Gearing Up for the Big Game: 2014 Super Bowl Teams’ Foot Injuries

Posted by on Friday, January 31st, 2014

Are you ready for your Super Bowl party? The sports fans here at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine in New York City sure are! Even though none of our local NFL teams made it to Super Bowl XLVII, we can still appreciate the sportsmanship, athleticism, and… well, good old-fashioned excuse for a food and fun-filled get-together with family and friends!

We’re also thrilled that this year’s game will be held just across the Hudson at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Did you know this will be the first Super Bowl ever played in a cold weather city? We hope there will be no serious injuries to any of the players. Unfortunately, there are a few players from each team that are already suffering from ankle and foot injuries coming into the face-off.

Good News for Arthritis Sufferers: Foot Surgeons Say Ankle Surgery Allows Better Mobility

Posted by on Thursday, January 30th, 2014

We have entered a new era of ankle surgery, says the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons (ACFAS). Thanks to technological advancements in ankle replacement, patients suffering from debilitating ankle arthritis pain can enjoy a life-changing turnaround with excellent mobility. “For years, they were told they’d always be in pain,” said Dr. Shannon Rush, a fellow member of the ACFAS. That was with the “old method” of ankle fusion. But standard ankle replacement surgery has been a total game changer, she says. “[Patients] can now walk with ease, stop going to the pain clinic, and stop taking powerful opioid medications.”

NFL Injury Report: 3 High-Ankle Sprains

Posted by on Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

A high-ankle sprain involves a tearing of the ligaments that connect the tibia and the fibula. Surrounding ligaments, like the interosseous and anterior tibiofibular ligaments, are also often injured. “These injuries represent only 10% of all ankle sprains, yet they are increasingly seen in football players of all levels,” says St. Louis Rams orthopaedic surgery consultant Dr. Matt Matava from the Washington University School of Medicine. He adds, “High ankle sprains have been theorized to occur, at least in part, as a result of the increased traction provided by artificial turf fields as well as the lighter, more flexible cleats that players now use.”

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High ankle sprains are less common than low ankle sprains, but this rotation injury can take a long recovery. Image Source:

Sprains above the ankle bone generally take twice as long to heal compared to lower ankle sprains because the ligaments involved are much bigger, thicker, and bear more support. We can expect NFL players with a high-ankle sprain to be out for six to 137 days. If surgery is not needed, players miss an average of 45 days, but re-injuries and months of sub-par play are common when individuals rush back to the game.

Though injuries among NFL players are numerous, we’ll discuss three of the recent high-profile high-ankle sprains.

Smart Running: High-Tech Shoe Promises Freedom From Torn Muscles

Posted by on Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

Many a couch potato has hit the streets, determined to run “as fast, as long, and as hard” as possible — only to find that this bravado leads to little more than pulled muscles and torn ligaments. One should always keep in mind that “slow and steady wins the race” when beginning a new exercise program. Yet, wouldn’t it be great if you could have a little help from your running shoes to know just how much damage you were doing? Researchers from Germany have developed a new high-tech running shoe that does just that!

Foot-Numbing Spray: Myth Or Miracle?

Posted by on Monday, January 27th, 2014

Over the last couple of weeks, beauty blogs have been blowing up with news of a “miraculous” new product for high heel lovers who would rather not sacrifice fashion for comfort. Heel No Pain is a foot numbing spray developed by a company called Biochemistry, run by New York plastic surgeon Dr. Randal Haworth.

He said he got the idea from seeing so many women who wanted fatty pads surgically implanted onto the balls of their feet so they could wear the shoes they loved with greater comfort. “I tried injections,” he said, “but they are painful and gave mixed results. [The spray] is basically a painkiller with heat treatment, so it is able to penetrate the skin. Unlike getting an injection, the spray doesn’t take away protective pain reflexes. The pain simply dissipates.”

So is this new product just what we’ve been waiting for… or another crafty marketing gimmick?

