Foot Pain From Jumping Rope: Exploring Possible Causes and Treatment Options

Posted by on Monday, July 31st, 2017

The jump rope is a great exercise tool. Just jumping at a moderate rate burns 10-16 calories per minute, which puts 10 minutes of skipping rope at the same calorie burn as running an 8-minute mile. Add three 10-minute intervals of jumping to your fitness routine to burn an extra 480 calories. It’s the ideal exercise for improving cardiovascular health, bone density, cognitive function, speed, and agility. However, many amateur athletes say they’ve been forced to quit this exercise due to severe foot pain from jumping rope, particularly in the balls of their feet. So what can be done to eliminate pain and return to your favorite fitness strategy?

Jumping rope is great exercise, but be sure to take care of your feet!
Jumping rope is great exercise, but be sure to take care of your feet! Image Source: Pixabay user wandus.

How Much Does Running Improve Life Expectancy?

Posted by on Friday, July 28th, 2017

Dr. Josef J. Geldwert isn’t just a doctor at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine offices in Manhattan and White Plains; he is also a life-long distance runner with marathon training experience. For this reason, he is frequently consulted by athletes entering the Olympic trials and organizations like the NY Road Runners, in addition to working with events such as the NYC Triathlon.

Most people are surprised to learn that Dr. Geldwert is almost 70-years-old, as active as he is. “I love a good Central Park workout!” he confesses. He is particularly interested in the latest research about the many health benefits of running, not to mention ways to keep himself and his patients running well into old age.

Iowa State University researchers published a new review and analysis of existing research about the impact of exercise on premature death in the journal Progress in Cardiovascular Disease. Their findings validate the idea that running has huge benefits on life expectancy.

Running adds YEARS onto your life, according to NYC sports medicine doctor Josef J. Geldwert, DPM.
Running adds YEARS onto your life, according to NYC sports medicine doctor Josef J. Geldwert, DPM.

White Plains Sports Doctors Offer Tips For a Positive Youth Sport Injury Recovery

Posted by on Wednesday, July 26th, 2017

Sports are a big part of American culture, and as such, 60 million youngsters are involved in some type of organized physical activity. While being active is associated with a healthy lifestyle overall, it does open our children up to increased risk of injury. Fortunately, most child sports injuries result in nothing more than a few missed practices.

Even so, 1.35 million kids were seen in hospital emergency rooms for their sports injuries in 2012. Serious injuries like Achilles tears or foot fractures take up to a year to heal. During this time, White Plains sports doctors at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine say taking care of the child’s emotional recovery can be just as important as the physical rehabilitation.

Pay close attention to your child's emotional state during youth sports injury recovery. Image Source: MaxPixel.com.
Pay close attention to your child’s emotional state during youth sports injury recovery. Image Source: MaxPixel.com. Image Source: Max Pixel.

Running Barefoot on the Beach: Exploring the Pros and Cons

Posted by on Monday, July 24th, 2017

This summer, as you and your family spend more time at the beach, you may be wondering if barefoot beach running the way to go. For one, you can’t beat the gorgeous views of a beach run! Additionally, there is a very passionate camp of people who claim that “the most natural way” to train involves a switch to barefoot running. Is there any truth to the idea that softer surfaces are easier on the body than pounding the hard pavement? NYC foot doctors at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine explore both sides of the issue.

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Is barefoot beach running the way to go? Image Source: Wikimedia user Flickr upload bot.

New East Harlem Walking Tours Promote a Healthy Lifestyle

Posted by on Friday, July 21st, 2017

East Harlem has a problem. The rate of obesity in East Harlem is over four times the rate in Stuyvesant Town and Turtle Bay. In fact, almost two-thirds of people living in East Harlem are considered “obese.” The diabetes rate among adults is 13%, compared to NYC’s 9%, and heart disease hospitalization rates in East Harlem were 45% higher than the NYC average.

With heart disease as the leading cause of death among East Harlem residents, it’s no secret that something must be done to turn the tide and encourage people to lead healthier lifestyles. In a new plan to combat obesity, the city plans to pay five community groups up to $2,000 each to arrange walking tours along the new 3.5-mile East Harlem Walking Trail.

East Harlem has become a better place to walk this year.
East Harlem has become a better place to walk this year. Image Source: Wikimedia user Spiritia.

Youth Sport Injury Statistics Parents Need to Know

Posted by on Wednesday, July 19th, 2017

Baltimore-based John Hopkins Medicine recently published a collection of youth sport injury statistics that will have you thinking. As a parent, you’re likely wondering, Are sports worth the risk for my child? Are some sports more dangerous than others? What can I do to limit my child’s risk of injury? Here at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine in NYC, we address these common concerns, particularly as they pertain to foot and ankle injuries.

Parents need to be aware of possible injuries their children may face during sports.
Parents need to be aware of possible injuries their children may face during sports. Image Source: Max Pixel.

Does Your Child Have Toenail Fungus? Exploring Alternative Diagnoses

Posted by on Monday, July 17th, 2017

Often, parents bring their children to our office with a condition that looks like toenail fungus. But some patients have visited their primary care physicians and taken a course of oral antifungal medication before arriving at our NYC podiatry office—only to find that the reason the antifungal didn’t work was that they did not suffer from fungus at all! Here’s how to tell if your child really has toenail fungus and what other conditions may be occurring.

It can be difficult to tell the difference between different nail conditions, especially in pediatric patients.
It can be difficult to tell the difference between different nail conditions, especially in pediatric patients. Image Source: Pixabay user FeeLoona.

What are the Possible Drawbacks of Nonoperative Treatment for Achilles Tendon Rupture?

Posted by on Friday, July 14th, 2017

For many foot and ankle conditions, conservative treatment is the way to go. However, this is not necessarily the case for Achilles tendon ruptures. A study published in the American Journal of Sports Medicine in May 2017 linked nonoperative treatment of Achilles tendon ruptures with soleus muscle atrophy. NYC foot surgeons from The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine discuss the latest research.

Nonoperative treatment of Achilles tendon ruptures can sometimes negatively affect the calf muscles.
Nonoperative treatment of Achilles tendon ruptures can sometimes negatively affect the calf muscles. Image Source: Pixabay user cocoparisienne.

The Dangers of a Sedentary Lifestyle: How Inactivity Affects Your Feet

Posted by on Wednesday, July 12th, 2017

We often hear about foot problems sustained by athletes, people who work on their feet all day, and busy socialites who live in their high heel shoes. But what about people who lead relatively inactive, sedentary lifestyles? What about the elderly, the disabled, or the obese? What foot problems are these patients most likely to suffer? White Plains foot doctors talk about injuries commonly affecting those who are sedentary and how to overcome inertia to lead a healthier lifestyle.

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White Plains foot doctors explain how being sedentary can cause foot problems. Image Source: Flickr user dagoaty.

Understanding How Your Diet Affects Diabetic Foot Pain

Posted by on Monday, July 10th, 2017

Foot pain is a reality for many people with diabetes, but it doesn’t have to be that way, according to the NYC foot and ankle specialists at The Center For Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine. “Fortunately, some of the most natural treatments also happen to be some of the most successful at the long-term management of diabetic foot pain,” says Dr. Josef J. Geldwert. Today, we explore the types of diabetic foot pain and the role your diet plays in alleviating the symptoms.

Food is a diabetic's best weapon against inflammation and high blood sugar.
Food is a diabetic’s best weapon against inflammation and high blood sugar. Image Source: Pixabay user jill111.