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Wednesday, December 21st, 2016
New England Revolution’s Charlie Davies was considered one of the “most promising players in U.S. soccer in 2009,” by some accounts — dubbed “the hardest working goalscorer” who helped the men’s national team to an exhilarating run for the Confederations Cup. A car accident left him with a lacerated bladder and fractures in his elbow, face, femur, and tibia. Though he lives with lingering effects, he credits a pair of Nike soccer cleats with his recovery.
Doc Martens are a British footwear brand associated with counterculture groups. Originally, they were worn by postal carriers and factory workers, so they became a symbol of “the working class” beloved by skinheads, punks, and oi bands. Later, Pete Townshend from The Who brandished a pair, instantly making them a symbol of the rebellious 60s. The brand creators write in their bio: “Dr. Martens’ appeal to people who have their own individual style but share a united spirit—authentic characters who stand for something.” But image aside, there is more than meets the eye with Doc Martens: They can be a real foot-saver in the event of a traumatic accident!
Type “NYC foot surgeons” into Google and you’ll see there is no shortage of practices—well over 500, in fact. So how does a sensible person whittle down this list to find the right fit? The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine in New York City isn’t a run-of-the-mill, stereotypical podiatry office for old people with arthritis and bunions. It’s a sports medicine hub filled with leading edge technology and skilled specialists who see themselves as educators just as much as doctors.
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Wednesday, December 14th, 2016
Nearly 20 million people enjoy downhill skiing in North America, making it one of the nation’s most beloved pastimes. Unfortunately, it’s also a busy time of year for White Plains foot and ankle specialists. While the number of skiing foot and ankle injuries pales in comparison to the number of knee injuries, “podiatric injuries still deserve our attention,” explains Dr. Ryan Minara, DPM, because “most of these injuries are preventable.”
The CT Postrecently reported on a “new protocol” being used by surgeons in Greenwich, CT, to reduce foot pain and patient reliance on opioids. As NYC foot doctors, we feel very sympathetic to people’s pain tolerance levels, but we also don’t want you putting drugs into your body if we can avoid it. We have been serving patients with leading-edge foot pain relief, advanced surgical techniques, and “best practice” post-surgical protocols for more than a decade.
You don’t have to be a tourist to indulge in a New York City food tour. And as local podiatrists, we advocate walking tours as an excellent way to stay active and enjoy all the Big Apple has to offer. If you find your feet start to ache, don’t assume it’s normal; instead, come see us at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine (with offices in Manhattan and White Plains) to address any discomfort you are experiencing. Often, it’s as simple as changing footwear, doing a few stretches, or slipping a pair of custom insoles into your shoes. So without further ado, here are a few foodie tours you can check out by foot (once the weather warms up some perhaps!)
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Wednesday, December 7th, 2016
We previously reported that Buffalo Bills Wide Receiver Sammy Watkins underwent foot surgery last May. He was back to running by July and returned to practice in August. But stress fractures are notorious for failing to heal as planned. Lingering pain caused Watkins to miss most of training camp, but he was back for the Bills’ third preseason game. Though he played in the season opener against the Baltimore Ravens, his minutes were cut short by foot soreness. He returned for the Week 2 Jets match but dropped out of practice. And in early October, we learned he was flying to visit Dr. Bob in North Carolina to get a second opinion on whether or not he should undergo further surgery. Buffalo Bills’ fans are unarguably some of the most dedicated in the league—and they’re surely waiting with bated breath to find out if Watkins is really on the mend or if they will suffer another disappointing blow this season.
Our patients represent a growing family of people who have rediscovered active, pain-free lives thanks to The Center For Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine’s foot and ankle specialists in New York City. We routinely meet people who have endured limited mobility, chronic pain, and continuous setbacks for six months or longer. Here is one of those stories—about a 48-year-old local government official who suffered from recurrent ankle sprains and Achilles tendon pain. He had tried physical therapy for his ankle injury in the past but just couldn’t get back to running.
You’ve been outside in the cold, and as you’re on your way in the house, you can’t wait to get your boots off. It feels like someone’s rubbed sandpaper on the tops of your toes—ouch! Upon closer inspection, you notice your toes are red, inflamed, and sore. They throb and itch uncontrollably. Is it a blister? Frostbite? Trench foot? It could actually be a common winter condition called chilblains (or pernio). Today, NYC podiatrists from The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine share important facts about this cold weather affliction and how to treat it.
