Running is the toughest sport for the feet, by far. Pounding the pavement can take an incredible toll when you’re logging thousands of miles. Paula Radcliffe has a storied career that would make anyone proud. She holds the current women’s world record for marathon running with a time of only 2: 15: 25. She won the Chicago Marathon in 2002 and the London Marathon in 2002, 2003, and 2005. She also won the NY Marathon in 2004, 2007, and 2008.
On August 22nd, 2012, Radcliffe underwent foot surgery for a stress fracture, and it was believed she’d never run a marathon again. Urged on by fans and supporters, she agreed to do one final race— the London Marathon. On April 26th, Radcliffe finished with a time of 2: 36: 55 seconds. “It was just amazing the whole way round,” the 41-year-old told the BBC. “I wore the sunglasses to keep a lid on my emotions and they definitely hid some tears along the way,” she added. Here at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine, we love a good comeback story, but we praise Radcliffe for being able to make the tough decision for her future health and mobility.
If you experience frequent cramps in your legs and feet when you exercise or if the skin on your lower extremities is very pale or bluish in color, poor circulation may be to blame. Or, if you have very little natural hair growth on your feet and legs or persistent open sores that take a long time to heal, these symptoms may also indicate that you have poor circulation. For some people, poor circulation in the feet and legs just means it will take longer for that blister or chafed skin to heal. For others, poor circulation can be a limb- or even life-threatening condition. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “Nerve damage, circulation problems, and infections can cause serious foot problems for people with diabetes. Sometimes nerve damage can deform or misshape your feet, causing pressure points that can turn into blisters, sores, or ulcers. Poor circulation can make these injuries slow to heal. Sometimes this can lead to amputation of a toe, foot, or leg.”
Furthermore, sluggish blood circulation may itself be symptomatic of a larger problem in the circulatory system. Such problems could lead to varicose veins, kidney damage, and strokes, so if you have any of the previously mentioned symptoms, it’s best to see a podiatrist for an evaluation.
Though the weather is barely breaking 60 degrees, we are getting close to at least imagining those warm, sunny days where it seems most prudent to wear sandals. Ingrown toenails are one foot-related issue that can really dampen your springtime fun. Not only do they look unsightly in sandals, but they are also downright painful! When the corners of the nails bite into the skin, redness, inflammation and purulence ensue. No one wants to kick off spring with an infection like that! Worse yet, ingrown toenails can quickly spiral into a limb-threatening condition for those with vascular disease, neuropathy or diabetes. The board-certified podiatrists from The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine in NYC discuss how to treat and prevent this common foot affliction.
It is often difficult to asses an injury and know precisely when an athlete is safe to go about business as usual. Such is the case for star Mets player Matt Harvey. “At the time I didn’t really think anything of it,” Mets’ Pitcher Matt Harvey said of his recent ankle sprain. “I thought it would get better,” he added, stating that the “natural workload” made it “more sore.” He suspects there is some fluid in the ankle that is preventing healing, but says he is still “good to go for Saturday” at Yankee Stadium. He’s made a few modifications to his pitching style and taped up his ankle good, according to the NY Daily News. “It’s uncomfortable, but nothing that’s going to affect my pitching,” he said.
Harvey tweaked his ankle when he ran into a wall, shagging flies in spring training. A twist, roll or turn upon landing is an easy way to tear soft tissue.We see these sort of injuries in baseball players all the time at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine in NYC. We offer advanced treatments to get players back into the game as soon as possible, but we also caution players of the risks they take when they rush back to competition before healing is complete.
Did you know April was Foot Health Awareness month? The American Podiatric Medical Association takes this opportunity each year to run special public education campaigns about a podiatrist’s expertise in diagnosing and treating lower extremity injuries. Many people visit their general practitioner, local emergency room or urgent care clinic after sustaining an injury, but nothing beats the knowledge, resources, and advanced level of care you get when you visit a specialist.
Few celebrities are as well-known for strapping on a swanky pair of high heels as former Spice Girl Victoria Beckham. Back in 2008, she reportedly told GMTV, “I just can’t concentrate in flats. I could go to the gym if I wore flats, I’d love to go to the gym, but I just can’t get my head around the footwear.” Yet, after having foot surgery to correct bunions, it seems Victoria has let loose a little. Recently, she snapped a photo of herself in comfy yellow slippers aboard her private jet and captioned it, “Travelling in style.” She also admits to wearing flip-flops around the house with her family and has been photographed talking a walk in flats. Indeed, there is a time and a place for every type of footwear, and that’s really the message we try to drive home with patients who come to The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine with problems related to foot pain.
Canadian Milos Raonic is a giant in the world of tennis. Not only is the 24-year-old a towering six-foot-five, but he’s also renowned for using an exciting-to-watch full court playing style that has his opponents scrambling and banking points using strong, consistent ground strokes. He’s won six career titles, including his recent upset of Rafael Nadal at Indian Wells this spring. Most importantly, the tennis pro has hair so perfect that apparently it warrants its own Twitter page (which has 781 followers, by the way). So, it was bad news for fans this past week when Milos Raonic retired early from his match against Czech Tomas Berdych in Monte Carlo with a foot injury.
Bunions are the most common issue treated by podiatrists. Even though about 23% of people between the ages of 18 and 65 have trouble with this bony protrusion, many people are still embarrassed by it and delay seeking treatment until they are experiencing pain. No matter what stage your bunion is at, there are many ways a podiatrist from The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine in New York City can help make your problem more bearable. As an added perk, most of these cures aren’t scary at all!
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.
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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