RICE Treatment For Sprains: Are You Doing It All Wrong?

Posted by on Monday, January 30th, 2017

The traditional prescription for foot and ankle sprains has always been “RICE” — rest, ice, compression, and elevation. It sounds simple enough for patients to do at home, but researchers say the rules need a little explaining — and some updating, too. Naturally, our NYC podiatrists want you to come in for an evaluation before you attempt to self-diagnose and treat yourself.

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Is the RICE method of treating a sprain outdated? Is it backed by research? Are you doing it all wrong? NYC podiatrists explain. (Image Source: VISMMD.com)

Looking at the Numbers: NYC Ankle Specialists Discuss 8 Ankle Sprain Statistics

Posted by on Friday, February 5th, 2016

The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine in NYC is one of the top choices for ankle sprain diagnoses, treatment, and rehabilitation. Whether you just need a little help with immobilization and physical therapy or are one of the rare cases requiring surgery, our team is here to help! Here are eight ankle sprain statistics and details on recovering without residual pain or chronic instability.

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Ankle sprain treatment depends on the location and severity of tear. Image source: Flickr CC user AndriuXphoto

Wondering When to Use NSAIDS for Foot or Ankle Injuries? We Tell You When to Use NSAIDS and When to Stay Away

Posted by on Wednesday, December 23rd, 2015

The body does what it can to repair soft tissue and bone damage, but this comes at a cost. Inflammation is one of the first reactions to injury. We tend to think of inflammation as a negative thing because it looks unsightly and causes significant pain in most cases. However, there are a few benefits of acute inflammation, notably1http://www.sharinginhealth.ca/biology/inflammation.html:

  • Activation of the immune system
  • Destruction of pathogens and dilution of toxins
  • Delivery of oxygen, nutrients, proteins, and repair cells
  • Assistance with drug delivery

For these reasons, you don’t necessarily want to rely heavily on anti-inflammatory medication to take care of an injury — particularly a chronic one. In this article, we’ll take a look at what science has to say about the widespread use of NSAID medication like ibuprofen, aspirin, and naproxen to recover from injuries to tendons, muscles, ligaments, joints, and bones.

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This is what inflammation looks like! Image Source: Wikimedia.org

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1. http://www.sharinginhealth.ca/biology/inflammation.html

Cricket News: Australia’s Glenn McGrath Suffers Ruptured Ankle Ligament

Posted by on Wednesday, August 12th, 2015

Countries like England and Australia readily come to mind when one hears the word “cricket,” but believe it or not, there are actually quite a few cricket teams right here in New York City. In fact, there are 12 leagues in NYC alone and the nearby Staten Island Cricket Club happens to be the oldest continuous organization in the US, with roots dating back to 1872. Here at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine in Manhattan, we’re no stranger to the types of foot and ankle injuries suffered by cricket players like Aussie Glenn McGrath, who famously sustained what the press referred to as a “freak” ankle injury.

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Glenn McGrath, the nemesis of England cricket, suffered a 2005 ankle injury that turned the tide away from Australia’s favor. Image Source: Wikimedia.org