Whatever you do, don’t drink your Barefoot Chardonnay while barefoot! In an ironic twist of fate, an Oregon woman found this out the hard way when she dropped a 1.5-liter bottle onto her foot and ankle, causing serious injury. This mishap is now part of a lawsuit filed in Multnomah County Circuit Court and underscores just how costly a foot injury can be. Getting the proper treatment from a professional podiatrist can cut down on the expense significantly, though. You should not have chronic pain following a foot injury like this.
Arthritis joint replacement used to be a desperate move for people enduring severe pain. Sometimes the replacement joints didn’t move naturally or exhibit full range-of-motion. Other times, the replacement worked great for five years, but then individuals required a new replacement as the artificial parts became worn out. Nowadays, arthritis joint replacements work with the body’s natural processes to encourage regeneration. The next generation implants truly represent a whole new class of functionality and durability. Ankle replacements are one of the many procedures we can do here at The Center for Podiatric Care & Sports Medicine in NYC.
“This was once the dressing room of champions. Now the Pittsburgh Penguins’ room is just another locker room full of guys simply not good enough to get it done,” writes Scott Burnside for ESPN.com. The Penguins’ loss to the NY Rangers in game 7 was a huge bummer for fans. Being from New York City, we’re not crying much at The Center for Podiatric Care & Sports Medicine… but we do sympathize. A lot of emotions get wrapped up into a sport season you’ve followed all year. Perhaps the Penguins would have had better luck if they hadn’t lost one of their biggest stars, Kris Letang, who allegedly broke his foot in game six, although his agent denies the foot injury rumors. Foot injuries are a unfortunately common setback in the world of ice hockey. We examine which setbacks plague players the most, and the appropriate treatment.
Summer is right around the corner. Your friends at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine in New York City want you to have the most active and productive season yet. In order to keep up with all the backyard barbecues, beach blasts, and busy vacations, it’s a good idea to give your feet a little extra TLC. Here are a few recommended summer foot care products you may want to try.
These days, foot pain is just as “American” as baseball and warm apple pie. Eight in 10 Americans say they have experienced a foot problem this year. Of those with foot pain, 50% say it has negatively affected or impaired their quality of life, restricting activities like walking, exercising, working, and playing with grandchildren. Eighty-three percent of people with chronic foot pain find these activities hindered. Of the 1,000 people surveyed by the American Podiatric Medical Association, 39% said they would exercise more and 41% said they would participate in more activities if it weren’t for their foot pain.
Changes to the body can be alarming. Nail ridges are one of the changes patients frequently ask their podiatrists about. What causes them? Are they a sign of an underlying medical condition? Will they go away? “Usually toenail ridges are associated with the natural process of aging and are not a cause for concern,” says Dr. Nadia Levy of The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine in New York. “However, you should definitely stop in and see me if your nail color or texture changes, if the nails begin growing unusually fast or slow, and if the ridges appear unevenly spaced or sized.” In today’s post, we’ll delve into more detail about the dreaded toenail ridges.
Every day, 23,000 Americans sprain their ankles. Seventy-two percent of these people will suffer from arthritis in the ankle within 10 years. Many more people will suffer a disability and chronic pain. Though the cost of treating sprained ankles exceeds $1.1 billion a year, we feel many of these people are not being treated properly. Re-injury is a common problem for people who have hurt their ankles in the past. Following these three steps (under the guidance of a sports medicine doctor, of course!) will decrease your risk of suffering long-term consequences associated with ankle sprain injury.
We’ve all heard that weight gain can trigger all sorts of issues, including ankle and foot injuries. One survey of 6,000 people conducted by the American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society found that 41% of people with foot pain had gained weight prior to the onset of discomfort. Even a modest weight gain of as little as 10 pounds was linked with injury.
However, weight gain is also a concern after injury, when patients are told to “take it easy” and are, essentially, immobilized for weeks or even months. Here at The Center for Podiatric Care & Sports Medicine in NYC, we encourage patients to remain active during their recovery so they may avoid ending up in the same situation as Hot In Cleveland actress Valerie Bertinelli, who admits she felt shame over her post-surgery weight gain.
“I hate my weird feet,” writes blogger Melissa Stetten. “I was born with a bunion,” she explains, which “hurts a lot.” She goes on to say that living with bunions has severely limited her shoe choices. Even though she loves heels, she can’t wear them for more than an hour without experiencing terrible pain. During extended periods, she has had her feet “actually go numb by the end of the day.”
Dr. Josef Geldwert treats many patients like Melissa at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine in NYC. One of the top questions we’re asked is: What kind of shoes should I wear? Obviously, shoes that are too narrow can rub against a bunion, causing a lot of pain and irritation. While every person is different, there are a few different brands and styles that cater to bunion sufferers. These shoes often include roomy toe-boxes, wider fit, and softer-than-normal cushioning. (P.S. – You’ll be happy to know there are actually some very stylish options!)
Insurance companies have been slow to reimburse patients for low and high powered laser pain management therapy, due to the sluggish pace of large bodies of published research; but doctors across the country are reporting fantastic results in their own clinical practices. Here at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine in NYC, we treat chronic conditions like toenail fungus, arthritis, Achilles tendinopathy, and plantar fasciitis with different types of lasers. Let’s explore the differences between the two types of lasers and examine the buzz surrounding these therapies.
“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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