Sprained Ankle or Broken Ankle?

Posted by on Monday, April 30th, 2012

The American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons says that about 25,000 people every day sprain an ankle. Considering my own experience with missteps, twists, rolls and trips, I find this stat completely unsurprising. It is amazingly easy to do nutty things to your ankles.

If you just kind of bend your ankle, experience a little bit of an “Oww” and then go on, maybe with a few careful steps, then fine. It gets sticky, though, when your ankle is swollen and seriously hurts. Then you might find yourself asking one of life’s great questions: “Is this sprained…or broken?!”

Special Event! Running Injury Clinic with Dr. Josef Geldwert

Posted by on Friday, April 27th, 2012

Hey runners! Here’s a great opportunity to get all those questions answered about your nagging running injuries!

Running Injury Clinic with Dr. Josef Geldwert

Tuesday, May 1st @ 7:30 PM at Rye Running Company

Have injuries been plaguing your training of late? Still have that plantar fascitis in one foot that just will not go away? Want to know what could be causing some of these injuries? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you should be sure to come out for our running injury clinic led by Dr. Josef Geldwert of The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine. Not only is Dr. Geldwert a leading surgeon in his field, but he also serves as the medical director for major race events such as the Hamptons Marathon and the NYC Triathlon. He also is an avid runner himself and can truly relate to your running injuries. Be sure to come out with all your questions, so you can get back on track to running your best and being injury-free!

Sounds like a great opportunity to find out how to be a healthier, pain-free runner! If you have any questions about the event, please contact The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine (212.996.1900).



A Runner’s Story: Kevin Lu

Posted by on Friday, April 27th, 2012

We’re happy to have had a chance to talk to Kevin Lu, runner, engineer, and all-around science fan. He blogs about long distance running at Beyond Distance and is also the tech columnist at iRunnerblog.

Healing Feet: How long have you been running?
Kevin Lu: The first time I laced up and went for a run was in August of 2009. It was one mile long – but I could not run the whole mile without stopping to catch my breath. I have been running since then.

Laser Show: Using Lasers To Treat Feet

Posted by on Thursday, April 26th, 2012

[Setting: The Dark Ages. So it’s dark. A patient staggers into the shop of Ye Olde Podiatrist/Baker/Barrel Maker.]

Patient: O honored Doctor of the Foot! My foot aches like I have walked 500 miles on it without shoes, on muddy, bumpy, rock strewn roads. Actually, that’s what I did yesterday, since my mule is in the shop. Can you help the burning, aching pain in my foot?

Doctor: Yes, I can help. I will use a new treatment. I will treat you with a beam of light!

Patient: A beam of light? What will that do?

Doctor: I will take this glass, hold it up to your foot in front of the sun, until the glass emits a sharp, focused beam of light. Or something like that. I’m still working on it.

Patient: Then what will happen?

Doctor: The light will pierce the painful area!

Patient: Will that make the pain go away?

Doctor: Yes. Or it will set your foot on fire. If that happens, no charge, and I’ll throw in a free barrel.

Patient: Uhhh…I think I will perhaps just go home and put my feet up for a bit.

Luckily, podiatry has come a long, long way. Now if a podiatrist says your foot problem can be treated with a beam of light, that beam of light is a laser, a now well-established method of treating injuries and performing surgery. That sounds a lot better than a magnifying glass and the sun! Let’s find out more–

A Runner’s Story: Charity Wright

Posted by on Wednesday, April 25th, 2012

Today we have a conversation with Charity Wright, not-so-average working mom and super runner. Charity has been seriously getting into half marathons and marathons, so let’s talk about how she runs!

Give Blood: Using PRP To Heal Injuries

Posted by on Tuesday, April 24th, 2012

Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy. Perhaps you’ve heard of it. If you have, I bet it was in a context like this: “Yeah, Kobe’s been looking good since he went to Germany for that ‘Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy.'” Smirk, smirk. “How’s A-Rod doing?” “Well, Kobe sent him to that doctor in Germany for Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy, so I’m sure he’ll be fine.” Nudge nudge. Wink wink. Eye roll.

Catch the Extracorporeal Shockwave

Posted by on Monday, April 23rd, 2012

We live in an impatient world. People tap their feet anxiously as thirty seconds tick off a microwave. A line of two people in a coffee shop is enough to make the third person start to sigh and grumble. We groan when it takes more than three seconds for a web page to open. These are tough times to to be a turtle.

This is true in medical treatment as well. When people hear that a procedure will put them in a cast or on crutches for five, six weeks, their jaws drop as they try to comprehend. “Five weeks? But I’m doing a marathon in three. Okay, doc, what can you do to make this thing heal faster?” We have lost all patience with our bodies and their annoying tendency to want nature to take its course.

With that in mind, doctors are always looking for new methods of treatment that will get patients up on their feet faster. And since this is a podiatry blog, we mean “up on their feet” in the most literal way possible!

