Study Shows ACL Injury Prevention Is Best During Middle and High School

Posted by on Wednesday, September 26th, 2018

ACL injury prevention should be one of the main focuses for athletes as early on as possible. Several months of physical therapy plus a knee brace and crutches may be all that is needed for a minor ACL injury. But severe injuries, especially those suffered by high-level athletes, may require a surgical repair, with 5-8 weeks of initial recovery time before sports activities may be resumed. After 3-4 months of sport-specific activities, patients can get back to game play again. Ideally, athletes will take nine months off in total. The focus is on total rehabilitation, rather than a quick return to competition. Athletes who return to play sooner than recommended are said to have a four times greater risk of re-injury.

Given the fact that an ACL injury can halt an entire season for student-athletes, it’s in your best interest to help your child prevent it. Here’s what we know at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine based on a new study, “Evidence-Based Best-Practice Guidelines for Preventing Anterior Cruciate Ligament Injuries in Young Female Athletes: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis,” published in the July 12, 2018 edition of the American Journal of Sports Medicine.

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ACL injury prevention should be one of the main focuses for athletes as early on as possible. [Image Source: Shutterstock]

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:]

Are You Experiencing Ankle Pain After Go-Karting? NYC Podiatrists Can Help.

Posted by on Wednesday, September 5th, 2018

A 56-year-old man sustained a broken ankle while go-kart racing in Mount Kisco. The incident occurred July 25th at the Grand Prix New York on Bedford Road when the man slammed into a tire wall. Westchester EMS responded and transported the man to Northern Westchester Hospital Center for treatment. If you’re experience ankle pain after go-karting, you may have sustained an ankle injury. Podiatrists at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine say go-kart-related ankle injuries are all too common.

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If you’re experience ankle pain after go-karting, you may have sustained an ankle injury. White Plains podiatrists say go-kart-related ankle injuries are all too common. [Image Source: Unsplash user kvanginkel_]

MLB News: What Does Yoenis Céspedes’ Heel Spur Surgery Mean For Mets in 2019?

Posted by on Wednesday, August 29th, 2018

Leftfielder Yoenis Céspedes is the Mets’ top hitter with 163 home runs, 524 runs batted in, and a batting average of .274 for the season. He’s currently in the middle of a four-year, $110 million contract signed in 2o16. On July 25th, Céspedes announced he’d be missing the remainder of the season and a good portion of next season (the next 8-10 months) having heel spur surgery on both of his heels. The news came at a time where the Mets were ranked second-to-last in the National League East with 43 wins and 57 losses.

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Mets’ leftfielder, Yoenis Céspedes, could be out for a full year after heel spur surgery to address chronic Achilles tendon calcification. [Image Source: Unsplash user Lesly Juarez]

NYC Orthopedic Surgeons Discuss Returning to Sports After Injury

Posted by on Wednesday, August 22nd, 2018

At The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine, we specialize in sports medicine for the foot and ankle and we’re often asked about the timing for returning to sports after injury. The inconvenient truth is that the factors affecting healing, recovery, and outcome following injury are as unique as an individual’s genetic makeup. Inflammation, age, vascularity, fitness level, strength, the presence of comorbidities, infection, malnutrition, past history of injury, and adherence to doctor’s orders all play a role. There are, however, ballpark timelines that tend to be fairly consistent in helping us gauge whether you’re recovering particularly “fast” or “slow,” which we’ll discuss here.

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[Are you mentally ready to get back to sports, but wondering if your body is up to it? NYC orthopedic surgeons have ballpark timelines to help guide you. Image Source:]

Surfing News: Kelly Slater’s Surfing Related Foot Injury Prompts Early Retirement

Posted by on Wednesday, August 8th, 2018 is calling the impending retirement of 11-time World Surf Champion Kelly Slater “one of the most memorable send-offs in modern surfing history.” He is both the youngest (at 20) and oldest (at 39) competitive surfer to win the “World Champion” title. Over his career, he amassed more than $4 million, securing 820 heat victories in 257 contests.

