Athletes sometimes joke that ibuprofen is their “Vitamin I.” They work out, push themselves, and take a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) later to suppress the inflammatory response and recover faster. However, two new studies reveal the potential dangers of such an approach. “While the medicines are popular, they may also overtax the kidneys during prolonged periods of exercise and actually inhibit the muscles’ ability to repair afterward,” explains NYC sports medicine doctor Dr. Josef J. Geldwert. Although Dr. Geldwert was not directly involved with the studies, he routinely counsels athletes on proper recovery protocol and understands the dangers of relying too heavily on NSAIDs such as ibuprofen.
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.
Sports are a big part of American culture, and as such, 60 million youngsters are involved in some type of organized physical activity. While being active is associated with a healthy lifestyle overall, it does open our children up to increased risk of injury. Fortunately, most child sports injuries result in nothing more than a few missed practices.
Even so, 1.35 million kids were seen in hospital emergency rooms for their sports injuries in 2012. Serious injuries like Achilles tears or foot fractures take up to a year to heal. During this time, White Plains sports doctors at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine say taking care of the child’s emotional recovery can be just as important as the physical rehabilitation.
Baltimore-based John Hopkins Medicine recently published a collection of youth sport injury statistics that will have you thinking. As a parent, you’re likely wondering, Are sports worth the risk for my child? Are some sports more dangerous than others? What can I do to limit my child’s risk of injury? Here at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine in NYC, we address these common concerns, particularly as they pertain to foot and ankle injuries.
Achilles tendon injuries can spell the end of the line for some NFL players. After all, two-thirds of NFL players are “never the same” after their Achilles injuries, and over a third never return to professional sports. However, despite the havoc an Achilles injury can cause, recent advances in surgical techniques and rehabilitation have helped players such as Demaryius Thomas and Leon Hall to bounce back after their injuries.
Unfortunately, running backs often don’t fare as well. RBs like Mikel Leshoure, Edgar Bennett, and Andre Brown never fully recovered from their Achilles tears. NFL.com speculates that “perhaps it’s because the position relies so heavily on a combination of speed, cutting ability, and physicality.”
Meanwhile, Branden Oliver—who recently signed a one-year contract with the Los Angeles Chargers—is taking matters into his own hands. He purchased an electrical current device to cut his healing time in half and ensure greater career longevity.
You may recall stories about careers in baseball, football, hockey, dance, or basketball that were played from elementary school through college. But today, we know that children who specialize in just one sport are more predisposed to serious overuse injuries. Our White Plains sports doctors have treated many of these young local athletes, and a new study explores whether some sports are more dangerous than others.
Achilles tears are one of the most common athletic injuries treated at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine offices in White Plains and Manhattan. Some patients are so-called “weekend warriors” who suddenly increased their training after a long winter. Other patients are athletes in their prime who took a sudden misstep and heard the tell-tale “popping” sound.
Either way, it’s not an easy injury to endure, mentally or physically. You should work with a compassionate health care team that can see you through the lengthy recovery. You want professionals who have access to the latest technology and proven methods to get you back to the game faster and stronger than ever. We offer top-level care for athletes of all skill levels, even Olympians.
One of the latest stories that got our attention was squash player Amanda Sobhy’s Achilles rupture, which occurred right at the height of her ascending career.
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.
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.
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.
“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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