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Wednesday, February 21st, 2018
Recovery from bone repair surgery is not always a straight line for high-level athletes. This truth is painfully evident in the story of Arizona Wildcats’ team leader, Rawle Alkins, a starting guard originally from our very own backyard of Brooklyn, New York. He’s appeared in fits and spurts since fracturing his foot back in September. Some residual pain is not unusual for a patient six to 12 months down the road. Today, NYC podiatrists explore Alkins’ injury and discuss recovering from bone repair surgery.
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Wednesday, January 24th, 2018
The good news was that the Detroit Pistons stomped the Indiana Pacers in a 24-point victory the day after Christmas. The bad news? Reggie Jackson, their star point guard, left halfway through the third quarter with a sprained ankle. The MRI confirmed he had a severe grade 3 sprain, with complete ligament tearing. This type of sprain necessitates a short walking cast or boot for at least three weeks, followed by rehab, and a good six to eight weeks before physical activities may resume. Here’s the latest injury update for Reggie Jackson and how such ankle sprains need to be treated.
As sports medicine doctors, we keep a close eye on the types of injuries athletes are sustaining, and 2017 had some big ones. Yahoo! Newsmentioned the following incidents among the “worst sports injuries of 2017.” A 24/7 Wall Street review based the findings on the quality of the players, the team’s dependence on them, and the amount of time the injury kept the players out of the game. Many of the lower body injuries resulted in the need for surgery and rehabilitation that would stretch the whole season long.
It was described by the papers as a “gruesome, brutal ankle injury.” Mississippi State Bulldogs’ Quarterback Nick Fitzgerald went down on a three-yard run just nine minutes into the November 23rd game against their bitter rivals, Ole Miss Rebels. Although he returned on crutches to cheer his team on, it can be a worrisome prognosis for such a young player to sustain a dislocated ankle. Today, NYC sports doctors consider how Nick Fitzgerald was injured and how he is expected to recover.
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Wednesday, December 20th, 2017
The 2018 Winter Olympics will be held February 9th-25th in Pyeongchang County, South Korea. As such, the next few months will be intense for Olympic hopefuls—and it’s not exactly the time you want to be in a leg cast if you’re a figure skater. This is the situation that Russia’s Evgenia Medvedeva—widely favored to take the gold in February—finds herself in now. She originally planned to continue competing in scheduled events, despite a stress fracture in one of her right foot bones. However, she was forced to pull out of the Grand Prix in Japan December 7-10, which was the last major international competition before the Winter Olympics. Today, we discuss Evgenia Medvedeva’s injury and other types of injuries figure skaters may experience.
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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.
“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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