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.
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Wednesday, January 27th, 2016
Parents want their kids to grow up healthy, strong, confident, and sociable. Sports activities help in all these aspects, but they also put children at increased risk of getting hurt. Over 2.6 million kids visit emergency rooms for sports-related injuries each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
At The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine in NYC, the majority of youth sports injuries we see are run-of-the-mill sprains and strains. We’re always glad parents take the time to bring their kids in for evaluation, even if they suspect it’s nothing serious. Sometimes an injury with mild early symptoms can turn out to be a growth plate injury requiring more aggressive treatment or surgery to prevent future issues.
Here are some tips we give parents who are caring for youth sports injuries.
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Wednesday, September 16th, 2015
Montz, Louisiana resident Jesse Lynn LeBoeuf had spent the last eight summers swimming competitively for two hours or more a day. She practiced with the Crescent City Swim Club of Metairie and the Sun Villa Sharks of Norco. However, a freak accident over the summer threatened to cut her season short. “I absolutely love to swim,” the 14-year-old told her local paper.1http://www.heraldguide.com/details.php?id=15946 “Swimming is my one sport and a big part of who I am.” The teen’s story is something our NYC podiatry practice would like to share because it has the potential to empower others who are recovering from a devastating foot or ankle injury.
No parent wants to see a child suffer with a physical abnormality, but is bunion surgery really necessary?
Bunions are shifted metatarsal bones that cause the joints of the big or little toes to prominently stick outward and press up against the shoe. They are largely hereditary in nature, but can be exacerbated by improper foot support. Often, bunions are seen in people with tight calf muscles and arch instability. It’s an old myth that only “old ladies” get bunions; in fact, up to 30% of adolescents are affected by the condition.
Being a young person with a bunion is psychologically difficult due to the pressures put on those who are deemed “different” in any way. Furthermore, it’s difficult to find shoes that fit well. The constant rubbing and irritation can cause chronic pain, which is usually what brings people to see the NYC podiatrists at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine in Manhattan or Westchester.
“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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