Achilles Tendon Rupture Treatment: Five Key Considerations

Posted by on Friday, February 23rd, 2018

The Achilles is the largest tendon in the body. Usually, it takes an act of extreme force to tear this strong tissue—jumping up and landing while twisting, an awkward fall as another body hurdles into you on the court, or a grueling marathon training schedule eventually stresses the tendon too far. But this is not always the case. Sometimes, you reach your forties in perfect health and one day the rubber band just snaps with a sudden trip or a slip. In his book, Secrets To Keep Moving, San Francisco Podiatrist Dr. Richard Blake describes 10 treatments for Achilles tendon rupture treatments. Today, NYC podiatrists from The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine take a look at the first five considerations.

NCAA News: Rawle Alkins Suffers Recurring Pain After Bone Repair Surgery

Posted by on Wednesday, February 21st, 2018

Recovery from bone repair surgery is not always a straight line for high-level athletes. This truth is painfully evident in the story of Arizona Wildcats’ team leader, Rawle Alkins, a starting guard originally from our very own backyard of Brooklyn, New York. He’s appeared in fits and spurts since fracturing his foot back in September. Some residual pain is not unusual for a patient six to 12 months down the road. Today, NYC podiatrists explore Alkins’ injury and discuss recovering from bone repair surgery.

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The Arizona Wildcats have lost a key player due to injury. Image Source: Wikimedia user INeverCry.

Hair Tourniquet Syndrome in Infants: Why You Should Check Your Baby’s Toes Routinely

Posted by on Monday, February 19th, 2018

There’s nothing more adorable than a baby’s teeny tiny toes. Recently, several parents have taken to social media warning of a hidden danger to your child’s precious tootsies: strands of hair! For unknown reasons, skinny strands of hair or thread can wind around a baby’s toes, creating a tourniquet that blocks blood flow, putting the baby at risk for amputation. Our NYC podiatrists do not see hair tourniquet syndrome in infants very often, but it is still an issue every parent should file away in memory. Here are the warning signs and steps you can take to prevent such a situation.

There are benefits to regularly checking your baby's toes.
Regularly checking your baby’s toes can save them from a hair tourniquet. Image Source: Unsplash user Gabby Orcutt.

How Often is Bunion Surgery Successful? Predicting Whether a Bunion Will Return

Posted by on Friday, February 16th, 2018

Getting surgery to remove an extremely painful bunion may seem like an easy decision. But what if you were told the painful bunion you sought to remove had a chance of coming back again months later? Studies show recurrence rates as high as 25% for bunions. In fact, here at the Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine, correcting failed bunion repairs done by other local surgeons accounts for nearly a third of our business.

However, our center’s 40+ years of bunion surgeries mean we’re better at selecting the right candidates, more adept at operating, and skilled at identifying who is at risk for failed surgery. This means we can give you a more accurate answer if you find yourself wondering, “How often is bunion surgery successful?” In fact, a new study published in The Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery identifies one tell-tale way of predicting whether your bunion will return over time.

Get back on your feet after bunion surgery.
Get back on your feet after bunion surgery. Image Source: Pixabay user ashokorg0.

How to Treat Bone Bruise Pain in Your Foot or Ankle

Posted by on Wednesday, February 14th, 2018

If you’ve been diagnosed with a bone bruise, you may be confused about what this actually means. “The term ‘bone bruise’ downplays this type of injury,” explains Dr. Josef J. Geldwert, DPM, from New York City’s Center For Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine.

“When we think of a bruise, we think of mild pain and some discoloration that generally goes away within a couple weeks. A bone bruise is actually a fracture of the innermost layer of bone. This can be incredibly painful. Unlike a skin hematoma that has room to spread out, blood within a bone pools into a smaller lump, which is why this type of injury hurts so much,” Dr. Geldwert explains. “Frankly, we’ve seen cases of pain persisting up to a year.”

That’s a long time to suffer from bone bruise pain! Fortunately, knowing what to do at the time of injury and in the months that follow will put you on a path of quicker recovery with less foot and ankle pain.

NYC podiatrists share how to heal lingering bone bruises at home.
NYC podiatrists share how to heal lingering bone bruises at home. Image Source: Unsplash user 13on.

