Runner Paula Radcliffe Takes One Last Journey After Stress Fracture Surgery

Posted by on Wednesday, May 6th, 2015

Running is the toughest sport for the feet, by far. Pounding the pavement can take an incredible toll when you’re logging thousands of miles. Paula Radcliffe has a storied career that would make anyone proud. She holds the current women’s world record for marathon running with a time of only 2: 15: 25. She won the Chicago Marathon in 2002 and the London Marathon in 2002, 2003, and 2005. She also won the NY Marathon in 2004, 2007, and 2008.

On August 22nd, 2012, Radcliffe underwent foot surgery for a stress fracture, and it was believed she’d never run a marathon again. Urged on by fans and supporters, she agreed to do one final race— the London Marathon. On April 26th, Radcliffe finished with a time of 2: 36: 55 seconds. “It was just amazing the whole way round,” the 41-year-old told the BBC. “I wore the sunglasses to keep a lid on my emotions and they definitely hid some tears along the way,” she added. Here at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine, we love a good comeback story, but we praise Radcliffe for being able to make the tough decision for her future health and mobility.

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Paula walks with her daughter at the NY Marathon in 2007, a year before an old stress fracture was finally diagnosed. Image Source: Wikimedia.org

Do You Have Poor Circulation In Your Feet?

Posted by on Monday, May 4th, 2015

If you experience frequent cramps in your legs and feet when you exercise or if the skin on your lower extremities is very pale or bluish in color, poor circulation may be to blame. Or, if you have very little natural hair growth on your feet and legs or persistent open sores that take a long time to heal, these symptoms may also indicate that you have poor circulation. For some people, poor circulation in the feet and legs just means it will take longer for that blister or chafed skin to heal. For others, poor circulation can be a limb- or even life-threatening condition. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “Nerve damage, circulation problems, and infections can cause serious foot problems for people with diabetes. Sometimes nerve damage can deform or misshape your feet, causing pressure points that can turn into blisters, sores, or ulcers. Poor circulation can make these injuries slow to heal. Sometimes this can lead to amputation of a toe, foot, or leg.”

Furthermore, sluggish blood circulation may itself be symptomatic of a larger problem in the circulatory system. Such problems could lead to varicose veins, kidney damage, and strokes, so if you have any of the previously mentioned symptoms, it’s best to see a podiatrist for an evaluation.

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If you have poor circulation in your legs and feet, compression stockings are one treatment NY podiatrist may recommend. Image Source: Wikimedia.org

Don’t Let Ingrown Toenails Get You Down This Spring!

Posted by on Friday, May 1st, 2015

Though the weather is barely breaking 60 degrees, we are getting close to at least imagining those warm, sunny days where it seems most prudent to wear sandals. Ingrown toenails are one foot-related issue that can really dampen your springtime fun. Not only do they look unsightly in sandals, but they are also downright painful! When the corners of the nails bite into the skin, redness, inflammation and purulence ensue. No one wants to kick off spring with an infection like that! Worse yet, ingrown toenails can quickly spiral into a limb-threatening condition for those with vascular disease, neuropathy or diabetes. The board-certified podiatrists from The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine in NYC discuss how to treat and prevent this common foot affliction.

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Ingrown toenails can be a portal into the body for harmful microbes, so do not delay in seeking professional care from a podiatrist! Image Source: Visua.ly

MLB News: Is It Smart For Mets’ Matt Harvey To Play Through Ankle Sprain?

Posted by on Wednesday, April 29th, 2015

It is often difficult to asses an injury and know precisely when an athlete is safe to go about business as usual. Such is the case for star Mets player Matt Harvey. “At the time I didn’t really think anything of it,” Mets’ Pitcher Matt Harvey said of his recent ankle sprain. “I thought it would get better,” he added, stating that the “natural workload” made it “more sore.” He suspects there is some fluid in the ankle that is preventing healing, but says he is still “good to go for Saturday” at Yankee Stadium. He’s made a few modifications to his pitching style and taped up his ankle good, according to the NY Daily News“It’s uncomfortable, but nothing that’s going to affect my pitching,” he said.

Harvey tweaked his ankle when he ran into a wall, shagging flies in spring training. A twist, roll or turn upon landing is an easy way to tear soft tissue.We see these sort of injuries in baseball players all the time at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine in NYC. We offer advanced treatments to get players back into the game as soon as possible, but we also caution players of the risks they take when they rush back to competition before healing is complete.

