Pillow For Your Feet Summer Feet Series FI

Summer Feet Series – Danger in the Summer Sun | Foot Protection For Dummies

Summer Feet Series Part 1 of 7: How to protect your feet in the summer according to Dr. Suzanne Levine and the Institute Beauté. 

Everyone loves the summer. For many it is the best time of the year. I mean, azure blue sky, golden sunshine, warm water, and the soft sand of the beach caressing your feet – who needs heaven? “I love the summer beach too,” says Dr. Suzanne Levine. “From Coney Island while growing up in Brooklyn to the upcoming ‘authors weekend’ in East Hampton in 2014. But in my office at Institute Beauté, I commonly see the dangers that lurk for the unwary and careless.”

Sunburn: The sun is strongest in the summer, especially from 11 AM to 3 PM. The skin on your feet is easily as subject to sunburn as your face or arms—actually probably more so, because it is normally covered by your shoes and has not built up protection. So always remember to apply a SPF 30 or more to your feet as well as all exposed skin areas, and reapply every few hours. Be cautious, the sun not only damages your skin – making it age prematurely—it also increases the risk of skin cancer.

Flip flops are a summer favorite—but for your feet, not so much. They do protect your feet from hot sand and pavement. They do give minimal protection when stepping on something that could cut your feet. But they are meant to be worn only for short walks—not long hikes. Why? Dr. Suzanne Levine says, “They provide no arch support. They do not protect your feet from the sun. They provide only minimal protect from injuring your feet. And because you have to keep flip flops on by gripping them with your toes, they may increase the chance of developing a neuroma.” Dr. Levine also warns, “Because flip flops flip—they increase your chance of tripping. So wear them to and from your car and wear them in a ‘shoes and shirt required’ restaurant at the beach. But do not wear them while walking around town or for a relaxing walk on that country trail.”


For more information on proper foot wear and foot protection, see Dr. Suzanne Levine’s new book, “My Feet Are Killing Me”, also available at Barnes and Nobles, Amazon, iBooks, and other fine book sellers.

How To Treat Fungal Nails - Dr. Suzanne Levine, Institute Beaute New York

Dr. Suzanne Levine, Institute Beaute – How Do You Treat Your Fungal Nails?

It’s a beautiful July 4th weekend. You’re on the beach with friends walking on the warm sand, but you don’t want to take your shoes off. You finally do, revealing—thick, yellow, flaking nails. What is with them?

You call the Institute Beaute to see Dr. Suzanne Levine at her first available appointment. Dr. Levine takes one look at your feet and tells you that you have toe nail fungal infection. Dr. Levine sees hundreds of nail fungal infections every year and that they are becoming increasing more common.

How do you get fungal nails?

  • Unsterile manicure or pedicure.
  • Walking barefoot in the gym, especially in the shower.
  • Injuring your nail by ill fitting shoes, or stubbing your toe.
  • Predisposing factors such as diabetes, chemotherapy.

How do you reduce your risk of infection?

  • Make sure the nail salon is clean.
  • Make sure all equipment used is either disposable or sterilized in an autoclave (heat).
  • Bring your own nail clippers, file, etc.
  • Bring a small vial of bleach to add to the rinse water for the foot bath during cleaning.
  • If diabetic keep your sugar under control.
  • Wear proper fitting shoes and athletic wear.

How do you treat your fungal nails?

  • Antifungal nail polish or topical medication.
  • Only slightly effective.
  • Oral antifungal medication
  • Very effective, but…
  • …requires three to six months of treatment and…
  • …you cannot consume alcohol while under treatment…
  • …occasionally toxic to the liver.

LASER therapy: at the Institute Beauté this is one of the signature treatments developed by Dr. Suzanne Levine

  • Treatment takes only a few seconds per toe.
  • Treatment usually repeated in 4-6 weeks.
  • Total 2 or 3 sessions
  • Very effective
  • With all treatments the results will first become apparent at the base of the nail.
  • Finger nails take about 6-8 months to regrow.
  • Toenails take about 8-12 months

Dr. Levine’s advice:

  • Prevention is best
  • If you have or get nail fungus laser treatment is best
  • Come to the Institute Beaute if near New York.
  • You’re feet will be glad you did.
  • See you on the beach.


To schedule an appointment with Dr. Suzanne Levine at Institute Beaute in New YorkVisit http://institutebeaute.com

Choosing The Best Shoes For Your Feet with Celebrity Podiatrist, Dr. Suzanne Levine

Choosing The Best Shoes For Your Feet – The Doctors TV Show with Dr. Suzanne Levine

Choosing The Best Shoes For Your Feet

Do you have bunions, corns or hammertoe?  Are you having trouble choosing the best shoes for your feet?   In this segment of “The Doctors”, Celebrity Podiatrist, Dr. Suzanne Levine suggests the best pair of shoes for three women, who each suffer from a different foot condition (Hammertoe, Bunions, Corns).  And she gives tips for the best time to shop for shoes.

What My Shoes Really Do To My Feet - Pillows For Your feet, Dr. Suzanne Levine

What Your Shoes Are Really Doing To Your Feet – Huffington Post Asks Dr. Suzanne Levine

In this article inventor of Pillows For Your Feet, celebrity podiatrist and author of My Feet Are Killing Me, Dr. Suzanne Levine speaks with Huffington Post reporter Lauren Mikler about ‘What Your Shoes Are Really Doing To Your Feet’.

