toenail-fungus7Toenail fungus affects approximately between two to eighteen percent of the world’s population, or about 35 million people. While the foot condition can be embarrassing to address, it can be easily managed with laser treatments. Laser treatment, which has been steadily growing in popularity, involves sending wavelengths of light to penetrate the nail bed to burst fungal spores. This delivers heat to the nail bed and causes a slight warming sensation for the patient. Laser removal is becoming the treatment of choice for toenail fungus, as topical treatments can take 6 to 12 months; while certain oral medications can be toxic to the liver.

While toenail fungus is troublesome to eradicate, it is not impossible. For more information about treatment, consult with Dr. Lori S. Weisenfeldof New York. Our doctor will attend to all of your podiatric needs.

Toenail Fungus Treatment

Toenail fungus is a problem which affects many people and is hard to get rid of. Fortunately, there are several methods to go about treating toenail fungus.

Antibiotics & Treatments

Lamisil – is the most commonly effective treatment for toenail fungus. It is available as an antibiotic Terbinafine tablet and cream. Terbinafine is a chemical component which kills fungal growth on the body. Applying regular doses will gradually kill the fungal growth. It is important to keep the area clean and air free.

Talcum powder – applying powder on the feet and shoes helps keep the feet free of moisture and sweat.

Sandals or open toed shoes – wearing these will allow air movement and help keep feet dry. They also expose your feet to light, which fungus cannot tolerate. Socks with moisture wicking material also help as well

Alternative Treatments

There are always surgical procedures that are available for toenail fungus. Some people would like immediate quick removal of toenail fungus. Surgeons will be able to cut through and remove the growth using laser surgery. It is important not to try and remove it yourself. Once removed, your old shoes will need to be replaced to avoid reinfection.  

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in New York, NY. We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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Monday, 05 October 2015 00:00

Standing Desks May be Better for Overall Health

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hammertoe4Lisa Raphael leader of the editorial team at Brit & Co. has been using her standing desk for quite some time and has found the benefits work for foot health, body health, and fashion. While initially taking on the standing desk after reading a Harvard Business Review article where sitting for more than six hours a day can increase death by 37%, Raphael began to notice that her clothes were less wrinkled and she had more options for skirt wear since it was easier to stand in a skirt than to sit. The editor also recognized that high heels would not be an option while standing up for most of the day for the sake of achy feet. “A lot of women will kick off the heels and stand barefoot, which is good for the body,” stated Colin Ferry, vice president of Ergo Depot, manufacturer of standing desks.

While working on the feet, it is important to take the proper care of them. For more information about working on your feet, contact Dr. Lori S. Weisenfeld of New York, NY. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Working on Your Feet

Standing on your feet for long periods of time can cause stress and pain in your feet. Your whole body may experience change in terms of posture, back pain, bunions, callouses and or plantar warts. There are ways to avoid these conditions with proper foot care, smart choices and correct posture.

Positive Changes

Negative heeled shoe – choosing this shoe places the heel slightly lower than the ball of the foot. These are great for overall foot health. Find shoes that fit you correctly.

Go barefoot – our feet were not designed to be enclosed for hours, or all day. Try allowing yourself to expose your feet to air.

Eliminate Pain

Foot Exercises – performing simple exercises, incorporating yoga and stretches is beneficial. This will allow increased blood flow to the area and muscles of the foot.

Achilles tendon – stretching the foot out flat on the floor, will relax the calf muscles and tendon. These exercises can be performed almost anywhere. Make sure you add these exercises to your daily regimen.

With a little bit of this information and knowing more about foot health, you will notice changes. Foot stretches and proper footwear will help with pain and prevent further issues.

Keep your feet healthy and your body will thank you for it.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in New York, NY. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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fungal-toenail2According to Amanda Lauren from CheatSheet, there are a few vital objects to keep in your gym bag to avoid infections such as athlete’s foot. For starters keeping a pair of flip-flops with you for those post-workout showers is extremely important since public showers are often breeding grounds for athlete’s foot. Keeping the feet dry is also important in avoiding foot problems; keeping moisture wicking socks in your gym bag are great for changing post workout for hygienic reasons and to keep your feet dry.

