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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.

Best Lunch Hour Fix Me Up for Aching Feet & Toes with Dr. Suzanne Levine, Institute Beaute, New York

Dr. Suzanne Levine ‘Lube Job’ Injection – The Best Lunch Hour Fix Me Up Ever For Aching Feet & Toes, New York

Dr. Suzanne Levine’s ‘Lube Job Injection’ at Institute Beaute, New York

We know! Your feet are killing you! It’s summer and it’s beautiful out there in New York. You have made the most of it: jogging, tennis, golf, the beach, aerobics, and just fun in the sun. Your feet are paying the price—especially your big toe.

“You need a ‘Lube Job’,” says the eminent, Manhattan-based podiatrist Dr. Suzanne Levine. “It only takes a few minutes, has minimal discomfort, and there’s no recovery time.” You can hear the enthusiasm in Dr. Levine’s voice. “My patients come in during their lunch hour and walk right out feeling better—and you can resume exercise as soon as you like.”

Our favorite summer activities help keep us in shape, leaner and fitter, but are feet bare the brunt of the extra load on our bodies and the extra stress of all this exercise. This repeated stress and repeated micro-trauma can injure the big toe. And not only does the big toe hurt, but the pain can make you change the way you walk—putting extra stress on the rest of the foot, the ankles, knees, hips, and even your spine. So what to do?

“A Lube Job” is Dr. Levine’s term for viscosupplementation, an injection of hyaluronic acid into a joint, often the big toe. “Think of it as Restylane for the feet,” says Dr. Levine. At Dr. Levine’s luxurious Park Avenue office, The Institute Beaute, she works with the latest in equipment, in this case a digital fluoroscope (a form of real time x-ray). The fluoroscope lets Dr. Levine see precisely where she is placing the small needle, that is into the affected joint at the base of the big toe. This makes the injection easier, quicker and almost discomfort free.

Dr. Levine says, “Your body produces hyaluronic acid, a fluid that lubricates your joints so that they can move freely with no friction. If the production of hyaluronic acid slows, the joints do not glide smoothly—this puts wear on the joint and can be very painful. Loss of this natural lubricant can occur from overuse, injury, poorly fitting shoes, arthritis, or a genetic predisposition.”

Dr. Levine’s patients are not only weekend warriors, but also professional athletes who must get back to “work” quickly or cost their team big bucks.

“A ‘Lube Job’” can produce miraculous results,” says Dr. Levine. “Relieving pain that aspirin and Ibuprofen can’t even touch.”

Dr. Suzanne Levine is available for interview and taping while administering her “Lube Job” on one of her patients in New York.


To schedule an appointment with Dr. Suzanne Levine at Institute Beaute, New York – please visit www.institutebeaute.com


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

How To HIde Spider Veins, Age Spots, Corns, Bunions & Cankles by Podiatrist, Dr. Suzanne Levine

Dr. Suzanne Levine – Sexier Feet In Seconds, More.com

How to hide bunions, veins and more, sans surgery – By Suzanne M Levine, M.D., Institute Beauté

Sexy, strappy heels lose their allure if they’re wrapped around feet blemished by age spots and spider veins. But it needn’t be that way. Using a touch of makeup (yes the same stuff you use on your face) can take years off—instantly! Just start by moisturizing your feet; the oils in the lotion enable makeup to go on evenly—and help it endure. Then follow these instructions from celebrity podiatrist Suzanne Levine, M.D. (For more tips from Dr. Levine, visit her blog at www.institutebeaute.com/blog)

Cover Bunions/Corns

To minimize redness on irritated bunions and corns, look for a concealer that has a greenish tint to it (green neutralizes red). Dr Levine’s favorite: Colorscience Corrector Brush SPF 20. Just sweep it over the bunion or corn using smooth, even strokes, and add extra coverage to areas that are reddest. Blend in well.

Hide Age Spots and Spider Veins

Age spots are areas of hyper-pigmentation caused by too much exposure to the sun. Spider veins are small groups of tangled blood vessels just below the surface of the skin. The blue & purple clusters of veins are often clearly visible. A concealer with a yellow tint is best for covering both. Try Colorescience Suncanny Foundation.

Slim Down Cankles

Cankles are a nickname given to fatty ankles that, lacking the tapered look around the joint of the ankle, look as though the calf and foot have fused together. To give your ankles more definition, apply Colorescience Wild To Mild Bronzer around just the base of your ankle. The dark color will create a shadow that gives the appearance of a slimmer ankle.

You can purchase all the Colorescience Mineral Makeup mentioned here by Dr. Suzanne Levineat the Institute Beauté online boutique at http://institutebeaute.com MORE readers get 15 percent off! Just enter the discount code: MORE15 at checkout.

