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July 2023

Tuesday, 25 July 2023 00:00

How Exercise Can Help Prevent Falls

Every year about one quarter of older adults experience a fall, which is the leading cause of injury in people aged 65 and above. Specific physical changes, including muscle weakness, balance problems, and declining vision, can contribute to the risk of falling. As one ages, navigating stairs, curbs, and loose carpeting can become increasingly difficult. In addition, chronic conditions such as arthritis and diabetes can negatively affect balance, coordination, and stability. Additionally, some medications commonly taken by seniors, such as blood pressure or other ailments, can cause dizziness or drowsiness that further increases the risk of falling. Balance and strength training exercises, tai chi, and yoga are a few options seniors have that may help to decrease the likelihood of a fall. Flexibility training exercises to increase the range of motion and reduce stiffness can help improve reaction times. Using an assistive device, such as a walker or cane, is another way to help seniors become more stable on their feet. For further information about the prevention of falls, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist. 

Preventing falls among the elderly is very important. If you are older and have fallen or fear that you are prone to falling, consult with Dr. Larry Cohen from New York City. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality advice and care.

Every 11 seconds, an elderly American is being treated in an emergency room for a fall related injury. Falls are the leading cause of head and hip injuries for those 65 and older. Due to decreases in strength, balance, senses, and lack of awareness, elderly persons are very susceptible to falling. Thankfully, there are a number of things older persons can do to prevent falls.

How to Prevent Falls

Some effective methods that older persons can do to prevent falls include:

  • Enrolling in strength and balance exercise program to increase balance and strength
  • Periodically having your sight and hearing checked
  • Discuss any medications you have with a doctor to see if it increases the risk of falling
  • Clearing the house of falling hazards and installing devices like grab bars and railings
  • Utilizing a walker or cane
  • Wearing shoes that provide good support and cushioning
  • Talking to family members about falling and increasing awareness

Falling can be a traumatic and embarrassing experience for elderly persons; this can make them less willing to leave the house, and less willing to talk to someone about their fears of falling. Doing such things, however, will increase the likelihood of tripping or losing one’s balance. Knowing the causes of falling and how to prevent them is the best way to mitigate the risk of serious injury.  

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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Our feet are the foundation of our support and facilitate our mobility. While it is common to experience foot pain occasionally, dismissing or ignoring it can have serious consequences. Foot pain can stem from various causes, ranging from simple issues like ill-fitting footwear to underlying medical conditions that require immediate attention. Since such pain can arise from multiple factors, it is important to identify the source to differentiate between discomfort that may be temporary and signs of a more serious problem. Medical conditions, such as diabetes, with the common complication of neuropathy, or deep vein thrombosis involving blood clots can cause foot pain, and it is crucial to address these issues promptly. Age-related foot problems, such as arthritis, can cause chronic foot pain that requires care. Given the diverse causes of foot pain and the potential severity of complications, if you are having such pain, it is strongly suggested that you consult a podiatrist for an accurate diagnosis and suitable treatment.

Foot Pain

Foot pain can be extremely painful and debilitating. If you have a foot pain, consult with Dr. Larry Cohen from New York City. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.


Foot pain is a very broad condition that could be caused by one or more ailments. The most common include:

  • Bunions
  • Hammertoes
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Bone Spurs
  • Corns
  • Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Ingrown Toenails
  • Arthritis (such as Gout, Rheumatoid, and Osteoarthritis)
  • Flat Feet
  • Injury (from stress fractures, broken toe, foot, ankle, Achilles tendon ruptures, and sprains)
  • And more


To figure out the cause of foot pain, podiatrists utilize several different methods. This can range from simple visual inspections and sensation tests to X-rays and MRI scans. Prior medical history, family medical history, and any recent physical traumatic events will all be taken into consideration for a proper diagnosis.


Treatment depends upon the cause of the foot pain. Whether it is resting, staying off the foot, or having surgery; podiatrists have a number of treatment options available for foot pain.

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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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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Tuesday, 11 July 2023 00:00

Sore Feet While Hiking

Hiking can be a fun and challenging activity for nature lovers. It can be great exercise and provide one with the experience of stunning views and a huge sense of accomplishment. Most hikers have experienced some foot pain during a hike at some point in time. While blisters, plantar fasciitis, or hot spots can commonly befall hikers, other things like tendonitis can occur as well. Painful blisters are a common hiking problem. These are fluid-filled pockets that develop under the skin and are caused by friction. Blisters can easily come on from overuse and wearing boots that do not fit well. Plantar fasciitis is an inflammation of the plantar fascia, which is the connective tissue that runs from the heels to the toes on the underside of the foot. It can make every step a hiker takes painful, particularly in the heel and arch of the foot. A hot spot is a signal that a blister is about to form. Foot pain prevention measures to take before a hike include training for the hike by doing aerobic exercise, and resistance training.  Also, practicing shorter hikes on similar terrain, wearing well-fitting hiking boots, using orthotic insoles, and wearing lightweight, breathable, and cushioned socks. When discomfort surfaces during a hike, stop to deal with it before it worsens. A foot care kit can be prepared beforehand and taken on hikes for this purpose. Simple things to include in such a kit are an extra pair of socks, athletic or duct tape, powder, and blister patches. If your foot pain from a hike persists or worsens, it is strongly suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist who can evaluate the problem and provide treatment options.

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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Tuesday, 04 July 2023 00:00

Treating an Abscess on the Toe

Having an abscess on the toe can be a painful and annoying experience. A toe abscess may be caused by germs or oil in the toe, a hair follicle, or a skin puncture. An abscess is a sign of infection causing the sore to fill with pus and other fluids. Inflammation sets in, and the toe becomes red and painful to the touch. Ignoring a toe abscess can lead to more serious infections within the entire body. Before a podiatrist can treat an abscess, certain information is needed, including how long the abscess has been there and whether the toe was injured. If the abscess is advanced, the podiatrist will proceed to make a small cut to drain it, and then will flush the area with an antiseptic solution. A bandage will be applied to guard against further infection, and pain medication may be prescribed. One way to prevent another toe abscess is to maintain daily foot hygiene habits. For more information on wound care for a toe abscess, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist. 

Wound care is an important part in dealing with diabetes. If you have diabetes and a foot wound or would like more information about wound care for diabetics, consult with Dr. Larry Cohen from New York City. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

What Is Wound Care?

Wound care is the practice of taking proper care of a wound. This can range from the smallest to the largest of wounds. While everyone can benefit from proper wound care, it is much more important for diabetics. Diabetics often suffer from poor blood circulation which causes wounds to heal much slower than they would in a non-diabetic. 

What Is the Importance of Wound Care?

While it may not seem apparent with small ulcers on the foot, for diabetics, any size ulcer can become infected. Diabetics often also suffer from neuropathy, or nerve loss. This means they might not even feel when they have an ulcer on their foot. If the wound becomes severely infected, amputation may be necessary. Therefore, it is of the upmost importance to properly care for any and all foot wounds.

How to Care for Wounds

The best way to care for foot wounds is to prevent them. For diabetics, this means daily inspections of the feet for any signs of abnormalities or ulcers. It is also recommended to see a podiatrist several times a year for a foot inspection. If you do have an ulcer, run the wound under water to clear dirt from the wound; then apply antibiotic ointment to the wound and cover with a bandage. Bandages should be changed daily and keeping pressure off the wound is smart. It is advised to see a podiatrist, who can keep an eye on it.

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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