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Falls Prevention Awareness

Falls Prevention Awareness Month

September is Falls Prevention Awareness Month. For Americans over the age of 65, a fall is the leading cause of fatal and nonfatal injuries. This month, the doctors at New England Podiatry Associates want to share ways to help our seniors prevent falls and avoid injuries like broken bones.

Start the conversation today by talking with an older loved one and asking these questions:

When was the last time you had your vision checked?

Visits to the optometrist are about more than getting new frames. Regular visits can alert patients to make lifestyle changes as they adjust to their aging eyes. For older Americans, less light reaches the retina. It makes it more difficult to see tripping hazards.

Do you know the side effects of your medication?

Medication can sometimes have side effects, and older Americans may have a few daily prescriptions. From dizziness to dehydration, all of these symptoms can increase the risk of a fall. Additional side effects can also occur when one medication interacts with another.

Have you fallen before?

Some older loved ones may have fallen before, but they were ashamed to share with their family members. If someone has fallen before, they might fall again. Encourage your family member to schedule an appointment with their physician to learn what caused the fall. Conditions like neuropathy also make it dangerous for patients with diabetes; they may not know if they’ve been injured.

How can I help you at home?

Many older Americans have lived in the same home for decades. While they don’t have to move, they may need to make some changes. It includes adding handrails or increasing lighting in hallways and bathrooms. Ask them how you can help with home improvements or other simple tasks around the house.

Showing care and concern is the first step to supporting older loved ones. We’re here to help with any questions you may have about mobility or foot or ankle injuries. Call us at 617-232-1752 to make an appointment. Our Newton-Wellesley office location is open with limited hours. Our Chestnut Hill office is open during regular business hours. We are still offering a telemedicine option.

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Laser Treatment for Fungal Toenails

Fungal toenails are a common problem, but we’re also happy to see our patients’ relief when we tell them about treatment options. We use the PinPointe Laser, which is an FDA-approved treatment. If you’re ready for a quick, painless way to have clear, healthy toenails, the doctors at New England Podiatry Associates are here to share about the process.

First, you will meet with a certified PinPointe provider. It will be your one-on-one consultation.

What is a fungal toenail?

When fungus gets under the toenail, patients can develop discolored, brittle toenails. Left untreated, the fungus can spread to other toes. Over time, a patient may even find it difficult to walk. This condition spreads easily, so it’s important to address the problem fast.

How much does this treatment cost?

Most treatment plans include two sessions. Depending on the number of toes treated, the total cost ranges from $600 to $1,000. Please note: If the procedure is considered only as cosmetic, insurance plans will not cover this treatment.

What if I need more than two treatment sessions?

After 3-6 months, your podiatrist will take a closer look at the toenail to see the progress. They will be looking at the clearing of the base of the new nail. If it looks like you will need additional treatment, the cost is $300 per treatment.

What is the benefit of this treatment?

PinPointe Laser Therapy is quick and painless. Each session takes between 30 and 45 minutes. Other than feeling a heat sensation during the therapy session, patients can expect a pain-free procedure. Our office handles the treatment in-house, and there is no need for anesthesia.

Please contact us to make an appointment. Call us at 617-232-1752. Our Newton-Wellesley office location is open with limited hours. Our Chestnut Hill office is open during regular business hours. If you think you are experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19, we respectfully request that you reschedule your podiatry appointment and reach out to your primary care physician.

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Calluses and Orthotics

There are so many benefits of custom orthotics, but we most love how these devices help with common problems that can cause our patients pain. Custom orthotics allow patients to walk in devices specially made to provide comfort to problem areas or points of pain. One of these problem areas can be a callus. A callus is the result of excess friction, and it usually appears on the bottom of your feet. The doctors at New England Podiatry Associates are always happy to help their patients say “goodbye” to pain, even if it all started with a bit too much friction from everyday activities.

What is a callus?

Imagine excess layers of skin that are thickening and hardening. It is a callus. Initially, it may not cause pain. However, if the skin breaks, there is an opportunity for an infection. Over time, a patient can have pain while taking steps.

What is an orthotic?

