MLB News: Brett Lawrie Highlights the Potential Dangers of Orthotics

Posted by on Wednesday, March 15th, 2017

Custom orthotics can serve as a first step for addressing a wide range of foot and ankle injuries at many podiatry offices. Naturally, your podiatrist will want to start with the least invasive treatment method that could be successful in treating and addressing your injury or ailment. This makes custom orthotics a go-to solution for many patients.

But athletes have some additional and unique concerns that must be taken into consideration. At The Center For Podiatric Care & Sports Medicine, we are not only NYC podiatrists; we are sports medicine physicians too. We understand total body biomechanics and we are very aware of how a foot-related treatment can have a much broader impact, affecting other structures such as the the ankles, legs, back and neck. Former Chicago White Sox infielder Brett Lawrie recently highlighted what happens when medical professionals do not take these complexities into consideration when prescribing treatment, including a seemingly straightforward treatment option such as custom orthotics.

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Orthotics are often used by professional athletes such as MLB players, but their use should be monitored, say NYC sports doctors. (Image Source: Flickr.com)

Over-The-Counter Insoles Do Little For Injury Prevention, Study Finds

Posted by on Monday, December 26th, 2016

Cushioned shoe inserts continue to be popular among consumers with foot pain, with brands like Dr. Scholls, Spenco, Sof Sole, and New Balance flying off the shelves. One would logically assume that a little extra padding to the sole could only help reduce the pressure our feet face everyday. But is there any evidence these products work? Is it possible they could actually do us more harm than good? Australian researchers published new findings from a meta-analysis review in the British Journal of Sports Medicine

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Are cushioned shoe inserts worth trying? Research says no. (Image Source: SofSole.com)

Do Custom Orthotics Work or Are They Overprescribed? NYC Podiatrists Weigh In

Posted by on Friday, June 24th, 2016

If you’ve been following our blog, you know by now that we support the use of orthotic shoe inserts to non-surgically improve the lives of people suffering from foot pain. Our NYC center’s founder, Dr. Josef J. Geldwert, has personally worked with SOLS to help the team develop one of the most affordable, effective custom orthotics on the market. That said, we also believe custom orthotics are not suitable for every individual or every injury, and we do agree with a recent Medscape article suggesting orthotics are often overprescribed.

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Experts say gait analysis and retraining may be more beneficial than orthotics for many patients. (Image Source: Flickr CC user salforduniversity)

When Should I Have My Orthotics Replaced or Reassessed?

Posted by on Friday, March 11th, 2016

The best orthotics aren’t churned out of a vending machine: they’re custom-made to fit the curves and subtle nuances of your particular feet. They can be prescribed for issues like heel pain, arch pain, tendinitis, flat feet, high arches, limb length discrepancy, metatarsalgia, sesamoiditis, and arthritis. They must be worn at all times, but the benefit is that orthotics offer a non-invasive way to resolve many common foot-related aches and pains. If you’re a candidate for custom insoles, you may be wondering: will this one pair get me by, or will I have to get my orthotics replaced or refurbished over time?

Shoe Inserts Made for Your Feet: SOLS Offers 3-D Custom Orthotics Directly to Consumers

Posted by on Monday, November 23rd, 2015

The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine is no stranger to the SOLS orthotics brand. Our very own Dr. Josef Geldwert DPM was on the medical advisory board, sharing his 40+ years of experience in podiatry to help the team create the most ergonomically sound, custom-fit shoe insoles. Unlike traditional insoles, the SOLS brand are manufactured more quickly and designed for the individual using computer technology and 3-D printing, rather than older plaster casting methods that are not only messy but cumbersome, time-consuming, and expensive to make. The designs come in a variety of cool colors and designs to meet modern standards for further personalization. The company made news again last month when they announced their plans to sell directly to consumers.

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SOLS is turning the custom orthotics market on its head by allowing customers to order directly from the company. However, some people may still benefit from consulting a podiatrist. Image source: Flickr CC user HeelsandFeet

Your Podiatrist May Recommend One Of These Nonsurgical Foot Treatments First

Posted by on Friday, October 23rd, 2015

Many times patients come to The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine seeking surgery, specifically. What they’re really looking for is an end to their suffering as soon as possible. However, in most cases, surgery isn’t truly “a quick fix” because it involves a lengthy recovery time and may involve the risk of complications, which delays healing even further. The good news is that we treat serious foot problems like bunions, plantar fasciitis, hammertoes, and nerve pain with a high degree of success using nonsurgical foot treatments.