This article appeared originally on More.com.

Dr. Suzanne Levine, New York Podiatrist - Peripheral Neuropathy Treament in New York

Dr. Suzanne Levine – Peripheral Neuropathy Treatment at Institute Beaute, New York

Severe recurrent burning pain on the soles of the feet. Insensitivity of the feet to hot or cold. Unnoticed injures on the feet. These are some of the manifestations of “peripheral neuropathy.” Peripheral neuropathy includes a very wide range of causes, manifestations, symptoms, and prognoses. Some of the more common causes are: diabetes, chemotherapy, alcoholism, and vitamin deficiencies.

At the Institute Beaute on New York City’s Park Avenue in Manhattan, Dr. Suzanne Levine, celebrated New York podiatrist, is treating more patients with this condition. Most of Dr. Levine’s patients come from the New York area, but a substantial number of patients come from around the country and the world.

The most common cause of peripheral neuropathy in Dr. Levine’s patient is as a side effect of chemotherapy. The wonder drugs that keep the cancer at bay and prolong patient’s lives are not a panacea. There are many tradeoffs, and one of these is peripheral neuropathy.

Dr. Suzanne Levine published a paper in, “Practical Pain Management,” showing that low power near infrared light can decrease musculoskeletal pain. Dr. Levine has adapted her signature treatment for musculoskeletal pain to help ameliorate this devastating side effect of chemotherapy. While the number of patients treated for peripheral nerve pain is not large, results have been encouraging. The treatment takes only about 15 minutes and is painless and essentially risk free. Multiple treatments may be required for maximal benefit and are usually performed a few days apart.

The treatment probably does not affect the underlying peripheral neuropathy, but decreasing the symptoms is worth the small amount of time and cost.

This procedure is not covered by insurance and Dr. Levine has provided compassionate care to patients who cannot afford treatment. Why is this simple procedure not covered by insurance is a question that warrants further examination.

As far as we know Dr. Suzanne Levine and her New York office, Institute Beaute, is the only place that provides infrared treatment for peripheral neuropathy. If her success with this treatment continues, we intend on reviewing all the cases and posting the results to make everyone aware and hopefully increasing the availability of this treatment.

If  you would like to set up an appointment with Dr. Suzanne Levine at Institute Beaute in New York please visit www.institutebeaute.com.

Huffington Post - Dr. Suzanne Levine

Dr. Suzanne Levine, Huffington Post – Why You Should Treat Your Feet The Way You Treat Your Face

Note About This Article from Dr. Suzanne Levine

Originally posted on Huffington Post on 6.16.14.  In it I share the health benefits of treating your feet the way you treat your face as well as 8 steps for self foot care, inspired by her Foot Facial Treatment.

It’s finally time for our tootsies to see the light after months of hibernation.

With your first pedicure of the season likely booked and your open-toed shoes poised for the occasion, your feet are ready for some serious TLC.

But Dr. Suzanne Levine, celebrity podiatrist and author of My Feet Are Killing Me,” says a pedicure here and there isn’t enough when it comes to foot care. Not only can the salon treatment be dangerous, but Levine stresses we really should be pampering our body’s foundation more often.

“People seem to neglect their feet,” Levine says, noting that the oversight is a big mistake. “From calluses to cracked skin and nail issues, there’s no other part of your anatomy that reflects age as dramatically.”

Levine has witnessed clients spend thousands of dollars on Botox, lasers and Chanel suits only to look down and spot wrinkles, bunions and fungus south of the ankles. “Beyond beauty, what’s even more important is that our feet are also often the first to show signs of more serious problems like arthritis, diabetes and vascular disease,” she adds.

So from fashion to function, Levine’s mantra is treat your feet the way you treat your face. Here’s how:

1. Soak

pedicure Levine suggests you kick things off by soaking your feet for 5-10 minutes in warm water and Epsom salt, which helps eliminate toxins in the body. Aim to soak twice a week during sandal season since your feet are exposed to so many elements this time of year.

2. Scrub

pumice stone
In addition to washing your feet from top to bottom, make sure to scrub between your toes and underneath your nails. Levine recommends keeping a pumice stone in the shower and using it at least three times a week to exfoliate the skin and combat build up. “The key is minimizing callus formation,” she says. “You’ll notice your feet will start to feel as smooth as a baby’s.”

3. Mask

lotion feet
Levine uses a clay mask every two weeks to help remove oil and impurities deep within the skin, which will leave your tootsies looking and feeling refreshed (and smelling nice). For some extra care, she steps up her routine with a full-on foot facial once a month. The procedure at her New York City office also includes a glycolic peel, microdermabrasion and a collagen-promoting copper cream.

