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.
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!1http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-3252578/ME-OPERATION-Hi-tech-ankle-joint-gets-feet-faster.html
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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.
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?”
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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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.1http://denver.cbslocal.com/2015/10/01/brandon-marshall-is-broncos-leading-tackler-despite-broken-screw-in-foot/ Doctors at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine in NYCfeel 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.
“Foot surgery puts the marriage vow about sickness to the test,” reports Liz Soares in the Central Maine press.1http://www.centralmaine.com/2015/10/04/foot-surgery-puts-the-marriage-vow-about-sickness-to-the-test/ 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.”
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.
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.
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Wednesday, November 4th, 2015
It’s been eight months since the Detroit Pistons’ point guard Brandon Jennings ruptured his Achilles tendon in the third quarter of the 101-86 January 25th loss to the Milwaukee Bucks. The video is difficult to watch, even for sports medicine professionals, as it shows Jennings rolling on the ground in agony; but it really captures the excruciating nature of a sudden, traumatic event like a complete tendon tear.
Former Pistons’ forward Jonas Jerebko (now with the Celtics) recalled his 2011 Achilles rupture injury and told Jennings the recovery would be “like learning to walk again.” It has been a slow progression for the NBA star, but doctors have finally cleared him to “continue a steady progression of basetball-related rehabilitation activities geared toward a return to the basketball court.”1http://www.detroitnews.com/story/sports/nba/pistons/2015/09/28/pistons-jennings-makes-progress-rehabilitation/72976936/
Like many parents, I had experienced the frustration of trips to the shoe store with a wriggly, screaming, diaper-soiling toddler.1http://thestir.cafemom.com/toddlers_preschoolers/177525/how_buy_best_shoe_toddler “Never again!” I’d said, vowing to take my shopping online. It wasn’t so easy, though. All summer, my active toddler was walking, climbing, running, and playing in a size 5 shoe. It seemed simple enough: come fall, we’d graduate to the next size up and be on our merry way for another three months or so, right?
While her foot did indeed cram into a 5.5, my daughter started walking on tip-toes with greater frequency and telling me “No, no, no” when it was time to put her shoes on, so I knew something was up. We even tried a size 6 dress shoe, but that fit worse than the 5.5. Imagine my surprise when the old Brannock Device at the shoe store revealed that her actual shoe size was a 6.5 wide!
In actuality, a child’s foot can grow up to 12 sizes in their first three years of life!2http://www.kidoshoe.com/things-every-parent-should-know-about-their-children%E2%80%99s-feet One study found a half-size increase:3http://www.ipfh.org/foot-care-essentials/childrens-feet-how-they-grow
Every 2 months for kids ages 0-15 months
Every 2-3 months for kids ages 15-24 months
Every 3-4 months for kids ages 2-3 years
Every 4 months for kids ages 3-5 years
The podiatrists at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine in NYC are here to assure you that you need not beat yourself up over the fact your kid’s been wearing the wrong shoe size, because it happens more commonly than you might think.
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
Manhattan Office 111 East 88th Street New York, NY 10128 (212) 996-1900 See map here
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Dr. Josef J. Geldwert DPM, Dr. Katherine Lai DPM, Dr. Ryan Minara, DPM, and Dr. Mariola Rivera DPM serving Westchester County, White Plains, Ardsley, Bronxville, Harrison NY, Larchmont, Mamaroneck, New Rochelle, Rye, Scarsdale, Rye Brook, Chappaqua, and the surrounding area.
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