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By Dr. Kenneth Meisler and Associates
November 15, 2016
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Ski Boots  

Ski BootsConsider the health of your feet the when you purchase your next pair of ski boots.

It’s time to grab those skis and hit the trails! Perhaps you’ve finally decided to take that weekend trip and go skiing with the family, but before you leave, you need to purchase a new pair of ski boots. Before you grab the first pair of boots that you see, it’s important to consider your feet and ankles. Your podiatrist offers up foot care tips for skiers and snow bunnies alike.

Why Do I Need Proper Ski Boots?

While this might seem like a silly question, you would be surprised how many athletes and skiers don’t really consider their foot and ankle health when it comes time to purchase shoes. However, your feet and ankles absorb shock and act as brakes, able to turn and steer in a different direction at a moment’s notice. This is a lot of wear and tear on your feet, and if you’ve ever had a pre­existing foot injury, you are even more prone to damage.

You can reduce your chances of injury just by buying proper skiing gear. Ski boots are, by far, the most important piece of equipment you’ll own as a skier. Here are some things you should know before purchasing your next pair of ski boots:

  • Your ski boots should fit snugly. If the boots are too loose, they will slide around, placing pressure and strain on different areas of the foot.
  • If you have found it difficult to turn while skiing, this may be due to an imbalance in the structure of your foot. If this is the case, talk to your podiatrist about custom­made orthotics that can be inserted into your ski boots to provide additional support and stability.
  • It’s generally a good idea to buy or rent your skis from someone who knows about ski boots, like a winter sports retail specialist. If you already have orthotics that you wear when you ski, you’ll want to bring those in—along with the socks you’ll wear on the slopes—when you are trying on a new pair of ski boots.
  • Try on a variety of different ski boots and walk around the store in them to see how they fit. Remember that you’ll probably be wearing these boots for several hours a day, so they must fit you perfectly.
  • If you’re an avid skier, then talk to your podiatrist about special orthotics that can be used to protect your feet from constant wear and tear that will happen when you’re on the slopes for hours a day, multiple days a week.

The more time you spend calculating how your foot health plays into the equation the safer your feet will be when it comes time to hit the slopes. Enjoy a fantastic ski weekend without worrying about foot injuries!

By Dr. Kenneth Meisler and Associates
November 04, 2016
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Toenail Fungus  

Nix toenail fungus for good and say goodbye to unsightly yellow toenails.

Even though the cooler weather means that we are packing up those summer flip-flops and once again sporting close-toed shoes it toenail fungusdoesn’t make dealing with an unsightly toenail fungus any easier. A toenail fungus can be unpleasant and difficult to treat. Fortunately, our New York City podiatrists have some options for getting rid of your toenail fungus so you can enjoy clear, healthy-looking toenails when it’s time to actually sport those flip-flops again.

What are the symptoms of a toenail fungus?

You could be dealing with a toenail fungus if your nail is:

  • Thick
  • Crumbling or brittle
  • Dull
  • Misshapen
  • Yellowing or dark in color
  • Painful (if the nail has separated from the nail bed)

How does toenail fungus happen?

As the name already suggests, a fungus known as a dermatophyte is responsible for this infection. Of course, molds and yeasts can also cause nail fungus. Fungi thrive in environments that are warm and moist, like your local community swimming pool or the gym locker room. These fungi can enter your skin through microscopic cuts and infect the nail.

What are my treatment options?

For otherwise healthy individuals who have toenail fungus using over-the-counter medications to target your fungal infection may be all that you need. Of course, if you aren’t finding any relief from your symptoms with at-home treatment, or if you have diabetes, you need to visit our NYC foot doctor right away for care. Sometimes prescription medications are the only way to target a toenail fungus.

Since topical medications don’t penetrate through the nail, it can be challenging to kill the fungal infection this way, which is why we might prescribe oral antifungal medications. You will need to take this medication for several weeks. Even once the infection is gone the nail will still need to grow back fully in order to see that it’s healthy. It can take several months to see results.

Of course, laser treatment has become an increasingly popular way to target and eliminate nail fungus. The laser can safely penetrate the nail to heat up and destroy the fungus. Again, you’ll still have to wait several months for the nail to grow back healthy, but laser fungal treatment can be an amazing treatment option, especially for those with stubborn or chronic toenail fungus.

Don’t let a yellow, crumbling toenail affect how your feet look. Let Dr. Kenneth Meisler & Associates in New York City provide you with the care you deserve to fight pesky toenail fungus for good.

By Dr. Kenneth Meisler and Associates
November 01, 2016
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Runners   Marathons  

How Marathons Affect Your Feet.Find out how marathons impact feet and what you can do to maintain good foot health.

Marathons are a great way to stay active and fit while also enjoying the rush of the competition. For some, marathons are a lifestyle that they just can’t live without. The adrenaline and endorphins from completing another marathon can leave you hungry for more; however, while you’re enjoying the afterglow of yet another completed marathon, it’s important to consider your feet!

While we often don’t think of our feet until there is a problem, it’s important to protect them during marathon training and competitions to ensure that they stay healthy and happy. Let’s learn about the effect marathons can have on your feet, and what you can do to protect them.

Common Foot Problems of Marathon Runners

While marathoners tend to be healthier than the rest of the population, there are some precautions that should be taken to ensure that the athlete staves off the common injuries that can occur over those strenuous miles. 

Do you know just how much a marathon knocks your feet around? On average, a runner will land about 13,000­20,000 times on each foot with their whole weight. That’s certainly a lot of force and pressure that your feet have to deal with. Therefore, don’t be surprised if you experience any of these common issues:

  • Blisters
  • Calluses
  • Corns
  • Toenail injuries

While these conditions are more common and rarely warrant a trip to your podiatrist’s office, there are some other more serious foot conditions that marathoners need to be aware of:

  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Achilles tendinitis
  • Stress fractures
  • Ankle strains and sprains

Foot Problem Prevention

The key to preventing marathon­related foot injuries is to always choose the proper shoes. This means finding high­impact shoes that can give you the ample support your foot needs to do its job properly. Go to a sporting goods shoe store, where the employees will have some expertise in which shoes would work best for your athletic needs. Here are some good rules when it comes to your marathon shoes:

  • Never purchase shoes that are too loose or too tight. While you want room for your toes to move around, you don’t want the shoes rubbing against parts of your feet.
  • Opt for orthotics to provide additional support and comfort while pounding the pavement.
  • Always throw out old shoes, as they won’t provide you with the proper support and cushioning you need. While it’s up for debate when you should replace your shoes, most runners tend to toss their old pair after about 300 to 400 miles.

Pain is your body’s way of telling you that something isn’t right. While some foot pain can easily go away on its own with rest, some conditions are more serious and require your podiatrist’s attention. If your symptoms become severe or don’t go away after a couple days, it’s might be time to schedule an appointment with us.