Running In Winter: How To Prevent Foot & Ankle Injuries In The Snow & Slush

Posted by on Friday, February 27th, 2015

New York runners know the pains of year-round training all too well. Even so, this season’s sub-zero temperatures and massive snow accumulation is particularly frustrating. Running is one of the best physical activities for cardiovascular health and weight management, but it can also be one of the most demanding. Risk of injury is higher in these snowy, slushy conditions. The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine in Manhattan and White Plains can treat your pain and suffering once injury has occurred, but the following tips will hopefully help you prevent foot and ankle injuries while running in winter.

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Central Park is a beautiful place to run — even in the winter — as long as you are careful. Image Source: Wikimedia.org

When To Replace Winter Boots

Posted by on Wednesday, February 25th, 2015

At this point in 2015, frigid temperatures are nothing new. Unfortunately, our little friend Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow back on February 2nd, so we can presume there are still a few more weeks of winter weather left. It’s a good time to check your feet and boots to see how you’ve held up over the long winter—and if you need any footwear upgrades or additional foot care to finish out the season. There are many things you can do at home to take care of your feet, but it’s also good to have a podiatry office you can trust.

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Is it time for new winter boots? NY podiatrists let you know. Image Source: Wikimedia.org

Tennis News: Djokovic Fakes Ankle Injury To Beat Murray

Posted by on Monday, February 23rd, 2015

You have to hand it to tennis star Novak Djokovic—he sure knows how to psych out his opponents! A win is a win, but most serious competitors prefer to win against healthy opponents who are at their best—not against someone who has just sustained a terrible ankle injury. Playing upon sympathies, Djokovic knows how to stagger and throw his opponents off-balance just long enough for him to rebound and take the win. The Australian Open was no exception.

Did Novak Djokovic hurt his ankle again... or was it all just a performance? Image Source: Wikimedia.org

Improved Trade With Cuba Shows Promise in Diabetic Foot Ulcer Treatment

Posted by on Friday, February 20th, 2015

Lifting the trade embargo with Cuba that has been in place for more than 50 years could bring Americans advanced medicines that were previously unavailable, such as a Meningitis B vaccine, cheaply produced interferon and streptokinase, and a revolutionary new drug for advanced-stage diabetic foot ulcers. As New York podiatrists, we welcome any safe, effective treatment that can prevent amputations — a worst case scenario, but a tragic reality for 185,000 American patients each year.

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Is Heberprot-P the miracle diabetic foot ulcer drug we’ve all been waiting for?
Image Source: Flickr CC user kirainpdx

NBA News: Kevin Durant’s Toe Injury

Posted by on Wednesday, February 18th, 2015

Suffering a foot injury is bad enough—with the daily pain, difficulty mobilizing, and lengthy recovery. But when one foot injury begets another, as the body shifts to overcompensate and pressure is displaced to a new area, things get even worse. Perhaps that is what happened to OKC Thunder’s Kevin Durant. The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine in NYC reflects on Durant’s podiatric problems and discusses what this means for fans who are eager to see him return to full strength.

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Kevin Durant averages 27 points per game, so when he missed a few games with a toe sprain, his absence was felt. Image Source: Wikimedia.org

What Is Morton’s Toe?

Posted by on Monday, February 16th, 2015

Is your second toe longer than your big toe? If so, then you’re among the ~15 percent of the population that has “Morton’s toe,” a genetically inherited condition. This anomaly was named after Dr. Dudley J. Morton, who first classified it more than 70 years ago. Morton’s toe isn’t a serious medical condition, but in some cases it can lead to foot pain or foot injuries. Read on for more information about Morton’s toe and what you can do if it’s causing you problems.

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The Statue of Liberty has a Morton’s toe. Image Source: Wikimedia.org

Great NY Podiatrists Offer Compounded Medications

Posted by on Friday, February 13th, 2015

NY podiatrists often run into patients suffering from foot pain who are concerned about the side effects of taking oral medication to manage their condition.Fortunately, there are many non-invasive treatments for foot pain, including platelet rich plasma injections, laser treatments, and shockwave therapy. While we offer all of that here at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine in New York City, we can also offer a safer alternative to drug therapy known as “compounded medications.”

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Compounded medications were around long before big drug manufacturers. Image Source: Wikimedia.org

Patients Beat Pain with INBONE Ankle Replacement

Posted by on Wednesday, February 11th, 2015

We’ve come a long way from the days when the only chance at a pain-free existence was for patients to live with a poorly functioning fused ankle for the rest of their lives. For former athletes and people accustomed to active lifestyles, this was a devastating blow. But now, INBONE® ankle implants are giving end-stage arthritis patients improved quality of life and a full range of motion. The Center of Podiatric Care & Sports Medicine in NYC is pleased to offer the latest and greatest innovations in ankle replacement science.

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A reprieve from severe ankle arthritis pain.
Image Source: Oxfordian Kissuth via Wikimedia.org

Surgeons Say Number of Stress Fractures Increase In Winter Months

Posted by on Monday, February 9th, 2015

Not surprisingly, many emergency rooms see a 500% increase in visits during the winter months due to slip and fall accidents caused by ice and snow. But did you also know that the winter temperatures bring a dramatic uptick in stress fractures as well? Hairline cracks in the foot bones “are one of the more common winter-related injuries” according to the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons.

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Winter can be a time for stress fractures for some. Image Source: Flickr.com (Michał Bielecki)

Why Do Stress Fractures Occur?

Overuse, repetitive weight-bearing motions, running and gymnastics can all cause stress fractures. In the winter, sporting activities like snowboarding, sledding, and ice skating are all leading causes of foot fractures. In older patients, even simple activities can take a toll on aging bones. For instance, just standing on a hard floor for too long can cause cracks in the bones if you do not have the right footwear.

NBA News: Ricky Rubio Suffers More Than A Sprain

Posted by on Friday, February 6th, 2015

Ricky Rubio’s ankle was the big news around the NBA last week. The Minnesota Timberwolves’ star point guard was averaging 9.5 points, 8.6 assists and 4.2 rebounds per game. And he had just signed a $55-million contract extension when he suffered an ankle injury in game seven against the Orlando Magic. Initially, it was reported he suffered a high ankle sprain but new details emerged last week which put the player’s future into further question.

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Ricky Rubio’s high ankle sprain was worse than expected. Image Source: Wikimedia.org