Kinesiology Tape: Why All The Olympic Volleyball Players Are Using It

Posted by on Wednesday, September 28th, 2016

Immobilization is an important part of therapy for many foot and ankle injuries. You don’t always need a cast or a walking boot to hold the lower extremities in place and encourage healing. At the Rio Olympics, beach volleyball players like Kerri Walsh Jennings and April Ross brandished “USA” logo kinesiology tape to strengthen their performance and protect healing body parts from further injury. Learn more about kinesiology foot taping and how NYC podiatrists and sports medicine doctors are using it to treat a host of aches, pains, and injuries.

Kinesiology tape can be used to support healing and reduce pain in the foot.
There are many different ways to tape the foot for compression, lifting support, swelling resolution, and pain reduction. Image Source: Wikimedia Commons user Kelly.

Think You’ve Got Plantar Fasciitis? Consider These Alternative Heel Pain Diagnoses

Posted by on Monday, September 26th, 2016

Our NY foot doctors have worked with the Central Park Track Club, the NY Road Runners, and ultra-marathon runners training for the NYC Tri, Hamptons Marathon, and U.S. Olympic Trials. Avid runners are no strangers to foot pain. A lot of them limp into our Manhattan office nervously asking, “Do I have plantar fasciitis?” They know this diagnosis would be dreadful because it’s a niggling ache to shake. Many of them walk out surprised that the root cause of their heel and arch pain is something else entirely.

Plantar faciitis isn't the only cause of heel pain.
There is a lot more to the heel than the plantar fascia, according to the best foot doctors NYC has to offer. Image Source: Wikimedia user Haabet.

NYC Foot Surgeons: “Foot Trauma From Buses More Common Than You’d Think”

Posted by on Friday, September 23rd, 2016

It may sound crazy, but it’s not uncommon for people to be hit by public buses in New York City. As you can imagine, pedestrians don’t fare well when pitted against 40,000 pound buses. Injuries include crushed feet, shattered ankles, pulverized lower legs, and dislocated hips requiring reconstructive surgery.

foot trauma from buses
Foot and ankle trauma are some of the most common injuries when pedestrians are struck by NYC buses. Image Source: Wikimedia user AEMoreira042281.

The board-certified NYC foot surgeons at The Center For Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine in Manhattan and Westchester routinely care for patients suffering from intense pain and shock after being struck by public transit. “Unfortunately, it’s all in a month’s work,” says Dr. Mariola Rivera, DPM. “In such a fast-paced city full of so many people rushing to meet deadlines, a certain number of accidents are sort of inevitable.”

MLB News: Jed Lowrie Undergoes Surgery for Foot Cyst

Posted by on Wednesday, September 21st, 2016

Oakland A’s infielder Jed Lowrie is about to enter the third and final season of his contract, but he still struggles to stay off the Disabled List. According to SF Gate, the 31-year-old “has been on the DL 10 times in his career, including twice this season, but he typically has tried to play through various problems,” such as a broken wrist in 2009 and a broken finger in 2014. His latest problem is a foot injury which required him to undergo surgery on August 31st.

Jed Lowrie is having surgery for his foot cyst.
Jed Lowrie of the Oakland A’s will be undergoing foot surgery. Image Source: Flickr user PMell2293

Am I At Risk For Blood Clots While Traveling?

Posted by on Monday, September 19th, 2016

Living in one of the best cities in the world doesn’t mean we like to stay put! Busy Big Apple travelers are always coming and going, with more than 50 million passengers passing through New York City’s JFK airport each year. Whether you plan to fly or travel by car, you can find yourself with a potentially deadly situation if you are at risk for blood clots while traveling and don’t take the appropriate preventative measures. Our NYC and ankle/foot specialists at The Center For Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine can tell you everything you need to know before departing on your next trip!

NY podiatrists may advise you to put your feet up on that next flight if you are at risk for blood clots.
NY podiatrists may advise you to put your feet up on that next flight if you are at risk for blood clots. Image Source: Flickr user Sotirus Kousoulos.

