Bunion surgery can be a major pain, but then so is dealing with bunions—those maddening bony bumps that make wearing shoes or going for a walk agony. Undergoing bunion surgery is difficult for many, due to the 6-8 weeks one must set aside for recovery, and the hefty costs if surgery isn’t covered (which it isn’t by some insurance providers).
If you come to us with bunion pain, difficulty finding shoes that fit around your deformity, or hammer toes, we will do our best to make a case to your insurance provider that correction is, in fact, a “medical necessity”. However, if you can’t take time off work for surgery, or coverage isn’t an option, here are four affordable and less-invasive options to provide you relief and help you avoid surgery.
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Wednesday, January 28th, 2015
Obtaining an accurate diagnosis is our first priority when you arrive at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine in New York City. Gathering your medical history, interviewing you about your symptoms, and performing a physical exam is important, but we also get the diagnostic images to fully determine the extent of your injuries. Some soft tissue injuries and stress fractures may not be visible in conventional X-Rays, which is why we may order MRIs, CT scans, ultrasounds, or arthrography for a closer look. Shaun Livingston, a former Brooklyn Nets player, is the perfect example, illustrating just how important diagnosing can be.
Many people associate toenail fungus with warmer weather and sandals, but winter is a busy time for fungal colonies, too. Fungus prefers to grow in warm, damp environments—which can be created when wet socks are trapped inside winter boots. Unfortunately, curing toenail fungus is not a simple matter of taking a prescription drug for a couple weeks. Once you have this insidious fungus, it can be very difficult to get rid of, so podiatrists often say, “Prevention is the best cure!” Here at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine in NYC, we offer the latest high-tech treatment for toenail fungus.
Christmas was almost a month ago, but stepping on a child’s toy remains a year-round tradition and rite of passage for all parents. Whether you’re rushing to comfort your little one from a nightmare in the dark, or you were dancing to avoid one obstacle and tumbled onto another, the sensation of stepping on a small toy is a pain like no other…and the resulting foot injuries are no laughing matter.
Most of the time, your blood is boiling, you’ve cursed aloud, and your foot bruised up a plum shade of purple but is no worse for wear. On other occasions, foot injuries resulting from stepping on toys can be quite serious. New York podiatrists at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine have treated parents with puncture wounds, nerve damage, infections, broken bones, and torn ligaments from accidentally stepping on an object.
Best-selling author Augusten Burroughs once said, “When you have your health, you have everything. When you do not haveyourhealth, nothing else matters at all.” When you are living with plantar fasciitis or other chronic aches in the foot and ankle, the pain can be maddening—literally! Research published in the Foot & Ankle International journal suggests that people suffering from chronic foot pain and ankle pain were much more likely to be clinically neurotic, depressed, or anxious.
Anyone can develop bunions — bony protrusions at the big toe’s base. Yet, certain people may be at greater risk than others. Bunions can’t always be prevented, but their growth can often be stymied with early intervention. Furthermore, understanding who is at greater risk for bunions is an important step in proactively managing foot care to prevent functional limitations. New research published in Arthritis Care and Research highlights the groups most likely to suffer from bunions.
“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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