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Nonsurgical treatment for bunions is available, and the right podiatrist will take the time to discuss your options with you. Image source: Flickr CC user Kim Carpenter

Social Media Reunites NFL Star with Lost Insoles Needed for Achilles Injury

Posted by on Wednesday, August 26th, 2015

Custom orthotics have withstood a lot of flack over the years. The New York Times has reported that “Shoe inserts or orthotics may be helpful as a short-term solution, preventing injuries in some athletes — but it is not clear how.”1http://www.nytimes.com/2006/06/22/fashion/thursdaystyles/22Fitness.html?pagewanted=all The Chicago Tribune reported on a study from the British Journal of Sports Medicine that implied store-bought orthotics may be just as effective as custom orthotics from the podiatrist.2http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2011-03-30/a-z/sc-health-0330-orthotics-20110330_1_orthotics-physical-therapist-foot-pain Barefoot running enthusiasts would go so far as to say orthotics actually “weaken the foot” and are rarely ever needed.3http://www.thebarefootrunners.org/threads/are-orthotics-really-ever-necessary-by-dr-stephen-gangemi-a-k-a-the-sock-doc.5689/

Despite what naysayers may say, The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine in NYC has seen custom orthotics work wonders for certain types of patients — particularly athletes who are recovering from an Achilles tendon injury. The importance of orthotics can be plainly seen in the recent story of a Washington Redskins player who took to Twitter to find his lost insoles.4http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/13410635/deangelo-hall-washington-redskins-getting-cleat-insert-back-search

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1. http://www.nytimes.com/2006/06/22/fashion/thursdaystyles/22Fitness.html?pagewanted=all
2. http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2011-03-30/a-z/sc-health-0330-orthotics-20110330_1_orthotics-physical-therapist-foot-pain
3. http://www.thebarefootrunners.org/threads/are-orthotics-really-ever-necessary-by-dr-stephen-gangemi-a-k-a-the-sock-doc.5689/
4. http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/13410635/deangelo-hall-washington-redskins-getting-cleat-insert-back-search

SOLS: These Aren’t Your Grandmother’s Orthotics

Posted by on Monday, June 22nd, 2015

Where do you spend your evenings after work? Most people would never dream of saying, “At the orthotics store!” Yet, SOLS, a new brand of 3-D custom shoe inserts, is revamping the industry image for the orthopedic device with “Martini Mondays,” live DJ sessions, and candlelight yoga classes at their NY shop in Bowery. “We are trying to make orthotics sexy,” explains VP of Marketing Joy Altimare. “We’re not just an orthotics company, we’re a lifestyle brand.” The Center for Podiatric Care and Sport Medicine has been working with SOLS for more than a year. Our very own Dr. Josef J. Geldwert serves as a biomechanics advisor to the company.

Get on the Level: How Proper Shoe Depth Can Alleviate Foot Pain for Seniors

Posted by on Monday, December 1st, 2014

According to a new Australian study in the Journal of Gerontology: Medical Sciences, increased shoe depth reduces disabling foot pain and improves function for adults over age 65. The study, which surveyed 120 seniors over a four-month period, found that individuals wearing shoes with deeper footbeds scored 11 points better for pain and 10 points better for function than those in regular shoes — a “significant” difference, say researchers.

The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine in New York City treats many seniors for a number of conditions, including acute and chronic foot pain. Helping patients choose the right footwear is a huge part of long-term care for common foot issues and reduced mobility.

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Do these look like “orthopedic” shoes to you? Seniors should give increased depth shoes a chance, say researchers. Image Source: Amazon.com

Dr. Geldwert on the Importance of Printed Custom Orthotics

Posted by on Tuesday, November 11th, 2014

The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine team is always looking for new ways to help our patients. Dr. Josef Geldwert first heard about SOLS custom 3D printed orthotic devices at the New York Podiatric Medical Association’s annual meeting. After speaking with Dr. Geldwert, founder Kegan Schouwenburg decided to add Dr. Geldwert to the SOLS team as a biomechanics advisor. At our practice in NY, we capture images of the feet on a computer tablet and devise a mathematical formula to send off to SOLS for 3D printing and fabrication of a shoe insert that perfectly matches the individual.

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We are pleased to offer fitting for 3-D printed orthotics at our NY office. Image Source: SOLS.com