NYC Podiatrists Discuss Fat Pad Foot Surgery Using Grafts

Posted by on Friday, June 30th, 2017

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.

Fat pads help the feet absorb shock, so what do you do when they've worn down?
Fat pads help the feet absorb shock, so what do you do when they’ve worn down? Image Source: Pixabay user cromaconceptovisual.

NYC Foot Surgeons Discuss How Strep Throat Can Infect the Feet and Require Amputation

Posted by on Friday, May 5th, 2017

Of the 15 million doctor visits for a sore throat in the U.S., only 20-30% of children and 5-15% of adults have a more serious bacterial infection known as strep throat. Most sore throats are caused by viruses and resolve on their own, but strep throat isn’t just a run-of-the-mill illness. Without immediate care, a host of serious complications could potentially occur. NY Daily News tells the story of one Michigan man who unexpectedly came down with a life-altering case of strep throat that made it all the way down to his feet.

NFL News: Is Atlanta Falcons’ Julio Jones Destined For Toe Surgery?

Posted by on Wednesday, March 1st, 2017

Turf toe, a common injury among NFL players like Julio Jones, doesn’t always require surgery. (Image Source: AAOS.org)
Turf toe, a common injury among NFL players like Julio Jones, doesn’t always require surgery. (Image Source: AAOS.org)

Injuries and high-level competition seem to go hand-in-hand. After their embarrassing stomping at the Super Bowl, fans are looking for any explanation for the historic loss. Not only did Center Alex Mack suffer a fractured fibula, but All-Pro wide receiver Julio Jones also “faces the prospect” of toe surgery after being dogged by a sprain since Week 10. NYC podiatrists discuss what happened to Jones, and what this type of injury could mean for an athlete’s near future.

Cancer Survivor’s Foot Is Still Taking Her Places

Posted by on Monday, February 27th, 2017

Foot amputations are relatively rare. Each year, podiatric surgeons perform 185,000 of these procedures as a last resort to save a patient’s life. Just over half of foot amputations are due to vascular diseases, such as diabetes or periphery arterial disease. The other half of limb losses are due to trauma. Less than 2% of cases are related to cancer. No matter the reason, it is one of the most emotional decisions any doctor or any patient has to go through. The patient’s mental state is of utmost importance to recovery, so we like to share stories of extraordinary people across America who have found a way to cope. An inspirational story comes to us out of El Reno, Oklahoma, where a woman has taken to Instagram to spread her cancer prevention message in a most unconventional way.

Watch out guys, this giraffe is a perv (obviously trying to lick my foot) #amputee #skeleton #foot #funnybone #cancer #onefootwander #giraffe

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What Happens After White Plains Hammer Toe Surgery?

Posted by on Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017

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Knowing how to manage your recovery is a big part of healing from White Plains hammer toe surgery. (Image Source: Wikimedia.org)

If your second, third, and/or fourth toes bend at the middle joint while you are at rest, rather than laying flat, you may have a condition called “hammer toes.” You may find relief with a change in footwear, straightening cushions, and stretching; but the only way to truly correct the deformity is to undergo hammertoe surgery to correct the joint and soft tissues that are misaligned. Depending on the type of hammer toe you have, and the foot surgeon’s preferred technique, your surgery may involve a joint resection, ligament and tendon snipping, bone removal, tendon transfer, implantation, or fixation with pins or wires. In this article, the White Plains foot surgeons from The Center For Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine discuss what to expect during hammer toe surgery recovery.

NYC Latinos & Hispanics Find A Friend Who Knows About Feet In Dr. Rivera

Posted by on Friday, January 27th, 2017

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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The Innovative Procedures and Policies That Make Us NYC’s Best Foot Surgeons

Posted by on Friday, December 16th, 2016

Type “NYC foot surgeons” into Google and you’ll see there is no shortage of practices—well over 500, in fact. So how does a sensible person whittle down this list to find the right fit? The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine in New York City isn’t a run-of-the-mill, stereotypical podiatry office for old people with arthritis and bunions. It’s a sports medicine hub filled with leading edge technology and skilled specialists who see themselves as educators just as much as doctors.

Our NYC podiatrists will keep your feet happy and healthy.
Our NYC podiatrists will keep your feet happy and healthy. Image Source: Flickr user bark.

NYC Doctors Discuss Foot Pain Treatments Without Opioids or Surgery

Posted by on Monday, December 12th, 2016

The CT Post recently reported on a “new protocol” being used by surgeons in Greenwich, CT, to reduce foot pain and patient reliance on opioids. As NYC foot doctors, we feel very sympathetic to people’s pain tolerance levels, but we also don’t want you putting drugs into your body if we can avoid it. We have been serving patients with leading-edge foot pain relief, advanced surgical techniques, and “best practice” post-surgical protocols for more than a decade.

Our NYC foot doctors offer the latest foot pain relief that also helps curb opioid addiction.
Our NYC foot doctors offer the latest foot pain relief that also helps curb opioid addiction. Image Source: Flickr user Eric Norris.

NFL Update: Sammy Watkins Faces Complications After Stress Fracture Foot Surgery

Posted by on Wednesday, December 7th, 2016

We previously reported that Buffalo Bills Wide Receiver Sammy Watkins underwent foot surgery last May. He was back to running by July and returned to practice in August. But stress fractures are notorious for failing to heal as planned. Lingering pain caused Watkins to miss most of training camp, but he was back for the Bills’ third preseason game. Though he played in the season opener against the Baltimore Ravens, his minutes were cut short by foot soreness. He returned for the Week 2 Jets match but dropped out of practice. And in early October, we learned he was flying to visit Dr. Bob in North Carolina to get a second opinion on whether or not he should undergo further surgery. Buffalo Bills’ fans are unarguably some of the most dedicated in the league—and they’re surely waiting with bated breath to find out if Watkins is really on the mend or if they will suffer another disappointing blow this season.

Can the Bills make it to the playoffs without Sammy Watkins?
Can the Bills make it to the playoffs without Sammy Watkins? Image Source: Wikimedia user Coalman767.

Minimizing Risk Following NYC Foot Surgery By Following Post-Surgical Advice

Posted by on Friday, November 18th, 2016

There’s no denying the stressful nature of surgery, particularly surgery of the foot or ankle which limits mobility for a time. However, failure to follow post-surgical advice can cause delayed healing, worsening of pain, worsening mobility, and recurrent injury—a frustrating situation for both patient and practitioner.

Dr. Katherine Lai and Dr. Mariola Rivera from The Center For Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine in New York City discuss the most important instructions patients must follow after surgery to minimize their risk for complications following NYC foot surgery.

Elevation is key for patients recovering from foot surgery.
Elevation is key for patients recovering from foot surgery. Image Source: Flickr CC user Mark Giles.