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Larry Cohen, DPM

October 2020

Thursday, 29 October 2020 00:00

Are You Suffering From Ingrown Toenails?

If left untreated, an ingrown toenail can lead to more serious concerns, such as an infection. Knowing proper nail care can help in the prevention of an ingrown toenail. Give us a call, and get treated!

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Monday, 26 October 2020 00:00

What Are the Symptoms of Hallux Rigidus?

Hallux rigidus is a disorder of the joint located at the base of the big toe. This condition causes arthritic pain and stiffness in the joint. With time, the joint loses mobility, and it becomes increasingly hard to bend the toe. The pain and stiffness in the big toe may be most noticeable during walking, standing, or bending, and can lead to difficulties performing physical activities like running. The pain and stiffness may also be aggravated by cold, damp weather. As the disorder progresses, pain may become more constant, even when resting, and can cause difficulties when wearing shoes. Dull pain in the hips, knees, and lower back may develop due to changes in the way you walk, and in severe cases, you may begin to limp. If you are experiencing any of the symptoms of hallux rigidus, it is recommended that you visit a podiatrist for diagnosis and treatment.

Arthritis can be a difficult condition to live with. If you are seeking treatment, contact Dr. Larry Cohen from New York City. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Arthritic Foot Care  

Arthritis is a joint disorder that involves the inflammation of different joints in your body, such as those in your feet. Arthritis is often caused by a degenerative joint disease and causes mild to severe pain in all affected areas. In addition to this, swelling and stiffness in the affected joints can also be a common symptom of arthritis.

In many cases, wearing ill-fitting shoes can worsen the effects and pain of arthritis. Wearing shoes that have a lower heel and extra room can help your feet feel more comfortable. In cases of rheumatoid arthritis, the arch in your foot may become problematic. Buying shoes with proper arch support that contour to your feet can help immensely.

Alleviating Arthritic Pain

  • Exercises that stretch the foot can prevent further pain and injury and increase mobility
  • Most of the pain can be alleviated with anti-inflammatory drugs, heat, and topical medications
  • Massages can help temporarily alleviate pain.

It is best to see your doctor for the treatment that is right for your needs and symptoms. Conditions vary, and a podiatrist can help you determine the right method of care for your feet.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Midtown, Manhattan . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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Monday, 19 October 2020 00:00

How to Care for a Broken Toe at Home

A broken toe is a common injury. Severe cases that cause the toe to be crooked, involve the big toe, or lead to an open wound should be seen by a medical professional as soon as possible. Once a doctor has looked at your toe and prescribed a treatment plan, you can help your toe heal by following home care instructions. Rest your toe by not doing any physical activity that causes pain. It may be best to keep your foot immobile whenever possible. For the first day after your injury, ice your toe for 20 minutes every hour that you are awake, and then 2-3 times a day during the following days, but do not put ice directly on the skin. Keep your foot raised when possible to decrease swelling. If pain persists, ask your podiatrist about possible pain medications, such as a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug. For more advice on how to help care for your broken toe at home, please consult with a podiatrist.

A broken toe can be very painful and lead to complications if not properly fixed. If you have any concerns about your feet, contact Dr. Larry Cohen from New York City. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What to Know About a Broken Toe

Although most people try to avoid foot trauma such as banging, stubbing, or dropping heavy objects on their feet, the unfortunate fact is that it is a common occurrence. Given the fact that toes are positioned in front of the feet, they typically sustain the brunt of such trauma. When trauma occurs to a toe, the result can be a painful break (fracture).

Symptoms of a Broken Toe

  • Throbbing pain
  • Swelling
  • Bruising on the skin and toenail
  • The inability to move the toe
  • Toe appears crooked or disfigured
  • Tingling or numbness in the toe

Generally, it is best to stay off of the injured toe with the affected foot elevated.

Severe toe fractures may be treated with a splint, cast, and in some cases, minor surgery. Due to its position and the pressure it endures with daily activity, future complications can occur if the big toe is not properly treated.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Midtown, Manhattan . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Monday, 12 October 2020 00:00

Solutions for Sweaty Feet

Roughly 5 percent of people suffer from plantar hyperhidrosis, also known as excessively sweaty feet. This primarily occurs when the sweat glands are activated longer than they should be, and this often leads to issues such as soggy footwear, athletes foot, fungal nail infections, and constantly cold feet. Managing this condition requires a few key steps. First, make sure to wash and dry your feet daily. Secondly, use an antifungal powder to keep the feet dry, and find an antiperspirant to use at night. Breathable shoes and socks are also helpful in managing sweaty feet. Those who continue to suffer from plantar hyperhidrosis should visit a podiatrist. A podiatrist will be able to suggest treatment options such as medication, botox, and iontophoresis.

If you are suffering from hyperhidrosis contact Dr. Larry Cohen of New York City. Our doctor can provide the care you need to attend to all of your foot and ankle needs.

Hyperhidrosis of the Feet

Hyperhidrosis is a rare disorder that can cause people to have excessive sweating of their feet. This can usually occur all on its own without rigorous activity involved. People who suffer from hyperhidrosis may also experience sweaty palms.

Although it is said that sweating is a healthy process meant to cool down the body temperature and to maintain a proper internal temperature, hyperhidrosis may prove to be a huge hindrance on a person’s everyday life.

Plantar hyperhidrosis is considered to be the main form of hyperhidrosis. Secondary hyperhidrosis can refer to sweating that occurs in areas other than the feet or hands and armpits. Often this may be a sign of it being related to another medical condition such as menopause, hyperthyroidism and even Parkinson’s disease.

In order to alleviate this condition, it is important to see your doctor so that they may prescribe the necessary medications so that you can begin to live a normal life again. If this is left untreated, it is said that it will persist throughout an individual’s life.

A last resort approach would be surgery, but it is best to speak with your doctor to find out what may be the best treatment for you.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Midtown, Manhattan . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Monday, 05 October 2020 00:00

What Is Causing My Heel Pain?

Heel pain can be caused by a number of different factors, including a condition known as plantar fasciitis. When the tissue that connects the heel bone to the toes, the plantar fascia, becomes inflamed, plantar fasciitis may develop. Athletes, especially runners, can be at a higher risk of developing this condition. Other factors that can affect its development are age, weight, and certain exercises. Pain is normally felt at the bottom of the heel and can increase if left untreated. Some patients have also described experiencing a sharp pain when first rising in the morning and right before bed. For a proper diagnosis, please seek the care of a podiatrist.

Plantar fasciitis can be very painful and inconvenient. If you are experiencing heel pain or symptoms of plantar fasciitis, contact Dr. Larry Cohen  from New York City. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is the inflammation of the thick band of tissue that runs along the bottom of your foot, known as the plantar fascia, and causes mild to severe heel pain.

What Causes Plantar Fasciitis?

  • Excessive running
  • Non-supportive shoes
  • Overpronation
  • Repeated stretching and tearing of the plantar fascia

How Can It Be Treated?

  • Conservative measures – anti-inflammatories, ice packs, stretching exercises, physical therapy, orthotic devices
  • Shockwave therapy – sound waves are sent to the affected area to facilitate healing and are usually used for chronic cases of plantar fasciitis
  • Surgery – usually only used as a last resort when all else fails. The plantar fascia can be surgically detached from the heel

While very treatable, plantar fasciitis is definitely not something that should be ignored. Especially in severe cases, speaking to your doctor right away is highly recommended to avoid complications and severe heel pain. Your podiatrist can work with you to provide the appropriate treatment options tailored to your condition.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Midtown, Manhattan . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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