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.

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

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.

Chemotherapy Induced Peripheral Neuropathy Can Last For Years Following Cancer Treatments

Posted by on Monday, January 8th, 2018

It’s no secret that a cancer diagnosis correlates with decreased quality of life in many areas. Of particular interest to us here at The Center For Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine is the emphasis US researchers are placing on the way cancer treatments may affect the feet years later. Up to 40 percent of cancer patients who receive chemotherapy endure pain that disrupts sleep and everyday activities like walking. Common complaints after chemo include shooting or burning pain in the feet, numbness, tingling, and extreme sensitivity to cold. The problem is that rather than fading after recovery, these feelings can become permanent.

If you are dealing with chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy or chronic foot pain along with breast cancer, you may wonder what can be done or if you must simply accept “the new normal.” We don’t have all the answers, but we’re keeping up with the latest research, so you can make the most informed decisions regarding your care.

Chemotherapy can lead to peripheral neuropathy, but there are some treatments that can improve the situation.
Chemotherapy can lead to peripheral neuropathy, but there are some treatments that can improve the situation. Image Source: Wikimedia user Peter Isotalo.

A Look at the Worst Sports Injuries in 2017 Pertaining to the Foot and Ankle

Posted by on Friday, January 5th, 2018

As sports medicine doctors, we keep a close eye on the types of injuries athletes are sustaining, and 2017 had some big ones. Yahoo! News mentioned the following incidents among the “worst sports injuries of 2017.” A 24/7 Wall Street review based the findings on the quality of the players, the team’s dependence on them, and the amount of time the injury kept the players out of the game. Many of the lower body injuries resulted in the need for surgery and rehabilitation that would stretch the whole season long.

2017 sports injuries
No one wants to be sidelined with a season-ending foot or ankle injury, but that’s exactly what happened to these players in 2017. Image Source: Wikipedia user Thelmadatter.

NCAA News: Mississippi State QB Nick Fitzgerald Injured But Recovering

Posted by on Wednesday, January 3rd, 2018

It was described by the papers as a “gruesome, brutal ankle injury.” Mississippi State Bulldogs’ Quarterback Nick Fitzgerald went down on a three-yard run just nine minutes into the November 23rd game against their bitter rivals, Ole Miss Rebels. Although he returned on crutches to cheer his team on, it can be a worrisome prognosis for such a young player to sustain a dislocated ankle. Today, NYC sports doctors consider how Nick Fitzgerald was injured and how he is expected to recover.

Nick Fitzgerald sustained an ankle injury
Learn more about the ankle injury that took down Nick Fitzgerald. Image Source: Wikimedia user RalphTheCorndog.

How to Keep Your New Year’s Resolution to Start Running: NYC Sports Doctors Offer Tricks

Posted by on Monday, January 1st, 2018

If you’ve ever been to a gym in January, you know it’s insane! Come March, though, many of those newcomers are already gone and you can easily stake out a spot on the treadmill again. A study by the Statistic Brain Research Institute reported that approximately in 2017, 42% of the American population made New Year’s resolutions. Fitness-related activity was, by far, the most common resolution, made by almost a quarter of the resolution makers. The bad news? Half of the crowd will fail in their fitness missions. But it’s still worth trying! If you’ve made a New Year’s resolution to start running, follow these NYC spots doctor tips to make sure you start strong and stick to your goals.

Get 2018 off to a running start with these NYC podiatrist tips.
Get 2018 off to a running start with these tips from NYC podiatrists. Image Source: Pixabay user komposita.