The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine

NYC Latinos & Hispanics Find A Friend Who Knows About Feet In Dr. Rivera

Posted by on Friday, January 27th, 2017


Hispanics and Latinos make up 27.5% of New York City’s population. This group suffers from foot pain and health issues like any other, yet they tend to be more reluctant to seek professional help. The first step toward wellness is asking your primary doctor to check your feet and give you a referral to a foot and ankle specialist who can offer state-of-the-art care. Dr. Mariola Rivera, DPM is a friend to Hispanics and Latinos in the New York City area who are looking for a Spanish-speaking, board-certified podiatrist to add to their healthcare team.


Hispanic and Latino Foot Health Issues

Foot problems do not discriminate by race, gender, or nationality, but Dr. Rivera says there are a few issues that are more prevalent among NYC Latinos and Hispanics who visit The Center For Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine:

  • Ingrown Toenails – “A lot of time, people walk with ingrowing nails for many months without mentioning it to their doctors or seeking treatment,” says Dr. Rivera. When detected early, an NYC podiatrist can place a wedge between the nail and soft tissue to ensure it grows up and out, rather than in. For nails that are already digging into the skin, Dr. Rivera must excise a portion of the nail and treat the wound with a special dressing. Surgery for recurring ingrown toenails is a quick, easy procedure that is done on an outpatient basis. Dr. Rivera also educates patients on how to properly trim the nails to prevent future problems.
  • Type II Diabetes Feet “There is a genetic component to diabetes that is very common in Hispanics,” says Dr. Rivera, “but you also have the power to shape your health through diet, environment, and lifestyle.” Diabetics suffer from a host of foot issuesneuropathy and nerve pain, ulcers, Charcot foot, poor wound healing, poor circulation, recurring infections, dry skin, swelling, and edema, to name a few. “If you have Diabetes, it is necesario to have your feet checked by a professional every six months. A small break in the skin — a callus, cracked heels, or a blister — can easily escalate to a life-threatening infection in a diabetic, sometimes before you feel anything,” Dr. River explains. There are creams, medications, and advanced healing technologies that can prevent diabetes from taking a toll on your mobility.
  • Plantar Fasciitis – “Heel pain is common in Latinos who work long hours on their feet,” according to Dr. Rivera. This type of overuse injury can become chronic, but 90% of plantar fasciitis cases resolve within six months of professional care. Treatments plans are based on the individual and may include: anti-inflammatories, orthotics, footwear counseling, physical therapy, night splints, cortisone shots, ultrasonic debridement of damaged tissue, lasers, shockwave, ultrasound, and surgery.
  • Bunions  “Latinas like to wear high stiletto heels and look fashionable when they go out,” admits Dr. Rivera. “This can sometimes cause bunions to form in the big or little toe joints.” The only way to fully heal a bunion deformity is to undergo surgery, but doctors can help you prevent milder cases from worsening with non-invasive measures like shoe pads, custom orthotics, injection therapy, and ultrasound.

A Latina Heel Pain Success Story

Dr. Rivera recalls a specific case in which she greatly improved a fellow Latina’s quality of life by providing expert care:

“A middle-aged Latina, who works as a teacher in NYC, came to me a few months ago. She had been in a boot and crutches for eight months! Can you imagine? The patient was diagnosed with a partial Achilles tendon tear in her right foot. She was suffering from pain that didn’t get better with immobilization or physical therapy. On the MRI, I noticed that the patient had an interstitial partial Achilles tendon tear. She was afraid of a full reconstruction procedure, and previous physicians never offered any other type of treatment besides immobilization.”

Dr. Rivera offered the patient the option of a minimally-invasive procedure called ultrasound-guided debridement. She made a tiny incision under local anesthesia, inserted a tiny camera/tool, cut out the damaged tissue, and closed the wound with surgical glue — no stitches necessary. To expedite the recovery time, she used platelet-rich plasma as a biologic enhancement to increase soft tissue healing and regeneration of the tendon.

“After such a long sedentary period, the sooner we could get her walking and rebuilding strength, the better,” Dr. Rivera explains. “Following the surgery, the patient followed instructions with a home program she could commit to. She was able to walk in her regular sneakers in six weeks. Today, she is pain-free and walking without a limp.”

Footcare For NYC Hispanics & Latinos

Dr. Rivera summarizes: “I’m the best NYC Latina doctor for your foot and ankle care because I’m up-to-date with the best new techniques, I possess aesthetic surgical skills, and I am focused on what will provide the fastest recovery and best results. I can communicate, identify with, and understand the needs of multiple cultures, especially Hispanics.”

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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.