Women are five times more likely than men to sustain anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) damage, according to research from the Memorial Hermann IRONMAN Sports Medicine Institute. The peak occurrence comes just after puberty when women are 14-18 years of age. ACL tears are particularly common among basketball and soccer players, where there is a lot of explosive cutting, pivoting, and sprinting action. Volleyball, football, skiing, lacrosse, and tennis are other sports that put players at higher risk for knee trauma. Patients with a past history of ACL injury are 15% more likely to sustain the same injury later. The good news is there are plenty of ways to prevent ACL injuries, even if you fall in the high-risk cohort.
NYC podiatrists at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine urge caution with every blister. What might seem like a small bubble on the skin, in response to pressure and friction, could turn out to be your worst nightmare. A flesh-eating bacteria, also called necrotizing fasciitis, mimics the symptoms of a basic blister but kills one in four people who suffer it. Knowing the early signs and how to care for foot blisters, in general, will give you the best chance at protecting yourself from preventable, life-threatening infection.
Hallux rigidus is a form of degenerative arthritis, which can cause pain and stiffness in the metatarsophalangeal (MTP) joint. The MTP joint is where your big toe—the hallux—joins your foot. Hallux rigidus is the second most common disorder of the big toe.
When you have moderate-to-severe hallux rigidus, you’re faced with two surgical options: to fuse the problematic bones together or to replace the joint entirely. The end goal for either surgery is to reduce pain and restore function. If you’re an athlete, the latter is of utmost concern. If you’re wondering about the recovery time after hallux rigidus surgery, a study published in the journal International Orthopaedics identifies what can be expected. NYC foot surgeon Dr. Josef Geldwert, DPM discusses the results of the study, as it pertains to his foot surgery patients.
At The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine, we know exactly how to treat sesamoiditis. Unlike most bones in the body, the sesamoid bones connect to tendons or are embedded in muscle, rather than connecting to joints. They act as pulleys by providing a smooth surface for the tendons to glide over and disperse muscle force. The kneecap is the largest sesamoid in the body, but here in our NYC office we treat the two sesamoids located underneath the big toe.
One sits on the outer side of the foot, and the other is in the middle of the foot. These small sesamoids elevate the big toe bones and assist in weight bearing. The sesamoids are capable of fracturing like any other bone but are more commonly painful due to a condition known as sesamoiditis—the irritation and inflammation of the surrounding tendons, which compress the bones. These injuries are most commonly seen in ballet dancers, runners, and baseball catchers who spend a lot of time on their toes, but the injury can happen to anyone with certain foot anatomy characteristics. Here we address some of the most frequently asked questions about sesamoiditis.
Mechanical engineers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison have developed promising new technology that can measure the underlying tension forces transferred to the muscles and tendons during movement. Previous studies on animals used surgical implants to monitor force, but the invasiveness has been a major drawback for human trials. The new non-invasive measurement tool builds upon existing knowledge of wave propagation measurements to detect Achilles tendon problems before they occur.
Barre classes have gotten fairly popular in recent years. In NYC, there’s Fly Barre, Physique 57, Pure Barre, Bar Method, Exhale Spa Barre, and Pop Physique to name a few. Barre is a great workout because, not only is it low-impact and fun, but it helps improve posture, flexibility, core power, and strength in every muscle group. Much like dance or yoga, some barre class participants report muscle spasms and cramps during their workouts. Some exercise has participants wondering, “Why does my foot cramp when working out?”
Injuries are a common fact of life—not just for professional-level athletes, but for weekend warriors, active senior citizens, and everyday exercisers. “It’s a common misconception that you only go to a sports medicine doctor if you’re on the high school football team or a competitive runner,” explains Dr. Josef J. Geldwert, founder and doctor of podiatric medicine with The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine for more than 40 years.
“While it’s true we work the sidelines of big events like the NYC Marathon and U.S. Olympic Trials, and we see members of the WNBA and WPLL,” he adds, “we also treat children, adults, and seniors for a broad spectrum of foot and ankle related conditions. You could come see us for arthritis or a bunion, for instance—as well as a sprained ankle or tendon tear.”
A sports medicine doctor may not be part of your healthcare team yet, but adding this professional to your rotation ensures that you’ll stay healthy and mobile for years to come. Here we detail how to find the best sports medicine doctor to suit your needs.
The summer months are a great time to explore the outdoors—as long as you have the right gear to protect your feet from blisters and nagging soreness. The best hiking boots should be flexible and supportive, with traction treads. NYC podiatrists from The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine offer boot shopping tips and suggestions.
“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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