An estimated 75 percent of all adults will experience a foot cramp at some point in their lives. The likelihood is even greater among pregnant women, swimmers, asthma sufferers, people on medication for cholesterol, children, firefighters, and athletes. It’s also more likely to occur at night and in the winter months. No one is exactly sure what causes a foot cramp, but our best guess is that the nerves go a little haywire and cause muscle contractions. Dehydration and electrolyte imbalance seem to have a direct link to spasms, but that’s not always the case. Pregnant women with foot cramps have blood vessels that retain more fluid, which dilutes electrolytes. The severe pain of a foot Charley horse might have you thinking you’ll need a foot amputation for sure, but usually, that’s not the case. Here are a few ways to get relief from a foot cramp and signs you need to get your feet checked out by a foot care professional.
If you’ve never been to New York City’s Central Park, the thought of navigating its 843 acres can seem daunting. The six-mile perimeter stretches from Central Park West to Fifth Avenue, and from 59th to 110th. Here’s the good news: You can now take a virtual walking tour of Central Park before you plan your visit.
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Wednesday, February 15th, 2017
The former director of the NYC Marathon, Allan Steinfeld, passed away on January 24th, 2017, at age 70. He had suffered from multiple systems atrophy, a rare neurological disorder which impairs blood pressure and heart rate, among other essential functions. Our New York City foot doctors are sad to see this bright light in local road race administration burn out. We’ve worked the sidelines of the NYC Marathon for many years and have seen first-hand the great impact Steinfeld had on the world-famous course, which Steinfeld once described as the City’s annual “block party for 26.2 miles.”
The normal phases of healing are: injury, inflammation, proliferation of cells, and remodeling. Chronic injuries get stuck at the inflammatory stage and cannot progress toward repairing. Treatment is complex, though. It’s about more than just getting inflammation under control, explain the foot doctors at The Center For Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine in NYC.
“There are many types of medications designed to handle inflammation,” explains Dr. Josef J. Geldwert, “but we find the application of grafting and injection therapy containing natural healing factors to have more dramatic effect on the repair process.” EpiFix is one of the new graft products revolutionizing diabetes foot care.
Hopefully you know better than to wear high heels or flip-flops while piloting a motor vehicle. Heels create a lot of space between the bottom of your foot and the pedal, impeding your ability to brake suddenly in an emergency situation. Flip-flops can slip and get caught underneath the pedal, causing a distraction as you search for the right pedal. In fact, one study of 750 women found that 10% of those surveyed admitted they’d had an accident or a near miss due to wearing inappropriate shoes which slipped or got stuck under the pedals. Many people smugly laugh at the notion of wearing either shoe to drive—but fail to realize that driving in athletic shoes or work boots could be a hazard as well.
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Wednesday, February 8th, 2017
You’ve been doing Pilates for weeks or even months now. You really enjoy the zen-like calm you get from your sessions, and you feel your body growing stronger day by day. There is just one problem—you have this vague ankle pain and swelling that makes it difficult to point or pull the toes up. Flexor impingement syndrome of the ankle is a common issue among Pilates lovers, but it’s still something you should have a professional podiatrist examine.
It’s safe to say that most of us wear many hats in our day-to-day lives. We’re okay with more comfortable apparel at home on the weekends, but we also go to work and dress up for special occasions. We have active pursuits that we enjoy. Some of us have pets, spouses, and children relying on us for care and attention.
No one has time to be laid up with a foot injury for weeks on end. Bunions have a habit of really slowing down our patients, which can be not only physically painful but mentally frustrating as well.
We completely understood the situation faced by a busy mother of three when she came to us complaining of painful bunions that had dogged her for over three years.
Looking for a good run in the NYC area to break up the monotony? NYC foot and ankle specialists at The Center For Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine recommend Riverside Park, which spans four miles from 72nd to 158th streets. Situated along the scenic Hudson River and designed by famed developer Frederick Law Olmsted, Riverside Park is widely regarded as Manhattan’s “most spectacular” waterfront run.
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In October, 85-year-old Ed Whitlock became the oldest person to finish the 26.2 miles of the Toronto Waterfront Marathon in less than four hours. Our NYC podiatrists are always fascinated by these larger-than-life personalities who have somehow evaded all the typical signs of old age and stuck with a rigorous training schedule without injury. Here’s Ed’s story …
The traditional prescription for foot and ankle sprains has always been “RICE” — rest, ice, compression, and elevation. It sounds simple enough for patients to do at home, but researchers say the rules need a little explaining — and some updating, too. Naturally, our NYC podiatrists want you to come in for an evaluation before you attempt to self-diagnose and treat yourself.
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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