Keep Your Children Injury-Free: NYC Sports Podiatrists Warn About Child Sport Specialization

Posted by on Wednesday, December 30th, 2015

What does it take for a child to become the next Wayne Gretsky, David Beckham, or Peyton Manning? Parents may feel pressured by coaches or by their own desires to push a youngster to greatness by focusing on the same sport seven days a week, all year round. It’s especially difficult to tell a child to “slow down” or “branch out” when the child clearly enjoys the sport and wants to play in all of his or her spare time. However, physicians, athletic trainers, and sports podiatrists agree that sports specialization hurts kids, and can increase the risk of injury, including injuries of the feet and ankles.

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How old should your child be prior to sports specialization to lower the risk of injury? Image Source: Flickr CC user USAG- Humphreys

High Cholesterol? It Could Be Affecting Your Tendons: New Research Suggests Tendon Pain and Cholesterol Are Linked

Posted by on Monday, December 28th, 2015

Cholesterol gets a bad rap, but without it, we’d be doomed! This soft waxy substance is found within every living cell of the body, where it produces vitamin D, hormones, cell membranes, and bile acids to help you digest fat.1http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2014/04/14/vitamin-d-cholesterol-levels.aspx Too much cholesterol is most notoriously associated with cardiovascular disease, but researchers from the University of Canberra and Monash University in Australia have also linked it to an increased risk of tendon pain and injury.

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Cholesterol–shown, as crystals–can not only clog arteries, it also seems to make tendons more susceptible to injury. Image source: Flickr CC user Ed Uthman

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1. http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2014/04/14/vitamin-d-cholesterol-levels.aspx

The Dangers of High Heels: We Discuss Early Warning Signs That High Heels Are Wrecking Your Feet

Posted by on Thursday, December 24th, 2015

Women’s Health Magazine reports that even a one-inch heel puts 22% more pressure on the ball of the foot than flat shoes.1http://www.womenshealthmag.com/life/women-foot-care Two inches can add up to 57% and three inches can add a whopping 76% in pressure placed on the feet! The throbbing and aching after a spell of wearing heels is usually nothing some over-the-counter pain reliever or a foot massage can’t help, but long-term damage could be happening behind the scenes that could require more expensive treatments and longer healing times later on.

What are the dangers of high heels? We give you some signs to look for to make sure heels aren’t damaging your feet. Image source: Flickr CC user Emilio Labrador

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1. http://www.womenshealthmag.com/life/women-foot-care

Wondering When to Use NSAIDS for Foot or Ankle Injuries? We Tell You When to Use NSAIDS and When to Stay Away

Posted by on Wednesday, December 23rd, 2015

The body does what it can to repair soft tissue and bone damage, but this comes at a cost. Inflammation is one of the first reactions to injury. We tend to think of inflammation as a negative thing because it looks unsightly and causes significant pain in most cases. However, there are a few benefits of acute inflammation, notably1http://www.sharinginhealth.ca/biology/inflammation.html:

  • Activation of the immune system
  • Destruction of pathogens and dilution of toxins
  • Delivery of oxygen, nutrients, proteins, and repair cells
  • Assistance with drug delivery

For these reasons, you don’t necessarily want to rely heavily on anti-inflammatory medication to take care of an injury — particularly a chronic one. In this article, we’ll take a look at what science has to say about the widespread use of NSAID medication like ibuprofen, aspirin, and naproxen to recover from injuries to tendons, muscles, ligaments, joints, and bones.

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This is what inflammation looks like! Image Source: Wikimedia.org

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1. http://www.sharinginhealth.ca/biology/inflammation.html

Is Your Nagging Heel Pain Tendinitis or Bursitis? Here’s How to Find Out

Posted by on Monday, December 21st, 2015

When you think of heel pain, “plantar fasciitis” may be the first medical term that comes to mind. While we do treat many cases of inflammation in the plantar fascia ligament, we treat even more cases of inflammation in the Achilles tendon. Not all Achilles tendon injuries are related to inflammation — some are caused by tissue degeneration (tendinosis), which is a whole other story. We generally treat two types of Achilles heel inflammation in our NYC podiatry centers: tendinitis and bursitis.

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The location of your heel pain is the first clue as to whether you have tendinitis or bursitis. Image Source: Wikimedia.org

How Much Running Is Too Much for Your Feet and Body? Running without Overdoing It

Posted by on Friday, December 18th, 2015

“I’m almost finished with a Couch-to-5K program,” writes 63-year-old Diane to the running experts.1http://www.runnersworld.com/for-beginners-only/when-is-it-okay-to-run-every-day “The plan emphasizes running three times a week. When is it okay to run every day?” Some people have busy schedules where running consecutive days seems to make more sense. Others find that they love how they feel post-run and want to experience that glorious, motivational “runners’ high” every day. Our podiatrists, sports medicine doctors, and rehabilitation specialists often field this sort of question, so we’d like to offer our two cents here for all you avid New York runners who want to lead a healthy lifestyle free from foot and ankle injuries.