Feet Swelling and Leg Pain During Pregnancy? Here’s How to Combat Foot Pain

Posted by on Monday, February 12th, 2018

No two pregnancies are exactly alike, even if you’ve been through the process before. And sometimes your body’s response to the demands of growing a new life trickle down to affect your feet and legs. Among the most common complaints are Charley Horse cramps at night and swelling during the day. So how do you cope if you find your feet swelling and experience leg pain during pregnancy? And when is it time to get evaluated by a professional? NYC podiatrists from The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine have the answers you seek.

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NYC podiatrists offer tips for pregnancy-related foot pain and leg cramps. Image Source: Flickr user Torsten Mangner.

Foot Care Tips For Valentine’s Day: Secrets for Sexy Feet

Posted by on Friday, February 9th, 2018

Are your feet ready for romance? It’s easy to overlook the body part we’re always hiding away in shoes and socks, but when passions ignite, you don’t want to be distracted by insecurities about cracked heels, stinky Limburger feet, or jagged, yellow toenails. As Valentine’s Day draws near, we feel your desire to get any foot issues dealt with swiftly before your dinner date commences. Our NYC podiatrists recommend these foot care tips for sexy Valentine’s Day feet.

Sexy Valentine's Day Feet
Find out how to get sexy Valentine’s Day feet to prepare for your date. Image Source: Unsplash user Adriana Velásquez.

Tennis News: Hyeon Chung’s Blister Injury Takes Him Out of the Game

Posted by on Wednesday, February 7th, 2018

If you follow tennis, you probably know of 18-time Grand Slam Champion Roger Federer, but do you know the top South Korean tennis player, Hyeon Chung? At just 21 years of age, he won the ATP Next Gen Finals in Milan this past November. Then, he came out of nowhere to beat Novak Djokovic at Melbourne Park. Unfortunately, it seems Chung’s good luck couldn’t last. Two days after losing to Federer in the Australian Open, Chung wound up in the hospital with gruesome calluses and blister injuries.

Tennis stars like Hyeon Chung sometimes run into trouble when filing down their own calluses. Image Source: Pexels user Tookapic.

Pedestrian Safety in NYC: Making Queens Boulevard Safer for Walkers in 2018

Posted by on Monday, February 5th, 2018

As New York City podiatrists, we advocate walking as a great way for people to maintain strength and mobility in their feet. Of course, that means you need a safe route to travel. After all, what good are strong feet if you’re run down by a motorist? And while any native knows that our busy streets can sometimes be hazardous for pedestrians, some major improvements have been made in terms of pedestrian safety in NYC. We’re pleased to report that Queens Boulevard is no longer a pedestrian death trap, thanks to the efforts of Mayor de Blasio.

Queens Boulevard is now a safer place to walk.
Queens Boulevard is now a safer place to walk. Image Source: Wikimedia user Jim.henderson.

The Nike Vaporfly Running Shoe Can Reduce Your Energy Use By 4%

Posted by on Friday, February 2nd, 2018

The marathon world record held by Dennis Kimetto in 2014 stood firm at two hours, two minutes, and 57 seconds—that is, until Kenyan runner Eliud Kipchoge stunned audiences in May 2017 with a chilling two hour and 25-second completion. To put things into perspective, that’s about a 4.5-minute mile pace… for 28.2 miles straight. His secret weapon was Nike’s new Vaporfly 4% running shoe, specifically designed to break the two-hour marathon barrier. Prior to Kipchoge’s record, Oklahoma runner Camille Herron beat the 100-mile record with an astonishing time of 12:42:39—shaving more than an hour (8%) off the previous time. She, too, wore the Nike Vaporfly running shoe.

High Snob Society called the release of Nike’s Vaporfly one of the “12 Biggest Sneaker Moments of 2017,” while a writer for NBC News wondered if this was “the shoe that will rewrite marathon history.” As NYC sports medicine doctors, we were keenly interested to learn more about these highly-acclaimed running shoes. Here’s a rundown of the Nike Vaporfly’s innovative design and how it might affect your run.

The Nike Vaporfly is a revolutionary running shoe.
The Nike Vaporfly is a revolutionary shoe that could change the way you run. Image Source: Pixabay user skeeze.