NYC Podiatrist Recommended Walking Tour: 1866 New York

Posted by on Friday, October 14th, 2016

It may be surprising, but NYC walking tours have been around since the 1800’s—although they were considered “supplemental hints” back then. As Curbed New York points out, local historian James Miller included a DIY walking tour of the city in his 1800’s guide book: Miller’s New York As It Is; or Stranger’s Guide to the Cities of New York, Brooklyn, and Adjacent Places. Back in the days before cars, life was tough, but even Miller had the good sense to advise against attempting to walk the entirety of New York City. So, his pedestrian tour focused on Broadway, from the Bowling Green to Union Square. What little nuggets of truth still relate to the New York we see before us in 2016? If you love history, why not consult this map and find out for yourself? As leading NY podiatrists, we love to see people getting out and enjoying the City.

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Start your walking tour of NYC at Battery Park’s Castle Clinton, which was once known as the Castle Garden Theater. Image Source: Wikimedia user Charvex.

NY Podiatrist-Recommended Walking Tours: Historic White Plains

Posted by on Friday, September 16th, 2016

Dr. Josef J. Geldwert opened his White Plains office (located at 10 Mitchell Place, near Mamaroneck Avenue) in 2009 after nearly two decades of providing active New Yorkers with quality foot and ankle care. The Upper East Side office in Manhattan near Central Park was already established as the “go-to” rehab center for the New York Road Runners and Central Park Track Club. Athletes from professional teams like the NY Magic, NY Power, NY Liberty and NY Lizards came through our doors and walked out stronger. While you’re visiting us in this part of town, we encourage you to take a self-guided walking tour of historic White Plains, just six minutes from our door.

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Take a walk around White Plains and discover a number of well-preserved historic buildings. Image Source: WordPress user SandraHarrison1954

What Are Beau’s Lines and How Do They Affect My Toenails?

Posted by on Monday, October 22nd, 2012

Did you know that fingernails grow faster than toenails? According to a study published in the Journal of the Academy of European Dermatology, fingernails grow about 3.47 mm per month, while toenails grow 1.62 mm per month (millimeters! that’s how we know it’s a European journal). I bet I don’t need to tell you, though, that the big toenail grows faster than the other toenails; you probably know that just from living with your own toenails.

These are normal things for toenails. Do you know what’s not normal? Deep grooves that run horizontally across your nails, otherwise known as Beau’s Lines.

Hey, You, With the Morton’s Toe

Posted by on Monday, July 23rd, 2012

It’s always good to have some recognizable characteristics so people can describe you. Like a detective in a film noir might say, “She was a tall blonde with more curves than the Pacific Coast Highway, gams like a flamingo, and a Morton’s toe.”

A what?

A Morton’s toe! Let’s learn all about this crazy toe quirk.

Get Out, Gout!

Posted by on Wednesday, June 6th, 2012

Does gout sound to you like something out of Ye Olde Time Disease Booke? Well, while it is true that gout is a condition you would hear about more in 18th century novels than in 21st century life, it is, unfortunately, something that is still with us, afflicting millions of people today.

And why are we talking about it? Well, because one of the places affected by gout is your big toe. So let’s find out about it!

Introducing…the Bunionettes!

Posted by on Wednesday, April 18th, 2012

We’ve talked before about the bunion, the bump that develops on the side of your forefoot, right below your big toe. Let’s give a big hand to the bunion’s lesser known, yet equally painful cousin, the bunionette!

(Note: I don’t actually know if they are cousins, but they definitely seem related. One is big, one is little, and they’re both found on the foot. Sounds like there’s some kind of connection!)

So, where would I find a bunionette? Glad you asked! The bunionette is directly opposite the bunion, on the outer edge of your forefoot, right below your little toe. (Hmm, maybe evil twins would have been more appropriate than just cousins?) The bunionette is kind of the little dog to the bunion’s big dog.

No, No Charcot Foot

Posted by on Wednesday, April 11th, 2012

Any injury or problem with your feet is bad, mostly because these make it difficult to stand and walk, two of the things that are at the heart of being human. Mix pain with immobility, and a foot injury just means pure misery.Some foot problems are worse than others, of course. Athlete’s foot is disgusting, but it can be dealt with fairly easily. A little broken toe can have a big effect on walking, but it will heal.

Charcot foot, on the other hand, is a very serious condition, and that’s what we’re going to talk about today.

A Fracture Named Jones

Posted by on Thursday, April 5th, 2012

It’s such a nice, simple little name, but such a bad injury. Today we are going to talk about an unusually nasty fracture: a Jones Fracture.

Oh no, what is a Jones fracture? In simplest terms, it is a fracture of the fifth metatarsal, or the bone attached to your little toe. This type of fracture is found in the midfoot area of the bone, meaning it affects the outside edge of your foot.

Goooaaaal!! Foot Injuries and Soccer Players

Posted by on Wednesday, March 28th, 2012

Feet are important. Feet are especially important if you’re a soccer player, whose main weapon is his or her feet.There’s a reason why the rest of the world calls the sport “football.” ‘Cause you use your feet, get it?

I’m in the US, though, and I’m accustomed to “soccer,” so we’ll stick with that here. Soccer is the most popular sport in the world, and while the professional version hasn’t lit the US on fire, participation on the youth level here is huge. Part of that is driven by parents who think the sport is safer than high impact sports like (American) football or hockey.

However, that doesn’t mean soccer is injury free. In fact, those feet that do all the running and ball handling can be pretty vulnerable to injuries. Let’s talk about some common foot injuries for soccer players, then.

Who is Lisfranc and What is She Doing to My Foot?

Posted by on Friday, March 23rd, 2012

It started happening a few years ago. An athlete went down with a foot injury on a seemingly benign play or in practice. When the medical report came out, the injury was called a “lisfranc” injury. And sports reporters and sports talk radio hosts everywhere said, “Who is Liz Frank and what did she do to this guy’s foot?”

Chien Ming-Wang of the Yankees, Philip Rivers of the Chargers, Dwight Freeney of the Colts, Darren McFadden of the Raiders, all down with Lisfranc injuries. Then last November, with the Houston Texans seemingly Super Bowl bound, quarterback Matt Schaub went down with the dread Lisfranc injury. His season was over, and the Texans, though they made it to the playoffs, didn’t go as far as they would have with Schaub playing.

So let’s dig into this demon of the foot and find out what’s going on!