Cracked Heels & Dry Feet: How Minor Inconveniences Can Lead to Serious Problems

Posted by on Friday, November 28th, 2014

Cracked heels — or “heel fissures,” as we industry types call them — are usually a harmless cosmetic problem. However, dry, flaky skin on the outermost edge of the heel can take a turn for the worse if they grow so deep there is pain and bleeding. Worse yet, cracked heels can be deadly in some cases, which is why New York podiatrists always advise patients on how to treat this common condition. There are many ways to take care of heel fissures, whether done at home, at a spa, or in our Manhattan and Westchester offices.

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Dry feet and cracked heels are more than just uncomfortable- they can be dangerous. Image from Flickr CC user Ivana Vasilj

How to Be Thankful and Take Good Care of Your Busy Holiday Feet

Posted by on Thursday, November 27th, 2014

Last year, online shopping jumped 15 percent to $1.2 billion on Black Friday. Despite this increase, there will still be many shoppers doing it the old-fashioned way — standing in line, hitting the malls, spending many hours on their feet. Aside from that, there is holiday cooking, cleaning, and entertaining that will require many more hours of standing. New York podiatrists are generally very busy with foot pain cases after the holidays. Don’t be one of them! Here are a few helpful tips from The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine in Manhattan.

Shopping can take a toll on your feet. Prevent holiday problems before they start. Image from Flickr User powhusku
Shopping can take a toll on your feet. Prevent holiday problems before they start. Image from Flickr User powhusku

NBA Update: Orlando’s Aaron Gordon Deals with Fractured Foot Like a Champ

Posted by on Wednesday, November 26th, 2014

Rookie Aaron Gordon, following a stellar performance and meteoric rise at Arizona State, was drafted by the Orlando Magic as the fourth overall first-round pick. The 19-year-old had led his team to three title games in a row, became one of 30 finalists nominated for Naismith College Player of the Year, and was named the 2013 Male Athlete of the Year by USA Basketball. But just a few months after his NBA debut, Gordon got sidelined with a fractured foot. As a rising star from a basketball family–his father, brother, and sister all played college and pro ball–it would have been understandable for Gordon to feel discouraged, even defeated by this ill-timed injury. But Gordon’s attitude, and his treatment and recovery process, could help other foot injury sufferers meet their goals.

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Aaron Gordon, gold medal Olympic basketball player signed to Orlando Magic this year, suffered a fifth metatarsal this month. Image Source: Wikimedia.org

5 Fast Facts: Running Injury & Prevention

Posted by on Tuesday, November 25th, 2014

Last week, runners in Buffalo, New York mourned the passing of Tim Donnelly, the director of the annual Turkey Trot. It saddens us to see him go so soon. The 61-year-old died unexpectedly of a heart attack, despite being an avid runner. One of the cruelties of life is that we can’t extend our lifespans beyond what our genetic coding has written, or predict the unexpected. We can, however, improve our odds for longevity by developing smart lifestyle habits to become the strongest, most resilient individuals we can be. For runners and athletes, who generally maintain a balanced diet and a high activity level, good healthcare also means practicing proper conditioning and recovery techniques–because no one wants to be laid low in their prime by a chronic running injury!

Choosing to eat right, stay active, train effectively, and recover correctly can all determine whether we’ll be mobile and pain-free in our final days, or whether we’ll suffer from debilitating, chronic issues for decades. The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine in Manhattan works with a number of health-conscious runners who want to tackle their running injury or running discomfort proactively, and keep on trucking well into old age. Keep reading for six useful post-race recovery tips from the University of Utah, followed by five interesting facts about running injury and injury prevention for you to digest.

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Follow these post-race recovery tips to minimize the pounding your body takes! Image Source: Healthcare.Utah.edu

Ask An NYC Podiatrist: Is Your Daughter Ready For High Heels?

Posted by on Monday, November 24th, 2014

The desire to be “grown-up like mom” is strong for many young girls these days. As early as they can walk and dig into closets, they’re trying on mom’s high heels and parading around the house — rather clumsily, and hopefully without incident! There’s no doubt in your mind that a three-year-old is not ready for this transition just yet, but what about your tween who is begging and pleading for heels to wear? “All my friends have them! Why can’t I?” is a common argument. As NYC podiatrists, we often field questions and concerns from parents who want to do what’s best for their girls’ health, while remaining understanding about the peer pressure they may be facing.

