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By Denis LeBlang, D.P.M.
November 21, 2017
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Poor Circulation  

Discover some of the best ways to improve circulation in your feet.poor circulation

Do your feet often feel like icicles? Do you find that your feet easily become tired or swollen, particularly if you are physically active? Do you sometimes experience pain and cramping in your calves and legs? If so, then you could have poor circulation. Our Congers and Purchase, NY, podiatrist Dr. Denis LeBlang is here to tell you the many ways in which poor circulation can be improved.

First and foremost, it’s important that you get a proper medical evaluation from our Congers and Purchase, NY, foot doctor to find out what might be causing your poor circulation. In general, poor circulation is the result of another condition such as diabetes, obesity, varicose veins or peripheral artery disease (PAD), to name a few. Tests will need to be run to find out why you are experiencing poor circulation in your feet.

How is poor circulation treated?

Once we determine the cause of your poor circulation we can then create a treatment plan that will address the overarching condition to improve blood flow to the extremities. For example, if you have diabetes then getting insulin levels under control through medication and lifestyle modifications can also improve your circulation.

Here are some everyday measures you can take to improve blood flow to your feet:

  • Make sure you stay physically active. If you lead a sedentary lifestyle it’s important that you exercise regularly. It’s important that you take time every day to not only exercise but also get up and move around. Sitting still for long periods of time is bad for blood flow.
  • When you are sitting down it’s a good idea to elevate your legs whenever possible. Propping your feet up even when you are at your desk working can help get blood circulating throughout your feet and legs.
  • Make sure you get your cholesterol and blood pressure checked regularly to ensure that you are maintaining healthy levels.
  • If you are a smoker, it’s important that you ditch this habit for good. Smoking cigarettes negatively impacts circulation and can increase your chances of peripheral vascular disease, heart disease, heart attack, stroke and blood clots.
  • Consider wearing compressions socks or stockings to help get blood flowing to the legs and feet. Talk to us about whether these supportive socks could help improve circulation for you.

It’s important that if your poor circulation is due to diabetes or another chronic health problem that you continue to get the care you need to stay healthy and free of complications. We offer two convenient locations in Purchase, NY, and Congers, NY, to provide you with the foot care you need. Call us today!

By Denis LeBlang, D.P.M.
September 19, 2017
Category: Foot Care
Tags: sports injuries  

When you think of sports injuries to the foot or ankle, do you envision a sudden tear, sprain or fracture? If you're like most people, you think sports injuryof the ankle sprain, the ruptured Achilles tendon or a broken toe. While your podiatrist in Congers and Purchase, NY, helps people of all ages with these acute sports injuries, did you know that many activity-related problems are due to overuse or improper footwear? it's true, and you should read here about how Dr. Denis LeBlang can help.

Common sports injuries

Whatever your sport--golf, tennis, basketball, skiing, running, dancing--they all carry some risk for injury. For instance, tennis contributes to a huge number of ankle sprains, plantar fasciitis (and its related heel spurs) and Achilles tendontitis, says Dr. LeBlang, sports injury expert in Congers and Purchase. Cycling enthusiasts may develop Morton's Neuroma, a tumor of the nerves between the third and fourth metatarsal bones of the foot. According the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons, the cleats softball players wear create corns and calluses, bunions, hammertoes, neuromas and more repetitive motion injuries.

What's to be done? Well, at the first sign of pain, contact your podiatrist in Congers and Purchase for a sports injury evaluation. Dr. LeBlang will perform a hand-on physical examination of your foot and ankle, take a medical history and use X-rays, MRis or other imaging to pinpoint what's happening to your lower extremity. Then, he will customize a treatment plan suited to the particulars of your case. You may feel better quickly with simple interventions such as orthotics (custom-made shoes inserts), physical therapy and stretching exercises.

Do you need attention from your podiatrist?

If pain is sharp and sudden, contact the office right away for an appointment and for advice on what to do right away. First aid treatments can include:

  • Ibuprofen for pain and inflammation
  • Rest
  • Ice
  • Elevation
  • Compression (an ACE bandage, for example)

Additionally, if you are used to working out or playing a sport, please pay attention to your feet and ankles. Be sure to stretch and warm up. Wear properly fitting footwear, and buy new shoes at the first sign of wear. Bathe and thoroughly dry your feet daily, and change your socks as soon as they get sweaty.

Your foot doctor says to be aware of any discomforts that do not resolve within your warm-up time. Or, if pain worsens as you engage in your sport, do not ignore it, but come to the office for a check-up.

Contact us

Dr. LeBlang offers several treatment modalities to help you heal your injury and to prevent it from returning. If you're hurting or just wish to take better care of your feet and ankles, contact the office for an appointment. In Purchase, call (914) 939-4101, and in Congers, phone (845) 268-8282.

By Denis LeBlang, D.P.M.
July 17, 2017
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Hammertoes  

Wondering if you have a hammertoe? Dr. Denis LeBlang of Congers and Purchase, NY, discusses the common foot condition and explains hammertoehammertoe surgery and other treatment options can relieve your pain.

What are hammertoes?

The first joint of your toe bends at a right angle if you have a hammertoe. If you've just noticed the problem, you can probably straighten your toe if you push on it. As the condition progresses, your toe may become rigid. If this happens, you won't be able to straighten it by applying pressure. The second through fourth toes are most commonly affected by hammertoe.

