Not Just a Cramp: Athlete With Troubled Gait Receives Rare Focal Foot Dystonia Diagnosis

Posted by on Wednesday, April 18th, 2018

One day, while playing handball, Maryland resident Laura Hsiung found herself walking on the outside of her left foot. “I couldn’t figure it out,” she told the Washington Post“I hadn’t rolled my ankle, but my left foot just would not function normally.” This strange incident took Hsiung down a rabbit hole of specialists—orthopedists, podiatrists, physical therapists, neurologists, pain management doctors, gait osteopaths, and surgeons. They were quick to address her symptoms, but didn’t seem terribly interested in identifying the root cause, she recalled. She had a double knee replacement operation and ganglion cyst removal surgery—both of which failed to correct the problem. After two years, a consultation with another physical therapist ultimately led to a focal foot dystonia diagnosis.

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Dystonia can be mild or severe, sometimes only related to a particular task. Runners, writers, artists, engineers, and musicians may be at higher risk. (Image Source: Flckr user Elvert Barnes)

Five Facts You Didn’t Know About Overuse Injury Prevention

Posted by on Wednesday, November 29th, 2017

Overuse injuries may seem like par for the course when you’re a competitive athlete or avid runner. After all, Harvard Medical School looked at many factors—such as stretching, training frequency, weight, biomechanics, and muscle imbalances—and found that up to 75 percent of runners are injured in a given year. Their findings confirm the importance of overuse injury prevention for athletes. Today, White Plains podiatrists at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine share some key facts about overuse injuries that will help you avoid them.

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Running is great for you, but be careful to prevent overuse injuries! Image Source: Unsplash user Francesco Gallarotti.

Five Surprising Sesamoiditis Foot Health Facts From White Plains Foot Doctors

Posted by on Monday, September 4th, 2017

Got pain in your big toe? Having trouble keeping up with your regular activities without forefoot pain? Sesamoiditis is a tricky condition that affects your overall foot health and comfort, but White Plains foot doctors are here to clue you in on the mysterious world of sesamoid bones and the injuries that pertain to them. Stop by our Westchester County office for advanced treatments that prompt fast healing for busy athletes.

We treat sesamoiditis and sesamoid fractures at our office in White Plains.
We treat sesamoiditis and sesamoid fractures at our office in White Plains. Image Source: Wikimedia user Alison.