The Consequences of Intense Weekend Workouts: Common Weekend Warrior Injuries of the Foot and Ankle

Posted by on Friday, November 27th, 2015

Are you over 35 years of age? Do you thrive on physically demanding recreational activities? Does the bulk of your 150 minutes of weekly exercise typically happen on the weekends when you’re not so busy with work? Do you feel like you don’t get in a “good workout” if you’re not busting a gut, panting, and pushing yourself 110%? If so, then you may be classified as a “Weekend Warrior!” Being a weekend warrior is better than being a Couch Potato, but experts warn that you are also placing yourself at higher risk for injury.1 In addition to Achilles tendon ruptures, which we’ve already covered in some detail, here are three other common “Weekend Warrior” injuries in the foot and ankle to look out for.

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Weekend warriors are at increased risk for Achilles strains, plantar fasciitis, ankle sprains and stress fractures than the average active individual. Image Source: Flickr CC user Parker Knight

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NBA News: Achilles Tendon Recovery Slow for Timberwolves’ Pekovic After Surgery

Posted by on Wednesday, November 25th, 2015

At the end of last month, it was estimated that the Timberwolves’ Nikola Pekovic could be out at least another month after Achilles tendon surgery.1 While he was able to “start doing some workouts” — including core work, medicine ball tosses and light activity — he was still unable to participate in practices or basketball-related training. Even though it has been more than six months since his April surgery, Pekovic is still relegated to the sidelines. “They said everything went fine,” Pekovic said, adding, “but I’m always saying I don’t believe anything until I start running.”

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Nikola Pekovic may be off the MN Timberwlves roster permanently if his Achilles keeps acting up. Image Source: Flickr CC user Michael Tipton

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Shoe Inserts Made for Your Feet: SOLS Offers 3-D Custom Orthotics Directly to Consumers

Posted by on Monday, November 23rd, 2015

The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine is no stranger to the SOLS orthotics brand. Our very own Dr. Josef Geldwert DPM was on the medical advisory board, sharing his 40+ years of experience in podiatry to help the team create the most ergonomically sound, custom-fit shoe insoles. Unlike traditional insoles, the SOLS brand are manufactured more quickly and designed for the individual using computer technology and 3-D printing, rather than older plaster casting methods that are not only messy but cumbersome, time-consuming, and expensive to make. The designs come in a variety of cool colors and designs to meet modern standards for further personalization. The company made news again last month when they announced their plans to sell directly to consumers.

SOLS is turning the custom orthotics market on its head by allowing customers to order directly from the company. However, some people may still benefit from consulting a podiatrist. Image source: Flickr CC user HeelsandFeet

Thinking About Surgery for Ankle Arthritis? “I Had The New Ankle Arthritis Surgery and Loved It”

Posted by on Friday, November 20th, 2015

These days, there is no reason to live with debilitating arthritis pain in your feet. Surgeons used to discourage younger patients from undergoing ankle surgery because they worried about the limited mobility a joint fusion would bring or the need for another joint replacement down the road. We’ve reported on several success stories of patients who got another lease on life with their new ankles. Another story comes to you from the UK; 56-year-old photographer Donna Castle told the UK Daily Mail she got a new type of ankle replacement — and she loves it!1

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Ankle replacements can be painful and have a long recovery time; a new technique may make surgery for ankle arthritis easier on patients. Image source: Flickr CC user Peter Stevens

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Mountaineering News: Walking on a Broken Foot, Woman Climbs Mt. Kilimanjaro

Posted by on Wednesday, November 18th, 2015

We get a lot of questions at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine from active patients who want to stick with their current plans — be it a vacation or mountain climb — even though they’ve recently injured their foot or ankle. They want to know how soon is “too soon” to push it, what they can realistically accomplish given their state of injury, and whether or not we think it’d be prudent for them to go ahead and follow their hearts’ desires. These are all good questions. The recent story of a woman who climbed a mountain with a broken foot illustrates what CAN be possible, though it’s not what we’d recommend for everyone.

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Imagine scaling this terrain walking on a broken foot! Image Source: Flickr CC user ActiveFree

The Healing Process of a Fracture: Why Does My Foot or Ankle Fracture Hurt A Year Later?

Posted by on Monday, November 16th, 2015

Last Christmas Eve, I stepped on my German Shepherd’s Nylabone while walking down the stairs with a load of laundry. It had been sneakily placed right up against the step and caused my foot to roll outward as I stumbled. It didn’t take me long after hearing the tell-tale crunch, observing the bruise, and feeling the warm rush to know that I had cracked my fifth metatarsal.

