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By Denis LeBlang, D.P.M.
July 09, 2018
Category: Foot Care
Tags: heel pain  

Heel pain is a frustrating condition which can cause you difficulty performing the most simple of daily tasks. However, understanding where heel painit comes from and how your podiatrist can aid in its treatment is important to seek the help you need to overcome your heel pain for good. Find out more about heel pain and its treatments with Dr. Denis LeBlang at Accent on Feet with locations in Purchase and Congers, NY.

What causes heel pain? 
Heel pain can come from a variety of sources. From a simple injury to an underlying condition, heel pain can be the symptom of many different issues. Some common causes of heel pain include:

  • Achilles tendonitis
  • plantar fasciitis
  • stress fractures
  • tarsal tunnel syndrome
  • bursitis
  • neuropathy
  • bone tumor
  • heel spur
  • arthritis

How does my podiatrist diagnose heel pain? 
Your doctor will use a physical examination to diagnose the cause of your heel pain. In some cases, imagining techniques like x-rays or MRIs paired with the physical exam will help your podiatrist further investigate your symptoms. If your heel pain comes from an underlying condition, your doctor will usually focus on treating that condition which will, in turn, help relieve your heel pain.

Treating Heel Pain in Purchase and Congers
Treating heel pain depends on the severity of the issue, any underlying conditions, lifestyle choices, and your overall health. In some cases, the RICE method (rest, ice, compression, and elevation) is enough to treat heel pain over the course of a few days. Sometimes, over-the-counter medications like acetaminophen or ibuprofen help relieve symptoms and get you back on your feet. Physical therapy, which consists of a series of specialized stretches and exercises, may help relieve your heel pain. If your heel pain begins to affect your daily life by impeding walking or standing, you should consult with your doctor to get to the bottom of your condition and overcome your heel pain for good.

For more information on heel pain, please contact Dr. LeBlang at Accent on Feet with locations in Purchase and Congers, NY. Call (914) 939-4101 to schedule your appointment at the Purchase office, and (845) 268-8282 to schedule your appointment at the Congers office today!

By Denis LeBlang, D.P.M.
May 24, 2018
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Toenail Fungus  

If you are having trouble getting rid of toenail fungus then it’s time to turn to us.Toenail Fungus

 

Summer is right around the corner and while this might be the perfect time to pull out those sandals and flip-flops, if you are someone who’s dealing with a toenail fungal infection then you may be opting out of those fun summer shoes. But why should you? If you are having trouble getting rid of your toenail fungus our Congers and Purchase, NY, podiatrist Dr. Denis LeBlang has just the treatment you’ve been looking for.

Why you should treat toenail fungal infections

A fungal infection (also referred to as onychomycosis) can cause the toenail to turn yellow, brittle and thick. It’s not a pretty sight; however, while it may seem pretty harmless this is not a problem you want to ignore. If you’ve been putting off treatment for your toenail fungus because you thought the issue was purely cosmetic, think again. Ignoring your infection may be the worse thing you can do.

Besides dealing with pain (that could become bad enough to affect walking), you may lose the nail completely or deal with a malformed toenail. If the problem becomes serious enough it could even lead to an infection. Those with diabetes or nerve damage in their feet should seek immediate medical care if they are dealing with a fungal infection (do not try to treat the problem on your own).

Toenail fungal infection treatment options

So you may be wondering the best method for eliminating your fungal infection. While there are simple over-the-counter creams and ointments for killing fungal infections, they often aren’t able to penetrate through the nail to effectively kill the fungus lying underneath. If you’ve already tried over-the-counter treatments without much success then you already know that this isn’t an ideal option. Luckily, our Congers and Purchase, NY, foot doctor has the answer you’ve been looking for.

Laser treatment is one of the most effective ways to kill a toenail fungal infection because our DioWave laser system is able to safely and painlessly penetrate through the thick layers of the nail to target, heat up and destroy the fungus. In some cases, it only takes one treatment to kill the fungus and the treatment doesn’t require anesthesia or any downtime. Patients can also return to their daily routine immediately after laser therapy (which usually takes no more than about 20 minutes to complete).

