Winter Sports Injury Prevention: The 4 Most Dangerous Sports and Safer Ways to Approach Them

Posted by on Friday, November 21st, 2014

Happy (official) “First Day of Winter!” Not to put a damper on the celebration for all you Winter fans, but more than 310,000 people were treated in hospital emergency rooms and doctor’s offices for winter sports injuries in 2012, according to the last available data from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. Skiing topped the list of dangerous sports–accounting for 120,000 injuries, followed by snowboarding (98,000), ice skating (53,000), and sledding (40,000). The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine in NYC lets you know how most winter sports injury accidents occur and what you can do to prevent them.

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Skiing is the most dangerous winter sport, but it’s also one of the most fun. Image Source: Skistar Trysil

Thanksgiving Race Prep: 5 Ways Runners Are Taking Care of Their Feet

Posted by on Thursday, November 20th, 2014

Running before indulging in Thanksgiving turkey and a heaping portion of stuffing is annual tradition for many Americans. Considering the average Thanksgiving feast packs on 3,000 calories, squeezing in a 5K is prudent. From the 28,000 runners participating in Sacramento’s “Run To Feed The Hungry” to the 40,000 Texans finishing the “Capital One Bank Dallas Turkey Trot,” it’s clear that we’re a country of people who like to run. Before you get out there in the coming week, be sure you’re taking these five steps to take care of your feet.

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People often dress up for turkey trots to have a little extra fun. Image Source: Flickr CC User, pixonomy

NFL News: 49ers’ Linebacker Patrick Willis Out with a Toe Injury

Posted by on Wednesday, November 19th, 2014

One of the biggest stories in the NFL this week is that 49ers’ linebacker Patrick Willis has been put back on the IR due to a toe injury. He’s been out for the last three games, but he admitted that his toe pain has been a serious issue since a Week Six game against the Rams. “It’s been something that I’ve been dealing with for a while now,” he told CSNBayArea.com. “I could argue and say, ‘Should I have done it earlier before it got as bad as it did, before I hurt it worse than I did in the Rams game?’ I could, but I’m not going to, because I felt like at the time, I’ve always been a fighter and always been a competitor.” He added that the toe injury will require surgery.

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Patrick Willis admits that his injured toe has dogged him “for years,” but became noticeably worse in Week Six. Image Source: Wikimedia.org

An Athlete’s Guide to Preventing 3 of the Most Common Foot Injuries

Posted by on Tuesday, November 18th, 2014

Athletes’ feet take a beating. Foot pain and injury can slow down a performer, regardless of the sport, and lead to significant issues in the knees, back, hips, shoulders, and neck as well. The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine in New York City tackles everything from inflamed tendons, broken toes, and ingrown nails to blisters, bunions, and foot fungus. We recommend seeing a professional for the best possible care. Nevertheless, here are a few general guidelines for the treatment of 3 common foot injuries we see often in athletes.

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An athlete’s foot can take a real beating. Find out when to call a podiatrist or sports medicine doctor. Image Source: Flickr CC User, redjar

Platelet Rich Plasma: The Benefits and Drawbacks of This Innovative Treatment

Posted by on Monday, November 17th, 2014

Platelet Rich Plasma treatment has been in the headlines as used by injured sports players from Tiger Woods and Hines Ward to Kobe Bryant and Rafael Nadal. Patients who come in to our sports medicine clinic with similar overuse injuries are often curious about PRP therapy, but have the misconception that it must be so expensive that only elite athletes can afford it. The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine in NYC offers this innovative treatment to sufferers of Achilles tendonitis, plantar fasciitis, and other injuries that are traditionally considered “stubborn to heal.”