Athlete’s foot is an inconvenient condition that can be easily reduced with the proper treatment. If you are concerned about your athlete’s foot contact Dr. Lori S. Weisenfeld of New York. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Athlete’s Foot: The Sole Story

Athlete's foot, also known as tinea pedis, can be an extremely contagious foot infection. It is commonly contracted in public changing areas and bathrooms, dormitory style living quarters, around locker rooms and public swimming pools, or anywhere your feet often come into contact with other people.

Solutions to Combat Athlete’s Foot

  • Hydrate your feet by using lotion
  • Exfoliate
  • Buff off nails
  • Use of anti-fungal products
  • Examine your feet and visit your doctor if any suspicious blisters or cuts develop

Athlete’s foot can cause many irritating symptoms such as dry and flaking skin, itching, and redness. Some more severe symptoms can include bleeding and cracked skin, intense itching and burning and even pain when walking. In the worst cases, athlete’s foot can cause blistering as well. Speaking to your podiatrist will give you a better understanding of the different causes of athlete’s foot, as well as helping you figure out which treatment options are best for you.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our soffice located in New York, NY. We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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Monday, 21 September 2015 00:00

Start-Up Creates Orthotic Flip-Flop

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orthotics5Jackson Hole, WY based Kickstarter company Foot Flops have created a line of heat-molded orthotic flip-flop styles this week. Foot Flops customizable to each owner’s foot using patent pending HEAT technology made from Thermo-Form foam. The flip-flops are heated in an oven for five to seven minutes and are stepped on immediately upon removal for precision of support. The Foot Flop creation takes up to twenty minutes to cool and complete.

If you are having discomfort in your feet and would like to try orthotics, contact Dr. Lori S. Weisenfeld of New York. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What are Orthotics?

Orthotics are inserts you can place into your shoes to help with a variety of foot problems such as flat feet or foot pain. Orthotics provide relief and comfort for minor foot and heel pain, but can’t correct serious biomechanical problems in your feet.

Over-the-Counter Inserts

Orthotics come in a wide variety of over-the-counter inserts that are used to treat foot pain, heel pain, and minor problems. For example, arch supports can be inserted into your shoes to help correct over arched or flat feet, while gel insoles are often used because they provide comfort and relief from foot and heel pain by alleviating pressure.

Prescription Orthotics

If over-the-counter inserts don’t work for you, or if you have a more severe foot issue, it is possible to have your podiatrist prescribe custom orthotics. These high quality inserts are designed to treat problems such as abnormal motion, plantar fasciitis, and more severe heel pain. They can even be used to help patients suffering from diabetes by treating foot ulcers and painful calluses, and are usually molded to your feet individually, which allows them to provide full support and comfort.

If you are experiencing minor to severe foot or heel pain, it’s recommended to speak with your podiatrist on the possibilities of using orthotics. A podiatrist can determine which type of orthotic is right for you and allow you to take the first steps towards being pain free.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in New York, NY. We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technologies to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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broken-foot4For some students going back to school, it also means getting back into sports making it important for students, parents and coaches to keep an eye out for any sports related injury. Generally athletes should always try to keep it safe on the playing field, but in order to prevent injuries, any stretching before participating in any type of activity is vital. When facing any joint pain or aches in the feet, ankles or anywhere else in the body, icing it and taking the proper medications can be a quick fix, but if the pain becomes chronic it is best to seek professional help.

Sports related foot and ankle injuries need proper treatment before players can go back to their regular routines. If you have any concerns about your feet and ankles contact Dr. Loris S. Weisenfeld of New York. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Sport Related Foot and Ankle Injuries

Foot and ankle injuries are a common occurrence when it comes to athletes of any sport. While many athletes dismiss the initial aches and pains, the truth is that ignoring potential foot and ankle injuries can lead to serious problems. As athletes continue to place pressure and strain the area further, a mild injury can turn into something as serious as a rupture and may lead to a permanent disability. There are many factors that contribute to sports related foot and ankle injuries, which include failure to warm up properly, not providing support or wearing bad footwear. Common injuries and conditions athletes face, including:

  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Plantar Fasciosis
  • Achilles Tendinitis
  • Achilles Tendon Rupture
  • Ankle Sprains

Sports-related injuries are commonly treated using the RICE method. This includes rest, applying ice to the injured area, compression and elevating the ankle. More serious sprains and injuries may require surgery, which could include arthroscopic and reconstructive surgery. Rehabilitation and therapy may also be required in order to get any recovering athlete to become fully functional again. Any unusual aches and pains an athlete sustains must be evaluated by a licensed, reputable medical professional.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in New York, NY. We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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toenail-fungus7Robert P. Thompson, executive director of non-profit Institute of Preventative Foot Health recently spoke at the American Association of Diabetics Ecuador Annual Meeting 2015 where he stressed the importance of diabetic foot checkups. Thompson stated that medical professionals should do routine checkups on diabetic feet every visit and patients suffering from diabetes should keep an eye on their own feet twice a day. Regular foot checks are a major component of diabetes management where reducing the odds of neuropathy, inability to feel pain, slow wound healing, infection, ulcers, and amputation are reduced.

