People with a predisposition toward bunions start to notice abnormal developments around their big or small toes by the time they reach their twenties or thirties. Bunions can strike at any age, however, according to the Manhattan podiatrists at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine. Kids can even develop surprisingly adult-like bunions at very young ages. “We recommend that parents hold off on surgical considerations until the child has reached skeletal maturity and the growth plates have closed,” says Dr. Josef J. Geldwert, DPM. He says this occurs between 13-15 for girls and 15-17 for boys. In the meantime, there are conservative measures that may prevent the bunion from getting worse.
What better way to take charge of your health and mobility than to get out walking every day? In New York City, there is no shortage of interesting ways to put on your running shoes and explore new nooks and crannies. We love the many NYC walking tours that shed light and perspective on the history of this great city, and one of the newest options is “The Unofficial Hamiltour” offered by award-winning tour operator Broadway Up Close.
Actress Gwyneth Paltrow was spotted in Los Angeles at the end of May, wearing a soft cast on her right foot. The Daily Mailspeculated that the cause could have been Paltrow’s assertion that “earthing”—walking without shoes to “absorb electrons from the earth and neutralize free radicals”—is the way to improve mood, inflammation, and insomnia. They also pointed to ex-husband Chris Martin’s admission that Paltrow suffers from osteopenia, a decrease in bone density and a precursor to osteoporosis. She appeared on Jimmy Kimmel a few days ago to set the record straight.
There are plenty of claims for “Best Podiatrist in NYC,” and one doctor even calls himself “the Bunion King of New York.” With so many choices, we thought we’d help you out by going a step further than just listing our credentials. Our “Get To Know Your Foot Surgeon” spotlight series reveals the passion behind the practitioners at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine—plus a few fun details about our board-certified podiatric surgeons and foot/ankle specialists. After all, why not go to an office where you’ll be in good company and feel comfortable? So far you’ve met Dr. Mariola Rivera, the NYC Latino community’s favorite bilingual foot doctor; Dr. Ryan Minara, our steak-eating, Jeopardy-loving safari adventurer with a passion for complex foot issues like Charcot deformity; and our center’s founder, Dr. Josef J. Geldwert, an avid marathon runner with five children, numerous surgical device patents, and a belief in “Where there’s a will, there’s a way.” Now in our most recent interview, you’ll meet Dr. Katherine Lai, our resident biopuncture expert with an adventurous spirit and love of cooking.
The FDA recently approved laser therapy for the treatment of plantar fasciitis heel pain. Studies of the FX 635 laser show dramatic pain reduction in patients whose symptoms did not improve with conservative treatments for five years. The average patient scored a 68 on the VAS pain scale, which decreased down to an 8 with treatment. Like other therapeutic lasers, the FX 635 uses energy to prompt the body’s natural healing processes.
When White Plains podiatrists conduct X-rays on patients with plantar fasciitis, about one in ten will have a bone spur. Patients who hear this fact often assume some type of “bony outgrowth” is the root cause of their stabbing pain. However, the reality is that only one in twenty people with heel spurs experience foot pain, and often, heel pain can be treated without removing the spur. Here are five facts you may not know about what causes foot spurs and the treatment options available.
Some Olympic weightlifting shoes have raised heels designed to help weightlifters maintain a straight posture and compensate for limited ankle mobility. These heels are much different than the high heels you may wear out on a Saturday night, though. For starters, the heels are much broader and are usually 0.75 inches or shorter—which is much lower than two or three-inch fashion heels or six-inch stilettos. In fact, many foot and ankle experts caution avid weightlifters and strength trainers against wearing high heel shoes altogether.
As avid runners, the podiatrists and sports medicine doctors at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine love any chance to get outdoors, clock our miles, and keep our feet stretched. In our opinion, running is one of the best ways to strengthen the muscles of the foot and ankle to ensure greater mobility for years to come. City Running Tours is one of the local operators offering a chance to jog around and learn about different parts of our beautiful NYC. And their tagline, “Sweat and sightsee in New York City,” sounds like a good motto to us!
New York City is a great place to be every day, but especially today—Global Running Day! There are many ways to celebrate around the city, whether you are a runner yourself or you just want to support loved ones who are passionate about staying active. This year, young runners can pledge to be a part of the Million Kid Run, and adults can participate in free events in all five boroughs.
It’s a runner’s dream-come-true: shoes that roll up, fitting into a gym bag or a pocket with ease. It’s lightweight footwear that feels as natural as barefoot running, but without the cuts and blisters. The idea was developed by Czech inventor Petr Prochazka while planning an ultralight backpacking trip through Norway. His June 2016 Kickstarter campaign exceeded its initial $10K goal in about a month, raising over $650,000 pledged by nearly 10,000 hikers, runners, backpackers, and travelers. The Chicago Tribunenamed it one of the “internet’s favorite projects” from 2016. But the question our NYC podiatrists are interested in is, will these barefoot socks ever replace the shoe?
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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