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Wednesday, November 14th, 2018
Gout is the most common type of inflammatory arthritis, affecting more than 8 million Americans each year. Primary symptoms include debilitating pain, reddening, and swelling of the joints—particularly the big toes. One sufferer said it felt like his right big toe “was being skewered by a pitchfork”—shiny, bright red, and “agonizing to touch.”
The ankles, knees, hands, wrists, elbows, and feet may also exhibit painful inflammation. This reaction occurs when there is too much uric acid in the body. The body produces uric acid to break down purines found in all food. If the kidneys do not process uric acid effectively, purine forms crystals in the joints. An acute gout attack can last anywhere from three to 10 days if untreated.
No one really knows what causes the kidneys to have difficulty processing uric acid, but we find that many of our patients are asking: Does red wine cause gout?
Bandages have come a long way since Johnson & Johnson released the Band-Aid in 1920. It was a major advancement when non-stick Band-Aids were developed for kids and when bandages already saturated in antibiotic ointment were created. Now, bandages are evolving to keep up with growing trends in technology. New, “smart” bandages can be especially beneficial for those with diabetes as the risk of developing a foot ulcer is 25% in patients with diabetes. Podiatrists at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine discuss this new technology and how it could have the potential to save limbs.
There’s nothing like being surrounded by a group of people who can motivate you to do something you love. That’s probably why many runners here in New York City look to join running clubs. Here in NYC, there are clubs for competitive long-distance runners, as well as hobbyists who like to socialize and meet other fit New Yorkers. Niche groups include African-American women runners, LGBTQ runners, and 50+ silver runners, with new groups added each month.
At The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine, we see tons of runners, especially leading up to the New York City Marathon. We often recommend this active pursuit to our patients—as long as they’re willing to take good care of their feet and invest in a good pair of sturdy running shoes a few times a year to prevent foot injuries from running.
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Wednesday, November 7th, 2018
Ottawa Senators’ center Jean-Gabriel Pageau is out of commission with an Achilles tendon tear. One study of NHL, NFL, MLB, and NBA players with torn Achilles tendons found that 30.6% of professionals players were not able to return to play following their injuries. Of those who did return, functional deficits caused reduced games played, reduced playing time, and worse performance one year after Achilles surgery. By two years, most of the studied players were able to rebound.
We can’t say for sure whether Pageau will be one of the lucky ones or not, but we can answer some of your other burning questions, such as: What can I expect in terms of recovery from an Achilles tendon tear? What type of treatment should I seek for a torn Achilles tendon? The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine in New York City specializes in this area of sports medicine.
Now that the weather is cooler, New Yorkers have taken to the indoor courts to keep up their love of tennis. Tennis has many health benefits from increasing aerobic capacity and bone density to improving metabolic function and reaction times. However, the sheer speed of tennis opens us up to accidents and injuries, particularly to the feet and ankles. If you live in the New York City or White Plains area, The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine can diagnose and treat any lower extremity common tennis foot injuries with skill and efficiency.
If you worry you’ll be in pain after surgery, it could be hindering your chances of foot surgery recovery. Modern surgeons take great strides to minimize the amount of pain you experience—through a combination of medication and surgical technique. However, anxiety is much harder for us to control. If you’re extremely anxious about the pain, it may have a way of manifesting—at least that’s what Boston researchers found.
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Wednesday, October 31st, 2018
The average marathon takes approximately 33,000 steps to complete. Though much of marathon relies on core, quad, and glute strength, it is our feet that take the worst beating. Sometimes the aching and pounding can persist more than a few hours. Life after a marathon goes on, but spending extra time on foot care, for runners, can help heal feet faster.
Injury can quickly derail your plans to stay active and healthy. For many of us, working out and training is tied to our mental health and overall feeling of well-being. “Hard” bone injuries leave us no choice but to stop what we’re doing and seek emergency care. By contrast, soft tissue injuries can sneak up on us and give us mixed signals on when it’s safe to return to sport. The experts at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine offer ankle injury treatment and tips for knowing whether you have a sprain, strain, or tear, and what you can do to get yourself back into shape.
The foot is one of the most complex anatomical structures in the body—comprised of over 100 muscles, tendons, and ligaments, as well as 33 joints and 26 bones, not to mention a whole network of nerves and blood vessels. These structures come together in all different shapes, sizes, and inclinations. Some biomechanical anomalies you’re born with, while others occur over time due to wear-and-tear or as a result of trauma. These anomalies lead to common causes of foot pain.
Our focus on correcting biomechanics is one of the features that sets The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine apart from the masses. We’re not looking to simply medicate you and send you on your way. We want to fix what’s hurting you or slowing you down, so you never have to worry about it again. Four of the most common mechanical faults we treat include overpronation, oversupination, poor shock absorption, and limb length discrepancies.
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Wednesday, October 24th, 2018
Halloween is just a week away. If you want to do something a little special for your kids this year, put a little FOOT into it. The foot and ankle specialists at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine share their favorite foot themed Halloween recipes, footwear, and crafts, so you can plan extra fun into this fall holiday.
Our Director, NY Podiatrist, Dr. Josef J. Geldwert is Board Certified in Foot and Ankle Surgery and is a recognized authority on the most advanced surgical techniques to correct bunions and hammertoes.
Dr. Katherine Lai is Board Certified in Foot Surgery and has lectured extensively on The Diabetic Foot and Wound Care and on the Scope and Practice of Holistic Podiatry at an Integrative Medicine conference.
Dr. Malezhik has an extensive training in all aspects of foot surgery, including complicated reconstructive procedures and aesthetically pleasing foot surgery, utilizing the latest advances in podiatric care.
“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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Dr. Josef J. Geldwert DPM, Dr. Katherine Lai DPM, Dr. Ryan Minara, DPM, and Dr. Mariola Rivera DPM serving Westchester County, White Plains, Ardsley, Bronxville, Harrison NY, Larchmont, Mamaroneck, New Rochelle, Rye, Scarsdale, Rye Brook, Chappaqua, and the surrounding area.
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