Loss of Sensation in Feet Linked to Stroke Risk

Posted by on Friday, August 29th, 2014

About 25 million people have diabetes in the United States, according to the American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society. Nervous system impairment, also called “neuropathy,” causes a loss of feeling in the hands and feet — a condition that affects about 60 to 70% of diabetics. Our NY podiatrists have long counseled patients with diabetes that foot health should be a top priority to avoid the development of nasty ulcers that can lead to amputation in some cases. However, new research from the University of St. George’s London speculates that neuropathy could indicate worse complications yet.
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Diabetic foot care is important in preventing ulcers, amputations, strokes, and heart attacks. Image Source: DCACFulton.org

Hands-Free Crutches Make Leg Injury Recovery Easier: Just Ask Harrison Ford

Posted by on Thursday, August 28th, 2014

Since we rely on the feet for mobility, leg, foot and ankle surgeries are often daunting for patients. Images of being stranded in bed — unable to get to the bathroom, get up to make a sandwich, drive or attend any special engagements we’ve planned — immediately come to mind.

Our NYC podiatrists explain foot surgery recovery in great detail to our patients because we want them to have a realistic idea of what the coming weeks will entail. Crutches, for instance, are much harder to use than one would think because they require a great deal of upper body strength. In some cases, we recommend a pre-surgery exercise routine that involves upper body strength training. Of course, there is also new technology available that can make life a lot easier post-surgery. Just ask Harrison Ford!

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A hands-free crutch can help you make a remarkable recovery from lower limb surgery. Image Source: iWalkCrutch2.Blogspot.com

Sports Injury Prevention Could Save Leagues Millions of Dollars

Posted by on Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

Sports fans love data. Gobbling up data helps people win sports pools at work and predict top contenders with some degree of accuracy. Performance stats aid us in determining who the most valuable players may be — but, as we’ve seen in recent years, teams can be devastated when the big guys go down.

Derek Jeter’s ankle, Kobe Bryant’s knee, and Peyton Manning’s neck didn’t just cost their teams a few hard losses, but also big money. According to Fast CompanyMajor League Baseball teams spent $665 million on the salaries of “banged-up guys” last year. NBA teams lost $358 million last season — including $44 million spent by the injury-riddled LA Lakers alone! In the NFL, where salaries start at $2 million, top players missed 1,600 games in the 2013-2014 season.

Here at The Center For Podiatric Care & Sports Medicine, we emphasize sports injury prevention and employ the latest techniques to relieve pain and expedite healing. While acute fractures and freakish concussions will be inevitable on occasion, we hope to see a major shift toward minimizing injury within the sports leagues — not just to save a buck, but to ensure the longevity of the players’ careers as well.

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The OptimEye is one system used to track player analytics in hopes of predicting injury.

Dr. Geldwert & Dr. Minara Share NYC Triathlon Stories

Posted by on Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

Nearly 4,000 pro, elite, amateur, and physically challenged athletes recently participated in the 2014 Panasonic New York City Triathlon. This Olympic Distance race consists of a 1,500 meter swim, a 40 K bike, and a 10 k run. As you can imagine, there were plenty of sore bodies by the end of the race!

Dr. Josef Geldwert of The Center for Podiatric Care & Sports Medicine in Manhattan served as the Co-Medical Director. His associate, Dr. Ryan Minara, was named Podiatry Captain. The podiatric professionals share their stories from the NYC Triathlon, along with tips for maintaining healthy feet throughout the running season.

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Nearly 4,000 people participated in this year’s NYC Triathlon. Dr. Geldwert was privileged to be an official medical director on staff that day.

Don’t Be The Barefoot Bride: Wedding Shoe Tips

Posted by on Monday, August 25th, 2014

We’ve all been to a wedding where sticky stocking feet leave their footprints around the dance floor. After a few cocktails, inhibitions are lowered and women decide that it’s better to go barefoot than risk a broken ankle or blister. It may be par for the course for wedding guests — or even bridesmaids — to toss their shoes by the wayside, but it’s terribly uncouth for the bride herself to engage in such behavior. The NY podiatrists at The Center for Podiatric Care & Sports Medicine can fix all your foot woes after the Big Day — and also provide a few tips for preventing common post-wedding pains.

