It’s okay, sports fans…it happens to the best of us. We’re jogging, running, playing a game of tackle football, dodging a misplaced child’s toy, or stumbling over our pets. We’ve all been in an awkward position where our brains and our feet are not operating cohesively as a unit and we come down with a tumble. The natural impulse is to shake it off. People trip and roll their ankles all the time, right? If you can put some weight on the ankle, surely it can’t be broken. Yet, after a few days, the nagging pain has you wondering. NYC podiatrists at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine offer a few tips for assessing your ankle injury.
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Wednesday, October 28th, 2015
How young is too young for a professional athlete to retire? When Australian Football League star Ricky Petterd announced his retirement at the tender age of 27, it seemed like it had come too soon. While the average professional league player retires at 33, the typical career of an NFL player only spans 3.5 years with retirement at 28. Physically demanding sports like pro football and soccer take a significant toll on the body, so players are fortunate to be paid enough to cash over a short period of time to live comfortably for the rest of their days.
Here at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine in NYC, we’re sensitive to the desires of top-level athletes to keep playing after injury. We offer all the latest surgical techniques, physical therapy regimens, and non-invasive therapies to help players continue competing until they’re ready to call it a day. However, we don’t mince words. If we feel your future mobility is in jeopardy, we’ll let you know — and then it’s up to you to make the tough decision.
When patients are scheduled for foot or ankle surgery, a few of the chief concerns are typically: “What kind of anesthesia will be used?” and “How much will this hurt?” It’s only natural to worry about the physical and psychological impact of surgery. One of our chief concerns at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine in NYC is to reduce your pain and suffering throughout the healing process. While each patient’s case is different, this article will cover the basic types of anesthesia used in podiatric surgery to give you an idea of what to expect.
Many times patients come to The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine seeking surgery, specifically. What they’re really looking for is an end to their suffering as soon as possible. However, in most cases, surgery isn’t truly “a quick fix” because it involves a lengthy recovery time and may involve the risk of complications, which delays healing even further. The good news is that we treat serious foot problems like bunions, plantar fasciitis, hammertoes, and nerve pain with a high degree of success using nonsurgical foot treatments.
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Wednesday, October 21st, 2015
The Dallas Cowboys may have won in their match-up against the NY Giants on September 13th, but it’s come at a steep cost. All-Pro wide receiver Dez Bryant fractured the fifth metatarsal–the bone leading to the pinky toe–on his right foot, which necessitates surgical repair.
Averaging 91 receptions, 1,311 yards, and 13 touchdowns a season, the team will undoubtedly miss his presence on the field. The 26-year-old just signed a five-year deal worth more than $70 million, according to Forbes, which he “more than deserved” as “one of the best receivers in the NFL, if not the best.”1http://www.forbes.com/sites/joshbenjamin/2015/09/14/dez-bryants-foot-injury-comes-at-worst-possible-time/
Initial reports speculate that Dez Bryant will return in “4-6 weeks,” but this prognosis is a bit optimistic, say our board-certified podiatrists in NYC.2http://www.al.com/sports/index.ssf/2015/09/dallas_cowboys_wr_dez_bryant_b.html
Bunion surgery is no “walk in the park,” but patients with pain and deformity say it’s worth it “to have two feet again.” Writer and inspirational speaker Lois Fink shares her harrowing tale of real bunion surgery recovery, detailing what it’s like.1https://www.yahoo.com/health/the-shockingly-harrowing-details-of-bunion-surgery-123987347462.html Though she’s not one of ours, we feel her experience helps our prospective bunion surgery patients develop realistic expectations about the road ahead. Naturally, your one-on-one consultation with The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine’s board-certified podiatric surgeons will help you explore your full range of options and prepare you for surgery too, if necessary.
Now that the oppressive summer heat is gone, you’ve got a few good months to enjoy the crisp autumn air and squeeze in a good outdoor run without feeling like you’re burning up. And there are a lot of you out there who enjoy a good run. The number of occasional joggers has increased 70% in the past decade to nearly 42 million in 2013, according to the National Sporting Goods Association.1http://www.runningusa.org/2014-running-industry-report?returnTo=annual-reports Of those, nearly 30 million were considered “core runners” who got out more than 50 days out of the year.
Some people run along scenic trails for fitness and stress relief, while others enjoy the competition of a structured race. Some runners go in pairs, while others go it alone. No matter what your preference ends up being, here are five great tips for beginners from Dr. Josef J. Geldwert at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine.2http://www.lohud.com/story/news/health/2015/05/18/advice-new-runners-take-slow/27532453/
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Wednesday, October 14th, 2015
The Charlotte Observer recently published an article about North Carolina doctor Dr. Robert Anderson that explains the day-to-day life of an elite sports medicine doctor specializing in foot and ankle trauma.1http://www.charlotteobserver.com/sports/nfl/carolina-panthers/article32762919.html The experiences they discuss very much parallel those of our very own Dr. Josef Geldwert, one of the most well-known authorities on foot and ankle sports injuries here in New York City.
Over the summer, a four-year-old boy stepped on the glowing remains of someone’s beach barbecue that was buried in the sand at Camber Sands beach in Sussex, England.1http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3212868/Boy-four-suffers-horror-burns-stepping-disposable-barbecue-buried-beach.html Codie McDowell suffered second degree burns from the incident, so it’s a good thing his mother drove him 20 miles to the nearest hospital for evaluation. He may now need skin grafts to take care of the blisters. The youngster was supposed to start school this year, but he can’t walk or put a shoe on. Of course, not all burns on the feet are as serious. So when should you see a NYC podiatrist about foot burns?
Arthritis is a difficult chronic condition to overcome. It can be an autoimmune problem (as in the case of rheumatoid arthritis), related to overuse (as in the case of osteoarthritis), or it may be associated with a traumatic injury or a complication of foot surgery. Approximately 55,000 people a year suffer midfoot injuries like fractures or dislocations that fail to heal properly and cause the development of arthritis.1https://steinhardt.nyu.edu/scmsAdmin/uploads/004/320/TFAS%20Rao%20Midfoot%20arthritis.pdf The Arthritis Foundation estimates that nearly half of all people over 60 will suffer some form of arthritis in the feet.2http://www.everydayhealth.com/osteoarthritis-pictures/ways-to-ease-arthritis-foot-pain.aspx In this article, we’ll cover some of the things you can do at home to ease the everyday aches and pains of foot arthritis.
“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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