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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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 Preventionsays 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.
Much like former child actors, former college athletesoften 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.
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.
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.
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.
“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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