Foot pain seems like “a curse of middle age” that simply comes along with the territory. However, researchers from the University of Adelaide recently highlighted how lifestyle and the activities we choose contribute to the development of specific foot problems. What does YOUR lifestyle say about your future mobility? And, more importantly, what can you do to prevent foot pain in the future? Experts at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine in NYC weigh in on the latest information…
Arriving in a new city can be stressful, but TopDog Tours was founded to give newcomers a better NYC tour guide experience. The groups are small and intimate. “We want you to ask questions, interact, and have an amazing time going on our city walks,” explains co-founder Patrick Kelly.
As part of a well-rounded health care team, our NYC podiatrists love to see active New Yorkers enjoying Central Park right down the block from our Manhattan office. One of the best things you can do to ensure your mobility well into old age is to get out there every day and move your feet! Learn more about how guided tours can offer you an insightful way of experiencing the city.
Achilles tears are one of the most common athletic injuries treated at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine offices in White Plains and Manhattan. Some patients are so-called “weekend warriors” who suddenly increased their training after a long winter. Other patients are athletes in their prime who took a sudden misstep and heard the tell-tale “popping” sound.
Either way, it’s not an easy injury to endure, mentally or physically. You should work with a compassionate health care team that can see you through the lengthy recovery. You want professionals who have access to the latest technology and proven methods to get you back to the game faster and stronger than ever. We offer top-level care for athletes of all skill levels, even Olympians.
One of the latest stories that got our attention was squash player Amanda Sobhy’s Achilles rupture, which occurred right at the height of her ascending career.
New York City was built for walking. Everything is so close that you don’t necessarily even have to even take the subway to get where you need to go. Even if you do own a car, you probably still find yourself on foot for blocks at a time, treading the asphalt pavement and cement sidewalks like a warrior on a mission. Tens of thousands of us are avid runners on top of the everyday traction. Not surprisingly, a city like New York can be tough on your shoes.
Plantar fasciitis is a common condition that affects 2 million Americans. An estimated 1 in 10 sufferers have heel spurs, which are bony calcium deposits on the underside of the bone. It’s a common misconception that the “spur” itself is what causes the pain. In reality, only 5% of the people with heel spurs experience foot pain. Heel spurs generally develop in response to trauma like foot muscle strains, ligament tears, plantar fascia overstretching, and repeat tearing of the heel membrane.
Athletes who do a lot of running and jumping are especially prone to plantar fasciitis and heel spurs. We most commonly see the condition in runners who have flat, overpronating feet, with tight Achilles tendons and calves. Our doctors at The Center For Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine say NYC foot surgery is rarely needed to treat this condition.
More than 50 million Americans have doctor-diagnosed arthritis. There are over 100 types of arthritis, but the most common type is osteoarthritis, a degeneration of cartilage that affects 31 million U.S. men and women. Another common type is rheumatoid arthritis, which occurs when the immune system attacks healthy cartilage. By the time people reach their 60’s and 70’s, nearly 50% will have arthritis of the feet. For some people, arthritis is asymptomatic, but you are twice as likely to suffer foot pain if you have arthritis.
So what can you do to prevent this fate? To some extent, arthritis is genetic, but White Plains foot doctors say there are at least seven steps you can take today to stay mobile well into old age.
How much of a difference does a pair of high-performance socks really make? Just ask “true believer” and Gizmodo reader Casey Chan, who wrote: “I started long-distance running only about 1.5 years back. I just ran in generic Target cheap-o athletic socks. They were fine. For Christmas, I randomly asked for something called Smartwool’s PhD sock. They are stupid expensive for a pair of socks, but I vaguely heard they were good for long-distance trail running. HOLY COW. I only have the one pair right now, and I actually get excited on the days I go for a long run, and I find them waiting among my clan socks to wear. So comfortable, so secure, and my feet feel appreciably better. If it’s just a placebo effect, it is one hell of a placebo effect.”
NYC podiatrists at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine in Manhattan and White Plains recommend investing in the right socks for the activities you enjoy most if you want to keep your feet free from blisters, sweat, fungus, numbness, cold, chafing, calluses, and discomfort. The following suggestions have been compiled from Men’s Fitness, Field & Stream, Complex, Runner’s World,and our own experiences.
Check your calendar! The NY Road Runners Club is featuring a hot-selling (and FREE!) running history tour, but you’d better sign up fast. There is just one date remaining on May 20th at 11 a.m.! “These tours are a great way to liven up your routine,” says Dr. Josef J. Geldwert, a board-certified surgeon at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine. “You’ll have an even better appreciation for the landscape on your runs once you’ve learned more about the city’s history,” he explains.
Every year, more than three million people visit U.S. emergency rooms for foot and ankle injuries. But researchers from Plainview Hospital in New York and the Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine say heading to the hospital for urgent care is not enough to protect patients from long-term effects like arthritis, chronic pain, and disability. Patients who develop tendinitis and recurrent ankle sprains often sustained an initial injury that was improperly treated. The authors of the study recommend that patients get a second opinion from a specialist like an orthopedic surgeon to confirm the diagnosis and prevent further complications from sports injuries.
Here is the second interview in our “Get To Know Your NYC Foot Surgeon” series (if you missed the first, you can learn more about Dr. Mariola Rivera here). In today’s feature, we shine a spotlight on leading NYC podiatrist and foot/ankle surgeon, Dr. Josef J. Geldwert, who also happens to be the founder of The Center For Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine! He answers both serious and fun questions so you can get to know more about him and feel comfortable when you come to our Manhattan or White Plains podiatry office.
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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