At The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine, we know exactly how to treat sesamoiditis. Unlike most bones in the body, the sesamoid bones connect to tendons or are embedded in muscle, rather than connecting to joints. They act as pulleys by providing a smooth surface for the tendons to glide over and disperse muscle force. The kneecap is the largest sesamoid in the body, but here in our NYC office we treat the two sesamoids located underneath the big toe.
One sits on the outer side of the foot, and the other is in the middle of the foot. These small sesamoids elevate the big toe bones and assist in weight bearing. The sesamoids are capable of fracturing like any other bone but are more commonly painful due to a condition known as sesamoiditis—the irritation and inflammation of the surrounding tendons, which compress the bones. These injuries are most commonly seen in ballet dancers, runners, and baseball catchers who spend a lot of time on their toes, but the injury can happen to anyone with certain foot anatomy characteristics. Here we address some of the most frequently asked questions about sesamoiditis.
We see many foot problems related to footwear that is improperly sized or designed too tight in the toe box area. If you look at your bare footprint on the beach, you can clearly see that your foot is widest at the sides of the toes and narrowest at the heel (or arch, if you have high arches). So why is it nearly impossible to find a shoe that conforms to the natural foot shape?
Often, shoes—women’s heels or boots, in particular—are made to taper at the toes, causing all sorts of discomfort and even deformity. A good toe box allows enough room for the toes to spread out for proper impact absorption and protection. Altra may not be as much a household name as Nike, Saucony, Adidas, New Balance, or Brooks, but they’re turning the heads of podiatrists with their wide toe box design that emphasizes width as a way of improving running form and preventing injury.
Got pain in your big toe? Having trouble keeping up with your regular activities without forefoot pain? Sesamoiditis is a tricky condition that affects your overall foot health and comfort, but White Plains foot doctors are here to clue you in on the mysterious world of sesamoid bones and the injuries that pertain to them. Stop by our Westchester County office for advanced treatments that prompt fast healing for busy athletes.
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.
Cycling is often pitched as one of the easiest forms of exercise on the body. But that doesn’t mean you can’t sustain a foot injury. New York City is ranked one of the top “bike-friendly” cities and, at last count, we had over 20,000 cyclist commuters in the city – so, not surprisingly, we treat a lot of cyclist foot and ankle injuries here at The Center For Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine offices in Manhattan and Westchester.
Here are some common issues that arise, and what you can do to treat them.
This time of year, yoga is a hot commodity. New York City hosts a number of amazing outdoor yoga sessions that are irresistible for people who are looking to boost flexibility, enhance relaxation, and improve overall fitness. The benefits of yoga are undeniable… but, as with any type of exercise, there are risks to be aware of, as well. We have discussed this topic in our past article: “Is Yoga Dangerous For Your Feet?” One of our board-certified podiatrists, Dr. Nadia Levy, discusses two specific types of yoga foot injuries she has seen a lot this summer.
One of the most common inquiries we get at the Healing Feet Blog is people asking whether they may have broken or sprained a foot. Often, they are not sure if they should see a doctor or just “take it easy.” Visiting a medical professional is always a wise decision, even if it is a minor injury causing you pain. We can show you how to stretch, prescribe a medication to speed up your treatment, and identify the underlying factors that contributed to your condition. Rarely is surgery or invasive treatment needed, so you don’t need to feel anxious about speaking with Dr. Geldwert or another professional.
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Wednesday, November 28th, 2012
I was a waitress for four years, all through college. Then I was a bartender for another two. Those were the hardest jobs I ever had, but not for the reasons you’d think. I was great at remembering orders, making drinks, keeping customers happy, and carrying eight plates at once. I was a whiz at doing math in my head, knew which wines paired with which meats, and was the fastest table busser this side of Las Vegas. The thing that made those jobs so challenging, that held me perpetually on the brink of throwing in the apron, was the ridiculously inappropriate footwear. I worked in a fancy restaurant, so my shoes were dictated by the dress code. Of course, while the men got to wear sensible black leather dress shoes, the women were expected to race around in three-inch high heels. I think I cried myself to sleep every night of that first week. Then there was a sweet spot, between two weeks and six months, when my feet felt okay. Then came the inevitable slide into misery and pain. If only I’d known then what I know now, I’d have taken some steps to protect myself.
Face it, barefoot enthusiasts–we still live in a world where people are expected to wear shoes. Now this is hardly a bad thing. I mean, people did start wearing shoes for good reasons: to protect their feet from sharp objects, to keep them warm, and to walk with less pain over long distances (hey, if the Romans thought their would soldiers march better without footwear, they certainly would have saved the money on the caliga worn by the everyday soldiers and made them go bare).
Our big toes may seem little compared to, say, our heads, but they do a huge amount of work. The big toe bears twice as much pressure when walking as the other toes and the big toe joint takes 40-60% of the your body’s weight when maximum force is applied. Your big toe also can have an impressive range of motion–you can pick things up with your big toe, and gymnasts are able to execute some of their more impressive moves thanks to the way they can grip with the digit (I love referring to toes and fingers as digits, don’t you?).
“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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