4 Products To Help You Avoid Bunion Surgery

Posted by on Friday, January 30th, 2015

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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Can bunions be corrected without surgery? Image Source: Wikimedia.org

NBA News: Former Brooklyn Nets Starter Shaun Livingston Recalls Playing Through A Broken Toe

Posted by on 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.

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Shaun Livingston found out the perils of playing on a broken toe — the hard way. (Image Source: Claire Powers from Fairfax, VA, USA – Wizards Game. Licensed under CC BY 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons)

New York Toenail Fungus: Prevention Is The Best Cure

Posted by on Monday, January 26th, 2015

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.

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Laser toenail fungus removal is the best shot we have at getting rid of this unsightly condition. Image Source: YouthForMedicare.ca

Children’s Toys Provide Fun For Tots and Foot Injuries for Parents

Posted by on Thursday, January 22nd, 2015

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.

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NY podiatrists explore the Godforsaken world of stepping on children’s toys. Image Source: Twitter.com

Is Your Chronic Foot Pain Making You Neurotic?

Posted by on Thursday, January 15th, 2015

Best-selling author Augusten Burroughs once said, “When you have your health, you have everything. When you do not have your health, 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.

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Is your chronic foot pain making you depressed, anxious, or neurotic? You are not alone, study says. Image credit: Unsplash.com, How-Soon Ngu

Study: Women, African-Americans At Greater Risk For Bunion Development

Posted by on Thursday, January 8th, 2015

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.

Bunions affect older people and women more than other groups. Image from wikimedia.org