Commonly Misdiagnosed Sports Injuries Lead To Arthritis, Chronic Pain, and Disability

Posted by on Wednesday, April 12th, 2017

Every year, more than three million people visit U.S. emergency rooms for foot and ankle injuries. But researchers from Plainview Hospital in New York and the Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine say heading to the hospital for urgent care is not enough to protect patients from long-term effects like arthritis, chronic pain, and disability. Patients who develop tendinitis and recurrent ankle sprains often sustained an initial injury that was improperly treated. The authors of the study recommend that patients get a second opinion from a specialist like an orthopedic surgeon to confirm the diagnosis and prevent further complications from sports injuries.

It can be easy to miss the small bones of the foot and ankle in the emergency room.
It can be easy to miss the small bones of the foot and ankle in the emergency room. Image Source: Wikimedia user CFCF.

MLB News: Brett Lawrie Highlights the Potential Dangers of Orthotics

Posted by on Wednesday, March 15th, 2017

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.

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Orthotics are often used by professional athletes such as MLB players, but their use should be monitored, say NYC sports doctors. (Image Source: Flickr.com)

NFL News: Is Atlanta Falcons’ Julio Jones Destined For Toe Surgery?

Posted by on Wednesday, March 1st, 2017

Turf toe, a common injury among NFL players like Julio Jones, doesn’t always require surgery. (Image Source: AAOS.org)
Turf toe, a common injury among NFL players like Julio Jones, doesn’t always require surgery. (Image Source: AAOS.org)

Injuries and high-level competition seem to go hand-in-hand. After their embarrassing stomping at the Super Bowl, fans are looking for any explanation for the historic loss. Not only did Center Alex Mack suffer a fractured fibula, but All-Pro wide receiver Julio Jones also “faces the prospect” of toe surgery after being dogged by a sprain since Week 10. NYC podiatrists discuss what happened to Jones, and what this type of injury could mean for an athlete’s near future.

NHL News: Dallas Stars’ Tyler Seguin Sustains Hairline Heel Fracture

Posted by on Wednesday, October 19th, 2016

Tyler Seguin is a tough player—so it’s not surprising that he kept the nature of his foot injury hidden until the pain became truly unbearable. After an MRI, it was revealed that Seguin had a hairline fracture in his heel. It’s a disappointing blow for a player who had an All-Star season last year with thirty three goals and forty assists before a skate sliced his left Achilles and took him out of the playoffs.

If you’ve recently sustained an injury to your heel and are looking for the best orthopedic foot surgeon in NYC, look no further than The Center For Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine. We offer cutting edge technologies for a speedy recovery, along with the industry’s best techniques for surgical repairs if necessary. Continue reading to learn more about the type of heel injury NHL player Tyler Seguin sustained.

Heel fractures are also sometimes known as calcaneal fractures.
A heel fracture is sometimes called a calcaneal fracture. Image Source: Wikimedia user Hellerhoff.

Italian Soccer News: Mandragora Healing From Metatarsel Fracture Surgery

Posted by on Wednesday, October 12th, 2016

At the tender young age of 19, Rolando Mandragora has been called an “Italian wonderkid” and “one of Juve’s brightest prospects.” He was recently signed by the Juventus soccer team after spending some time with Genoa and Pescara for an initial €6 million contract. It’s rumored he could be paid as much as €12 million to stay and complete a roster of “the best young native talent available” with players like Daniele Rugani, Stefano Sturaro and Domenico Berardi. However, Mandragora’s potential remains unseen as he recovers from metatarsal foot surgery.

Soccer players sometimes sustain injuries, as happened with Rolando Mandragora.
Soccer players, including Rolando Mandragora, sometimes sustain injuries from their sport.

Can NYC Gait Analysis Technology Help Prevent Sports Injuries?

Posted by on Friday, October 7th, 2016

Alabama newspaper The Dothan Eagle recently explored the profound impact gait analysis had on a local college football team. The paper reports that the Trojan’s football program is “one of the first few U.S. college units to utilize DorsaVi, a ‘cutting edge’ movement analysis system.'” Video systems and gamer gear like Connect have been around for a long time, but wearable sensor technology and impact sensor technology has gotten a whole lot better within the last decade.

Dorsavi and other gait analysis technology helps doctors prevent injuries.
New technology like DorsaVi and other gait analysis systems are helping doctors prescribe treatment before sports injuries occur. Image Source: Wikimedia user Tfamelb.

Kinesiology Tape: Why All The Olympic Volleyball Players Are Using It

Posted by on Wednesday, September 28th, 2016

Immobilization is an important part of therapy for many foot and ankle injuries. You don’t always need a cast or a walking boot to hold the lower extremities in place and encourage healing. At the Rio Olympics, beach volleyball players like Kerri Walsh Jennings and April Ross brandished “USA” logo kinesiology tape to strengthen their performance and protect healing body parts from further injury. Learn more about kinesiology foot taping and how NYC podiatrists and sports medicine doctors are using it to treat a host of aches, pains, and injuries.

Kinesiology tape can be used to support healing and reduce pain in the foot.
There are many different ways to tape the foot for compression, lifting support, swelling resolution, and pain reduction. Image Source: Wikimedia Commons user Kelly.

MLB News: Jed Lowrie Undergoes Surgery for Foot Cyst

Posted by on Wednesday, September 21st, 2016

Oakland A’s infielder Jed Lowrie is about to enter the third and final season of his contract, but he still struggles to stay off the Disabled List. According to SF Gate, the 31-year-old “has been on the DL 10 times in his career, including twice this season, but he typically has tried to play through various problems,” such as a broken wrist in 2009 and a broken finger in 2014. His latest problem is a foot injury which required him to undergo surgery on August 31st.

Jed Lowrie is having surgery for his foot cyst.
Jed Lowrie of the Oakland A’s will be undergoing foot surgery. Image Source: Flickr user PMell2293

AFL News: Nic Nat Faces Plantaris Tendon Rupture and Resulting Recovery Time

Posted by on Wednesday, September 14th, 2016

The thin plantaris tendon runs alongside the larger Achilles tendon and acts as a support structure to aid in ankle and knee flexion. Thanks to these little ropes connecting the knees and feet, you can stand on your toes or point your foot. They wind through the femur, the gastrocnemius muscle, the soleus muscle, the Achilles tendon, and the calcaneus heel bone.

Injuring this body part is so common among tennis players that the rupture is called “tennis leg.” Most players sustain a “popping” injury as they reach out for a shot. Running or jumping with an eccentric load placed across the ankle with the knee fully extended is the most commonly associated movement with this type of injury, although the first documented case occurred as a 40-year-old woman was simply stepping off a curb.

In addition to tennis players, we also see a lot of soccer players with this type of injury at The Center For Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine. Nic Nat of the Australian Football League was one of the latest pro players to head in for an operation to repair the damage.

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The plantaris tendon where the damage occurs. Image Source: Wikimedia Commons user CFCF.

Playing Pokemon Go in New York? Tips for Preventing Foot and Ankle Injuries

Posted by on Friday, September 9th, 2016

The immensely popular Smartphone game “Pokemon Go” has already landed some players in hot water. The popular app is classified as “augmented reality,” and the allure is that it gets players exploring their towns and meeting up with people in their neighborhoods while searching for digital creatures. But trouble comes when people’s eyes are glued to their phones—distracting them as they are in motion—and they take an unexpected spill. New York City podiatrists at The Center For Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine are already treating foot and ankle trauma in patients who admitted they “should have been watching where they were walking” at the time of the injury.

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Catch them all, but remember to look where you’re walking. (Image Credit: Flickr CC User Frost Museum)