3 Common Tennis Foot Injuries: Treatment & Prevention

Posted by on Monday, November 5th, 2018

Now that the weather is cooler, New Yorkers have taken to the indoor courts to keep up their love of tennis. Tennis has many health benefits from increasing aerobic capacity and bone density to improving metabolic function and reaction times. However, the sheer speed of tennis opens us up to accidents and injuries, particularly to the feet and ankles. If you live in the New York City or White Plains area, The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine can diagnose and treat any lower extremity common tennis foot injuries with skill and efficiency.

common tennis foot injuries
Sever’s Disease is one of three common tennis foot injuries among children. It sounds scary, but podiatrists at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine in NYC can handle it. [Source: ACFAS.org]

The Best Way to Remove a Splinter in Your Child’s Foot

Posted by on Monday, August 27th, 2018

One of the most wonderful aspects of childhood is the zest for life, and propensity to explore and discover. Except, of course, when these whims lead to injury. You might be very dexterous and agile with a pair of tweezers—or you may not be. Most parents don’t want to bring their child into the doctor for something as elementary as a splinter. But, here at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine in NYC, we don’t mind treating your child’s splinter. No foot injury is too small. We’ll explain why you are better off being safe than sorry and discuss the best way to remove a splinter at home.

the best way to remove a splinter
Here at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine in NYC, we don’t mind treating your child’s splinter. No foot injury is too small. [Image Source: Shutterstock]

Children’s Toenail Problems: The Most Common Toenail Disorders For Kids

Posted by on Monday, October 30th, 2017

Even though fewer than 2% of pediatric visits involve concerns with nails, parents often experience anxiety when they notice discoloration, abnormal growth patterns, rough texture, or loss of the nail plate in their children’s toenails. They may fear fungal infections, bacteria, virus, or a more widespread disease. Diagnosis by non-experts is very difficult, so researchers recommend that you see a podiatrist for any children’s toenail problems. Still, it’s good to be informed about the conditions your child is most likely to experience, so here are the top ten toenails disorders commonly found in children.

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It’s important to get a professional opinion if your child is experiencing a toenail disorder. Image Source: PxHere.com

White Plains Sports Doctors Offer Tips For a Positive Youth Sport Injury Recovery

Posted by on Wednesday, July 26th, 2017

Sports are a big part of American culture, and as such, 60 million youngsters are involved in some type of organized physical activity. While being active is associated with a healthy lifestyle overall, it does open our children up to increased risk of injury. Fortunately, most child sports injuries result in nothing more than a few missed practices.

Even so, 1.35 million kids were seen in hospital emergency rooms for their sports injuries in 2012. Serious injuries like Achilles tears or foot fractures take up to a year to heal. During this time, White Plains sports doctors at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine say taking care of the child’s emotional recovery can be just as important as the physical rehabilitation.

Pay close attention to your child's emotional state during youth sports injury recovery. Image Source: MaxPixel.com.
Pay close attention to your child’s emotional state during youth sports injury recovery. Image Source: MaxPixel.com. Image Source: Max Pixel.

Youth Sport Injury Statistics Parents Need to Know

Posted by on Wednesday, July 19th, 2017

Baltimore-based John Hopkins Medicine recently published a collection of youth sport injury statistics that will have you thinking. As a parent, you’re likely wondering, Are sports worth the risk for my child? Are some sports more dangerous than others? What can I do to limit my child’s risk of injury? Here at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine in NYC, we address these common concerns, particularly as they pertain to foot and ankle injuries.

Parents need to be aware of possible injuries their children may face during sports.
Parents need to be aware of possible injuries their children may face during sports. Image Source: Max Pixel.

Does Your Child Have Toenail Fungus? Exploring Alternative Diagnoses

Posted by on Monday, July 17th, 2017

Often, parents bring their children to our office with a condition that looks like toenail fungus. But some patients have visited their primary care physicians and taken a course of oral antifungal medication before arriving at our NYC podiatry office—only to find that the reason the antifungal didn’t work was that they did not suffer from fungus at all! Here’s how to tell if your child really has toenail fungus and what other conditions may be occurring.

It can be difficult to tell the difference between different nail conditions, especially in pediatric patients.
It can be difficult to tell the difference between different nail conditions, especially in pediatric patients. Image Source: Pixabay user FeeLoona.

Which Spring Sports Have the Highest Risk of Injury for Children in White Plains?

Posted by on Wednesday, May 17th, 2017

You may recall stories about careers in baseball, football, hockey, dance, or basketball that were played from elementary school through college. But today, we know that children who specialize in just one sport are more predisposed to serious overuse injuries. Our White Plains sports doctors have treated many of these young local athletes, and a new study explores whether some sports are more dangerous than others.

Some spring sports may be more damaging than others, according to a new study on youth sports injuries.
Some spring sports may be more damaging than others, according to a new study on youth sports injuries. Image Source: Flickr user USAG- Humphreys.

Can Your Child Compete In White Plains Sports With Sever’s Disease?

Posted by on Wednesday, December 28th, 2016

Sever’s disease has a scary sounding name, but in truth, the condition has nothing to do with anything in the body being “severed.” The first mention of overexertion-related heel pain was by J.W. Sever, M.D., who wrote about it in the New York Medical Journal in 1912. It may be new to you, but our NY podiatrists treat quite a few of these cases each year — particularly among children ages 7-14 who are active in soccer, basketball, or running. It is the leading cause of heel pain in young athletes, constituting an estimated 5.8% of all youth sport injuries. As a parent, you’re probably wondering: What caused it? What do I do about it? And will it affect my child later in life? The Center For Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine, with offices in Manhattan and Westchester, has all the answers for you.

Children ages 7-14 are at risk for Sever’s Disease, particularly if they play a lot of sports. (Image Source: Pixabay.com)
Children ages 7-14 are at risk for Sever’s Disease, particularly if they play a lot of sports. (Image Source: Pixabay.com)

White Plains Gait Analysis For Children Can Identify Gait Abnormalities

Posted by on Wednesday, November 16th, 2016

Are you worried about the way your child is walking? Do you want to keep tabs on your child’s musculoskeletal development and make sure you have him or her in the right type of footwear? Have you debated custom orthotics, prostheses, or assistive walking devices for your youngster? Has your child suffered a lower extremity injury or received a diagnosis for a degenerative disease? White Plains gait analysis for children can help.

The Center For Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine’s office in White Plains is specially equipped for pediatric early intervention and treatments with a state-of-the-art gait analysis center. Don’t wait and worry: have all your questions answered by a team of knowledgeable and compassionate foot and ankle specialists!

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A child with cerebral palsy undergoes gait analysis as part of broader treatment to improve and maintain mobility. Image Source: Wikimedia user Iluvicedtea

Trick Or Treat Feet: Best Halloween Costumes For Kids In A Foot Cast Or Boot

Posted by on Monday, October 24th, 2016

It’s every kid’s worst nightmare: mere weeks or days before the highly-anticipated Halloween trick-or-treating and a foot injury results in the need for a cast or a silly walking boot—and perhaps even crutches! Accidents can happen at any time and, as parents, we want to do what we can to teach our children to cope with whatever life throws at them. Halloween foot injuries are no treat, but NYC podiatrists at The Center For Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine have a few ideas for kids to incorporate their injured foot or ankle into a creative costume that can still be a lot of fun.

Many costumes work well for kids with foot injuries.
With some ingenuity, many costumes look and function BETTER with a foot or ankle injury. Image Source: Flickr user Kevin Tostado.