A Newcomer’s Guide To Walking Tours In New York City

Posted by on Friday, March 31st, 2017

Walking shapes up your brain, circulation, bones, and mood. And if you’re new to New York City, there’s no better way to get to know your way around the Big Apple. The Manhattan podiatrists here at The Center For Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine would love to be your guides to keeping your feet healthy while you explore all that New York City has to offer.

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Brooklyn’s Prospect Park is the ideal starting point for walking in New York City. Image Source: Wikimedia user GK tramrunner229.

NCAA News: Torn Achilles Tendon Takes The Spring Out of Minnesota’s Step

Posted by on Wednesday, March 29th, 2017

The Minnesota Golden Gophers finished fourth in The Big Ten after losing in the quarterfinals to the Michigan Wolverines—who went on to beat Wisconsin on March 12th and become the 2017 Big Ten Champions. Now, the Wolverines are in the heart of the NCAA Championships, battling it out for the division win. You could chalk part of Minnesota’s loss to losing Akeem Springs—their point guard, who is also considered the “intellectual, emotional leader of the team”—to an Achilles rupture right when they needed him most.

How will the Minnesota Golden Gophers recover from the loss of Springs?
How will the Minnesota Golden Gophers recover from the loss of Springs? Image Source: Wikimedia user WxGopher.

Does Antifungal Soap Really Treat the Symptoms of Foot Fungus?

Posted by on Monday, March 27th, 2017

“Foot fungus” is a blanket term that includes plantar warts, athlete’s foot, and onychomycosis (toenail fungus). These infections are easily contracted around pools, locker rooms, and showers—and they’re notoriously difficult to clear up. Recurrence rates as high as 53% have been reported for toenail fungus. Antifungal soap on its own is not enough to “cure” a fungal outbreak, but it is a helpful agent in preventing future recurrences and in treating the symptoms.

Could the soap you use help with your foot fungus? Image Source: Pixabay user KRiemer.
Could the soap you use help with your foot fungus? Image Source: Pixabay user KRiemer.

How Prosthetic Limbs Are Getting Amputation Patients Back On Their Feet

Posted by on Friday, March 24th, 2017

The word “amputation” strikes fear in the hearts of patients with foot pain and injury. As such, it’s not a word we like to use very often here in the office. We offer the most advanced technology geared toward alleviating pain, treating the root cause of foot and ankle injuries, and salvaging limbs. Yet, we feel it’s also important to clarify that amputation isn’t what it was even twenty years ago. As the NY Times reports, many New Yorkers are choosing to lose their limbs in favor of the latest prosthetic technology to lead more active lifestyles.

In some cases, New Yorkers would rather have a prosthetic limb, to get back to normal faster, than deal with the uncertainty of reconstructive surgery.
In some cases, New Yorkers would rather have a prosthetic limb rather than deal with the uncertainty of reconstructive surgery. Image Source: Wikimedia user OttawaAC.

White Plains Foot Surgeon Tips: What to Do About a Smelly Foot Cast

Posted by on Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017

Casts are common immobilization devices used in White Plains podiatry. Unfortunately, a cast can form a very unappealing odor in a matter of days. The unpleasant odor occurs when the cast becomes wet or moist for any reason. Moisture, particularly sweat, feeds the bacteria on your skin’s surface, resulting in that awful odor. While you may be doing an excellent job keeping your cast out of water, sweating can still cause you to feel self-conscious. Our NY foot surgeons have a few tips for getting through this challenging time in your recovery.

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Don’t let a smelly foot cast get you down! Our White Plains foot doctors have a number of solutions. Image Source: Wikimedia user Pagemaker787.

AmnioFix: A New Product For Plantar Fasciitis Treatment

Posted by on Monday, March 20th, 2017

Looking for a plantar fasciitis treatment that’s on the cutting edge of science? Wonder how professional athletes rebound from chronic pain and get back into the game so fast? AmnioFix® by MiMedx is a NYC sports medicine doctor’s “secret weapon.” We offer this revolutionary product to patients at our White Plains and Manhattan offices, particularly those who are experiencing slow healing of the plantar fascia tissue.