Originally Published on The Huffington Post | Lauren Mikler

There are few accessories that excite women quite like shoes. Not only are they the key to transforming an outfit, but is there any item in your closet that can make you feel sexier? Of course, there’s also a flip side: Is there any accessory that can cause as much suffering as uncomfortable footwear? And hobbling around in misery (or worse, going barefoot in public because you can’t stand the pain) isn’t exactly cute!

Since women are affected by foot problems four times more than men, Dr. Suzanne Levine, celebrity podiatrist and author of “My Feet Are Killing Me” stresses the importance of taking care of our tootsies — and not just for the sake of looking good. “Our feet are a foundation,” she says, “and the way we dress them influences the way we feel.” With an entire chapter devoted to shoe sense, Dr. Levine walks us through how different sole styles affect our health and why many of us are shopping all wrong.

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Wall Street Journal Confirms My Predictions - Chunky Heels, Wedges & Sprains by Dr. Suzanne Levine Celebrity Podiatrist & Inventor of Pillows For Your Feet

Dr. Suzanne Levine’s Predictions Confirmed By Wall Street Journal – Chunky Heels, Wedges & Sprains

By Dr. Suzanne Levine

I’m so excited that our “Pillows for Your Feet” website is finally going live. We’ve created an experience that simulates what our patients enjoy when they come to my office in New York. First and foremost we are a medical office where foot health and treatment are my number one concern. As you probably know, my motto is “Treat Your Feet the Way You Would Your Face” so in my office we talk about a lot of things, like shoes. Right now, its Fashion Week somewhere in the world, showing the new looks for spring 2014 starting in New York, then London, Milan and Paris. What am I seeing so far? Lots of thick chunky heels and wedges, shoes you don’t so much walk in but slide your foot along in, not a normal gait. Gorgeous as they may be, I’m thinking 2014 is going to be the year of the Lateral Ankle Sprain, but more about that later, after I’ve seen the Paris collections.

Meanwhile, on September 16, The Wall Street Journal devoted its lead story to foot pain and foot health problems. What did the story tell me? It tells me that we’re right on time with Pillows for Your Feet and confirms one of my other predictions, something I’ve been saying for a few years. Foot health is entering a new phase, and it’s a topic people really will be talking more about in the future, especially as people live longer and want to remain mobile for as long as possible. Here’s the WSJ story by Angela Chen:

Read Steps to Better Foot Health – here

Steps To Better Foot Health Article Highlights

Pillows For Your Feet blog, Foot Notes - Summer Soles Suggestions by Celebrity Podiatrist Dr. Levine

Summer Soles: An Interesting Statistic & Suggestions for Fabulous Feet in The Heat

I’ve always said they weren’t healthy, that they cause more foot problems than you can imagine, and for anything less than bathing or short walks home from the beach really not advised, and now this! Did you know that flip flops cause around 1.4 million driving accidents a year?

Read the original article that I am talking about on handbag.com – here.

On a related topic, here’s a segment I did on NBC about summer feet:

Foot Notes, Pillows For Your Feet - Power poses that will boost your success - Re-posted from The Telegraph

‘Power poses’ that will boost your career – The Telegraph

Well this is very interesting, especially as we return to work this month after summer holidays. I’d like to add to this article about posture the importance of healthy feet and its relation to good posture–and being successful at your job. Nothing is more aging that someone struggling at her 9-to-5 with feet that hurt, what it does to ones gait. Whereas with healthy feet, there’s always a lift, a bounce, that transcends age and translates as energy!

Read ‘Power poses’ that will boost your career – here.

Dr. Suzanne Levine Says This Fall Is The Flat – Our 2013 Online Favorites

By Dr. Suzanne Levine

One of the big trends in new shoes this fall is the flat. (Here’s a link to the website WhoWhatWear with some editors’ favorites – http://www.whowhatwear.com/give-your-feet-a-break-with-these-editor-approved-fall-flats). And judging from the spring 2014 shows I’ve seen during New York Fashion Week this month, it looks like the trend in flats will continue this spring–the shoes at Ashley and Mary-Kate Olsen’s The Row collection were wonderful loafers and mules handmade by Enzo Bonafe. That said, the majority of the shoes so far are still much too high for real life–I call them “limousine shoes” they’re gorgeous to look at, but you need a limousine, since walking in them for too very long isn’t doable. And a word of caution about the flats out there: just because they are flat doesn’t mean they are your best bet. Too many of the fashion flats are too narrow, displaying too much of the foot–going for “toe cleavage” if you will–and if you have any kind of problems like hammertoes and bunions you’re not going to be able to wear these flats comfortably.

Meanwhile, about what’s in stores and available online now for fall 2013, here are a few of my favorite shoes:

  • I am very impressed by Michael Kors boots. His boots have a lot of extra cushioning so you can wear them for longer periods of time – See these impressive boots!
  • Chunky heels offer equal distribution of weight and will be comfortable for most people. Hermes’ stacked heel and high cut, and any other shoe like it, will also cover up foot deformities and won’t irritate them – See these comfortable heels