NBA News: Basketball Injuries on the Rise

Posted by on Wednesday, December 12th, 2018

No, it’s not just a suspicion. NBA players really are getting injured at a higher rate in 2018. In fact, the 5,000+ players on the injured reserve list have made this year the worst in over a decade. Basketball injuries have increased 31% since last year. Sure, certain players—like Derrick Rose, Joel Embiid, and Chris Paul—seem particularly prone to getting hurt, but the widespread nature of injuries indicates there is something more going on than individual robustness (or lack thereof!) Four years ago, teams were similarly decimated by injuries to nearly all the NBA’s key players.

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Ankles represent the most common sports injury in the NBA. [Image Source: GEHealthcare.com]

Do Anti-Blister Socks Really Work? NYC Podiatrists Discuss.

Posted by on Monday, December 10th, 2018

From soccer and roller-skating to hockey and skiing, many of the sports we love cause blister injuries on our feet. While a blister may seem like little more than a nuisance for a couple of days, it can cause pain when wearing socks and shoes. Keep in mind, any break in the skin’s barrier opens up a portal into the body for infections to take hold. Wart virus, athlete’s foot, toenail fungus, staph infection, and sepsis are just a few of the more serious complications associated with blisters. So it makes sense to seek out anti-blister socks to reduce your risk of injury.

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NYC podiatrists say socks make all the difference in blister prevention. [Image Source: Amazon.com]

Does Biopuncture Injection Therapy Speed Up Injury Recovery?

Posted by on Friday, November 30th, 2018

At The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine, many of our patients are athletes eager to return back to sports after an injury. Naturally, our patients all want to know how recovery can be expedited, so they can get back to competing. Conventional wisdom has said that popping an ibuprofen makes life more bearable and interventions like icing, elevating, and compressing help. But is there something that could potentially speed up the recovery process? NYC podiatrists discuss biopuncture injection therapy.

You’ve probably heard of complementary therapies like acupuncture and massage therapy, but you may not have heard of biopuncture. This minimally-invasive treatment is available at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine to treat a variety of conditions, particularly plantar fasciitis, tendinitis, and ankle sprains.

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Biopuncture is a type of holistic healing that is designed to expedite natural tissue repair. [Image Source: GreenHouseHealth.com]

Ankle Instability: NYC Podiatrists Offer Tips and Treatment

Posted by on Monday, November 26th, 2018

While it’s not easy to hit the “pause” button on your life when something goes wrong in your body, it is especially imperative with regard to ankle instability. The risk for re-injury or developing a chronic condition is high after sustaining an initial ankle injury. After an errant step off the curb or plant-and-twist motion, the ankle may feel unstable, wobbly, and weak. Tenderness, persistent swelling, and discomfort are commonly experienced. If left untreated, long-term problems are likely.

At The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine, we can help you properly care for your injured ankle in the immediate aftermath to avoid ongoing complications.

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Just a routine ankle sprain? Not if you don’t treat it with due care, say NYC podiatrists! [Image Source: Flickr@internetarchivebookimages]

The Most Common Basketball Injuries Plague the Brooklyn Nets

Posted by on Wednesday, November 21st, 2018

Injury to the ankle and foot are among the most common basketball injuries. For the past few years, players from the Brooklyn Nets have suffered an inordinate amount of foot, toe, and ankle injuries. In fact, according to NothinButNets.com, no Net played in all 82 games for the 2016-2017 season and Spencer Dinwiddie led the team in games played in 2017-2018 with 80 of 82. Looking back, here are some of the team’s worst lower extremity injuries in recent history.

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Injury to the ankle and foot are among the most common basketball injuries. [Image Source: shutterstock.com]

Don’t Let Foot Injuries From Running Stop You From Joining a Club

Posted by on Friday, November 9th, 2018

There’s nothing like being surrounded by a group of people who can motivate you to do something you love. That’s probably why many runners here in New York City look to join running clubs.  Here in NYC, there are clubs for competitive long-distance runners, as well as hobbyists who like to socialize and meet other fit New Yorkers. Niche groups include African-American women runners, LGBTQ runners, and 50+ silver runners, with new groups added each month.

At The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine, we see tons of runners, especially leading up to the New York City Marathon. We often recommend this active pursuit to our patients—as long as they’re willing to take good care of their feet and invest in a good pair of sturdy running shoes a few times a year to prevent foot injuries from running.

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Mikkeller Run Club pairs two loves: running and beer! [Image Source: allevents.in]

Tips for Dealing With Walking Boot Discomfort and Inflammation

Posted by on Friday, October 19th, 2018

The walking boot—sure, it may look a little silly and it may feel a little bulky but that’s because it’s meant to offload pressure from a broken bone or injured tissues in the initial aftermath of foot surgery or trauma. However, a small number of patients find themselves stuck in these contraptions for months, unable to make that transition from offloading to walking in a regular shoe again. The podiatrists at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine offer tips on dealing with walking boot discomfort and inflammation.

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The walking boot—sure, it may look a little silly and it may feel a little bulky but that’s because it’s meant to offload pressure. [Image Source: Shutterstock]

NFL News: An Update on Greg Olsen’s Football Injury Treatment

Posted by on Wednesday, October 17th, 2018

Last October, we wrote about Carolina Panthers’ tight end Greg Olsen’s right foot fracture. In his glory days, he amassed 770 receiving yards and seven touchdowns in just 15 games. Now it appears he has sustained the same injury all over again, almost one year later. Recovering from a broken foot can be a long process, with residual pain continuing up to 12 months later with just extended periods of walking, let alone competitive gameplay. We handle lots of football injury treatment of high-level athletes at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine, so we fully understand his desire to get back down to business. We offer the latest technology to make that happen, but in rare cases like this, time is the best medicine of all.

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Foot injury strikes the Carolina Panthers again, say NYC podiatrists. Deja vu, Greg Olsen! [Image Source: Defense.gov]

NFL News: Ravens’ Greg Senat Turf Toe Injury

Posted by on Wednesday, October 3rd, 2018

Here at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine, we like to keep a pulse on what’s happening in the athletic world. It’s not always easy, however. Many teams like to keep an air of secrecy surrounding injuries. From a competitive standpoint, one could see why coaches wouldn’t want their foes to know who will be out or for how long their roster will be ailing. Yet, from a fan standpoint, the absence of favorite players can be maddening! Recently, Baltimore Ravens Offensive Tackle Greg Senat sustained a turf toe injury that caused him even more trouble when he blabbed about it on social media.

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[Baltimore Ravens’ Greg Senat suffers turf toe injury and ire of the coach after posting social media photos of his injury. Image Source: GoodFreePhotos.com]

Could Lack of Gravity Relieve Foot Pain? Find Out in NYC

Posted by on Friday, September 28th, 2018

There are shoes that are said to defy gravity and relieve foot pain but have you ever wondered what it would feel like to walk on the moon? Sadly, only 12 men have ever done this. Admittedly, even if commercial spacecrafts like those designed by SpaceX take off, you may think twice before becoming one of the guinea pigs in these early experiments. Fortunately, if you’re at least 13 years old, in relatively good shape, and not pregnant, you can take a very realistic virtual reality walk on the moon right here in New York City! As podiatrists, we think that could be a real treat for your feet!

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Get a break from gravity and relieve foot pain with a walk the moon in NYC until July 2019. [Image Source: 837gearvr.com]