NYC Podiatrist Discuss the Most Common Foot Problems

Posted by on Friday, November 16th, 2018

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.

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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. [Image Source: Unsplash user Julie Johnson]

6 NYC Podiatrist Recommended Products for Healthier Feet

Posted by on Monday, May 21st, 2018

We wash, exfoliate, moisturize, and sunscreen our faces. We invest in specialty anti-aging serums and pamper ourselves with facials at the spa. So why don’t we give our feet the same TLC? After all, summer sandal weather puts them on display—at picnics, the beach, and while out shopping. If you’ve neglected your feet all winter long, here are some NYC podiatrist recommended products to help you look and feel better.

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YogaToes offers foot care with a gentle stretch if you have a family history of bunions or hammer toes. [Image Source:]

Percutaneous Foot Surgery For Bunions and Hammertoes Coming to Mt. Sinai Hospital

Posted by on Friday, August 25th, 2017

Mount Sinai recently became the first and only hospital in the state of New York to offer the new percutaneous foot surgery for bunions and hammertoes. This is exciting news, as our NYC foot surgeons are continually looking for innovative ways to help patients recover faster and more efficiently. Following the success of the pilot program, percutaneous foot surgery may become an option for patients looking for quicker recoveries from injury or pain.

 NYC foot surgeons discuss percutaneous bunion surgery, now offered at Mt. Sinai Hospital.
NYC foot surgeons discuss percutaneous bunion surgery, now offered at Mt. Sinai Hospital. Image Source: Wikimedia user Workhorse.investor.

What Happens After White Plains Hammer Toe Surgery?

Posted by on Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017

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Knowing how to manage your recovery is a big part of healing from White Plains hammer toe surgery. (Image Source:

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.

Patient Success Story: Hammertoe Surgery Finally Fixes a “Floppy” Pinky Toe

Posted by on Friday, July 8th, 2016

We see so many people suffering from chronic, crippling pain that we always love hearing patient success stories. And we love it even more when we can be the ones to help achieve amazing results for people with seemingly impossible foot, ankle, and toe problems. One of our patients at The Center For Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine – who we’ll call “C.H.” – has agreed to let us share her “floppy toe” story.

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Got a floppy toe? Not sure where to turn? Try Dr. Mariola Rivera, a board-certified foot and ankle specialist at The Center For Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine in NYC. (Image Source: Twitter user @drmariolarivera)

Got Claw Toe, Mallet Toe, or Hammer Toe Pain? We Talk About Options for Treatment

Posted by on Friday, January 29th, 2016

More than 200,000 people are professionally treated for hammer toe pain each year. Like bunions, hammer toes are a progressive foot problem that worsens over time without treatment. Usually the deformity is obvious because the toes appear visibly bent, but other symptoms include pain at the top of the toes, corns forming on the middle toe joints, redness, swelling, and pain on top and in the ball of the foot at the base of the toe. Some hammer toes are flexible and others are semi-rigid or rigid. Patients may experience no pain unless they are walking.

Here are some of the best ways to treat hammer toe pain at home, in addition to having your condition professionally addressed by our NYC podiatrists.

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There are a number of non-invasive therapies that can help hammer toe before surgery is considered. Image source: Wikimedia CC user Hellerhoff

Hammertoe Implants a “Pleasant Surprise,” Says Patient

Posted by on Monday, August 24th, 2015

It is estimated that 10 to 20% of Americans suffer from an embarrassing foot condition known as hammertoe. “Rather than the toes sticking straight out and lying flat, they are locked in a perpetual curl. The toe then rubs against the top of the shoe — causing pain and irritation that makes shoe shopping a challenge,” explains Dr. Josef J. Geldwert from The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine in New York City.

“In many ways, the hammertoe is like the little sister of the bunion, another common foot deformity with hereditary links,” he adds. “This time of year, we do many elective surgeries to correct these problems when quality of life diminishes for our patients.” The good news is that a new procedure can correct hammertoes more efficiently than before.

Surgery is often used to correct hammertoe, though not all procedures are the same in terms of recovery time, healing, and comfort. Image source: Wikimedia Commons

Triathlon News: Iron Cowboy Endures Hammertoe to Finish 50 Ironman Races

Posted by on Wednesday, July 29th, 2015

“Iron Cowboy” James Lawrence of Salt Lake City, Utah, earned his nickname when he landed in the Guinness Book of World Records for the most ironman races completed in 2012. The 36-year-old, famous for wearing a colorful cowboy hat while running, averaged just under 12 hours for all 30 events, which took place in 11 countries. Though he recalls his first marathon at age 28 as being an “awful” experience, his perseverance is an inspiration for many aspiring triathletes.1 As our NYC-based podiatrists know, though, triathlon training is not without its fair share of foot perils.

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Published on July 18th, this update confirms what an ordeal James’ feet have been through, from hammertoe to excruciating blisters. Image Source:

What Happened to the Iron Cowboy?

The Iron Cowboy embarked upon one heck of a mission. Can the human body withstand a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike, and a full 26.2-mile marathon every single day for over a month? Apparently, the answer is “yes,” as Lawrence just finished  50 ironman races in 50 states in 50 days as of July 25th.2 His achievement not only secured him a position in the Guinness Book of World Records, but raised money for a childhood obesity charity as well.

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When Medicine Isn’t Enough: Get Rid of Hammer Toe With Surgery

Posted by on Tuesday, August 13th, 2013

Most commonly, people elect to have hammer toe surgery when the pain becomes unbearable or when their feet have trouble fitting into shoes. Early intervention may include wearing supportive shoes with improved arch support and wider toe boxes.  Anti-inflammatory medicines and physical therapy may be used to reduce inflammation. Cortisone shots can decrease pain and swelling as well. Toe splints or pads can lessen the pain or stall hammer toe progression. If these conservative treatments do not work, then hammer toe surgery may be recommended.