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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.

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Staying On Track with Your Health at Home

For many Americans, in-person workout sessions have been placed on hold, annual physicals have been rescheduled for a later date, and all eyes are on remaining healthy. How do you keep up with your health? As time passes, are you staying on top of healthy habits and listening to your body? The doctors at New England Podiatry Associates have some advice.

Rest and relax

Sometimes working from home can make it more difficult to separate the start or end of a workday. Unfortunately, this can lead to longer days and fewer hours of sleep. Resting is a very important part of staying healthy. Going to bed on time provides your body with the time it needs to recover and prepare for the next day. We also recommend that you listen to your body when it is signaling the need for rest. For example, consider stretching your legs after a long day of conference calls.

Find ways for additional movement

Staying in the house can limit your physical activity. For people who may not have a workout planned each day, it’s even more important to be intentional and set aside time for exercise. Whether you’re walking up the stairs, stretching, dancing, or running, get creative with ways to stay active during the day. If you have roommates or family members, involve them, too.

Know that we’re still here

Although social distancing has impacted social interaction, you are not alone. We are available to answer any questions you may have about your health. Our office offers expert guidance on how to treat and prevent foot and ankle pain. We provide services for conditions ranging from heel pain to neuropathy to ingrown toenails.

Our Newton Wellesley office location is temporarily closed. However, 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. If you are experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19, we kindly ask that you contact your primary care physician and reschedule your appointment.

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An Important Update for Our Valued Patients

New England Podiatry Associates has been closely monitoring information and recommendations from the CDC and Massachusetts Department of Health about the COVID-19, Coronavirus. Even before the outbreak, our medical staff has used standard infection control practices.

By following current guidelines and recommendations, we have put extra protocols in place to reduce risk to our patients and medical staff members:

  • We ask that any patient or family member that displays symptoms such as cough, fever, or shortness of breath, to reschedule appointments until they are free of symptoms. We ask this of our medical staff members as well.
  • Our Newton-Wellesley Hospital office location will be closed temporarily, beginning on March 23rd, in order to keep patients away from the hospital environment.  We will continue to see patients at our Chestnut Hill office from Mondays through Thursdays only.
  • In order to minimize contact, we ask that you bring ONLY one additional person with you to your appointment if absolutely needed (i.e. caregiver or parent of a child).
  • Our Podiatrists are available by phone for consultations via Telemedicine (virtual) appointments. Please inquire when you call if this is appropriate for your condition.

CDC recommends taking everyday precautions to prevent the spread of respiratory illnesses, including COVID-19 and influenza, by doing the following:

  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue and then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces that are often touched.
  • Take care of your health overall. Staying current on your vaccinations, including flu vaccine, eating well and exercising all help your body stay resilient.
  • Consult the CDC’s travel website for any travel advisories and steps to protect yourself if you plan to travel outside of the US.

For more information, check out the following:
the CDC COVID-19 page.             the CDC travel notice.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us at 617-232-1752

Sincerely,
The Podiatrists and Staff of New England Podiatry Associates

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Family and Feet

Did you know that some foot conditions are inherited? One common foot condition is a bunion. For most people, this bump along the big toe joint is noticeable but painless; for others, this condition can cause pain. The doctors at New England Podiatry Associates help provide information — and relief — to those who may have gotten more than eye color or hair type from a family member. If you experience pain in the area of your big toe and have a bump around your large toe joint, you may have inherited a toe deformity. 

Besides family history, are there other causes?

In addition to an inherited foot type, other common causes include wearing high-heeled or ill-fitting shoes or experiencing foot injuries. Bunions are also common with different types of arthritis or in people who experience a lot of stress on their feet throughout the workday.

How does a bunion form?

When your big toe begins to push up against your other toes, your big toe joint moves in the opposite direction (outwardly and away from the normal profile of your foot). While this may not bother some people, a bunion can become increasingly painful while walking or doing other movement activities. It’s best to see a podiatrist at the first sign of development. A foot and ankle expert can provide ways to prevent or reduce pain.

Is surgery the only solution?

No, there are other conservative treatments to try before considering surgery. The goal is to provide comfort and reduce pain, but these treatments will not remove the toe deformity. Non-surgical treatments include:

  • Changing shoes
  • Adding padding or cushion
  • Modifying activities
  • Using medication
  • Icing the area
  • Wearing orthotics

If you inherited a bunion, no worries. Our doctors will work with you to find the treatment that works best for you and allows you to continue your regular activities. Visit us soon by calling (617) 630-8280. You can visit our doctors at two locations: Chestnut Hill, which serves Norfolk, Suffolk, and Middlesex counties; and Newton Wellesley Hospital, which serves Middlesex County.

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Who Needs A Podiatrist?

If you have foot or ankle problems, the answer is simple: you need a podiatrist. Although many people assume that podiatrists are only useful for very specific foot and ankle issues, the truth is that we’re here to help with everything ranging from an ingrown toenail to a  bunion to a fracture. The doctors at  New England Podiatry Associates are among the 15,000 practicing podiatrists in the United States. Get familiar with the field of podiatry. You’ll quickly learn how much a podiatrist can become a part of your care team and meet your needs. 

Do podiatrists go to medical school?

Yes, a podiatrist has undergraduate medical school training. They then attend graduate school to receive a doctorate in podiatry. Each podiatrist is required to take state and national exams; a podiatrist must also be licensed in the state in which they practice.

Can young people benefit from a podiatrist?

Yes, although our aging bodies often increase the demand for foot and ankle attention, younger people also have foot problems. Young athletes are prone to foot and ankle injuries; young children can have ingrown toenails, warts, and more; and toddlers may have flat feet or other conditions that impact their movement.

I don’t have any issues now. Are there benefits of going to a podiatrist?

Podiatrists are in the business of helping to not only solve foot problems but also prevent them. If your family has a history of foot issues, if you play a sport, or if you simply have questions about the right kind of running shoes, visit a podiatrist.

I saw orthotics at my local pharmacy. Why should I make another stop?

Podiatrists can create custom-made orthotics to address your individual foot needs. These orthotics last longer and make a big difference in reducing pain. Still have questions? Schedule a visit by calling (617) 630-8280. You can visit our doctors at two locations: Chestnut Hill, which serves Norfolk, Suffolk, and Middlesex counties; and Newton Wellesley Hospital, which serves Middlesex County.