Should You Get Surgery For a Bunion, or Let It Be?

Posted by on Monday, May 30th, 2016

If you go to a cosmetic foot surgeon and say, “This bunion is ugly. I want it gone,” no one will stop you. If you think it’s worth the pain and aggravation of surgery, plus a three to four-month recovery period, that’s your prerogative. But if you’re asking us – from a medical standpoint, as trained podiatric surgeons – if we feel you need surgery for your bunion, it’s another matter entirely.

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Should you worry more about the bunion or the bunion surgery? NY podiatrists discuss. (Image Source: Wikimedia CC user Liftarn)

Flat Footed? How Do You Know When to Seek Flat Foot Treatment or Surgery?

Posted by on Friday, May 27th, 2016

Some of you have flat feet – some of us at The Center For Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine do, too. You may have been born with them or experienced flattening over time due to age, activity, hormones, disease, or other factors. For most flat-footed people, this is just life: our feet will cause us no trouble whatsoever. But for another group of people, flat feet cause serious aches and pains that persist or worsen if not addressed. Popping over-the-counter pills like ibuprofen or acetaminophen may take the edge off, but a specialist can help you get to the root cause of your trouble.

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There are many treatment options to help you cope with the pain of having totally flat feet, say NY podiatrists. (Image Source: Pexels CC user Josh Willink)

SEC News: Razorbacks’ Hatcher Recovers from Bone Graft Foot Surgery

Posted by on Wednesday, May 25th, 2016

We’ve been following the mysterious foot surgery of Arkansas Razorbacks’ Wide Receiver Kon Hatcher with interest – and some of the mystery has finally lifted. You might recall that the senior missed 11 games after breaking a foot in his second game last season. At the time, he was the team’s leading receiver with 198 yards run and two touchdowns. Doctors estimated he’d be out six weeks, but he sat out the whole season and resumed training this spring – only to find himself back in a walking boot following a second foot surgery. What happened?

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The Razorbacks have seen a rise in foot injuries recently. (Image Source: Wikimedia user University of Arkansas)

Acute Compartment Syndrome of the Lower Limbs: Risk Factors and Treatments

Posted by on Monday, May 23rd, 2016

Two years ago, lifelong athlete Tyson Goulding finished a 10K run, something he often did – but this time, the finish felt different. His right calf was aching and his symptoms worsened. He visited urgent care, where doctors told him he’d need emergency surgery immediately if he wanted to keep his leg. His ailment was “acute compartment syndrome.”

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Acute compartment syndrome is a danger for pro and amateur athletes alike and requires immediate treatment. (Image Credit: Flickr CC user John Martinez Pavliga)

Get in Shape Without the Pain: Q&As for Common Summer Foot Problems

Posted by on Friday, May 20th, 2016

Our own Dr. Josef J. Geldwert has seen every foot problem you can imagine (and some you probably can’t). With 43 years of experience as an NYC foot and ankle specialist, he’s aided the recovery of Olympic athletes, professional tennis players, marathon runners, and even served as the podiatrist for many local sports teams, including the NY Power, NY Liberty, NY Magic and NY Lizards. But coming out of the winter months, pro athletes aren’t the only ones training – many New York natives hit Central Park and seek a fresh start. If you’re planning an active summer, Dr. Geldwert shares his insight on a few common summer foot problems.

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Ready to bust your feet out this summer? NY podiatrists discuss special foot considerations for new athletes, diabetics, and people with bunions. (image Source: Flickr CC user Phil)

NHL News: What’s the Prognosis for Tyler Seguin’s Achilles Injury Recovery?

Posted by on Wednesday, May 18th, 2016

Tyler Seguin of the Dallas Stars is one of the top scorers in the league – with 234 points, he trails only Sidney Crosby, Jamie Benn, and Patrick Kane. When we heard Tyler Seguin suffered a gruesome sliced Achilles on March 17th, the news hurt in more ways than one. And his recovery was recently sidelined by another injury during his first game back. What does the future hold for this all-star, and what can people recovering at home expect from a similar Achilles injury? Our team at The Center For Podiatric Care & Sports Medicine in NYC offer their insight.

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A hockey skate can be as good as a weapon, slicing the Achilles like a knife during game play. (Image Credit: Flickr CC user Paul L Dineen)

There’s Hope: Fashionable Shoes For Women With Big Feet

Posted by on Monday, May 16th, 2016

Caroline Stillman could never find the right shoes. If you have a common foot size, you might occasionally experience this problem when you go shopping and your size is sold out. But Stillman’s problem was that she couldn’t find shoes in size 11. We’ve heard the same frustrations from many women with large feet. She’s not alone. It’s hard to watch from the sidelines as your friends slip into dainty heels that are dwarfed by your big toe. But Stillman has hatched a plan to help women who share her problem.

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Want high fashion in large sizes? A UK woman might have the answer. (Image Credit: Flickr CC User DenisDenis)

How to Find a Clean Nail Salon and Avoid Pedicure Foot Infections

Posted by on Friday, May 13th, 2016

As podiatrists, we love pampering our feet as much as you do and find pedicures a great way to unwind. But we’re always cautious about the risk of foot infections, especially since they can escalate so quickly. In worst-case scenarios, a weekend spa trip can turn into a Monday hospital visit, which is anything but relaxing.

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Choose your nail salon carefully to avoid infections and keep your feet happy. (Image Credit: Flickr CC user TownePost Network)

Tennis News: Tommy Haas Repairs Plantar Plate Tear with Ninth Foot Surgery

Posted by on Wednesday, May 11th, 2016

We like to tell our pro athletes patients that rehabilitation is part of their job description. Few know this better than tennis star Tommy Haas. The former World No. 2 has had eight operations over the span of 20 years, and he just underwent his ninth – this one to repair a torn ligament in his right foot. Haas assures fans he’ll return to the court as soon as possible. But how soon is this likely to be?

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Tommy Haas recently injured a ligament in his plantar plate, requiring foot surgery. (Image Credit: Flickr CC user karlnorling)

How to Beat Sandal Foot Pain: Avoiding Blisters and Other Common Problems

Posted by on Monday, May 9th, 2016

For many of us, one of the highlights of summer is letting the air kiss our feet without freezing our toes off. Women can show off toe rings and their favorite nail polish colors. Men can enjoy drier feet without needing sprays and powders to keep odor down. Yet, indulging in sandals day in and day out can take a toll on your feet. Here are seven ways to beat sandal foot pain, from callouses to blisters.

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Looking for the most comfortable spring and summer sandals? NYC podiatrists can help! (Image Source: Wikimedia Commons user Callista Lockhart)