Two in 10,000 people will come down with a serious bone infection called osteomyelitis. It is estimated that a quarter of diabetics will develop a foot ulcer at some point in their lives. The spread of an ulcer’s infection almost always causes the bone to become infected, which complicates up to 20% of all diabetic foot ulcers, according to the British Medical Journal. Symptoms of this condition include: fever, nausea, fatigue, tenderness, swelling, and loss of motion. If left untreated, surgery or amputation may be the only recourse for treatment.
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Thursday, February 27th, 2014
Dr. Oz runs a very popular TV show that some people refer to as a guide for treating their aches and pains. However, a doctor’s generalized advice should always be taken with a grain of salt. Individualized care from a professional who knows you is the only reliable resource. People often write to us on our website for advice, but there is no substitute for a visit to The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine where a full team can assess your condition. On a December 31st episode, Dr. Oz cautioned people away from getting bunion surgery, but the show only featured one side of the story. For some people, we are of the opinion that bunion surgery is still the best option.
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Wednesday, February 26th, 2014
“Two Julys ago, I broke my ankle, broke both ankles at the same time, actually,” 22-year-old Olympic freestyle skier Bobby Brown told the Washington Post. He goes on to say, “One needed surgery. Got surgery. Rehabbed. Came back in February. Broke ankle again.” Ouch!
The nonchalant way in which he describes his ankle injuries implies that, for Winter Olympians, pain is all part of the game — that, to these rare birds, destroying their bodies is a worthwhile risk for the glory of winning a medal. In fact, The Post also reports that one in 10 athletes suffered an injury during the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics.
Foot pain has dogged many an athlete, whether professional or amateur. Plantar fasciitis heel painis just one of the many issues treated by podiatrists, but a whopping 2 million Americans are treated for this condition each year. On top of that, people suffer from nerve pain, flattened arches, arthritis, stress fractures, and tendonitis.
The Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center reports that 75% of Americans will suffer some sort of foot pain over the course of a lifetime. While most conditions are treatable without surgery, patients are often unsure about how to resume regular activities without reinjuring themselves. Here are five tips for getting back on your feet following a foot injury.
Richmond Register columnist Terri Johnson confessed that it was more difficult than she imagined to give up her high heels. “They lifted me up for jobs and romances as well as good times with friends and family,” she explained. However, her love affair was cut short when the podiatrist told her that she not only had the dreaded plantar fasciitis (heel pain), but also a hammer toe and arthritis.
In our New York podiatrist office, we see many women like Terri. Heels are sexy, powerful, and downright fashionable! Yet, many patients find themselves faced with having to give up the footwear they love when plantar fasciitis rears its ugly head. To avoid this fate, follow these five tips to prevent heel pain.
“Nobody really knows what causes it, but every species with some kind of hair or soft covering seems to do a version of this,” said A&M Texas University psychology department head Doug Woods, speaking about picking at skin. “Dogs lick themselves in a particular area and open a bald spot. Cats and chimpanzees take the fur off themselves and others. Mice do barbering. Birds pull out their feathers.”
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Thursday, February 20th, 2014
A U.S. foot surgeon performed the first-ever foot and ankle surgery using Google Glass technology at a three-day medical conference in Jaipur, India. Previously, the new technology was used when Ohio State University broadcast an ACL surgery in August 2013, and the next month an Indian surgeon used Google Glass to stream upper gastrointestinal laparoscopy to medical students seated a few blocks away. Though the product is not officially on the market yet, early tests show benefits for foot surgeons (like Dr. Geldwert!) who are looking to embrace the latest technology in their practices.
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Wednesday, February 19th, 2014
This year’s NBA headlines have not been about Blake Griffin’s amazing dunks or the tight defense played by LeBron James. The news outlets are buzzing about the countless injuries plaguing the league this year. There are 65 players currently injured; that’s 16 percent of the league.
“There is no statistical evidence that this season is more injury-riddled than any other,” says The Bleacher Report, but what makes this season unique is how many star athletes are on the injured list and the impact that these injuries have had on the teams in general. And it begs the question: how many of these injuries might have been prevented?
A common question asked of podiatrists, fitness instructors, coaches, and personal trainers alike is: “How can I build ankle strength?” Are we victims of our own genetics, or can a naturally weak ankle be strengthened with the right training like most other parts of the body? One readerwrote in to Harvard’s Dr. Anthony Komaroff, asking if there is any way to prevent recurrent ankle sprains. The good news is that there are, in fact, steps you can take to help your ankles support your body weight.
Most people notice their feet start aching more in their forties. By the time we reach 50 years of age, 1 in 6 people have some degree of foot arthritis due to aging and the wearing of cartilage. This is called osteoarthritis. In other cases, as with rheumatoid arthritis, the body may begin attacking itself and destroying cartilage in painful “flare-ups.” You can also develop arthritis following an injury or from overuse while playing your favorite sport.
The good news is: there are many ways to ease foot arthritis and diminish chronic foot pain, allowing you to go about your daily life. In addition to the following five recommendations, you can also meet with a NY podiatrist to discuss further options for pain relief.
“I am so grateful for having had Dr. Geldwert perform bunion surgery on both of my feet. I have complete confidence in him and continue to see him for other sports related injuries. I was cautious about having surgery for the first time, but his knowledge, patience, and skill made me completely comfortable in trusting him. And I couldn’t be any happier with the results!! When anything else feels wrong with my feet, I love that I now know to go immediately to him. He is my top choice for anyone searching for the best foot fixer/surgeon/sports doctor in NYC! Thank you, Dr. Geldwert!!!”
– J. M., Manhattan, NY
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