Study: Metal Plate Provides Better Stability for Jones Fracture Healing Process

Posted by on Wednesday, July 25th, 2018

Most patients aren’t thrilled about the prospect of getting a metal plate put into their feet. However, less savory is the idea of undergoing Jones fracture surgery only to end up back in revision surgery again within the year. NYC foot surgeons at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine want you to heal right the first time. That’s why we keep up on all the latest scientific research to help us make the best possible decisions with the information that exists. New research from Houston Methodist found that a metal plate might be the right answer for athletes and people who tend to be on their feet all day.

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A single screw may not be enough to prompt Jones fracture healing in athletes, say Houston Methodist researchers. [Image Source: BoneTalks.com]

Healthy Diet, Strong Bones: How to Prevent Stress Fractures From Reoccurring

Posted by on Monday, April 9th, 2018

The bone in our bodies is a specialized form of connective tissue comprised of 60% mineral (mainly calcium hydroxyapatite), 35% organic material (mostly collagen), and 5% water. Like any other tissue in the body, bone responds to stress caused by weight-bearing activity. Bone remodels in response to mechanical stress, depending on the load, cycle frequency, and the amount of strain. When collagen molecules are compressed, the strain causes microscopic cracks known as stress fractures, which can be a precursor to full fractures. The muscles are a helpful ally in protecting the bone, as they absorb some of the shock that would otherwise be taken up by the bone. Therefore, a muscle-strengthening program is often part of successful stress fracture prevention and a recovery routine.

The development of a stress fracture is complex. We must take into consideration intrinsic factors like sex, race, age, bone geometry, leg length, and foot structure, as well as extrinsic factors like shoe type, training surfaces, regimen, muscle strength, medications, and smoking. We cannot overlook the importance of a healthy diet in protecting against stress fractures or in expediting bone healing.

How To Prevent Stress Fractures From Reoccurring
Eating for bone health is one of the easiest ways to facilitate stress fracture recovery and prevent stress fractures in the first place. [Image Source: Flickr user USDA Photo by Lance Cheung]

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.

Should You Go to the Hospital for a Sprained Ankle
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]

NCAA News: Rawle Alkins Suffers Recurring Pain After Bone Repair Surgery

Posted by on Wednesday, February 21st, 2018

Recovery from bone repair surgery is not always a straight line for high-level athletes. This truth is painfully evident in the story of Arizona Wildcats’ team leader, Rawle Alkins, a starting guard originally from our very own backyard of Brooklyn, New York. He’s appeared in fits and spurts since fracturing his foot back in September. Some residual pain is not unusual for a patient six to 12 months down the road. Today, NYC podiatrists explore Alkins’ injury and discuss recovering from bone repair surgery.

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The Arizona Wildcats have lost a key player due to injury. Image Source: Wikimedia user INeverCry.

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.

Do I Need to See a Doctor for a Broken Toe? Treatment and Recovery Options

Posted by on Thursday, December 7th, 2017

If you’ve ever broken a toe, you know it hurts like hell. It’s such a small part of the body, and yet an injury there causes so much discomfort and chaos in your everyday life. You’ve probably heard many tall tales, like the mistaken belief that “there’s nothing you can do about a broken toe” or the false assumption that you can just “tape the toes and continue running.” But before you think of a broken toe as a “simple injury,” consider this: of the 26 bones in the foot, 19 are toe bones, and the velocity of the toe hitting a stationary object is said to fall between 60-80 mph. Each year, broken toes account for about 9 percent of fractures treated professionally.There’s a lot of potential for debilitating injury here!

While it’s true that we sometimes tell patients to rest, ice, compress, elevate, and wear a stiff-soled shoe following a toe injury—things people can do themselves at home—the important part of what we do is confirming the extent of the damage and giving patients peace of mind during their recovery. We can’t tell you how many people come to us months or even years down the road with complications from a broken toe that wasn’t evaluated at the time of injury. So if you’re asking yourself, “Do I need to see a doctor for a broken toe?”, we recommend you always get a professional assessment of a fractured toe as soon as possible to get you set off on the path to recovery.

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Take care of your toes, and consult a doctor if you break one. Image Source: Unsplash user Jan Romero.

The Cost of a Broken Foot: Recovering From Injury Without Breaking the Bank

Posted by on Friday, September 1st, 2017

Money is the last concern anyone wants to deal with while recovering from a broken foot, but with the soaring costs of medical care and rising out-of-pocket expenses in this country, we can’t help but be cognizant of the effects of medical care on our wallet. Jacksonville, Florida resident Bill Longnecker recently experienced firsthand the challenges and expenses associated with recovering from a broken foot.

How much does it really cost to heal your broken foot?
Recovering from a broken foot can be a tricky process. Image Source: Wikimedia user Amada44.

White Plains Foot Surgeon Tips: What to Do About a Smelly Foot Cast

Posted by on Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017

Casts are common immobilization devices used in White Plains podiatry. Unfortunately, a cast can form a very unappealing odor in a matter of days. The unpleasant odor occurs when the cast becomes wet or moist for any reason. Moisture, particularly sweat, feeds the bacteria on your skin’s surface, resulting in that awful odor. While you may be doing an excellent job keeping your cast out of water, sweating can still cause you to feel self-conscious. Our NY foot surgeons have a few tips for getting through this challenging time in your recovery.

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Don’t let a smelly foot cast get you down! Our White Plains foot doctors have a number of solutions. Image Source: Wikimedia user Pagemaker787.

After Foot Surgery for Stress Fracture, Buffalo Bills’ Sammy Watkins Hopeful for Recovery

Posted by on Wednesday, June 15th, 2016

Buffalo Bills Wide Receiver Sammy Watkins told a fan “of course” he’d be ready for preseason. While the team is hopeful, we know first-hand that it’s difficult to predict just how a foot stress fracture may heal (particularly when, like Watkins, you’ve had surgery for screw insertion). Further complicating matters, Watkins isn’t sure when the break occurred, although it seems he played through the pain for much of last season.

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Sammy Watkins’ foot surgery recovery should give Bills’ fans something to cheer about. (Image Source: Wikimedia user Andre Carrotflower)

Mountaineering News: Walking on a Broken Foot, Woman Climbs Mt. Kilimanjaro

Posted by on Wednesday, November 18th, 2015

We get a lot of questions at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine from active patients who want to stick with their current plans — be it a vacation or mountain climb — even though they’ve recently injured their foot or ankle. They want to know how soon is “too soon” to push it, what they can realistically accomplish given their state of injury, and whether or not we think it’d be prudent for them to go ahead and follow their hearts’ desires. These are all good questions. The recent story of a woman who climbed a mountain with a broken foot illustrates what CAN be possible, though it’s not what we’d recommend for everyone.

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Imagine scaling this terrain walking on a broken foot! Image Source: Flickr CC user ActiveFree