NYC Podiatrists Offer Drug-Free Pain Treatments for High School Athletes

Posted by on Friday, March 10th, 2017

Sports are a leading cause of injury among high school students, but did you know sports trauma is a leading cause of addiction among student athletes? WKRN News, based out of Tennessee, reports that kids who play sports have a higher than average chance of being prescribed hydrocodone, oxycodone and other potentially addictive opioid drugs following an injury. Long term usage of these potent drugs can result in physical dependence that can be challenging to overcome.

The 18-to-25 demographic is also impacted by another opioid: heroin. Many users report that they transitioned from prescription painkillers to heroin after their physicians cut off access to prescribed medications. This age demographic accounts for one of the fastest-growing population segments seeking help at addiction treatment facilities. Many of these patients were once athletes, according to Dean Porterfield, Director of Adolescent and Young Men’s Services.

This frightening reality has many concerned parents seeking sports medicine clinics that offer alternatives to prescription painkillers to lower a teen athlete’s risk of addiction. The Center For Podiatric Care & Sports Medicine, with offices in Manhattan and White Plains, offers a number of innovative therapies to address foot and ankle injuries without the usage of opioid drugs.

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Prescription drugs for pain can lead injured teenage athletes on the path toward addiction. (Image Source:

NYC Latinos & Hispanics Find A Friend Who Knows About Feet In Dr. Rivera

Posted by on Friday, January 27th, 2017

Hispanics and Latinos make up 27.5% of New York City’s population. This group suffers from foot pain and health issues like any other, yet they tend to be more reluctant to seek professional help. The first step toward wellness is asking your primary doctor to check your feet and give you a referral to a foot and ankle specialist who can offer state-of-the-art care. Dr. Mariola Rivera, DPM is a friend to Hispanics and Latinos in the New York City area who are looking for a Spanish-speaking, board-certified podiatrist to add to their healthcare team.


6 Common White Plains Walking Injuries

Posted by on Wednesday, January 25th, 2017

Walking in White Plains is a great workout, but what about the aches and pains you’ve noticed lately? Are they cause for concern? Or are they just the inevitable side effect of daily walking? Our White Plains podiatrists have the answers! If you would like more personalized care, stop by to see us at 10 Mitchell Place in zip code 10601. We’d love to help you select the right footwear, fit you with a pair of custom orthotics, perform a gait analysis, treat foot pain with the latest technology, or answer any questions you may have.

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White Plains, NY is a bustling place for walkers, so long as they don’t suffer from these common aches and pains in their feet! (Image Source:

Walking Injuries and The Most Dangerous NYC Intersections for Pedestrians

Posted by on Monday, October 31st, 2016

If you’re a male Baby Boomer in New York City, look before you leap! Your demographic is most likely to be struck by a car while walking around NYC. According to statistics collected from 2011-2015, there were 30 male baby boomers hit by cars per month. You’re also more at risk if you are walking during the evening rush or if you’re walking in Brooklyn. Continue reading to hear more about NYC pedestrian injuries and safe walking in the Big Apple from New York City’s best foot and ankle specialists.

Male baby boomers in Brooklyn are most likely to suffer NYC pedestrian injuries, warn NYC podiatrists
Male baby boomers in Brooklyn are most likely to suffer NYC pedestrian injuries. Image Source: Flickr CC user Janne Hellsten.

Kinesiology Tape: Why All The Olympic Volleyball Players Are Using It

Posted by on Wednesday, September 28th, 2016

Immobilization is an important part of therapy for many foot and ankle injuries. You don’t always need a cast or a walking boot to hold the lower extremities in place and encourage healing. At the Rio Olympics, beach volleyball players like Kerri Walsh Jennings and April Ross brandished “USA” logo kinesiology tape to strengthen their performance and protect healing body parts from further injury. Learn more about kinesiology foot taping and how NYC podiatrists and sports medicine doctors are using it to treat a host of aches, pains, and injuries.

