Podiatrist in NYC: Meet Dr. Vera Malezhik, DPM

Posted by on Monday, December 3rd, 2018

The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine was founded by Dr. Josef Geldwert, DPM in 1990. Since then, we’ve built a team of the best podiatrists in NYC and we’re always happy to welcome even more talented professionals to our practice. This year, we’re pleased to welcome a new Doctor of Podiatric Medicine to our practice: Dr. Vera Malezhik.

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Dr. Vera Malezhik is a former collegiate tennis player, fluent English/Russian speaker, and a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine at our NYC practice. [Image Source: ZocDoc.com]

Does Biopuncture Injection Therapy Speed Up Injury Recovery?

Posted by on Friday, November 30th, 2018

At The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine, many of our patients are athletes eager to return back to sports after an injury. Naturally, our patients all want to know how recovery can be expedited, so they can get back to competing. Conventional wisdom has said that popping an ibuprofen makes life more bearable and interventions like icing, elevating, and compressing help. But is there something that could potentially speed up the recovery process? NYC podiatrists discuss biopuncture injection therapy.

You’ve probably heard of complementary therapies like acupuncture and massage therapy, but you may not have heard of biopuncture. This minimally-invasive treatment is available at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine to treat a variety of conditions, particularly plantar fasciitis, tendinitis, and ankle sprains.

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Biopuncture is a type of holistic healing that is designed to expedite natural tissue repair. [Image Source: GreenHouseHealth.com]

Restless Legs Syndrome Treatment: White Plains Doctors Explore Options

Posted by on Wednesday, November 28th, 2018

When it comes to Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS) treatment, one must first find the cause. Last year, researchers at the Institute of Neurogenomics at the Helmholtz Center in Munich, Germany discovered the underlying causes of RLS. After studying 46,000 people, they discovered 13 new gene variants that raise the risk of developing the condition, which affects up to 10% of US and European populations.

People with “restless” feet and legs experience a host of terribly unpleasant sensations, ranging from itching, aching, and tugging, to the feeling of insects crawling beneath their skin. RLS most commonly strikes at night, but can also trouble people during long flights, road trips, theatre performances, or while dining out. Fatigue worsens the severity of the symptoms. Imbalance of the neurotransmitter dopamine is the cause of these feelings, traced back to errors in embryonic nervous system development.

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People with “restless” feet and legs experience a host of terribly unpleasant sensations, ranging from itching, aching, and tugging. [Image Source: Shutterstock.com]

Ankle Instability: NYC Podiatrists Offer Tips and Treatment

Posted by on Monday, November 26th, 2018

While it’s not easy to hit the “pause” button on your life when something goes wrong in your body, it is especially imperative with regard to ankle instability. The risk for re-injury or developing a chronic condition is high after sustaining an initial ankle injury. After an errant step off the curb or plant-and-twist motion, the ankle may feel unstable, wobbly, and weak. Tenderness, persistent swelling, and discomfort are commonly experienced. If left untreated, long-term problems are likely.

At The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine, we can help you properly care for your injured ankle in the immediate aftermath to avoid ongoing complications.

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Just a routine ankle sprain? Not if you don’t treat it with due care, say NYC podiatrists! [Image Source: Flickr@internetarchivebookimages]

Horizontal Lines on Toenails: Causes and Treatment in NYC

Posted by on Friday, November 23rd, 2018

We understand your concern if you’ve began to see horizontal lines on your toenails. Podiatrists at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine offices in Manhattan and White Plains field questions from concerned patients who worry that these horizontal toenail lines are something they shouldn’t ignore.

In this article, we’ll list serious and not-so-serious causes of nail ridges, let you know when to seek professional help, and explain what we can do to treat the problem.

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Do you have horizontal lines on your toenails? It could be Beau’s Lines or a sign of underlying illness. [Image Source: ResearchGate.net]

The Most Common Basketball Injuries Plague the Brooklyn Nets

Posted by on Wednesday, November 21st, 2018

Injury to the ankle and foot are among the most common basketball injuries. For the past few years, players from the Brooklyn Nets have suffered an inordinate amount of foot, toe, and ankle injuries. In fact, according to NothinButNets.com, no Net played in all 82 games for the 2016-2017 season and Spencer Dinwiddie led the team in games played in 2017-2018 with 80 of 82. Looking back, here are some of the team’s worst lower extremity injuries in recent history.

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Injury to the ankle and foot are among the most common basketball injuries. [Image Source: shutterstock.com]

Reduce Foot Pain From High Heels With These Podiatrist Recommendations

Posted by on Monday, November 19th, 2018

Podiatrists at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine understand the love-hate relationship you likely have with your favorite pair of high-heel shoes. You love them because they complete your outfit but you hate them because, by the end of the day, your feet are begging you to take them off. We also understand that there are times when you wear high heels, even through the pain. While we can’t promise ways to eliminate pain from wearing high heels, here we offer tips for reducing foot pain from high heels.

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While we can’t promise ways to eliminate pain from wearing high heels, here we offer tips for reducing foot pain from high heels. [Image Source: shutterstock.com]

NYC Podiatrist Discuss the Most Common Foot Problems

Posted by on Friday, November 16th, 2018

The majority of Americans suffer from some type of foot pain, ranging from blisters to ulcers. Most problems are easily treated by podiatrists through conservative measures, but there are some troubles only corrected through surgery. No one wants to undergo an operation, but quality of life can be so much better for people with three of the most common foot problems: debilitating bunions, hammertoes, and neuromas.

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No one wants to undergo an operation, but quality of life can be so much better for people with three of the most common foot problems. [Image Source: Unsplash user Julie Johnson]

Does Red Wine Cause Gout? Find Out What Research Says

Posted by on Wednesday, November 14th, 2018

Gout is the most common type of inflammatory arthritis, affecting more than 8 million Americans each year. Primary symptoms include debilitating pain, reddening, and swelling of the joints—particularly the big toes. One sufferer said it felt like his right big toe “was being skewered by a pitchfork”—shiny, bright red, and “agonizing to touch.”

The ankles, knees, hands, wrists, elbows, and feet may also exhibit painful inflammation. This reaction occurs when there is too much uric acid in the body. The body produces uric acid to break down purines found in all food. If the kidneys do not process uric acid effectively, purine forms crystals in the joints. An acute gout attack can last anywhere from three to 10 days if untreated.

No one really knows what causes the kidneys to have difficulty processing uric acid, but we find that many of our patients are asking: Does red wine cause gout?

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No one really knows what causes the kidneys to have difficulty processing uric acid, but we find that many of our patients are asking: Does red wine cause gout? [Image Source: Unpslash user Terry Vlisidis]

Diabetic Foot Ulcers: Are Smart Bandages the Cure?

Posted by on Monday, November 12th, 2018

Bandages have come a long way since Johnson & Johnson released the Band-Aid in 1920. It was a major advancement when non-stick Band-Aids were developed for kids and when bandages already saturated in antibiotic ointment were created. Now, bandages are evolving to keep up with growing trends in technology. New, “smart” bandages can be especially beneficial for those with diabetes as the risk of developing a foot ulcer is 25% in patients with diabetes. Podiatrists at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine discuss this new technology and how it could have the potential to save limbs.

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From wearable sensors to healing proteins, today’s newest bandages for diabetes hold great promise. [Image Source: Wearable-Technologies.com]