Achilles tendon surgery has come a long way over the years — particularly when done by a skilled, experienced surgeon like our own Dr. Josef J. Geldwert — but patients still must prepare themselves for a lengthy period of rehabilitation. Back in November, we reported on the Achilles tendon injury that sidelined the Minnesota Timberwolves’ Nikola Pekovic. His story really illustrates what sort of slow, challenging recovery patients can expect following an Achilles operation.
At first glance, the video of pop star Mariah Carey being wheeled around Caesars Palace to her show at the Colosseum seemed like nothing more than “a diva being a diva.” Why walk, when you can ride, right? However, TMZ reported that the rolling chair was devised by her staff as a solution to high heel pain. Sources say she plans “on making a more permanent bedazzled ‘throne’ so she can be fab AND pain-free.'”
Warmer weather signals rebirth and renewal, and not just for plants and flowers springing up from the ground. After an entire winter bundled up in boots or hidden in house slippers, now is the time to show some love to dry, cracked, neglected feet. This is a great time to schedule a routine podiatry appointment and book a trip to the spa to get your feet in shape for the spring and summer. Our sports-centric podiatry practice in New York Cityhelps active adults and athletes create a holistic treatment program for every type of issue pertaining to the feet and ankles. But in between your visits, pampering your feet at home with essential oils is a great complement to the work we do here.
Foot fracture care has come a long way. In the past, you were sentenced to three months in a hard plaster cast, but nowadays, a broken foot bone is more commonly treated with a walking boot, which is much more comfortable and flexible. Even so, the duration of time it takes to recover from such an injury is still about the same. Senior basketball star Amile Jefferson continues his slow rehab from a right foot fracture he sustained on December 12th that has cost him more than 15 consecutive games.
Research from the American Podiatric Medical Association suggests that up to 77% of Americans have suffered from some type of foot pain in their lives. Half of all aging adults say that foot problems or pain have limited their day-to-day activities at times. For senior citizens, this means they aren’t able to enjoy daily activities like taking daily walks for cardiovascular health, volunteering at their local charities, continuing working, or playing with grandchildren.
Here at the Center For Podiatric Care & Sports Medicine offices in Westchester and Manhattan, we work with a number of people over 60 who want to lead active, fulfilling lives well into their “Golden Years” and who understand that the key to doing that is preventing foot problems and maintaining healthy, happy feet. Each pair of feet we treat is unique, but there is some general advice that can be applied to everyone.
Foot and ankle experts are always looking for new, conservative ways to manage heel pain and ensure successful outcomes. Surgery literally knocks patients off their feet for weeks on end, and costly technologies like laser or injection therapy are not always covered by insurance. Then there are complex therapies like taking prescription medication on a schedule or coming in for regular physical therapy sessions that require a lot of patient compliance. As an alternative solution, one Baton Rouge doctor says she has designed a flip-flop that works wonders for plantar fasciitis. Some of our patients who have read this story want to know: Can heel pain treatment be that simple?
This time of year, it’s always a joy to watch Irish step dancing in the annual St. Patrick’s Day parade. However, many people have no idea the enormous load this style of dance places on the dancers’ bodies. “Irish step dance may be enjoyable and look more graceful than contact sports, but it still takes a tremendous toll on the body — particularly the soft tissues, bones, and joints of the feet and ankles,” explains Dr. Mariola Rivera, a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine here at The Center For Podiatric Care & Sports Medicine in NYC.
Diabetic foot pain is one of the many conditions we treat here at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine. Occasionally, we have patients who come in and ask for a prescription that will take the pain away. We understand the agony many people face. Some call it a “burning” or “tingling.” Others say their feet have “gone numb” or say it feels like “walking on marbles.” While a general practitioner may be quick to dole out the medication, most people come to specialists because they’re unhappy with the care they’ve previously received and are looking for more comprehensive care.
The best orthotics aren’t churned out of a vending machine: they’re custom-made to fit the curves and subtle nuances of your particular feet. They can be prescribed for issues like heel pain, arch pain, tendinitis, flat feet, high arches, limb length discrepancy, metatarsalgia, sesamoiditis, and arthritis. They must be worn at all times, but the benefit is that orthotics offer a non-invasive way to resolve many common foot-related aches and pains. If you’re a candidate for custom insoles, you may be wondering: will this one pair get me by, or will I have to get my orthotics replaced or refurbished over time?
Since the 3-D printer market has opened up, a number of innovative thinkers have been looking for ways to tackle common everyday problems. One of those issues is foot fatigue and pain, which is believed to be suffered by eight in ten Americans in some form or another. A recent news story caught our eye that Olympic Swimmer Martha McCabe— who’s expected to compete for Team Canada in the 2016 Rio Olympics — has been working with one of these startups to treat her foot woes.
“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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Dr. Josef J. Geldwert DPM, Dr. Katherine Lai DPM, Dr. Ryan Minara, DPM, and Dr. Mariola Rivera DPM serving Westchester County, White Plains, Ardsley, Bronxville, Harrison NY, Larchmont, Mamaroneck, New Rochelle, Rye, Scarsdale, Rye Brook, Chappaqua, and the surrounding area.
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