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.
Though our White Plains and Manhattan offices are bustling, we understand that prospective patients have many questions swirling around their heads prior to coming in for an appointment. Our philosophy is that part of what makes a good podiatrist is not just a head full of academic texts, but a continual replenishment of the latest research, trends, case studies, and technologies. We work hard to be a credible source of foot health information online. We are pleased to find that a few independent sources have recognized www.HealingFeet.com among the top 25 foot health websites and top 100 podiatry blogs.
An estimated 5 to 14% of the U.S. adult population has the clinical diagnosis of “flatfoot.” Many more Americans have some degree of arch pain or weakened tendons that do not pull together properly. Without proper arch structure, tension increases along the inflamed and overtaxed bottom of the foot, causing a condition called plantar fasciitis. Excessive pressure on the top of the foot may also lead to dorsal compression syndrome or midfoot arthritis. Most patients with fallen arches suffer from some degree of back pain, so it’s important that you know how to treat fallen arches properly. Fortunately, there are exercises, shoe choices, home remedies, and a few high-tech methods you can use to successfully deal with your fallen arches or flat feet.
Last week, we discussed the decision to have surgery for a ruptured Achilles, methods for tendon strengthening, expectations for recovery timetable, how to predict success, and the importance of controlling inflammation. This week, we look at five more of our West Coast colleague Dr. Richard Blake’s “Secrets To Keep Moving.” These important tips with help you on the journey of recovering from an Achilles tendon rupture.
“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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Dr. Josef J. Geldwert DPM, Dr. Katherine Lai DPM, Dr. Ryan Minara, DPM, and Dr. Mariola Rivera DPM serving Westchester County, White Plains, Ardsley, Bronxville, Harrison NY, Larchmont, Mamaroneck, New Rochelle, Rye, Scarsdale, Rye Brook, Chappaqua, and the surrounding area.
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