NBA News: Basketball Injuries on the Rise

Posted by on Wednesday, December 12th, 2018

No, it’s not just a suspicion. NBA players really are getting injured at a higher rate in 2018. In fact, the 5,000+ players on the injured reserve list have made this year the worst in over a decade. Basketball injuries have increased 31% since last year. Sure, certain players—like Derrick Rose, Joel Embiid, and Chris Paul—seem particularly prone to getting hurt, but the widespread nature of injuries indicates there is something more going on than individual robustness (or lack thereof!) Four years ago, teams were similarly decimated by injuries to nearly all the NBA’s key players.

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Ankles represent the most common sports injury in the NBA. [Image Source: GEHealthcare.com]

Does Biopuncture Injection Therapy Speed Up Injury Recovery?

Posted by on Friday, November 30th, 2018

At The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine, many of our patients are athletes eager to return back to sports after an injury. Naturally, our patients all want to know how recovery can be expedited, so they can get back to competing. Conventional wisdom has said that popping an ibuprofen makes life more bearable and interventions like icing, elevating, and compressing help. But is there something that could potentially speed up the recovery process? NYC podiatrists discuss biopuncture injection therapy.

You’ve probably heard of complementary therapies like acupuncture and massage therapy, but you may not have heard of biopuncture. This minimally-invasive treatment is available at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine to treat a variety of conditions, particularly plantar fasciitis, tendinitis, and ankle sprains.

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Biopuncture is a type of holistic healing that is designed to expedite natural tissue repair. [Image Source: GreenHouseHealth.com]

Ankle Instability: NYC Podiatrists Offer Tips and Treatment

Posted by on Monday, November 26th, 2018

While it’s not easy to hit the “pause” button on your life when something goes wrong in your body, it is especially imperative with regard to ankle instability. The risk for re-injury or developing a chronic condition is high after sustaining an initial ankle injury. After an errant step off the curb or plant-and-twist motion, the ankle may feel unstable, wobbly, and weak. Tenderness, persistent swelling, and discomfort are commonly experienced. If left untreated, long-term problems are likely.

At The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine, we can help you properly care for your injured ankle in the immediate aftermath to avoid ongoing complications.

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Just a routine ankle sprain? Not if you don’t treat it with due care, say NYC podiatrists! [Image Source: Flickr@internetarchivebookimages]

The Most Common Basketball Injuries Plague the Brooklyn Nets

Posted by on Wednesday, November 21st, 2018

Injury to the ankle and foot are among the most common basketball injuries. For the past few years, players from the Brooklyn Nets have suffered an inordinate amount of foot, toe, and ankle injuries. In fact, according to NothinButNets.com, no Net played in all 82 games for the 2016-2017 season and Spencer Dinwiddie led the team in games played in 2017-2018 with 80 of 82. Looking back, here are some of the team’s worst lower extremity injuries in recent history.

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Injury to the ankle and foot are among the most common basketball injuries. [Image Source: shutterstock.com]

Don’t Let Foot Injuries From Running Stop You From Joining a Club

Posted by on Friday, November 9th, 2018

There’s nothing like being surrounded by a group of people who can motivate you to do something you love. That’s probably why many runners here in New York City look to join running clubs.  Here in NYC, there are clubs for competitive long-distance runners, as well as hobbyists who like to socialize and meet other fit New Yorkers. Niche groups include African-American women runners, LGBTQ runners, and 50+ silver runners, with new groups added each month.

At The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine, we see tons of runners, especially leading up to the New York City Marathon. We often recommend this active pursuit to our patients—as long as they’re willing to take good care of their feet and invest in a good pair of sturdy running shoes a few times a year to prevent foot injuries from running.

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Mikkeller Run Club pairs two loves: running and beer! [Image Source: allevents.in]

NHL News: An Achilles Tendon Tear Has Ottawa’s Pageau off the Ice

Posted by on Wednesday, November 7th, 2018

Ottawa Senators’ center Jean-Gabriel Pageau is out of commission with an Achilles tendon tear. One study of NHL, NFL, MLB, and NBA players with torn Achilles tendons found that 30.6% of professionals players were not able to return to play following their injuries. Of those who did return, functional deficits caused reduced games played, reduced playing time, and worse performance one year after Achilles surgery. By two years, most of the studied players were able to rebound.

We can’t say for sure whether Pageau will be one of the lucky ones or not, but we can answer some of your other burning questions, such as: What can I expect in terms of recovery from an Achilles tendon tear? What type of treatment should I seek for a torn Achilles tendon? The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine in New York City specializes in this area of sports medicine.

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Ottawa Senators’ center Jean-Gabriel Pageau is out of commission with an Achilles tendon tear. [Image Courtesy: Shutterstock.com]

3 Common Tennis Foot Injuries: Treatment & Prevention

Posted by on Monday, November 5th, 2018

Now that the weather is cooler, New Yorkers have taken to the indoor courts to keep up their love of tennis. Tennis has many health benefits from increasing aerobic capacity and bone density to improving metabolic function and reaction times. However, the sheer speed of tennis opens us up to accidents and injuries, particularly to the feet and ankles. If you live in the New York City or White Plains area, The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine can diagnose and treat any lower extremity common tennis foot injuries with skill and efficiency.

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Sever’s Disease is one of three common tennis foot injuries among children. It sounds scary, but podiatrists at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine in NYC can handle it. [Source: ACFAS.org]

Ankle Injury Treatment: Is It a Sprain, Strain, or Tear?

Posted by on Monday, October 29th, 2018

Injury can quickly derail your plans to stay active and healthy. For many of us, working out and training is tied to our mental health and overall feeling of well-being. “Hard” bone injuries leave us no choice but to stop what we’re doing and seek emergency care. By contrast, soft tissue injuries can sneak up on us and give us mixed signals on when it’s safe to return to sport. The experts at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine offer ankle injury treatment and tips for knowing whether you have a sprain, strain, or tear, and what you can do to get yourself back into shape.

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Is your injury a sprain, strain, or tear? NYC podiatrists discuss foot and ankle injury treatment. [Image: Wikimedia.org]

NFL News: An Update on Greg Olsen’s Football Injury Treatment

Posted by on Wednesday, October 17th, 2018

Last October, we wrote about Carolina Panthers’ tight end Greg Olsen’s right foot fracture. In his glory days, he amassed 770 receiving yards and seven touchdowns in just 15 games. Now it appears he has sustained the same injury all over again, almost one year later. Recovering from a broken foot can be a long process, with residual pain continuing up to 12 months later with just extended periods of walking, let alone competitive gameplay. We handle lots of football injury treatment of high-level athletes at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine, so we fully understand his desire to get back down to business. We offer the latest technology to make that happen, but in rare cases like this, time is the best medicine of all.

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Foot injury strikes the Carolina Panthers again, say NYC podiatrists. Deja vu, Greg Olsen! [Image Source: Defense.gov]

Athletes Ask: What to Expect After a Cortisone Shot in Foot?

Posted by on Monday, October 8th, 2018

For many athletes, cortisone shots soothe the savage pain of inflammation and provide hope that they can return to a high level of athletic activity soon. Yet, you may have a few questions about this common treatment in podiatry and sports medicine, such as: what is the difference between a long-acting and short-acting cortisone shot or what to expect after a cortisone shot in foot? Podiatrists at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine weigh in.

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Cortisone shots are commonly used by podiatrists to treat acute plantar fasciitis pain and inflammation. [Image Source: FootPainReliefStore.com]