Five Facts You Didn’t Know About Overuse Injury Prevention

Posted by on Wednesday, November 29th, 2017

Overuse injuries may seem like par for the course when you’re a competitive athlete or avid runner. After all, Harvard Medical School looked at many factors—such as stretching, training frequency, weight, biomechanics, and muscle imbalances—and found that up to 75 percent of runners are injured in a given year. Their findings confirm the importance of overuse injury prevention for athletes. Today, White Plains podiatrists at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine share some key facts about overuse injuries that will help you avoid them.

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Running is great for you, but be careful to prevent overuse injuries! Image Source: Unsplash user Francesco Gallarotti.

How to Care For Your Shoes: Four Tips and Tricks

Posted by on Monday, November 27th, 2017

Shoes can be a costly investment. Even if you’re not Drake (who reportedly spent $2 million on his new shoes), Psychology Today estimates the true cost of buying shoes for the year to land somewhere around $1,580 after taking into consideration sales tax, income tax, and credit card interest. Market Watch says you should pay at least $100 for a “good” pair of shoes if you don’t want to end up with blisters, tendinitis, shin splints and stress fractures. Total shoe sales for the year are up around $30 billion for women and $26 billion for men. The bottom-line? We’re spending a lot of change on footwear.

So how can we get the best return on our investment? The answer is learning how to care for your shoes. NYC podiatrists share the four best tips for keeping your kicks in top shape and extending their lives.

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Taking care of your shoes will also improve your foot health. Image Source: Unsplash user JESHOOTS.COM.

The Best Time of Year to Get Bunion Surgery According to NYC Foot Specialists

Posted by on Friday, November 24th, 2017

The only way to get rid of bunions is to have them surgically removed. That’s the bad news. But the good news is that minimally invasive bunion surgery and fast bunion surgery recovery is possible. In the past, patients could expect a 2-inch scar and at least six weeks of immobilization. Last spring, though, a new type of bunion microsurgery came to Mount Sinai Hospital that involves a tiny 2-3 millimeter incision combined with live X-ray and a burr tool to shave down the bone into a removable paste.

As gruesome as it may sound, most patients experience no pain with proper management and get back on their feet within three weeks. So the question many people have for our NYC foot specialists is not so much if they should have the surgery, but when. Three weeks is still nothing to sneeze at when we’re talking about immobility, so let’s consider the best time of year to get bunion surgery, based on the pros and cons of each season.

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Is there an ideal season to get bunion surgery? Image Source: Wikimedia user Pagemaker787.

Percutaneous Bunion Surgery Proves Minimally Invasive Bunion Repair IS Possible

Posted by on Wednesday, November 22nd, 2017

Dr. Josef J. Geldwert is one of the few New York City surgeons trained in percutaneous bunion surgery. Minimally invasive foot surgeries are popular for lateral ankle stabilization, ankle fusion, osteochondral lesions, calcaneal fractures, and calcaneal osteotomies, but poor results in the 70’s and 80’s caused American podiatric surgeons to shy away from non-invasive methods of bunion correction—that is, until now.

The first percutaneous bunionectomy was performed by another local surgeon at Mount Sinai Hospital last spring. “Though it’s relatively new here, it’s popular with European orthopedists,” explains Dr. Geldwert. “Some doctors are waiting to see more favorable clinical research results, but trade publications like Podiatry Today are abuzz with news of the microsurgery.”

The best bunion surgery depends on the method the surgeon is most comfortable performing and individual contraindications. For eligible patients, “The obvious advantages for the patient are immediate weight-bearing and the fact that it’s minimally invasive,” Dr. Geldwert says. Still, it’s important to understand all the facets of percutaneous bunion surgery in order to find out if it’s the ideal bunion correction method for you.

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With percutaneous bunion correction, surgery doesn’t have to be invasive. Image Source: Unsplash user Piron Guillaume.

Physical Therapy For Marathon Runners: Why Autumn is the Season of High Demand

Posted by on Monday, November 20th, 2017

All year long, physical therapists spend most of their time taking care of patients who become injured because they sit at desk jobs too much. But, according to the NY Times, autumn is “physical therapy season” for marathon runners. Today, we discuss the specific needs of runners, what sorts of injuries they tend to sustain, and how physical therapy for marathon runners can help. Sometimes the biggest assistance we give is compassion that sets all the other gears in motion to take a patient through recovery.