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Being a barefoot bride may suit a low-key country wedding held on the grass, but it doesn’t work for every wedding, warn NY podiatrists. Image Source: Flickr.com (Michael Cover)

Preparing for Fall Foliage Excursions: NYC Podiatrists Present 5 Tips for Happy Hiking Feet

Posted by on Friday, August 22nd, 2014

Fall foliage hikes and camping trips are popular pastimes in New York State. This annual spectacle is not to be missed! With Columbus Day and Labor Day weekends off work, there’s no excuse to miss out on Mother Nature’s stunning array of crimson, burnt sienna, and canary leaves. Well… almost! Foot pain can really ruin an otherwise idyllic weekend if you’re not careful. The NYC podiatrists at The Center for Podiatric Care & Sports Medicine offer tips to ensure that your feet remain in top condition during this autumn’s hike.

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Whether you just take a stroll through Central Park or drive an hour outside of the City for more robust fall hiking, you’ll want to make sure your feet are prepared.
Image source: Flickr user Anthony Quintano

NFL Foot Injury: KC Chiefs’ Eric Berry Struggles with Heel Tendinitis

Posted by on Thursday, August 21st, 2014

Sportscasters call Kansas City Chiefs’ Safety Eric Berry “The Fifth Dimension,” because his on-field antics are nearly impossible to replicate in video games. One ESPN analyst compared him to “a combination of Deion Sanders, Charles Woodson, Reed, Rod Woodson and Nnamdi Asomugha.” So when we heard he was out with heel tendinitis… again… we understood just what a huge blow this could be for the team.

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Eric Berry is out for the second time this year with tendinitis in his right heel.
Image Source: Jeffery Beall via Wikimedia.org

This Autumn, Look Out For Bunion Pain, Say NY Podiatrists

Posted by on Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

That bony protrusion next to your big toe may not have bothered you thus so far, but the autumn months typically bring an onslaught of patients in with bunion pain. The Center for Podiatric Care & Sports Medicine surgeons perform a lot of bunionectomy procedures in the summer months.

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It’s the end of summer. Are your bunions aching? Image Source: ClubFemina.com

“This time of year, people tend to have more time and desire to have elective surgical reconstructive procedures such as bunion and hammertoe correction,” explains Dr. Ryan Minara. With the kids out of school and that last bit of vacation time left, summer is generally a good time to catch up on rest and relaxation during a bunion surgery recovery. “It’s been a busy summer, but we’re expecting the trend to continue into the fall months,” says Dr. Minara. Here’s why…

Foot Doctor Thoughts: 3 Surprising Things That May Not Help Your Plantar Fasciitis Pain & Why

Posted by on Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

The Huffington Post’s Felice Shapiro has seemingly tried it all in an effort to cure the plantar fasciitis heel pain on her left side. Her story sounds similar to what a lot of patients tell us at The Center for Podiatric Care & Sports Medicine. There are many conflicting theories on what does or doesn’t work for heel pain. Just about everyone knows someone else who has had this type of foot pain that afflicts roughly 2 million Americans each year. Even so, it’s difficult to find two foot doctors who feel exactly the same way about this mysterious ailment. Eventually, most people come see us — but only after trying every home remedy in the books. These are our thoughts on the stubbornness of plantar fasciitis and our theories why some common treatments may not be working.

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What causes heel pain? It’s not merely “inflammation,” as doctors once presumed. The factors may be more complex than you realize. Image Source: Plantar-Fasciitis-ElroFeet.com

Hype or Helpful?: Skechers Releases New “Relaxed Fit” Shoes

Posted by on Monday, August 18th, 2014

You may know the brand Skechers for the $40-million-dollar lawsuit related to their much overhyped “toning shoes” that came out a few years ago. The problem was that the shoes were wearing out quicker than normal trainers and, when that happened, lower extremity pain presented itself. Plantar fasciitis, achilles tendonitis, hip pain, and back pain are a few of the issues that arise when people accept Skechers as a solution to all foot pain issues.

“While the soft medial EVA is initially good for shock absorption, it compresses quickly. This creates an excessively pronated shoe, even when barefoot pronation is otherwise minimal,” according to Jenny L. Sanders, writing for Podiatry TodayOther doctors said the shoes weren’t for everyone, and were too unstable for runners and people with arthritis, in particular. They also taught people to walk differently, which was “not necessarily a good thing when you’re talking specifically about kids,” said another podiatrist. Even though the legal dust has settled, many patients are still wondering if Skechers shoes are good or bad for them.

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Many question whether or not Skechers are appropriate for addressing mobility issues.