Protecting your feet from the harsh winter weather is an important aspect when preparing for the changing seasons. With help from your podiatrist, you can keep your feet warm, healthy, and free from complications this season. Find out more about protecting and caring for your feet properly with Dr. Corinne Kauderer at Dyker Heights Advanced Foot and Wellness Center in Brooklyn, NY.
Toenail fungus occurs when a person comes into contact with a fungus which then enters the nail, usually through tiny cuts or scrapes. Thanks to the toes’ warm, moist environment, they make the perfect home for the fungus to grow. Some people are more susceptible to fungal infections than others, though doctors do not have a definitive reason why. Toenail fungus is preventable with proper toenail care, avoiding walking barefoot in moist, warm environments like locker rooms, public showers, or public pools, and keeping the feet clean and dry. In addition to these steps, always wear clean socks and wash the feet thoroughly at least once a day. Your podiatrist can help you treat your toenail fungus with prescription creams, ointments, lacquers, or even laser treatments.
3D Printed Orthotics
With 3D printing becoming more and more popular, medical devices like orthotics, which used to require a physical plaster mold of the foot have given way to more modern, state-of-the-art methods. 3D printed orthotics cut down on manufacturing time, thus cutting down on manufacturing price. Made from quality, durable materials, 3D printed orthotics are made to last.
Bunions are a bony growth at the base of the big toe which can cause severe discomfort and pain if left untreated. Though they usually begin painlessly and progress very slowly over time, your podiatrist can help monitor and treat your bunion to prevent future growth or discomfort. If you have a lump at the bottom of your big toe, you could have a bunion and would benefit from seeing your podiatrist to determine the best treatment plan for you. Some patients can slow bunion growth with simple changes like losing weight or wearing different shoes. More severe cases may require bunionectomy surgery to remove the growth altogether.
For more information on these foot-related topics or protecting your feet from the winter weather, please contact our Dyker Heights podiatrist Dr. Kauderer at Dyker Heights Advanced Foot and Wellness Center in Brooklyn, NY. Call (718) 232-2100 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Kauderer today!
It's important to take good care of your feet when you have diabetes. Board Certified Podiatrist Dr. Corinne Kauderer of Dyker Heights Advanced Foot & Dental Wellness in Brooklyn, New York offers a full range of podiatric services. Here are some reasons why diabetics need to take care of their feet.
1. Nerve Damage- High blood sugar from diabetes can cause neuropathy or nerve damage. Nerve damage can cause you to lose feeling in your feet. When that happens, it can be hard to tell when you have a problem, like a callus, sore, blister, or cut on your foot. You may not feel heat, cold, or pain in your feet and legs. You might not notice a foot injury until the skin becomes infected. Dr. Kauderer uses NIR-Near Infrared technology as well as prescription and natural oral vitamins to treat neuropathy.
2. Poor Circulation- Diabetes affects the flow of blood. Poor circulation means not enough blood flows to the feet and legs through the blood vessels. Poor circulation makes it difficult for infections or sores to heal. This problem is called peripheral artery disease. Sometimes, infections never heal. Dr. Kauderer also does Doppler exams to check the circulation of patients. Prompt attention to a foot injury can prevent additional problems and complications and is good practice for diabetic foot care.
3. Foot Ulcers- If you have diabetes, you have an increased chance of developing foot ulcers. A foot ulcer is an open sore on the foot. Even though some foot ulcers are not painful, every ulcer should be seen by your podiatrist immediately. Neglecting a foot ulcer can result in an infection, which can potentially lead to loss of a limb.
Some steps you can take to prevent complications and issues is to examine your feet daily. You should wash and dry your feet daily, as well as wear comfortable shoes so that you don't develop a condition such as blisters, corns, calluses or bunions. It's important to contact Dr. Kauderer if you notice any symptoms or issues with your feet. If you take good care of your feet every day, you can reduce your risk of a small problem becoming worse.
If you have a diabetes-related foot problem and want to learn about diabetic foot care, who should you call? Call our Dyker Heights podiatrist Dr. Kauderer of Advanced Foot & Dental Wellness Center in Brooklyn, NY at 718-232-2100. Taking good care of your feet can prevent foot problems before they start!
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 diseases 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Fungal infections can affect nearly any part of the body. A fungal infection of the nails can affect both the fingernails or toenails. This occurs 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.
When you’re suffering from heel pain, it’s important to seek professional help to relieve your pain and discomfort. Our Board Certified Podiatrist 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.
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