Dr. Josef J. Geldwert at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine in Manhattan and White Plains summarizes the allure of our practice as follows: “I get a lot of people who come to us because they’ve been to other doctors who prescribe treatments they just can’t adhere to, like staying off their feet for a few weeks and ceasing all training. If you’ve been preparing for a marathon for the last year, that’s a tough pill to swallow.” Unlike traditional practices, we are avid long-distance runners and fellow athletes who truly understand the struggle. Of course, it doesn’t hurt that we have some of the most advanced tools in the sports medicine field right here in our offices either!

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‘Tis the season for physical therapy for marathon runners! Image Source: Unsplash user Alexander Redl.

Local Expeditions Offers Unique Walking Tours in NYC

Posted by on Friday, November 17th, 2017

Even if you’ve lived in New York City your whole life, you know the “City of Dreams” is constantly evolving and changing. After all, the local landscape is so steeped in history that there is always more to learn. As NYC podiatrists, we know the best way to keep your feet flexible and maintain an active lifestyle is to walk and exercise daily. One of the more interesting ways to log the miles is to take a guided walking tour exploring some of the top sights in NYC.

Launched in late 2015, Local Expeditions is a relatively new company, but it’s already redefining the industry—which had been previously dominated by double-decker buses and large group tours hitting all the obvious landmarks—as a company that specializes in more intimate walking tours.

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Brooklyn’s DUMBO district is just one area you can explore with Local Expedition tours. Image Source: Wikimedia user Benhodgson.

Get Ready For the Queens Half Marathon 2017

Posted by on Wednesday, November 15th, 2017

Thousands of runners come through the doors of The Center For Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine each year. Our board-certified podiatrists have worked the sidelines as medical directors for local NYC races like the Hamptons Marathon, the Bridgehampton Half Marathon, the NYC Triathlon, the NYC Ironman, the Westchester Toughman Tri, and the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials. Our foot and ankle specialists have served the NY Road Runners Club and the Central Park Track Club. Our experts remain highly visible in the community, attending industry meetings and giving public speaking presentations on podiatric medicine. So we are beyond excited for the Queens Half Marathon 2017, happening this weekend! We are here to serve runners in every capacity as they prepare for and recover from the race.

Hip, Knee, and Foot Pain: How Foot Issues Can Lead to Other Lower Body Injuries

Posted by on Monday, November 13th, 2017

Researchers at the Hospital for Special Surgery and Harvard Medical School recently took another look at the results of the Framingham Foot Study to see if there was a correlation between foot, knee, and hip pain. Their paper appeared in the Journal of the American Podiatric Medical Association to provide practitioners with evidence-based guidelines for treating their patients. Not surprisingly, the study found what we have noticed in our NYC foot and ankle sports medicine clinic for years: there IS a significant association between foot pain and pain in the knees and hips.

The foot is the foundation of the kinetic chain.
The foot is the foundation of the kinetic chain, according to researchers and sports medicine doctors in NYC. Image Source: Unsplash user Lucas Sankey.

Take a Self-Guided NYC Walking Tour of Iconic TV/Film Locations

Posted by on Friday, November 10th, 2017

If you’ve been in an NYC hotel lately—like The Manhattan in Times Square, the Warwick, the Hilton Times Square, the Lexington Hotel, or The Paul Hotel—you may have noticed the digital concierge machines in the lobby areas. Now, NYC visitors can take customized self-guided walking tours of NYC filming locations with the Porter 24 service. Once a route is finalized, the complete itinerary will be sent to your email via your smartphone. A digital postcard feature lets travelers send personalized memories of their visits as they go.

As NYC podiatrists, we highly recommend taking one of these tours as an easy, affordable way to enjoy an active vacation. Just make sure you have a decent pair of athletic shoes, then hit the streets to explore the iconic film/TV locations our great city has to offer.

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Love Seinfeld? Visit Tom’s Restaurant, the iconic “Monk’s Cafe” diner featured in the show, on a self-guided NYC walking tour of iconic TV/film locations! Image Source: Wikimedia user MGA73bot2.

White Plains Podiatrists Discuss Five Facts About Bunions You Should Know

Posted by on Wednesday, November 8th, 2017

Bunions are one of the most common foot issues our board-certified podiatrists and surgeons treat here at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine office in White Plains. It can be scary when patients first notice a big “bump” on their big toe—especially since there is a lot of misinformation out there about what bunions are, how they progress, and how they are treated. Here, we’ll delve into five facts about bunions so you can have a better idea of how bunions develop and treatment options.

How much do you know about bunions? White Plains podiatrists discuss five surprising facts.
How much do you know about bunions? White Plains podiatrists discuss five surprising facts. Image Source: Flickr user Esther Max.