The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine

Our Staff in Action: Dr. Ryan Minara Discusses Current Trends in Sports Medicine

Posted by on Monday, August 4th, 2014


Sports injuries are nothing new, but the way we think about them, approach them, treat them, and prevent them is ever-evolving. There are New York sports clinics that emphasize the basic “Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation” — and, if that doesn’t work out, surgery. Then there are top-caliber New York sports medicine professionals who read medical journals, visit national industry conferences, and participate in ongoing training at the highest level to offer patients the very best care. That’s what we offer here at The Center for Podiatric Care & Sports Medicine in New York City. One of our specialists, Dr. Ryan Minara, discusses a few of the major trends he sees in the field of sports medicine for 2014.

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Dr. Ryan Minara, a highly credentialed sports medicine doctor, discusses the latest industry trends.

Preventative Sports Medicine

“I think, as in many aspects, there is more of an emphasis on preventing injuries before they actually occur,” Dr. Minara says. “In other words, sports medicine doctors are taking a more proactive — rather than reactive — approach to treating our patients.”

In the world of podiatric sports medicine, this may include:

– Strength-training programs

Total body conditioning programs

– Cross training regimens

– Custom foot orthoses

– Shoe gear education

We are looking at biomechanical “red flags” by subjecting athletes to gait analysis, which will uncover abnormalities in the athlete’s movement patterns before pain manifests itself. We can then recommend corrective exercises and equipment to address these asymmetries before an injury occurs.

Minimally Invasive Procedures

According to Dr. Minara, “There is also continued interest in non-invasive or minimally-invasive techniques to relieve pain.” In the past, chronic tendon problems, persistent pain, and overuse injuries needed to be treated with surgery, which includes a lot of downtime and difficult recoveries. With these newer, minimally invasive procedures, patients can often walk into treatment and out within the hour. There may need to be some immobilization with a walking boot, depending on the condition being treated, but recovery is much quicker and easier.

New non-invasive procedures used in sports medicine today include:

– The FAST procedure

– Platelet-Rich Plasma injections

– Biopuncture injections

– Extracorporeal shockwave therapy

Tenex procedure

The use of the body’s own growth factors to naturally promote healing was a huge sports medicine trend last year, and continues as such in 2014. The evidence and applications for these treatments is still being explored, but we have seen amazing recoveries in top-level athletes who want to heal quickly and efficiently, without surgery. You can learn more about a few of these high-tech new procedures here.

New York City Foot Care

Dr. Ryan Minara is a practicing podiatrist at The Center for Podiatric Care & Sports Medicine, with offices in Manhattan and Westchester. His academic credentials are impressive: an undergraduate degree from New York University completed on a full academic scholarship, a Doctorate of Podiatric Medicine earned from NYU in 2007; and a rigorous four-year Podiatric Medicine and Surgery residency program completed at New York Hospital Queens. He maintains certification from the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons, and performs surgeries at Beth Israel Medical Center, as well as White Plains Hospital. He maintains specialties in running and soccer-related injuries, as he serves as a podiatrist for the NYC Triathlon, Hamptons Marathon, and the NY Lizards (MLL) team. For your convenience, you may book a consultation with this experienced NY sports medicine professional online.


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.