It is often difficult to asses an injury and know precisely when an athlete is safe to go about business as usual. Such is the case for star Mets player Matt Harvey. “At the time I didn’t really think anything of it,” Mets’ Pitcher Matt Harvey said of his recent ankle sprain. “I thought it would get better,” he added, stating that the “natural workload” made it “more sore.” He suspects there is some fluid in the ankle that is preventing healing, but says he is still “good to go for Saturday” at Yankee Stadium. He’s made a few modifications to his pitching style and taped up his ankle good, according to the NY Daily News. “It’s uncomfortable, but nothing that’s going to affect my pitching,” he said.
Harvey tweaked his ankle when he ran into a wall, shagging flies in spring training. A twist, roll or turn upon landing is an easy way to tear soft tissue.We see these sort of injuries in baseball players all the time at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine in NYC. We offer advanced treatments to get players back into the game as soon as possible, but we also caution players of the risks they take when they rush back to competition before healing is complete.
Did you know April was Foot Health Awareness month? The American Podiatric Medical Association takes this opportunity each year to run special public education campaigns about a podiatrist’s expertise in diagnosing and treating lower extremity injuries. Many people visit their general practitioner, local emergency room or urgent care clinic after sustaining an injury, but nothing beats the knowledge, resources, and advanced level of care you get when you visit a specialist.
Few celebrities are as well-known for strapping on a swanky pair of high heels as former Spice Girl Victoria Beckham. Back in 2008, she reportedly told GMTV, “I just can’t concentrate in flats. I could go to the gym if I wore flats, I’d love to go to the gym, but I just can’t get my head around the footwear.” Yet, after having foot surgery to correct bunions, it seems Victoria has let loose a little. Recently, she snapped a photo of herself in comfy yellow slippers aboard her private jet and captioned it, “Travelling in style.” She also admits to wearing flip-flops around the house with her family and has been photographed talking a walk in flats. Indeed, there is a time and a place for every type of footwear, and that’s really the message we try to drive home with patients who come to The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine with problems related to foot pain.
Canadian Milos Raonic is a giant in the world of tennis. Not only is the 24-year-old a towering six-foot-five, but he’s also renowned for using an exciting-to-watch full court playing style that has his opponents scrambling and banking points using strong, consistent ground strokes. He’s won six career titles, including his recent upset of Rafael Nadal at Indian Wells this spring. Most importantly, the tennis pro has hair so perfect that apparently it warrants its own Twitter page (which has 781 followers, by the way). So, it was bad news for fans this past week when Milos Raonic retired early from his match against Czech Tomas Berdych in Monte Carlo with a foot injury.
Bunions are the most common issue treated by podiatrists. Even though about 23% of people between the ages of 18 and 65 have trouble with this bony protrusion, many people are still embarrassed by it and delay seeking treatment until they are experiencing pain. No matter what stage your bunion is at, there are many ways a podiatrist from The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine in New York City can help make your problem more bearable. As an added perk, most of these cures aren’t scary at all!
Concussions have been getting all the media spotlight in recent years. However, as NYC podiatrists, we’d like to point out a startling statistic: over 65% of collegiate women’s soccer injuries involve the foot or the ankle! Why isn’t anyone reporting on that? Data collected by the National Collegiate Athletic Association revealed that from 2004 to 2009, more than 55,000 athletes sustained injuries, contributing to an overall injury rate of 7.3 per 1,000 athletes. With cleats that catch, uneven playing surfaces, and plenty of dynamic twisting, turning, jumping, and kicking, it’s no surprise that foot and ankle injuries topped the list.
A fascinating medical treatment with myriad uses, Platelet-Rich Plasma injections use your own blood, spun in a centrifuge to create a denser concentration of healing stem cell platelets, and inject it at the site of injury. The many applications are still being investigated–among them restoring hair, giving an aging face a lift, and reducing pain–but one thing is clear: PRP works for soft tissue recovery. Here at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine in NYC, we have been using PRP therapy for the past several years with excellent results.
The Achilles tendon is a terrible body part to injure, because it is engaged in the push-off phase of gait, which is itself crucial to common athletic activities like running and jumping. The Achilles heel consists of flexible connective tissues comprised of collagen that connect the heel with the calf muscle and twist together like a spring to help propel you forward. This tendon typically handles seven times your body weight—you can imagine the strain! When you combine that force with the natural weakening of the fibers that occurs with age, it’s easy to see how Achilles tendon injuries occur. Studies indicate that re-rupture rates range from 4.5 percent to as high as 27 percent in Achilles heel injuries. Here are five rehabilitative therapies our NYC podiatrists recommend to prevent this kind of future injury.
You may be thinking, “How to tie my shoes? But I learned this as a child!” And while that is technically correct, you probably didn’t learn that there are different ways to tie them to cater to specific foot needs. The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine in New York City is a place you can go for useful information to help prevent ankle and foot injuries and improve sports performance. An often-overlooked aspect of foot and ankle health is knowing how to properly lace your shoes. How many times have you pulled a new pair of shoes out of the box, slipped them on your feet, and hit the pavement? Our board-certified podiatrists give you their best secrets for avoiding everything from top-of-the-foot pain and heel blisters, to sore arches and sprained ankles.
New York City high school students are gearing up for the spring sports season, and for those who made the cut, the warmer weather has athletes imagining their first official competitions against rivals at other schools. Trainers and coaches do their best to ensure the health and livelihood of their teams, but nothing beats the level of individualized care you receive from a sports medicine doctor.
Here at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine, with offices in Manhattan and Westchester, we don’t just see students after a serious injury has occurred–we also see students at the start of the season to conduct a full physical, assess biomechanics, and identify ways of preventing injury. For those who do come in with injuries during the spring sports season, we tend to see a lot of the same–Achilles tendon ruptures, stress fractures, and ankle sprains.
“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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