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Wednesday, September 30th, 2015
Even though Paula Findlay was on the program cover, the poster, and the website homepage promoting the ITU World Triathlon in Edmonton, Alberta, she did not compete in this year’s event. The champion gold medalist had to withdraw at the last minute due to a mysterious foot injury she suffered a few weeks ago. Though mum’s the word on the particulars and some local media reported persistent ankle pain, we wonder if she may have damaged her Lisfranc ligament, which is a common type of triathlete injury.
Blisters are no joke, warn NYC podiatrists who point to several recent headlines as evidence. “Many patients see calluses, corns, and blisters as these benign, minor foot wounds,” explains Dr. Josef J. Geldwert from The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine. “Yet, it’s important to remember that any break in the skin opens a portal to infection in the body. Contact with the wrong type of microbe could be deadly.” He adds that “bathroom surgery” with tweezers or needles especially increases the risk of infection and should be avoided at all costs.
Flexible flatfoot is a common deformity in kids, believed to affect over a third of children by age six. One study published in the journal of Pediatrics found that most interventions were unnecessary, as the deformity naturally corrected itself in about half of all patients by age 11.1http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16882817 Arch formation often does not truly begin until age five, so it makes sense that it takes a while for foot structure to fully develop. Whether due to obesity, rigorous sports activity, choice of footwear, or genetics, some children develop unusually severe foot pain or walking abnormalities affecting other parts of the skeletal system. For these patients, flat foot implants may be necessary. Thankfully, revolutions in medical devices and implant procedures have made this a relatively quick and easy surgery.2http://www.mcall.com/business/mc-medical-company-flat-feet-fix-20150824-story.html
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Wednesday, September 23rd, 2015
Kevin Durant is no stranger to our blog. We wrote about the Jones fracture in his right foot on October 22nd 2014. This February, we talked about his left toe sprain — and, a month later, we told you about his second Jones fracture surgery. Most recently, Oklahoma City’s star guard admitted that he had another “unknown broken bone” in his foot that required surgery in March!1http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2547417-kevin-durant-reveals-unknown-bone-break-in-foot-but-says-hes-healthy-now As NYC podiatrists, we have to wonder: will Kevin Durant’s foot ever heal? Durant says he is “healthy now” — thanks, in part, to a controversial foot implant not yet approved by the FDA.
Should we wear shoes for pronation, shoes for heel pain, shoes with more padding? Should we buy minimalist shoes that mimic barefoot running? Is it bad if we run in cross-trainers or cross-train in running shoes? With the flood of different products on the market, it can be confusing for consumers to make the right decision. A new look at the existing research conducted by Benno Nigg, an emeritus professor of kinesiology at Canada’s University of Calgary, examines whether or not shoe choice can correct running form and lower the risk of injury.1http://bjsm.bmj.com/content/early/2015/07/28/bjsports-2015-095054.short?rss=1
Balance is one of those things we tend to take for granted. Thanks to this psychosomatic ability, we can stand still on two feet, walk a straight line, throw a baseball, hit a tennis ball and focus our eyes on a bird flying in the sky. Even if you consider yourself a clumsy person, your body’s proprioceptors are hard at work.1http://courses.washington.edu/conj/bess/spindle/proprioceptors.html
The word proprioception means “sense of self.” The proprioceptor system involves nerve receptors in the muscles, ligaments, tendons, and joints of our feet and ankles, which send sensory impulses to the brain that control lower limb muscle movements. Furthermore, information trickles in from the vision and vestibular organ systems to keep us upright and steady.
As with anything, balance begins declining with age after 40 — as vision, foot sensitivity, and hair cells within the vestibular system start to diminish. Conditions like diabetes, dizziness, tumors, inflammation, and nerve injury can also disrupt our balance. Falls become more common as strength and agility decrease as well. As a result, 1 in 3 adults over 65 suffer a fall each year, which often necessitates a trip to the hospital with injuries like lacerations, hip fractures, and head traumas.2 http://www.cdc.gov/homeandrecreationalsafety/falls/adultfalls.html
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Wednesday, September 16th, 2015
Montz, Louisiana resident Jesse Lynn LeBoeuf had spent the last eight summers swimming competitively for two hours or more a day. She practiced with the Crescent City Swim Club of Metairie and the Sun Villa Sharks of Norco. However, a freak accident over the summer threatened to cut her season short. “I absolutely love to swim,” the 14-year-old told her local paper.1http://www.heraldguide.com/details.php?id=15946 “Swimming is my one sport and a big part of who I am.” The teen’s story is something our NYC podiatry practice would like to share because it has the potential to empower others who are recovering from a devastating foot or ankle injury.
In 2009, a horse named “Dream Alliance” was suffering from chronic Achilles tendinopathy, a crippling condition that causes severe pain in the heel tendons.1http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/11508902/Dream-Alliance-how-a-horse-born-on-a-slag-heap-went-on-to-win-the-Welsh-Grand-National.html The horse was treated using stem cells transplanted directly to the injury site, which enabled him to recover and win the Welsh Grand National. Since horses have been treated with this revolutionary therapy, injury rates have been cut in half. The UK Stem Cell Foundation is currently conducting a human study involving 10 patients to see if stem cells will be a viable treatment in human Achilles tendon injuries over the next three to five years.2http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/science/science-news/10912547/Stem-cell-treatment-used-on-horses-could-help-human-athletes.html
Flat feet are a common phenonenon in children, particularly in boys who are overweight and do not exercise much. All babies are born with flat feet, but most develop arch structure by age six. It is estimated that a third of individuals do not develop an arch at all, however.
Sometimes lacking a foot arch doesn’t cause any trouble and those with this problem will go on to lead perfectly comfortable, healthy lives. However, more often than not, foot pain becomes problematic later in life after years of wearing shoes not designed for perfectly flat feet. Having flat feet can alter foot position, gait, and balance as well.
The good news is that recent research suggests the answer for preventing flat foot development may be as simple as enrolling your child in Judo lessons!
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Wednesday, September 9th, 2015
Twenty-seven-year-old Rumer Willis first captured the world’s eye as the oldest daughter of famous cinematic parents Demi Moore and Bruce Willis. She’s appeared in movies like Now and Then (1995), Strip Tease (1996), The Whole Nine Yards (2000) and Hostage (2005), but more recently she’s entertained audiences with a big win on “Dancing With The Stars” alongside dancer Valentin Chmerovskiy. With her much-anticipated Broadway debut as Roxie Hart in “Chicago” on the horizon, the last thing the young star needed was a stress fracture in her right foot!
“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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