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.
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.
If you worry you’ll be in pain after surgery, it could be hindering your chances of foot surgery recovery. Modern surgeons take great strides to minimize the amount of pain you experience—through a combination of medication and surgical technique. However, anxiety is much harder for us to control. If you’re extremely anxious about the pain, it may have a way of manifesting—at least that’s what Boston researchers found.
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.
“What is regenerative medicine” is a question that is constantly being asked in sports medicine these days. The therapy conjures up images of salamanders (or even monkeys) regrowing limbs or in reversing the natural aging process. You may even know someone who claims to be healed by it—but what does the term exactly mean? More importantly, can it help you with a current condition? The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine deals in regenerative medicine for a number of foot and ankle conditions. We’d like to share a little about what we do here at our offices in Manhattan and Westchester.
What seemed like a stubbed toe turned out to be so much more for Mets’ Centerfielder Juan Lagares. The team’s best outfielder will be undergoing plantar plate surgery, which likely puts him out the entire season. It’s a painful blow for New York fans, as Yoenis Cespedes is also on the disabled list, leaving the team to rely on the last three outfielders available: Jay Bruce, Michael Conforto, and Brandon Nimmo. Likely we’ll see Wilmer Flores stepping in, with Jose Reyes called out as needed.
Podiatric surgery brings up a host of new concerns—not least of which is your impending recovery period. You may be wondering how you’ll get around and return to everyday activities. One of the first things most patients realize is that their old socks don’t seem to cut it in the post-surgical phase. To leave the house, you’ll need socks you can rely upon to keep your feet warm, comfortable, and clean. There are different types of health socks on the market—from practical compression socks that help prevent Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT), to loose socks for diabetes that encourage better circulation, to pampering spa socks and therapeutic ice socks that provide comfort and pain relief when you’re feeling not-so-fantastic. Here are a few picks from NYC podiatric surgeons who operate on thousands of feet every year.
No one looks forward to foot surgery, but you are wise to prepare for it ahead of time. We try to avoid surgery with the many advanced non-invasive therapies at our disposal, but when it’s inevitable, we help patients wrap their minds around the months to come as best we can. For many patients, surgery can be the key to unlocking the pain-free future they envision. Part of successful foot surgery recovery involves following these five important tips.
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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.
“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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