Staying Safe For the New Year: New York Podiatrists Discuss 5 Types of Holiday Foot Pain

Posted by on Tuesday, December 30th, 2014

The holidays are a “warm and fuzzy” time for most New Yorkers, but it’s also a busy time for podiatric surgeons. Fractured feet and ankles from falls off ladders or other decorating and celebrating stumbles are definitely the most common holiday hazard, but we also frequently treat neuromas (a type of nerve damage affecting the balls of the feet) and metatarsalgia (ball of foot pain related to worn fat pads) from all the long hours of seasonal shopping and baking. Plantar fasciitis heel pain and Achilles tendinitis also tend to “act up” this time of year, and let’s not forget about our old friend — associated with rich feasts — gout! Here at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine, we hope you have a happy and healthy holiday, but if not, we’ve got a few tips to see you through.

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You’re on your feet a lot this time of year- make sure you take care of them! Image from Flickr CC user Martin Djablik.

Ankle Replacement: More Popular Than Fusion

Posted by on Tuesday, December 23rd, 2014

This time of year, we see a lot of people coming into the office for elective surgery. The winter holidays are a good time to kick back, rest, and recuperate—so you can be in peak condition for the year ahead. It’s cold and blustery outside, so why not stock up on hot cocoa and your favorite movies, put your feet up, and consider how much your life can be improved by ankle joint replacement? There are roughly 50,000 new cases of end-stage ankle arthritis diagnosed each year. For many of these patients, total ankle replacement offers the promise of greater mobility for a decade or more.

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What’s the best option for ankle intervention: replacement surgery or fusion? Photo Credit: Flickr CC user Brian Auer

Pedal to the Metal: NASCAR’s Kyle Busch Undergoes Foot Surgery to Treat Inflammation

Posted by on Wednesday, December 17th, 2014

For those of you who don’t follow stock car racing, 29-year-old Kyle Busch drives the No. 18 Toyota Camry in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.  His crowning achievements are a slew of big wins in 2008-2009, including first place in the Snowball Derby, Southern 500, Winchester 400, Budweiser Duel, and Nationwide Championship. He’s won at major racetracks across the country, from Talladega to Daytona. More recently, he finished fourth place in last year’s Sprint Cup Series. This month, we learn that he’s undergone surgery to treat the inflammation in his left foot. While surgery is certainly an option, it’s one we don’t often prescribe at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine in New York City.

10 Things You Need To Know About Plantar Fasciitis

Posted by on Tuesday, December 16th, 2014

Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common conditions we treat at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine in NYC. The typical plantar fasciitis patient is between the ages of 40 and 60, with a fairly active lifestyle. Long distance runners, ballet dancers, aerobics instructors, factory workers, teachers, and mail carriers are especially prone to developing this type of foot pain. Many people with heel pain are also overweight or have some type of structural anomaly — flat feet, high arches, tight calf muscles, or a tight Achilles tendon. Here are 10 facts about plantar fasciitis foot pain that can help you diagnose, understand, and hopefully combat this common condition.

Treat the Feet: Top Foot Care Gifts For this Holiday Season

Posted by on Monday, December 15th, 2014

There is just enough time to snag those last-minute gifts in time for the holidays. The personal, thoughtful presents are the best. Many people don’t like investing in “pampering” products because it seems so “lavish” and self-indulgent, which makes foot care gifts a great idea! New York podiatrists from The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine in New York City have had their ears to the ground for the last few months to find the most highly sought-after holiday gifts to treat the feet.

Make Your Feet Healthy and Fashionable: Comfy Heels For Designer Shoe Lovers

Posted by on Friday, December 12th, 2014

The American Podiatric Medical Association has a list of approved footwear for people in search of comfortable, “orthopedic” shoes. Yet, these shoes are not necessarily what you’d want to wear to a cocktail party. Enter: Kenneth Cole. The Brooklyn-based clothing designer has long been known for upscale, sophisticated fashion. We’re pleased to learn he also offers a line of comfortable heels called the “Gentle Souls” line. According to one blogger who has tried all the feel-good shoe lines — Aerosoles, Naturalizer, Easy Spirit — “these shoes are by far the most comfortable.” Best of all, these heels are classy! Celebrities like Anna Paquin, Eva Amurri, and Marcia Gay Harden have been spotted in them.

Not a Fairy Tale: NY Podiatrists Urge Caution with “Cinderella Surgery”

Posted by on Thursday, December 11th, 2014

A British newspaper recently told the story of “shoe-addict” Denise Maione-Schwind who altered the size and shape of her feet to wear designer heels more comfortably. While bunion removal is nothing new, we have seen a skyrocketing number of women electing to have their toes shortened and their feet completely reshaped — a procedure referred to as “Cinderella Surgery.” New York City podiatrists at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine are happy to help patients find relief from bunion pain, but caution against foot operations for purely cosmetic reasons.

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Cinderella foot surgery may have long-term consequences, warn NY podiatrists. Image Source: (Anniepancake)

Jets’ Wilkerson Won’t Need Surgery for Turf Toe: What to Expect Moving Foward

Posted by on Wednesday, December 10th, 2014

The Jets may have breathed a sigh of relief when they learned Muhammad Wilkerson, starting defensive end, would not need surgery for turf toe. Yet, as NYC podiatrists, this news doesn’t sit well with us because we know what a troublesome injury it can be. We’ll let you know what fans can expect for the NFL player in the best and worst case scenarios, as well as how this type of injury is typically treated by podiatrists and sports medicine doctors.

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As much as he hates it, signing autographs on the sidelines may be all Muhammad Wilkerson will be doing for a little while. Image Source:

Getting to the Bottom of Pain: Study Asks if Foot Pronation Causes Running Injuries

Posted by on Tuesday, December 9th, 2014

New York podiatrists at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine are always reading up on the latest research to provide patients with the best possible care. A new study published in The British Journal of Sports Medicine aims to debunk the myth that pronation directly causes running injuries. “Pronation” refers to the foot’s tendency to flatten and roll inward as it lands. Everyone’s foot pronates to a certain degree to absorb shock and offload the stress of the body’s weight. Yet, there have been widespread concerns that pronating too much (or even too little) causes pain and injury. There is still much we don’t know about the inner workings of the gait cycle, but what we now know is that injuries result from a combination of factors, and it takes more than the purchase of a fancy “motion-control” shoe to prevent harm.

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Pronation and supination may not be as big a problem as was once thought, say Danish researchers. Image Source:

Staying Safe During The Cold Months: Winter Foot Care for Diabetics

Posted by on Monday, December 8th, 2014

One would think summer is the most harrowing time for the diabetic foot. People are more active and apt to be walking barefoot in the warm, dewy grass, or sandy beaches where broken glass or shells could be lurking. However, we find that the winter months spell the most trouble for patients with diabetes. New York City podiatrists at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine discuss why the chilly temperatures bring added pain and what you can do for better winter foot care.

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Diabetics have a host of foot issues in the winter months. Learn how to address them. Image Source: