This Technologically Advanced SmartBoot Monitors Foot Injury Recovery

Posted by on Friday, July 31st, 2015

Once our foot doctors send our patients on their way, we hope that they are doing all they can to recover from a sprained ankle or broken foot efficiently. We put them into a walking boot and provide detailed instructions on rest and resuming weight-bearing activities, but we really have no way of knowing how they’re doing — unless they call to report ongoing pain or come back in for a subsequent evaluation. However, a new invention created by University of Delaware undergrads could soon change all that, making it easy to monitor foot injury recovery.1http://www.udel.edu/udaily/2016/jul/smartboot-071415.html

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Crutches and a boot or other support are normal for most foot breaks and sprains, but a new SmartBoot could make monitoring foot injury recovery easier. Image Source: Flickr CC user Neeta Lind

 

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1. http://www.udel.edu/udaily/2016/jul/smartboot-071415.html

Triathlon News: Iron Cowboy Endures Hammertoe to Finish 50 Ironman Races

Posted by on Wednesday, July 29th, 2015

“Iron Cowboy” James Lawrence of Salt Lake City, Utah, earned his nickname when he landed in the Guinness Book of World Records for the most ironman races completed in 2012. The 36-year-old, famous for wearing a colorful cowboy hat while running, averaged just under 12 hours for all 30 events, which took place in 11 countries. Though he recalls his first marathon at age 28 as being an “awful” experience, his perseverance is an inspiration for many aspiring triathletes.1http://home.trainingpeaks.com/blog/article/an-interview-with-the-iron-cowboy-james-lawrence As our NYC-based podiatrists know, though, triathlon training is not without its fair share of foot perils.

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Published on July 18th, this update confirms what an ordeal James’ feet have been through, from hammertoe to excruciating blisters. Image Source: Facebook.com/Ironcowboy

What Happened to the Iron Cowboy?

The Iron Cowboy embarked upon one heck of a mission. Can the human body withstand a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike, and a full 26.2-mile marathon every single day for over a month? Apparently, the answer is “yes,” as Lawrence just finished  50 ironman races in 50 states in 50 days as of July 25th.2http://www.wkow.com/story/29561023/2015/07/16/50-ironmans-in-50-states-in-50-days-the-iron-cowboy-takes-on-wisconsin His achievement not only secured him a position in the Guinness Book of World Records, but raised money for a childhood obesity charity as well.

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1. http://home.trainingpeaks.com/blog/article/an-interview-with-the-iron-cowboy-james-lawrence
2. http://www.wkow.com/story/29561023/2015/07/16/50-ironmans-in-50-states-in-50-days-the-iron-cowboy-takes-on-wisconsin

Incidents of Charcot Foot in Diabetics Increasing, but New Treatments Show Promise

Posted by on Monday, July 27th, 2015

A couple of years ago, we reported that Charcot foot — a weakening of the foot bones that leads to deformity — was evident in up to 2.5% of the diabetic population. Amazingly, though, researchers believe this number could actually be much higher — as many as 1 in every 1,000 diabetes patients could be dealing with undiagnosed symptoms. A new article published in Diabetic Medicine explains that Charcot foot remains “neglected” because it is not a condition traditionally “emphasized in medical training.”1http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/dme.12754/full However, we are very familiar with all the various neuropathies and disorders associated with diabetic foot care here at our NYC podiatrist office. While Charcot foot rates may be increasing, there are new techniques available that offer greater hope for mobility.

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The Ilizarov apparatus is now being used to improve mobility in morbidly obese patients being treated for Charcot foot. Image source: Wikimedia CC

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1. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/dme.12754/full

Think Your Summer Footwear’s Safe? 5 Flip-Flop Injuries Waiting to Happen and How to Avoid Them

Posted by on Friday, July 24th, 2015

All summer long, New York podiatrists see an average of 10-15 patients a day with flip-flop-related injuries. At The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine, we treat everything from acute emergencies to chronic pain issues. Flip-flops lack stability and arch support, which can lead to accidents. Flimsy straps dig into soft tissue, opening up the body for a host of infections and illnesses. In flip-flops your toes and heels are more open and exposed than with traditional shoes, offering more opportunities for injury, especially among the young and the elderly. Here are five of the most common flip-flop injuries we see at our Manhattan and Westchester practices.

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Flip-flops have caused acute and chronic injuries to the feet of wearers. Image Source: Wikimedia.org

PGA News: Rory McIlroy Ankle Injury Knocks Him out of First Place

Posted by on Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015

Anyone following professional golf knows who Rory McIlroy is. Last year, the 26-year-old from Northern Ireland swept the PGA Tour awards, winning the Arnold Palmer Award, PGA Player of the Year, PGA Tour Player of the Year, the Vardon Trophy, and the Byron Nelson Award. The great Jack Nicklaus called McIlroy “an unbelievable talent,” adding: “I love his swing, I love his rhythm, I love his moxie.”1http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/golf/uspga/11017479/US-PGA-Championship-2014-Jack-Nicklaus-says-Rory-McIlroy-can-beat-his-record-of-majors.html Nine-time Major winner Gary Player said Rory McIlroy “could turn out to be the best player in the world in his time” and the NY Times says McIlroy has “the best swing in golf.”2http://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/05/magazine/rory-mcilroy-has-the-best-swing-in-golf.html?_r=1 There is even a video game named after him — EA Games’ Rory McIlroy PGA Tour (formerly known as the Tiger Woods PGA Tour). In 2015, he ranked 4th in the Masters Tournament, but his year was cut short by a severe left ankle injury.

