NCAA News: Rawle Alkins Suffers Recurring Pain After Bone Repair Surgery

Posted by on 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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The Arizona Wildcats have lost a key player due to injury. Image Source: Wikimedia user INeverCry.

Tennis News: Hyeon Chung’s Blister Injury Takes Him Out of the Game

Posted by on Wednesday, February 7th, 2018

If you follow tennis, you probably know of 18-time Grand Slam Champion Roger Federer, but do you know the top South Korean tennis player, Hyeon Chung? At just 21 years of age, he won the ATP Next Gen Finals in Milan this past November. Then, he came out of nowhere to beat Novak Djokovic at Melbourne Park. Unfortunately, it seems Chung’s good luck couldn’t last. Two days after losing to Federer in the Australian Open, Chung wound up in the hospital with gruesome calluses and blister injuries.

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Tennis stars like Hyeon Chung sometimes run into trouble when filing down their own calluses. Image Source: Pexels user Tookapic.

Achilles Tendon Surgery: What Does the Latest Research Tell Us?

Posted by on Wednesday, January 31st, 2018

Every year, about 30,000 Americans rupture their Achilles tendons, which attach the calf muscle to the heel bone. The fraying of this tendon can occur in a sudden snap during a misstep during athletic play or due to chronic inflammation over longer periods of time. The pain can come and go, which causes some people to live with the condition for up to 10 years before getting it checked out by a professional. Sometimes it takes several different treatments before finding the right fit or deciding to have Achilles tendon surgery.

It is possible to climb a ladder and ride a bike again, but you will need an experienced doctor who specializes in Achilles tendon repair to help you choose the best treatment option given your unique circumstances. Today, we’ll discuss some pertinent Achilles tendon statistics to help you understand the differences between surgical and non-surgical treatment.

Achilles tendon injury? You have both surgical and non-surgical options.
Achilles tendon injury? You have both surgical and non-surgical options. Image Source: Unsplash user rawpixel.com.

A Look at the Worst Sports Injuries in 2017 Pertaining to the Foot and Ankle

Posted by on Friday, January 5th, 2018

As sports medicine doctors, we keep a close eye on the types of injuries athletes are sustaining, and 2017 had some big ones. Yahoo! News mentioned 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.

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No one wants to be sidelined with a season-ending foot or ankle injury, but that’s exactly what happened to these players in 2017. Image Source: Wikipedia user Thelmadatter.

NCAA News: Mississippi State QB Nick Fitzgerald Injured But Recovering

Posted by on Wednesday, January 3rd, 2018

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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Learn more about the ankle injury that took down Nick Fitzgerald. Image Source: Wikimedia user RalphTheCorndog.

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.

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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.