Last month, he announced that his plan is to “get really healthy” to prepare for April 2019, when he’ll commence his last year on the World Surf League tour to finish up at age 47. No storied athlete wants to end a career with an injury. After suffering toe issues this season, Slater wants to go out on a bang. Some speculate he’ll compete in the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo when surfing will finally make its debut as a gold medal sport. We couldn’t think of a better grand finale.

Strange looking things, feet. I’ve had 5 foot injuries now since 2003, the latest coming last week with a strained ligament (#TurfToe) on the same foot (R) I injured last year. Not a major injury but puts me in doubt for #JBay. Sometimes the universe directs you to where you need to be. Injuries used to really freak me out but they’ve taught me patience and and a sense of calmness somehow. Happy #WorldOceansDay and so long to a friend I never had the chance to meet in @anthonybourdain. I wish that meal had happened in Sydney and sorry you couldn’t shake that feeling. Too many good people have gone down before their time. Reach out and call someone if that’s happening to you. 🙏🏽👂🏽

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NYC Podiatrists Discuss: How to Prevent Blisters on Feet When Roller Skating

Posted by on Monday, August 6th, 2018

Roller skating and blading provides a complete aerobic workout that uses all of the muscles in the body, especially the legs. The heart health benefits are comparable to jogging, and it’s a fun way to reduce body fat. A 150-pound person could burn between 330 and 600 calories an hour. Researchers say skating is as beneficial as cycling, swimming, and running. At The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine, we say it’s actually better for you than running, as it causes 50% less impact on the joints. However, nothing will put a stop to your skating career faster than a hot, sore blister. Find out how to prevent blisters on feet when roller skating.

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There are many great reasons to roller skate or blade. Don’t let a blister prevent you from enjoying the fitness activities you love. [Image Source: Pexels user Gratisography]

6 Best Places to Workout Outside in NYC

Posted by on Friday, August 3rd, 2018

From November 2016 through September 2017, more than 1 billion fitness activities in New York City were logged by users through the Strava fitness tracking device. Now you can check out a heat map of the best places to workout outside in NYC for walking, running, and cycling. At The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine, we’re interested in this data because walking and cycling are two low-impact activities we routinely recommend for keeping our patients fit and active.

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Prospect Park in Brooklyn is one of the best places to walk, run, and cycle in NYC. [Image Source:]

Can Adults Get Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease? Mets’ Pitcher Noah Syndergaard Did.

Posted by on Monday, July 30th, 2018

Hand, foot, and mouth Disease (HFMD) sounds like a plague straight from the Dark Ages. Yet, it’s a common virus outbreak, primarily affecting children under five years old in daycare settings. Epidemics tend to break out every three years in the United States. HFMD can be caused by the coxsackievirus A16, which usually results in mild and self-limiting symptoms, or by enterovirus 71, which may cause more serious or even fatal complications. During outbreaks, we frequently diagnose cases of HFMD at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine in NYC. The case of Mets’ starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard going on the disabled list for HFMD caught our eye because it’s less commonly associated with adults.

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Noah Syndergaard likely contracted HFMD after visiting a kids’ baseball camp in New Jersey during the All-Star break last week. [Image Source: Unsplash user ALP Studio]

NFL News: Will Odell Beckham Jr. Return This Year After Broken Ankle Surgery?

Posted by on Wednesday, June 13th, 2018

We listed New York Giant Odell Beckham Jr’s ankle fracture as one of the worst sports injuries of 2017. His absence was so strongly felt by New Yorkers who had hoped to catch a glimpse of the one-handed catches he was famous for this past season. With 25 receptions, 302 yards, and three touchdowns, he seemed like the team’s answer to building a strong offensive line. Yet, he fell out of play  October 8th during the Giants’ loss to the LA Chargers. The initial report was that he’d be out “at least eight weeks” with a fractured ankle. It’s been more than 40 weeks since the initial injury and he’s still not been to a full practice. Fans are wondering will Odell Beckham Jr. return this year? Insiders say he’s looking good to getting back on track to start in the upcoming season.

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Giants fans are wondering will Odell Beckham Jr. return this year? Insiders say he’s looking good to getting back on track to start in the upcoming season. [Image Source: Unsplash user Adrian Curiel]