4. Massage

massage feet
A good rubdown will “bring oxygen and nutrients to your tissues and take away wastes,” writes Levine. Massage your feet frequently — every day if you can — with motions towards the heart (the direction of circulation) and your whole body will thank you.

5. Moisturize

moisturize feet Levine swears by products that contain at least 20 percent Urea, an ingredient that penetrates the skin to keep it soft and supple. As for nails and cuticles, she opts for olive oil or almond oil for hydration. Her best advice for moisturizing is to lotion up each night, paying special attention to the heels. “Put some socks on, go to sleep and give your feet a good rub with the pumice stone in the morning,” she says.

6. Trim

trim toenails
Your toenails are arguably the main focus of your feet, so be careful when you’re clipping. “Cut them straight across and don’t cut into the sides,” urges Levine. “Otherwise, you could get painful ingrown nails.”

7. Whiten

Last season’s dark polish might have left your nails a little dull. Levine applies a mix of hydrogen peroxide and baking soda to brighten them, but if they’re really looking yellow, she breaks out a laser for professional-strength whitening.

8. Protect

sunscreen feet
Dr. Suzanne Levine‘s final tip is no joke: wear sunscreen! One of the few body parts we rarely remember to apply sunscreen, be sure to slather it on from head to toe when you go out and about this summer.

Dr. Suzanne Levine, Would You Have Foot Surgery To Wear High Heels - The London Times

Dr. Suzanne Levine, Institute Beaute | “Would You Have Surgery To Wear High Heels?” by The London Times

In this article originally published on May 17, 2014 – Suzanne Levine, DPM speaks with The London Times Magazine about the surgical and simple, non-surgical techniques and treatments she uses and has developed as an aesthetic podiatrist for her Park Avenue clients at Institute Beaute, New York.


How Cinderella surgery – from toe liposuction to sole plumping – became the latest thing in the world of nip and tuck.

At her clinic on Park Avenue in New York, podiatrist Dr. Suzanne Levine is explaining why increasing numbers of women are having their toes shortened or lengthened to make their feet look prettier. Let me guess. Is it because they are shallow and self-obsessed to the point of mania? Perfectionists whose narcissistic quest for beauty extends all the way down, down, down into the darkest corner of an innocent pop sock, where a deformed little morsel of flesh lurks, the sad runt of the toe litter, the final frontier in the war against imperfection? “Well, it is a brave new world at Institute Beaute . . . ”

To read more of this article by Barbara McMahon and see what New York Podiatrist, Dr. Suzanne Levine has to say on the subject, please visit this link to The London Times – http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/magazine/article4088355.ece


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.

Pillows For Your Feet, Dr. Suzanne Levine - NY Times Article, Foot Surgeries So Women Can Wear Designer Shoes

Dr. Suzanne Levine – Foot Surgeries So Women Can Wear Designer Shoes, NY Times

In this article profiling the emerging popularity and exploration of women getting foot surgeries so that they can wear designer shoes the NY Times speaks with My Feet Are Killing Me author, Pillows For Your Feet inventor and Celebrity Podiatrist from New York’s Institue Beauté, Dr. Suzanne Levine. A very interesting read with comments from a variety of podiatrists who speak frankly about various methods, techniques, and procedures they have performed and, at times, invented to help individuals suffering from conditions that range from purely cosmetic, psychological, and work/related reasons. Originally published April 22nd, 2014. Written by Laren Stover.

Make Them Fit Please!

When Dr. Ali Sadrieh, a podiatrist, started Evo Advanced Foot Surgery in Beverly Hills, Calif., 13 years ago, he thought it seemed a little vain for women to ask for surgery because their feet hurt wearing fashionable shoes.

“Patients would bring in shoes they dreamed of wearing,” he said over tea recently at the St. Regis New York, where he was staying to see New York patients. “On the surface, it looked shallow. But I came to see she needs these shoes to project confidence, they are part of her outside skin. That’s the real world.”

For Dr. Sadrieh (who was wearing made-to-order Gucci brogues), foot surgery is a fusion of medicine and fairy tale. At his practice, you don’t have a bunionectomy; you have a Cinderella procedure.

“I had never met a patient who asked for a hallux valgus correction with osteotomy and screw fixation,” he said. “So I decided to create a name that captures the result of the procedure, without all the Latin. The point of the Cinderella: being able to put a shoe on that didn’t fit comfortably before.”

He also has coined the Perfect 10! (aesthetic toe-shortening — once administered, he said, to a 17-year-old fashion model, so she could wear the shoes her career demanded); Model T (toe-lengthening); and Foot Tuck, a fat-pad augmentation that he said helps with high heels.

And he is not the only doctor changing the face, as it were, of foot surgery.

