Ankle Sprains: The Danger of Inadequate Care

Posted by on Monday, March 30th, 2015

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.

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Ankle sprains are a common tennis injury. Image Source: Wikimedia.org

Achilles Tendon Injuries: Don’t Let It Be Your Weakness

Posted by on Friday, March 27th, 2015

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.

College Sports News: Drexel & SCSU Invest In Gait Analysis To Give Runners A Leg Up

Posted by on Wednesday, March 25th, 2015

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.

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Dr. Josef J. Geldwert is a doctor of podiatric medicine, an avid distance runner, and an expert biomechanics coach. Image Source: Facebook.com

For Baby Boomers, Gradual, Varied Exercise is the Best Prescription

Posted by on Monday, March 23rd, 2015

Perhaps one of the most impressive qualities of the Baby Boomer Generation is their refusal to “grow old.” We’re not talking about the 6.7 million Americans who got Botox last year, or the more than $114 billion spent on anti-aging products. No, we’re talking about how boomers 50 and older are actually one of the fastest-growing age groups participating in U.S. marathons. The number of finishers nearly tripled to 92,200 (18% of the total runners) from 1991 to 2011, according to the Wall Street JournalWhile research shows marathon running is perfectly safe for aging bodies, you’ll want to make these important considerations before jumping in head-first with your new exercise regimen.

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The Center for Podiatric Care & Sports Medicine can guide active Boomers in starting a new running training program or fitness routine–in any environment. Image Source: Wikimedia.org

Don’t Trust TV Advice Regarding Bunions, Caution NYC Podiatrists

Posted by on Friday, March 20th, 2015

Wouldn’t it be great if you could get a crash course on everything you need to know about bunions on your lunch break? Wish as you may, but don’t look to television for the answers to your most pressing questions. A recent Canadian study found that 4 in 10 assertions made on popular medical television programs lack any medical basis whatsoever. Only one-third of the suggestions from the show can be traced back to published research. Furthermore, 11% of the advice is actually contrary to the advice doctors working in their respective fields would give.

Take a hard look at medical advice on TV–it may be dated, or just plain inaccurate. Image Source: Wikimedia.org

NBA News: WSJ Calls Nets’ Athletic Trainer ‘Team MVP’

Posted by on Wednesday, March 18th, 2015

Sports medicine trainers do more than provide emergency care for acute injuries and rehabilitation for old injuries. A team’s athletic trainer runs tests to analyze player health and fitness before the season, attends every practice and game, offers injury prevention strategies, researches the latest methods for healing, and motivates players throughout their recoveries. Recently, the Wall Street Journal highlighted the work of the NBA Nets’ trainer, Tim Walsh, calling him the team’s “MVP.” As the team podiatrists for the NY Lizards Major League Lacrosse players, we understand what it takes to keep a team of professional athletes healthy all season long, and we couldn’t agree more.

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Deron Williams has been plagued by ankle injuries in recent years. Having a trusted, experienced athletic trainer has really helped the athlete recover at his own pace. Image Source: Wikimedia.org

Sprinting in Stilettos? Gait Analysis Shows How Heels Can Hurt

Posted by on Monday, March 16th, 2015

We’ve all been there before. The bus is leaving. There are three minutes until the flight starts boarding. The business meeting started 10 minutes ago. Your toddler suddenly runs full-throttle through a crowded restaurant. Running in high heels is not the ideal scenario, but it happens more often than we’d like. But think twice next time. Using gait analysis, researchers from Ningbo University in Zhejiang, China found that even short bursts of sprinting activity in heels can lead to long-lasting problems.

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Think twice before running in high heels–or before wearing them five days a week, for that matter. Image Source: Flickr.com (duygu)

NBA News: Kevin Durant Has Second Jones Fracture Foot Surgery

Posted by on Friday, March 13th, 2015

Unfortunately, this is not the first time Kevin Durant has appeared on our blog. We first discussed the Jones fracture in his foot back in October 2014, and, just last month, mentioned the toe sprain that set him back five games. Today’s appearance is to report that he has undergone a second surgery to replace the screw in his foot after the initial fixation caused soreness and irritation.

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Kevin Durant underwent surgery to replace a failed screw from his first Jones fracture repair. Image Source: Wikipedia.org

3 Common Running Injuries: How To Recognize & Rehab Them

Posted by on Friday, March 13th, 2015

Now that the temperatures are finally above 50 degrees, avid New York City runners will undoubtedly start pounding the pavement again. With such a frigid winter, it’s hard to remember that warmer days exist. Yet there are indeed many great days for running ahead, and you want to be healthy for all of them. Here are a few common springtime injuries to watch out for. Catching them early and treating yourself kindly can save you the trouble of a long recovery later. The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine in New York City works with elite and amateur athletes to devise injury prevention strategies and treat pain.

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Ready to run in NYC? Know the signs of these common injuries and act early to protect yourself from further harm. Image Source: Wikipedia.com

Advanced Tendon Repair Using the FAST Procedure

Posted by on Tuesday, March 10th, 2015

It’s been reported that 10 million Americans suffer tendon injuries each year. Micro-tears in the tendons can be caused over time by overuse, or they can tear with one sudden, acute injury when crucial support muscles are weak or when too much force is applied. Typically, our first recommendation for patients with Achilles tendonitis or plantar fasciitis is rest, ice, compression therapy, elevation, and over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication.

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With the FAST procedure, a small device breaks up and removes damaged scar tissue. Image Source: AinsworthInstitute.com

However, “after about 8-10 weeks, tendonitis ceases to be strictly an inflammation problem and becomes more of a degenerative issue,” according to the Daily Herald. For these cases, Focused Aspiration of Scar Tissue (also sometimes called the FAST or Tenex procedure) can be a marvelous treatment for someone with severe symptoms who doesn’t want to go through major surgery. It’s one of the many advanced treatments our NYC podiatrists offer for ankle and foot pain at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine.