NYC Foot Surgeons Discuss Orthopedic Hardware Removal: Pros and Cons

Posted by on Friday, September 22nd, 2017

Of the 206 bones in the average human body, more than half are located in the hands and feet. That being said, the feet, in particular, withstand a tremendous amount of force. When running, a 150-pound person can withstand 1,000 pounds of pressure. Repetitive motions, poor footwear support, diminishing bone density due to age, and weaknesses in other areas of the body all make foot fractures more likely to occur. As such, our NYC foot surgeons treat fractures frequently, and some of these fractures require the use of orthopedic hardware implants. But you may be wondering, “What exactly does that mean?” So today, we’d like to shed some light on these types of implants and whether you should consider orthopedic hardware removal.

After a foot fracture, surgeons may install orthopedic hardware.
After a foot fracture, surgeons may install orthopedic hardware. Image Source: Wikimedia user Alison.

Celebrity News: Did Osteopenia Cause Gwyneth Paltrow’s Foot Fracture?

Posted by on Wednesday, June 21st, 2017

Actress Gwyneth Paltrow was spotted in Los Angeles at the end of May, wearing a soft cast on her right foot. The Daily Mail speculated that the cause could have been Paltrow’s assertion that “earthing”—walking without shoes to “absorb electrons from the earth and neutralize free radicals”—is the way to improve mood, inflammation, and insomnia. They also pointed to ex-husband Chris Martin’s admission that Paltrow suffers from osteopenia, a decrease in bone density and a precursor to osteoporosis. She appeared on Jimmy Kimmel a few days ago to set the record straight.

White Plains Foot Surgeon Tips: What to Do About a Smelly Foot Cast

Posted by on Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017

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.

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Don’t let a smelly foot cast get you down! Our White Plains foot doctors have a number of solutions. Image Source: Wikimedia user Pagemaker787.

Kelly Osborne Tries to Have Fun Despite Five Foot Fractures and Cuboid Syndrome

Posted by on Monday, March 7th, 2016

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.

In Cuboid Syndrome, the cuboid bone of the midfoot becomes partially dislocated, dropping out of its usual alignment
Damage to the cuboid bone sometimes happens alongside foot stress fractures. (Image Source: Foot-Pain-Explored.com)

Foot Pain? Find Out Whether You Could Have a Foot Stress Fracture from Running

Posted by on Friday, January 8th, 2016

“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.

Here at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine in Manhattan and Westchester, we treat professional and recreational athletes for all different types of sports injuries, foot stress fractures included.

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Foot stress fractures are a common injury among runners, usually requiring about 6 weeks of rest for recovery. Image source: Flickr CC user Daniel Lobo

NBA News: Noncompliance Leads to Second Navicular Stress Fracture Surgery for Joel Embiid

Posted by on Wednesday, January 6th, 2016

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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Stress fractures in the feet, particularly in the navicular (shown in green), can be slow to heal. Flickr CC user Ryan Johnson

Mountaineering News: Walking on a Broken Foot, Woman Climbs Mt. Kilimanjaro

Posted by on 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.

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Imagine scaling this terrain walking on a broken foot! Image Source: Flickr CC user ActiveFree

The Healing Process of a Fracture: Why Does My Foot or Ankle Fracture Hurt A Year Later?

Posted by on Monday, November 16th, 2015

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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Foot and ankle fractures are some of the most common types of fractures, and we treat both at our sports medicine facility in NYC. The healing process of a fracture depends partly on your age. Image source: Flickr CC user Ted Eytan

NFL News: Is Dez Bryant’s Jones Fracture Prognosis Too Optimistic?

Posted by on 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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Dez Bryant is a durable and optimistic player, arguably the best receiver in the league right now, but will a Jones fracture set him back this season? Image Source: Wikimedia.org

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1. http://www.forbes.com/sites/joshbenjamin/2015/09/14/dez-bryants-foot-injury-comes-at-worst-possible-time/
2. http://www.al.com/sports/index.ssf/2015/09/dallas_cowboys_wr_dez_bryant_b.html

Swimmer with Foot Trauma Comes Back for the Win

Posted by on 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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Do you find it hard to stay out of the water with an injury? So did Jesse Lynn LeBoeuf! LeBoeuf overcame a serious foot injury to win a swimming competition. Image Source: Wikimedia.org

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1. http://www.heraldguide.com/details.php?id=15946