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Platelet rich plasma injections awaken the body’s natural healing abilities. Image Source: Wikimedia.org

Let the Healing Begin: The Importance of Tackling Plantar Fasciitis Heel Pain Right Away

Posted by on Friday, November 14th, 2014

Most patients treated for heel pain have been suffering for months and months before they walk through a New York podiatrist’s doors. Plantar fasciitis, as it’s called in our office, is a common foot injury that occurs when the thick band of tissue running along the arch, connecting the heel bone to the toes, becomes inflamed. In particularly bad cases, the inflammation is caused by small micro-tears and the pain is excruciating. Foot experts at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine say it’s best to treat heel pain sooner, rather than later for the best results.

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Plantar fasciitis heel pain can be widespread across the bottom of the foot. Image Source: Wikimedia.org

From Minimalist to Maximalist: The Changing Trends in Running Shoes

Posted by on Thursday, November 13th, 2014

Not long ago, Minimalist shoes were all the rage. Vibram Five Finger Shoes were the hottest product on the market, but Nike, Merrell, and New Balance all had minimalist models out as well. The idea was that barefoot running was more natural for the foot and racers could shave time without all that bulky shoe padding. Advocates claimed one could strengthen the feet and prevent common running injuries by wearing these racing flats. Some researchers charged that patients in minimalist shoes were suffering fallen arches, edema, plantar fasciitis, bone injuries, and soft tissue damage.

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Densely padded Hoka One One are becoming more popular among marathon runners from coast to coast. Image Source: RunningShoesGuru.com

However, some podiatrists defended the trend, stating that “overuse and osteoporosis” create stress fractures, and factors like “overuse and weak abductor hallucis, abductor digiti minimi and flexor hallucis brevis muscles” create plantar fasciitis conditions in patients. Here at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine, we tend to agree with the later assessment. We give each of our runners a comprehensive exam. We send most of them through the gait analysis center to see exactly what biomechanical factors have led to the development of pain or injury.

NFL News: Details of Nevin Lawson’s Foot Dislocation

Posted by on Wednesday, November 12th, 2014

A dislocation involves the separation of two bones where they meet at the joint. The foot contains 26 bones and 33 joints, so it’s actually surprising that we don’t hear about more foot dislocations in professional athletes. It takes great trauma and force to cause such an injury, though, and we most commonly see foot dislocations with fall injuries, car accidents, or a crushing injury to the top of the foot. Nevin Lawson, the Detroit Lions’ rookie cornerback, suffered a dislocated foot in a week two loss against North Carolina that the Detroit Free Press referred to as “gruesome.”

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The Detroit Lions lose their rookie cornerback from Utah State for the whole season with a “gruesome” foot dislocation. Image Source: Wikimedia.com

Dr. Geldwert on the Importance of Printed Custom Orthotics

Posted by on Tuesday, November 11th, 2014

The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine team is always looking for new ways to help our patients. Dr. Josef Geldwert first heard about SOLS custom 3D printed orthotic devices at the New York Podiatric Medical Association’s annual meeting. After speaking with Dr. Geldwert, founder Kegan Schouwenburg decided to add Dr. Geldwert to the SOLS team as a biomechanics advisor. At our practice in NY, we capture images of the feet on a computer tablet and devise a mathematical formula to send off to SOLS for 3D printing and fabrication of a shoe insert that perfectly matches the individual.

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We are pleased to offer fitting for 3-D printed orthotics at our NY office. Image Source: SOLS.com

2014 Shoe Trends: Fashion Designers Turn Their Backs on Heels

Posted by on Monday, November 10th, 2014

Why do women put themselves through the agony of heels? There is a perception that high heels are the best accessory to skirts, dresses, and business pantsuits. These shoes have many associations–power, sex appeal, high fashion. Yet, if you’ve been to any of the big fashion shows this year or read any of the fashion blogs lately, you’ll have seen that when it comes to 2014 shoe trends this is changing. Suddenly, wide, flat footbeds with extra room in the toe and comfortable padding are showing up on the runway. As the saying goes, “Every dog has his day.” Are we seeing an end to widespread high heel wearing and the transition to functional footwear? Our New York podiatrists sure hope so.

High heels are the source of many foot woes, but are they finally falling by the wayside? Image Source: Unsplash