Achilles Tendon Surgery: What Does the Latest Research Tell Us?

Posted by on Wednesday, January 31st, 2018

Every year, about 30,000 Americans rupture their Achilles tendons, which attach the calf muscle to the heel bone. The fraying of this tendon can occur in a sudden snap during a misstep during athletic play or due to chronic inflammation over longer periods of time. The pain can come and go, which causes some people to live with the condition for up to 10 years before getting it checked out by a professional. Sometimes it takes several different treatments before finding the right fit or deciding to have Achilles tendon surgery.

It is possible to climb a ladder and ride a bike again, but you will need an experienced doctor who specializes in Achilles tendon repair to help you choose the best treatment option given your unique circumstances. Today, we’ll discuss some pertinent Achilles tendon statistics to help you understand the differences between surgical and non-surgical treatment.

Achilles tendon injury? You have both surgical and non-surgical options.
Achilles tendon injury? You have both surgical and non-surgical options. Image Source: Unsplash user

The Top Five Ways to Prevent an Achilles Tendon Injury

Posted by on Monday, January 29th, 2018

The Achilles tendon, located just behind the heel, is the longest and strongest tendon in the body. It’s responsible for connecting the calf muscle to the heel bone, and it’s what allows us to point our feet downward, rise on our toes, walk, and run. While it can endure great stress and pressure, it can also degenerate, stiffen, inflame, and tear partially or completely. If that happens, you could be out of commission for a good six months!

As NYC podiatrists at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine, we treat many patients for Achilles problems. You’re wise to get your Achilles checked out at the first signs of soreness and discomfort, as a minor issue can lead to a full rupture if you’re not careful. After all, as with most types of injuries, prevention is the best medicine. Here are the best techniques you can use to prevent an Achilles tendon injury and keep yourself safe.

A Guide to Grandmaster Running After Age 60

Posted by on Friday, January 26th, 2018

“Master” runners (over age 40) now represent more than half of all marathon finishers—and they often outperform younger runners, too. The Road Runners Club of America introduced the “Senior Grandmaster” race category in 2011 for runners who are over 60 years old. Since then, Grandmaster running has become quite competitive in places like New York City as more and more people commit to leading healthier lifestyles and maintaining their running hobby well into old age.

The NYC Marathon saw more than 2,500 finishers over age 60 in the 2017 race. In fact, some have entertained the idea of adding a “Veteran Grandmaster” category for runners age 70+. Should such a category be created, more than 300 runners would compete to be the top finisher!

You may be wondering how to maintain such a rigorous, high-intensity hobby as your body ages. The foot and ankle specialists here at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine in New York City have a few tips to help you continue running after age 60 in a healthy and effective way.

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You, too, can be a Senior Grandmaster completing the NYC Marathon. Image Source: Wikimedia user Zoulas.

NBA News: An Update on Reggie Jackson’s Injury as He Recovers From an Ankle Sprain

Posted by on Wednesday, January 24th, 2018

The good news was that the Detroit Pistons stomped the Indiana Pacers in a 24-point victory the day after Christmas. The bad news? Reggie Jackson, their star point guard, left halfway through the third quarter with a sprained ankle. The MRI confirmed he had a severe grade 3 sprain, with complete ligament tearing. This type of sprain necessitates a short walking cast or boot for at least three weeks, followed by rehab, and a good six to eight weeks before physical activities may resume. Here’s the latest injury update for Reggie Jackson and how such ankle sprains need to be treated.

Reggie Jackson is in rehab for a severe ankle sprain.
Reggie Jackson recently sustained a severe ankle sprain. Image Source: Wikimedia user Dudek1337.

A Guide to the New Cartiva Toe Implants Available in NYC

Posted by on Monday, January 22nd, 2018

The field of podiatry is constantly advancing, with new and innovative solutions born to improve upon previous work. In this spirit of embracing the best cutting-edge options available, our board-certified NYC foot surgeons are now some of the first in the state and region to offer the new Cartiva toe implant. Our surgeons underwent extensive training modules and recently performed our seventh successful surgery with excellent results, particularly for treating arthritis. Many new patients are walking into our office asking about the Cartiva implant after downloading the brochure from their website, so we expect these surgeries to increase going into 2018. This is an exciting new treatment for people with arthritis, big toe pain, cartilage damage, deformity, and limited mobility.

