A lot of the athletes we treat are already familiar with “turf toe,” a ligament sprain in the big toe joint where the foot and toe come together. Tearing your big toe ligaments affects your balance, stability, and the push-off phase of your gait cycle. Then there’s the pain, which tends to feel worst at the bottom of the toe where it attaches to your foot. It usually hurts to extend your toe fully or walk, and you’ll probably notice some swelling.
With any luck, athletes can be back to the game within a day or two of resting, icing, compressing, and elevating. But more serious sprains can put you out for six to eight weeks, and a few players have even had their careers end following an injury like this, while others suffered arthritis-like stiffness or limited mobility upon healing. That’s why it’s so important to have a specialist look at your injury and guide you through rehabilitation to preserve range-of-motion.
The passion of our local running clubs and athletes is second-to-none, and we are proud to remain active in community events. If you’re a member of the running community, here’a quick look at the NYC races September has to offer.
Los Angeles native Allyson Felix won a gold for the 200-meter dash at the last Olympics – which she added to her two silver medals from 2004 and 2008. This year, she failed to qualify for her favorite race and was not be able to defend her title although she still made it into the running for the 400 meter and 1,600 meter. We feel that some of her lost short-term explosiveness can be attributed to an April ankle injury.
Diabetes is not just stressful and expensive for families, but for society at large.
Maybe you knew that. But did you know many of these expenses are preventable?
In Australia, more than 1 million people suffer from diabetes—which can lead to stroke, eye damage, and foot disease if not well-managed. Researchers recently estimated that the cost of hospitalization from diabetic foot disease costs Aussies $350 million per year. And here in America, there are roughly 29 million diabetics, with 1.7 million new patients added to the pool each year. As diabetes threatens to become a global epidemic, we need to take a serious look at preventative measures.
Thinking of booking an appointment at a New York City spa for a summer pedicure? Certain foot conditions warrant a trip to your local podiatrist before you set foot anywhere else. Not only can infectious pathogens possibly spread to other people, but spa practitioners often aren’t trained to deal with foot issues—and more often than not will make any existing problems worse—probably not quite the relaxing spa day you had in mind.
Here are three good reasons to see a podiatrist rather than a pedicurist.
We treat quite a few joggers, but the recent news headlines about a 30-year-old Queens runner found murdered at Spring Creek Park in Howard Beach have us concerned about our clients in a different way than usual.
“It can be difficult,” says foot and ankle surgeon Dr. Josef J. Geldwert, “because one of the beauties of running is that you don’t need a team or a lot of fancy equipment—you just lace up and go. As a runner myself, I understand the draw. But in light of recent events, we urge people to join the greater running community and try to run with a buddy—especially if you enjoy some of the more remote runs New York has to offer.”
Craig Charles, best known for his role as Lloyd Mullaney on the UK’s longest-running soap “Coronation Street,” had an operation on a severe foot wound last month. But he refuses to let it get him down. He was recently spotted heading to a local pub with his mates—wheelchair and all.
Our NYC foot doctors explain how you can have a similarly speedy and healthy recovery after such a foot wound, from determining whether you need stitches to how to care for your foot after it’s been sewn up.
Eventually, most people come down with aches and pain in the feet they just can’t shake.
“I’m just getting old,” some people concede. Or “I’m just on my feet a lot” is another common rationalization we hear in response to chronic foot pain and injury.
It’s important to realize that pain is your body’s way of communicating that something is wrong—and it is not something we should accept as “a fact of life.” Pain and injury are particularly difficult for passionate long distance runners in training, for whom “taking it easy” just isn’t an option. For these people, what can we as experts do to help?
Nets’ Center Brook Lopez has gone from reportedly being on the chopping block to being a “building block,” now one of the top scoring giants in the league. Despite his foot injury, the team isn’t looking to trade the 28-year-old, but there is a lot of pressure on him to return and carry the team through the season.
We wrote about Lopez’s foot woes back in 2014, when it was announced he’d miss the entire season with an injury in his right foot, requiring reconstructive surgery. He struggled with the same injury in 2011, which required three surgeries to repair bent screws. Now it’s been reported that Lopez is “recovering from plantar fasciitis” in that same foot.
Flip-flops are one of the most maligned types of footwear – right up there with unfashionable Crocs and ankle-breaking stilettos. In the UK, flip-flops reportedly injure 200,000 people a year (mostly with shin splints, ankle sprains, fractures, and hammertoes), and studies conducted in the US reveal additional risks, such as bacterial infections, contusions from dropped items, stubbed toes, blisters, and stress fractures. However, the news isn’t all bad, says Dr. Mariola Rivera, DPM from The Center For Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine in NYC.
Our Director, NY Podiatrist, Dr. Josef J. Geldwert is Board Certified in Foot and Ankle Surgery and is a recognized authority on the most advanced surgical techniques to correct bunions and hammertoes.
Dr. Katherine Lai is Board Certified in Foot Surgery and has lectured extensively on The Diabetic Foot and Wound Care and on the Scope and Practice of Holistic Podiatry at an Integrative Medicine conference.
“I am so grateful for having had Dr. Geldwert perform bunion surgery on both of my feet. I have complete confidence in him and continue to see him for other sports related injuries. I was cautious about having surgery for the first time, but his knowledge, patience, and skill made me completely comfortable in trusting him. And I couldn’t be any happier with the results!! When anything else feels wrong with my feet, I love that I now know to go immediately to him. He is my top choice for anyone searching for the best foot fixer/surgeon/sports doctor in NYC! Thank you, Dr. Geldwert!!!”
– J. M., Manhattan, NY
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Dr. Josef J. Geldwert DPM, Dr. Katherine Lai DPM, Dr. Ryan Minara, DPM, and Dr. Mariola Rivera DPM serving Westchester County, White Plains, Ardsley, Bronxville, Harrison NY, Larchmont, Mamaroneck, New Rochelle, Rye, Scarsdale, Rye Brook, Chappaqua, and the surrounding area.
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