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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
The CT Postrecently 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.
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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.
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.
The Center For Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine in New York City employs highly credentialed surgeons specializing in foot reconstruction surgery. We occasionally see patients who come into our office with so much pain that they are begging to skip conservative measures and go right to surgery. More often, we see patients who are very worried about the prospects of foot or ankle surgery—particularly if their very mobility is on the line. We understand your serious concerns and are here to dispel some of the most common myths and misconceptions about NYC foot reconstruction surgery.
It may sound crazy, but it’s not uncommon for people to be hit by public buses in New York City. As you can imagine, pedestrians don’t fare well when pitted against 40,000 pound buses. Injuries include crushed feet, shattered ankles, pulverized lower legs, and dislocated hips requiring reconstructive surgery.
The board-certified NYC foot surgeons at The Center For Podiatric Care and Sports Medicinein Manhattan and Westchester routinely care for patients suffering from intense pain and shock after being struck by public transit. “Unfortunately, it’s all in a month’s work,” says Dr. Mariola Rivera, DPM. “In such a fast-paced city full of so many people rushing to meet deadlines, a certain number of accidents are sort of inevitable.”
“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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