Podiatrist-Recommended Turf Toe Exercises for Athletes

Posted by on Monday, August 29th, 2016

A lot of the athletes we treat are already familiar with “turf toe,” a ligament sprain in the big toe joint where the foot and toe come together. Tearing your big toe ligaments affects your balance, stability, and the push-off phase of your gait cycle. Then there’s the pain, which tends to feel worst at the bottom of the toe where it attaches to your foot. It usually hurts to extend your toe fully or walk, and you’ll probably notice some swelling.

With any luck, athletes can be back to the game within a day or two of resting, icing, compressing, and elevating. But more serious sprains can put you out for six to eight weeks, and a few players have even had their careers end following an injury like this, while others suffered arthritis-like stiffness or limited mobility upon healing. That’s why it’s so important to have a specialist look at your injury and guide you through rehabilitation to preserve range-of-motion.

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“Turf toe” refers to a sprained ligament in the big toe joint. (Image Credit: HealingFeet)

NYC Runner’s Guide to September Races

Posted by on Friday, August 26th, 2016

We at The Center For Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine have long supported New York City area long-distance runners, working the sidelines as medical directors and official podiatrists for the most highly anticipated events like the NYC Tri in July, the Hamptons Marathon in October, the Bridgehampton Half Marathon in May, and the Westchester Toughman Tri, which is coming up in September.

The passion of our local running clubs and athletes is second-to-none, and we are proud to remain active in community events. If you’re a member of the running community, here’a quick look at the NYC races September has to offer.

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NYC residents have a number of races to look forward to this September. (Image Credit: Flickr CC user Bill Blevins)

Did Olympic Sprinter Allyson Felix’s Ankle Sprain and Recovery Keep Her from the Gold?

Posted by on Wednesday, August 24th, 2016

Los Angeles native Allyson Felix won a gold for the 200-meter dash at the last Olympics – which she added to her two silver medals from 2004 and 2008. This year, she failed to qualify for her favorite race and was not be able to defend her title although she still made it into the running for the 400 meter and 1,600 meter. We feel that some of her lost short-term explosiveness can be attributed to an April ankle injury.

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Despite a recent ankle sprain, Allyson Felix walked away from the 2016 Summer Olympics with a silver medal. (Image Credit: Flickr CC user Agência Brasil Fotografias)

Diabetic Foot Infections: A Costly Problem That Can Be Prevented

Posted by on Monday, August 22nd, 2016

Diabetes is not just stressful and expensive for families, but for society at large.

Maybe you knew that. But did you know many of these expenses are preventable?

In Australia, more than 1 million people suffer from diabetes—which can lead to stroke, eye damage, and foot disease if not well-managed. Researchers recently estimated that the cost of hospitalization from diabetic foot disease costs Aussies $350 million per year. And here in America, there are roughly 29 million diabetics, with 1.7 million new patients added to the pool each year. As diabetes threatens to become a global epidemic, we need to take a serious look at preventative measures.

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Diabetes can be costly to manage and affects a growing percent of the global population. (Image Credit: Flickr CC user Alan Levine)

Are Pedicures Good for Your Feet? Three Reasons to See a Podiatrist Instead

Posted by on Friday, August 19th, 2016

Thinking of booking an appointment at a New York City spa for a summer pedicure? Certain foot conditions warrant a trip to your local podiatrist before you set foot anywhere else. Not only can infectious pathogens possibly spread to other people, but spa practitioners often aren’t trained to deal with foot issues—and more often than not will make any existing problems worse—probably not quite the relaxing spa day you had in mind.

Here are three good reasons to see a podiatrist rather than a pedicurist.

are pedicures good for your feet?
Be sure you give your feet a once-over before spa day so that you don’t visit the salon with a foot infection. Image Source: Wikimedia user Deerstop.

 

NYC Foot Surgeons Urge Caution on Howard Beach Runs

Posted by on Wednesday, August 17th, 2016

We treat quite a few joggers, but the recent news headlines about a 30-year-old Queens runner found murdered at Spring Creek Park in Howard Beach have us concerned about our clients in a different way than usual.

“It can be difficult,” says foot and ankle surgeon Dr. Josef J. Geldwert, “because one of the beauties of running is that you don’t need a team or a lot of fancy equipment—you just lace up and go. As a runner myself, I understand the draw. But in light of recent events, we urge people to join the greater running community and try to run with a buddy—especially if you enjoy some of the more remote runs New York has to offer.”

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Local residents say they would hesitate to run along the interior of Spring Creek Park in Howard Beach, especially in light of the recent murder of an NYC runner. Image Source: NYCGovParks.org.

When Do You Need Stitches on Your Foot? Just Ask “Coronation Street” Actor Craig Charles

Posted by on Monday, August 15th, 2016

Craig Charles, best known for his role as Lloyd Mullaney on the UK’s longest-running soap “Coronation Street,” had an operation on a severe foot wound last month. But he refuses to let it get him down. He was recently spotted heading to a local pub with his mates—wheelchair and all.

Our NYC foot doctors explain how you can have a similarly speedy and healthy recovery after such a foot wound, from determining whether you need stitches to how to care for your foot after it’s been sewn up.

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It can be difficult to miss a tendon, muscle, or ligament when you wound your foot. You may need stitches like Craig Charles. Image Source: Wikimedia Commons user Henry Vandyke Carter

How The Experts Heal Your Chronic Foot Pain and Get You Running Again

Posted by on Friday, August 12th, 2016

Eventually, most people come down with aches and pain in the feet they just can’t shake.

“I’m just getting old,” some people concede. Or “I’m just on my feet a lot” is another common rationalization we hear in response to chronic foot pain and injury.

It’s important to realize that pain is your body’s way of communicating that something is wrong—and it is not something we should accept as “a fact of life.” Pain and injury are particularly difficult for passionate long distance runners in training, for whom “taking it easy” just isn’t an option. For these people, what can we as experts do to help?

Chronic Foot Pain: Experts have Answers!
Got running injuries? Find out how an NYC expert can help. Image Source: HealingFeet.com.

An Athlete in Recovery: Does Brook Lopez have Plantar Fasciitis?

Posted by on Wednesday, August 10th, 2016

Nets’ Center Brook Lopez has gone from reportedly being on the chopping block to being a “building block,” now one of the top scoring giants in the league. Despite his foot injury, the team isn’t looking to trade the 28-year-old, but there is a lot of pressure on him to return and carry the team through the season.

We wrote about Lopez’s foot woes back in 2014, when it was announced he’d miss the entire season with an injury in his right foot, requiring reconstructive surgery. He struggled with the same injury in 2011, which required three surgeries to repair bent screws. Now it’s been reported that Lopez is “recovering from plantar fasciitis” in that same foot.

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Image Source: Wikimedia user Erik Cleves Kristensen

Is There Such Thing as Podiatrist-Recommended Flip-flops?

Posted by on Monday, August 8th, 2016

Flip-flops are one of the most maligned types of footwear – right up there with unfashionable Crocs and ankle-breaking stilettos. In the UK, flip-flops reportedly injure 200,000 people a year (mostly with shin splints, ankle sprains, fractures, and hammertoes), and studies conducted in the US reveal additional risks, such as bacterial infections, contusions from dropped items, stubbed toes, blisters, and stress fractures. However, the news isn’t all bad, says Dr. Mariola Rivera, DPM from The Center For Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine in NYC.

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Do podiatrist-approved flip-flops really exist? Yes, but it depends on the brand. (Image credit: Flickr CC user betsy)