Is My Ankle Sprained, Strained, or Fractured? Learn What to Watch for and How to Deal with Ankle Injuries

Posted by on Friday, October 30th, 2015

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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Is my ankle sprained, strained, or fractured? NYC podiatrists discuss the possibilities. Image source: Flickr CC user Keirsten Marie

AFL News: Lisfranc Injury Forces Early Retirement for Ricky Petterd

Posted by on 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.

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Ricky Petterd announces early retirement after lisfranc injury. Image Source: Wikimedia.org

Anesthesia during Foot and Ankle Surgery: We Discuss Local, General, Conscious Sedation, and Nerve Block Anesthesia

Posted by on Monday, October 26th, 2015

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.

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There is no need to worry about podiatric surgery with so many anesthesia options available. Image Source: Wikimedia.org

Your Podiatrist May Recommend One Of These Nonsurgical Foot Treatments First

Posted by on Friday, October 23rd, 2015

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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Nonsurgical treatment for bunions is available, and the right podiatrist will take the time to discuss your options with you. Image source: Flickr CC user Kim Carpenter

NFL News: Is Dez Bryant’s Jones Fracture Prognosis Too Optimistic?

Posted by on 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

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Dez Bryant is a durable and optimistic player, arguably the best receiver in the league right now, but will a Jones fracture set him back this season? Image Source: Wikimedia.org

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1. http://www.forbes.com/sites/joshbenjamin/2015/09/14/dez-bryants-foot-injury-comes-at-worst-possible-time/
2. http://www.al.com/sports/index.ssf/2015/09/dallas_cowboys_wr_dez_bryant_b.html

What Is Bunion Surgery Really Like? Woman Shares Bunion Surgery Experience

Posted by on Monday, October 19th, 2015

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.

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A post-bunionectomy foot is not a pretty sight, but for many patients the procedure is worth it. Image source: Flickr CC user Wayne Noffsinger

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1. https://www.yahoo.com/health/the-shockingly-harrowing-details-of-bunion-surgery-123987347462.html

New to Running? We Have Tips for New Runners

Posted by on Friday, October 16th, 2015

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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Central Park is a gorgeous place to run in New York City, especially in the cooler autumn months! While you’re in the neighborhood, stop by our Manhattan sports center. Image Source: Flickr.com (Quintanomedia)

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1. http://www.runningusa.org/2014-running-industry-report?returnTo=annual-reports
2. http://www.lohud.com/story/news/health/2015/05/18/advice-new-runners-take-slow/27532453/

For Sports Injuries of the Foot or Ankle, Call a Sports Podiatrist

Posted by on 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.

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Dr. Josef J. Geldwert is a renowned NYC sports podiatrist who treats top athletes. Image Source: HealingFeet.com

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1. http://www.charlotteobserver.com/sports/nfl/carolina-panthers/article32762919.html

A Burning Sensation: Should You See a Doctor for Burns on the Feet?

Posted by on Monday, October 12th, 2015

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?

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You’re better safe than sorry when it comes to burns on the feet, as all burns carry the risk of infection. Image Source: Wikimedia.org

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1. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3212868/Boy-four-suffers-horror-burns-stepping-disposable-barbecue-buried-beach.html

Aches in Your Feet? We’ve Got Natural Remedies for Arthritis in the Feet

Posted by on Friday, October 9th, 2015

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.

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Arthritis affects the feet of millions of Americans, and treatment depends on the severity and type of arthritis. Image source: Flickr CC user Peter Stevens

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1. https://steinhardt.nyu.edu/scmsAdmin/uploads/004/320/TFAS%20Rao%20Midfoot%20arthritis.pdf
2. http://www.everydayhealth.com/osteoarthritis-pictures/ways-to-ease-arthritis-foot-pain.aspx