What are the signs and symptoms of hammertoes?

In addition to a bend in your toe, you may notice a few other signs and symptoms if you have a hammertoe, such as:

  • Pain: Pain may increase when you try to move your toe, walk or wear shoes that rub against or press on the top of your toe. Inflammation in the joint can worsen pain.
  • Corns and Calluses: Corns and calluses may form on your toe due to irritation from your shoes.
  • Redness: Hammertoe can cause redness and swelling in your toe.

How did I get hammertoe?

You're more likely to develop hammertoe if you wear high heels or tight shoes. In fact, wearing high heels or tight shoes regularly may cause your tendon to shorten, making it impossible to straighten your toe. Other causes of hammertoe include arthritis, injuries and muscle imbalances.

What can be done about hammertoe?

Wearing shoes that have enough room to accommodate your bent toe can increase your comfort, as can applying adhesive cushions to the top of your toe. If your toe is flexible, toe exercises can be helpful. Scrunching up a towel with your toes or picking up marbles with your toes are two types of exercises that are often used.

Visiting our Purchase or Conger office can be helpful when home treatment isn't effective. Depending on your symptoms, we may suggest orthotics, taping your toe, anti-inflammatory medications or cortisone injections.

If you have a rigid hammertoe, you'll need surgery to correct the problem. During surgery, tendons and ligaments that keep your toe rigid are cut, allowing it to lie flat again. Surgery may also involve removing a small portion of the bone and realigning the bones in your toe.

Are you concerned that you may have a hammertoe? Find out if hammertoe surgery is a good option for you by making an appointment with podiatrist Dr. LeBlang. Call him at (914) 939-4101 to schedule an appointment in the Purchase office or (845) 268-8282 to arrange a visit to the Congers office.

By Denis LeBlang, D.P.M.
May 25, 2017
Category: Foot Care
Tags: heel pain  

What your podiatrist in Purchase and Congers wants you to know about heel painheel pain

If you have heel pain, you may be tempted to just ignore it and wait to see if it goes away. In minor cases, it may go away on its own, but stubborn heel pain can be a sign of a more serious, debilitating condition known as plantar fasciitis. Dr. Denis LeBlang at Accent On Feet in Congers and Purchase, NY, wants to share why you shouldn’t ignore your heel pain.

Heel pain is often sharp, and the pain can come on suddenly. It can impair your ability to walk, and keep you sidelined on the couch. You may be more prone to heel pain if you:

  • Have diabetes
  • Wear poorly-fitting shoes
  • Wear high heels
  • Have flat feet
  • Carry excess weight
  • Engage in high-impact activities

The most common cause of heel pain is plantar fasciitis. The thick band of tissue running across your heel, known as the plantar fascia, becomes inflamed, causing sharp, stabbing pain which can be severe. Plantar fasciitis is very common in runners.

Heel pain can also result from stepping on sharp stones, causing a heel bruise. Bone spurs or excess calcium deposits can also cause heel pain.

You may be able to get relief from heel pain by trying these home treatments:

  • Resting and taking your weight off of your feet
  • Placing ice packs on your heel several times each day
  • Taking over-the-counter anti-inflammatory and pain medications

For severe cases of heel pain that don’t respond to home therapy, you should visit an expert like Dr. LeBlang. He offers a full range of treatments for heel pain and other foot and ankle conditions. For heel pain, he may suggest:

  • Custom made orthotics, heel supports or footwear
  • Prescription anti-inflammatory medications
  • Physical therapy and stretching
  • Extracorporeal Shock Wave Treatment (ESWT)

You don’t have to suffer from debilitating heel pain when help is just a phone call away. Instead of ignoring heel pain, call Dr. LeBlang at Accent On Feet for help. He has offices in Purchase and Congers, NY, to help you so call today!

By Denis LeBlang, D.P.M.
March 21, 2017
Category: Foot Condition
Tags: Bunions  

Bunions are deformities of the foot that can cause chronic irritation, inflammation and/or pain. Oftentimes they require bunion surgery in Purchase or Congers, NY. Dr. Denis LeBlang is well versed in bunion surgery and can examine a patient and determine what treatment option will work best

Types of Bunion Surgery

A base surgery is one that concentrates mostly on the bone near or behind the big toe. Different surgical methods can be used including cutting a wedge out of the bone and splitting it or making a semi-circular cut and rotating the bone. What surgical technique is used will depend on the current state of the bunion and each particular patient. With this type of surgery, the ligaments are often altered too.

Bunion surgery in Purchase or Congers can also include head procedures that treat the big toe joint itself. With this procedure, the bone is cut into behind the joint and moved to its proper position. A pin or screw is used to keep it in place. This is often used for those that need to heal faster and cannot be immobile for a long time.

Generally, bunion surgery is performed on an outpatient basis. Most often, a local anesthesia is used in combination with sedation medication to make the patient comfortable. Dr. LeBlang has performed countless successful bunion surgery and enjoys restoring his patient’s function back. Recovery time will vary per patient, but generally, sutures are removed in about two weeks following surgery.

If you have bunions that have recurring irritation, inflammation or pain, it’s time to see what bunion surgery can do for you. To schedule an informative consultation with Dr. LeBlang today, call his Purchase or Congers, NY, podiatry office at (914) 939-4101. 

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