Are you the sort of person who runs to eat? Looking for something to do this weekend? Dust off your running shoes for the 5th Annual NYC Cupcake Run, taking place in Astoria Park at noon on October 21st. The 5-K course takes you through three different cupcake checkpoints. Runners will receive a race bib, three cupcakes, and a Cupcake Run gift bag. Free food and drink will be available at the Rocky McBride’s after-party. Events like this one are a great way to see the City and stay active, so our NYC podiatrists hope to see you all there!
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Wednesday, October 11th, 2017
If you love music and love to run, the Synchrony Financial Brooklyn Half Marathon is the race for you! On October 14th, more than 17,500 long distance runners are expected to descend on Brooklyn, treading through the closed streets of Brooklyn to scenic Prospect Park. This local race is part of a larger charity run that attracts over 500,000 participants worldwide. Some people run against their personal bests; others run for a charitable cause near and dear to their hearts (Rock ‘n’ Roll runners have raised more than $310 million for participating charities to date!). And, of course, many come just for the music and the sea of block parties! If you’re coming from out-of-town, here are some great spots to check out while in Brooklyn, recommended by your friendly neighborhood podiatrists from The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine.
We all know running is one of the best forms of cardio on the planet. Maybe you bought that new pair of running shoes with good intentions. You were going to hit the open road, putting one foot before the other and continuing until you reached that glorious endorphin release known as “the runner’s high.” You were going to fall in love with running, and it would be your pathway to good health and longevity.
But despite your best intentions, you may find it harder than expected to get past the sensation of your feet feeling heavy when running. It’s as if you’ve got two cinder blocks attached to your feet! Our NYC sports medicine doctors hear this complaint a lot from patients who want to know if there’s something wrong and what they can do to overcome this awful feeling of inertia. Today, we explore the possible reasons why your feet feel heavy when running and offer some tips to help you become more fleet of foot.
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Wednesday, September 13th, 2017
September 17th marks the 8th annual NYC Pizza Run, where fitness buffs clock just over three miles—all while gobbling up two slices of pizza along the way. What could be more Instagram-worthy than that? According to race organizers, “In a food obsessed metropolis where people are always on the run, putting together an event which pays tribute to some of the city’s defining characteristics seemed like a no-brainer!” This year, the run moves from Tompkins Square Park in the East Village of Manhattan to Fort Greene Park in Brooklyn, where you can run a full 5K.
Athletes sometimes joke that ibuprofen is their “Vitamin I.” They work out, push themselves, and take a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) later to suppress the inflammatory response and recover faster. However, two new studies reveal the potential dangers of such an approach. “While the medicines are popular, they may also overtax the kidneys during prolonged periods of exercise and actually inhibit the muscles’ ability to repair afterward,” explains NYC sports medicine doctor Dr. Josef J. Geldwert. Although Dr. Geldwert was not directly involved with the studies, he routinely counsels athletes on proper recovery protocol and understands the dangers of relying too heavily on NSAIDs such as ibuprofen.
Want to be healthy and strong? Total body power begins with the feet! The best runners exemplify perfect form—feet facing straight ahead, rolling from the heel through a strong arch, loading the ball of the foot and big toe, and pushing straight off the forefoot. The term for this action is “elite feet,” and it’s something we should all aspire to if we want to stay mobile and pain-free.
Foot function is too often ignored in the sports medicine field. Often, doctors address foot function only when a patient has a problem such as plantar fasciitis or tendinitis. But how the foot is loaded, aligned, and strikes the ground matters. A balanced, loaded foot leads to proper hip-muscle engagement, pelvic stability, stride power, speed, and agility. We routinely check runners at our gait analysis center to see how the body is performing, and to predict—with startling accuracy—where problems may arise.
In this article, our White Plains podiatrists discuss how to tell if you have elite feet, what exercises can strengthen foot strength and form, and what role a podiatrist may play in helping you improve foot stability.
Dr. Josef J. Geldwert isn’t just a doctor at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine offices in Manhattan and White Plains; he is also a life-long distance runner with marathon training experience. For this reason, he is frequently consulted by athletes entering the Olympic trials and organizations like the NY Road Runners, in addition to working with events such as the NYC Triathlon.
Most people are surprised to learn that Dr. Geldwert is almost 70-years-old, as active as he is. “I love a good Central Park workout!” he confesses. He is particularly interested in the latest research about the many health benefits of running, not to mention ways to keep himself and his patients running well into old age.
Iowa State University researchers published a new review and analysis of existing research about the impact of exercise on premature death in the journal Progress in Cardiovascular Disease. Their findings validate the idea that running has huge benefits on life expectancy.
This summer, as you and your family spend more time at the beach, you may be wondering if barefoot beach running the way to go. For one, you can’t beat the gorgeous views of a beach run! Additionally, there is a very passionate camp of people who claim that “the most natural way” to train involves a switch to barefoot running. Is there any truth to the idea that softer surfaces are easier on the body than pounding the hard pavement? NYC foot doctors at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine explore both sides of the issue.
Can you feel the excitement in the air? The 17th annual NYC Triathlon is almost upon us! On July 16th, thousands of athletes will flock to New York City for a 1,500m swim, 40K bike ride, and 10K run. A Central Park festival and awards ceremony take place after the big race to celebrate individual achievements.
The time to beat from last year is 1 hour, 48 minutes, 31 seconds for men, and 1 hour, 57 minutes, 59 seconds for women. Last year’s top finishers were from Colorado and Missouri, but a local Brooklyn resident finished in third place for the men, and another New York City resident came in fifth for women.
Dr. Josef J. Geldwert, leading Manhattan foot/ankle specialist and founder of The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine, will lead the medical team for the NYC Tri. They’ll be busy treating any acute injuries that arise over the course of the event. In this interview, Dr. Geldwert explains what can be expected from such an intense physical competition.
As avid runners, the podiatrists and sports medicine doctors at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine love any chance to get outdoors, clock our miles, and keep our feet stretched. In our opinion, running is one of the best ways to strengthen the muscles of the foot and ankle to ensure greater mobility for years to come. City Running Tours is one of the local operators offering a chance to jog around and learn about different parts of our beautiful NYC. And their tagline, “Sweat and sightsee in New York City,” sounds like a good motto to us!
“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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