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.
It’s human nature to resist going to the doctor; we get it. The visit may seem like a hassle and besides, bodies are built to repair themselves, right? It’s possible a New York City foot and ankle specialist will send you home with “RICE” advice—rest, ice, compression, and elevation—things you could’ve easily done for yourself at home. However, there are a few seemingly “small” injuries that frequently turn into huge pains for our patients if they are not cared for properly early on. So, if you’re wondering when to see a doctor for foot injuries, here are five foot and ankle conditions you definitely shouldn’t try to treat at home.
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Wednesday, September 6th, 2017
Summer is the busiest time for NYC foot surgeons at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine. That said, with four board-certified podiatric surgeons on staff and offices in both Manhattan and Westchester, we can treat patients quickly and efficiently. Learn more about common ways New Yorkers injure their ankles and feet in the summer months, what it takes to overcome a traumatic injury, how long it takes to heal, and what the prognosis is for recovering from such injuries.
Actress Gwyneth Paltrow was spotted in Los Angeles at the end of May, wearing a soft cast on her right foot. The Daily Mailspeculated that the cause could have been Paltrow’s assertion that “earthing”—walking without shoes to “absorb electrons from the earth and neutralize free radicals”—is the way to improve mood, inflammation, and insomnia. They also pointed to ex-husband Chris Martin’s admission that Paltrow suffers from osteopenia, a decrease in bone density and a precursor to osteoporosis. She appeared on Jimmy Kimmel a few days ago to set the record straight.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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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.
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.
“I am so grateful for having had Dr. Geldwert perform bunion surgery on both of my feet. I have complete confidence in him and continue to see him for other sports related injuries. I was cautious about having surgery for the first time, but his knowledge, patience, and skill made me completely comfortable in trusting him. And I couldn’t be any happier with the results!! When anything else feels wrong with my feet, I love that I now know to go immediately to him. He is my top choice for anyone searching for the best foot fixer/surgeon/sports doctor in NYC! Thank you, Dr. Geldwert!!!”
– J. M., Manhattan, NY
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Dr. Josef J. Geldwert DPM, Dr. Katherine Lai DPM, Dr. Ryan Minara, DPM, and Dr. Mariola Rivera DPM serving Westchester County, White Plains, Ardsley, Bronxville, Harrison NY, Larchmont, Mamaroneck, New Rochelle, Rye, Scarsdale, Rye Brook, Chappaqua, and the surrounding area.
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