A foot sprain seems like an inconsequential problem to many folks. You just grit your teeth and endure it for a few weeks. But as Carolina Panthers Running Back Jonathan Stewart demonstrates, some sprains stick around. Stewart “continues to deal with foot pain” after a Super Bowl ankle injury, according to CBS Sports. The pain sounds mild, described as “lingering soreness” and “discomfort,” but while he participated in solo drills this month, he sat out during the team portion of practice, still not feeling 100 percent.
We love watching the kiteboarders who’ve recently been flocking to Brooklyn and Amityville. Kiteboarding is a thrilling sport to witness, combining the best of surfing, windsurfing, and wakeboarding. But, like most extreme sports, it’s not without risk. One study found that for every 1,000 hours of kitesurfing, participants are likely to experience seven injuries – a rate that nearly doubles among competitive kiteboarders. Most of these injuries are related to accidents and trauma, with the lower extremities bearing the brunt of injury.
If you’ve been following our blog, you know by now that we support the use of orthotic shoe inserts to non-surgically improve the lives of people suffering from foot pain. Our NYC center’s founder, Dr. Josef J. Geldwert, has personally worked with SOLS to help the team develop one of the most affordable, effective custom orthotics on the market. That said, we also believe custom orthotics are not suitable for every individual or every injury, and we do agree with a recent Medscape article suggesting orthotics are often overprescribed.
Foot surgery is never great news, but when your third-round draft pick is the one undergoing surgery to repair a broken bone, it might be worse than usual. The Dallas Cowboys expect defensive tackle Maliek Collins to be out at least four months while he recovers from surgery on his right foot which included the insertion of a joint-stabilizing screw and plate as well as a bone graft. We do many similar surgeries on NY athletes at The Center For Podiatric Care & Sports Medicine, so we agree with the prediction that he’ll be out until late in training camp or even early in the regular season.
What sucks the joy from a backpacking trip or day hike? A fungal foot infection. In fact, fungal infections suck the joy from just about anything. The cases we treat at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine cause maddening levels of itching and burning. In severe cases, patients can hardly walk. The nickname “trench foot” comes from the prevalence of this fungal infection among soldiers, but the condition can affect any athlete or avid summer hiker who doesn’t take careful preventative measures.
Stingrays probably aren’t high on your list of worries if you’re an NYC resident. For us, they usually rank somewhere below traffic jams, people who block subway doors, and ankle sprains. However, stingray sightings along the NY and NJ coastline have been rising in recent years (possibly due to climate change), and while it’s still unlikely that you’ll run into an 800-pound beast anywhere nearby, if you have summer vacation plans in warmer regions, like Florida, Australia, or the Cayman Islands, you should be prepared to encounter one of these barbed creatures.
Buffalo Bills Wide Receiver Sammy Watkins told a fan “of course” he’d be ready for preseason. While the team is hopeful, we know first-hand that it’s difficult to predict just how a foot stress fracture may heal (particularly when, like Watkins, you’ve had surgery for screw insertion). Further complicating matters, Watkins isn’t sure when the break occurred, although it seems he played through the pain for much of last season.
If you’re diabetic, your feet may feel like a time bomb. They pose an ever-present threat of crippling disability. At the clinic, we often see cuts and scratches that have turned into ulcers, threatening our patients’ mobility and very limbs. Other times, our diabetic patients suffer from chronic foot pain, edema, gout, or the numbness and tingling of peripheral neuropathy. That’s why we were so pleased to hear that the Society for Vascular Surgery has teamed up with the American Podiatric Medical Association and the Society for Vascular Medicine to publish the first-ever clinical guidelines for diabetic foot treatment.
With Gisele and Duchess Kate both wearing flats this season, you’ll likely see them replacing killer heels on the streets. But are flat shoes the way to go if you want to avoid foot pain? Flats may help some people, but aren’t for everyone, say NY podiatrists at The Center For Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine. They’re an especially bad choice if you have flat feet. Their lack of arch support is the culprit behind three foot problems we routinely treat.
During the last week of April, Baltimore Ravens Cornerback Jimmy Smith finally had the screws removed from his foot. We imagine he was pretty excited – his doctors placed them there two years ago for stability after he suffered a Lisfranc sprain. If you’ve experienced a similar injury, Smith’s story may sound ominous. Do you always need surgery for Lisfranc sprain? Is it really typical to have screws placed for two years? Our podiatrists explain the recovery process.
“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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