The winter months tend to be more sedentary for New Yorkers who don’t necessarily love the cold. The warmer weather of late spring and early summer calls many of us out of our slumber—only to be hit with debilitating foot pain. It’s fine to stop an exercise because you feel you’ve truly given it all you’ve got or because you have to get ready for an upcoming engagement, but you don’t want to be held back by sore feet while working out. Worse yet, foot pain spills over beyond our workouts and makes general day-to-day life activities difficult and unpleasant.
Foot pain can result from a structural flaw or condition that requires professional treatment. Or, in some cases, it can just be your body’s way of “warming up” to sudden activity increases. As we’ve previously mentioned, leading a sedentary lifestyle increases the risk of developing plantar fasciitis, inflammation, muscle weakness, poor circulation, neuropathy, deep vein thrombosis, and chronic pain disorders. But it’s never too late to make changes to your daily routine that improve your quality of life and overall health.
Walking is a great way to come out of a sedentary lifestyle. If you have sore feet while working out, an NYC podiatrist can help. [Image Source: Pixabay]
The tendons of your feet and ankles connect soft muscle tissue to hard bone. We see many different torn tendons at our Manhattan practice—the well-known Achilles in the back of the heel, the posterior tibial tendon on the inner ankle, the peroneus brevis and peroneus longus on the outside of the ankle, as well as the gastrocnemius and soleus connecting the calves to the heel bones. Tendons can pop away from the bone suddenly during intense physical activity or slowly degrade over time. Patients may hear a popping or snapping sound, or experience involuntary contractions and cramping. The area typically swells, bruises, bulges, and suffers weakness. We work to find out if you need surgery for a torn tendon.
Arthritis is defined as an inflammation of the joints, causing pain and stiffness. The small joints of the foot and ankle are especially susceptible. The Arthritis Foundation estimates that nearly half of all people over 60 years old will suffer some form of arthritis in their feet, but it can also strike patients much younger if they’ve suffered a traumatic injury, compete at a high level in sports, or have a family history of the disease. The White Plains podiatrists at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine are adept at treating arthritis in feet.
About 7.1 million Americans are treated by podiatrists for ingrown toenails each year. This common problem often stems from toenail trauma—stubbing the toe or dropping something on it, for example. And, shoes with tight toe boxes certainly don’t help. When treated properly, ingrown toenails often resolve without incident. Sometimes you can treat ingrown toenails at home, but recurring cases could mean that there’s a need for ingrown toenail surgery.
Peripheral neuropathy (PN) is a common issue in the legs and feet, affecting an estimated 20 million Americans. The peripheral nerves are responsible for sending sensory information from our hands and feet back to the brain and spinal cord. We can feel the ground beneath our feet or the coldness of the temperature, thanks to these essential signal carriers. The brain and the spinal cord send information back down the peripheral nerve to let the muscles know it’s time to move. Damage to this system disturbs vital connections needed to maintain physical comfort and homeostasis. While there is no cure for neuropathy, an NYC podiatrist at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine can use peripheral neuropathy treatment to help you manage your symptoms and live more comfortably, despite damage to the nerves.
One day, while playing handball, Maryland resident Laura Hsiung found herself walking on the outside of her left foot. “I couldn’t figure it out,” she told the Washington Post. “I hadn’t rolled my ankle, but my left foot just would not function normally.” This strange incident took Hsiung down a rabbit hole of specialists—orthopedists, podiatrists, physical therapists, neurologists, pain management doctors, gait osteopaths, and surgeons. They were quick to address her symptoms, but didn’t seem terribly interested in identifying the root cause, she recalled. She had a double knee replacement operation and ganglion cyst removal surgery—both of which failed to correct the problem. After two years, a consultation with another physical therapist ultimately led to a focal foot dystonia diagnosis.
The calf muscles are the key to lower leg strength and stability. The gastrocnemius muscle that gives the calf its round shape and the flatter soleus muscle running down the leg combine to power you through squats, jumps, and runs. It’s the calf that prevents the foot from excessive rolling outward (supination) or inward (pronation) as you walk. Here, The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine will explain some of the foot and ankle conditions connected to weak calves and inform you of one of the best exercises to improve foot and ankle stability.
Chronic foot nerve pain after a tendon injury drives a lot of patients through our NYC podiatry clinic doors on Mitchell Place in White Plains and 88th Street in Manhattan. Some people knew they were hurt and never sought care, while others went to a primary care physician or emergency room only to receive inadequate care. There is nothing more rewarding than helping a person who has suffered for a long time with an accurate diagnosis, customized wellness program, state-of-the-art pain-reducing and healing therapies, modern medical procedures (when necessary), and a compassionate approach. Damaged tendons are one of our specialties at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine. What we’ve learned during the more than 40 years in the field of podiatry and sports medicine is that you DO NOT have to live with chronic nerve pain forever.
With a memorable name like Mo (Mohamed) Bamba, you know this college basketball player is bound for greatness. The 6-foot-11 center averaged 12.9 points and led the Big 12 in rebounds (10.5) and blocks (3.7). He set a new league and school freshman record with 111 blocks for the season. Despite a toe injury suffered this season, the Texas Longhorn freshman officially declared he’s leaving after his first year to enter the NBA draft. Mock drafts have him projected as the fifth overall pick. He’s not letting a pesky toe sprain keep him down. Here’s an update on Mo Bamba’s injury.
The bone in our bodies is a specialized form of connective tissue comprised of 60% mineral (mainly calcium hydroxyapatite), 35% organic material (mostly collagen), and 5% water. Like any other tissue in the body, bone responds to stress caused by weight-bearing activity. Bone remodels in response to mechanical stress, depending on the load, cycle frequency, and the amount of strain. When collagen molecules are compressed, the strain causes microscopic cracks known as stress fractures, which can be a precursor to full fractures. The muscles are a helpful ally in protecting the bone, as they absorb some of the shock that would otherwise be taken up by the bone. Therefore, a muscle-strengthening program is often part of successful stress fracture prevention and a recovery routine.
The development of a stress fracture is complex. We must take into consideration intrinsic factors like sex, race, age, bone geometry, leg length, and foot structure, as well as extrinsic factors like shoe type, training surfaces, regimen, muscle strength, medications, and smoking. We cannot overlook the importance of a healthy diet in protecting against stress fractures or in expediting bone healing.
“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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