Celebrities Have Foot Pain, Too! Victoria Beckham Prepares For Bunion Operation

Posted by on Thursday, October 31st, 2013

The Belfast Telegraph reports that former Spice Girl Victoria Beckham is considering bunion surgery to take care of her foot woes once and for all. The fashion designer is well-known for her love of high heels, but the joints of her big toes are so misaligned that she may have no other choice if she wants to find any shoes that fit comfortably now.

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Spice Girl Victoria Beckham loves her heels, but it’s come at a price! She will soon undergo bunion surgery.
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Study Identifies Flat Feet as Common Culprit in Lower Back Pain in Women

Posted by on Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

Can flat feet be the culprit behind lower back pain? Yes, says Dr. Nadia Levy from The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine in New York. “Your biomechanics from your head to your toes are connected and every body part can affect the others,” Dr. Levy explains. “It has been illustrated in various studies over time that feet can affect the lower back and vice versa.  Flat feet and the less-than-ideal mechanics that go along with them are no exception.” A recent study published in the journal Rheumatology confirms this opinion.

When Physical Therapy Doesn’t Work: Can A New Spine Procedure End Leg & Foot Pain?

Posted by on Tuesday, October 29th, 2013

Cortisone shots and physical therapy sessions have been a staple of podiatric medicine for many years, providing relatively non-invasive treatments for leg and foot pain sufferers. Yet, these treatments don’t necessarily work for all patients, so it’s important to find practices that are willing to invest in new technology.

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Do Comfy Dress Shoes Exist? Look Stylish Without Foot Pain

Posted by on Monday, October 28th, 2013

The average American woman buys 17 pairs of shoes, but only wears three on a regular basis, according to a CBN News poll. Many women they spoke to in Washington D.C. and New York City kept a spare pair of heels at work, so they could commute in flats and look more “professional” at work. But are there comfy dress shoes that can be worn at all times to alleviate this problem? Here at our NYC podiatrist office, we see a lot of women who are on their feet all day — and it’s clear that poor shoe choices have really taken their toll. The question everyone wonders is: Do comfy dress shoes exist?

Warm Ups and Solid Shoes: How To Return To Exercise When You Have Foot Pain

Posted by on Friday, October 25th, 2013

Podiatrists often see patients who are eager to begin or resume an exercise program, but feel stymied by foot pain. It’s always best to consult a doctor when you plan to ramp up your physical activity. A sudden boost in activity level increases your risk of stress fractures, tendon injuries, and heel pain, so it’s best to develop a program that gradually increases the intensity and duration of whatever exercise you choose to do.

Study Looks At Cost Saving Opportunities For ACL Injuries

Posted by on Thursday, October 24th, 2013

Each year, more than 200,000 ACL injuries take down active young athletes. The Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) is one of the four major ligaments in the knee that works to prevent the shin bone from sliding out in front of the thigh bone.

ACL injuries often “pop” when there is a hard hit on the side of the knee (think football tackle!), when the knee is overextended, or when there is a quick stop-and-change-direction movement. Swelling and pain are the first signs that the ligament has been overstretched or torn. The knee feels unstable and seems to “give way” when walking.

A new study published this month in the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery offers new information for those considering or needing surgery.

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Are Foot Fractures An Early Indicator of Osteoporosis?

Posted by on Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013

Osteoporosis affects over 28 million Americans and accounts for 1.5 million bone fractures a year, according to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. This notorious bone-thinning disease often sneaks up on people like a ninja. There are usually no symptoms until a bone is broken. So whenever we see patients over the age of 50 suffering from stress fractures, we take special care to see if osteoporosis might be a factor.

Foot Surgery Recovery: Foods To Help You Heal Faster

Posted by on Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013

Many people will require surgery for one reason or another over the course of a lifetime. The CDC reports that 45 million inpatient surgeries were performed in 2007 alone. Here at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine, we perform many different types of foot surgeries, from deformity corrections to bunionectomies. Unfortunately, the feet are one of those areas of the body you can’t just ignore. You will be feeling pain with every step you take! So naturally, you want to heal as quickly as humanly possible. Eating healthy post-surgery foods is one of the best things you can do to speed up your healing time and help yourself feel better as you recover.

Threat to Teens? Study Says Lack Of Sleep Causes Sports Injuries

Posted by on Monday, October 21st, 2013

Each year, over 3.5 million children require emergency room treatment from sports injuries. In fact, sports injuries are the second leading cause of injury to teenagers. As new studies come out, we are beginning to see why America’s youth are at such high risk.

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Adolescent athletes who sleep eight or more hours a night are 68% less likely to be injured than athletes who sleep less, says a 2012 study presented at the American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference.

5 Tips To Help Diabetic Nerve Pain In The Foot

Posted by on Friday, October 18th, 2013

People with diabetes can develop nerve pain or loss of feeling over time. It is estimated that 60-70% of diabetics have some form of neuropathy, whether they feel it as numbness, burning, tingling or nothing at all. Generally, the longer you have diabetes, the more likely you are to suffer diabetic nerve pain. Metabolic factors, damage to blood vessels, inflammation in the nerves, inherited traits, and lifestyle factors (like smoking) all contribute to the development of neuropathy and pain. Experts from The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine give their best advice for how to control this pain.

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