Injury can quickly derail your plans to stay active and healthy. For many of us, working out and training is tied to our mental health and overall feeling of well-being. “Hard” bone injuries leave us no choice but to stop what we’re doing and seek emergency care. By contrast, soft tissue injuries can sneak up on us and give us mixed signals on when it’s safe to return to sport. The experts at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine offer ankle injury treatment and tips for knowing whether you have a sprain, strain, or tear, and what you can do to get yourself back into shape.
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Wednesday, September 5th, 2018
A 56-year-old man sustained a broken ankle while go-kart racing in Mount Kisco. The incident occurred July 25th at the Grand Prix New York on Bedford Road when the man slammed into a tire wall. Westchester EMS responded and transported the man to Northern Westchester Hospital Center for treatment. If you’re experience ankle pain after go-karting, you may have sustained an ankle injury. Podiatrists at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine say go-kart-related ankle injuries are all too common.
It’s been over a month since NHL’s Ryan Suter finished his season with a fractured right ankle. Suter was averaging four more minutes of game time than any other Wild player at the time and led the team in shorthanded and power play ice time. Over the season, he amassed 51 points in 78 games, including 45 assists. Not too shabby. That put him just behind Jason Zucker, Mikael Granlund, and Eric Staal in the team standings. He proved to be one of the Wild’s hardier players, ending his 242 consecutive game streak.
Without their top defenseman and leading assistant, they were easily knocked out of the Stanley Cup Playoffs by the Winnipeg Jets, who took it to the next level after dominating the series 4-1. There were other factors, of course: some questionable calls (and lack thereof), not to mention the loss of Zach Parise mid-series and Jared Spurgeon’s less-than-100% performance following a hamstring injury.
Whether you’re a Wild fan or a fellow ankle surgery candidate, you may find yourself wondering: What happens during ankle surgery, and what’s the recovery process? The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine has foot and ankle surgeons on staff in New York City who specialize in this type of injury.
People tend to think of podiatrists as “the place you go for bunions and plantar warts,” not ankle or foot injury. Here at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine, we actually see a lot of patients with acute trauma such as ankle sprains, broken foot bones, and torn Achilles tendons. Should you go to the hospital for a sprained ankle or other foot injury, the trip could end up being even more painful.
There are a number of things that can complicate a straightforward ankle sprain injury—cartilage damage, loose bone fragments, cyst development, tears in surrounding structures, or nerve entrapment, to name a few. You can never be too careful within the first 48 hours of an injury. Our White Plains sports medicine doctors and board-certified podiatrists can evaluate you immediately. Certainly, if you have pain a week later, do not hesitate to see a foot and ankle specialist. In the meantime, here are five things to consider when seeking care for ankle sprains.
The ankle is crucial to stability in our gait, but could it hold the secret to increased female libido? In a world absent of “the little blue pill” for women, doctors are pioneering a new therapy involving electric shock to the ankle they say heightens sexual desire by increasing blood supply. The rate of sexual dysfunction in published literature ranges from 10 to 28% of adult women, depending on the study. Some reports suggest the numbers could be as high as 43%. “We are really hopeful this could help many women,” says biomedical engineer Tim Bruns at the University of Michigan.
“When we think of a bruise, we think of mild pain and some discoloration that generally goes away within a couple weeks. A bone bruise is actually a fracture of the innermost layer of bone. This can be incredibly painful. Unlike a skin hematoma that has room to spread out, blood within a bone pools into a smaller lump, which is why this type of injury hurts so much,” Dr. Geldwert explains. “Frankly, we’ve seen cases of pain persisting up to a year.”
That’s a long time to suffer from bone bruise pain! Fortunately, knowing what to do at the time of injury and in the months that follow will put you on a path of quicker recovery with less foot and ankle pain.
The New York Yankees drafted Greg Bird in the fifth round of the 2011 draft with a $1.1 million bonus. He was selected as a catcher and served several years playing with the Yankees’ rookie league affiliates. In August 2015, the Yankees announced they were promoting Bird to serve as the backup to Mark Teixeira on first base. When Teixeira injured his leg, Bird became “the guy.” The heavy hitter finished the season with 11 home runs and 31 RBIs. Although he missed all of 2016 due to a right shoulder injury, Bird showed promise at training camp—until a “bruised right ankle” put him on the 10-day disabled list.
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Wednesday, February 8th, 2017
You’ve been doing Pilates for weeks or even months now. You really enjoy the zen-like calm you get from your sessions, and you feel your body growing stronger day by day. There is just one problem—you have this vague ankle pain and swelling that makes it difficult to point or pull the toes up. Flexor impingement syndrome of the ankle is a common issue among Pilates lovers, but it’s still something you should have a professional podiatrist examine.
The traditional prescription for foot and ankle sprains has always been “RICE” — rest, ice, compression, and elevation. It sounds simple enough for patients to do at home, but researchers say the rules need a little explaining — and some updating, too. Naturally, our NYC podiatrists want you to come in for an evaluation before you attempt to self-diagnose and treat yourself.
“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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