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.
Hispanics and Latinos make up 27.5% of New York City’s population. This group suffers from foot pain and health issues like any other, yet they tend to be more reluctant to seek professional help. The first step toward wellness is asking your primary doctor to check your feet and give you a referral to a foot and ankle specialist who can offer state-of-the-art care. Dr. Mariola Rivera, DPM is a friend to Hispanics and Latinos in the New York City area who are looking for a Spanish-speaking, board-certified podiatrist to add to their healthcare team.
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The Star-Telegram called Dirk Nowitzki “the greatest player to put on a Dallas Mavericks uniform.” Though he’s ranked the sixth-leading NBA scorer in history, Nowitzki missed 25 games this season with a strained right Achilles tendon. With 11 wins and 26 losses this season, the Mavs could certainly using the scoring power right about now. He began clocking minutes earlier this month, averaging between 20 and 30 — which is a workload he can handle, says Mavericks beat writer Eddie Sefko, that should “allow him to remain one of the most dangerous offensive weapons on the team.”
Chronic tendon pain has been fairly misunderstood in the scientific community until the last 5-10 years, according to Josef Geldwert, a board-certified Doctor of Podiatric Medicine in New York City. Previously, all tendon issues were categorized as “tendonitis,” which implies inflammation and is treated with cortisone shots, rest, ice, and sometimes physical therapy. Some patients healed during this treatment, but many continued to suffer from chronic tendon troubles. Often, these patients would go on to have surgical debridement, which fixed the problem but resulted in long recovery times.
“We now know that the problem is not necessarily inflammation but weakened collagen and tissue degeneration, which tends to occur after eight or ten weeks,” explains Dr. Geldwert. “Fortunately, technology exists that helps patients get back on their feet again without major surgery.”
There is no reason to suffer from chronic tendon pain in the New York City/White Plains area with The Center For Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine right around the corner. Our team focuses on minimally invasive regenerative techniques and advanced foot and ankle therapies that prompt faster healing to get you back to the activities you love—often within six months or less. We’re confident in the high-quality services we offer, but some patient success stories have exceeded our expectations. One of those stories involves a 50-year-old retired police officer with chronic Achilles tendon pain in the back of his heel.
Melanie Bett feared her running days were over when her Achilles tendon trouble started up again. The 49-year-old woman from Worcestershire, England had already experienced pain at the 2015 ITU World Triathlon Grand Final and World Championships last September. Betts’ story is a familiar one at our NYC clinic (and at most sports medicine centers): worldwide, there are more than 30 million tendon and ligament injuries treated by professionals each year.
Tyler Seguin of the Dallas Stars is one of the top scorers in the league – with 234 points, he trails only Sidney Crosby, Jamie Benn, and Patrick Kane. When we heard Tyler Seguin suffered a gruesome sliced Achilles on March 17th, the news hurt in more ways than one. And his recovery was recently sidelined by another injury during his first game back. What does the future hold for this all-star, and what can people recovering at home expect from a similar Achilles injury? Our team at The Center For Podiatric Care & Sports Medicine in NYC offer their insight.
It’s good news for San Francisco Giants fans: a precautionary MRI in March revealed no serious structural damage to Outfielder Hunter Pence’s Achilles tendon – only inflammation. He made his spring debut and hit a home run March 11th. But what exactly happened to the two-time World Series Champion? And what does his prognosis mean in terms of his longevity for the season, from a podiatrist’s perspective?
Achilles tendon surgery has come a long way over the years — particularly when done by a skilled, experienced surgeon like our own Dr. Josef J. Geldwert — but patients still must prepare themselves for a lengthy period of rehabilitation. Back in November, we reported on the Achilles tendon injury that sidelined the Minnesota Timberwolves’ Nikola Pekovic. His story really illustrates what sort of slow, challenging recovery patients can expect following an Achilles operation.
A quarter of all impending Achilles tendon ruptures are missed during initial examinations, according to a new study from researchers at the University School of Osteopathic Medicine and the Rothman Institute of Jefferson Medical College. Proper diagnosis is the linchpin of successful treatment outcomes, no matter what foot or ankle injury is being treated, so this is a topic that very much concerns podiatrists across the country, including us here at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine where Achilles injury management is one of our specialties.
“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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