For people with debilitating pain in the forefoot that does not respond to pads or cushioned shoes, surgery can help. The procedure is designed to treat fat pad atrophy, a condition suffered by people with high arches, excess weight, or a history of steroid injections. The goal is to improve the everyday lives of people who have worn down the fat pads in the balls of their feet. One Pennsylvania podiatrist explained, “They’re not looking to wear stiletto type shoes. They’re just looking to be able to walk in a grocery store or walk with their children down the street.” Our NYC foot surgeons find that plantar fat grafting is the most effective way to address the root problem and get patients back on their feet again.
When you imagine body builders, do you picture bulging biceps and powerful quads? Does “weightlifting” conjure up images of bench presses and deadlifts? That’s what we think of, too. But the feet should be revered as the real powerlifters in the body! When you run, for instance, the feet bear up to four times your body weight in terms of impact-absorption. The feet are often overlooked, but without strong, stable feet, we become prone to injuries of the ankles, knees, back, and neck. The strength of your arch—or, as us White Plains foot doctors like to call it, your “foot core”—is necessary for proper foot and bodyalignment.
People with a predisposition toward bunions start to notice abnormal developments around their big or small toes by the time they reach their twenties or thirties. Bunions can strike at any age, however, according to the Manhattan podiatrists at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine. Kids can even develop surprisingly adult-like bunions at very young ages. “We recommend that parents hold off on surgical considerations until the child has reached skeletal maturity and the growth plates have closed,” says Dr. Josef J. Geldwert, DPM. He says this occurs between 13-15 for girls and 15-17 for boys. In the meantime, there are conservative measures that may prevent the bunion from getting worse.
What better way to take charge of your health and mobility than to get out walking every day? In New York City, there is no shortage of interesting ways to put on your running shoes and explore new nooks and crannies. We love the many NYC walking tours that shed light and perspective on the history of this great city, and one of the newest options is “The Unofficial Hamiltour” offered by award-winning tour operator Broadway Up Close.
Actress Gwyneth Paltrow was spotted in Los Angeles at the end of May, wearing a soft cast on her right foot. The Daily Mailspeculated that the cause could have been Paltrow’s assertion that “earthing”—walking without shoes to “absorb electrons from the earth and neutralize free radicals”—is the way to improve mood, inflammation, and insomnia. They also pointed to ex-husband Chris Martin’s admission that Paltrow suffers from osteopenia, a decrease in bone density and a precursor to osteoporosis. She appeared on Jimmy Kimmel a few days ago to set the record straight.
There are plenty of claims for “Best Podiatrist in NYC,” and one doctor even calls himself “the Bunion King of New York.” With so many choices, we thought we’d help you out by going a step further than just listing our credentials. Our “Get To Know Your Foot Surgeon” spotlight series reveals the passion behind the practitioners at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine—plus a few fun details about our board-certified podiatric surgeons and foot/ankle specialists. After all, why not go to an office where you’ll be in good company and feel comfortable? So far you’ve met Dr. Mariola Rivera, the NYC Latino community’s favorite bilingual foot doctor; Dr. Ryan Minara, our steak-eating, Jeopardy-loving safari adventurer with a passion for complex foot issues like Charcot deformity; and our center’s founder, Dr. Josef J. Geldwert, an avid marathon runner with five children, numerous surgical device patents, and a belief in “Where there’s a will, there’s a way.” Now in our most recent interview, you’ll meet Dr. Katherine Lai, our resident biopuncture expert with an adventurous spirit and love of cooking.
The FDA recently approved laser therapy for the treatment of plantar fasciitis heel pain. Studies of the FX 635 laser show dramatic pain reduction in patients whose symptoms did not improve with conservative treatments for five years. The average patient scored a 68 on the VAS pain scale, which decreased down to an 8 with treatment. Like other therapeutic lasers, the FX 635 uses energy to prompt the body’s natural healing processes.
When White Plains podiatrists conduct X-rays on patients with plantar fasciitis, about one in ten will have a bone spur. Patients who hear this fact often assume some type of “bony outgrowth” is the root cause of their stabbing pain. However, the reality is that only one in twenty people with heel spurs experience foot pain, and often, heel pain can be treated without removing the spur. Here are five facts you may not know about what causes foot spurs and the treatment options available.
Some Olympic weightlifting shoes have raised heels designed to help weightlifters maintain a straight posture and compensate for limited ankle mobility. These heels are much different than the high heels you may wear out on a Saturday night, though. For starters, the heels are much broader and are usually 0.75 inches or shorter—which is much lower than two or three-inch fashion heels or six-inch stilettos. In fact, many foot and ankle experts caution avid weightlifters and strength trainers against wearing high heel shoes altogether.
As avid runners, the podiatrists and sports medicine doctors at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine love any chance to get outdoors, clock our miles, and keep our feet stretched. In our opinion, running is one of the best ways to strengthen the muscles of the foot and ankle to ensure greater mobility for years to come. City Running Tours is one of the local operators offering a chance to jog around and learn about different parts of our beautiful NYC. And their tagline, “Sweat and sightsee in New York City,” sounds like a good motto to us!
“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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