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How much running is too much? We discuss how pacing yourself during training can stave off foot and ankle injuries. Image source: Flickr CC user Elvert Barnes

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1. http://www.runnersworld.com/for-beginners-only/when-is-it-okay-to-run-every-day

NFL News: How Daniel Fells’ MRSA Foot Infection Led to Nightmarish 7 Foot Surgeries

Posted by on Wednesday, December 16th, 2015

NY Giants’ Daniel Fells recently suffered a nightmarish infection that resulting in his needing to have foot surgery seven times! At least two more future foot surgeries are scheduled. The player has been on the injured reserve since October 5th, which has been “a roller coaster” emotionally, his agent Ron Slavin told ESPN.1http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/13925618/daniel-fells-new-york-giants-seventh-surgery-two-more-scheduled He spent three weeks in the hospital and was unable to see his two children (ages 2 and 4), although his wife has slept by his bedside in a recliner every night. Fells came down with a MRSA foot infection, which is believed to be under control now, but will require future procedures to finish cleaning out the infected area and ensure that it does not return.

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The locker room can be a scary place when proper MRSA prevention protocols are not in place. Image Source: Flickr CC user flattop341

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1. http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/13925618/daniel-fells-new-york-giants-seventh-surgery-two-more-scheduled

Do You Have Nagging Pain and Swelling After a Tendon Injury? We Discuss Innovative Treatments for Achilles Tendinopathy

Posted by on Monday, December 14th, 2015

“I felt like my bat came around and hit the back of my Achilles,” Philadelphia Phillies star slugger Ryan Howard recalled after tearing his Achilles tendon.1https://www.muirortho.com/achilles-tendon-tear/ “I tried to run and felt a pop and it felt like the whole thing was on fire…like I was literally on a flat tire. I tried to get to get up, but I couldn’t go,” he added.

The feeling of an acute Achilles tendon tear is simply awful. Yet, for many patients we see, their woes don’t end there. Chronic tendinopathy can persist for many, many months after initial tendon damage. Doctors who treat tendons used to call the residual pain “Achilles tendinitis,” believing that the pain was related to chronic inflammation and swelling. Now we know this is not true.

The term we use is “Achilles tendinopathy,” which refers to a tendon that has weakened or degenerated due to abnormal healing patterns. Today we take a look at a few different modern methods of treatment that have shown great results in our NYC podiatry practice, compared to some of the older therapies for tendon damage.

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Platelet Rich Plasma therapy (PRP therapy) is one way podiatrists can help those with Achilles tendinopathy get back to their normal activities. Image source: Flickr CC user Lisle Boomer

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1. https://www.muirortho.com/achilles-tendon-tear/

How Long Does an Ankle Replacement Last? Studies on Total Ankle Replacement Surgery Give an Accurate Picture

Posted by on Friday, December 11th, 2015

Total ankle replacements correct severe arthritis when the cartilage is worn down, by replacing the missing tissue with a metal on polyethylene bearing surface attached to the bone. The surgery is typically done to allow greater range of motion issues and relieve pain. Compared to the ankle fusion procedure, ankle replacements are believed to restore function and prevent other joints around the ankle from developing arthritis in the future. The best candidates for surgery are healthy people with arthritis and minimal or no deformity of the ankle. One of the disadvantages of any joint replacement surgery is that the parts can loosen, break, or simply wear out over time. It’s a reasonable question to wonder, “How long do ankle replacements last?” Unfortunately, there is no easy answer.

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Is total ankle replacement surgery for you? Learn what science says about the longevity of these joint implants. Image Source: Wikimedia CC

Are You Wondering “Do I Need Ankle Surgery?” These Noninvasive Treatment Methods Could Help You Avoid Foot or Ankle Surgery

Posted by on Wednesday, December 9th, 2015

One of the reasons people put off coming to see sports medicine doctors is that they worry: “Do I need surgery?” However, the push has been toward more minimally invasive, nonsurgical treatments that you needn’t be afraid of. Learn how we can help your sprained ankle, injured tendon, or plantar fasciitis without resorting to surgery.

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Are you wondering, “Do I need ankle surgery?” Learn how NYC podiatrists can treat ankles without using invasive methods. Image Source: Flickr CC user taedc