Taking Action: 4 Ways to Prevent ACL Injuries

Posted by on Wednesday, July 18th, 2018

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.

Blister or Flesh-Eating Bacteria? How to Care for Foot Blisters

Posted by on Monday, July 16th, 2018

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.

How to Care for Foot Blisters
Group A Streptococcus is a common cause of deadly flesh-eating bacterial infection. [Image Source: Wikimedia.org]

Recovery Time After Hallux Rigidus Surgery May Be Shorter Than You Think

Posted by on Friday, July 13th, 2018

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.

recovery time after hallux rigidus surgery
Hallux rigidus often leads to surgery like a big toe joint replacement. [Image Source: Unsplash user Markus Spiske]

Patients Ask: How to Treat Sesamoiditis?

Posted by on Wednesday, July 11th, 2018

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.

How to Treat Sesamoiditis
[Sesamoid bone fractures are rarely the cause of pain. Sesamoid tendon inflammation (sesamoiditis) is more commonly the culprit for ball-of-foot pain. Image Source: Wikimedia.org]
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.

New Wearable Device Detects Achilles Tendon Problems Before They Occur

Posted by on Monday, July 9th, 2018

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.

Achilles tendon problems
Promising new technology that can measure the underlying tension forces transferred to the muscles and tendons during movement will be valuable during gait analysis. [Image Source: Unsplash user Bradley Wentzel]

Ask an NY Podiatrist: Why Does My Foot Cramp When Working Out?

Posted by on Friday, July 6th, 2018

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?”

Why Does My Foot Cramp When Working Out
Barefoot workouts can spell foot cramps for some exercisers. Find out why. [Image Source: Unsplash user Scott Webb]

NYC Podiatrists Discuss: How to Find a Sports Medicine Specialist in NYC

Posted by on Wednesday, July 4th, 2018

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.

NYC Podiatrists Recommend the Best Hiking Boots for Maximum Comfort

Posted by on Monday, July 2nd, 2018

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.

[Image Source: Unsplash user Joanna Nix]