Over the years, the field of sports medicine has evolved beyond the treatment of acute athletic injuries to focusing on total body care — helping patients prevent injury and feel their best in order to help them achieve peak performance. The American Osteopathic Academy of Sports Medicine (AOASM) divides sports medicine study into two fields: primary care and surgical care. We offer both primary sports medicine doctors and sports medicine surgeons in New York at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine.
When we think of bunions, we tend to imagine old ladies who have spent a lifetime of wearing high heel shoes. But in reality, bunions can affect men and women of all ages — especially if a parent has suffered from bunions. “We have seen bunions in children as young as five,” says Dr. Josef Geldwert of The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicinein New York City. “Bunions among teenage girls ages 10 to 17 are far more common than people think.” Fortunately, there are many nonsurgical interventions available for juvenile bunions.
It may be unusual to hear a podiatric surgeon tell you to not to have an operation performed. After all, doesn’t he stand to profit from the surgeries he or she performs? In truth, ethical surgeons strive for the best patient satisfaction scores and most favorable outcomes by carefully screening candidates prior to surgery.
The NY Timesrecently reported on the craze for “designer feet.” They mentioned how Beverly Hills podiatrist Dr. Ali Sadrieh specializes in cosmetic procedures with names like “the Cinderella procedure” (translation: a bunionectomy) or “the Perfect 10!” (translation: toe shortening). One can even ask for a “Model T” (toe lengthening) or a “Foot Tuck” (fat pad augmentation). While he admitted it first seemed a little vain, he now has no qualms about cashing in on women’s desires to fit into smaller shoes or have more beach-worthy feet.
“The desire for women to get into fashionable shoes is a major driving force into getting foot surgery to narrow feet and shorten toes,” explains Dr. Josef Geldwert from The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine. “However, our doctors caution against doing surgery purely for aesthetic reasons because 1-3% of foot surgeries can be disasters.”
What starts as unexplained foot and ankle pain can turn into a bone infection, called osteomyelitis, within days. The porous nature of bones gives infectious microbes a fast route to travel throughout the body, which requires antibiotics or even amputation for treatment. That’s why we urge New Yorkers to call The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine at the first sign of trouble. The sooner treatment can begin, the better the chances that any issues don’t progress into something serious and irreparable.
A mother writes to Mayo Clinic experts: “My 7-year-old is begging for a backyard trampoline, but I’m worried that she could hurt herself while jumping. Am I worried for nothing?” This fear is common among all parents who have considered buying a trampoline or taking their kids to one of the popular new trampoline parks.
It turns out these fears are wholly justified. In our NY podiatry practice, we see many injuries to the foot and ankle caused by trampoline use. One study by the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System found there are 98,000 trampoline-related incidents reported each year! The rate of injury is 79 injuries per 100,000 trampoline jumpers. Perhaps that’s why The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that trampolines should never be used at home or at playgrounds.
Knee and hip replacements tend to garner much of the attention in the world of orthopedic surgery, but we’re predicting a marked increase in the number of ankle surgeries performed each year, as more boomers age while still trying to remain active. The American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons estimates there may be as many as 25,000 ankle replacements in 2014.
Similarly, the National Health Service of England estimates there will be “tens of thousands of operations” necessary in the coming years — up from just 1,000 ankle replacements done last year. They are citing the trend in middle-age joggers, tennis players, and footballers for the dramatic shift in the number of ankle surgeries.
Dealing with foot pain can really affect the quality of a person’s daily life. Mobility is often something we take for granted, and when we cannot rely on our feet to move us around efficiently, everyday activities become extremely difficult and a huge source of frustration. Pain therapy and helpful healing treatments are something that most podiatry offices offer, but methods may vary. One of the things that sets The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine apart from other New York City podiatrists is that we offer late-breaking technology like the MLS Laser. Of course, this means nothing if you’re unfamiliar with the therapy and what it’s used for; so we will take a minute to explain.
It’s been a tremendously long, cold winter for just about everyone in the country — whether you live in New York or California. You may just have a little extra time to prep your toenails this year before sandal season officially arrives. Depending on what you find upon taking off those shoes and socks, there are several things pay close attention to in order to make sure your toenails receive the care they deserve to look healthy. I like to treat myself to a pedicure to help get me off to a good start in making sure my nails are taken care of all spring and summer, but it’s also important to consider advice from medical foot wellness professionals, as well. Podiatrists from The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine have some advice for getting your feet up to par and those toenails ready for some time in the sun.
Determining whether or not to have bunion surgery done can be a difficult decision. At The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine in NYC, it is our job to help patients perform a cost/benefit analysis and determine whether they could truly benefit from undergoing a more invasive procedure. No one likes the look of a bunion deformity on their big toes, but they are very common and not always in need of surgical removal.
No one wants to start off the spring sports season with a bum ankle, but injuries are extremely common at the start of track & field, baseball, lacrosse, and tennis. After a long winter, athletes are not always as finely-tuned as they’d like to be. One study of college athletes found that ankle sprains were the most common sports injury, making up 14.9% of all injuries.
Parents often call The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine in New York City to ask three main questions about their children’s ankle injury…
“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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