Do You Need Flat Foot Implants? 3 Success Stories of Flat Foot Surgery

Posted by on Friday, September 25th, 2015

Flexible flatfoot is a common deformity in kids, believed to affect over a third of children by age six. One study published in the journal of Pediatrics found that most interventions were unnecessary, as the deformity naturally corrected itself in about half of all patients by age 11.1http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16882817 Arch formation often does not truly begin until age five, so it makes sense that it takes a while for foot structure to fully develop. Whether due to obesity, rigorous sports activity, choice of footwear, or genetics, some children develop unusually severe foot pain or walking abnormalities affecting other parts of the skeletal system. For these patients, flat foot implants may be necessary. Thankfully, revolutions in medical devices and implant procedures have made this a relatively quick and easy surgery.2http://www.mcall.com/business/mc-medical-company-flat-feet-fix-20150824-story.html

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1. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16882817
2. http://www.mcall.com/business/mc-medical-company-flat-feet-fix-20150824-story.html

What Is Charcot-Marie Tooth Disease?

Posted by on Monday, July 6th, 2015

“Charcot-Marie Tooth Disease” is admittedly a strange name, but it’s actually one of the most common inherited neurological disorders in the United States, affecting 1 in 2,500 people. The disease is named after Jean-Martin Charcot, Pierre Marie and Howard Henry Tooth — three European physicians who first identified it in 1886. The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine has experienced podiatric surgeons and physical therapists on staff who can help patients manage this incurable genetic disorder. We also have all the tools on-site to get you the diagnosis you need to move toward successful treatment and pain management.

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Extremely high arches and curled-up toes (hammertoes) may be associated with Charcot-Marie Tooth. Image Source: Wikimedia.org

Podiatry Year in Review: The Most Common Foot Ailments and Injuries in 2013

Posted by on Thursday, January 2nd, 2014

When we read over Dr. Stanley Jones’ presentation titled “Happy Feet — The Treatment of Common Foot Problems” delivered to health professionals in Qatar, we couldn’t help but notice how similar foot problems are around the world. Dr. Jones made a good point when he stated, “In contrast to the general belief that foot problems only occur in old people, it affects all ages and they can be disabling as well as cause high morbidity.” Here’s an overview of the most common foot ailments seen in hospitals and podiatrist offices last year.

Clubfoot Is More Common Than You May Think – Exploring Causes and Treatments

Posted by on Thursday, November 14th, 2013

Do you know what comedian Damon Wayans, Olympic figure skater Kristi Yamaguchi, and NFL quarterback Troy Aikman have in common? They were all born with the most common congenital birth defect: clubfoot! This condition affects one in 500 babies and must be treated to avoid complications later in life.

What Is Clubfoot?

Clubfoot is a deformity present at birth where the feet turn inward, rotated at the ankle so the feet face each other. The baby’s foot may appear twisted downward and inward. One or both feet may be affected. Usually there is no discomfort or pain unless the patient is trying to walk. Internally, the tendons may be shortened, the Achilles tendon is tightened, the calf muscles are weak, and the bones may have taken on an unusual shape.

What Is Hammer Toe Surgery REALLY Like… And Is It Worth It?

Posted by on Friday, November 8th, 2013

Hammer toes are a very common cause of foot pain. “When conservative treatments fail to provide relief, surgery is often a prudent course of action,” explains Dr. Ryan Minara of our NYC podiatrist office. “The surgery is able to correct the deformity and therefore help eliminate pain,” he adds

Arthrogryposis: Exploring Treatment Strategies To Reduce Pain & Improve Mobility

Posted by on Thursday, November 7th, 2013

Arthrogryposis is a congenital disorder where the calf muscle tissue is too fibrous and fatty, which makes walking difficult and puts tremendous pressure on the joints. Often, club feet deformity accompanies this condition, which can be improved through casting. While this condition can be very debilitating, there are treatments available that can improve pain and mobility.

What Is Arthrogryposis?

About 1 in every 3,000 babies is born with arthrogryposis. In some children, only a few joints are mildly affected. In others, movement is severely restricted. In extreme cases, nearly every joint can be affected. While it’s not a degenerative condition that worsens over time, many sufferers require lifelong help with daily activities.