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.

NYC Latinos & Hispanics Find A Friend Who Knows About Feet In Dr. Rivera

Posted by on Friday, January 27th, 2017

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.


NBA News: League’s Sixth-Leading Scorer Returns After Achilles Trouble

Posted by on Wednesday, January 18th, 2017

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.”

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The Mavericks have had a difficult time this year, especially with the loss of leading scorer Dirk Nowitzki with an Achilles injury. (Image Source:

TENEX FAST Procedure Offers New Yorkers Relief From Tendon Pain

Posted by on Monday, November 28th, 2016

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.”

The TENEX procedure can work wonders for patients who have torn or degenerated tendons causing severe pain and disability, and it’s available right here at your local New York City podiatrist office.

Tendon pain is no match for the TENEX procedure.
Tendon pain is no match for the TENEX procedure. Image Source: Wikimedia user Rotatebot.

Patient Success Story: Using Regenerative Medicine To Heal Chronic Achilles Heel Tendon Pain

Posted by on Monday, November 7th, 2016

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.

Pain in the Achilles heel can put uncomfortable limitations on your mobility
Pain in the Achilles heel can put uncomfortable limitations on your mobility. Image Source: Flickr CC user Bob M~

Running News: How One Triathlete Overcame Chronic Achilles Pain with Stem Cells

Posted by on Wednesday, July 27th, 2016

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.

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Recovery from Achilles trouble has been a 10-year struggle for Melanie Betts of Worcestershire, UK. Sound familiar? (Image Source: Facebook user melanie.betts1)

NHL News: What’s the Prognosis for Tyler Seguin’s Achilles Injury Recovery?

Posted by on Wednesday, May 18th, 2016

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.

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A hockey skate can be as good as a weapon, slicing the Achilles like a knife during game play. (Image Credit: Flickr CC user Paul L Dineen)

Avoiding Tendonitis: Hunter Pence’s Achilles Inflammation Treatment

Posted by on Wednesday, April 13th, 2016

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?

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Baseball players can present with many different types of Achilles tendon problems. (Image Source:

NBA News: Update on Timberwolves’ Nikola Pekovic’s Achilles Recovery

Posted by on Wednesday, March 30th, 2016

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.

Minnesota Timberwolves will have to deal with being down a big man for the rest of the season thanks to Pekovic's slow Achilles recovery. | Image Source: Wikipedia via Minnesota Timberwolves
Minnesota Timberwolves will have to deal with being down a big man for the rest of the season thanks to Pekovic’s slow Achilles recovery. | Image Source: Wikipedia via Minnesota Timberwolves

Is It an Achilles Rupture or a Sprained Ankle? Why 1 in 4 Achilles Tendon Ruptures Are Misdiagnosed

Posted by on Monday, February 29th, 2016

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.

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Did you know Achilles tendon ruptures do not always cause pain? Image Source: