Concussions have been getting all the media spotlight in recent years. However, as NYC podiatrists, we’d like to point out a startling statistic: over 65% of collegiate women’s soccer injuries involve the foot or the ankle! Why isn’t anyone reporting on that? Data collected by the National Collegiate Athletic Association revealed that from 2004 to 2009, more than 55,000 athletes sustained injuries, contributing to an overall injury rate of 7.3 per 1,000 athletes. With cleats that catch, uneven playing surfaces, and plenty of dynamic twisting, turning, jumping, and kicking, it’s no surprise that foot and ankle injuries topped the list.
A fascinating medical treatment with myriad uses, Platelet-Rich Plasma injections use your own blood, spun in a centrifuge to create a denser concentration of healing stem cell platelets, and inject it at the site of injury. The many applications are still being investigated–among them restoring hair, giving an aging face a lift, and reducing pain–but one thing is clear: PRP works for soft tissue recovery. Here at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine in NYC, we have been using PRP therapy for the past several years with excellent results.
The Achilles tendon is a terrible body part to injure, because it is engaged in the push-off phase of gait, which is itself crucial to common athletic activities like running and jumping. The Achilles heel consists of flexible connective tissues comprised of collagen that connect the heel with the calf muscle and twist together like a spring to help propel you forward. This tendon typically handles seven times your body weight—you can imagine the strain! When you combine that force with the natural weakening of the fibers that occurs with age, it’s easy to see how Achilles tendon injuries occur. Studies indicate that re-rupture rates range from 4.5 percent to as high as 27 percent in Achilles heel injuries. Here are five rehabilitative therapies our NYC podiatrists recommend to prevent this kind of future injury.
You may be thinking, “How to tie my shoes? But I learned this as a child!” And while that is technically correct, you probably didn’t learn that there are different ways to tie them to cater to specific foot needs. The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine in New York City is a place you can go for useful information to help prevent ankle and foot injuries and improve sports performance. An often-overlooked aspect of foot and ankle health is knowing how to properly lace your shoes. How many times have you pulled a new pair of shoes out of the box, slipped them on your feet, and hit the pavement? Our board-certified podiatrists give you their best secrets for avoiding everything from top-of-the-foot pain and heel blisters, to sore arches and sprained ankles.
New York City high school students are gearing up for the spring sports season, and for those who made the cut, the warmer weather has athletes imagining their first official competitions against rivals at other schools. Trainers and coaches do their best to ensure the health and livelihood of their teams, but nothing beats the level of individualized care you receive from a sports medicine doctor.
Here at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine, with offices in Manhattan and Westchester, we don’t just see students after a serious injury has occurred–we also see students at the start of the season to conduct a full physical, assess biomechanics, and identify ways of preventing injury. For those who do come in with injuries during the spring sports season, we tend to see a lot of the same–Achilles tendon ruptures, stress fractures, and ankle sprains.
Whether you’re taking a peaceful hike with your dog through the wooded mountain peaks or hitting the sunniest stretch of sand you can find, taking a spring break offers a welcomed hiatus from grueling school and work demands. This year, top spring break destinations include Panama City and Miami, FL; Cancun and the Bahamas. Packing a few extra items into your suitcase can ensure that you return home all in one piece, on your own two feet. New York City podiatrists at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine want to see you enjoy a safe, fun trip without encountering one of these top five spring break foot dangers.
In a previous post, we’ve dubbed Lisfranc Injuries–damage to the midfoot ligaments–the “scourge of the NFL.” The diagnosis is one that spooks even the most seasoned veterans, who have been down the road of injury recovery in the past. It’s so commonplace that orthopedic surgeons call it an “epidemic” among players–prompting further investigation into what a diagnosis means for the future of football stars. A new study of NFL data taken between 2000 and 2010 was presented at the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons’ (AAOS) annual conference in Las Vegas on March 27th. As podiatric surgeons who treat a lot of athletes with Lisfranc injuries, we were especially interested to hear the results of this late-breaking research.
Every day, 25,000 Americans are treated for ankle sprains. Yet, the American College of Sports Medicine adds that 40 percent of ankle sprains are misdiagnosed or poorly treated. “Ankle sprains are notoriously under-treated by primary care doctors and emergency rooms, and most importantly by the patients who suffer them,” Massachusetts foot and ankle specialist Dr. Holly Johnson told The Huffington Post.
Taking a flippant attitude toward an ankle sprain today can lead to crippling pain, limited range of motion, chronic instability, re-injury, and arthritis later on. Ankle sprains are one of our chief concerns here at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine in NYC, so come on in and meet our friendly staff if a recent ankle injury has caused pain and swelling.
The Achilles tendon is a bad part of the body for an athlete to injure, as it is crucial to providing enough power for the gait cycle’s push-off phase. Most sports require repetitive jumping and sprinting–actions which are impossible without a strong, well-functioning heel cord connecting the heel bone to the calf muscles. Achilles tendinitis and ruptures are some of the most common issues our NYC doctors treat at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine. And while prevalent, it can also be addressed: it is estimated that 70 to 90% of athletes will have a successful comeback following treatment for Achilles tendon issues, while 3-5% end their careers.
The equipment doesn’t come cheap: Southern Connecticut State University (SCSU) reportedly just spent $95,000 to acquire the high-quality treadmill, and another $20,000 for the three-dimensional cameras necessary to update their human performance lab. That is why you may be hard-pressed to find a fully loaded gait analysis center–even in a large metro area like New York City. The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine is one place you can find state-of-the-art biomechanical analysis equipment geared toward runners and other athletes looking to improve performance and prevent injuries.
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, and Dr. Ryan Minara, DPM, 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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