A podiatrist can prescribe a custom-made orthotic after a thorough exam of your feet and ankles. It includes taking note of the way you walk as well as any other problem areas. There are two types of orthotics: functional and accommodative. For people with calluses, the accommodative orthotic works best. This type provides cushion or support to foot ulcers, too.

What makes custom orthotics different?

Compared to over-the-counter inserts, custom orthotics are made just for you — and your foot needs. We mold them to the shape of your feet. They are also made of high-quality materials that hold up well with proper care.

We continue to share the great news that our Newton-Wellesley office location has reopened with limited hours. Our Chestnut Hill office location remained open during these past months, and we hope to see more of our patients return for their regular appointments.

Please contact us to make an appointment. Call us at 617-232-1752. If you think you are experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19, we respectfully request that you reschedule your podiatry appointment, and contact your primary care physician.

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Monitoring Matters

We always talk about the importance of regular foot checks. Well, times like these put those healthy habits to the test. While many people have rescheduled annual appointments and only opted for emergency visits, it’s still important to do regular foot checks. This monitoring makes the difference when you come back for a regularly scheduled appointment. The doctors at New England Podiatry Associates want to share the benefits of making, and keeping those appointments:

Ring the alarm

As your podiatrist team, we’re here for you. This means we want to address any problems as quickly as possible. We are in the best position to do so when we learn early of any problems or challenges our patients may be facing. Checking your feet regularly allows you to keep us updated on any changes or concerns you may have about your feet or ankles. With many conditions, the treatment can be fast and simple. Other conditions you may need additional time, attention, and treatments.

Highlight healthy habits

Why not begin a healthy habit? Doing regular foot checks is an effective way to get into a rhythm of living a healthy lifestyle from your head to your toes. For parents, this is also another method of modeling foot hygiene for your children. From washing and drying your feet regularly, to how to properly trim toenails. Keep up the good work.

Know the difference

One of the best benefits of daily foot monitoring results in knowing when to call your podiatrist. It will enable you to better understand when to ring the alarm. Self-awareness of changes to your feet also helps you to have a more confident conversation with your podiatrist. Remember, you know your body, and that helps medical providers, including your foot doctor, have a conversation with you about any concerns you may have. 

Have you heard the news? Our Newton-Wellesley office location has reopened with limited hours. Our Chestnut Hill office location remains open during regular business hours. Please contact us to make an appointment. During the interim, keep up the great work of daily foot checks. Call us at 617-232-1752. If you think you are experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19, we kindly request that you reschedule your podiatry appointment, and contact your primary care physician.

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How to Celebrate with Social Distancing Style

While social distancing has put many gatherings on pause, big achievements and milestones are still happening. There are still reasons to celebrate, and we encourage you to not miss these moments. Of course, things will be different. However, you can still safely provide a virtual round of applause. The doctors at New England Podiatry Associates want to remind you of three things to celebrate:

Graduations

If you haven’t taken notice, people are getting very creative with how they are celebrating graduates. From car parades with honking horns to large signs posted in front yards, each graduate deserves to be recognized. While the celebrations right now won’t compare to the walk across the stage or receiving the diploma in person, don’t let this moment pass by. People from all stages of life have worked hard to complete requirements. Celebrate with them.

Birthdays

Send those video call links, and plan a birthday party. People are taking advantage of technology to celebrate birthdays. The guest list can grow — even at the last minute. You’ll also save money on the party snacks. Focus on the guest of honor by making their special treat, playing their favorite movie, and singing the birthday song. With the voices and faces of their many friends, use technology to celebrate another year of life.

Anniversaries

Pick up a meal from your favorite restaurant. Watch a documentary on your honeymoon location. Enjoy a slideshow of your life through the years. The cruise or travel plans may be rescheduled, but there are still many ways to walk down memory lane. Celebrate health and wellness. Most importantly, celebrate each other. This anniversary will certainly be one to remember.

While you’re celebrating in your new way, know that we’re still here and available to help. Our Newton Wellesley office location is temporarily closed, but our Chestnut Hill office location remains open during regular business hours. If you have questions or concerns about your foot or ankle health, call us at 617-232-1752. We kindly ask that you contact your primary care physician and reschedule your appointment if you think you are experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19.