What’s a person to do in that situation? An x-ray and expert diagnosis is always a good step. From there, it’s basically up to the individual to run through the regular course of rest, ice, compression, and elevation. The first two weeks of off-loading, getting around the house with a walker, and caring for a baby with a bum foot was worse than the pain itself. About three months later, I shed my compression garment and was able to resume brief stroller walks again. If I did too much, my body let me know and I backed off a bit.

It’s been almost a year since my injury, but every once in a while, that deep ache returns and I worry that something is amiss. So I asked the good doctors at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine, “What gives? What might cause a person’s fracture to experience residual pain after healing has supposedly taken place?”

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Foot and ankle fractures are some of the most common types of fractures, and we treat both at our sports medicine facility in NYC. The healing process of a fracture depends partly on your age. Image source: Flickr CC user Ted Eytan

Is Your Foot Injured or Just Sore? NYC Podiatrists Offer Ways to Tell If Your Sore Feet from Running Are Injured or Just Achy

Posted by on Friday, November 13th, 2015

Just about everyone has experienced a day that made their feet hurt. It may have been a particularly challenging run, a long work day, an evening in uncomfortable formal shoes, or an entire day spent on one’s feet — shopping or cooking. Whatever the case may be, pain that does not subside right away becomes a concern. Is it possible you’ve injured yourself? Or are there types of foot aches and soreness that hang around for a while? Nothing beats an evaluation at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine, our NYC foot specialist practice, but we’ll provide you with a few clues about when to see a doctor about foot pain.

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Do you have sore feet from running or other activities? We can help you find out whether you’re headed for an injury or just recovering from overuse. Image Source: Flickr CC user Paulaltobelli

NFL News: Broncos’ Brandon Marshall Plays with Broken Screw in Foot After Lisfranc Surgery

Posted by on Wednesday, November 11th, 2015

Brandon Marshall is one heck of a rehabilitation recovery story. Despite playing with a broken screw in his foot following surgical repair for a lisfranc injury, he remains the Denver Bronco’s “leading tackler” and “the NFL’s top inside linebacker” as well.1 Doctors at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine in NYC feel this story is an excellent example of what can be achieved through diligent rehabilitation, “taking it one day at a time,” and making the hard calls necessary to get back to the game full-strength.

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Brandon Marshall Image Source: by Jeffrey Beall

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The Process of Foot Surgery Recovery: Maine Woman Shares Story of Broken Foot Recovery

Posted by on Monday, November 9th, 2015

“Foot surgery puts the marriage vow about sickness to the test,” reports Liz Soares in the Central Maine press.1 Here at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine in NY, we never like informing patients that surgery is their best recourse. The reactions are decidedly mixed. Some people reject the thought altogether and say there is no way they can afford the downtime, while others joke that it sounds like “a real dream” to stay home from work and be waited on hand and foot for a few weeks or even months. We do agree that having a rosy outlook will make your recovery time much easier; but foot surgery is a serious decision, and you also need to understand that, as Liz describes, “It’s not all sunshine and rainbows.”

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What is foot surgery to repair a fracture really like during the recovery phase? Image Source: (FlDalwood)

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Busting NYC Running Myths: 5 Dangerous Running Myths That Could Lead to Foot and Ankle Injuries

Posted by on Friday, November 6th, 2015

If you’re a serious runner in New York City, The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine is a great place to stop by for a chat. We don’t just diagnose and treat injuries here. We’re in the business of preventing injuries and helping runners reach their maximum potential as well! You can think of us as knowledgeable personal trainers who are prepared to help you tackle any question or obstacle in your way as you continue to lead a healthy, active life doing the activities you enjoy most.

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NYC runners can benefit greatly from a meeting with the experienced sports medicine doctors at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine. Image Source:

We’ve treated injuries on the sidelines of the NYC Triathlon, Hamptons Marathon, and Bridgehampton Half Marathon. We’ve worked with Olympic athletes, the New York Road Runners Club, and the Central Park Track Club. In fact, our Manhattan office is located right next to Central Park, so it’s a convenient place to come in, whether you have pressing questions that need answering, a nagging pain, or an interest in our computerized gait analysis lab.

In this article, we’ll cover a few of the common running myths we’ve encountered in our practice to illustrate how a discussion with board-licensed podiatrists and sports medicine doctors can help you prevent injury.