A wobbly walk can be troublesome, especially for adults. Sometimes walking abnormalities in adults can result from improperly healed ankle sprains or a sedentary lifestyle. Other times, they are the first signs of disease or degeneration. It can take multiple professionals to figure out the root cause of an abnormal gait. The Gait Analysis Lab at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine is one place you may end up while seeking a diagnosis in New York City.
There are a number of things that can complicate a straightforward ankle sprain injury—cartilage damage, loose bone fragments, cyst development, tears in surrounding structures, or nerve entrapment, to name a few. You can never be too careful within the first 48 hours of an injury. Our White Plains sports medicine doctors and board-certified podiatrists can evaluate you immediately. Certainly, if you have pain a week later, do not hesitate to see a foot and ankle specialist. In the meantime, here are five things to consider when seeking care for ankle sprains.
The ankle is crucial to stability in our gait, but could it hold the secret to increased female libido? In a world absent of “the little blue pill” for women, doctors are pioneering a new therapy involving electric shock to the ankle they say heightens sexual desire by increasing blood supply. The rate of sexual dysfunction in published literature ranges from 10 to 28% of adult women, depending on the study. Some reports suggest the numbers could be as high as 43%. “We are really hopeful this could help many women,” says biomedical engineer Tim Bruns at the University of Michigan.
Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common conditions we treat at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine. Nationwide, arch and heel pain account for up to 15% of all podiatrist visits—that’s 1 million Americans suffering from the condition. This type of pain is striking in that it tends to afflict patients worst after a night of sleeping or period of rest. In recent years, we’ve grown to understand this condition much better. It’s not just a matter of chronic inflammation—but rather, degenerative changes to the fascia that cannot be ignored. Here in the office, we employ a number of high-tech treatments for plantar fasciitis that work tremendously.
For those of you following the Union of European Football Associations league, you have probably noticed FC Bayern Munich and Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer missing from the rosters. Neuer is widely regarded as one of the best goalkeepers in the world. He won the International Federation of Football History & Statistics World’s Best Goalkeeper award consecutively from 2013-2016, led Germany to win the FIFA World Cup in 2014, won the Golden Glove Award for the best goalkeeper in 2014, finished just behind Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo for the most prestigious FIFA Ballon d’Or Award, and received accolades as the “third-best player in the world” from The Guardian. Unfortunately, Manuel Neuer’s injury has knocked him down to the 40th spot on the list for 2017. Some might say it’s bad luck to break your foot three times in 12 months. A sports medicine doctor specializing in the foot and ankle might say it’s bad management.
NYC podiatrists do their best to keep wounds clean, dry, and free from infection. Yet, individual healing factors can be unpredictable. According to published data, the incidence of postoperative surgical site infection following foot and ankle surgery is reported between 1.0% to 5.3%. Diabetics are the most at-risk patients for infected, non-healing wounds. An estimated 25% of diabetics will develop a foot ulcer at some point in their lifetime. Many patients have misconceptions about caring for open ankle and foot wounds. Dr. Katharine Lai is a Board-Certified Foot Surgeon who has lectured extensively on Diabetic Foot Wound Care. She shares expert insights for foot wound care in today’s blog.
No one looks forward to foot surgery, but you are wise to prepare for it ahead of time. We try to avoid surgery with the many advanced non-invasive therapies at our disposal, but when it’s inevitable, we help patients wrap their minds around the months to come as best we can. For many patients, surgery can be the key to unlocking the pain-free future they envision. Part of successful foot surgery recovery involves following these five important tips.
Jack Eichel is due back to the ice from a high ankle sprain any week now. It was a tough blow at the time, as the No. 2 Draft Pick from 2015 led the team scoring this season with 22 goals and 53 points in 55 games. Yet, with no mathematical hope of making the playoffs, one has to wonder if Eichel’s return is really worth jeopardizing his long-term health.
Custom shoe inserts (clinically known as orthotics) can be a great tool to fix issues with gait abnormalities such as over-pronation or over-supination of the foot. Many chronic aches and pains in the feet resolve rather quickly with the use of non-invasive shoe inserts. Here in the office, we custom-fit patients with orthotics for a myriad of conditions, and their lives are infinitely better for it. Sometimes we come across patients who just really don’t want to wear orthotics long-term for various reasons; maybe they spend a lot of time on the beach or in yoga class; maybe they prefer to wear sandals or open-heel shoes that don’t accommodate the inserts. Whatever the case may be, we have a few tips for weaning off orthotics that may work for your situation.
Fox News recently reported on the issue of bunions in teenagers. “As many as 30 percent of adolescents deal with bunions, and a large portion of those suffering are girls,” the newspaper states. It may horrify you to learn that your child may have inherited the propensity to develop bunions from you, but the Framington Foot Study of more than 6,000 feet confirmed that nearly 40% of bunion formation went down familial lines.
As a parent, you naturally want to do whatever you can to alleviate your child’s suffering, whether the bunion is causing pain, difficulty finding shoes that fit, or a source of low esteem and embarrassment. The NYC foot surgeons at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine have operated on adolescents in the past, but we don’t necessarily agree to every case that walks into our office. Here’s what you should know about bunion surgery for teens.
“I am so grateful for having had Dr. Geldwert perform bunion surgery on both of my feet. I have complete confidence in him and continue to see him for other sports related injuries. I was cautious about having surgery for the first time, but his knowledge, patience, and skill made me completely comfortable in trusting him. And I couldn’t be any happier with the results!! When anything else feels wrong with my feet, I love that I now know to go immediately to him. He is my top choice for anyone searching for the best foot fixer/surgeon/sports doctor in NYC! Thank you, Dr. Geldwert!!!”
– J. M., Manhattan, NY
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