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!