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Tuesday, 06 June 2023 00:00

The joints in the big toe are affected with the condition that is known as gout. This painful arthritic condition happens as a result of excess uric acid in the blood. This can be caused by genetic reasons or from eating foods that are high in purines. These types of foods include shellfish, red meat, and drinks that are made with large amounts of sugar. Gout attacks generally begin at night and may last for several weeks. This condition can be managed when lifestyle changes are implemented, such as replacing some of the foods that are eaten with healthier choices. It is beneficial to engage in a gentle exercise program on a regular basis, in addition to drinking plenty of water daily. People who are overweight may be prone to developing gout, and additional weight may be lost when they limit the type of, and amount of, foods that are eaten. If you have had one or frequent gout attacks, it is strongly suggested that a podiatrist is contacted who can help you to manage, and possibly prevent, this uncomfortable condition.

Gout is a foot condition that requires certain treatment and care. If you are seeking treatment, contact Dr. Larry Cohen from New York City. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What Is Gout?

Gout is a type of arthritis caused by a buildup of uric acid in the bloodstream. It often develops in the foot, especially the big toe area, although it can manifest in other parts of the body as well. Gout can make walking and standing very painful and is especially common in diabetics and the obese.

People typically get gout because of a poor diet. Genetic predisposition is also a factor. The children of parents who have had gout frequently have a chance of developing it themselves.

Gout can easily be identified by redness and inflammation of the big toe and the surrounding areas of the foot. Other symptoms include extreme fatigue, joint pain, and running high fevers. Sometimes corticosteroid drugs can be prescribed to treat gout, but the best way to combat this disease is to get more exercise and eat a better diet.

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, 30 May 2023 00:00

One of the most common foot injuries is a broken toe. A broken toe can occur for several reasons, including stubbing it into furniture, a heavy object falling on it, or repeated force. Prolonged repetitive movements can gradually turn into a stress or hairline fracture. Existing medical conditions like osteoporosis may cause the bones to weaken, and a break may be more likely. A broken toe is diagnosed after an X-ray is taken then proper treatment can begin. For mildly fractured toes, the buddy taping method is often effective. Buddy taping is done by taping the affected toe to the toe next to it. This may temporarily feel uncomfortable, despite the stability it provides. If you have broken your toe, it is suggested that you consult with a podiatrist to confirm the diagnosis and start the best treatment for you.

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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Tuesday, 23 May 2023 00:00

If you are someone that enjoys wearing sandals and flip flops during the warm summer months, then it is helpful to be aware of the connection between these shoes and cracked heels. Although these shoes may seem stylish, they often do not provide feet with the support they need. Non-supportive shoes can essentially cause the feet to become more susceptible to cracked heels as a result of the weight that is not distributed equally. Extra pressure which is exerted on the feet can cause the skin to expand and crack. Therefore, if you are someone looking to prevent the onset of cracked heels, you may consider avoiding shoes like sandals and flip flops. For more information and treatment, it is suggested that you contact a podiatrist today.

Cracked heels are unsightly and can cause further damage to your shoes and feet. If you have any concerns, 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.

Cracked Heels

Cracked heels appear unappealing and can make it harder for you walk around in sandals. Aside from looking unpleasant, cracked heels can also tear stockings, socks, and wear out your shoes. There are several methods to help restore a cracked heel and prevent further damage.

How Do You Get Them?

Dry skin is the number one culprit in creating cracked heels. Many athletes, walkers, joggers, and even swimmers suffer from cracked heels. Age and skin oil production play a role to getting cracked heels as well.

Promote Healing

Over the counter medicines can help, especially for those that need instant relief or who suffer from chronic dry feet.

Wear Socks – Wearing socks with medicated creams helps lock in moisture.

Moisturizers – Applying both day and night will help alleviate dryness which causes cracking.

Pumice Stones – These exfoliate and remove dead skin, which allows for smoother moisturizer application and better absorption into the skin. 

Change in Diet

Eating healthy with a well-balanced diet will give the skin a fresh and radiant look. Your body responds to the kinds of food you ingest. Omega-3 fatty acids and zinc supplements can also revitalize skin tissue.

Most importantly, seek professional help if unsure how to proceed in treating cracked heels. A podiatrist will help you with any questions or information needed. 

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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Wednesday, 17 May 2023 00:00

Have your child's feet been examined lately? Healthy feet are happy feet. If your child is complaining of foot pain, it may be a sign of underlying problems.

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