All summer long, New York podiatrists see an average of 10-15 patients a day with flip-flop-related injuries. At The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine, we treat everything from acute emergencies to chronic pain issues. Flip-flops lack stability and arch support, which can lead to accidents. Flimsy straps dig into soft tissue, opening up the body for a host of infections and illnesses. In flip-flops your toes and heels are more open and exposed than with traditional shoes, offering more opportunities for injury, especially among the young and the elderly. Here are five of the most common flip-flop injuries we see at our Manhattan and Westchester practices.
Anyone following professional golf knows who Rory McIlroy is. Last year, the 26-year-old from Northern Ireland swept the PGA Tour awards, winning the Arnold Palmer Award, PGA Player of the Year, PGA Tour Player of the Year, the Vardon Trophy, and the Byron Nelson Award. The great Jack Nicklaus called McIlroy “an unbelievable talent,” adding: “I love his swing, I love his rhythm, I love his moxie.”1 Nine-time Major winner Gary Player said Rory McIlroy “could turn out to be the best player in the world in his time” and the NY Times says McIlroy has “the best swing in golf.”2 There is even a video game named after him — EA Games’ Rory McIlroy PGA Tour (formerly known as the Tiger Woods PGA Tour). In 2015, he ranked 4th in the Masters Tournament, but his year was cut short by a severe left ankle injury.
Mr. Tan Wen Jie was a 21-year-old undergraduate student with painful bunions.1 He’d had problems with the bony protrusions since he was 10, but it began to worsen significantly when he had a job that required him to be on his feet all day. He began shifting his gait to accommodate the bunions, which caused a stress fracture in his opposite foot. He found he was passing on outings with friends, unable to find footwear, and unable to do his regular exercises because of the pain. Patients like Tan Wen Jie, whose day-to-day activities are hindered, and who suffer tremendous toe joint pain are excellent candidates for bunion surgery. With advances in modern technology, patients with bunion pain no longer have to suffer.
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The advancements in total ankle replacement surgery have been highlighted in the media over the last few years, with more and more patients coming forward to explain how a new ankle joint has changed their lives. The experienced board-certified podiatric surgeons at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine in New York City do not take ankle surgery lightly, but they have seen countless cases where the benefits of total ankle replacement outweigh the risks. Here are a few stories shared in the media recently about patients whose lives were changed after undergoing this type of ankle surgery.
A new study published in the journal Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise found that college athletes are almost twice as likely to suffer serious lower body injuries in the year following a concussion. Though the exact cause of the increased rate of ligament sprains, muscle strains, contusions and fractures was not identified, lead author Robert C. Lynall from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill says “balance deficits may linger beyond return to play after the concussion.” Additionally, concussions “may slightly slow the pathways in the brain related to muscular reaction time,” he told Reuters Health by email.
Unfortunately, Ponce de Leon and other historic explorers never did find that elusive “Fountain of Youth,” so we are all prone to the worst degenerative disease of all — aging! Sure, you can get a little Botox for your face or pop a pill to manage other symptoms, but what can one do for aging feet? Furthermore, what effects of aging are normal, and what necessitate treatment by one of our NYC podiatrists? The Center For Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine explains all.
With fifth place standings in the West, it doesn’t look like the Colorado Rockies will be in the post-season competition. However, it’s unfortunate to see pitcher Jordan Lyles curbing his season early with a serious toe injury requiring surgery, especially since he’s just been granted a nice $2 million raise in arbitration, up from the $500,000 league minimum. Last June, he broke his left middle finger bone, just above the knuckle, when a player slid into his gloved hand and missed 54 games. So you could say it’s been a rocky road of unfulfilled potential since leaving the Houston Astros and signing with the Rockies in 2014.
“Charcot-Marie Tooth Disease” is admittedly a strange name, but it’s actually one of the most common inherited neurological disorders in the United States, affecting 1 in 2,500 people. The disease is named after Jean-Martin Charcot, Pierre Marie and Howard Henry Tooth — three European physicians who first identified it in 1886. The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine has experienced podiatric surgeons and physical therapists on staff who can help patients manage this incurable genetic disorder. We also have all the tools on-site to get you the diagnosis you need to move toward successful treatment and pain management.
The NYC podiatrists at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine treat every condition affecting the foot and ankle one could think of, but few are as unendurable as an acute gout attack. Gout is a type of arthritis and a chronic disease that can cause serious damage if it’s not diagnosed and treated as such. Uric acid crystals can form in other organs outside of the toe joint, causing a range of serious health issues. Gout complications include: joint destruction and deformity; kidney stones and kidney disease; heart disease; dry eyes and cataracts; and diminished lung capacity. Our gout treatment is comprehensive — involving not only short-term and long-term pharmacological treatment, but also dietary and lifestyle recommendations. Yet, all this is only possible with an effective diagnosis obtained from your local NY podiatrist.
“I think in the whole off-season, I only had about two or three full healthy weeks. The rest of the time I was dealing with something else,” said Calgary Stampeders’ punter Rob Maver. During his career at the University of Guelph, he had earned all-star honors as placekicker and punter; He became a Canadian Football League player after the Amateur Scouting Bureau ranked him highly and the Calgary Stampeders drafted him fifth overall in 2010. At one time, he boasted a league-leading average of 36.2 yards per kick.
It’s been a difficult year for the footballer, though. One day he was playing his best against the Hamilton Ti-Cats at the Grey Cup, and the next he was struggling to get up following a hit from Justin Hickman.While most players would bounce right back from a bit of turf toe, the Calgary punter struggled with a lengthy recovery, largely due to a dreaded toe infection. The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine in NYC has experience dealing with toe infections and facilitating successful recoveries for star athletes.
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
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