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Wearing heels as a teen is exciting, but is it healthy? image source: wikimedia.com

Winter Sports Injury Prevention: The 4 Most Dangerous Sports and Safer Ways to Approach Them

Posted by on Friday, November 21st, 2014

Happy (official) “First Day of Winter!” Not to put a damper on the celebration for all you Winter fans, but more than 310,000 people were treated in hospital emergency rooms and doctor’s offices for winter sports injuries in 2012, according to the last available data from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. Skiing topped the list of dangerous sports–accounting for 120,000 injuries, followed by snowboarding (98,000), ice skating (53,000), and sledding (40,000). The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine in NYC lets you know how most winter sports injury accidents occur and what you can do to prevent them.

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Skiing is the most dangerous winter sport, but it’s also one of the most fun. Image Source: Skistar Trysil

Thanksgiving Race Prep: 5 Ways Runners Are Taking Care of Their Feet

Posted by on Thursday, November 20th, 2014

Running before indulging in Thanksgiving turkey and a heaping portion of stuffing is annual tradition for many Americans. Considering the average Thanksgiving feast packs on 3,000 calories, squeezing in a 5K is prudent. From the 28,000 runners participating in Sacramento’s “Run To Feed The Hungry” to the 40,000 Texans finishing the “Capital One Bank Dallas Turkey Trot,” it’s clear that we’re a country of people who like to run. Before you get out there in the coming week, be sure you’re taking these five steps to take care of your feet.

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People often dress up for turkey trots to have a little extra fun. Image Source: Flickr CC User, pixonomy

NFL News: 49ers’ Linebacker Patrick Willis Out with a Toe Injury

Posted by on Wednesday, November 19th, 2014

One of the biggest stories in the NFL this week is that 49ers’ linebacker Patrick Willis has been put back on the IR due to a toe injury. He’s been out for the last three games, but he admitted that his toe pain has been a serious issue since a Week Six game against the Rams. “It’s been something that I’ve been dealing with for a while now,” he told CSNBayArea.com. “I could argue and say, ‘Should I have done it earlier before it got as bad as it did, before I hurt it worse than I did in the Rams game?’ I could, but I’m not going to, because I felt like at the time, I’ve always been a fighter and always been a competitor.” He added that the toe injury will require surgery.

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Patrick Willis admits that his injured toe has dogged him “for years,” but became noticeably worse in Week Six. Image Source: Wikimedia.org

An Athlete’s Guide to Preventing 3 of the Most Common Foot Injuries

Posted by on Tuesday, November 18th, 2014

Athletes’ feet take a beating. Foot pain and injury can slow down a performer, regardless of the sport, and lead to significant issues in the knees, back, hips, shoulders, and neck as well. The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine in New York City tackles everything from inflamed tendons, broken toes, and ingrown nails to blisters, bunions, and foot fungus. We recommend seeing a professional for the best possible care. Nevertheless, here are a few general guidelines for the treatment of 3 common foot injuries we see often in athletes.

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An athlete’s foot can take a real beating. Find out when to call a podiatrist or sports medicine doctor. Image Source: Flickr CC User, redjar

Platelet Rich Plasma: The Benefits and Drawbacks of This Innovative Treatment

Posted by on Monday, November 17th, 2014

Platelet Rich Plasma treatment has been in the headlines as used by injured sports players from Tiger Woods and Hines Ward to Kobe Bryant and Rafael Nadal. Patients who come in to our sports medicine clinic with similar overuse injuries are often curious about PRP therapy, but have the misconception that it must be so expensive that only elite athletes can afford it. The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine in NYC offers this innovative treatment to sufferers of Achilles tendonitis, plantar fasciitis, and other injuries that are traditionally considered “stubborn to heal.”

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Platelet rich plasma injections awaken the body’s natural healing abilities. Image Source: Wikimedia.org