If you are suffering from diabetes or have any other concerns about your feet, contact Dr. Lori S. Weisenfeld of New York. Our doctor will diagnose and treat your foot and ankle needs.

Diabetic Foot Care

Diabetes affects millions of people every year. Diabetes can damage blood vessels in many parts of the body, including the feet. Because of this, taking care of your feet is essential if you have diabetes, and having a podiatrist help monitor your foot health is highly recommended.

The Importance of Caring for Your Feet

  • Routinely inspect your feet for bruises or sores.
  • Wear socks that fit your feet comfortably.
  • Wear comfortable shoes that provide adequate support.

Patients with diabetes should have their doctor monitor their blood levels because blood sugar levels play such a huge role in diabetic care. Monitoring these levels on a regular basis is highly advised.

It is always best to inform your healthcare professional of any concerns you may have regarding your feet, especially for diabetic patients. Early treatment and routine foot examinations are keys to maintaining proper health, especially because severe complications can arise if proper treatment is not applied.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office in New York, NY

. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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fungal-toenail2John Calvo has been suffering from gout since he was 25 years of age. Nearly twelve years later Calvo understand what triggers gout attacks and what can prevent them. Calvo recalls the pain felt during his first couple of attacks stating, “I just thought I had a broken toe… Bloodwork was done. Doc said it showed uric acid levels of a 40 year old.” Since then Calvo has found his gout attacks occur after drinking beer, his relatives have attacks after eating pork and shellfish. While uric acid is found in nearly every organism, high protein meats or foods with high levels of purine are most likely to trigger an attack.

Gout is a foot condition that requires certain treatment and care. If you have any concerns regarding gout, consult with Dr. Lori Weisenfeld of New York. Our doctor will assist you with all of your foot and ankle needs.

What is Gout?

Gout is a type of arthritis caused by a buildup of uric acid in the bloodstream. It often develops in the foot, especially the big toe area, although it can manifest in other parts of the body as well. Gout can make walking and standing very painful and is especially common in diabetics and the obese.

People typically get gout because of a poor diet. Genetic predisposition is also a factor. The children of parents who have had gout frequently have a chance of developing it themselves.

Gout can easily be identified by redness and inflammation of the big toe and the surrounding areas of the foot. Other symptoms include extreme fatigue, joint pain, and running high fevers. Sometimes corticosteroid drugs can be prescribed to treat gout, but the best way to combat this disease is to get more exercise and eat a better diet.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in New York, NY. We offer the newest diagnostic and holistic treatment protocols for all your individual foot and ankle needs.

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stretching2 According to Inquirer, having a lack of variety in your footwear can actually cause more damage, such as bunions, in the feet. While wearing sneakers everyday would seem like the most sensible option for the feet, they can become too comfortable to the point where the feet can forget to work on their own. Flat shoes are often lacking in proper cushioning and support that can cause cramping or other injuries. If the toe area is tight and closed bunions can start to form. While high heels are known to cause damage to the feet, they can be problematic to the rest of the body as well. Try wearing a lower and thicker heel to avoid ease the imbalances put on the body.

Bunion surgery usually occurs after non-surgical methods have proved to be ineffective. If you have any concerns about your feet or ankles contact Dr. Lori S. Weisenfeld of New York. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What is a Bunion?

A bunion is formed of swollen tissue or an enlargement of boney growth, usually located at the base joint of the toe that connects to the foot. The swelling occurs by the bones in the big toe shifting inward, which impacts the other toes of the foot. This causes the area around the base of the big toe to become inflamed and painful.

Why do Bunions Form?

  • Genetics – susceptibility to bunions are often hereditary
  • Stress on the feet – poorly fitted and uncomfortable footwear that places stress on feet, such as heels, can cause bunions to form

How are Bunions Diagnosed?

