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By Dr. Kenneth Meisler
July 22, 2015
Category: Foot Care
Tags: orthotics  

OrthoticsFind out how your New York City podiatrist could easily get you back on your feet and living life.

Are you experiencing painful, achy feet? Are you noticing it’s harder to get around or accomplish day-to-day activities? Are persistent foot issues affecting your daily exercises? If so then it might be time to talk to your New York City podiatrist Dr. Kenneth Meisler about custom-made orthotics and whether they are right for you.

What are orthotics?

Orthotics are customized shoe inserts made prescribed by your New York City podiatrist. They help correct certain structural abnormalities and to improve posture and balance, as well as offering support and reducing soreness and other symptoms.

How do orthotics work?

Orthotics are specially designed to change the way your foot is angled when it hits the ground. This makes physical activity or even standing more comfortable and supportive. Orthotics offer many benefits, including alleviating foot and ankle pain and providing stability, as well as shock absorption.

Are orthotics just for athletes?

While orthotics can certainly benefit those with active lifestyles, orthotics can also be just as beneficial for someone who isn’t an athlete. You may want to consider getting orthotics in New York City if you are dealing with any of these issues:

  • Recurrent ankle sprains
  • A structural imbalance like flat feet
  • You experience chronic knee or lower back pain
  • Your feet roll inward or outward when you walk

There are many foot issues that could benefit from custom orthotics. Find out more from your NYC podiatrist today.

Do custom orthotics really make a difference?

While there are shoes inserts that you can purchase from your local drugstore, these should not be mistaken for prescription or custom orthotics. Commercial shoe inserts are designed with a one-size-fits-most approach and aren’t tailored for your specific foot problem. Therefore, these commercial inserts may not actually treat your symptoms, and could actually make symptoms worse. Your NYC podiatrist is trained to not only diagnose your condition, but also to prescribe the right orthotics for your needs.

Are you ready to discover the world of custom-made orthotics? Want to know what they can do for you? Then schedule an appointment with your New York City podiatrist Dr. Kenneth Meisler and finally give your feet the relief they need.

By Kenneth R. Meisler, D.P.M., FACFAS, P.L.L.C.
July 15, 2015
Category: Foot Care

Heel pain and kids New York, NYA parent should never ignore their child’s complaints about pain in their feet, and your child should never play through the pain, as it can lead to difficulty in walking that can require complicated therapy. We never want our children to be in pain, and it is especially important to protect their feet to allow them to remain active. Your podiatrist is available to help diagnose your child’s foot troubles, while also providing the best care possible to get them on their feet and running around again.

Heel pain is a common childhood complaint, but that doesn’t mean it should be ignored, or that you should wait to see if the pain will go away. Heel pain is a symptom, not a disease. In other words, heel pain is a warning sign that a child has a condition that needs attention.

Your child may not know to or be able to articulate to you that they are in pain. Keep in mind that heel pain in children is often associated with these signs and symptoms: 

  • Limping
  • Walking on toes
  • Difficulty participating in usual activities or sports

Treatment from your child’s podiatrist will depend on the diagnosis and the severity of the pain. For mild heel pain, treatment options might include a reduction in activity and cushioning the heel with temporary shoe inserts. For moderate heel pain, in addition to reducing activity and cushioning the heel, your podiatrist might use medications, physical therapy, and orthotic devices. If your child has severe heel pain, immobilization, follow-up measures or surgery might be needed. 

Schedule an appointment with your podiatrist if your child is experiencing heel pain of any kind. The cause of the pain isn't likely to disappear on its own, and waiting has the potential of making a small problem into a big one.

By Kenneth R. Meisler, D.P.M., FACFAS, P.L.L.C.
July 07, 2015
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Proper Footwear  

An average day of walking brings a force that is equal to several hundred tons on your feet and is subject to more injury than any other part of your body. This shows just how important the need to protect your feet with proper footwear is. Feet carry a lot of pressure, therefore keeping them well maintained is important for vitality and life. Your podiatrist is available to offer options for the best shoes for your feet. 

Quick Shoe Tips

Buy specific shoes for work, leisure, and special activities.  Your shoes should match the intended activity.  When buying shoes it is important to:
  • Have your feet measured while you’re standing
  • Always try on both shoes, and walk around the store
  • Always buy for the larger foot; feet are seldom exactly the same size
  • Don’t buy shoes that need a “break-in” period.  Shoes should be comfortable immediately
  • Shop for shoes later in the day
  • Select a shoe with leather upper, stiff heel counter, appropriate cushioning, and flexibility at the ball of the foot.
  • Don’t rely on the size of your last pair of shoes because your feet do tend to get larger

Watch for Comfort, Not Fashion

To relieve the harmful effects of wearing heels, limit how often you wear them, or eliminate them altogether. If you must wear heels, it is important to alternate with supportive sneakers or flats for part of the day, in addition to a varied heel height. There are also comfortable and attractive walking pumps for work and other social activities, which blend comfort with pleasure.  
Most importantly, the activity in which you may be participating in is vital in choosing the proper shoe. Wearing the right shoe for the right activity is the most important factor in your choice for shoes to wear.  
Your podiatrist is specially trained and experienced in the diagnosis and treatment of all foot conditions. Protect your feet by buying appropriate shoes for your occasion.