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Posts for: July, 2016

By Dr. Kenneth Meisler and Associates
July 28, 2016
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Warts  

Although not life-threatening, warts can be unsightly and even painful problems that most of us will experience at least once in our lives. Caused by a virus, the warts treated by the podiatrists at Dr. Kenneth Meisler and Associates in New York City are generally common Wartswarts - the raised, bumpy growths that are grayish in color and can appear anywhere on the feet, toes or ankles - and plantar warts, which grow inward on the soles of the feet and can make walking very uncomfortable. Here, Dr. Meisler and his colleagues - Dr. Rocco Sellitto, Dr. Stephanie Hochman, Dr. Christopher Minacapilli, Dr. Martin Wendelken and Dr. Latoya Haskin - explain how warts are treated in their New York City, NY podiatry practice.

Medical treatment

One of the most common ways warts are treated by your podiatrist is with a chemical called liquid nitrogen, which exists at a temperature of about negative 330 degrees Fahrenheit. When applied to the wart, it freezes the affected skin, creating a blister under and around the wart that pushes it away from the skin in a matter of a few days. Other chemicals used in wart treatment include salicylic acid and cantharidin. Occasionally surgery is needed for warts that are unresponsive to chemical treatments.

Home treatment

Over-the-counter wart treatments are available at any pharmacy. They typically contain the same medication used at your podiatrist's office - liquid nitrogen or salicylic acid - although it is less concentrated and therefore may take longer to show results. It's important to remember that many "natural" at-home wart treatments - tape, garlic, tea tree oil, even pineapple - are considered anecdotal and may not give you any significant results.

If you have a wart on your foot or ankle that needs treatment, we encourage you to contact the office of Dr. Kenneth Meisler and Associates in New York City, NY. We look forward to helping you put your best foot forward!

By Dr. Kenneth Meisler
July 18, 2016
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Walking   Cholesterol  
WalkingOur feet carry us from point A to point B and help us remain active. But did you also know that using your feet can help you lower your cholesterol, too? One of the best ways to lower your cholesterol is to lose weight and exercise regularly. Let’s take a look at how walking can help you.

The Benefits of Walking

To maintain a healthy and happier lifestyle, walking may be the right choice for you.  It is an easy, safe and inexpensive way to exercise and keep up your health.  Walking can also be a relaxing and invigorating way to maintain a healthy lifestyle.  The results of walking are physically rewarding and add enjoyable years to your life.
Walking is an excellent way to being an exercise program for those who have a long history of inactivity, problems with obesity, or who just don’t like strenuous activity.  When beginning, you can start off slowly and then gradually increase your speed to maintain a steady pace.  A good conditioning program begins with moderation and dedication.
Podiatrists recommend walking to ease or ward off a number of physically related illnesses.  Walking can help you:
  • Strengthen your heart and lungs
  • Improve circulation
  • Prevent heart attacks and strokes
  • Reduce obesity and high blood pressure
  • Boost your metabolic rate 
  • Favorably alter your cholesterol
  • Improve muscle tone in your legs and abdomen
  • Reduce stress and tension
  • Reduce arthritis pain
  • Stop bone tissue decay
Contact your podiatrist for more information on how you can lower your cholesterol with the help of walking and other exercises. 

By Dr. Kenneth Meisler
July 05, 2016
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Bunions  
BunionsMany women adore their high-heels, but wearing these high fashion shoes could be hazardous to your health.  Knowing when to choose comfort over fashion, you can potentially reduce the amount of pain your feet will suffer from painful bunions and other foot conditions. 
Our office is available to help you prevent the development of a bunion.  When it comes to bunions, let’s take a closer look at some valuable information for bunion prevention.  

Prevention is Key 

When it comes to bunions, it is important to give your feet a break from high-heeled shoes.  If a bunion begins to form, soaking feet in warm water can provide temporary relief in the early stages.  
To minimize your chances of developing a bunion, do not force your foot into a shoe that doesn’t fit.  Improper fitting shoes can aggravate bunions and foot pain.  When it comes to your shoes, choose ones that conform to the shape of your foot.  
Custom orthotics at your podiatrist’s office are also available to slow the development of the deformity.  Orthotics can also relieve pain in your feet, which makes it important to visit your podiatrist when complications arise. 

What if I Already Have a Bunion? 

According to your podiatrist, if you are a patient with a bunion, it is important to wear shoes that have enough room as to reduce pressure on the deformity.  When a bunion progresses to the point where walking becomes difficult and conservative treatments are not effective, you may need surgery.  
A consultation with your podiatrist will be needed to further diagnose and develop a proper treatment plan. Don’t wait for a bunion to form, talk to your podiatrist about steps you can take to protect your feet from a painful bunion bump.