery could provide you with all the benefits you were hoping for including:

  • Reduced or completely eliminated pain
  • Improved mobility, function, and range-of-motion
  • The ability to wear shoes without discomfort or irritation
  • Improvement in the shape and appearance of your feet

Sometimes surgery is able to provide the quality of life that other nonsurgical options just can’t. You can always talk to your podiatric specialist to learn more about the treatments that are right for you.

By Dr. Kenneth Meisler and Associates
March 05, 2018
Category: Podiatry
Tags: Nutrition   Diet  

Did you know that what you consume could actually be affecting your foot health?

When we sit down to enjoy a meal we sometimes think about how what we eat affects our overall health. While we consider the heart benefits, we might not realize that the food we are about to enjoy can also affect the health of our feet as well. It might sound rather strange to consider, but what we eat affects all parts of the body, feet included. If you want to maintain both good overall health and good foot health, then it’s time to find out just how diet can affect your feet.

The American Diet

While we don’t like to admit it, the American diet is detrimental to foot health, as it often causes an inflammatory response. With all the saturated fats, refined grains, trans fats and added sugar, it’s no wonder that a lot of us deal with inflamed and uncomfortable feet. While some people may have a food sensitivity that causes foot inflammation, for most of us it’s our heavy intake of foods loaded with these bad elements that lead to our foot problems.

The Healthy-Foot Diet

What can you do to promote better foot health? Follow these diet recommendations to reduce inflammation and prevent conditions such as plantar fasciitis from affecting your life:

  • Incorporate more omega-3 fats: Next time you go to the grocery store, head to the seafood counter and snag some delicious salmon. Fatty fish like salmon are packed full of omega­3s, which stave off inflammation. If you aren’t a seafood lover, then consider taking fish oil supplements to reap the omega­3 benefits instead.
  • Avoid refined foods: No matter how tempting it might be, sugary snacks and white, processed grains like bread and pasta can wreak havoc on your body’s inflammatory response. However, you don’t have to say goodbye to that weekly bowl of past. Instead, swap it for whole grains and dark, leafy vegetables and stay away from processed, packaged and refined foods. This is particularly important for those with diabetes.
  • Say yes for lean meats: While a juicy steak might sound delicious, the saturated fats are anything but healthy for your feet. Instead, you should replace red meats with leaner meats like fish or chicken.

If you notice any foot symptoms that cause you concern, then you should talk to your podiatrist as soon as possible. If you are worried about how your diet is affecting your health then talk to us about foods to decrease inflammation and promote healthier feet. After all, our feet do a lot for us, so isn’t it time you did something for them?

By Dr. Kenneth Meisler and Associates
January 03, 2017
Category: Podiatry
Tags: Plantar Warts   Warts  

Find out what you can do to prevent plantar warts from happening to you.

There seem to be a multitude of old wives’ tales that tout interesting and sometimes funny ways to remove warts. However, instead of finding unique ways to get rid of your warts, it’s even better if you can prevent them from happening in the first place. While it can be difficult to avoid the virus that causes plantar warts, there are some measures you can take to try to prevent yourself from coming in contact with this common virus.

What causes plantar warts?

Plantar warts are caused by a virus known as the human papillomavirus (HPV). While these warts are benign, they can be unsightly, uncomfortable and embarrassing. There are several different strains of HPV responsible for producing plantar warts, growths often found on the soles of the feet. However, some people that have HPV may not even develop warts.

How can you prevent exposure to the HPV virus that causes plantar warts?

While it’s difficult to ever be 100 percent protected against getting plantar warts, the best way to not get them is by avoiding contact with HPV. This means not touching warts that either you or someone else may have. Some other tips include:

  • Don’t share towels, shoes or razors with anyone. Remember, someone can still have HPV and not show any visible signs.
  • Always wear shoes in damp, warm and moist areas where the virus may thrive. This includes wearing shoes while using public locker rooms, pools or public showers.
  • Prevent irritation on the bottoms of your feet by wearing the proper shoes. Feet that have broken skin are more susceptible to developing warts.
  • Always dry your feet, particularly after sweating. Wear absorbent socks if you find that your feet sweat frequently.

While plantar warts can be unsightly, they aren’t dangerous. However, if you want to have one removed, talk to your podiatrist about at-­home treatments or come into our office to have it removed professionally.

How are plantar warts treated?

There are some over­the­counter salicylic acid treatments that are effective and safe for removing warts. There are also over­the­counter cryotherapy kits that freeze off these growths. However, these kits are only safe to use on warts that develop on your hands or feet.

If you aren’t sure whether you have warts or if you have been diagnosed with diabetes and you’re dealing with plantar warts, then it’s important to seek the medical advice of your podiatrist. Call us today!