Patients Ask: What You Can Do to Prevent Back-to-School Sports Injuries?

Posted by on Wednesday, September 19th, 2018

It’s that time of year. The leaves are crisping up, the air is chilling out, and kids are back in school, where they’ll pick up football, basketball, field hockey, volleyball, cross-country, dance, and soccer. Sports medicine doctors typically see an influx of back-to-school-related sports injuries in September—everything from lacerations and soft tissue sprains to concussions and heat exhaustion. While every injury, particularly traumatic ones, cannot be prevented, there are ways to make sure your child stays safe.

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Most back-to-school sports injuries can be avoided, say White Plains sports doctors. [Image Source:]

World Cup News: Neymar’s Ankle Injury Doesn’t Seem to Be Affecting Brazil’s Chances

Posted by on Friday, June 22nd, 2018

If the name Neymar feels fresh in your memory, it is! Just this past April, we talked about how “the most expensive [soccer] player of all-time,” Neymar da Silva Santos Jr., underwent successful fifth metatarsal repair surgery on his right foot. After his March surgery, he was given a three-month timetable for returning to drills. Fresh off the bench, Neymar “complained of ankle pains due to the number of fouls suffered against Switzerland,” according to the Brazilian Football Association.

Soccer Star Credits Nike Shoe With Career Rebound

Posted by on Wednesday, December 21st, 2016

New England Revolution’s Charlie Davies was considered one of the “most promising players in U.S. soccer in 2009,” by some accounts — dubbed “the hardest working goalscorer” who helped the men’s national team to an exhilarating run for the Confederations CupA car accident left him with a lacerated bladder and fractures in his elbow, face, femur, and tibia. Though he lives with lingering effects, he credits a pair of Nike soccer cleats with his recovery.

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These Nike high top cleats helped Charlie Davies get back to the soccer field after a five-year absence. (Image Source:

Over 65% Women’s Soccer Injuries Involve The Foot & Ankle

Posted by on Friday, April 17th, 2015

Concussions have been getting all the media spotlight in recent years. However, as NYC podiatrists, we’d like to point out a startling statistic: over 65% of collegiate women’s soccer injuries involve the foot or the ankle! Why isn’t anyone reporting on that? Data collected by the National Collegiate Athletic Association revealed that from 2004 to 2009, more than 55,000 athletes sustained injuries, contributing to an overall injury rate of 7.3 per 1,000 athletes. With cleats that catch, uneven playing surfaces, and plenty of dynamic twisting, turning, jumping, and kicking, it’s no surprise that foot and ankle injuries topped the list.

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Lower limb injuries are most common in soccer, reports the NCAA. Image Source:

Stop Toe Pain From Sidelining Youth Soccer Players

Posted by on Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014

Soccer is a popular sport for youngsters in New York. While it’s great exercise for the body, and a positive experience for the developing mind, parents should be aware of a common issue we treat: toe pain. Part of the problem is the repeated kicking motion, which is simply the nature of the game. However, we find the vast majority of kids with toe injuries also happen to be wearing improperly fitted cleats. NY podiatrists from The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine, a group of doctors’ offices in Westchester and Manhattan specializing in youth sports, detail what you can do to prevent this type of youth soccer injury.

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Toe injuries occur more often in youth soccer leagues due to improper cleat fitting. Image Source:

Tough Turf: The Five Most Common Injuries Suffered by Soccer Players

Posted by on Monday, August 19th, 2013

The US Consumer Product Safety Commission reports that nearly 570,000 athletes were injured playing soccer in 2009, the last year for which data is available. Lately, head injuries have captured the spotlight. One study found that 60% of college soccer players had suffered a concussion at some point during their careers. More commonly, though, we see the following soccer injuries at our NYC Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine.