Big toe pain is a big problem in New York City. The big toe’s function is to provide leverage to the foot during the push-off phase of the gait cycle. Along with the little toe, the health of the big toe is essential in maintaining balance while you stand. It is impossible to walk without a limp if your big toe hurts, and most people with big toe pain cannot run or even stand for long periods of time. There are many different issues associated with big toe discomfort, according to the best foot doctors in NYC at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine.
Osteoarthritis (OA) affects roughly 27 million Americans. Not surprisingly, the foot is one of the most common areas affected by joint cartilage degradation that can result from OA. OA is not merely a matter of “inevitable wear and tear” as we age; rather, it’s a disease process that is a result of many factors such as genetics, excess weight, tendon and ligament injuries, and the presence of other disorders such as acromegaly (a condition involving abnormal growth of the hands and feet) or hemochromatosis (a condition involving joint damage from excess iron.)
As osteoarthritis worsens over time, the bones can break down, causing chips (called “bone spurs”) that float around inside the joint. In response, inflammation occurs, prompting the accumulation of proteins and enzymes that further erode the cartilage. In the final stages of OA, there is no soft tissue remaining in the joint — just bone rubbing up against bone, which accelerates joint damage and causes excruciating pain.
The NYC foot surgeons at The Center For Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine are excited about the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) approval of a new synthetic cartilage that can be used in the treatment of osteoarthritis involving the foot and toe, offering these patients a pain-free step forward for the first time in years.
Injuries and high-level competition seem to go hand-in-hand. After their embarrassing stomping at the Super Bowl, fans are looking for any explanation for the historic loss. Not only did Center Alex Mack suffer a fractured fibula, but All-Pro wide receiver Julio Jones also “faces the prospect” of toe surgery after being dogged by a sprain since Week 10. NYC podiatrists discuss what happened to Jones, and what this type of injury could mean for an athlete’s near future.
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Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017
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.
A lot of the athletes we treat are already familiar with “turf toe,” a ligament sprain in the big toe joint where the foot and toe come together. Tearing your big toe ligaments affects your balance, stability, and the push-off phase of your gait cycle. Then there’s the pain, which tends to feel worst at the bottom of the toe where it attaches to your foot. It usually hurts to extend your toe fully or walk, and you’ll probably notice some swelling.
With any luck, athletes can be back to the game within a day or two of resting, icing, compressing, and elevating. But more serious sprains can put you out for six to eight weeks, and a few players have even had their careers end following an injury like this, while others suffered arthritis-like stiffness or limited mobility upon healing. That’s why it’s so important to have a specialist look at your injury and guide you through rehabilitation to preserve range-of-motion.
More than 200,000 people are professionally treated for hammer toe pain each year. Like bunions, hammer toes are a progressive foot problem that worsens over time without treatment. Usually the deformity is obvious because the toes appear visibly bent, but other symptoms include pain at the top of the toes, corns forming on the middle toe joints, redness, swelling, and pain on top and in the ball of the foot at the base of the toe. Some hammer toes are flexible and others are semi-rigid or rigid. Patients may experience no pain unless they are walking.
Here are some of the best ways to treat hammer toe pain at home, in addition to having your condition professionally addressed by our NYC podiatrists.
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Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015
The Washington Redskins seem to be one of the NFL teams worst plagued with injuries, particularly with key starters.1http://realredskins.com/2015/06/24/need-to-know-did-the-redskins-lose-more-starters-to-injuries-than-other-nfl-teams/ This year is no exception, with foot and ankle injuries hitting the team hard during preseason. This month, we learn that both tight ends, Logan Paulsen and Niles Paul, will be out for the season due to their injuries. NYC sports medicine doctors explore what went wrong.
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Wednesday, February 18th, 2015
Suffering a foot injury is bad enough—with the daily pain, difficulty mobilizing, and lengthy recovery. But when one foot injury begets another, as the body shifts to overcompensate and pressure is displaced to a new area, things get even worse. Perhaps that is what happened to OKC Thunder’s Kevin Durant. The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine in NYC reflects on Durant’s podiatric problems and discusses what this means for fans who are eager to see him return to full strength.
Is your second toe longer than your big toe? If so, then you’re among the ~15 percent of the population that has “Morton’s toe,” a genetically inherited condition. This anomaly was named after Dr. Dudley J. Morton, who first classified it more than 70 years ago. Morton’s toe isn’t a serious medical condition, but in some cases it can lead to foot pain or foot injuries. Read on for more information about Morton’s toe and what you can do if it’s causing you problems.
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Wednesday, January 28th, 2015
Obtaining an accurate diagnosis is our first priority when you arrive at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine in New York City. Gathering your medical history, interviewing you about your symptoms, and performing a physical exam is important, but we also get the diagnostic images to fully determine the extent of your injuries. Some soft tissue injuries and stress fractures may not be visible in conventional X-Rays, which is why we may order MRIs, CT scans, ultrasounds, or arthrography for a closer look. Shaun Livingston, a former Brooklyn Nets player, is the perfect example, illustrating just how important diagnosing can be.
“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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