Not Just a Cramp: Athlete With Troubled Gait Receives Rare Focal Foot Dystonia Diagnosis

Posted by on Wednesday, April 18th, 2018

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.

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Dystonia can be mild or severe, sometimes only related to a particular task. Runners, writers, artists, engineers, and musicians may be at higher risk. (Image Source: Flckr user Elvert Barnes)

Weak Calf Muscles Could Be One of the Causes of Foot Pain: Here’s How to Strengthen Them

Posted by on Monday, April 16th, 2018

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.

 

Why Does It Still Hurt? NYC Podiatrist Discuss Chronic Foot Nerve Pain After a Tendon Injury

Posted by on Friday, April 13th, 2018

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.

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The trouble with nerve pain after a tendon injury is that it often mimics other injuries. [Image Source: Pexels user Daria Shevtsova]

Mo Bamba Injury Update: Texas Freshman Misses Three Games With Toe Injury, Confident in NBA Draft

Posted by on Wednesday, April 11th, 2018

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.

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Texas Longhorns center Mo Bamba missed three games with a toe injury, but he’s back on his feet and entering the NBA draft. [Image Source: By University of Texas [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons]

Healthy Diet, Strong Bones: How to Prevent Stress Fractures From Reoccurring

Posted by on Monday, April 9th, 2018

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.

How To Prevent Stress Fractures From Reoccurring
Eating for bone health is one of the easiest ways to facilitate stress fracture recovery and prevent stress fractures in the first place. [Image Source: Flickr user USDA Photo by Lance Cheung]

Podiatrist vs. ER: Should You Go to the Hospital for a Sprained Ankle or Other Foot Injury?

Posted by on Friday, April 6th, 2018

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.

Should You Go to the Hospital for a Sprained Ankle
NYC podiatrists reveal why it makes financial sense to see them for a sprained ankle or foot injury instead of the ER. [Image Source: Flickr user MrTMan]

Neymar da Silva Santos Jr., the Most Expensive Player of All Time, Fractures Foot

Posted by on Wednesday, April 4th, 2018

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.

The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine in Manhattan routinely treats high-level athletes for ankle sprains and Jones fractures such as Neymar’s following accidents in basketball, dance, aerobics, gymnastics, running, lacrosse, or soccer.

 

The Most Expensive Player Of All Time
How will Neymar’s injury affect his 2018 FIFA World Cup participation? Image Source: Flickr user Elena Polio.

April Is Foot Health Month: Here’s How To Get Your Feet Ready For Spring

Posted by on Monday, April 2nd, 2018

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.

Happy Foot Health Month! [Image Source: Pexels user Pixabay]
Happy Foot Health Month! [Image Source: Pexels user Pixabay]