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By Dr. Kenneth Meisler and Associates
November 15, 2017
Category: Foot Disorders

PAD, or Peripheral Arterial Disease, reduces blood circulation in the feet and legs. It can lead to a host of other serious physical problems if not treated and managed properly.

What is PAD?

PAD happens when the insides of the arteries experience a buildup of fatty deposits. Also known as plaque, these deposits reduce the blood flow to the legs and feet. Like the plaque that forms on your teeth, it is extremely detrimental to the tissues where it develops. The arteries harden and become narrow, a condition known as atherosclerosis. The disease presents as upper and lower leg pain during activity, foot or toe pain during rest, and ulcerated sores on your feet that heal very slowly. Some people do not experience pain, however.

As many as one in five Americans aged 70 and over are afflicted with this disease, and with it comes a markedly increased risk for death from a heart attack or stroke. Complications from PAD can also lead to amputations.

What causes PAD?

While diabetes and high blood pressure can exacerbate PAD, a person's habits can largely compound the problem. Smoking, a sedentary lifestyle, and poor diet are all contributing factors to PAD and the complications that come with it.

How is PAD treated?

Your podiatrist will perform a simple test that compares the blood pressure in your arm with that in your ankle. An abnormality warrants other tests to determine how extensive your PAD is. It can then be managed with medicines designed to prevent blood clots and lower blood pressure and cholesterol. Lifestyle changes are a must ­ smoking cessation, an exercise regimen and a healthful diet are essential. Advanced cases may require surgery.

PAD is a serious disease, but maintaining a relationship with your podiatrist and committing to a healthier way of life can help control its effects.

By Dr. Kenneth Meisler and Associates
November 15, 2017
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Toenail Fungus  

Toenail fungus is an incredibly common foot problem that can affect anyone. Although data suggests that anywhere from 5% - 10% of toenail fungusAmericans have some form of toenail fungus at any given time, many people are unaware that they have it or live with it for years without getting treatment, so the numbers are probably much higher. There are different types of fungal infections that affect toe and fingernails, and several causes and risk factors, the most common of which is living with someone who has it or walking barefoot on moist and damp surfaces, like the locker room or shower at the gym. The podiatrists at Kenneth R. Meisler & Associates in New York City offer laser treatment for toenail fungus.

Toenail Fungus Treatment in New York City

In many cases, toenail fungus can be treated with at home, over the counter remedies and self-care. However, depending on the severity and type of fungal infection, conservative treatments may be ineffective. If preventive or self-care methods are ineffective, you should schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for treatment. Some of the most common toenail fungus treatment options include:

  • Oral medication
  • Topical treatments
  • Laser treatment
  • Surgical removal of the nail (reserved for cases where topical and other treatments are ineffective in clearing up a severe infection)

Kenneth R. Meisler & Associates offers PinPointe Foot Laser therapy, a non-invasive treatment that uses laser beams to kill the fungus embedded underneath your toenails. It is a simple outpatient procedure that does not require numbing or anesthesia, and exclusively targets the fungus without causing damage or irritation to your toenail or surrounding tissue. The number of treatments depends on the severity of the infection, but can be effective in as little as a single treatment for mild cases.

Find a Podiatrist in New York City

For more information about toenail fungus prevention and treatment for you and your family, contact our office by calling (212) 628-4444 to schedule an appointment with a podiatrist today.

By Dr. Kenneth Meisler and Associates
November 03, 2017
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Ballet Shoes  

Doing an online search for the real effects of ballet shoes on the feet will likely bring up some pretty scary images. However, it shouldn’t scare you away from pursuing ballet—it is a beautiful and expressive form of dance that can be very rewarding. If you’re a ballerina or you’re thinking about enrolling your child in ballet classes, learn more about how ballet shoes can affect the feet. You can then take proper steps to protect your feet going forward.

Wearing Ballet Shoes

Ballet shoes are designed for utility, not for the benefit of your feet. They are made of canvas and silk material with lace straps that wrap around the ankles. Each shoe shapes the toes and feet so that they can be trained in a certain formation for dancing. Ballet dancers often have to get on tippy toes at a moment’s notice to keep up with choreography, so their shoes have to support this action, just as sneakers support the quick actions of tennis players.

What Can Ballet Shoes Do to Your Feet?

Podiatrists often treat ballerinas and other dancers who have serious foot problems. Here are a few issues that can develop as a result of wearing ballet shoes:

  • Hammertoes (the toes begin to bend forward, and in some cases become stuck in that position).
  • Corns, calluses
  • Blisters, ulcers, sores and wounds
  • Bunions (the bone on the inside of the foot begins to move outward)
  • Nail fungus and sometimes loss of toenails

Many ballerinas suffer these foot problems in silence, but the best course of action is to begin seeing a qualified podiatrist early in your career. Ongoing care and foot therapy can help minimize the negative effects of ballet shoes on your feet.

Caring for Your Feet as a Ballerina

Treatments are available at the podiatrist’s office that can give your feet relief from the symptoms of dancing and wearing ballet shoes. Ulcers must be drained and disinfected. Hammertoes can be corrected with splints or prescribing orthotic shoes to wear when not dancing. Treatments are also available to eliminate toenail fungus. Another top goal of podiatry for ballerinas is pain management—exercises and medications can help relieve pain.

Getting help from a podiatrist is crucial if you want to reduce the negative effects of ballet shoes on your feet. It’s never too late to seek help from a foot professional who understands these issues, so schedule a consultation appointment today.