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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!

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.

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