Casts are common immobilization devices used in White Plains podiatry. Unfortunately, a cast can form a very unappealing odor in a matter of days. The unpleasant odor occurs when the cast becomes wet or moist for any reason. Moisture, particularly sweat, feeds the bacteria on your skin’s surface, resulting in that awful odor. While you may be doing an excellent job keeping your cast out of water, sweating can still cause you to feel self-conscious. Our NY foot surgeons have a few tips for getting through this challenging time in your recovery.
Maintaining a positive disposition during recovery is one of the biggest challenges for our Manhattan foot fracture patients. The feet are central to everything we do — whether it’s getting out of bed in the morning, fixing a snack, ambling to the bathroom, or working. Two months is an awfully long time to “lay low,” especially for the busy professionals, athletes, and celebrities that populate New York. Perhaps we can all take a page from Kelly Osbourne, who put on a brave face for the judging of “Australia’s Got Talent” despite being in excruciating pain.
“Stress fracture” is a dreaded phrase in NYC runner circles, but it’s a fact of life for 5-K runners, marathon trainers, triathletes, and recreational weekend warriors alike. Within the foot bones, there are thousands of toothpick-like structures called spicules that support your weight. Repetitive motion through over-training, running form errors, or nutritional deficiencies can cause these “toothpicks” to snap. They’ll eventually be replaced by new ones that make the bone stronger, but you can expect a good six-week break from running activities.
Noncompliance is a big issue for medical practitioners who want to see their patients make the best recovery possible. With podiatry, it’s a particularly big challenge to stay off one’s feet for months on end. There are all sorts of products like casts, boots, wheelchairs, crutches, and orthopedic shoes to help, but patients often feel silly or find them difficult to use. Many times, the body feels better even though it has not, in fact, healed fully. Professional baller Joel Embiid of the Philadelphia 76ers learned this the hard way. After stress fracture surgery on his right foot in March 2014, he took an entire season off, spent some time in a boot, and wound up back in the operating room this past June.
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Wednesday, November 18th, 2015
We get a lot of questions at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine from active patients who want to stick with their current plans — be it a vacation or mountain climb — even though they’ve recently injured their foot or ankle. They want to know how soon is “too soon” to push it, what they can realistically accomplish given their state of injury, and whether or not we think it’d be prudent for them to go ahead and follow their hearts’ desires. These are all good questions. The recent story of a woman who climbed a mountain with a broken foot illustrates what CAN be possible, though it’s not what we’d recommend for everyone.
Last Christmas Eve, I stepped on my German Shepherd’s Nylabone while walking down the stairs with a load of laundry. It had been sneakily placed right up against the step and caused my foot to roll outward as I stumbled. It didn’t take me long after hearing the tell-tale crunch, observing the bruise, and feeling the warm rush to know that I had cracked my fifth metatarsal.
What’s a person to do in that situation? An x-ray and expert diagnosis is always a good step. From there, it’s basically up to the individual to run through the regular course of rest, ice, compression, and elevation. The first two weeks of off-loading, getting around the house with a walker, and caring for a baby with a bum foot was worse than the pain itself. About three months later, I shed my compression garment and was able to resume brief stroller walks again. If I did too much, my body let me know and I backed off a bit.
It’s been almost a year since my injury, but every once in a while, that deep ache returns and I worry that something is amiss. So I asked the good doctors at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine, “What gives? What might cause a person’s fracture to experience residual pain after healing has supposedly taken place?”
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Wednesday, October 21st, 2015
The Dallas Cowboys may have won in their match-up against the NY Giants on September 13th, but it’s come at a steep cost. All-Pro wide receiver Dez Bryant fractured the fifth metatarsal–the bone leading to the pinky toe–on his right foot, which necessitates surgical repair.
Averaging 91 receptions, 1,311 yards, and 13 touchdowns a season, the team will undoubtedly miss his presence on the field. The 26-year-old just signed a five-year deal worth more than $70 million, according to Forbes, which he “more than deserved” as “one of the best receivers in the NFL, if not the best.”1http://www.forbes.com/sites/joshbenjamin/2015/09/14/dez-bryants-foot-injury-comes-at-worst-possible-time/
Initial reports speculate that Dez Bryant will return in “4-6 weeks,” but this prognosis is a bit optimistic, say our board-certified podiatrists in NYC.2http://www.al.com/sports/index.ssf/2015/09/dallas_cowboys_wr_dez_bryant_b.html
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Wednesday, September 16th, 2015
Montz, Louisiana resident Jesse Lynn LeBoeuf had spent the last eight summers swimming competitively for two hours or more a day. She practiced with the Crescent City Swim Club of Metairie and the Sun Villa Sharks of Norco. However, a freak accident over the summer threatened to cut her season short. “I absolutely love to swim,” the 14-year-old told her local paper.1http://www.heraldguide.com/details.php?id=15946 “Swimming is my one sport and a big part of who I am.” The teen’s story is something our NYC podiatry practice would like to share because it has the potential to empower others who are recovering from a devastating foot or ankle injury.
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Wednesday, September 9th, 2015
Twenty-seven-year-old Rumer Willis first captured the world’s eye as the oldest daughter of famous cinematic parents Demi Moore and Bruce Willis. She’s appeared in movies like Now and Then (1995), Strip Tease (1996), The Whole Nine Yards (2000) and Hostage (2005), but more recently she’s entertained audiences with a big win on “Dancing With The Stars” alongside dancer Valentin Chmerovskiy. With her much-anticipated Broadway debut as Roxie Hart in “Chicago” on the horizon, the last thing the young star needed was a stress fracture in her right foot!
Unlike many of the people we write about, Kelly Ripa is not known as an athlete. She’s best known for starring in soap opera All My Children from 1990-2002 and co-hosting the syndicated morning talk show Live! With Kelly and Michael. But like all of us, Kelly enjoys a rich extracurricular life outside of work that involves physical activities to keep her fit. Dance classes are one of her passions, but the tricky thing about this sport is that one false step while dancing can be immobilizing — as Kelly found out the hard way!
“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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