  • Refrain from wearing heels or similar shoes that cause discomfort
  • Select wider shoes that can provide more comfort and reduce pain
  • Anti-inflammatory and pain management drugs
  • Orthotics or foot inserts
  • Surgery

Doctors often perform two tests – blood tests and x-rays – when trying to diagnose bunions, especially in the early stages of development. Blood tests help determine if the foot pain is being caused by something else, such as arthritis, while x-rays provide a clear picture of your bone structure to your doctor.

How are Bunions Treated?

If you have any concerns please feel free to contact our office located in New York, NY. We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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Monday, 17 August 2015 00:00

Managing Plantar Warts in Children

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childrens-feet15 When a plantar wart becomes visible on a child, the treatment depends on the severity of the wart. Plantar warts have been known to cause pain in children when they walk or run, especially if the child is involved with sports. Your podiatrist may need to inspect the area or remove interfering dead skin before the wart’s removal process begins. Additionally, warts can be removed with the help of medicines, laser therapy, cryosurgery or freezing surgery, as well as immunotherapy. While most warts will disappear on their own, parents should keep an eye on the size of the wart, monitor irritation of topical treatments, and should not try to remove the wart by cutting or burning the skin at home.

Plantar warts can be very uncomfortable. If you have any concerns with plantar warts on your feet contact Dr. Lori Weisenfeld of New York. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

About Plantar Warts

Plantar warts are the result of HPV, or human papillomavirus, getting into open wounds on the feet. They are mostly found on the heels or balls of the feet.

While plantar warts are generally harmless, those experiencing excessive pain or those suffering from diabetes or a compromised immune system require immediate medical care. Plantar warts are easily diagnosed, usually through scraping off a bit of rough skin or by getting a biopsy.

Symptoms

  • Legions on the bottom of your feet, usually rough and grainy
  • Hard or thick callused spots
  • Wart seeds, which are small clotted blood vessels that look like little black spots
  • Pain, discomfort, or tenderness of your feet when walking or standing
  • Freezing
  • Electric tool removal
  • Laser Treatment
  • Topical Creams (prescription only)
  • Over-the-counter medications

Treatment

To help prevent developing plantar warts, avoid walking barefoot over abrasive surfaces that can cause cuts or wounds for HPV to get into. Avoiding direct contact with other warts, as well as not picking or rubbing existing warts, will help prevent the further spread of plantar warts. However, if you think you have developed plantar warts, speak to your podiatrist. He or she can diagnose the warts on your feet and recommend the appropriate treatment options.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in New York, NY. We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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hammertoe4According to a study published in the Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, men and women react and suffer from bone and muscle injuries such as arthritis in completely different ways. The study finds that women are more likely to have bone injuries as a result of arthritis while men will suffer blows to the tendons. Even though there has been a recent increase in Achilles tendon injuries in women, they are most likely occurring from forces such as running. For both sexes, wearing sensible shoes is the best bet in avoiding injuries of any kind; however, women are twice as likely to sustain some type of lower extremity injury due to high heels.

The feet are often common sites for arthritis to occur in the body. If you are struggling with arthritis in your feet or ankles, call Dr. Lori S. Weisenfeld, DPM of New York. Our doctor can examine your lower extremities to help alleviate your joint pain.

Arthritic Foot Care

Arthritis is a joint disorder that involves inflammation of different joints in your body, such as in your feet. Arthritis is often caused by a degenerative joint disease and causes mild to severe pain in all affected areas. On top of this, swelling and stiffness in the affected joints can also be a common symptom of arthritis.

In many cases, wearing ill-fitting shoes can worsen the effects and pain of arthritis. Wearing shoes that have a lower heel and extra room can help your feet feel more comfortable. In cases of rheumatoid arthritis, the arch in your foot may become problematic. Buying shoes with proper arch support that contour to your feet can help immensely.

Alleviating Arthritic Pain

  • Exercises that stretch the foot can prevent further pain and injury and increase mobility
  • Most of the pain can be alleviated with anti-inflammatory drugs, heat, and topical medications
  • Massages can help to temporarily alleviate pain.

It is best to see your doctor for the treatment that is right for your needs and symptoms. Conditions vary, and a podiatrist can help you determine the right method of care for your feet.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in New York, NY. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all of your foot ankle injuries.

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