NBA News: Celtics’ Gordon Hayward’s Injury Puts Him Out of the Game

Posted by on 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.

Celtics' Gordon Hayward suffers injury
How will the Celtics fare following Gordon Hayward’s injury? Image Source: Wikimedia user Pkantz.

Five Facts You Didn’t Know About Overuse Injury Prevention

Posted by on Wednesday, November 29th, 2017

Overuse injuries may seem like par for the course when you’re a competitive athlete or avid runner. After all, Harvard Medical School looked at many factors—such as stretching, training frequency, weight, biomechanics, and muscle imbalances—and found that up to 75 percent of runners are injured in a given year. Their findings confirm the importance of overuse injury prevention for athletes. Today, White Plains podiatrists at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine share some key facts about overuse injuries that will help you avoid them.

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Running is great for you, but be careful to prevent overuse injuries! Image Source: Unsplash user Francesco Gallarotti.

White Plains Podiatrists Discuss Five Important Facts About Turf Toe

Posted by on Wednesday, October 25th, 2017

“Turf toe” refers to a joint sprain of the big toe that may involve damage to the ligaments, tendons, and/or bones. Pain is worst at the bottom of the big toe, where there is usually a lot of swelling. Athletes report that they can’t push off, fully extend the toe, or walk without hobbling. NFL Player Patrick Willis likened his injury to “trying to grab without a thumb” or “trying to drive on bald tires.”

There are several ways this type of injury may occur. Most often, a player is running, raises their heel while the forefoot is planted, and digs a toe down in a forceful twisting or bending motion. The soft tissues of the toe hyper-extend, stretch, and sometimes tear or become misaligned. We’ve also had turf toe patients stub a toe or get stepped on by another player. Other times, patients participate in repetitive extensions or explosive sprinting that bring on the pain and inflammation. No matter how the injury was sustained, though, seeking prompt medical attention will prevent a small problem from becoming a big one. Here are five turf toe facts you should know in order to prevent or treat this condition.

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Turf toe is a problem football players commonly experience. Image Source: Max Pixel.

NHL News: Mikko Koivu Diagnosed With Lace Bite Tendinitis

Posted by on Wednesday, October 18th, 2017

“Remember that dynamic Zucker-Koivu-Granlund line? Well, it’s back!” a sports analyst and Minnesota Wild fan cheered. The excitement died down a little when it was reported that veteran center Mikko Koivu—who recently signed a two-year $11 Million contract extension—would be out due to a foot injury. With the Minnesota Wild already missing famed wing-man Zach Parise due to a minor back injury and winger Mikael Granlund because of a lower-body injury, it could take the hockey club some time to get up to speed for the season.

Koivu was diagnosed as having lace bite tendinitis, a problem we’ve treated countless hockey players for—both pro and amateur. But how do you know if you have lace bite tendinitis and how can this condition be treated?

Greg Olsen Injury Report: Carolina Panthers’ Player Breaks His Foot

Posted by on Wednesday, October 4th, 2017

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.

Greg Olsen's broken foot
The Carolina Panthers will be missing Greg Olsen for the better part of the season due to a broken foot. Image Source: Wikimedia user Diddykong1130.

White Plains Podiatrists Discuss Five Lisfranc Injury Facts

Posted by on Wednesday, September 27th, 2017

If the top of your foot is bruised, swollen, and painful, especially when standing or walking, you might have a Lisfranc injury. If rest, ice, and elevation do precious little to relieve your agony, you might have a Lisfranc injury. If you’re an athlete who has just taken a stumble or twisting fall, you might have a Lisfranc injury. White Plains foot surgeons from The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine in NYC enlighten you on this rare but serious midfoot injury.

Lisfranc injuries are rare in the general public, but not so rare among competitive athletes.
Lisfranc injuries are rare in the general public but are more common for competitive athletes. Image Source: Flickr user Edward Morgan.

NHL News: Karlsson’s Foot Surgery Recovery Could Delay His Return

Posted by on 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.

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Fans assembled at Scotia Bank Place in Ottawa might be missing #65 at the start of the season if Erik Karlsson’s injured foot doesn’t heal. Image Source: Wikimedia user Rudget.

Study Indicates the Potential Risks of Yoga May be Higher Than Previously Thought

Posted by on Monday, September 18th, 2017

In New York City, you can do hot yoga. You can do yoga to Billy Joel. You can do yoga in the park, at the beach, at a brewery, or on a rooftop with panoramic views. You can do yoga in a boutique studio or at a popular chain. Heck, you can do yoga right in your office…or in the middle of shopping at Bloomingdale’s. You can do yoga before devouring a steak. You can do aerial yoga like you’re training for Cirque du Soleil or floating yoga in the pool. You can do yoga in a nightclub atmosphere and yoga in the dark, under a black light. And yes, “stoned yoga” is even an option for those who believe marijuana is medicine. Naked yoga? Yeah, it’s a thing. You can do yoga with your dog, with 40 cats, or with a bunch of random goats. You can do yoga for your bad back or yoga for your high heel hangover.

The point is, yoga is for EVERYONE in New York City. No matter your predilection or perversion, there is a yoga for you. There is, however, an enormous risk of injury when New Yorkers delve into this form of exercise for the first time. Research shows a good guru is the key to safe entry into “the club.”

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Yoga can be beneficial, but only if your guru knows what he or she is doing and can suggest individualized modifications for beginners. Image Source: Wikimedia.org

Rhabdomyolysis Risk Factors: White Plains Sports Medicine Doctors Discuss Symptoms and Treatment

Posted by on Monday, September 11th, 2017

Rhabdomyolysis is the stuff of nightmares. You’re a reasonably fit individual, pushing yourself hard at the gym. Over the next few days, your muscles ache and your legs wobble. Soon, you experience excruciating throbbing and nausea. Your urine turns brown. At the hospital, you’re diagnosed with a life-threatening condition known as rhabdomyolysis in which overworked muscles die and leak their contents into the bloodstream, placing a toll on the kidneys and causing severe pain. White Plains sports medicine doctors at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine hope to shed some light on how this rare occurrence happens, rhabdomyolysis risk factors, and what can be done to prevent it.

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Know your limits when starting a new exercise like spin class, caution White Plains sports medicine doctors familiar with rhabdomyolysis. Image Source: Wikimedia user LocalFitness.

MLB News: Yankees’ Greg Bird Undergoes Ankle Bone Surgery

Posted by on Wednesday, August 30th, 2017

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.

The os trigonum is a small extra ankle bone that could cause big problems.
The os trigonum is a small extra ankle bone that could cause big problems. Image Source: Wikimedia user Hellerhoff.