Pedal to the Metal: NASCAR’s Kyle Busch Undergoes Foot Surgery to Treat Inflammation

Posted by on Wednesday, December 17th, 2014

For those of you who don’t follow stock car racing, 29-year-old Kyle Busch drives the No. 18 Toyota Camry in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.  His crowning achievements are a slew of big wins in 2008-2009, including first place in the Snowball Derby, Southern 500, Winchester 400, Budweiser Duel, and Nationwide Championship. He’s won at major racetracks across the country, from Talladega to Daytona. More recently, he finished fourth place in last year’s Sprint Cup Series. This month, we learn that he’s undergone surgery to treat the inflammation in his left foot. While surgery is certainly an option, it’s one we don’t often prescribe at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine in New York City.

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It’s good to see Kyle Busch enjoying some R&R in the off-season, keeping that foot elevated to aid in his recovery from foot surgery. Image Souce: Twitter.com (@kylebusch)

10 Things You Need To Know About Plantar Fasciitis

Posted by on Tuesday, December 16th, 2014

Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common conditions we treat at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine in NYC. The typical plantar fasciitis patient is between the ages of 40 and 60, with a fairly active lifestyle. Long distance runners, ballet dancers, aerobics instructors, factory workers, teachers, and mail carriers are especially prone to developing this type of foot pain. Many people with heel pain are also overweight or have some type of structural anomaly — flat feet, high arches, tight calf muscles, or a tight Achilles tendon. Here are 10 facts about plantar fasciitis foot pain that can help you diagnose, understand, and hopefully combat this common condition.

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Plantar fasciitis pain radiates from the heel across the foot arch. Image Source: AOFAS.org

Treat the Feet: Top Foot Care Gifts For this Holiday Season

Posted by on Monday, December 15th, 2014

There is just enough time to snag those last-minute gifts in time for the holidays. The personal, thoughtful presents are the best. Many people don’t like investing in “pampering” products because it seems so “lavish” and self-indulgent, which makes foot care gifts a great idea! New York podiatrists from The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine in New York City have had their ears to the ground for the last few months to find the most highly sought-after holiday gifts to treat the feet.

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The Experia socks with gift box makes a great present for an active athlete in need of cushy, dry foot coverings. Image Source: Thorlo.com

Make Your Feet Healthy and Fashionable: Comfy Heels For Designer Shoe Lovers

Posted by on Friday, December 12th, 2014

The American Podiatric Medical Association has a list of approved footwear for people in search of comfortable, “orthopedic” shoes. Yet, these shoes are not necessarily what you’d want to wear to a cocktail party. Enter: Kenneth Cole. The Brooklyn-based clothing designer has long been known for upscale, sophisticated fashion. We’re pleased to learn he also offers a line of comfortable heels called the “Gentle Souls” line. According to one blogger who has tried all the feel-good shoe lines — Aerosoles, Naturalizer, Easy Spirit — “these shoes are by far the most comfortable.” Best of all, these heels are classy! Celebrities like Anna Paquin, Eva Amurri, and Marcia Gay Harden have been spotted in them.

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Who would guess Kenneth Cole’s Gentle Souls “Rem Gem” shoes are orthopedic? Image Source: 6PM.com

Not a Fairy Tale: NY Podiatrists Urge Caution with “Cinderella Surgery”

Posted by on Thursday, December 11th, 2014

A British newspaper recently told the story of “shoe-addict” Denise Maione-Schwind who altered the size and shape of her feet to wear designer heels more comfortably. While bunion removal is nothing new, we have seen a skyrocketing number of women electing to have their toes shortened and their feet completely reshaped — a procedure referred to as “Cinderella Surgery.” New York City podiatrists at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine are happy to help patients find relief from bunion pain, but caution against foot operations for purely cosmetic reasons.