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Matt Harvey continues to play through a sprained ankle. Image Source: Wikimedia Commons

Foot Health Awareness Month

Posted by on Monday, April 27th, 2015

Did you know April was Foot Health Awareness month? The American Podiatric Medical Association takes this opportunity each year to run special public education campaigns about a podiatrist’s expertise in diagnosing and treating lower extremity injuries. Many people visit their general practitioner, local emergency room or urgent care clinic after sustaining an injury, but nothing beats the knowledge, resources, and advanced level of care you get when you visit a specialist.

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Check out the latest American Podiatric Medical Association poster for Foot Health Awareness Month. Image Source: APMA.org

It’s OK…Even Victoria Beckham Wears Ugly Shoes!

Posted by on Friday, April 24th, 2015

Few celebrities are as well-known for strapping on a swanky pair of high heels as former Spice Girl Victoria Beckham. Back in 2008, she reportedly told GMTV, “I just can’t concentrate in flats. I could go to the gym if I wore flats, I’d love to go to the gym, but I just can’t get my head around the footwear.” Yet, after having foot surgery to correct bunions, it seems Victoria has let loose a little. Recently, she snapped a photo of herself in comfy yellow slippers aboard her private jet and captioned it, “Travelling in style.” She also admits to wearing flip-flops around the house with her family and has been photographed talking a walk in flats. Indeed, there is a time and a place for every type of footwear, and that’s really the message we try to drive home with patients who come to The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine with problems related to foot pain.

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Even Victoria Beckham has had to vary her shoe type after foot surgery. Image Source: Wikimedia.com

Tennis News: Milos Raonic Leaves Monte Carlo With Foot Injury

Posted by on Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015

Canadian Milos Raonic is a giant in the world of tennis. Not only is the 24-year-old a towering six-foot-five, but he’s also renowned for using an exciting-to-watch full court playing style that has his opponents scrambling and banking points using strong, consistent ground strokes. He’s won six career titles, including his recent upset of Rafael Nadal at Indian Wells this spring. Most importantly, the tennis pro has hair so perfect that apparently it warrants its own Twitter page (which has 781 followers, by the way). So, it was bad news for fans this past week when Milos Raonic retired early from his match against Czech Tomas Berdych in Monte Carlo with a foot injury.

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Milos Raonic suffers a foot injury in Monte Carlo. Image Source: Wikimedia.org

What Can A Podiatrist Do For Bunions?

Posted by on Monday, April 20th, 2015

Bunions are the most common issue treated by podiatrists. Even though about 23% of people between the ages of 18 and 65 have  trouble with this bony protrusion, many people are still embarrassed by it and delay seeking treatment until they are experiencing pain. No matter what stage your bunion is at, there are many ways a podiatrist from The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine in New York City can help make your problem more bearable. As an added perk, most of these cures aren’t scary at all!

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Bunions don’t mean that you have to buy the world’s largest pair of shoes to find a comfortable fit. Image Source: Wikimedia.org

Over 65% Women’s Soccer Injuries Involve The Foot & Ankle

Posted by on Friday, April 17th, 2015

Concussions have been getting all the media spotlight in recent years. However, as NYC podiatrists, we’d like to point out a startling statistic: over 65% of collegiate women’s soccer injuries involve the foot or the ankle! Why isn’t anyone reporting on that? Data collected by the National Collegiate Athletic Association revealed that from 2004 to 2009, more than 55,000 athletes sustained injuries, contributing to an overall injury rate of 7.3 per 1,000 athletes. With cleats that catch, uneven playing surfaces, and plenty of dynamic twisting, turning, jumping, and kicking, it’s no surprise that foot and ankle injuries topped the list.

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Lower limb injuries are most common in soccer, reports the NCAA. Image Source: Datalyscenter.org

5 Reasons Why PRP Therapy Is A Blessing For Foot & Ankle Injuries

Posted by on Wednesday, April 15th, 2015

A fascinating medical treatment with myriad uses, Platelet-Rich Plasma injections use your own blood, spun in a centrifuge to create a denser concentration of healing stem cell platelets, and inject it at the site of injury. The many applications are still being investigated–among them restoring hair, giving an aging face a lift, and reducing pain–but one thing is clear: PRP works for soft tissue recovery. Here at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine in NYC, we have been using PRP therapy for the past several years with excellent results.

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Platelet Rich Plasma injections are used by pro athletes to prompt healing. Image Source: AAOS.com