Children’s Toenail Problems: The Most Common Toenail Disorders For Kids

Posted by on Monday, October 30th, 2017

Even though fewer than 2% of pediatric visits involve concerns with nails, parents often experience anxiety when they notice discoloration, abnormal growth patterns, rough texture, or loss of the nail plate in their children’s toenails. They may fear fungal infections, bacteria, virus, or a more widespread disease. Diagnosis by non-experts is very difficult, so researchers recommend that you see a podiatrist for any children’s toenail problems. Still, it’s good to be informed about the conditions your child is most likely to experience, so here are the top ten toenails disorders commonly found in children.

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It’s important to get a professional opinion if your child is experiencing a toenail disorder. Image Source:

The Best Spooky Halloween Runs in New York City 2017

Posted by on Thursday, October 26th, 2017

Getting into the spirit of Halloween in New York City is frightfully simple with the number of spooky runs this year! These events are perfect for both seasoned, avid runners and those in need for an excuse to take up this life-enhancing exercise. After all, who doesn’t want to liven up their workout with some holiday shenanigans?

We hope you have an enjoyable run, whether you’re racing for prizes, competing against your own best time, or just in it for the festive fun. Today, our NYC podiatrists share the best Halloween runs in New York City to make this October extra special.

Halloween runs in NYC
Celebrate Halloween with one a spooky NYC run! Image Source: Wikimedia user Ronhjones.

White Plains Podiatrists Discuss Five Important Facts About Turf Toe

Posted by on Wednesday, October 25th, 2017

“Turf toe” refers to a joint sprain of the big toe that may involve damage to the ligaments, tendons, and/or bones. Pain is worst at the bottom of the big toe, where there is usually a lot of swelling. Athletes report that they can’t push off, fully extend the toe, or walk without hobbling. NFL Player Patrick Willis likened his injury to “trying to grab without a thumb” or “trying to drive on bald tires.”

There are several ways this type of injury may occur. Most often, a player is running, raises their heel while the forefoot is planted, and digs a toe down in a forceful twisting or bending motion. The soft tissues of the toe hyper-extend, stretch, and sometimes tear or become misaligned. We’ve also had turf toe patients stub a toe or get stepped on by another player. Other times, patients participate in repetitive extensions or explosive sprinting that bring on the pain and inflammation. No matter how the injury was sustained, though, seeking prompt medical attention will prevent a small problem from becoming a big one. Here are five turf toe facts you should know in order to prevent or treat this condition.

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Turf toe is a problem football players commonly experience. Image Source: Max Pixel.

The Benefits of Orthotic Insoles: Reducing Work-Related Foot Pain

Posted by on Monday, October 23rd, 2017

The feet are your body’s foundation, absorbing the impact of your weight and providing support to the knees, back, and hips. In some industries, American workers are required to wear helmets and steel-toe boots, but too little attention is paid to the importance of having proper foot support and shock absorption for workers who are on their feet all day. The issue goes well beyond achy, throbbing feet. Over time, foot strain and fatigue make a person susceptible to musculoskeletal disorders which affect the rest of the body, resulting in absenteeism and lost work productivity. If work-related foot pain is something you or your employees struggle with, it may be wise to consider the many benefits of orthotic insoles.

insoles can improve work-related foot pain
Adding custom insoles to your employee’s shoes is a proactive step toward reduced absenteeism and injury. Image Source: Flickr user Esther Max.

NYC Cupcake Run 2017: Stay Fit While Having Fun

Posted by on Friday, October 20th, 2017

Are you the sort of person who runs to eat? Looking for something to do this weekend? Dust off your running shoes for the 5th Annual NYC Cupcake Run, taking place in Astoria Park at noon on October 21st. The 5-K course takes you through three different cupcake checkpoints. Runners will receive a race bib, three cupcakes, and a Cupcake Run gift bag. Free food and drink will be available at the Rocky McBride’s after-party. Events like this one are a great way to see the City and stay active, so our NYC podiatrists hope to see you all there!

