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.
People tend to think of podiatrists as “the place you go for bunions and plantar warts,” not ankle or foot injury. Here at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine, we actually see a lot of patients with acute trauma such as ankle sprains, broken foot bones, and torn Achilles tendons. Should you go to the hospital for a sprained ankle or other foot injury, the trip could end up being even more painful.
In March, Paris Saint-Germain forward Neymar da Silva Santos Jr. underwent a successful surgery to repair a fractured fifth metatarsal foot injury. He can be seen here in a wheelchair paying tribute to the late scientific icon Stephen Hawking. With the Brazilian being named the most expensive player of all time, of course, fans are anxious to know what this prognosis means in terms of his estimated recovery time, PSG’s chances at the Champions League title, and Neymar’s participation in the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia this upcoming June through July.
April is Foot Health Month. Maintaining healthy feet is essential to enjoying all that life has to offer. By the time individuals reach 50, they will have logged an astounding 75,000 miles. Your car can’t drive that far without needing a check-up, so why should you? As you get older, it becomes more important to find a podiatrist who can help you care for your feet—particularly if you have diabetes, cardiovascular issues, high blood pressure, nail disorders, bunions, or undiagnosed pain. Here’s how you can get your feet ready for spring and the fashion that warmer weather brings.
“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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