A trip to the foot spa is a great way to rejuvenate the feet at the onset of summer, when you’ll be spending more time in sandals. But what can you do when the basic sloughing off of dead skin and buffing of the nails doesn’t cut it? Thousands of Americans suffer from some sort of foot issue, whether painful or just plain unsightly. The likelihood of developing a foot health problem generally increases with age. With offices in Manhattan and Westchester NY, The Center for Podiatric Care & Sports Medicine offers treatments that can make older feet feel young again.
Spanish ballerina Tamara Rojo has been praised as “one of the most extraordinary dancers” in our time. In addition to giving audiences memorable performances in classics like The Nutcracker, she’s also extremely tough. She performed through a ruptured appendix and a bunion the size of a tennis ball! It’s not uncommon for our NYC foot surgeons to see bunion deformities this big, especially in dancers. There are more than 40 different procedures to remove bunions, but our bunion surgeons will determine the best course of action, given your unique situation.
An ankle injury can be a big hit for individuals who are used to leading active lives. The conventional wisdom from general practitioners used to be to “just take it easy” — stay off the ankle, lie in bed, rest, and recover. We now know that this approach is somewhat misguided. Studies show active recovery immediately following injury reduces muscle lactate levels faster, improves psychological recovery and relaxation, and removes lactic acid from the muscle faster to facilitate quicker rehabilitation. It’s no surprise, then, that our nation’s soldiers recouping from ankle injuries are sent through active recovery programs, much like we feature here at The Center for Podiatric Care & Sports Medicinein New York City.
Joel Embiid is a Cameroonian basketball player who averaged 11.2 points, 8.1 rebounds, and 2.6 blocks per game his freshman year. He finished a brief college career at the University of Kansas with the honorable distinction of “All-Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year” before being called up to the NBA draft for 2014. The 20-year-old center has already been compared to National Basketball Association greats like Hakeem Olajuwon and Tim Duncan.
However, the NBA draft has been pitched into chaos now that top pick Joel Embiid has suffered a right foot injury. The New York podiatrists at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine see a lot of very tall athletes come in with similar foot injuries and it’s our job to get players back into shape as quickly as possible with an active recovery, without compromising their future careers.
Did you ever walk into a shoe store and feel paralyzed with indecision? You hear it all the time: high heels are bad for your feet and your body. Yet, you have a fancy social function to attend and don’t want to wear shoes that will dress down your entire outfit. Perhaps you feel just a little bit taller, sexier, and more confident in those high heels — and that alone is worth the discomfort. A recent survey by the American Podiatric Medical Association found that 71% of heel wearers suffer from foot pain. The good news is that “it is possible for women to find a happy mid-point between great looks and great pain,” says Dr. Matthew G. Garoufalis, past president of the APMA.
The President of the United States was given a clean bill of health at his annual physical, but there was one nagging problem listed. He apparently suffers from plantar fasciitis (heel pain) in his right foot! Plantar fasciitis results from small tears or inflammation along the thick fibrous tissue of the foot’s arch, causing a “stabbing” sensation in the heel. Active, middle-aged adults tend to suffer from this condition the most, but it is a common condition among young athletes, as well. Plantar fasciitis pain is one of the many conditions we treat here at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine in New York City.
The last thing any parent wants is for their child to get hurt — especially during the summer months when there are so many fun activities planned for the family. Worse yet, are instances where a child’s injury could have easily been prevented with a few basic safety precautions. Regrettably, our sports medicine doctors see an uptick in certain types of injuries this time of year as more kids play outside and participate in summer sports programs. The National Safe Kids Campaign estimates that 40% of all injury-related ER visits and 42% of all injury deaths happen during the few short months between May and August. The good news? We have a few safety tips to enjoy a happy and healthy summer.
A National Collegiate Athletic Associate golfer didn’t want to let a broken foot get in the way of a good tournament. Michele Schambs landed in the news headlines when she won her first golf tournament April 13-14 at the Walsh Invitational in Canton, Ohio,… broken foot and all! Sports medicine doctors at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine in New York City come across these scenarios all the time. Talented players want to return to the sports they love, without missing a beat. One of our chief goals is to help athletes do just that.
Water-skiing is a challenging sport that is much harder on the body than it looks. Pros like Chris Parrish make it look easy, but hundreds of people head to hospital emergency rooms with injury each year. Occasionally, you will encounter a very sad story, like the death of Australian Sarah Teelow from a spinal cord injury last year; but, for the most part, ankle injuries dominate the sport. New York podiatrists from The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine examine some of the most common injuries and how to prevent them.
When it comes to active children, no matter how much effort is put into making sure they are protected, there is always that fear that an injury will occur somehow. A bone fracture is every parent’s worst nightmare. Kids are especially at risk for growth plate injuries at the site of developing cartilage. About 15 to 30% of all childhood fractures involve the growth plate. When disturbed, these crucial growth plates can dictate the length, shape, and direction of the mature bone growth.
The good news is that serious side effects, like growth deformity, are rare, occurring in one to ten percent of all growth plate injuries. Also, children’s bones heal faster than adult’s bones, so the fracture will not need to remain in a cast as long. With prompt and correct treatment from a New York sports medicine doctor, your youngster should not suffer any long-term effects from a childhood fracture.
“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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