The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine

Are Your Activities Limited Because Of Foot Pain? (Solutions Here!)

Posted by on Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

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More than half of all Americans say their foot pain limits daily activity, according to a new poll by the American Podiatric Medical Association. One-quarter of those suffering from foot pain admit that they neglect their feet health and nearly half of the women polled admit that they regularly wear high heels. Here at The Center For Podiatric Care & Sports Medicine in Manhattan and Westchester, we are dedicated to identifying the source of your troublesome foot pain and not only curing the acute pain using the latest technology, but addressing the underlying issues as well.

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Foot pain is incredibly pervasive in America, yet most Americans admit they don’t really give a second thought to maintaining the feet beyond trimming their toenails. Image Source: BunionSupport.com

Who To See For Foot Pain

According to the APMA poll, there is still a very limited understanding about what podiatrists actually do. People, by and large, tend to look up information online and self-medicate, according to research. Over the last four years, there has been a 10% increase in the number of people who purchased on over-the-counter remedy for foot pain. Nearly half of all foot pain sufferers attempted to manage their ailments this way. Of those who sought professional help, 33% contacted their primary care physicians and only 24% visited a specialist like a podiatrist, orthopedist, physical therapist, or dermatologist.

Here at our NYC sports medicine center, we have board-certified podiatrists, orthopedists and physical therapists who can attend to your needs. Our approach is a little different than other podiatrists’ offices. While some New York foot doctors focus on alleviating the pain through prescription drugs, in-office debridement procedures or casting, we take a “total body approach” to wellness. As a sports medicine clinic, our podiatrists and physical therapists are trained to assess your entire biomechanics, so we’ll look at your foot structure, gait and weight distribution, as well as your back, knees, and hips, to see how your entire body moves as a whole. Often we will find root causes of foot pain our patients never expected.

Our treatments are a little different than the standard practice as well…

Common Causes of New York Foot Pain & How We Treat Them

Here is how Dr. Josef Geldwert and his team may address a few of the most common concerns:

–  33% of Americans polled say they suffer from nail problems. Topical treatments can take an agonizingly long time to work and oral medication can be tough on the liver. While some patients benefit from these modes of care, we find it can be difficult for most people to comply. That is why we are pleased to offer the PinPointe FootLaser — the latest toenail fungus treatment. In one or two sessions, your foot fungus will be killed in a quick, painless outpatient procedure. We’ll counsel you on lifestyle tips (such as sanitizing your footwear and applying antifungal powder to the shoes) to prevent the problem from reoccurring.

27% of Americans polled have encountered heel pain (plantar fasciitis). “Heel” pain is a bit of a misnomer because the agony typically extends from the heel all the way up the arch of the feet. Most people feel the most pain when they first wake up or after a long duration of sitting still. By the time people come in to see us for heel pain, it is often chronic or quite severe. When conventional methods like icing or night splinting have failed, we can take you to the next level of care with extracorporeal shockwave therapy, a painless and noninvasive procedure using low-pulse sound waves to stimulate natural healing. We also offer cryosurgery at both of our locations.

27% of Americans polled say they suffer from pain in the balls of their feet (neuromas). If it feels as though you are always walking on hot coals, we can help! We offer treatments like cryosurgery for nerve pain, alcohol treatments to shrink growths, custom orthotic casting, and in-office surgical procedures to release entrapped nerves.

– 13% of Americans polled suffer from unsightly or painful bunions.  Bunions and hammertoes are Dr. Geldwert’s specialty. He has been performing bunion surgeries since 1973 but regularly lectures on the latest techniques. We can counsel you on the various types of surgery to choose the right procedure for your lifestyle. We focus on active recovery, so you aren’t bed-ridden for months while recovering.

– 9% of Americans polled report pain related to tendinitis inflammation. Platelet-rich plasma injections are a hot topic in the treatment of tendinitis, especially among elite athletes, and we are pleased to be one of the few NYC foot pain centers that offer it. Focused Aspiration of Soft Tissue (FAST treatment) is another special procedure we’re trained to do to lower your body’s inflammation by using ultrasound waves to break up and remove scar tissue.

Where To Find Us

For the very best podiatrists in New York City, you may find our doctors at one of two locations: 111 East 88th Street in Manhattan, or 10 Mitchell Place (suite 105) in Westchester. For your convenience, we are accepting new patients at our online booking center.

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If you have any foot problems or pain, contact The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports MedicineDr. Josef J. GeldwertDr. Katherine Lai, Dr. Ryan Minara and Dr. Mariola Rivera have helped thousands of people get back on their feet. Unfortunately, we cannot give diagnoses or treatment advice online. Please make an appointment to see us if you live in the NY metropolitan area or seek out a podiatrist in your area.