Dr. Neal Blitz, a podiatrist who specializes in aesthetic and reconstructive procedures (including a Bunionplasty) at his private practice in Manhattan, and operates at Mount Sinai Hospital, calls this body part “the final frontier” for those who have had work done on their faces. “My practice has exploded because of Manolo Blahnik, Christian Louboutin and Nicholas Kirkwood,” he said in a recent phone interview. “There’s nothing like opening a shoe closet that’s been closed to somebody for years.”

Perish all thought of Dr. Scholl’s or Birkenstocks in these waiting rooms. Dr. Oliver Zong, founder of NYC Footcare and self-proclaimed “originator of the foot face-lift and toe tuck,” routinely corrects such conditions as High Heel Foot (a term he coined to describe a deformed foot that’s conformed to the shape of a stiletto), and Hitchhiker’s Toe, (an abnormally large big toe that sticks out like the thumb of a hitchhiker). He recently introduced the phrase “Toebesity,” which he plans to describe on his site, where flashing text promises: “Designer feet for designer shoes.”

One designer, Cathy Hardwick, who gave Tom Ford his first assistant job, had bilateral bunion surgery from Dr. Richard Frankel, the founder of Park 56 Podiatry, in 2008. “He didn’t want to operate, it was so little,” she said of the bump. But, she added: “It was unsightly and it hurt when I wore certain shoes. A few years later he operated. My foot is perfect now. And I can wear sandals I couldn’t wear before.”

Indeed, it’s not unusual for patients to walk into Dr. Suzanne Levine’s Institute Beauté, a podiatry clinic and medical spa on Park Avenue, with a bag full of shoes they can’t wear because of bunions and hammertoes. Victorian boots, Jimmy Choos and Manolo Blahniks are some of the examples on floor-to-ceiling glass shelves. Dr. Levine consults with patients on the designer high heels best suited to their particular feet, knowing, for example that both Prada and Michael Kors make a wider-than-average shoe last. “Some people won’t go to the beach or the pool, they’re so embarrassed about their feet,” said Dr. Suzanne Levine, who was wearing chunky-heeled Michael Kors bootees during a recent interview.

Her solutions, described in five books such as, “My Feet Are Killing Me,” include, among others, platelet-rich plasma therapy; stem-cell injections; injectable fillers for metatarsal cushioning; Botox; Dysport; Myobloc for excess sweating. She also advocates exercises for the feet.

The craziest request she’s received? “Once a patient came in asking for toe liposuction,” Dr. Levine said incredulously. And Dr. Zong said he had a patient ask to have a pinkie toe removed to fit into her shoes. Neither request was granted.

Dr. Jonathan T. Deland, chief of the foot and ankle service and attending orthopedic surgeon at the Hospital for Special Surgery, is opposed to even less-radical cosmetic procedures.

“The most important thing about a foot is that is doesn’t hurt you and you can function,” he said. “If we’re just talking about three-and-a-half-inch-heel stilettos that cause pain and if they wear a two-and-a-half-inch heel with no pain, then that’s probably not a good reason to do surgery.”

Dr. Deland is cautious about injections designed to pad the feet. “If there was an injection that really worked and that lasted, a lot of good doctors would be using it, because it’s a common problem,” he said. “The answer is, there is not. The patient should ask, ‘Hey, doctor, can you give me the article or the reference that shows long-term follow-up for that procedure?’ ”

But to Annette Healey, an executive vice president in retail services with CBRE, elective bunion surgery felt like a necessity. “Sneakers never worked for my career,” said Ms. Healey. She had elective bunion surgery in 2011 two days after Christmas, “while everyone was away in St. Barts,” she added, so she “could camouflage it better with Uggs.”

Her orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Craig Radnay, told her that her gait had become increasingly affected by her foot issues and that she was hurting her back.

Ms. Healey said she can now walk 20 miles in fashionable boots. “If you live in New York, your feet are your wheels,” she said. Though she spends 95 percent of her time in chic flats or wedges, she also wears Prada, Manolo and Gucci heels. But there are limits. “Sadly, I will never get my foot into a Christian Louboutin,” she said.

Pillows For Your Feet - Dr. Suzanne Levine, Home & Family Bonus Footage

Dr. Suzanne Levine – Home & Family Show Bonus Footage

It has been a week since Pillows For Your Feet Inventor and author of My Feet Are Killing Me, Dr. Suzanne Levine appeared on Hallmark Channel’s Home & Family Show.  The response to which has been great, btw for Dr. Suzanne Levine!  And she looks forward to her next appearance.

The video below is from the Home & Family Facebook Page. They asked their Home & Family Facebook Page fans if they had any questions for me . . . and it was about wearing stilettos and high heel shoes. Please enjoy!

And head on over to the My Feet Are Killing Me Facebook Page to stay informed of the latest news, products and articles about & by Dr. Suzanne Levine!