MLB News: Yankees’ Greg Bird Undergoes Ankle Bone Surgery

Posted by on Wednesday, August 30th, 2017

The New York Yankees drafted Greg Bird in the fifth round of the 2011 draft with a $1.1 million bonus. He was selected as a catcher and served several years playing with the Yankees’ rookie league affiliates. In August 2015, the Yankees announced they were promoting Bird to serve as the backup to Mark Teixeira on first base. When Teixeira injured his leg, Bird became “the guy.” The heavy hitter finished the season with 11 home runs and 31 RBIs. Although he missed all of 2016 due to a right shoulder injury, Bird showed promise at training camp—until a “bruised right ankle” put him on the 10-day disabled list.

The os trigonum is a small extra ankle bone that could cause big problems.
The os trigonum is a small extra ankle bone that could cause big problems. Image Source: Wikimedia user Hellerhoff.

How to Prevent Foot Fungus This Summer

Posted by on Monday, August 28th, 2017

As many as 1 in 10 people will suffer from foot fungus over the course of a lifetime. It can be an embarrassing and uncomfortable condition, with symptoms ranging from yellow, thickened toenails to patches of itchy, burning athlete’s foot and callus-like plantar warts. One of the reasons such infections are so widespread is that people tend to think about the methods of transmission all wrong, according to NYC podiatrists. Understanding the underlying causes of foot infections is imperative to preventing them, so here are several key ways you can avoid a foot fungus infection this summer.

This summer, take measures to ensure you don't develop foot fungus.
This summer, take measures to ensure you don’t develop foot fungus. Image Source: Pixabay user Zauberin.

Percutaneous Foot Surgery For Bunions and Hammertoes Coming to Mt. Sinai Hospital

Posted by on Friday, August 25th, 2017

Mount Sinai recently became the first and only hospital in the state of New York to offer the new percutaneous foot surgery for bunions and hammertoes. This is exciting news, as our NYC foot surgeons are continually looking for innovative ways to help patients recover faster and more efficiently. Following the success of the pilot program, percutaneous foot surgery may become an option for patients looking for quicker recoveries from injury or pain.

 NYC foot surgeons discuss percutaneous bunion surgery, now offered at Mt. Sinai Hospital.
NYC foot surgeons discuss percutaneous bunion surgery, now offered at Mt. Sinai Hospital. Image Source: Wikimedia user Workhorse.investor.

Adult Onset Flat Foot: White Plains Foot Specialists Discuss Five Key Facts

Posted by on Wednesday, August 23rd, 2017

An estimated 1 in 20 American adults has some form of flat feet. For people with mild arch collapse, it may never be a serious problem. For others, adult onset flat foot can be a progressive and debilitating deformity. One easy way to tell if you may have flat foot is to step in a bucket of water and then step onto a piece of construction paper. Take a look at the resulting footprint. If you have normal arches, only about half of the arch region will be filled in, meaning part of the paper will be dry. However, if the entire arched is filled in, then you likely have flat feet.

White Plains foot specialists at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine are available to treat your adult onset flat foot without scheduling delays or long office wait times. In the meantime, here are five facts you may not know about this condition.

If you have flat feet, it's important to understand how this condition may affect you.
If you have flat feet, it’s important to understand how this condition may affect you. Image Source: Flickr user Esther Max.

Understanding the Risk Factors for Tendinitis

Posted by on Monday, August 21st, 2017

Tendinitis involves the inflammation of a tendon in the shoulder, elbow, wrist, knee, or ankle. Patients arrive complaining of localized pain, swelling, warmth, and redness. NYC tendon repair doctors at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine specialize in diagnosing such cases and treating the Achilles tendon, peroneal tendons, or the posterior tibial tendon of the ankle.

Tendinitis is easily treated at home—if patients are able to rest long enough to recover and avoid the offending activities. Icing the injury for 10 minutes every hour as symptoms persist and taking over-the-counter drugs like Motrin, Advil, or Aleve should help. With conservative care, most people bounce back within a week or two.

The patients that we see typically begin with tendinitis but develop something called tendinosis—a degeneration of collagen in the tendons due to engaging in rigorous sports training and wearing the wrong footwear. Unlike tendinitis, tendinosis should not be treated with NSAIDs, which inhibit collagen production. This issue can take a few months to fix with physical therapy.

As foot and ankle specialists, we deal in preventative care as much as we treat acute and chronic conditions. The last thing we want is for any of our patients to end up back here with the same problem again—or with another problem they are at risk of developing. Knowing the risk factors for tendon trouble can help you prevent any kind of tendinopathy.

Trouble with your Achilles tendon? Come see our NYC ankle specialists.
Trouble with your Achilles tendon? Come see our NYC ankle specialists. Image Source: Flickr user Miran Rijavec.

