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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.

By Dr. Kenneth Meisler and Associates
September 12, 2017
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Foot Problems  

Do you know how to treat a foot problem when it happens to you?common foot problems

Foot problems happen to most people at some point during their lifetime. It’s important that you know what to do about it to prevent further issues. Our New York City podiatrists at Kenneth R. Meisler & Associates are here to share the most common foot conditions and problems we see and what you can do to treat your condition and manage your symptoms.

Bunions

This deformity of the joint at the base of the big toe is a fairly common condition that occurs over time. More women develop bunions than men and it usually is more noticeable later in life. This deformity is progressive, meaning that it will continue to grow and get worse if the proper measures aren’t taken to treat it.

While bunion surgery is the only way to repair the joint, the majority of people can get away with managing their symptoms with non-invasive measures such as:

  • Heat therapy
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs)
  • Custom orthotics
  • Proper footwear
  • Bunion pads

Heel Pain

While there are a few conditions that can lead to heel pain, plantar fasciitis is the most common cause. Plantar fasciitis is when there are microtears or inflammation in the plantar fascia, a band of tissue that runs along the soles of the feet. If you also notice arch pain along with heel pain then you may be dealing with plantar fasciitis.

Luckily, plantar fasciitis will often go away on its own. In the meantime, there are things you can do to manage your symptoms:

  • Brace or splint the heel
  • Wear orthotics (custom shoe inserts)
  • Wear shoes that offer more support and padding
  • Avoid high-impact exercises
  • Rest the foot and elevate it

If symptoms don’t improve after a week of at-home care, then it’s time to visit one of our New York City foot doctors.

Fungal Infection

While fungal infections are rarely serious, it’s still important that you treat the infection to prevent it from spreading. There are over-the-counter antifungal medications that you can use; however, it can be tricky to treat fungal nail infections. Sometimes you’ll need to turn to a foot specialist for a prescription medication or for laser nail treatment.

If you are experiencing any of these issues above, or any other foot problems, don’t hesitate to call our New York, NY podiatry office right away for treatment. Even if you just have questions about the services we offer, we are here to answer them.

By Dr. Kenneth Meisler and Associates
September 08, 2017
Category: Foot Disorders
Tags: Club Foot   Foot Problems  

Podiatrists diagnose and treat a wide variety of foot­related concerns that affect everything from the heels to the toes. One relatively rare yet club footconcerning issue that a foot doctor can fix is clubfoot—it’s a condition that usually affects children. If you have concerns about the shape and function of your child’s feet, learn more about clubfoot, its causes and how it can be successfully treated by a podiatrist.

What Is Club Foot?

Club foot is a condition that causes the feet to look deformed. It is an issue that usually develops at birth and continues to develop through childhood. The foot looks twisted to the point where the child cannot walk properly or even place his foot down on the ground normally. In extreme cases, where the foot is almost upside down, the child can’t walk at all. If it goes untreated, it can cause problems in the calves and legs, so this is a problem that must be corrected as soon as it is noticed.

What Causes Club Foot?

Doctors don’t know exactly what causes clubfoot, but there is a theory that it may develop in the womb. The way that the baby is positioned in the mother’s womb could cause unnatural pressure on the still­developing child’s skeletal system. Children who are diagnosed with musculoskeletal disorders are also more prone to this foot problem. Some doctors also believe that club foot runs in the family, or it can be caused by smoking or doing drugs during pregnancy.

Cures for Club Foot

Podiatrists can successfully correct most cases of club foot in children—the earlier that it’s addressed by a doctor, the better. The standard procedure to fix this condition is called the Ponseti treatment method. The podiatrist stretches the child’s feet to the proper position and then puts it in a secure cast. Regular appointments are necessary to re­adjust the position of the feet and monitor progress until they are properly aligned. Other solutions include taping the feet, and, in advanced cases, surgery may be needed.

Your child can be cured of club foot and have healthy, normally aligned feet. It’s important to see a podiatrist for a consultation as soon as the issue is noticed for the best results.