The word “amputation” strikes fear in the hearts of patients with foot pain and injury. As such, it’s not a word we like to use very often here in the office. We offer the most advanced technology geared toward alleviating pain, treating the root cause of foot and ankle injuries, and salvaging limbs. Yet, we feel it’s also important to clarify that amputation isn’t what it was even twenty years ago. As the NY Times reports, many New Yorkers are choosing to lose their limbs in favor of the latest prosthetic technology to lead more active lifestyles.
Casts are common immobilization devices used in White Plains podiatry. Unfortunately, a cast can form a very unappealing odor in a matter of days. The unpleasant odor occurs when the cast becomes wet or moist for any reason. Moisture, particularly sweat, feeds the bacteria on your skin’s surface, resulting in that awful odor. While you may be doing an excellent job keeping your cast out of water, sweating can still cause you to feel self-conscious. Our NY foot surgeons have a few tips for getting through this challenging time in your recovery.
Looking for a plantar fasciitis treatment that’s on the cutting edge of science? Wonder how professional athletes rebound from chronic pain and get back into the game so fast? AmnioFix®by MiMedx is a NYC sports medicine doctor’s “secret weapon.” We offer this revolutionary product to patients at our White Plains and Manhattan offices, particularly those who are experiencing slow healing of the plantar fascia tissue.
NYC offers an abundance of small specialty shops and bakeries to satisfy your sweet tooth. So if you’ve got a taste for sweets, Sugartooth Tours will introduce you to a few of the best-kept secrets of the local dessert world. “I was always trying to find the best off-the-beaten-path bakeries with the best desserts,” said Tour Creator Sarah Morgan. Her bakery tours have been growing in popularity since she started offering them five years ago, and isn’t just about sweet treats, but about local history, lore and trivia, too.
Our NYC podiatrists recommend taking this walking tour to see different parts of the city, and to keep yourself mobile for many years to come.
Custom orthotics can serve as a first step for addressing a wide range of foot and ankle injuries at many podiatry offices. Naturally, your podiatrist will want to start with the least invasive treatment method that could be successful in treating and addressing your injury or ailment. This makes custom orthotics a go-to solution for many patients.
But athletes have some additional and unique concerns that must be taken into consideration. At The Center For Podiatric Care & Sports Medicine, we are not only NYC podiatrists; we are sports medicine physicians too. We understand total body biomechanics and we are very aware of how a foot-related treatment can have a much broader impact, affecting other structures such as the the ankles, legs, back and neck. Former Chicago White Sox infielder Brett Lawrie recently highlighted what happens when medical professionals do not take these complexities into consideration when prescribing treatment, including a seemingly straightforward treatment option such as custom orthotics.
If you were to Google the phrase “NYC foot surgeon,” you would be confronted by more than 800 results. Google “NYC podiatrist” and there are more than 17,000 results. There are plenty of foot specialists in Manhattan who can treat issues such as chronic pain, deformity and acute injuries.
But your visit is more than just an exam or treatment; it’s other aspects such as patient-doctor rapport and “bedside manner” that lead to a positive, productive visit. You want to feel comfortable in your podiatrist’s office, as though your concerns are heard and your preferences are taken into consideration when treatment is prescribed. You want to be able to laugh a little, even when you feel nervous. You want a doctor you connect with, and someone who is passionate about the work they do.
In our “Get To Know Your NYC Foot Surgeon” series, we feature interviews with our care providers so you can get to know us better, whether you’re a prospective patient or a current patient. First up is Dr. Mariola Rivera, a NYC foot surgeon who is bilingual in Spanish and English.
Sports are a leading cause of injury among high school students, but did you know sports trauma is a leading cause of addiction among student athletes? WKRN News, based out of Tennessee, reports that kids who play sports have a higher than average chance of being prescribed hydrocodone, oxycodone and other potentially addictive opioid drugs following an injury. Long term usage of these potent drugs can result in physical dependence that can be challenging to overcome.
The 18-to-25 demographic is also impacted by another opioid: heroin. Many users report that they transitioned from prescription painkillers to heroin after their physicians cut off access to prescribed medications. This age demographic accounts for one of the fastest-growing population segments seeking help at addiction treatment facilities. Many of these patients were once athletes, according to Dean Porterfield, Director of Adolescent and Young Men’s Services.
This frightening reality has many concerned parents seeking sports medicine clinics that offer alternatives to prescription painkillers to lower a teen athlete’s risk of addiction. The Center For Podiatric Care & Sports Medicine, with offices in Manhattan and White Plains, offers a number of innovative therapies to address foot and ankle injuries without the usage of opioid drugs.
Generally, a low-intensity laser is applied to the injured tissue for a very short duration, at a frequency of several times per week for a few weeks. This process increases the production of adenosine triphosphate (ATP), which the cells utilize to generate energy. The cells can harness this energy to bring about faster healing.
The cell membranes also become more permeable, which means waste products can travel out of the cell more effectively, while nutrition enters the cell with greater ease. A number of positive effects have been observed in patients, including reduced inflammation, decreases in nerve irritability and increased circulation. Across the entire body, it is not uncommon to see a boost in immune cell numbers, improved nerve function and increased production of endorphins, which serve as the body’s natural painkiller.
Continue reading to learn about four of the applications of laser therapy in our White Plains podiatry practice…
Osteoarthritis (OA) affects roughly 27 million Americans. Not surprisingly, the foot is one of the most common areas affected by joint cartilage degradation that can result from OA. OA is not merely a matter of “inevitable wear and tear” as we age; rather, it’s a disease process that is a result of many factors such as genetics, excess weight, tendon and ligament injuries, and the presence of other disorders such as acromegaly (a condition involving abnormal growth of the hands and feet) or hemochromatosis (a condition involving joint damage from excess iron.)
As osteoarthritis worsens over time, the bones can break down, causing chips (called “bone spurs”) that float around inside the joint. In response, inflammation occurs, prompting the accumulation of proteins and enzymes that further erode the cartilage. In the final stages of OA, there is no soft tissue remaining in the joint — just bone rubbing up against bone, which accelerates joint damage and causes excruciating pain.
The NYC foot surgeons at The Center For Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine are excited about the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) approval of a new synthetic cartilage that can be used in the treatment of osteoarthritis involving the foot and toe, offering these patients a pain-free step forward for the first time in years.
We are blessed to live in New York City, where the food is amazing and there are ample places to run. If you like to eat in this city, you pretty much have to run to keep your physique in order! There are races every month to keep you busy. Food runs have been a popular pastime among college students who love daring each other to accomplish wacky feats. So far, there are two foodie races in NYC to choose from this — the New York City Pizza Run and the New York City Cupcake Run — and for good cause.
“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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