Kinesiology tape can be used to support healing and reduce pain in the foot.
There are many different ways to tape the foot for compression, lifting support, swelling resolution, and pain reduction. Image Source: Wikimedia Commons user Kelly.

Playing Pokemon Go in New York? Tips for Preventing Foot and Ankle Injuries

Posted by on Friday, September 9th, 2016

The immensely popular Smartphone game “Pokemon Go” has already landed some players in hot water. The popular app is classified as “augmented reality,” and the allure is that it gets players exploring their towns and meeting up with people in their neighborhoods while searching for digital creatures. But trouble comes when people’s eyes are glued to their phones—distracting them as they are in motion—and they take an unexpected spill. New York City podiatrists at The Center For Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine are already treating foot and ankle trauma in patients who admitted they “should have been watching where they were walking” at the time of the injury.

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Catch them all, but remember to look where you’re walking. (Image Credit: Flickr CC User Frost Museum)

When Do You Need Stitches on Your Foot? Just Ask “Coronation Street” Actor Craig Charles

Posted by on Monday, August 15th, 2016

Craig Charles, best known for his role as Lloyd Mullaney on the UK’s longest-running soap “Coronation Street,” had an operation on a severe foot wound last month. But he refuses to let it get him down. He was recently spotted heading to a local pub with his mates—wheelchair and all.

Our NYC foot doctors explain how you can have a similarly speedy and healthy recovery after such a foot wound, from determining whether you need stitches to how to care for your foot after it’s been sewn up.

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It can be difficult to miss a tendon, muscle, or ligament when you wound your foot. You may need stitches like Craig Charles. Image Source: Wikimedia Commons user Henry Vandyke Carter

How to Prevent Long-Term Complications from Ankle Sprains

Posted by on Monday, July 18th, 2016

You’ve slipped, tripped, and twisted your ankle. You’ve seen the doctor but months later, you’re still wincing with pain every time your foot makes contact with the floor. What gives?

Approximately 2 million Americans sprain their ankles every year. 60-70% of them will wind up in emergency rooms that lack the specialized knowledge needed to address such an injury. At best, at any foot and ankle specialist’s office, roughly 30% of patients with an ankle sprain will go on to suffer chronic instability or pain. We’ve got the answers on how to do your best in preventing long-term complications.

Long-Term Complications From Ankle Sprains
Could be a sprain or a fracture? Get an MRI to know for sure. (Image Source: Wikimedia Commons user Boldie)

Man Suffers Non-Healing Toe Wound Due to Stiletto-Induced Injury

Posted by on Friday, July 15th, 2016

As NYC foot specialists, we never like to hear about horrible foot injuries, yet we’re aware the general public loves a good, strange story.

The Herald Sun reports that a Melbourne man spent four years recovering from a bizarre toe injury involving a pair of high heels. The injury occurred when Jackson Wood’s left toe was accidentally stabbed by a stiletto as a woman stumbled across the grass at a backyard barbecue. Years later, he still doesn’t know who invited the woman to the party—or why someone would wear heels at this type of event. “Maybe she was just new to the whole barbecue scene, I just don’t know,” he said.

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Think twice before wearing stilettos at a backyard BBQ. You could ruin someone’s life—other than your own! (Image Source: Flickr CC user HeelsandFeet)

Why Does My Foot Still Hurt after Stepping on Glass? Podiatrists Explain

Posted by on Friday, July 1st, 2016

“I had foot surgery after stepping on broken glass and two months on, my foot still hurts,” one unhappy woman describes. Her stitches dissolved, but she still experienced discomfort while walking – as though a “hard mass” was under her foot. “Is this normal? Could it be a callus formation or something similar causing these symptoms?” the woman asks.

Most glass puncture wounds are not serious and heal on their own without incident. Naturally, as doctors, we’ll tell you there’s no substitute for a professional examination if you want to prevent complications, but you may also find some of what we’re about to tell you helpful in your quest for answers.

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Worried about your foot after stepping on glass? Find out what may still be causing you pain. (Image Source: