The Achilles is the largest tendon in the body. Usually, it takes an act of extreme force to tear this strong tissue—jumping up and landing while twisting, an awkward fall as another body hurdles into you on the court, or a grueling marathon training schedule eventually stresses the tendon too far. But this is not always the case. Sometimes, you reach your forties in perfect health and one day the rubber band just snaps with a sudden trip or a slip. In his book, Secrets To Keep Moving, San Francisco Podiatrist Dr. Richard Blake describes 10 treatments for Achilles tendon rupture treatments. Today, NYC podiatrists from The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine take a look at the first five considerations.
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Wednesday, February 21st, 2018
Recovery from bone repair surgery is not always a straight line for high-level athletes. This truth is painfully evident in the story of Arizona Wildcats’ team leader, Rawle Alkins, a starting guard originally from our very own backyard of Brooklyn, New York. He’s appeared in fits and spurts since fracturing his foot back in September. Some residual pain is not unusual for a patient six to 12 months down the road. Today, NYC podiatrists explore Alkins’ injury and discuss recovering from bone repair surgery.
There’s nothing more adorable than a baby’s teeny tiny toes. Recently, several parents have taken to social media warning of a hidden danger to your child’s precious tootsies: strands of hair! For unknown reasons, skinny strands of hair or thread can wind around a baby’s toes, creating a tourniquet that blocks blood flow, putting the baby at risk for amputation. Our NYC podiatrists do not see hair tourniquet syndrome in infants very often, but it is still an issue every parent should file away in memory. Here are the warning signs and steps you can take to prevent such a situation.
Getting surgery to remove an extremely painful bunion may seem like an easy decision. But what if you were told the painful bunion you sought to remove had a chance of coming back again months later? Studies show recurrence rates as high as 25% for bunions. In fact, here at the Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine, correcting failed bunion repairs done by other local surgeons accounts for nearly a third of our business.
However, our center’s 40+ years of bunion surgeries mean we’re better at selecting the right candidates, more adept at operating, and skilled at identifying who is at risk for failed surgery. This means we can give you a more accurate answer if you find yourself wondering, “How often is bunion surgery successful?” In fact, a new study published in The Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery identifies one tell-tale way of predicting whether your bunion will return over time.
“When we think of a bruise, we think of mild pain and some discoloration that generally goes away within a couple weeks. A bone bruise is actually a fracture of the innermost layer of bone. This can be incredibly painful. Unlike a skin hematoma that has room to spread out, blood within a bone pools into a smaller lump, which is why this type of injury hurts so much,” Dr. Geldwert explains. “Frankly, we’ve seen cases of pain persisting up to a year.”
That’s a long time to suffer from bone bruise pain! Fortunately, knowing what to do at the time of injury and in the months that follow will put you on a path of quicker recovery with less foot and ankle pain.
No two pregnancies are exactly alike, even if you’ve been through the process before. And sometimes your body’s response to the demands of growing a new life trickle down to affect your feet and legs. Among the most common complaints are Charley Horse cramps at night and swelling during the day. So how do you cope if you find your feet swelling and experience leg pain during pregnancy? And when is it time to get evaluated by a professional? NYC podiatrists from The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine have the answers you seek.
Are your feet ready for romance? It’s easy to overlook the body part we’re always hiding away in shoes and socks, but when passions ignite, you don’t want to be distracted by insecurities about cracked heels, stinky Limburger feet, or jagged, yellow toenails. As Valentine’s Day draws near, we feel your desire to get any foot issues dealt with swiftly before your dinner date commences. Our NYC podiatrists recommend these foot care tips for sexy Valentine’s Day feet.
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Wednesday, February 7th, 2018
If you follow tennis, you probably know of 18-time Grand Slam Champion Roger Federer, but do you know the top South Korean tennis player, Hyeon Chung? At just 21 years of age, he won the ATP Next Gen Finals in Milan this past November. Then, he came out of nowhere to beat Novak Djokovic at Melbourne Park. Unfortunately, it seems Chung’s good luck couldn’t last. Two days after losing to Federer in the Australian Open, Chung wound up in the hospital with gruesome calluses and blister injuries.
As New York City podiatrists, we advocate walking as a great way for people to maintain strength and mobility in their feet. Of course, that means you need a safe route to travel. After all, what good are strong feet if you’re run down by a motorist? And while any native knows that our busy streets can sometimes be hazardous for pedestrians, some major improvements have been made in terms of pedestrian safety in NYC. We’re pleased to report that Queens Boulevard is no longer a pedestrian death trap, thanks to the efforts of Mayor de Blasio.
The marathon world record held by Dennis Kimetto in 2014 stood firm at two hours, two minutes, and 57 seconds—that is, until Kenyan runner Eliud Kipchoge stunned audiences in May 2017 with a chilling two hour and 25-second completion. To put things into perspective, that’s about a 4.5-minute mile pace… for 28.2 miles straight. His secret weapon was Nike’s new Vaporfly 4% running shoe, specifically designed to break the two-hour marathon barrier. Prior to Kipchoge’s record, Oklahoma runner Camille Herron beat the 100-mile record with an astonishing time of 12:42:39—shaving more than an hour (8%) off the previous time. She, too, wore the Nike Vaporfly running shoe.
High Snob Society called the release of Nike’s Vaporfly one of the “12 Biggest Sneaker Moments of 2017,” while a writer for NBC News wondered if this was “the shoe that will rewrite marathon history.” As NYC sports medicine doctors, we were keenly interested to learn more about these highly-acclaimed running shoes. Here’s a rundown of the Nike Vaporfly’s innovative design and how it might affect your run.
“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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