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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.
According to the CDC, an average of 115 Americans die of an opioid overdose every day. The misuse of prescription painkillers is one of the greatest crises our nation faces. By some estimates, nearly a third of the people prescribed opioids take their pills improperly. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, 8-12% of opioid users become dependent on the drugs, and 4-6% transition to heroin. In addition to the 33,000 Americans who die from overdose, another 2 million people suffer from substance use disorders.
Naturally, as healthcare providers with the power to prescribe such potent painkillers, we take our role in all of this very seriously. After all, orthopedic surgeons are the third-largest prescribers of opioids. Whenever possible, we explore effective alternatives when helping patients deal with foot pain after surgery. We keep a close eye on the latest research to learn more about which patients are at highest risk of developing a psychological disorder or physical dependence on opioids.
The majority of Americans suffer from some type of foot pain, ranging from blisters to ulcers. Most problems are easily treated by podiatrists through conservative measures, but there are some troubles only corrected through surgery. No one wants to undergo an operation, but quality of life can be so much better for people with three of the most common foot problems: debilitating bunions, hammertoes, and neuromas.
If you worry you’ll be in pain after surgery, it could be hindering your chances of foot surgery recovery. Modern surgeons take great strides to minimize the amount of pain you experience—through a combination of medication and surgical technique. However, anxiety is much harder for us to control. If you’re extremely anxious about the pain, it may have a way of manifesting—at least that’s what Boston researchers found.
The walking boot—sure, it may look a little silly and it may feel a little bulky but that’s because it’s meant to offload pressure from a broken bone or injured tissues in the initial aftermath of foot surgery or trauma. However, a small number of patients find themselves stuck in these contraptions for months, unable to make that transition from offloading to walking in a regular shoe again. The podiatrists at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine offer tips on dealing with walking boot discomfort and inflammation.
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Wednesday, September 26th, 2018
ACL injury prevention should be one of the main focuses for athletes as early on as possible. Several months of physical therapy plus a knee brace and crutches may be all that is needed for a minor ACL injury. But severe injuries, especially those suffered by high-level athletes, may require a surgical repair, with 5-8 weeks of initial recovery time before sports activities may be resumed. After 3-4 months of sport-specific activities, patients can get back to game play again. Ideally, athletes will take nine months off in total. The focus is on total rehabilitation, rather than a quick return to competition. Athletes who return to play sooner than recommended are said to have a four times greater risk of re-injury.
Given the fact that an ACL injury can halt an entire season for student-athletes, it’s in your best interest to help your child prevent it. Here’s what we know at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine based on a new study, “Evidence-Based Best-Practice Guidelines for Preventing Anterior Cruciate Ligament Injuries in Young Female Athletes: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis,” published in the July 12, 2018 edition of the American Journal of Sports Medicine.
During a big toe pain consultation at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine, we may determine you need a fusion of the big toe. Admittedly, the images it conjures up for patients can be scary at first! We’ll do our best to dispel some of the common myths, answer any questions you may have, and reassure you that big toe fusion surgery isn’t as scary as it sounds.
Leftfielder Yoenis Céspedes is the Mets’ top hitter with 163 home runs, 524 runs batted in, and a batting average of .274 for the season. He’s currently in the middle of a four-year, $110 million contract signed in 2o16. On July 25th, Céspedes announced he’d be missing the remainder of the season and a good portion of next season (the next 8-10 months) having heel spur surgery on both of his heels. The news came at a time where the Mets were ranked second-to-last in the National League East with 43 wins and 57 losses.
Here at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine, a heel fracture is referred to as a “calcaneal fracture.” We most commonly see this type of fracture resulting from a car accident or a fall from a ladder. However, we’ve also diagnosed calcaneal stress fractures in long-distance runners, ballet dancers, and athletes who participate in sports involving jumping. Calcaneal injuries continue to be one of the most complex in podiatry, and there is no widely accepted consensus on the best way to manage heel fracture treatment and avoid complications, though it is an area of considerable research.
Hallux rigidus is a form of degenerative arthritis, which can cause pain and stiffness in the metatarsophalangeal (MTP) joint. The MTP joint is where your big toe—the hallux—joins your foot. Hallux rigidus is the second most common disorder of the big toe.
When you have moderate-to-severe hallux rigidus, you’re faced with two surgical options: to fuse the problematic bones together or to replace the joint entirely. The end goal for either surgery is to reduce pain and restore function. If you’re an athlete, the latter is of utmost concern. If you’re wondering about the recovery time after hallux rigidus surgery, a study published in the journal International Orthopaedics identifies what can be expected. NYC foot surgeon Dr. Josef Geldwert, DPM discusses the results of the study, as it pertains to his foot surgery patients.
“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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