Whole Body Approach: New Thoughts about Treating Plantar Fasciitis

Posted by on Monday, March 31st, 2014

One of the benefits of working with a sports medicine center, versus a regular podiatrist or physician’s office, is that we look beyond the feet and into total body biomechanics. We understand that the pain you feel in your heels could lead to pain in your back if left untreated. We also understand that weakness in your leg muscles can contribute to the pain in your feet. Rather than jump to extreme measures or medication, we are sure to examine conservative measures that can make a world of difference in a difficult-to-treat condition such as plantar fasciitis.

Interdigital Corns 101: At-Home Action Plan to Treat Unsightly, Painful Clavi

Posted by on Friday, March 28th, 2014

The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine in New York treats major injuries such as ankle fractures, severe bunions in need of surgery, club foot, broken toes, and chronic arthritis. However, no job is too small for us. From time to time, we have clients who come in with painful, unsightly interdigital corns in dire need of treatment. Some people find their corns cause such trouble that they are unable to work. Fortunately, there is much you can try at home before coming in to see us.

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Soft corns form between the toes, whereas hard corns form on top of toes or along the outside of the toes.
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Seek & Destroy: How to Identify, Treat, and Eliminate Stubborn Plantar Warts

Posted by on Thursday, March 27th, 2014

I was so embarrassed when a pedicurist told me I had a wart on my heel. For months, I thought I just had a callus there! “You can tell a wart from a callus by looking very carefully at the spot to notice tiny black dots inside the raised white area. These are the spores,” explained Dr. Piccolo.

After a few months of treatment with salicylic acid, I still wasn’t sure if it was gone or not. “Looks great!” the doctor told me. But it didn’t look great to me. I later learned that there may always be a spot of mangled skin on my foot from where the acid burned my skin to kill the wart. Maybe, eventually, dead skin will be replaced by healthy skin. This whole experience made me realize that there is a lot to learn about plantar warts!

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Plantar warts are not always easy to distinguish from a blister, corn, or callus.
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Risky Business on the Field: 5 Most Common Lacrosse Injuries

Posted by on Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

Last week, we announced that two of our New York podiatric surgeons have been appointed to the medical staff of the NY Lizards Major League Lacrosse team. Their season will be starting up on April 27th against The Rattlers. We are in the middle of preseason checkups to help the players maintain awareness of potential injuries they may be predisposed to. With some attention now, we can work with them to start putting into practice methods to prevent these most common lacrosse injuries.

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Lacrosse season is about to begin and podiatrists are busy assessing players to help them prevent common sports injuries.
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Consumer Reports Points to Common Trend: Wrong Shoe Size Causes Chronic Foot Pain

Posted by on Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

Foot pain can be due to all sorts of reasons, including footwear that does not fit properly. Ill-fitting shoes are a big problem in America. A recent study from the Institute for Preventive Foot Health found that 78% of adults have encountered foot pain at some point — usually due to shoes that are too tight, too small, too large, too high, or too floppy. Consumer Reports notes that a shoe size problem is actually quite easy to fix.

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If you’re like most Americans, you’re probably guilty of wearing at least one pair of shoes that are too small!
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Preventative Healthcare: Regular Podiatrist Visits Keep Diabetes Costs Down

Posted by on Monday, March 24th, 2014

If you have diabetes, you are one of 26 million Americans that comprise just over 8% of the population. Another 79 million people are considered “pre-diabetic” or at risk for developing the disease. Yet, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that “small changes can make a big difference in preventing health challenges.” Finding a regular podiatrist is one thing you can do to take control of your situation.

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Diabetes will cost America $476 million in the next 24 hours, according to the American Diabetes Association.
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Sports Study Findings: College Athletes Often Land Life-Long Disabling Injuries

Posted by on Friday, March 21st, 2014

Much like former child actors, former college athletes often find themselves depressed, fatigued, and unable to sleep later in life. Following their brief sports spotlight, these pinnacles of fitness later suffer from physical ailments that are disabling. The findings come from a study conducted by Indiana University researchers who looked at over 200 former Division I athletes who are now in their forties, fifties, and sixties.

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College athletes may not be healthier later in life, says study.
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A New Lease on Mobility: Total Ankle Replacement Yields Positive Results for Arthritis

Posted by on Thursday, March 20th, 2014

Arthritis strikes one in five Americans, affecting a total of 50 million people. This crippling disease varies in its intensity, but it can severely limit what an individual is capable of doing. Suddenly, lifelong passions, hobbies, sports, and everyday activities are severely limited. Yet, one needn’t accept their limitations as a “fact of life.” The Center For Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine in New York City has done thousands of total ankle replacement surgeries to give patients with severe, chronic ankle arthritis new lives.

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1 in 5 Americans suffers from arthritis.
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NY Lizards Lacrosse Team Welcomes Drs. Geldwert & Ryan Minara to the Medical Staff

Posted by on Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

We have big news to announce at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine! Two of our facility’s distinguished New York podiatrists have been named to the medical team for the New York Lizards (formerly the Long Island Lizards), one of the original organizations in the Major League Lacrosse.

This latest endeavor only goes to show how our podiatric surgeons are widely recognized as leaders in the field. Whether you’re a professional athlete or not, you are assured the highest quality of podiatric care at our sports medicine centers in Manhattan and White Plains.

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The division-winning lacrosse team, the NY Lizards, has invited our podiatrists to serve as medical staff.
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Is Yoga Dangerous for Beginners? Yoga Foot Drop and Other Injuries to Be Aware Of

Posted by on Tuesday, March 18th, 2014

More than 20 million Americans practice yoga, and it’s undoubtedly a popular activity among New Yorkers as well. Every year, we see a number of patients who attended a yoga class, hoping to decrease blood pressure, improve flexibility, or reduce chronic pain — only to find that they are worse off than when they first began. Yoga can have powerful health benefits, no doubt, but only if it is led by an excellent instructor and done correctly by the participant.

Yoga Benefits
Science tells us that yoga has powerful effects on the body.
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