Now that the weather is cooler, New Yorkers have taken to the indoor courts to keep up their love of tennis. Tennis has many health benefits from increasing aerobic capacity and bone density to improving metabolic function and reaction times. However, the sheer speed of tennis opens us up to accidents and injuries, particularly to the feet and ankles. If you live in the New York City or White Plains area, The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine can diagnose and treat any lower extremity common tennis foot injuries with skill and efficiency.
About 58% of Americans have suffered heel pain any given year, according to a survey conducted by the American Podiatric Medical Association. It could be the natural effects of aging, repetitive strain, the wrong shoes, or a combination of factors. In our NYC podiatry practice, we routinely diagnose and treat three common culprits responsible for nagging heel pain. The difference in seeing a foot and ankle specialist is that—unlike a primary care doctor—we’re interested in treating the root cause of your trouble to banish foot pain for good, rather than simply prescribing a drug to mask the symptoms.
The lifetime incidence for developing chronic heel pain (plantar fasciitis) is roughly 10 percent in America. If you’re one of the many people suffering from sharp, shooting pains first thing in the morning and terrible aches following periods of standing or inactivity in New York City, stop by The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine for the best treatment for plantar fasciitis. We offer multiple modes of advanced treatment you won’t find elsewhere, including laser, ultrasound, and shockwave therapy. You may be wondering: Which of these high-tech solutions is most effective? A study recently published in the Journal of Foot & Ankle Surgery sheds some light on the subject.
Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common conditions we treat at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine. Nationwide, arch and heel pain account for up to 15% of all podiatrist visits—that’s 1 million Americans suffering from the condition. This type of pain is striking in that it tends to afflict patients worst after a night of sleeping or period of rest. In recent years, we’ve grown to understand this condition much better. It’s not just a matter of chronic inflammation—but rather, degenerative changes to the fascia that cannot be ignored. Here in the office, we employ a number of high-tech treatments for plantar fasciitis that work tremendously.
Plantar fasciitis is a common condition that affects 2 million Americans. An estimated 1 in 10 sufferers have heel spurs, which are bony calcium deposits on the underside of the bone. It’s a common misconception that the “spur” itself is what causes the pain. In reality, only 5% of the people with heel spurs experience foot pain. Heel spurs generally develop in response to trauma like foot muscle strains, ligament tears, plantar fascia overstretching, and repeat tearing of the heel membrane.
Athletes who do a lot of running and jumping are especially prone to plantar fasciitis and heel spurs. We most commonly see the condition in runners who have flat, overpronating feet, with tight Achilles tendons and calves. Our doctors at The Center For Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine say NYC foot surgery is rarely needed to treat this condition.
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The decision to undergo surgery is one of the most difficult choices a person has to make. We do not take NYC foot surgery lightly. Our clients are busy and can’t afford the downtime. Whenever possible, we look into conservative measures that resolve pain and restore functionality.
Yet, in some cases, our NYC sports doctors have found that foot and ankle surgeries were the best course of action to alleviate pain and restore functionality. New procedures and tools have made surgery less invasive and less “scary.” Here’s one of our many success stories …
Chronic tendon pain has been fairly misunderstood in the scientific community until the last 5-10 years, according to Josef Geldwert, a board-certified Doctor of Podiatric Medicine in New York City. Previously, all tendon issues were categorized as “tendonitis,” which implies inflammation and is treated with cortisone shots, rest, ice, and sometimes physical therapy. Some patients healed during this treatment, but many continued to suffer from chronic tendon troubles. Often, these patients would go on to have surgical debridement, which fixed the problem but resulted in long recovery times.
“We now know that the problem is not necessarily inflammation but weakened collagen and tissue degeneration, which tends to occur after eight or ten weeks,” explains Dr. Geldwert. “Fortunately, technology exists that helps patients get back on their feet again without major surgery.”
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Plantar fasciitis is a bit like parenting—just because it affects a lot of people doesn’t mean it’s easy. The Oakland Raiders’ Amari Cooper was nearly shut down for his rookie season by a bad case of chronic heel pain. Though he was able to reach 1,000 receiving yards, he told KGMZ San Francisco,”I really wasn’t myself. I think it affected my whole game.” NY podiatrists describe how Amari Cooper’s foot condition affected his performance, how it may have been treated, and how you can obtain similar care in the New York City region.
Our NY foot doctorshave worked with the Central Park Track Club, the NY Road Runners, and ultra-marathon runners training for the NYC Tri, Hamptons Marathon, and U.S. Olympic Trials. Avid runners are no strangers to foot pain. A lot of them limp into our Manhattan office nervously asking, “Do I have plantar fasciitis?” They know this diagnosis would be dreadful because it’s a niggling ache to shake. Many of them walk out surprised that the root cause of their heel and arch pain is something else entirely.
“I am so grateful for having had Dr. Geldwert perform bunion surgery on both of my feet. I have complete confidence in him and continue to see him for other sports related injuries. I was cautious about having surgery for the first time, but his knowledge, patience, and skill made me completely comfortable in trusting him. And I couldn’t be any happier with the results!! When anything else feels wrong with my feet, I love that I now know to go immediately to him. He is my top choice for anyone searching for the best foot fixer/surgeon/sports doctor in NYC! Thank you, Dr. Geldwert!!!”
– J. M., Manhattan, NY
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