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By Denis LeBlang, D.P.M.
December 05, 2018
Category: Foot Condition
Tags: sports injuries  

It’s important to know what foot injuries require immediate and professional treatment.

Being active is great for your health and something we definitely promote here in our in Purchase and Congers, NY, office; however, there are definitely some activities that can leave you prone to injuries or other problems. While warming-up and proper training is key to preventing injuries, we know that accidents still happen. When problems arise, it’s important to know that our Purchase, NY, podiatrist, Dr. Denis LeBlang, is here to help.

Sports Injury Overview

Here are some of the most common sports-related injuries that affect the feet:

  • Achilles tendinitis
  • Achilles tendon rupture
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Fractures
  • Sprained ankle
  • Neuroma
  • Heel spurs

Some of these conditions will require medical attention but not all of them. When it comes to a serious injury, it’s obvious that you should visit your in Purchase and Congers, NY, foot doctor right away. Of course, if symptoms don’t seem to show up right away or seemingly only mild in nature, you may have trouble determining whether it warrants a trip to our office.

For example, overuse injuries such as tendinitis don’t typically occur suddenly but happen over time, so symptoms may be subtle at first. As a result, you may not get the proper medical attention you need until the condition has already progressed.

Here is when an athlete should visit a podiatrist:

  • If at-home care and rest aren’t reducing the symptoms
  • If symptoms are severe
  • If you are unable to put weight on the foot or ankle
  • If your symptoms are affecting your training and physical activities

Treating Sports-Related Foot & Ankle Injuries

Before determining how to treat your condition, we will first need to figure out what’s going on. We will physically exam your foot and ankle, and ask you questions about the symptoms you are experiencing and what brought these symptoms on. From there, we will decide whether or not we will need to perform further testing such as an X-ray screening or MRI. These imaging tests can often help us determine the extent of the damage.

From there, we will make a diagnosis and then create a treatment plan. For most minor conditions, simple at-home measures can help manage your symptoms until the injury heals. Moderate-to-severe injuries and conditions may require physical therapy, shockwave therapy, corticosteroid injections, a protective boot, crutches, or surgery (only in severe cases).

Concerned? Call Today!

Accent on Feet provides foot and ankle care in Purchase and Congers, NY. If you are an athlete who is currently dealing with symptoms of a sports injury, it’s important that you get the proper medical attention you need! Call our office today at (914) 939-4101.

By Denis LeBlang, D.P.M.
September 18, 2018
Category: Foot Condition
Tags: Sports Injury   Foot Injury  

Sports injuries come in countless forms. Thanks to their location on your body, your feet tend to be more susceptible to injury than other parts of the body. With help from your podiatrist, you can keep your feet healthy and even prevent certain injuries. Find out more about Sport Injurysports injuries and how your podiatrist can help treat them with Dr. Denis LeBlang at Accent on Feet with locations in Purchase and Congers, NY.

Common Foot-Related Sports Injuries

Though an injury can affect any part of the body, a foot-related injury can cause serious complications which can make walking and even standing difficult or impossible. Luckily, your podiatrist can work with you to determine what kind of injury is causing your issues and find a solution for its treatment. Some common foot-related sports include:

  • stress fracture
  • sprain
  • strain
  • bursitis
  • plantar fasciitis
  • heel spurs
  • broken bone
  • Achilles tendonitis
  • ingrown toenail
  • fungal infection

Treating Foot-Related Sports Injuries in Purchase and Congers, NY 
Treating your injury will depend on the type of problem, any underlying complications or conditions, and the severity of your pain. A mild sprain or strain may benefit from simple at-home treatments like the RICE method (rest, ice, compression, elevation), which promotes the body’s self-healing abilities, to help you get back on your feet. Other situations like a broken bone may require more intensive care and a cast worn for several weeks while the bone heals. Problems like plantar fasciitis may require a prescription orthotic worn in the shoe or other treatments. Physical and other types of therapies are often suggested to help build strength and flexibility in the muscles surrounding an injury to better support the affected area.

No matter what kind of injury you experience, your podiatrist can help you find the best solution for you and your feet. For more information on sports injuries, please contact Dr. Denis LeBlang at Accent on Feet with locations in Purchase and Congers, NY. Call (914) 939-4101 to schedule your appointment in Purchase, NY, and (845) 268-8282 to schedule your appointment in Congers, NY today!

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.





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