Manhattan Podiatrist Recommended New York City Waterfront Walking Tour

Posted by on Friday, August 18th, 2017

If you calculated the size of all New York City waterways, it would comprise the sixth-largest borough, next to Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx, and Staten Island. The borders run more than 500 miles of varied scenery that includes beaches, wetlands, industrial landscapes, and preserved green-space. From our cubicles and interior offices, it can be easy to forget we’re so close to the water. Try this NYC walking tour of the waterfront to reconnect with nature and “get away from it all” without leaving the City.

brooklyn bridge park
Nothing beats a Brooklyn Bridge Park sunset, say NYC podiatrists! Image Source: Flickr user dumbonyc.

Kelly Slater Injury Update: World Champion Surfer Recovering From Broken Foot

Posted by on Wednesday, August 16th, 2017

“You ever folded your entire foot backwards?” asked Kelly Slater, an 11-time world champion surfer from Florida. The accompanying X-ray photo in his Instagram post was gruesome evidence that surgery would be inevitable. He added that the injury was akin to “smashing [his] foot with a big hammer as hard as [he] could” or like “giving birth out of [his] foot.” He confessed he was not looking forward to the 30-hour flight from Jeffreys Bay, South Africa back home to the U.S.

We are no strangers to trauma here at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine in NYC, where athletes and active New Yorkers come to heal their acute foot injuries with faster, better, and more efficient care than they’d receive in area hospitals. Today, we look at surfing injuries and how Slater ended up with a broken foot.

Kelly Slater's broken foot demonstrates some of the risk factors associated with surfing.
Kelly Slater’s broken foot demonstrates some of the risk factors associated with surfing. Image Source: Wikimedia user Cropbot.

Preventing Injuries While Exercising: Top Tips for Summer Weekend Warriors

Posted by on Monday, August 14th, 2017

The summer season goes by all too quickly, and the last thing anyone wants is to be laid up with an injury for several weeks or even months. Yet, many of us find ourselves engaged in more physical activities during these nice weather months, whether it’s a long day out on the putting green, a few hours of afternoon gardening, or a game of baseball with the kids. The most common injuries NYC sports medicine doctors see this time of year tend to be Achilles tendinitis, knee strains, lower back injuries, and tennis elbow. However, nearly all of these repetitive use injuries are avoidable.

Avoid injury when working out this summer.
Avoid injury when working out this summer. Image Source: Unsplash user Keit Trysh.

Should Athletes Take Ibuprofen? NYC Sports Medicine Doctors Examine the Dangers of NSAIDs

Posted by on Friday, August 11th, 2017

Athletes sometimes joke that ibuprofen is their “Vitamin I.” They work out, push themselves, and take a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) later to suppress the inflammatory response and recover faster. However, two new studies reveal the potential dangers of such an approach. “While the medicines are popular, they may also overtax the kidneys during prolonged periods of exercise and actually inhibit the muscles’ ability to repair afterward,” explains NYC sports medicine doctor Dr. Josef J. Geldwert. Although Dr. Geldwert was not directly involved with the studies, he routinely counsels athletes on proper recovery protocol and understands the dangers of relying too heavily on NSAIDs such as ibuprofen.

NYC sports medicine doctors recommend taking Tylenol, rather than ibuprofen, to cope with severe muscle pain.
NYC sports medicine doctors recommend taking Tylenol, rather than ibuprofen, to cope with severe muscle pain. Image Source: Wikimedia user Dcoetzee.

Do You Have Elite Feet? Assessing Foot Alignment and Strength

Posted by on Wednesday, August 9th, 2017

Want to be healthy and strong? Total body power begins with the feet! The best runners exemplify perfect form—feet facing straight ahead, rolling from the heel through a strong arch, loading the ball of the foot and big toe, and pushing straight off the forefoot. The term for this action is “elite feet,” and it’s something we should all aspire to if we want to stay mobile and pain-free.

Foot function is too often ignored in the sports medicine field. Often, doctors address foot function only when a patient has a problem such as plantar fasciitis or tendinitis. But how the foot is loaded, aligned, and strikes the ground matters. A balanced, loaded foot leads to proper hip-muscle engagement, pelvic stability, stride power, speed, and agility. We routinely check runners at our gait analysis center to see how the body is performing, and to predict—with startling accuracy—where problems may arise.

In this article, our White Plains podiatrists discuss how to tell if you have elite feet, what exercises can strengthen foot strength and form, and what role a podiatrist may play in helping you improve foot stability.

White Plains podiatrists discuss the importance of proper "elite feet" positioning while running and walking.
White Plains podiatrists discuss the importance of proper “elite feet” positioning while running and walking. Image Source: Free Stock Photos user Petr Kratochvil.