The majority of Americans suffer from some type of foot pain, ranging from blisters to ulcers. Most problems are easily treated by podiatrists through conservative measures, but there are some troubles only corrected through surgery. No one wants to undergo an operation, but quality of life can be so much better for people with three of the most common foot problems: debilitating bunions, hammertoes, and neuromas.
The foot is one of the most complex anatomical structures in the body—comprised of over 100 muscles, tendons, and ligaments, as well as 33 joints and 26 bones, not to mention a whole network of nerves and blood vessels. These structures come together in all different shapes, sizes, and inclinations. Some biomechanical anomalies you’re born with, while others occur over time due to wear-and-tear or as a result of trauma. These anomalies lead to common causes of foot pain.
Our focus on correcting biomechanics is one of the features that sets The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine apart from the masses. We’re not looking to simply medicate you and send you on your way. We want to fix what’s hurting you or slowing you down, so you never have to worry about it again. Four of the most common mechanical faults we treat include overpronation, oversupination, poor shock absorption, and limb length discrepancies.
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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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.
Some 30 million Americans live with the fear of potentially losing a limb to diabetes. People with normal sensation in their feet would know to stop if a blister was forming. However, diabetics rarely notice a problem until they have a gaping hole in their foot. The oversight is largely due to a comorbidity called “neuropathy,” which causes them to lose sensation in their feet, according to Dr. Josef J. Geldwert from The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine in New York City. Thankfully, new technology has made improvements in diabetes foot ulcer treatment.
“A lot of emerging technology is focusing on the ability to electronically alert a diabetic of trouble with their feet when the usual pain sensors just aren’t working,” he says. Through in-house gait analysis, doctors can tell if a diabetic is likely to develop an ulcer due to pressure imbalances but it would be even better if patients could tell something was amiss at home. Believe it or not, there are socks designed to combat this problem.
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Wednesday, October 10th, 2018
The doctors at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine are at the cutting edge of new technology and products that will give you the best results possible so that you can live an active and healthy lifestyle. We all know the future is in 3D printers. Now we can use this amazing technology to scan the contours of your feet and design custom orthotics right here in the office, without having to outsource. As part of our commitment to innovation, we are excited to offer FitStation powered by HP foot scanning technology and 3D printed custom orthotics to our patients. Continue reading to learn more about this exciting new frontier and all its clinical applications.
For many athletes, cortisone shots soothe the savage pain of inflammation and provide hope that they can return to a high level of athletic activity soon. Yet, you may have a few questions about this common treatment in podiatry and sports medicine, such as: what is the difference between a long-acting and short-acting cortisone shot or what to expect after a cortisone shot in foot? Podiatrists at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine weigh in.
The NYC Marathon is fast approaching on November 4th. If you want to be one of the 50,000+ finishers, you’ve got to keep up with a steady amount of training through October. Fortunately, there are some really fun events you can participate in that will give your training an immediate sense of purpose. And who doesn’t love a good post-race party? Your foot and ankle specialist friends here at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine recommend the following October races in NYC. Remember, if you have any ounce of pain, do not hesitate to contact us for a full range of treatment options that will keep you in tip-top shape before the big finale next month.
A reader of the Hanford Sentinelcontacted the doctor worried about severe foot cramps from inhalers and nebulizers prescribed for COPD. “I noticed, however, that when I take Mucinex (guaifenesin), the foot cramps disappeared completely,” the reader explained, wondering if it was safe to continue using Mucinex for cramp treatment. This isn’t something we come across often at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine, but any solution that may relieve foot cramps is worth exploring.
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!
“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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