NHL News: Mikko Koivu Diagnosed With Lace Bite Tendinitis

Posted by on Wednesday, October 18th, 2017

“Remember that dynamic Zucker-Koivu-Granlund line? Well, it’s back!” a sports analyst and Minnesota Wild fan cheered. The excitement died down a little when it was reported that veteran center Mikko Koivu—who recently signed a two-year $11 Million contract extension—would be out due to a foot injury. With the Minnesota Wild already missing famed wing-man Zach Parise due to a minor back injury and winger Mikael Granlund because of a lower-body injury, it could take the hockey club some time to get up to speed for the season.

Koivu was diagnosed as having lace bite tendinitis, a problem we’ve treated countless hockey players for—both pro and amateur. But how do you know if you have lace bite tendinitis and how can this condition be treated?

Best Home Treatments For Foot Neuromas

Posted by on Monday, October 16th, 2017

Neuromas of the foot, also called Morton’s neuroma, are caused by chronic inflammation and the thickening of the nerve in the ball of the foot. The main symptoms are sharp, stabbing pain just under the second, third, and fourth toes. Morton’s neuroma will not go away on its own, and it is not “curable.” As painful as neuromas may be, the good news is that only two in 10 patients will need surgery to manage the symptoms. In fact, you can often manage the pain caused by this condition by following a simple home treatment for foot neuromas.

Morton's neuroma
In most cases, Morton’s neuroma can be treated at home. Image Source: Flickr user Esther Max.

Achilles Tendon Rupture: Interesting Facts White Plains Podiatrists Want You to Know

Posted by on Friday, October 13th, 2017

Achilles tendon injuries are some of the most common foot and ankle issues we treat at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine in Manhattan and White Plains. The Achilles tendon is a strong, fibrous band at the back of the heel. Sometimes referred to as “the heel cord” or “the calcaneal tendon,” this important tissue attaches the heel bone to the calf muscle. Any time you move your foot, you’re using the Achilles tendon, whether you’re walking, running, jumping, or standing on the tips of your toes. It’s actually the largest, strongest tendon in the body and can withstand up to 1,000 pounds of force—but there are still many activities and accidents that can injure this hardy part of the body. White Plains podiatrists share five interesting facts about Achilles tendon ruptures that will help illuminate why these injuries occur and how they can be treated.

 Don't let your soft tissue injury be your Achilles heel. White Plains podiatrists have all the tools to fix you quickly and effectively!
Don’t let a soft tissue injury be your Achilles heel. White Plains podiatrists have the tools to treat the injury quickly and effectively! Image Source: Wikimedia user Tasoskessaris.

A Quick Guide to the Brooklyn Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon

Posted by on Wednesday, October 11th, 2017

If you love music and love to run, the Synchrony Financial Brooklyn Half Marathon is the race for you! On October 14th, more than 17,500 long distance runners are expected to descend on Brooklyn, treading through the closed streets of Brooklyn to scenic Prospect Park. This local race is part of a larger charity run that attracts over 500,000 participants worldwide. Some people run against their personal bests; others run for a charitable cause near and dear to their hearts (Rock ‘n’ Roll runners have raised more than $310 million for participating charities to date!). And, of course, many come just for the music and the sea of block parties! If you’re coming from out-of-town, here are some great spots to check out while in Brooklyn, recommended by your friendly neighborhood podiatrists from The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine.

What Are Split Toe Shoes? Examining the Tabi Toe Trend

Posted by on Monday, October 9th, 2017

Abasi Rosborough recently released the Arc Tabi boot, a bizarre split toe basketball shoe that’s been catching on in NYC fashion circles. Over the past four years, designers Abdul Abasi and Greg Rosborough have developed a reputation for avant-garde, form-fitting, functional, and (often) socially aware clothing. What stands out most about these new shoes is the “tabi toe”—a Japanese design aesthetic first introduced in the late 80’s to “promote natural movement.” But what are split toe shoes? Can you really play basketball or run in them? And will this trend catch on in a big way? NYC podiatrists offer their two cents.

Split toe shoes
Could split toe shoes hurt our feet? Or are they, in fact, better for us? Image Source: Flickr user Arata Takami.