Five High-Tech Tendon Repair Techniques White Plains Podiatrists Are Using

Posted by on Friday, December 29th, 2017

Overuse injuries such as tendinitis and tendon ruptures account for roughly 7 percent of all U.S. doctors’ office visits. As such, we’re used to seeing many patients with tendon issues at the Center For Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine—usually at least one person suffering from tendon injury stops by each week.

Fortunately, our White Plains podiatrists specialize in issues pertaining to tendons like the Achilles, the posterior tibial, and the peroneals. Our understanding of these injuries has greatly evolved over the past decade. Now over 80 percent of patients fully recover within three to six months, given appropriate treatment. We offer several novel, breakthrough tendon repair treatments here in our office that will get you back on your feet as soon as possible.

When you injure a tendon of the foot or ankle, you need the best treatment possible.
When you injure a tendon of the foot or ankle, you need the best treatment possible. Image Source: Unsplash user Jordan Whitt.

The Glitter Socks Trend: Will Sparkly Ankle Socks Become Fashionable in 2018?

Posted by on Wednesday, December 27th, 2017

If you were lucky enough to find a pair of sparkly ankle socks underneath your tree this year, then you’ll be happy to know you could be a forerunner of fashion for the coming year! According to the UK Guardian“Glitter socks with an open-toed sandal are set to everywhere at Christmas parties this season.” NYC podiatrists explore the surprising glitter socks trend as we move into 2018.

Glitter socks
Glitter already gets everywhere, and now it’s taking over socks too with this latest trend! Image Source: Flickr user Sarah-Rose.

NYC Podiatrists Discuss How to Avoid High Heel Pain on New Year’s Eve

Posted by on Monday, December 25th, 2017

As New York gears up for the ball drop ushering out 2017 and welcoming in 2018, New York City foot and ankle specialists gear up for a busy week or two. “New Year’s Eve is one of those celebrations where we know our bodies are going to feel it the next day, but we live dangerously anyway,” says NYC podiatrist Mariola Rivera, DPM. “One full night of high heels is enough to cripple a woman for the entire week, so it’s important to do what you can to minimize the pain and inflammation, even if you can’t give up your favorite pair of high heels.”

So in hopes of helping you ring in the new year with safety and comfort for your feet, our NYC podiatrists are offering their top eight tips for how to avoid high heel pain this New Year’s Eve.

high heel pain on New Year's Eve
High heel shoes come at a cost, but you can lessen the blow with these NYC podiatrist tips. Image Source: Unsplash user Caitlyn Wilson.

Winter Running Tips: Dr. Geldwert’s Advice for Taking Care of Your Feet in the Cold

Posted by on Friday, December 22nd, 2017

The new year is rapidly approaching, and soon many of us will renew our desires to increase physical fitness, get back into exercising, or start a new winter running routine. “This is a great idea, but you need to take extra care of your feet as you start a new running routine, especially while running in the cold,” says Dr. Josef J. Geldwert, the Doctor of Podiatric Medicine at the Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine in New York City. We encourage patients to follow these winter running tips to keep your feet in peak condition this winter.

winter running
It’s a great idea to start a winter running routine in 2018, as long as you follow these podiatrist-recommended tips! Image Source: PxHere.

Olympics News: Evgenia Medvedeva’s Injury Leaves Her Sidelined With a Foot Fracture

Posted by on Wednesday, December 20th, 2017

The 2018 Winter Olympics will be held February 9th-25th in Pyeongchang County, South Korea. As such, the next few months will be intense for Olympic hopefuls—and it’s not exactly the time you want to be in a leg cast if you’re a figure skater. This is the situation that Russia’s Evgenia Medvedeva—widely favored to take the gold in February—finds herself in now. She originally planned to continue competing in scheduled events, despite a stress fracture in one of her right foot bones. However, she was forced to pull out of the Grand Prix in Japan December 7-10, which was the last major international competition before the Winter Olympics. Today, we discuss Evgenia Medvedeva’s injury and other types of injuries figure skaters may experience.

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South Korea will host the 2018 Winter Olympics. Will it include Evgenia Medvedeva after her injury? Image Source: Flickr user Republic of Korea.

Exploring the Link Between Foot Pain and Weight Gain

Posted by on Monday, December 18th, 2017

Foot pain can make it seem impossible to lose weight. After all, who wants to exercise when they can’t even stay on their feet comfortably?

A recent study published in the Journal of Foot and Ankle Research found a “strong association” between obesity and chronic plantar heel pain. Over a two-year span, they examined whether changes in body weight corresponded with changes in foot pressure and if such fluctuations in body weight were associated with changes in foot pain intensity or limited function. The study confirmed an unfortunate fact: foot pain and weight gain are, indeed, closely connected. So what can we do with this information, and how can overweight individuals overcome such pain in order to reach a healthy weight?

