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Posts for: January, 2018

By Dr. Kenneth Meisler and Associates
January 17, 2018
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Spikes   Cleats   Soccer  

Soccer and football players must wear athletic shoes that contain spikes on the bottom. The spikes are crucial for traction and safety when running on the field—especially in harsh weather conditions. Here are a few tips regarding picking out soccer and football spikes (also called cleats) for yourself or your child athlete.

Spikes (Cleats)

The purpose of a spike is to give a player an advantage on the field. Football and soccer players often to have to play in muddy or wet conditions, so if they were to wear standard sneakers they’d spend more time sliding and falling than passing the ball. A proper spike gives a soccer or football player the traction and support needed to be successful in the sport and protect the foot from injury.

Pick Spikes Specifically Designed for Your Sports

One mistake that some athletes make is assuming that every sports spike is created the same. There are different spike shoe designs for different sports—soccer, football and running track. Track shoe spikes are often pointier. Soccer spikes and football spikes are more similar to each other in looks. Also called “mud cleats,” football spikes are commonly designed with blunter metal, rubber or plastic studs and a more angled sole. They also have studs near the top to facilitate fast forward movement as well as thicker soles.

Soccer spikes are lighter and low­cut to aid with quick, agile movements. The “spikes” are usually made of replaceable aluminum cleats. They don’t normally have spikes or studs at the front as in the case of football shoes.

Get Sports Advice from a Podiatrist

If you’re still unsure about which spikes to buy for soccer or football (especially if you’ve had foot complications in the past), consult your podiatrist in advance for any sports advice this season. Maintain regular checkup appointments throughout the year as well and be sure to replace your cleat studs when they become worn down.

By Dr. Kenneth Meisler and Associates
January 16, 2018
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Warts  

How your podiatrists in New York City can help you get rid of wartswarts

Warts are an annoying, all-too-common problem on your feet. They can be unsightly and make it difficult to wear shoes. The good news is there are effective treatments for warts. The podiatrists at Kenneth R. Meisler & Associates in New York City, NY, want to share the facts about warts and wart treatment.

Warts on your feet, known as plantar warts, often appear on your toes, heels, or forefeet. They look like small, rough, elevated growths. Plantar warts are caused by exposure to a virus that enters your skin through cuts, sores, or breaks in your skin.

According to the Mayo Clinic, plantar warts have a few important characteristics:

  • They can cause tenderness and pain when you walk or stand
  • They can look like a callus when the wart has moved inward
  • They can have small black pinpoints which are clotted blood vessels
  • They can cause lesions along the ridges and lines in your feet

You are at increased risk of developing plantar warts if you:

  • Are a child or teenager
  • Have a history of recurring plantar warts
  • Have a weakened immune system
  • Often go barefoot in public areas like pools or locker rooms

Sometimes warts can go away on their own if you use over-the-counter medications, but you may need the services of a podiatrist. The podiatrists at Kenneth R. Meisler & Associates are one of the few specialty offices to offer revolutionary Pulsed Dye Laser treatment to remove warts. The laser uses light and heat energy to safely remove warts.

They also offer conventional methods of wart treatment, including:

  • Liquid nitrogen “freezing” treatment
  • Topical salicylic acid to peel the wart away, layer by layer

If you have annoying, unsightly, uncomfortable plantar warts, it’s time to seek out state-of-the-art wart treatment from your podiatrists at Kenneth R. Meisler & Associates in New York City, NY. You don’t have to live with plantar warts when help is just a phone call away. Call today!

By Dr. Kenneth Meisler and Associates
January 05, 2018
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Foot Problems   Scandals  

Find out how sandals can negatively impact the health of your feet and ankles.

We all like to find shoes that match our style; however, sometimes we replace comfort with fashion. While our feet might look stylish and trendy on the outside, they are often achy and unhappy on the inside. Many of the popular shoes we wear can affect our foot and ankle health and cause pain and other problems. If you love a good pair of sandals then you might be sad to hear this news; however, it’s important to shop for shoes that offer the most comfort and protection for your feet.

Sandals and Foot Problems

If you can’t get enough of these toe­wiggling shoes, they may be your go­to during the warmer months; however, because sandals lack the necessary support, you may also find yourself dealing with foot pain. This foot pain is often brought on by a condition known as plantar fasciitis. You may also find yourself with tendon problems and ankle sprains. 

So, how do you get the support you need while still wearing your favorite shoes?

Opt for sandals that boast biomechanical technology, which will give your foot and ankle the built­in support it needs to carry on with daily activities, from a night out on the town to just running errands.

You can also opt for custom­designed orthotics from your podiatrist to give you the exact support you need and to take pressure off the foot to reduce pain and inflammation, particularly on the plantar fascia.

There are even special plantar fasciitis shoes that are meant to support both the heel and the arch of the foot to alleviate discomfort. While you may be less likely to find a wide variety of sandal styles, there are still options for the sandal lover who also needs to take care of their plantar fasciitis.

Remember, your feet are vital to getting you around, so it’s important to treat them right. As always, if you notice pain or any other sort of discomfort that doesn’t go away, or is severe, then it’s time to see your podiatrist. Put your foot health first.