Is Caffeine Bad for Runners’ Feet? Health Considerations for Athletes Who Drink Coffee

Posted by on Friday, March 4th, 2016

In a recent study by the University of Georgia, researchers concluded that the caffeine in a morning cup of coffee can increase endurance by up to 24 percent. Their research indicated that a cup of coffee can have the same ergogenic benefits as a caffeine pill. Of course, there can be too much of a good thing. Our NYC podiatrists often treat runners who suffer from the ill effects of a pre-race caffeine boost, and runners should be aware of the possible health consequences of drinking excessive amounts of coffee.

The Effects of Caffeine on Sports Performance from Kathryn Thomson on Vimeo.

How Regenerative Medicine Earned a Place at the Sports Doctor’s Table

Posted by on Monday, September 29th, 2014

“Regenerative medicine” is a branch of research that involves molecular biology, tissue engineering, and the process of replacing human cells, tissues, or organs to establish normal function. It has been decades since the first bone marrow and organ transplants, but advances in this science have unlocked new opportunities for more applications than the treatment of chronic diseases. The sports doctors at The Center for Podiatric Care & Sports Medicine in New York City use regenerative medicine to heal our patients’ sports injuries as well.

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Innovative sports medicine treatments such as platelet-rich plasma injections are helping people overcome chronic overuse injuries.
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Barefoot Running May Be More Dangerous Than We Thought

Posted by on Tuesday, March 19th, 2013

I think at this point we can all agree that barefoot running has taken the running world by storm. It’s everywhere you look: on the streets, on commercials, and on marathon runners (complementing their snazzy custom outfits). But until recently, there hasn’t been good evidence about barefoot running’s safety. Many athletes, podiatrists, trainers, and talking heads have touted its benefits, often citing very official-sounding biomechanical data. They argue that the foot and leg respond to the rigors of pad-less running by cushioning steps the way they were meant to be cushioned: with ankles, knees, and hips. After all, back in the caveman years we weren’t wearing padded sneakers. We were built for barefoot running!

Why is Plantar Fasciitis So Hard to Treat? Doctors May Have Been Wrong About the Cause

Posted by on Tuesday, March 12th, 2013

To those non-doctors among us, medicine may seem like a rather tough nut. We think that everyday conditions that affect millions of people are pretty well understood. After all, there have been copious chances for doctors to examine and experiment, using trial and error to find the cures that work best. But like the rest of science, medicine is always changing. Sometimes the tenets we’ve held for years slowly erode under constant scrutiny. A scientific theory is only as good as its longevity, after all. Such has been the case with plantar fasciitis, an extremely common condition that may be quite different than we thought. This has some pretty dramatic implications for treatment.

The Metallic Hemi-Great Toe Implant Debate: Options for Advanced Hallux Rigidus Surgery

Posted by on Monday, February 11th, 2013

Hallux rigidus surgery has made great strides over the past few decades (so to speak). Today there are a few popular options for hallux rigidus surgery, some of which we explored in yesterday’s post. And it’s a good thing: Hallux rigidus, like many foot and ankle ailments (and like snowflakes) is slightly different in each patient. While one arthritic toe may respond to the removal of bone spurs and nothing else (cheilectomy) others will require more dramatic treatment. There have been many advances in implant technologies, all with certain goals in mind: mobility of the big toe (MTP) joint, painlessness, and maintenance over several years. Implants are typically used in stage III and IV cases, when mobility is dramatically decreased and the patient is in pain that keeps him from participating in everyday activities.