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Tuesday, 27 July 2021 00:00

Are You at Risk of Toenail Fungus?

The summer months are the time when many people expose their toes to the world, walking barefoot on the beach and at the pool. But all of this barefoot walking can unfortunately increase your risk of developing a fungal infection of the toenails. Toenail fungus usually presents as thickening and discoloration of the toenails. It is highly contagious, and can spread from an infected surface or person to you. To minimize your risk of contracting this difficult-to-treat infection, it is suggested that you wear shoes when frequenting public areas, especially if those areas are warm, humid, and moist - think public pools, showers, and locker rooms. You should also avoid sharing personal items, such as shoes, socks, and towels, with other people. Toenail fungus infections can affect anyone, but are generally more common in older individuals and those with nail injuries, weakened immune systems, or diabetes. If you are suffering from toenail fungus, a podiatrist can help you treat this condition. 

For more information about treatment, contact Yitzchak Cohen, DPM of Cohen Foot & Ankle. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Toenail Fungus Treatment

Toenail fungus is a condition that affects many people and can be especially hard to get rid of. Fortunately, there are several methods to go about treating and avoiding it.

Antifungals & Deterrence

Oral antifungal medicine has been shown to be effective in many cases. It is important to consult with a podiatrist to determine the proper regiment for you, or potentially explore other options.

Applying foot powder on the feet and shoes helps keep the feet free of moisture and sweat.

Sandals or open toed shoes – Wearing these will allow air movement and help keep feet dry. They also expose your feet to light, which fungus cannot tolerate. Socks with moisture wicking material also help as well.

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

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Tuesday, 20 July 2021 00:00

Common Foot Injuries Among Dancers

Dance is an intense sport that can be particularly hard on the feet. Dancers are prone to a variety of foot and ankle injuries. Fifth metatarsal fractures, also known as dancer’s fractures, occur when the fifth metatarsal bone along the outside of the foot is broken. A dancer may incur this injury after making a bad landing from a jump. Sesamoiditis, an overuse injury, causes pain under the big toe. Bunions, which are bony growths located at the base of the big toe joint, are common among both dancers and in the general population. However, dancers often develop bunions at earlier ages than non-dancers. Other foot and ankle injuries that a dancer is at risk for include hallux rigidus, plantar fasciitis, metatarsalgia, and Achilles tendonitis. If you are a dancer, it is recommended that you see a podiatrist regularly. This specialist can diagnose and treat your foot problems as well as offer advice on preventive measures against injury. 

Sports related foot and ankle injuries require proper treatment before players can go back to their regular routines. For more information, contact Yitzchak Cohen, DPM of Cohen Foot & Ankle. 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 Lodi, NJ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 13 July 2021 00:00

ESWT for Chronic Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis, an inflammation of the ligament that runs along the bottom of the foot, is a major cause of heel pain. While this condition typically responds well to conservative treatments like resting, icing, and stretching the foot, some cases do require extra care. Plantar fasciitis that has not responded well to conservative treatments may respond to extracorporeal shockwave therapy (ESWT). This is a newer, quick and non-invasive treatment that uses sound waves directed into the foot to stimulate the body’s healing processes, break up scar tissue, and reduce sensitivity and pain. If you have plantar fasciitis or chronic heel pain and would like to learn more about ESWT, please consult with a podiatrist.

Shockwave therapy is a treatment commonly used to treat various injuries and conditions, particularly plantar fasciitis in the feet. To learn more, consult with Yitzchak Cohen, DPM from Cohen Foot & Ankle. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Shockwave Therapy

Shockwave therapy is a new treatment option designed to treat bone conditions such as tennis elbow, shoulder pain, and others. Shockwave therapy uses high intensity sound waves that are directed to the affected tissues of the body with pinpoint accuracy. The effects are very beneficial, leading to a production of collagen fibers, eliminating inflammation.

Who Benefits from Shockwave?

Shockwave is recommended for patients suffering from heel pain and associated problems. Heel pain is a common condition which can be caused by obesity, overexertion, and spending a substantial amount of time on hard floors with your feet exposed and unsupported.

Fast and Easy

The therapy is actually a simple process that can leave patients feeling better the very next day. Shockwave therapy is not as dramatic as it sounds. It enables more blood flow to effected areas, addressing the source of the problem and allowing treatment to last for a long time.

Treatment & Recovery Time

Shockwave treatment will enable your feet to recover quickly. This is especially important since surgery is not required. It is cost effective and does not require the use of anesthesia. This treatment is a better option to surgery, since it is proven safe.

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

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