New Wearable Device Detects Achilles Tendon Problems Before They Occur

Posted by on Monday, July 9th, 2018

Mechanical engineers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison have developed promising new technology that can measure the underlying tension forces transferred to the muscles and tendons during movement. Previous studies on animals used surgical implants to monitor force, but the invasiveness has been a major drawback for human trials. The new non-invasive measurement tool builds upon existing knowledge of wave propagation measurements to detect Achilles tendon problems before they occur.

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Promising new technology that can measure the underlying tension forces transferred to the muscles and tendons during movement will be valuable during gait analysis. [Image Source: Unsplash user Bradley Wentzel]

NY Foot Doctors Discuss What Can Cause Walking Abnormalities In Adults

Posted by on Friday, March 30th, 2018

A wobbly walk can be troublesome, especially for adults. Sometimes walking abnormalities in adults can result from improperly healed ankle sprains or a sedentary lifestyle. Other times, they are the first signs of disease or degeneration. It can take multiple professionals to figure out the root cause of an abnormal gait. The Gait Analysis Lab at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine is one place you may end up while seeking a diagnosis in New York City.

A wobbling walk is cute in baby animals, but troubling in adults. [Image Source: Pexels user JESHOOTS.com]
A wobbly walk can be troublesome, especially for adults. [Image Source: Pexels user JESHOOTS.com]

Do You Have Elite Feet? Assessing Foot Alignment and Strength

Posted by on Wednesday, August 9th, 2017

Want to be healthy and strong? Total body power begins with the feet! The best runners exemplify perfect form—feet facing straight ahead, rolling from the heel through a strong arch, loading the ball of the foot and big toe, and pushing straight off the forefoot. The term for this action is “elite feet,” and it’s something we should all aspire to if we want to stay mobile and pain-free.

Foot function is too often ignored in the sports medicine field. Often, doctors address foot function only when a patient has a problem such as plantar fasciitis or tendinitis. But how the foot is loaded, aligned, and strikes the ground matters. A balanced, loaded foot leads to proper hip-muscle engagement, pelvic stability, stride power, speed, and agility. We routinely check runners at our gait analysis center to see how the body is performing, and to predict—with startling accuracy—where problems may arise.

In this article, our White Plains podiatrists discuss how to tell if you have elite feet, what exercises can strengthen foot strength and form, and what role a podiatrist may play in helping you improve foot stability.

White Plains podiatrists discuss the importance of proper "elite feet" positioning while running and walking.
White Plains podiatrists discuss the importance of proper “elite feet” positioning while running and walking. Image Source: Free Stock Photos user Petr Kratochvil.

Can NYC Gait Analysis Technology Help Prevent Sports Injuries?

Posted by on Friday, October 7th, 2016

Alabama newspaper The Dothan Eagle recently explored the profound impact gait analysis had on a local college football team. The paper reports that the Trojan’s football program is “one of the first few U.S. college units to utilize DorsaVi, a ‘cutting edge’ movement analysis system.'” Video systems and gamer gear like Connect have been around for a long time, but wearable sensor technology and impact sensor technology has gotten a whole lot better within the last decade.

Dorsavi and other gait analysis technology helps doctors prevent injuries.
New technology like DorsaVi and other gait analysis systems are helping doctors prescribe treatment before sports injuries occur. Image Source: Wikimedia user Tfamelb.

Is Texting While Walking Screwing Up Your Gait?

Posted by on Monday, April 25th, 2016

We’ve all seen funny YouTube videos of trips, falls, and face-plants from hapless victims texting while walking. While it’s funny to watch, texting while walking is such a serious problem you could possibly go to jail for it in New Jersey. Legal repercussions aren’t the only reason it’s dangerous – it poses an even greater risk of physical injury.

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Texting while walking can be dangerous and sometimes illegal. (Image Source: Flickr CC user Garry Knight)

Am I Walking Funny? Get a Gait Analysis to Understand What Your Walk Says About Your Health

Posted by on Friday, April 8th, 2016

Patients come to our NYC gait analysis center, wondering, “Do I walk funny?” or “Do I walk weird?” Often, we meet with competitive runners looking to improve their stride or prevent injury. Indeed, our trained eyes can tell a lot about you based on your gait, stride, posture, and pace. Our computerized gait analysis technology can tell even more.

Come see NYC podiatrists if you have any concerns that you may have a weird walk. | Image Source: Natasha Chub-Afanasyeva
Come see NYC podiatrists if you have any concerns that you may have a weird walk. | Image Source: Natasha Chub-Afanasyeva

College Sports News: Drexel & SCSU Invest In Gait Analysis To Give Runners A Leg Up

Posted by on Wednesday, March 25th, 2015

The equipment doesn’t come cheap: Southern Connecticut State University (SCSU) reportedly just spent $95,000 to acquire the high-quality treadmill, and another $20,000 for the three-dimensional cameras necessary to update their human performance lab. That is why you may be hard-pressed to find a fully loaded gait analysis center–even in a large metro area like New York City. The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine is one place you can find state-of-the-art biomechanical analysis equipment geared toward runners and other athletes looking to improve performance and prevent injuries.

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Dr. Josef J. Geldwert is a doctor of podiatric medicine, an avid distance runner, and an expert biomechanics coach. Image Source: Facebook.com

Gait Analysis: Why It’s a Must for Serious Runners

Posted by on Thursday, October 9th, 2014

Is running a dangerous sport? Are overuse injuries inevitable? The experts say, “no.” While injury rates among runners have been cited as high as 50 or 90 percent, it doesn’t have to be that way, says Dr. Josef Geldwert from The Center for Podiatric Care & Sports Medicine in NYC. As the old saying goes, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Gait analysis is the best injury prevention tool in the sports medicine field.

“Over the past six years, the foot doctors at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine have measured motion using a treadmill with 5,000 pressure-force sensors and a video camera hooked to a computer,” Dr. Geldwert explains. “The treadmill captures, tracks and analyzes the pressure and force of each step. This identifies where a person’s structural imperfections originate so that a specific treatment plan can be devised.”

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The Center for Podiatric Care & Sports Medicine helps runners identify pains and problems before they occur.

Cushioned Heel Running Shoes Drastically Affects A Person’s Gait

Posted by on Wednesday, June 26th, 2013

Most of the running shoes you’ll find today feature a cushioned heel “for greater comfort.” However, it was recently discovered that these shoes may alter a runner’s biomechanics and actually diminish performance. This new report comes to us from the 2013 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS).

Do I Have An Abnormal Gait?

Posted by on Friday, May 31st, 2013

Having an abnormal gait could be the cause of your chronic back pain, reports CBS News. Many people go through physical therapy and even spinal manipulation from a chiropractor before discovering that an abnormality in walking pattern was the culprit all along. The newspaper cites a February 2009 study published in the Journal of the American Podiatric Medical Association that found corrective shoe inserts to be an effective way to treat abnormal gait and low back pain. After being fitted for custom shoe inserts to correct their imbalanced gait, 84 percent of the test subjects experienced improvement. More than a year later, the follow-up found that pain relief lasted more than twice as long as with previous treatments.