“When we think of a bruise, we think of mild pain and some discoloration that generally goes away within a couple weeks. A bone bruise is actually a fracture of the innermost layer of bone. This can be incredibly painful. Unlike a skin hematoma that has room to spread out, blood within a bone pools into a smaller lump, which is why this type of injury hurts so much,” Dr. Geldwert explains. “Frankly, we’ve seen cases of pain persisting up to a year.”
That’s a long time to suffer from bone bruise pain! Fortunately, knowing what to do at the time of injury and in the months that follow will put you on a path of quicker recovery with less foot and ankle pain.
Foot pain can make it seem impossible to lose weight. After all, who wants to exercise when they can’t even stay on their feet comfortably?
A recent study published in the Journal of Foot and Ankle Research found a “strong association” between obesity and chronic plantar heel pain. Over a two-year span, they examined whether changes in body weight corresponded with changes in foot pressure and if such fluctuations in body weight were associated with changes in foot pain intensity or limited function. The study confirmed an unfortunate fact: foot pain and weight gain are, indeed, closely connected. So what can we do with this information, and how can overweight individuals overcome such pain in order to reach a healthy weight?
Researchers at the Hospital for Special Surgery and Harvard Medical School recently took another look at the results of the Framingham Foot Study to see if there was a correlation between foot, knee, and hip pain. Their paper appeared in the Journal of the American Podiatric Medical Associationto provide practitioners with evidence-based guidelines for treating their patients. Not surprisingly, the study found what we have noticed in our NYC foot and ankle sports medicine clinic for years: there IS a significant association between foot pain and pain in the knees and hips.
The jump rope is a great exercise tool. Just jumping at a moderate rate burns 10-16 calories per minute, which puts 10 minutes of skipping rope at the same calorie burn as running an 8-minute mile. Add three 10-minute intervals of jumping to your fitness routine to burn an extra 480 calories. It’s the ideal exercise for improving cardiovascular health, bone density, cognitive function, speed, and agility. However, many amateur athletes say they’ve been forced to quit this exercise due to severe foot pain from jumping rope, particularly in the balls of their feet. So what can be done to eliminate pain and return to your favorite fitness strategy?
We often hear about foot problems sustained by athletes, people who work on their feet all day, and busy socialites who live in their high heel shoes. But what about people who lead relatively inactive, sedentary lifestyles? What about the elderly, the disabled, or the obese? What foot problems are these patients most likely to suffer? White Plains foot doctors talk about injuries commonly affecting those who are sedentary and how to overcome inertia to lead a healthier lifestyle.
For people with debilitating pain in the forefoot that does not respond to pads or cushioned shoes, surgery can help. The procedure is designed to treat fat pad atrophy, a condition suffered by people with high arches, excess weight, or a history of steroid injections. The goal is to improve the everyday lives of people who have worn down the fat pads in the balls of their feet. One Pennsylvania podiatrist explained, “They’re not looking to wear stiletto type shoes. They’re just looking to be able to walk in a grocery store or walk with their children down the street.” Our NYC foot surgeons find that plantar fat grafting is the most effective way to address the root problem and get patients back on their feet again.
Is foot pain simply “a fact of life” for bartenders and baristas who are on their feet for long shifts? We don’t think so. While 77% of Americans have experienced foot problems at some point, only 20% regularly think about their foot health. Prioritizing something as simple as buying the right shoes or doing a few stretches can go a long way in having pain-free days, no matter your profession.
Are you tired of having throbbing, aching feet after spending a couple hours in high heels? If so, you are not alone. High heel pain is one of the most common issues NYC podiatrists treat. After working with many women who complained of foot pain from uncomfortable shoes, dancer and certified Pilates instructor Ilaria Cavagna devised a new workout for stretching and strengthening overtaxed feet.
Patients often wonder, “Why do my feet hurt after a long walk?” The most common reason for aching feet is simply inflammation and swelling from blood being forced down into your feet to compensate for the increased pounding. To reduce inflammation that results from walking, you should wear shock-absorbing footwear like hiking boots or athletic trainers, stretch before walking, and bring along a bottle of water to stay hydrated.
If you don’t walk on a regular basis and you try to take a five-mile hike, you will likely suffer foot pain later that day. If your feet still hurt in the morning, it’s definitely a sign you’ve pushed yourself too hard all at once. The good news is, the more you train, the better you should feel.
You should notice improvement from propping your feet up on a few pillows above the heart level, icing your soles, taking over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication, or soaking your feet in Epsom salt. Foot pain that persists for more than a couple of days could be a sign of a more serious condition that requires treatment from a NYC podiatrist.
Foot pain seems like “a curse of middle age” that simply comes along with the territory. However, researchers from the University of Adelaide recently highlighted how lifestyle and the activities we choose contribute to the development of specific foot problems. What does YOUR lifestyle say about your future mobility? And, more importantly, what can you do to prevent foot pain in the future? Experts at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine in NYC weigh in on the latest information…
“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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