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Tuesday, 21 May 2024 00:00

Ankle osteoarthritis typically arises after an ankle injury, causing persistent pain, swelling, stiffness, and reduced flexibility. Treatment options of ankle osteoarthritis aim to alleviate symptoms and improve joint function, with a focus on enhancing range of motion and strengthening supportive muscles. Low-impact exercises like swimming and biking also help to reduce stress on the joint. Weight management plays an important role, and even a modest weight loss offers significant pain relief. Supportive footwear and custom orthotics can provide stability and cushioning, while easing discomfort. Medications such as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, and NSAIDs, may offer temporary relief, though long-term use requires caution. Surgery, such as joint stabilization or ankle replacement, remains a last resort, especially for younger patients. Seeking timely medical intervention and adopting a comprehensive treatment approach tailored to individual needs is vital. If you are suffering from ankle osteoarthritis, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist for a diagnosis and treatment options. 

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 term that is commonly used to describe joint pain.  The condition itself can occur to anyone of any age, race, or gender, and there are over 100 types of it.  Nevertheless, arthritis is more commonly found in women compared to men, and it is also more prevalent in those who are overweight. The causes of arthritis vary depending on which type of arthritis you have. Osteoarthritis for example, is often caused by injury, while rheumatoid arthritis is caused by a misdirected immune system.

Symptoms

  • Swelling
  • Pain
  • Stiffness
  • Decreased Range of Motion

Arthritic symptoms range in severity, and they may come and go. Some symptoms stay the same for several years but could potentially get worse with time. Severe cases of arthritis can prevent its sufferers from performing daily activities and make walking difficult.

Risk Factors

  • Occupation – Occupations requiring repetitive knee movements have been linked to osteoarthritis
  • Obesity – Excess weight can contribute to osteoarthritis development
  • Infection – Microbial agents can infect the joints and trigger arthritis
  • Joint Injuries – Damage to joints may lead to osteoarthritis
  • Age – Risk increases with age
  • Gender –Most types are more common in women
  • Genetics – Arthritis can be hereditary

If you suspect your arthritis is affecting your feet, it is crucial that you see a podiatrist immediately. Your doctor will be able to address your specific case and help you decide which treatment method is best 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 care needs.

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Tuesday, 14 May 2024 00:00

Ankle injuries are a frequent occurrence in the high-paced world of soccer, posing challenges for players of all levels. The nature of the sport, characterized by sudden changes in direction, rapid acceleration, and physical contact, makes ankles vulnerable to sprains, strains, and fractures. One common injury is the ankle sprain, which occurs when the ligaments supporting the joint are stretched or torn, often due to a sudden twist or roll of the foot. Another concern is ankle fractures, which involve a break in one or more bones in the ankle joint and can result from direct trauma or excessive force. These injuries not only cause pain and swelling but also disrupt player performance and sideline athletes for weeks or even months. Preventive measures such as proper warm-up routines, wearing supportive footwear, and practicing techniques for safe landing and pivoting can help reduce the risk of ankle injuries. If have sustained an ankle injury while playing soccer, it is suggested that you promptly consult a podiatrist for effective treatment solutions. 

Sports related foot and ankle injuries require proper treatment before players can go back to their regular routines. For more information, contact Dr. Larry Cohen of New York City. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Sports Related Foot and Ankle Injuries

Foot and ankle injuries are a common occurrence when it comes to athletes of any sport. While many athletes dismiss the initial aches and pains, the truth is that ignoring potential foot and ankle injuries can lead to serious problems. As athletes continue to place pressure and strain the area further, a mild injury can turn into something as serious as a rupture and may lead to a permanent disability. There are many factors that contribute to sports related foot and ankle injuries, which include failure to warm up properly, not providing support or wearing bad footwear. Common injuries and conditions athletes face, including:

  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Plantar Fasciosis
  • Achilles Tendinitis
  • Achilles Tendon Rupture
  • Ankle Sprains

Sports related injuries are commonly treated using the RICE method. This includes rest, applying ice to the injured area, compression and elevating the ankle. More serious sprains and injuries may require surgery, which could include arthroscopic and reconstructive surgery. Rehabilitation and therapy may also be required in order to get any recovering athlete to become fully functional again. Any unusual aches and pains an athlete sustains must be evaluated by a licensed, reputable medical professional.

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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Sunday, 12 May 2024 00:00

Suffering from this type of pain? You may have the foot condition known as Morton's neuroma. Morton's neuroma may develop as a result of ill-fitting footwear and existing foot deformities. We can help.

Tuesday, 07 May 2024 00:00

In the realm of workplace safety, protecting one's feet is vital to prevent injuries and ensure productivity. Several types of foot protection options cater to diverse work environments and hazards. Safety shoes, featuring reinforced toe caps and slip-resistant soles, provide basic protection against impacts and slips in various industries. Steel-toed boots offer enhanced durability and impact resistance, making them ideal for construction and heavy-duty environments. Metatarsal guards add an extra layer of defense by protecting the delicate bones in the midfoot region from crushing or impacts. For workers exposed to electrical hazards, specialized footwear provides insulation against electrical currents, reducing the risk of shock or electrocution. Each type of foot protection serves a unique purpose, tailored to specific workplace risks and requirements. If you have injured your foot while working, and are looking to learn more about what type of shoes to purchase for total foot protection, it is suggested that you visit a podiatrist who can offer treatment and provide you with the information you are seeking.

While working on the feet, it is important to take the proper care of them. For more information about working on your feet, contact Dr. Larry Cohen from New York City. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Working on Your Feet

Standing on your feet for long periods of time can cause stress and pain in your feet. Your whole body may experience change in terms of posture, back pain, bunions, callouses and or plantar warts. There are ways to avoid these conditions with proper foot care, smart choices and correct posture.

Positive Changes

Negative heeled shoe – Choosing this shoe type places the heel slightly lower than the ball of the foot. These are great for overall foot health. Find shoes that fit you correctly.

Go barefoot – Our feet were not designed to be enclosed for all hours of the day. Try to periodically expose your feet to air.

Eliminate Pain

Foot Exercises – Performing simple exercises, incorporating yoga and doing stretches are beneficial. This will allow increased blood flow to the area and muscles of the foot.

Achilles tendon – Stretching the foot out flat on the floor will relax the calf muscles and tendon. These exercises can be performed almost anywhere. Make sure you add these exercises to your daily regimen. 

With a little bit of this information and knowing more about foot health, you will notice changes. Foot stretches and proper footwear will help with pain and prevent further issues.

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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