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September 07, 2017
Category: Podiatry
Tags: heel pain   hammertoes   bunions  

Find Relief From Heel Pain, Hammertoes, or Bunions!

Are you having foot problems? Podiatrists provide a complete range of medical care for problems of the feet. They diagnose and treat foot carediseases and perform surgery. Our Board Certified Podiatrist Dr. Corinne Kauderer of Dyker Heights Advanced Foot & Dental Wellness in Brooklyn, New York offers a full range of podiatric services. Read on if you want to find relief from heel pain, hammertoes, or bunions.

About Heel Pain

Heel pain affects millions of Americans every year. Heel pain is a common complaint, especially amongst those who are involved in sports. Heel pain can interfere with your day-to-day activities, particularly exercise. If treated quickly and properly, your foot will heal well, allowing safe return to activity. 

Heel Pain Treatments

Treatments for heel pain usually involve a combination of techniques, such as orthotic devices, over-the-counter pain relievers, and stretching exercises to reduce pain and speed up recovery. Prescription 3d printed orthoses are designed to fit each patient's own foot structure. Orthotic devices relieve heel pain and provide cushioning and arch support for added shock absorption, comfort and protection. In cases that don't respond to conservative treatment, EPAT- Extracorporeal Pulse Activation Treatment may be needed. This treatment sends acoustic waves at the affected area to increase the body's natural healing response and decrease inflammation.

About Hammertoes

A hammertoe is a deformity of the toe. This condition causes the toe to bend at the middle joint so that it resembles a hammer. At the start, hammertoes are very flexible and can be fixed, but if not treated promptly, they may become fixed and require surgery to correct them.

Hammertoe Treatments

Drugs that reduce inflammation can alleviate your pain and reduce swelling. Sometimes, a podiatrist will use cortisone injections to reduce pain. Splinting the toe may help in the very early stages. Your podiatrist may give you a custom-made orthotic device to wear inside your shoe. This can reduce your pain and keep your hammertoe from getting worse. When the hammertoe is not resolved with the above methods, surgery may be needed. 

About Bunions

Bunions are painful, bony bumps that form on the joint connecting the big toe. Bunions can be very painful. For many people, bunions run in the family. If bunions run in your family, your risk of developing them is higher. Years of wearing poorly fitting shoes can cause a bunion. Such footwear gradually pushes the bones of the foot into an unnatural shape.

Bunion Treatments

To treat your bunion, your podiatrist may recommend an over-the-counter reliever, as well as a medication to relieve swelling. An orthotic device may be placed inside your shoe to help realign the bones of your foot. This will relieve the pressure on your bunion and ease your pain.

Say hello to healthy and happy feet! If you need a podiatrist, call our Dyker Heights podiatrist Dr. Kauderer of Advanced Foot & Dental Wellness Center in Brooklyn, NY at 718-232-2100 now to schedule an appointment.

July 03, 2017
Category: Podiatry
Tags: toenail fungus  

Fungal infections can affect nearly any part of the body. A fungal infection of the nails can affect both the fingernails or toenails. This occurstoenail fungus because of the overgrowth of fungi under, in or on the nail itself. Dr. Corinne Kauderer of Dyker Heights Advanced Foot & Dental Wellness in Brooklyn, New York can help treat patients of all ages dealing with toenail fungal infections.

There are many causes of fungal nail infections. Some of the most common ones include:

  • Wearing artificial nails
  • Being over the age of 65
  • Walking barefoot in public pools or gym locker rooms
  • Having a nail injury
  • Having diabetes or another disease that causes poor circulation
  • Wearing closed-toe shoes
  • Having a weakened immune system

Generally, these nail infections occur more often in men than women and more in adults than children. Some of the most common signs of these infections include streaks on the nail, scaling under the nail, flaking white areas on the surface of the nail, yellow spots at the bottom of the nail and in severe cases loss of the nail.

Dr. Kauderer can diagnose toenail fungal infections and offer treatment options depending on the severity of the infection. Treatment may include prescription oral antifungal medications, as well as cold laser treatments to help clear the nail fungus faster. This is a noninvasive procedure that uses a laser to target and destroy the fungus in the toenail without harming the healthy tissue. There is no downtime with this procedure and as your nail grows out you will begin to see results. In severe cases, a removal of the diseased nail matter may be needed.

In terms of prevention, taking good care of your nails by keeping them clean and well-trimmed is important. If you’re going to have damp hands for a while, wear rubber gloves. Always dry your feet well after showering, wear socks that minimize moisture and use antifungal sprays often if you’re prone to infection. To schedule an appointment for more information on toenail fungus contact Dr. Corinne Kauderer at Dyker Heights Advanced Foot & Dental Wellness in Brooklyn, New York. Call today at 718-232-2100.

April 24, 2017
Category: Podiatry
Tags: heel pain  

When you’re suffering from heel pain, it’s important to seek professional help to relieve your pain and discomfort. Our Board Certified heel painPodiatrist Dr. Corinne Kauderer of Dyker Heights Advanced Foot & Dental Wellness in Brooklyn, New York is well versed in the causes of heel pain and has a variety of treatments that have proven effective in helping her patients.

