NYC Foot Surgeons Discuss Orthopedic Hardware Removal: Pros and Cons

Posted by on Friday, September 22nd, 2017

Of the 206 bones in the average human body, more than half are located in the hands and feet. That being said, the feet, in particular, withstand a tremendous amount of force. When running, a 150-pound person can withstand 1,000 pounds of pressure. Repetitive motions, poor footwear support, diminishing bone density due to age, and weaknesses in other areas of the body all make foot fractures more likely to occur. As such, our NYC foot surgeons treat fractures frequently, and some of these fractures require the use of orthopedic hardware implants. But you may be wondering, “What exactly does that mean?” So today, we’d like to shed some light on these types of implants and whether you should consider orthopedic hardware removal.

After a foot fracture, surgeons may install orthopedic hardware.
After a foot fracture, surgeons may install orthopedic hardware. Image Source: Wikimedia user Alison.

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.

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.

What are the Possible Drawbacks of Nonoperative Treatment for Achilles Tendon Rupture?

Posted by on Friday, July 14th, 2017

For many foot and ankle conditions, conservative treatment is the way to go. However, this is not necessarily the case for Achilles tendon ruptures. A study published in the American Journal of Sports Medicine in May 2017 linked nonoperative treatment of Achilles tendon ruptures with soleus muscle atrophy. NYC foot surgeons from The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine discuss the latest research.

Nonoperative treatment of Achilles tendon ruptures can sometimes negatively affect the calf muscles.
Nonoperative treatment of Achilles tendon ruptures can sometimes negatively affect the calf muscles. Image Source: Pixabay user cocoparisienne.

NYC Podiatrists Discuss Fat Pad Foot Surgery Using Grafts

Posted by on Friday, June 30th, 2017

For people with debilitating pain in the forefoot that does not respond to pads or cushioned shoes, surgery can help. The procedure is designed to treat fat pad atrophy, a condition suffered by people with high arches, excess weight, or a history of steroid injections. The goal is to improve the everyday lives of people who have worn down the fat pads in the balls of their feet. One Pennsylvania podiatrist explained, “They’re not looking to wear stiletto type shoes. They’re just looking to be able to walk in a grocery store or walk with their children down the street.” Our NYC foot surgeons find that plantar fat grafting is the most effective way to address the root problem and get patients back on their feet again.

Fat pads help the feet absorb shock, so what do you do when they've worn down?
Fat pads help the feet absorb shock, so what do you do when they’ve worn down? Image Source: Pixabay user cromaconceptovisual.

Considering the Pros and Cons of Bunion Surgery: Treatment Options and Recovery

Posted by on Monday, June 26th, 2017

People with a predisposition toward bunions start to notice abnormal developments around their big or small toes by the time they reach their twenties or thirties. Bunions can strike at any age, however, according to the Manhattan podiatrists at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine. Kids can even develop surprisingly adult-like bunions at very young ages. “We recommend that parents hold off on surgical considerations until the child has reached skeletal maturity and the growth plates have closed,” says Dr. Josef J. Geldwert, DPM. He says this occurs between 13-15 for girls and 15-17 for boys. In the meantime, there are conservative measures that may prevent the bunion from getting worse.

Is it time to get your bunion fixed, or are you too young to worry?
Is it time to get your bunion fixed, or are you too young to worry? Image Source: Flickr user Esther Max.

Nerve Decompression Surgery For Patients in White Plains With Diabetic Neuropathy

Posted by on Wednesday, April 5th, 2017

Diabetic neuropathy is a condition in which damaged nerve fibers result from improper glycemic control. According to the American Diabetic Association, about half of all people with diabetes have some form of nerve damage in their bodies. The bad news is that this damage cannot be undone once it occurs. The good news? Our White Plains foot surgeons can relieve the unpleasant symptoms of numbness and tingling and prevent amputation through nerve decompression surgery.

Many nerves in the foot can be thickened and damaged in diabetic patients with peripheral neuropathy. Image Source: Wikimedia user Nephron.
Many nerves in the foot can be thickened and damaged in diabetic patients with peripheral neuropathy. Image Source: Wikimedia user Nephron.

How Prosthetic Limbs Are Getting Amputation Patients Back On Their Feet

Posted by on Friday, March 24th, 2017

The word “amputation” strikes fear in the hearts of patients with foot pain and injury. As such, it’s not a word we like to use very often here in the office. We offer the most advanced technology geared toward alleviating pain, treating the root cause of foot and ankle injuries, and salvaging limbs. Yet, we feel it’s also important to clarify that amputation isn’t what it was even twenty years ago. As the NY Times reports, many New Yorkers are choosing to lose their limbs in favor of the latest prosthetic technology to lead more active lifestyles.

In some cases, New Yorkers would rather have a prosthetic limb, to get back to normal faster, than deal with the uncertainty of reconstructive surgery.
In some cases, New Yorkers would rather have a prosthetic limb rather than deal with the uncertainty of reconstructive surgery. Image Source: Wikimedia user OttawaAC.

What Happens After White Plains Hammer Toe Surgery?

Posted by on Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017

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Knowing how to manage your recovery is a big part of healing from White Plains hammer toe surgery. (Image Source: Wikimedia.org)

If your second, third, and/or fourth toes bend at the middle joint while you are at rest, rather than laying flat, you may have a condition called “hammer toes.” You may find relief with a change in footwear, straightening cushions, and stretching; but the only way to truly correct the deformity is to undergo hammertoe surgery to correct the joint and soft tissues that are misaligned. Depending on the type of hammer toe you have, and the foot surgeon’s preferred technique, your surgery may involve a joint resection, ligament and tendon snipping, bone removal, tendon transfer, implantation, or fixation with pins or wires. In this article, the White Plains foot surgeons from The Center For Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine discuss what to expect during hammer toe surgery recovery.

Wish You Had New Feet? Here Are The Top Reconstructive Foot Surgeries In New York

Posted by on Friday, January 13th, 2017

New York City foot surgeons servicing millions of people in a primarily urban area have a very different job than foot surgeons in, say, Stowe, Vermont (population 4,339), or McPherson County, KansasThere is a misconception about podiatrists and podiatric surgeons that our bread-and-butter lies in “old people with painful bunions” or those who need a good pedicure. As our name — The Center For Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine — suggests, we see a lot of active, fit, healthy, and young individuals who are suffering from debilitating traumatic injuries and chronic foot pain. Here are the most common reasons for reconstructive foot surgery in NYC …

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Watch out for NYC curbs; they’re real ankle-breakers! (Image Source: Flickr.com)