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Wednesday, December 6th, 2017
So much hopefulness and nervous energy are bundled up in the first game of the NBA season. The Boston Celtics (ranked #1 in the Eastern Conference last season) faced off against the Cleveland Cavaliers (ranked 9th). Maybe, from the Celtics’ standpoint, the game seemed like an easy opener. Although, in the offseason, the Cavaliers signed a new GM and traded Kyrie Irving (to the Celtics) in exchange for Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowded, and Ante Zizic—so there was no telling how the new team would perform.
For 27-year-old small forward Gordon Hayward, who had just come over from the Utah Jazz, it was not the sort of debut he’d hoped for—starting and ending the season in one day with a fractured ankle.
Maybe you hear the crunch, or maybe you feel ice cold blood rushing down into your foot. Either way, it’s hard to mistake the sensation of a foot bone snapping during intense activity. Greg Olsen, tight end with the Carolina Panthers, is one of the latest NFL players to report a dreaded foot fracture. It’s a devastating blow for a hardy player who has caught 625 passes as the first tight end to post three straight 1,000-yard campaigns. Olsen has played over 160 games and hasn’t missed a single one since 2007. “It’s tough. It sucks,” he said succinctly. So what’s next for Carolina fans? We’ve seen and treated many broken feet in our Manhattan and White Plains sports medicine practices, so we can report on Greg Olsen’s injury and provide an idea of how his recovery will likely play out.
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Wednesday, September 20th, 2017
Erik Sven Gunnar Karlsson is the 27-year-old Swedish-born captain of the Ottawa Senators. Last season, Karlsson was the runner-up for the Norris Trophy as the NHL’s top defense man. He has previously won the award twice, in both 2012 and 2015. His style of playing has been widely acclaimed by industry pros, with Bobby Orr and Paul Coffey describing Karlsson as an “elite player” with fast skating and excellent performance. Senators coach Guy Boucher praised Karlsson as “one of the greats” in the league. Dallas Stars coach Ken Hitchcock said Karlsson is “ahead of the curve everywhere,” while fellow hockey player Henrik Lundqvist called Karlsson “one of the best players in the game” due to his superb skating and vision of the game. With more than 70 points across four seasons, he is one of the leading scorers among defense men. So you can imagine what a blow it was to the team and fans when it was reported that Karlsson’s recovery from his foot surgery in June may mean he won’t be ready for the start of the season.
Sports injuries are disappointing for fans, teams, and coaches—and also very expensive. By one estimate, the average cost of player injuries among the top four professional soccer leagues in 2015 was $12.4 million per team. Every year, soccer teams lose about 10-30% of player payroll to injuries. As such, teams are looking for sports technology that can help in training and practice to prevent these costly and catastrophic injuries. This summer, Microsoft announced its foray into the arena with the new Microsoft Sports Performance Platform that aims to alert coaches when players are at risk for injury based on performance and recovery time.
The New York Yankees drafted Greg Bird in the fifth round of the 2011 draft with a $1.1 million bonus. He was selected as a catcher and served several years playing with the Yankees’ rookie league affiliates. In August 2015, the Yankees announced they were promoting Bird to serve as the backup to Mark Teixeira on first base. When Teixeira injured his leg, Bird became “the guy.” The heavy hitter finished the season with 11 home runs and 31 RBIs. Although he missed all of 2016 due to a right shoulder injury, Bird showed promise at training camp—until a “bruised right ankle” put him on the 10-day disabled list.
Cleveland Browns fans can breathe a sigh of relief now that top draft pick Myles Garrett has started moving through training camp as of July 27th, despite a foot injury in June. Good thing, since the Browns signed him to a four-year contract worth $30.4 million, with a $20 million signing bonus and the option of a fifth year. Teammates have praised the dynamic edge rusher for his work ethic and humility—two qualities that can really help an athlete recovering from injury. Will he be the “Rookie of the Year,” as one analyst predicts? It may all depend on how his left foot and ankle hold up.
Some Olympic weightlifting shoes have raised heels designed to help weightlifters maintain a straight posture and compensate for limited ankle mobility. These heels are much different than the high heels you may wear out on a Saturday night, though. For starters, the heels are much broader and are usually 0.75 inches or shorter—which is much lower than two or three-inch fashion heels or six-inch stilettos. In fact, many foot and ankle experts caution avid weightlifters and strength trainers against wearing high heel shoes altogether.
Jake Long was the first overall draft pick in 2008. The left-tackle won the Pro Bowl four times with the Miami Dolphins before spending a season with the St. Louis Rams, the Atlanta Falcons, and finally the Minnesota Vikings. Despite his success, he decided to retire at age 31 after suffering an Achilles tear—the kiss of death for many NFL players.
How much of a difference does a pair of high-performance socks really make? Just ask “true believer” and Gizmodo reader Casey Chan, who wrote: “I started long-distance running only about 1.5 years back. I just ran in generic Target cheap-o athletic socks. They were fine. For Christmas, I randomly asked for something called Smartwool’s PhD sock. They are stupid expensive for a pair of socks, but I vaguely heard they were good for long-distance trail running. HOLY COW. I only have the one pair right now, and I actually get excited on the days I go for a long run, and I find them waiting among my clan socks to wear. So comfortable, so secure, and my feet feel appreciably better. If it’s just a placebo effect, it is one hell of a placebo effect.”
NYC podiatrists at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine in Manhattan and White Plains recommend investing in the right socks for the activities you enjoy most if you want to keep your feet free from blisters, sweat, fungus, numbness, cold, chafing, calluses, and discomfort. The following suggestions have been compiled from Men’s Fitness, Field & Stream, Complex, Runner’s World,and our own experiences.
Custom orthotics can serve as a first step for addressing a wide range of foot and ankle injuries at many podiatry offices. Naturally, your podiatrist will want to start with the least invasive treatment method that could be successful in treating and addressing your injury or ailment. This makes custom orthotics a go-to solution for many patients.
But athletes have some additional and unique concerns that must be taken into consideration. At The Center For Podiatric Care & Sports Medicine, we are not only NYC podiatrists; we are sports medicine physicians too. We understand total body biomechanics and we are very aware of how a foot-related treatment can have a much broader impact, affecting other structures such as the the ankles, legs, back and neck. Former Chicago White Sox infielder Brett Lawrie recently highlighted what happens when medical professionals do not take these complexities into consideration when prescribing treatment, including a seemingly straightforward treatment option such as custom orthotics.
“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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