It can be difficult to get on track with fitness when increased weight is associated with foot pain.
It can be difficult to get on track with fitness when increased weight is associated with foot pain. Image Source: Pixabay user taniadimas.

Podiatrist Recommended Walking Tour: Explore Mott Street NYC

Posted by on Friday, December 15th, 2017

NYC podiatrists love meeting people who enjoy walking and running. These patients understand that one must “use it or lose it” with regard to mobility. We routinely work with athletes who are eager to get back out there and enjoy the world as soon as possible.

In the past, recovery from foot or ankle injuries involved bed rest—lots and lots of bed rest! However, that prescription is not only impossible for most patients to follow, but it’s irresponsible in that it allows the soft tissues to essentially atrophy with disuse. We recommend taking a monitored, but active, recovery. Gentle stretching and walking as tolerated is an important part of healing. With today’s walking boots and air casts, it’s easier than ever.

So, what’s a fun and easy way to get some gentle exercise in? Walking tours! This way, you not only enjoy the many benefits of walking, but you get to explore some of the top local sights. We recommended this walking tour of Mott Street NYC from VOGUE as a nice itinerary for some of your leisurely recovery days.

Mott Street walking tour
Mott Street NYC is a lovely place for a leisurely foot/ankle rehabilitation walk. Image Source: Flickr user Carl Mikoy.

White Plains Podiatrists Discuss Five Facts About Slippers You Probably Didn’t Know

Posted by on Wednesday, December 13th, 2017

Slippers are commonly given as presents for the holidays. Like a plush spa robe, slippers convey the sentiment that the giver wants the recipient to feel comfortable and pampered. Yet, shopping for slippers isn’t always so easy. You’ll find they run the gamut from $11 Isotoners to Guccis topping $1,000, and everything in between. Today, White Plains podiatrists have five interesting facts about slippers you should know before you hit the shops looking for the perfect pair.

Shopping for slippers this holiday season? Here are a few things to keep in mind.
Shopping for slippers this holiday season? Here are a few things to keep in mind. Image Source: Pixabay user FotoEmotions.

Comfortable Shoes for Standing All Day: Tips From NYC Podiatrists

Posted by on Monday, December 11th, 2017

Foot pain has a tendency to make you hurt all over, with discomfort traveling up the kinetic chain and sometimes even leading to injuries in other areas of the body. You may think of such pain as an inevitable side effect of a long workday, but you would feel a whole lot different if you were standing on sand or plush memory foam for eight hours. The majority of New Yorkers spend the day on volatile surfaces like concrete, marble, and tile. These surfaces do not bend or flex with the arches, causing undue stress and fatigue.

Many of the people we see at the Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine work as hair stylists, bank tellers, waiters and chefs, baristas, bartenders, retail sales professionals, or manufacturing plant supervisors. Their feet are screaming by the end of the workday! When a 20-minute ice bath or foot massage won’t rejuvenate them, you may need to take a look at the type of foot support you’ve selected for day-to-day wear. Here are our top picks for comfortable shoes for standing all day long.

On your feet all day for work? Try one of these podiatrist recommended shoes.
On your feet all day for work? Try one of these podiatrist recommended shoes. Image Source: Unsplash user Sweet Ice Cream Photography.

Do I Need to See a Doctor for a Broken Toe? Treatment and Recovery Options

Posted by on Thursday, December 7th, 2017

If you’ve ever broken a toe, you know it hurts like hell. It’s such a small part of the body, and yet an injury there causes so much discomfort and chaos in your everyday life. You’ve probably heard many tall tales, like the mistaken belief that “there’s nothing you can do about a broken toe” or the false assumption that you can just “tape the toes and continue running.” But before you think of a broken toe as a “simple injury,” consider this: of the 26 bones in the foot, 19 are toe bones, and the velocity of the toe hitting a stationary object is said to fall between 60-80 mph. Each year, broken toes account for about 9 percent of fractures treated professionally.There’s a lot of potential for debilitating injury here!

While it’s true that we sometimes tell patients to rest, ice, compress, elevate, and wear a stiff-soled shoe following a toe injury—things people can do themselves at home—the important part of what we do is confirming the extent of the damage and giving patients peace of mind during their recovery. We can’t tell you how many people come to us months or even years down the road with complications from a broken toe that wasn’t evaluated at the time of injury. So if you’re asking yourself, “Do I need to see a doctor for a broken toe?”, we recommend you always get a professional assessment of a fractured toe as soon as possible to get you set off on the path to recovery.

consult a doctor if you break a toe
Take care of your toes, and consult a doctor if you break one. Image Source: Unsplash user Jan Romero.