NYC Podiatrists Recommend Satisfying Your Sweet Tooth on a Walking Tour

Posted by on Friday, March 17th, 2017

NYC offers an abundance of small specialty shops and bakeries to satisfy your sweet tooth. So if you’ve got a taste for sweets, Sugartooth Tours will introduce you to a few of the best-kept secrets of the local dessert world. “I was always trying to find the best off-the-beaten-path bakeries with the best desserts,” said Tour Creator Sarah Morgan. Her bakery tours have been growing in popularity since she started offering them five years ago, and isn’t just about sweet treats, but about local history, lore and trivia, too.

Our NYC podiatrists recommend taking this walking tour to see different parts of the city, and to keep yourself mobile for many years to come.

MLB News: Brett Lawrie Highlights the Potential Dangers of Orthotics

Posted by on Wednesday, March 15th, 2017

Custom orthotics can serve as a first step for addressing a wide range of foot and ankle injuries at many podiatry offices. Naturally, your podiatrist will want to start with the least invasive treatment method that could be successful in treating and addressing your injury or ailment. This makes custom orthotics a go-to solution for many patients.

But athletes have some additional and unique concerns that must be taken into consideration. At The Center For Podiatric Care & Sports Medicine, we are not only NYC podiatrists; we are sports medicine physicians too. We understand total body biomechanics and we are very aware of how a foot-related treatment can have a much broader impact, affecting other structures such as the the ankles, legs, back and neck. Former Chicago White Sox infielder Brett Lawrie recently highlighted what happens when medical professionals do not take these complexities into consideration when prescribing treatment, including a seemingly straightforward treatment option such as custom orthotics.

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Orthotics are often used by professional athletes such as MLB players, but their use should be monitored, say NYC sports doctors. (Image Source: Flickr.com)

Get to Know Your NYC Foot Surgeon: Dr. Mariola Rivera

Posted by on Monday, March 13th, 2017

If you were to Google the phrase “NYC foot surgeon,” you would be confronted by more than 800 results. Google “NYC podiatrist” and there are more than 17,000 results. There are plenty of foot specialists in Manhattan who can treat issues such as chronic pain, deformity and acute injuries.

But your visit is more than just an exam or treatment; it’s other aspects such as patient-doctor rapport and “bedside manner” that lead to a positive, productive visit. You want to feel comfortable in your podiatrist’s office, as though your concerns are heard and your preferences are taken into consideration when treatment is prescribed. You want to be able to laugh a little, even when you feel nervous. You want a doctor you connect with, and someone who is passionate about the work they do.

In our “Get To Know Your NYC Foot Surgeon” series, we feature interviews with our care providers so you can get to know us better, whether you’re a prospective patient or a current patient. First up is Dr. Mariola Rivera, a NYC foot surgeon who is bilingual in Spanish and English.

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Looking for one of the top foot doctors in NYC? Try Dr. Rivera at The Center for Podiatric Care & Sports Medicine, near Central Park. (Image Source: Twitter.com)

NYC Podiatrists Offer Drug-Free Pain Treatments for High School Athletes

Posted by on Friday, March 10th, 2017

Sports are a leading cause of injury among high school students, but did you know sports trauma is a leading cause of addiction among student athletes? WKRN News, based out of Tennessee, reports that kids who play sports have a higher than average chance of being prescribed hydrocodone, oxycodone and other potentially addictive opioid drugs following an injury. Long term usage of these potent drugs can result in physical dependence that can be challenging to overcome.

The 18-to-25 demographic is also impacted by another opioid: heroin. Many users report that they transitioned from prescription painkillers to heroin after their physicians cut off access to prescribed medications. This age demographic accounts for one of the fastest-growing population segments seeking help at addiction treatment facilities. Many of these patients were once athletes, according to Dean Porterfield, Director of Adolescent and Young Men’s Services.

This frightening reality has many concerned parents seeking sports medicine clinics that offer alternatives to prescription painkillers to lower a teen athlete’s risk of addiction. The Center For Podiatric Care & Sports Medicine, with offices in Manhattan and White Plains, offers a number of innovative therapies to address foot and ankle injuries without the usage of opioid drugs.

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Prescription drugs for pain can lead injured teenage athletes on the path toward addiction. (Image Source: Pixel.com)