NY Podiatrist-Recommended Walking Tours: Historic White Plains

Posted by on Friday, September 16th, 2016

Dr. Josef J. Geldwert opened his White Plains office (located at 10 Mitchell Place, near Mamaroneck Avenue) in 2009 after nearly two decades of providing active New Yorkers with quality foot and ankle care. The Upper East Side office in Manhattan near Central Park was already established as the “go-to” rehab center for the New York Road Runners and Central Park Track Club. Athletes from professional teams like the NY Magic, NY Power, NY Liberty and NY Lizards came through our doors and walked out stronger. While you’re visiting us in this part of town, we encourage you to take a self-guided walking tour of historic White Plains, just six minutes from our door.

white plains walking tour
Take a walk around White Plains and discover a number of well-preserved historic buildings. Image Source: WordPress user SandraHarrison1954

AFL News: Nic Nat Faces Plantaris Tendon Rupture and Resulting Recovery Time

Posted by on Wednesday, September 14th, 2016

The thin plantaris tendon runs alongside the larger Achilles tendon and acts as a support structure to aid in ankle and knee flexion. Thanks to these little ropes connecting the knees and feet, you can stand on your toes or point your foot. They wind through the femur, the gastrocnemius muscle, the soleus muscle, the Achilles tendon, and the calcaneus heel bone.

Injuring this body part is so common among tennis players that the rupture is called “tennis leg.” Most players sustain a “popping” injury as they reach out for a shot. Running or jumping with an eccentric load placed across the ankle with the knee fully extended is the most commonly associated movement with this type of injury, although the first documented case occurred as a 40-year-old woman was simply stepping off a curb.

In addition to tennis players, we also see a lot of soccer players with this type of injury at The Center For Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine. Nic Nat of the Australian Football League was one of the latest pro players to head in for an operation to repair the damage.

plantaris tendon rupture recovery time
The plantaris tendon where the damage occurs. Image Source: Wikimedia Commons user CFCF.

New Ultrasound Diabetes Test Could Save Your Feet from Ulcers

Posted by on Monday, September 12th, 2016

Diagnostic tests are crucial to proper foot treatment and prevention strategies. If only we podiatrists could look into crystal balls to predict which diabetic patients will develop neuropathy or ulcers! A new diabetes test shows some promise by using ultrasound to detect soft tissue stiffness in the heel pad, which appears to be predictive of ulcer formation.

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

Playing Pokemon Go in New York? Tips for Preventing Foot and Ankle Injuries

Posted by on Friday, September 9th, 2016

The immensely popular Smartphone game “Pokemon Go” has already landed some players in hot water. The popular app is classified as “augmented reality,” and the allure is that it gets players exploring their towns and meeting up with people in their neighborhoods while searching for digital creatures. But trouble comes when people’s eyes are glued to their phones—distracting them as they are in motion—and they take an unexpected spill. New York City podiatrists at The Center For Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine are already treating foot and ankle trauma in patients who admitted they “should have been watching where they were walking” at the time of the injury.

pokemon go injuries
Catch them all, but remember to look where you’re walking. (Image Credit: Flickr CC User Frost Museum)

Lauren Fleshman Overcomes Running Injuries & Retires as Fastest Non-Olympic Athlete

Posted by on Wednesday, September 7th, 2016

Sometimes our NYC podiatrists come across inspiring stories of runners who have overcome injury and loss to achieve greatness, which we like to share with our patients. It can be a long, hard road to recovery, so it helps to have friends who understand your struggles.

Our board-certified NY podiatrists are not just sports doctors but avid runners too! Today, we’d like to share the story of Stanford Star Athlete Lauren Fleshman, who was dubbed by the NY Times as “the top female collegiate distance runner in American history” and “the best American distance runner never to make an Olympic team.” It seemed every Olympics cycle, she found herself laid up with foot problems (2004 and 2008) or knee trouble (2012). This year, she announced her retirement—without regret.

overcoming running injuries
Lauren Fleshman found her voice in her time off from running. (Image Credit: Flickr CC user Gus Greeper)