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Rory McIlroy’s ATFL injury may have him out of competition for weeks. Image Source: Thermoskin.com

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1. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/golf/uspga/11017479/US-PGA-Championship-2014-Jack-Nicklaus-says-Rory-McIlroy-can-beat-his-record-of-majors.html
2. http://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/05/magazine/rory-mcilroy-has-the-best-swing-in-golf.html?_r=1

Bunion Surgery: A Long-Term Solution to Pain

Posted by on Monday, July 20th, 2015

Mr. Tan Wen Jie was a 21-year-old undergraduate student with painful bunions.1http://www.todayonline.com/daily-focus/health/bunion-surgery-now-offers-more-pros-cons?singlepage=true He’d had problems with the bony protrusions since he was 10, but it began to worsen significantly when he had a job that required him to be on his feet all day. He began shifting his gait to accommodate the bunions, which caused a stress fracture in his opposite foot. He found he was passing on outings with friends, unable to find footwear, and unable to do his regular exercises because of the pain. Patients like Tan Wen Jie, whose day-to-day activities are hindered, and who suffer tremendous toe joint pain are excellent candidates for bunion surgery. With advances in modern technology, patients with bunion pain no longer have to suffer.

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Bunions may be exacerbated by footwear choice, but are often hereditary in nature. Image Source: Flickr.com (Maegan Tintari)

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1. http://www.todayonline.com/daily-focus/health/bunion-surgery-now-offers-more-pros-cons?singlepage=true

Patients Share Total Ankle Replacement Stories

Posted by on Friday, July 17th, 2015

The advancements in total ankle replacement surgery have been highlighted in the media over the last few years, with more and more patients coming forward to explain how a new ankle joint has changed their lives. The experienced board-certified podiatric surgeons at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine in New York City do not take ankle surgery lightly, but they have seen countless cases where the benefits of total ankle replacement outweigh the risks. Here are a few stories shared in the media recently about patients whose lives were changed after undergoing this type of ankle surgery.

There are many different types of ankle replacements. Image source: Wikimedia Commons

College Sports News: Are Concussions and Musculoskeletal Injuries Linked?

Posted by on Wednesday, July 15th, 2015

A new study published in the journal Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise found that college athletes are almost twice as likely to suffer serious lower body injuries in the year following a concussion. Though the exact cause of the increased rate of ligament sprains, muscle strains, contusions and fractures was not identified, lead author Robert C. Lynall from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill says “balance deficits may linger beyond return to play after the concussion.” Additionally, concussions “may slightly slow the pathways in the brain related to muscular reaction time,” he told Reuters Health by email.

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The ramifications of a concussion can be worse than previously thought, says a new study. Image Source: Wikimedia.org

Summer Stink: 3 Ways Podiatrists Can Help Cure Smelly Feet

Posted by on Monday, July 13th, 2015

Foot odor is the elephant in the room: everyone notices, but no one speaks of it. While anyone’s feet will begin to stink when going sock-less in stuffy canvas, some feet may smell more than others. What gives? There are two components that directly contribute to the amount of stench a foot produces — sweat and bacteria.

The foot contains 250,000 sweat glands, so it’s not surprising that there is so much perspiration taking place. However, some people have a condition called hyperhidrosis that causes the feet to sweat more than normal. Other health conditions like low testosterone, low blood sugar, menopause, tuberculosis, malaria and cancer can all cause profuse sweating. There are a few things you can do at home to reduce sweat . Change sweaty socks halfway through the day, put cedar insoles in your shoes, choose more breathable shoes (like leather or sandals), buy moisture-wicking socks, and use absorbent foot powders.

The pungent stench itself comes from the bacteria feasting on sweat, defecating and reproducing. Gross, right? All feet have a microbial profile, but you want to make sure you are practicing good foot hygiene and addressing any bacterial or fungal infections promptly. Keeping the feet free from dead, dry skin cells and foot wounds like blisters will discourage bacterial colonization. You can also use antibacterial wipes, soak your feet in vinegar and water, and sanitize your shoes regularly. Beyond the home remedies, board-certified podiatrists at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine in NYC can help you address the root causes of your foot odor problem using three advanced approaches.

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Image Source: Sketchport.com

 

5 Changes That Happen To The Feet With Age

Posted by on Friday, July 10th, 2015

Unfortunately, Ponce de Leon and other historic explorers never did find that elusive “Fountain of Youth,” so we are all prone to the worst degenerative disease of all — aging! Sure, you can get a little Botox for your face or pop a pill to manage other symptoms, but what can one do for aging feet? Furthermore, what effects of aging are normal, and what necessitate treatment by one of our NYC podiatrists? The Center For Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine explains all.

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Find out five ways the foot changes with age. Image Source: Pixabay.com