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Cinderella foot surgery may have long-term consequences, warn NY podiatrists. Image Source: Flickr.com (Anniepancake)

Jets’ Wilkerson Won’t Need Surgery for Turf Toe: What to Expect Moving Foward

Posted by on Wednesday, December 10th, 2014

The Jets may have breathed a sigh of relief when they learned Muhammad Wilkerson, starting defensive end, would not need surgery for turf toe. Yet, as NYC podiatrists, this news doesn’t sit well with us because we know what a troublesome injury it can be. We’ll let you know what fans can expect for the NFL player in the best and worst case scenarios, as well as how this type of injury is typically treated by podiatrists and sports medicine doctors.

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As much as he hates it, signing autographs on the sidelines may be all Muhammad Wilkerson will be doing for a little while. Image Source: Wikipedia.org

Getting to the Bottom of Pain: Study Asks if Foot Pronation Causes Running Injuries

Posted by on Tuesday, December 9th, 2014

New York podiatrists at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine are always reading up on the latest research to provide patients with the best possible care. A new study published in The British Journal of Sports Medicine aims to debunk the myth that pronation directly causes running injuries. “Pronation” refers to the foot’s tendency to flatten and roll inward as it lands. Everyone’s foot pronates to a certain degree to absorb shock and offload the stress of the body’s weight. Yet, there have been widespread concerns that pronating too much (or even too little) causes pain and injury. There is still much we don’t know about the inner workings of the gait cycle, but what we now know is that injuries result from a combination of factors, and it takes more than the purchase of a fancy “motion-control” shoe to prevent harm.

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Pronation and supination may not be as big a problem as was once thought, say Danish researchers. Image Source: Wikimedia.org

Staying Safe During The Cold Months: Winter Foot Care for Diabetics

Posted by on Monday, December 8th, 2014

One would think summer is the most harrowing time for the diabetic foot. People are more active and apt to be walking barefoot in the warm, dewy grass, or sandy beaches where broken glass or shells could be lurking. However, we find that the winter months spell the most trouble for patients with diabetes. New York City podiatrists at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine discuss why the chilly temperatures bring added pain and what you can do for better winter foot care.

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Diabetics have a host of foot issues in the winter months. Learn how to address them. Image Source: Wikimedia.org

Give Chronic Pain The Boot: 3 Common Foot Injuries That Custom Orthotics Can Help

Posted by on Friday, December 5th, 2014

We know what you’re thinking. You’ve been in such debilitating pain for so long, how could a piece of polypropylene inserted into your shoes really help your condition? NY podiatrists at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine have seen prescription orthotics have a significant impact on a number of foot and ankle issues over the years. Rigid “functional” orthotics control abnormal motion and treat injuries like plantar fasciitis and tendinitis, while soft “accommodative” orthotics address diabetic foot ulcers and calluses. Over-the-counter orthotics may give you extra padding to help with mild discomfort, but serious pain should be addressed by a trained professional.

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Not every foot falls perfectly flat during walking or running. This can cause repetitive strain injuries over time. Help from a podiatrist can address whatever biomechanical issues you may have. Image Source: Flickr.com (Paul Huxley)

Prevent Foot & Ankle Injuries With Cool Winter Footgear

Posted by on Thursday, December 4th, 2014

Having the right supports or gear often makes the difference between perfect health and a slow-healing sports injury — this is especially true of footwear. You can think of your body as a lump of clay. Think of how pliable it is at room temperature, versus sitting in a cold storage locker, where stretching would inevitably bring you to tears. When it’s chilly outside, our blood doesn’t circulate as well; it starts to accumulate around our core, to keep the vital organs warm. When we exercise, the tissues in our feet and legs call upon this blood reserve, but if our limbs aren’t properly warmed up, muscles can be pulled and tendons can tear. Cold weather slows down nerve transmissions that throw off our balance and slow down our movements as well. When you add slick surfaces to the mix, it sounds like a recipe for disaster. Fortunately, some of this year’s hottest gift-giving items and winter footgear can help you prevent cold-weather foot and ankle injuries.