So today let’s talk about Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy as a method of treating plantar fasciitis.

Wait, what? Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy.

A Runner’s Story: Adrienne Langelier

Posted by on Friday, April 20th, 2012

Here at Healing Feet, we love to talk to athletes and find out how they prepare, perform, and, of  course, take care of their feet. Today we have an interview with Adrienne Langelier, marathon runner, triathlete, and a therapist and sports psychologist.

Healing Feet How long have you been running?
Adrienne Langelier I have always enjoyed running and it has been part of my fitness routine since my teen years when I played soccer. I actually didn’t start running competitively until graduate school-all it took was winning First Overall Female in my first half marathon and I was hooked. That was in 2007, so I am in my 5th year of racing.

HF How do you motivate yourself?
AL I get asked that quite a bit, and in all honesty, I have always been a fairly intrinsically motivated person by nature. I run and train simply because I love to. I love the challenge, I love the feeling when in all comes together, and I love the notion of pursuing something most do not. I see mediocrity as unacceptable and want to see how good I can get. It’s not always easy, but I lean on others and try to inspire them as well. That usually keeps me going. That, and I love it!!

HF Do you have any foot care or footwear secrets to share?
AL I am sponsored by Brooks and love their line. It is important to know your gait  patterns and tendencies. So a thorough gait analysis by a qualified professional is must if one wants to run injury-free long term. I also am a big proponent of massage and self-treatment, even if it is just with a foam roller at home. Consistency is key.

HF What is your strategy for preparing for races and marathons?
AL Staying positive and seeing the big picture in the training cycle. I try and focus on the “little things” as they are as important as the miles themselves: recovery, sleep, nutrition, and auxillary work, such as core and stretching. You want to be on your game both on the roads and off to get the most out of race prep. Another strategy is to prepare mentally: how do you want to see the race play out? What are the goals and what do I want to get out of the race? I like to visualize the course as well.

HF How have recovery runs helped your training?
AL Absolutely. I have discussed this with the pros before. They don’t really feel good while you’re doing them, but getting fresh blood flow through the muscles makes the next session so much smoother.
HF What’s a common issue you come across through your sports psychology and how do you treat it?
AL Self-doubt is a common one, and it is often related to an athlete’s belief system. My first plan of attack is to determine the experiences and thoughts driving these negative beliefs and doubts, then start working on changing them. I do a number of techniques depending on the athlete’s thinking style, but an example is to find situations that trigger doubts and negative thoughts, and start re-programming the athletes thinking patterns to something more positive and useful. 

HF Do you have any health/nutrition tips to share?
AL One thing is to keep it simple. Read and learn, but trust your own judgement and use what works for you. In order to find that out, train with different products (as in gels and beverages). I train with PowerBar products personally. It is also important to mind both foundational nutrition (i.e. daily intake, meals, etc.) and fueling/performance nutrition (calories consumed in training and racing). While both vital, they are not interchangeable. Some athletes tend to focus more on how to fuel properly for a race, while they may be cutting corners in their foundational nutrition, for example cutting too many calories, or not taking in proper carb/protein ratios.

HF What is the #1 secret that you feel every runner should know?
AL Become a student of the sport as well as really get to know yourself and your tendencies. The more you understand about yourself as an athlete and the purpose of training, the better. That is the key to progressing and becoming YOUR best-being where you are at and improving from there- nothing more, nothing less. Don’t try to become another runner -be yourself.

Great advice, not just for running, but for life. Get more helpful training tips from Adrienne at her blog and follow her on Twitter @alangelier. Thanks, Adrienne!

And of course, if you have any foot issues or problems, contact The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine. Dr. Josef J. GeldwertDr. Katherine Lai, and Dr. Ryan Minara have helped thousands of people get back on their feet.

Walk a Mini-Tightrope to Bunion Repair

Posted by on Thursday, April 19th, 2012

Bunions! And the bunionettes. Our old friends! Remember them? Well, just to refresh, a bunion is when the big toe is forced inward, creating a bony bump just below the big toe joint; a bunionette is when the little toe is forced inward, creating a bony bump, just below the little toe joint. Complications of bunions (and let’s just talk about bunions for clarity’s sake) include corns, calluses, blisters, hammertoes, and just plain ugliness.

Introducing…the Bunionettes!

Posted by on Wednesday, April 18th, 2012

We’ve talked before about the bunion, the bump that develops on the side of your forefoot, right below your big toe. Let’s give a big hand to the bunion’s lesser known, yet equally painful cousin, the bunionette!

(Note: I don’t actually know if they are cousins, but they definitely seem related. One is big, one is little, and they’re both found on the foot. Sounds like there’s some kind of connection!)

So, where would I find a bunionette? Glad you asked! The bunionette is directly opposite the bunion, on the outer edge of your forefoot, right below your little toe. (Hmm, maybe evil twins would have been more appropriate than just cousins?) The bunionette is kind of the little dog to the bunion’s big dog.