Ankle Injury Treatment: Is It a Sprain, Strain, or Tear?

Posted by on Monday, October 29th, 2018

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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Is your injury a sprain, strain, or tear? NYC podiatrists discuss foot and ankle injury treatment. [Image: Wikimedia.org]

Are You Experiencing Ankle Pain After Go-Karting? NYC Podiatrists Can Help.

Posted by on 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.

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If you’re experience ankle pain after go-karting, you may have sustained an ankle injury. White Plains podiatrists say go-kart-related ankle injuries are all too common. [Image Source: Unsplash user kvanginkel_]

NHL News: Ryan Suter’s Ankle Fracture Knocks Minnesota Wild Out of the Playoffs

Posted by on Wednesday, May 9th, 2018

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.

Podiatrist vs. ER: Should You Go to the Hospital for a Sprained Ankle or Other Foot Injury?

Posted by on Friday, April 6th, 2018

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.

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NYC podiatrists reveal why it makes financial sense to see them for a sprained ankle or foot injury instead of the ER. [Image Source: Flickr user MrTMan]

White Plains Podiatrists Discuss: Care For Ankle Sprains

Posted by on Wednesday, March 28th, 2018

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.

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Are you among the 25,000 ankle sprains that happened today? White Plains podiatrists are here to help. [Image Source: Flickr user Ari Bakker]

Shocking News: How Electric Shock To The Ankle Can Increase Female Libido

Posted by on Monday, March 26th, 2018

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.

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Electrical stimulation is a great treatment for many issues, without side effects. [Image Source: Pexels user rawpixels.com]

How to Treat Bone Bruise Pain in Your Foot or Ankle

Posted by on Wednesday, February 14th, 2018

If you’ve been diagnosed with a bone bruise, you may be confused about what this actually means. “The term ‘bone bruise’ downplays this type of injury,” explains Dr. Josef J. Geldwert, DPM, from New York City’s Center For Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine.

“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.

NYC podiatrists share how to heal lingering bone bruises at home.
NYC podiatrists share how to heal lingering bone bruises at home. Image Source: Unsplash user 13on.

MLB News: Yankees’ Greg Bird Undergoes Ankle Bone Surgery

Posted by on Wednesday, August 30th, 2017

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.

The os trigonum is a small extra ankle bone that could cause big problems.
The os trigonum is a small extra ankle bone that could cause big problems. Image Source: Wikimedia user Hellerhoff.

Why Pilates Lovers Should Seek Professional Care for Ankle Flexor Inpingement

Posted by on 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.

Pay attention to any ankle pain during Pilates!
Pay attention to any ankle pain during Pilates! Image Source: Flickr user Centro Culturale Khatawat.

RICE Treatment For Sprains: Are You Doing It All Wrong?

Posted by on Monday, January 30th, 2017

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.

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Is the RICE method of treating a sprain outdated? Is it backed by research? Are you doing it all wrong? NYC podiatrists explain. (Image Source: VISMMD.com)