Don’t let a fungal infection ruin your summer fun. Call Accent on Feet in Congers and Purchase, NY, right away and let us know that you are interested in getting DioWave laser treatment for your toenail fungus. By seeking treatment early on you, you may not even see a trace of that infection by summertime!

By Denis LeBlang, D.P.M.
April 03, 2018
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Toenail Fungus  

Get rid of your fungal infection before sandals season sets in.

Even though we just welcomed spring, pretty soon spring days will give way to warmer weather and those beautiful summer months. Of toenail funguscourse, if you’re dealing with an unsightly, yellow toenail thanks to a fungal infection then you may be worried that you’ll be sporting closed-toed shoes all summer long. Our Congers and Purchase, NY, podiatrist, Dr. Denis LeBlang, has the answer you’ve been looking for to finally get rid of that stubborn fungal infection.

What is Diowave Laser Fungal Treatment?

This powerful and effective laser system could be the answer you’ve been looking for to finally getting rid of that fungal nail infection. Even those dealing with a severe infection can get the results they want thanks to laser fungal therapy in Congers and Purchase.

What goes into getting laser fungal treatment?

This procedure is completely non-invasive and boasts no downtime, which means that you can go right back to your everyday routine immediately after laser therapy. During the procedure, our Congers and Purchase foot doctor will direct the laser over the infected toenail.

Unlike many topical fungal medications, this laser will be able to penetrate through the hard layers of the nail to target and heat up the fungus lying underneath while leaving healthy nail and skin untouched. The whole process takes about 15 minutes to complete. One session may be all you need to completely eliminate the fungus, but we may recommend several sessions for more severe cases.

Is it painful?

Another benefit of getting laser fungal treatment is that it’s completely painless and doesn’t require anesthesia. All you will feel is a slight warming sensation during the treatment but you won’t feel any discomfort.

Who is a good candidate for laser fungal treatment?

If your fungal nail infection is severe or hasn’t responded to traditional fungal treatments then you might be the perfect candidate for treatment. The best way to find out if this is the right treatment option for you is to schedule a consultation with our podiatrist.

Since it can take as little as 4 months for the nail to grow out clear it’s important that you get this laser fungal treatment in Congers and Purchase, NY, as soon as possible to ensure that you can bare those attractive feet for the summer. Call Accent on Feet today.

By Denis LeBlang, D.P.M.
January 24, 2018
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Toenail Fungus  

What your podiatrist in Purchase Congers wants you to knowtoenail funugs

Are you embarrassed to wear open-toed shoes because of darkened toenails? Do you avoid wearing sandals even in the summer? If these issues sound familiar, you could have toenail fungus. The good news is toenail fungus can be eliminated for good, thanks to revolutionary laser nail treatments. Dr. Denis LeBlang at Accent On Feet in Congers and Purchase, NY wants to share the facts about toenail fungus and what you can do to get your toes looking beautiful again.

So, how do you know if you have toenail fungus? You probably have toenail fungus if your nails look dark, thick, and crumbly. The fungus thrives in warm, moist places so you can develop toenail fungus from public pools, showers and locker rooms.

The fungus starts out as a tiny yellow or white area under your nail that gets bigger as it spreads deeper under your nailbed. The fungus can spread to your other toes and the skin on your feet and ankles.

You can try a few simple home remedies, including applying over-the-counter antifungal creams or lotions. You should also try to trim and thin your toenail to reduce the pressure on your toe from your infected nail.

For stubborn toenail fungus, it’s best to seek out the help of an expert like Dr. LeBlang. He will recommend prescription strength topical antifungal medications along with oral medications to destroy the fungus. For many toenail fungus cases, topical and oral medications aren’t enough to fully destroy the fungus.

That’s where revolutionary Diowave Laser therapy comes in. Diowave technology uses heat and light energy to attack and destroy the fungus for good. Diowave treatment is pain-free and takes about 15 minutes.

A new, healthy toenail will start growing in 4 months or less, with your entire nail growing back in 8 to 10 months. You should schedule yearly maintenance treatments to keep your toes in top shape. You want to be able to wear open shoes and sandals again, and the answer is Diowave Laser treatment. For more information about state-of-the-art laser nail treatment, call Dr. LeBlang at Accent On Feet in Congers and Purchase, NY today!

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!





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