More about Heel Pain

Plantar Fasciitis is a term that is used in order to refer to either heel or arch pain because of inflammation in the bottom of a patient’s foot. The plantar fasciitis itself is inflammation found in the connective tissue (plantar fascia) that runs from the base of the toes across the arch to the heel. Generally, overexertion is the cause of this discomfort. Ill-fitting shoes may lead to this pain as well.

Heel pain is oftentimes caused because the foot rolls inwards when walking. This causes a flattening of the foot, which lengthens the arch and adds strain to the plantar fascia of the foot. This leads to inflammation. Thankfully our Dyker Heights podiatrist Dr. Kauderer has successfully treated many patients with the same ailment.

Most of the time this heel pain is treated with rest, over-the-counter pain relievers, and stretching exercises such as rolling your foot on a tennis ball. For moderate to severe cases, physical therapy or custom orthotics may be recommended by your podiatrist. In persistent instances, Extracorporeal Pulse Activation Treatment (EPAT) is used to treat heel pain. It sends acoustic vibrations into the muscles of the foot releasing inflammation over time, leading to less pain.

To learn more about the treatments we offer to treat your heel pain, contact Dr. Corinne Kauderer at Dyker Heights Advanced Foot & Dental Wellness in Brooklyn, New York. To schedule an appointment to evaluate your particular foot situation, call 718-232-2100.

February 09, 2017
Category: Podiatry
Tags: diabetic foot care  

While foot pain is not uncommon, individuals with diabetes who experience foot pain need to be especially careful as it could be an diabetic foot careindicator of a larger problem. It is vital that you work with our Dyker Heights podiatrist Dr. Corinne Kauderer of Dyker Heights Advanced Foot & Dental Wellness in Brooklyn, NY. She can help you to learn more about the warning signs and work with you to prevent the foot pain and complications you can experience as a diabetic. The care you provide to your feet now will ultimately allow you mobility in the future.

There are a variety of things to consider when discussing diabetic foot care including the type of shoes that you wear. Not all footwear is good for your feet, especially if you have diabetes. You want to select footwear that is going to do the job of keeping your feet healthy and fits your feet properly. Take the time to discuss the options with your Dyker Heights podiatrist. Improperly fitting shoes can cause issues such as blisters, sores and calluses which can cause further damage if not treated promptly.

If you have diabetes, you may not be able to feel if your shoes are too tight or if you have damaged your foot, which is why it's important for you to examine your feet daily and visit us on a regular basis. Neuropathy or damage of the nerves in your feet can make it difficult to sense if your feet have been injured. Issues such as ingrown toenails, scrapes and cuts should also receive prompt attention from your Dyker Heights podiatrist. To help combat and treat neuropathy, we use NIR-Near Infrared technology as well as prescription and natural oral vitamins.

Diabetic foot care may not be your high priority, but if untreated or neglected, it can lead to larger problems such as infections and possible loss of limb. If you experience any foot pain you should visit your Dyker Heights diabetic foot care expert right away. Dr. Kauderer at Dyker Heights Advanced Foot & Dental Wellness Center can help you to get the relief that you deserve. Call us today at (718) 232-2100 to schedule an appointment.

January 03, 2017
Category: Podiatry
Tags: toenail fungus  

Find out what you can do to prevent fungal infections.

A fungal infection is likely to happen to many people at some point in their lives. Of course, one of the best ways to stave off this condition is to know what you can do to prevent it. If you want to prevent athlete’s foot or toenail fungus from happening to you, our Brooklyn toenail fungusPodiatrist Dr. Corinne Kauderer of Dyker Heights Advanced Foot & Dental Wellness in Brooklyn, NY has some useful advice for simple ways to keep your feet fungus-free.

As you may already know, fungus thrives in environments that are warm, damp and moist. This is why you are more likely to find fungal infections in between toes or under your nails. Those who have a weakened immune system are more prone to developing these infections. Common fungal infections include ringworm, athlete’s foot and onychomycosis (toenail fungus).

Fungus can get into the skin through small cuts or injuries that you may not even be able to see. Some easy ways to protect your feet from a fungal infection include:

Wearing shoes in public areas where the fungus often thrives like gym locker rooms and showers, and community swimming pools. By wearing shoes or sandals you can prevent feet from exposure to fungus. This is one of the best and simplest ways to protect your feet.

Not wearing the same shoes two days in a row, particularly if you have sweaty feet. Do not share shoes with others, even family members, as fungal infections can spread from person to person. If you are prone to sweaty feet, apply an antifungal powder every day to help keep feet dry and cool. Remember to change socks often and opt for shoes that have breathable materials such as leather.

If you are susceptible to fungal infections talk to our Dyker Heights Podiatrist Dr. Kauderer about whether using an over-the-counter anti-fungal cream on your feet and nails a couple times a week could be a good way to prevent reinfection. In some cases, we may also prescribe an oral medication or a new prescription topical treatment. This antifungal medication destroys the cellular DNA of the fungus wall. We also use laser treatments for fungal nails which have been found to accelerate the destruction of the fungal infection. Dr. Kauderer can determine the best treatment option for your situation.

If you suspect that you are dealing with athlete’s foot or a toenail fungus then call Dyker Heights Advanced Foot & Dental Wellness in Brooklyn, NY to get the care you need.

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