According to the CDC, an average of 115 Americans die of an opioid overdose every day. The misuse of prescription painkillers is one of the greatest crises our nation faces. By some estimates, nearly a third of the people prescribed opioids take their pills improperly. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, 8-12% of opioid users become dependent on the drugs, and 4-6% transition to heroin. In addition to the 33,000 Americans who die from overdose, another 2 million people suffer from substance use disorders.
Naturally, as healthcare providers with the power to prescribe such potent painkillers, we take our role in all of this very seriously. After all, orthopedic surgeons are the third-largest prescribers of opioids. Whenever possible, we explore effective alternatives when helping patients deal with foot pain after surgery. We keep a close eye on the latest research to learn more about which patients are at highest risk of developing a psychological disorder or physical dependence on opioids.
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.
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.
Podiatrists at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine understand the love-hate relationship you likely have with your favorite pair of high-heel shoes. You love them because they complete your outfit but you hate them because, by the end of the day, your feet are begging you to take them off. We also understand that there are times when you wear high heels, even through the pain. While we can’t promise ways to eliminate pain from wearing high heels, here we offer tips for reducing foot pain from high heels.
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.
“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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