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The Cartiva toe implant is an innovative option for patients with arthritis or similar conditions. Image Source:

The Best NYC Running Routes for 2018

Posted by on Friday, January 19th, 2018

New York City is blessed with many unique places to run. We know this firsthand, as the foot and ankle specialists at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine in Manhattan and White Plains are avid runners. Running is an excellent exercise for staying fit and improving longevity, and we like to practice what we preach when it comes to staying active, strong, and flexible. So, try one of the best NYC running routes that will help you stick to a New Year’s resolution of improved physical fitness in 2018.

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Get ready to hit the trails with these NYC running routes recommended by local podiatrists! Image Source: Wikimedia user Masen.

White Plains Podiatrists Discuss Five Things You Didn’t Know About Plantar Wart Treatment

Posted by on Wednesday, January 17th, 2018

Plantar warts are among the types of foot fungus our White Plains podiatrists handle. They are caused by the common human papillomavirus (HPV), which enters the body through small cuts or breaks in the skin. Up to 4.5% of the U.S. adult population is walking around with a plantar wart at any given time. Often, we see warts in the pressure points in the heels or balls of the feet. It may surprise you, but there is no one treatment prescription for all patients. Rather, it can be a matter of trial-and-error, as all individual immune systems respond differently. Even with the best possible treatment, warts can be painful and expensive. Here are some important facts about plantar wart treatment options which will help you make an informed choice regarding removing the wart.

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How can you treat a plantar wart? Image Source: Pixabay user Alexis.

Benefits of a Wide Toe Box Design: Altra Hits the Nail On The Head With Latest Shoe

Posted by on Monday, January 15th, 2018

We see many foot problems related to footwear that is improperly sized or designed too tight in the toe box area. If you look at your bare footprint on the beach, you can clearly see that your foot is widest at the sides of the toes and narrowest at the heel (or arch, if you have high arches). So why is it nearly impossible to find a shoe that conforms to the natural foot shape?

Often, shoes—women’s heels or boots, in particular—are made to taper at the toes, causing all sorts of discomfort and even deformity. A good toe box allows enough room for the toes to spread out for proper impact absorption and protection. Altra may not be as much a household name as Nike, Saucony, Adidas, New Balance, or Brooks, but they’re turning the heads of podiatrists with their wide toe box design that emphasizes width as a way of improving running form and preventing injury.

Get a shoe that offers proper width in the toe box to prevent a host of injuries
Get a shoe that offers proper width in the toe box to prevent a host of injuries. Image Source: Pixabay user bosmanerwin.

When to See a Doctor for a Foot Injury: Five Conditions You Shouldn’t Treat Yourself

Posted by on Friday, January 12th, 2018

It’s human nature to resist going to the doctor; we get it. The visit may seem like a hassle and besides, bodies are built to repair themselves, right? It’s possible a New York City foot and ankle specialist will send you home with “RICE” advice—rest, ice, compression, and elevation—things you could’ve easily done for yourself at home. However, there are a few seemingly “small” injuries that frequently turn into huge pains for our patients if they are not cared for properly early on. So, if you’re wondering when to see a doctor for foot injuries, here are five foot and ankle conditions you definitely shouldn’t try to treat at home.

Treating foot injuries on your own can lead to long-term complications.
Treating foot injuries on your own can lead to long-term complications. Image Source: Unsplash user Matheus Vinicius.

Marathon Participation in New York: Is Running a Dying Sport in NYC and Yonkers?

Posted by on Wednesday, January 10th, 2018

The Lower Hudson Journal News reports that running is a dying sport in New York City. While thousands of participants have signed up for the Yonkers marathon, half-marathon, and 5K runs in years past, 2017 saw fewer than 200 people running in all three races combined. The 5K, for instance, attracted a paltry 41 racers. The newspaper reports the runs were “organized last minute” and “fraught with registration glitches, little advertising, and no sponsorship.” It was also dwarfed by the Riverfest celebration that drew 25,000 revelers the day before. This declining marathon participation in New York begs the question: is there still a passion for running events in NYC?

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Is running on the decline for New Yorkers? Image Source: Pexels user Pixabay.