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Tuesday, 02 April 2024 00:00

Toe pain, though often overlooked, can significantly impact daily life and mobility. Several factors can contribute to toe discomfort, ranging from minor injuries to underlying medical conditions. Stubbing or jamming the toe, for instance, can result in acute pain and swelling. Additionally, wearing ill-fitting shoes or high heels can cause pressure and friction, leading to conditions like corns, calluses, or ingrown toenails. Arthritis, whether osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis, can affect the joints in the toes, causing chronic pain and stiffness. Moreover, fungal infections like athlete's foot can manifest as itching, burning, and pain between the toes. Symptoms of toe pain may vary depending on the underlying cause but commonly include tenderness, swelling, redness, and difficulty walking or bearing weight on the affected toe. Proper diagnosis and treatment are essential for relieving toe pain and preventing further complications. If your toe pain persists, it is suggested that you visit a podiatrist who can determine what the cause is, and offer appropriate treatment solutions.

Toe pain can disrupt your daily activities. If you have any concerns, 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.

What Causes Toe Pain?

Most severe toe pain is caused due to a sports injury, trauma from dropping something heavy on the toe, or bumping into something rigid. Other problems can develop over time for various reasons.

Toe pain can be caused by one or more ailments. The most common include:

  • Trauma
  • Sports injury
  • Wearing shoes that are too tight
  • Arthritis
  • Gout
  • Corns and calluses
  • Hammertoe
  • Bunions
  • Blisters
  • Ingrown toenails
  • Sprains
  • Fractures (broken bones)
  • Dislocations

When to See a Podiatrist

  • Severe pain
  • Persistent pain that lasts more than a week
  • Signs of infection
  • Continued swelling
  • Pain that prevents walking

Diagnosis

In many cases the cause of toe pain is obvious, but in others, a podiatrist may want to use more advanced methods to determine the problem. These 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

Treatments for toe pain and injuries vary and may include shoe inserts, padding, taping, medicines, injections, and in some cases, surgery. If you believe that you have broken a toe, please see a podiatrist as soon as possible.

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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Tuesday, 26 March 2024 00:00

Broken toes, while often underestimated, can significantly impact daily activities and mobility. Common causes of broken toes include traumatic injuries such as stubbing or dropping heavy objects on the foot, as well as sports-related incidents and accidents. Symptoms of a broken toe typically include pain, swelling, bruising, and difficulty bearing weight on the affected foot. In severe cases, the toe may appear visibly misaligned or deformed, and there may be an audible popping or cracking sound at the time of injury. Additionally, individuals may experience numbness or tingling sensations in the affected toe. The appearance of a broken toe can vary depending on the severity of the injury, with some cases showing obvious signs of displacement or angulation, while others may have subtle swelling and discoloration. If you have fractured your toe, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist who can perform an accurate diagnosis, and offer the treatment method that is best 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, 19 March 2024 00:00

Plantar fasciitis, a common ailment among basketball players, arises from the intense physical demands of the sport. The continuous running, abrupt stops, and sudden directional changes put immense pressure on the plantar fascia, a thick band of tissue that supports the arch of the foot. Repeated stress can lead to inflammation and micro-tears, causing excruciating heel pain. Players often find themselves grappling with the debilitating effects of this condition, hindering their on-court performance. Ignoring the initial signs can exacerbate the problem, making it imperative for basketball enthusiasts to prioritize preventative measures. Adequate warm-up routines, wearing proper footwear, and incorporating stretching exercises into the daily regimen can aid in reducing the risk of plantar fasciitis. If you have developed heel pain from playing basketball, it is strongly suggested that you consult a podiatrist who can effectively diagnose and treat plantar fasciitis.

Ankle and foot injuries are common among athletes and in many sports. They can be caused by several problems and may be potentially serious. If you are feeling pain or think you were injured in a sporting event or when exercising, consult with Dr. Larry Cohen from New York City. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Common Injuries

The most common injuries that occur in sporting activities include:

  • Achilles Tendonitis
  • Achilles Tendon Rupture
  • Ankle Sprains
  • Broken Foot
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Stress Fractures
  • Turf Toe

Symptoms

Symptoms vary depending upon the injury and in some cases, there may be no symptoms at all. However, in most cases, some form of symptom is experienced. Pain, aching, burning, bruising, tenderness, tightness or stiffness, sensation loss, difficulty moving, and swelling are the most common symptoms.

Treatment

Just as symptoms vary depending upon the injury, so do treatment options. A common treatment method is known as the RICE method. This method involves rest, applying ice, compression and elevating the afflicted foot or ankle. If the injury appears to be more serious, surgery might be required, such as arthroscopic or reconstructive surgery. Lastly, rehabilitation or therapy might be needed to gain full functionality in the afflicted area. Any discomfort experienced by an athlete 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 care needs.

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Wednesday, 13 March 2024 00:00

Your feet are covered most of the day. If you're diabetic, periodic screening is important for good health. Numbness is often a sign of diabetic foot and can mask a sore or wound.

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