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Tuesday, September 30th, 2014
A new Safe Kids reportout this summer has some alarming statistics for parents of children involved in sports. Here is one fact: 1.35 MILLION children were admitted to emergency rooms with sports injuries in 2012. That’s nearly the population of the Bronx, and that doesn’t even include the number of overuse injuries or more minor issues that aren’t serious enough for an emergency room visit. Skinned knees, stitches, concussions, sprains, black eyes, pitcher’s elbows — all these injuries go largely unreported in national databases, but you can be sure they will take their toll on your family.
The Center for Podiatric Care & Sports Medicine in NYC understands how difficult it can be to see a kid through years playing his or her favorite sport. We are fully equipped to help you treat and prevent injuries along the way. In today’s post, we share a few other statistics from the Safe Kids report with you to give you an idea about what sort of injuries parents are seeing.
“Regenerative medicine” is a branch of research that involves molecular biology, tissue engineering, and the process of replacing human cells, tissues, or organs to establish normal function. It has been decades since the first bone marrow and organ transplants, but advances in this science have unlocked new opportunities for more applications than the treatment of chronic diseases. The sports doctors at The Center for Podiatric Care & Sports Medicine in New York City use regenerative medicine to heal our patients’ sports injuries as well.
Exercising your feet should be a part of your everyday life whether you are old, young, athletic, recovering from injury, in pain or feeling your best. Three out of four Americans will suffer some foot ailment in their lifetimes, warns a special health report compiled by Harvard Medical School. Gout, bursitis, aching arches, and plantar fasciitis are just a few common complaints. The best thing you can do is pay a little attention to your “overworked dogs” and incorporate the following stretches and exercises into your day — perhaps while a commercial is on during your evening television program, while you are taking your morning shower, as you wait in line at the bank, or on your break at work. Find some habitual way of limbering up your feet to enjoy a more mobile and pain-free future.
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Thursday, September 25th, 2014
Over the past five years, the number of CrossFit gyms have grown from 250 affiliates to more than 10,000. To say the blend of strength, calisthenic, and cardio training workouts are “popular” would be an understatement. With that being said, it’s not for everyone in the way that a relaxing session of yoga appeals to the masses. These super intense workouts have been somewhat controversial. As ESPN defines it, one camp says that CrossFit is the best and most challenging fitness program on the market, and its critics say it’s a “program that recklessly pushes practitioners into danger zones.”
We tread lightly on the subject of CrossFit. We feel it’s gotten a bum rap. We have seen clients come in showing inarguable results. They are impressively chiseled and, well, fit! It’s hard to argue with that. Our sports medicine doctors also think it’s awesome that people are so passionate about their workouts! The structured program is helping a lot of people lead healthier lives. The CrossFit crowd has found a sense of community and commitment, which is hard to achieve otherwise.
One valid argument is that exercisers should be careful not to overtrain. We have seen examples of overuse injuries, particularly among newcomers as the sport goes more mainstream.
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Wednesday, September 24th, 2014
We heard about Texas Ranger Left Fielder Shin-Soo Choo’s ankle sprain back in April — what he hoped was just the result of “hitting the bag too hard.” He made his return a month later, but admitted that he “made a bad decision” and was “more aggressive” in his efforts to “push through” than he should have been. Most recently, he underwent arthroscopic surgery to repair and remove “torn ankle cartilage” on September 17th. He hopes to put the issue to rest once and for all before the next season begins. It is estimated he’ll be down for six to eight weeks before resuming any training. NY sports medicine doctors from The Center for Podiatric Care & Sports Medicine speculate on the type of surgery Shin-Soo Choo may have undergone and what this means for his career.
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Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014
Who could fault Tyler Dee’s parents for putting him through basketball camps and clinics? He picked up his first basketball at age three, and the rest was history. He seemed to have a natural aptitude for the sport. Unfortunately, skill cannot protect young people from suffering injuries — sometimes quite serious ones. The San Jose Mercury Newstells the story of this brave 8-year-old who suffered a ruptured ACL — which sports medicine professionals consider to be a very “adult” type of overuse injury. The young boy’s x-ray showed that his ACL was all but shredded, which required ACL surgery and over nine months of physical therapy to repair.
– Those 38 muscles make up about 25% of the muscles in your body.
– Your feet absorb 1,000 pounds of force each day!
– By the time you’re 50, you’ll have walked over 70,000 miles.
Given those statistics from the Huffington Post, it’s no wonder your feet hurt so much! Here are five common — yet bad — habits that may be contributing to your foot woes. If you find you’re guilty of one of these actions, never fear. Experts from The Center for Podiatric Care & Sports Medicine in New York City can help you make better shoe choices and protect your feet. Just book a one-on-one consultation for individualized suggestions!
When deciding if you truly want a bunionectomy or not, there’s much to consider. You will need to spend some time off your feet as you recover. You may lose some flexibility in your toe joint. Surgery may improve your foot’s appearance, but people who elect for surgery just to get a “designer foot” often end up disappointed. Worse yet, some insurance companies don’t view bunions as a “medical necessity,” and therefore do not cover the procedure.
Anyone who has had a bunion for a long time knows that they can be very painful, irritating, and downright depressing! There are many factors that go into a bunion surgery’s price, however, so do let us know if cost is an issue for you and we will see what we can do to bring the cost down as much as we can. There are also some circumstances where part or all of your procedure will, in fact, be covered.
More health insurance companies will cover a bunion procedure than you may think. It all depends on the circumstances present.
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Thursday, September 18th, 2014
Elective foot surgery is an invasive intervention that does not involve a medical emergency. The most common elective foot surgery we do here at The Center for Podiatric Care & Sports Medicine is bunion removal, but other types include toe lengthening, toe shortening, arch reconstruction, nerve removal, and surgical fusion. Some cosmetic surgeons will give you “Cinderella” foot surgeries designed to make your feet prettier. We don’t do that here. Instead, we do elective surgeries only when they are necessary to prevent worsening of an injury or future biomechanical compromise — and only after conservative measures have failed to correct the issue. Even so, there are many considerations that go into deciding whether such a surgery is for you.
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Wednesday, September 17th, 2014
The reporting of sports injuries is interesting to watch. There are often many falsehoods given to the media, and the truth may not surface until the following season or even later. There is often a rush to get some information out immediately — even before the player has been assessed by a professional. Then there are almost always “too good to be true” predictions about when the player may return. Last year, the San Francisco 49ers’ Colin Kaepernick joked that he had a “hangnail on his little toe.” As it turns out, the starting quarterback suffered from a much more serious foot injury — a chipped bone and ruptured capsule in the ball of his foot!
“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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