What Causes Chilblains?
Essentially, chilblains are caused by an inflammatory response. “Chilblain flare-ups occur when the tiny blood vessels in your toes shut down to conserve heat,” explains Dr. Josef Geldwert, a board-certified foot surgeon in Manhattan. “Normally, these capillaries open up again when we go inside and warm up, but with chilblains sufferers, there is a 30-minute delay.” Without sufficient circulation and blood supply to gradually warm us, the skin becomes overheated and damaged. The hot, red, itchy inflammatory response occurs once the blood runs across the injured soft tissue.
Who Is At Risk?
We have seen chilblains in old people. We have seen them in children as young as six—often hours after they play in the snow. We have seen them in people who are otherwise completely healthy. Little is known about the precise cause of chilblains, but we believe there is an undiscovered genetic link. Approximately 1 out of 10 people are affected by chilblains, and there are certain risk factors that may predispose a person to get chilblains in the winter:
A location that has high humidity and cold temperatures but is not freezing
Treatments and Preventative Measures
You may be able to prevent chilblains by doing foot exercises to increase circulation. Make sure you are wearing loose wool socks (ideally two pairs of socks) and waterproof boots that have been professionally sized to fit your feet. Avoid a hot shower right away after coming inside. Instead, allow the feet time to gradually warm up or put them into a basin of warm water. Before you go outside, put on a moisturizing cream or a menthol ointment like Zambuk that is specially formulated to open up the blood vessels. Avoid smoking, eat a healthy diet, and be sure you are getting enough calcium, vitamin D, and B vitamins!
If you have chilblains, avoid scratching the site. Instead, you can apply calamine lotion to reduce itching and use lanolin to bring down the swelling. Although it may seem tempting, do not apply heat packs to the affected area. The best course of home treatment is to soak your feet in Epsom salt and lukewarm water for 20 minutes. The chilblains should heal completely on their own within 7-14 days, and, in most cases, they do not cause long-term damage. However, serious cases may turn into weepy ulcers. If you are diabetic, you should see your doctor immediately, as any small sore on the foot runs the risk of becoming a non-healing, infected ulcer. Infections can threaten life or limb, so if you are not seeing progress within two weeks or if the situation seems to be worsening with every passing day, seek medical attention from a NYC podiatrist.
A Podiatrist Can Help
One of the main reasons people seek a doctor’s opinion is to rule out something more serious like Raynaud’s Syndrome or lupus. Even if it is just a particularly severe case of chilblains, your doctor can prescribe a medicine such as nifedipine to dilate blood vessels or a topical steroid to expedite healing. UV light therapy or ultrasound may also increase circulation and natural healing factors while alleviating some of the pain. Additionally, we have special dressings to treat ulcers or broken skin and prevent infection. Whatever your exact situation, we’re happy to help you come up with a strategy to prevent recurring chilblains. Don’t suffer this winter; contact Manhattan podiatrists here.
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Wednesday, November 30th, 2016
Steroid injections such as cortisone shots can significantly decease foot pain within six to twelve weeks. However, this may not be the ideal solution for every patient, according to the White Plains foot doctors at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine. The team offers a wide arsenal of pain management technologies to help foot pain sufferers who may not be able to take steroids for various reasons.
Our Director, NY Podiatrist, Dr. Josef J. Geldwert is Board Certified in Foot and Ankle Surgery and is a recognized authority on the most advanced surgical techniques to correct bunions and hammertoes.
Dr. Katherine Lai is Board Certified in Foot Surgery and has lectured extensively on The Diabetic Foot and Wound Care and on the Scope and Practice of Holistic Podiatry at an Integrative Medicine conference.
“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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Dr. Josef J. Geldwert DPM, Dr. Katherine Lai DPM, Dr. Ryan Minara, DPM, and Dr. Mariola Rivera DPM serving Westchester County, White Plains, Ardsley, Bronxville, Harrison NY, Larchmont, Mamaroneck, New Rochelle, Rye, Scarsdale, Rye Brook, Chappaqua, and the surrounding area.
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