Corns and Calluses: Treatment & Prevention

Posted by on Friday, January 24th, 2014

The callus on the bottom center of my foot doesn’t cause me any pain. It just irritates me knowing it’s there. I feel as though I’ve failed my feet in some way — neglected and abused them past the point of no repair. Thankfully I don’t have any corns, but I know more than one high heel lover who does… and they hate the unsightly bumps. Corns are often more painful since the knobby center often presses down on a nerve.

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Corns can be annoying and unsightly.
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The fact of the matter is that we all want rosy, fleshy feet that are as smooth as a baby’s bottom — not hardened, dead, yellowed, dry-looking skin. This report will tell you all you need to know about these pesky little foot conditions and what you might do about them.

Rare Foot Surgery Saves Girl Involved in Escalator Accident

Posted by on Thursday, January 23rd, 2014

Doctors on the scene said it was “like a tank had run over her foot.” An unusual elevator accident left Juliana Valdez, a brave 10-year-old, with exposed nerves, muscles and tendons on the top of her foot. The initial observation was that the foot would require amputation, but surgeon Sanjeev Kaul had a different opinion. He wanted to try a foot surgery that would give Valdez a second chance at playing like a kid again.

“My gut told me there was a chance,” said Dr. Kaul. Three months later, the girl was recovering at home with a heavily bandaged foot that had been rebuilt using muscle and skin from another part of her body. She gets around with crutches, a walker and a wheelchair to avoid bearing weight on it, but she is expected to make a full recovery. Valdez says she’d like to get back to not only walking, but playing soccer, again.

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The foot is a complex maze of muscles, tendons, ligaments, bones and nerves.
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Swansea City Footballer Michu Out for 6 Weeks After Ankle Surgery

Posted by on Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014

Swansea City’s star striker Miguel Pérez Cuesta, commonly known as Michu, will be absent from the Premier League until mid-February following ankle surgery. The Spaniard had been missing in action since a December 15th match against Norwich. The problems he’s endured have been “long-standing,” says manager Michael Laudrup. “It’s not good news,” he said of the surgery.

Michu Will Be Missed

Currently, Swansea City is holding 13th place in the league. Michu has scored six goals in 19 games this season, so his absence will undoubtedly sting. When he joined the team last summer, he scored 22 goals in 43 games last season. However, knee and ankle injuries have plagued him throughout this season.

New Study Indicates When To Use Platelet-Rich Plasma Treatments For Injuries

Posted by on Tuesday, January 21st, 2014

Last year, Bloomberg News reported that elite athletes like pro golfer Tiger Woods, tennis star Rafael Nadal, and NBA forward Kobe Bryant had all tried Platelet-Rich Plasma therapy (PRP) to repair injured tissues faster. During the treatment, a patient’s own blood is taken, spun in a centrifuge to separate the growth-factor platelets that are instrumental in healing, and re-injected into the patient at the point of injury at a higher concentration to regenerate tissues quicker.

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There are a number of possible PRP applications being explored.
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Surprisingly, the scientific validity of this treatment has lagged behind the hype thus so far. But a paper published in the December issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons offers first evidence-based recommendations for use of PRP in orthopaedic care.

Do Custom Orthotic Devices Work To Help Foot Pain?

Posted by on Monday, January 20th, 2014

The global orthotics market is predicted to reach $4.7 billion by 2015, according to Global Industry Analysts. Orthotic devices include molded shoe inserts purchased over-the-counter from a drug store or custom-molded inserts cast in a podiatrist’s office and manufactured off-site.

Orthoses have been recommended to treat everything from knee pain and plantar fasciitis to spinal pain and nerve pain. They are said to help people with highly arched feet, as well as people with flat feet — both supinators and pronators. Yet, there have been mixed reviews about the value of custom-made shoe inserts over the years.

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People seeking relief from foot pain may suffer pronation and supination. Image Source: