High Heels for Kids: How Soon Is Too Soon?

Posted by on Wednesday, December 5th, 2018

This past summer, people were quick to criticize Victoria Beckham for allowing her seven-year-old daughter Harper to wear high heel shoes. Little did they know the daughter of Posh Spice had been wearing and running in heels since she was three! Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes caught similar flack for allowing their daughter Suri to wear high heels at age three.

Little girls begin expressing the desire to wear mommy’s shoes around three years of age. Obsessions at this age can be fleeting, fickle, and intense. So do you cave and buy her the princess shoes? Do you commit to “no” for her entire adolescence? Or is there a place in-between that is medically and socially acceptable? NYC podiatrists from The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine weigh in on high heels for kids.

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Aspiring fashionistas will find a variety of dressy styles to choose from, but parents should exercise caution before encouraging a love of high heels at young ages. [Image Source: Pexels user Scott Webb]

Study Shows ACL Injury Prevention Is Best During Middle and High School

Posted by on 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.

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ACL injury prevention should be one of the main focuses for athletes as early on as possible. [Image Source: Shutterstock]

Patients Ask: What You Can Do to Prevent Back-to-School Sports Injuries?

Posted by on Wednesday, September 19th, 2018

It’s that time of year. The leaves are crisping up, the air is chilling out, and kids are back in school, where they’ll pick up football, basketball, field hockey, volleyball, cross-country, dance, and soccer. Sports medicine doctors typically see an influx of back-to-school-related sports injuries in September—everything from lacerations and soft tissue sprains to concussions and heat exhaustion. While every injury, particularly traumatic ones, cannot be prevented, there are ways to make sure your child stays safe.

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Most back-to-school sports injuries can be avoided, say White Plains sports doctors. [Image Source: Flickr.com]

White Plains Sports Doctors Offer Tips For a Positive Youth Sport Injury Recovery

Posted by on Wednesday, July 26th, 2017

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.

Pay close attention to your child's emotional state during youth sports injury recovery. Image Source: MaxPixel.com.
Pay close attention to your child’s emotional state during youth sports injury recovery. Image Source: MaxPixel.com. Image Source: Max Pixel.

Ask a NYC Sports Medicine Doctor: How to Nurse Your Injured Child Athlete Back to Health

Posted by on 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.

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Sprains and strains may result from cleat use, overuse, training errors, or other causes. A NYC sports medicine doctor will help you get to the root of the problem. Image Source: FootHealthFacts.org

Here are some tips we give parents who are caring for youth sports injuries.

Swimmer with Foot Trauma Comes Back for the Win

Posted by on 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.

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Do you find it hard to stay out of the water with an injury? So did Jesse Lynn LeBoeuf! LeBoeuf overcame a serious foot injury to win a swimming competition. Image Source: Wikimedia.org

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Bunion Surgery: Is It Necessary for Your Teen?

Posted by on Friday, September 4th, 2015

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.

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Bunions are inconvenient for young fashionistas, but podiatric surgeons only recommend surgery when pain and limited mobility become an issue. Image Source: Flickr CC user Maegan Tintari