February 3, 2017: 5th Metatarsal Fractures
Did you ever get up from a seated position and say “Whoa!” as you realized that all or part of your foot is numb? When you stood, you didn’t realize that your foot wasn’t square to the ground and you roll it….
You can’t imagine how frequently I hear this story. You would be surprised how many times this situation results in a 5th Metatarsal Fracture or even an Ankle Sprain. Now you’re facing weeks of recovery and sometimes even surgical treatment to stabilize the injury.
So take my advice….after a prolonged period of sitting (like watching SuperBowl LI), just a moment or two of making a circle with your foot/ankle or ankle pumps may let you know that your ankle and foot are ready for action…
August 5, 2016
We now offer Shockwave Therapy for a variety of conditions. This is a brief article that summarizes it pretty well. If you have been dealing with plantar fasciitis or Achilles tendinitis for at least 6 months and it is not improving with stretching, give us a call to set up an appointment!
April 11, 2016
The weather is warming up! Time to dust off that bike. Dr. Levine and the HSS cycling team will be out in the park. Will you?? See what Dr. Levine has to say about it below...
Written by: Dr. David S. Levine, Foot & Ankle Surgeon
About eight years ago a friend of mine suggested that we start riding bicycles for exercise. As an orthopedic surgeon at Hospital for Special Surgery, I was receptive to the idea of maintaining my health, though a bit wary of the possibility of injury while moving so quickly. Little did I know that this was the start of a major transformation in my life. I was hooked immediately! Cycling is a low impact exercise. Health benefits include cardiac conditioning, improved pulmonary function, muscular development, reduction in body fat, cholesterol and blood pressure. The benefits extend well beyond physiology. One can ride in a fast-paced group or can leisurely ‘cruise’ through a quiet community on the weekend. As for the competitive nature of the sport, you can compete against your friends or attempt to beat your last best time from seasons past.
As it turned out, a number of the physicians from Hospital for Special Surgery meet daily for a morning ride in Central Park. And we are not alone. There can be up to a hundred cyclists riding around the 6 plus-mile loop each morning. This daily ritual begins shortly before 6am when we meet at the Hospital and ride crosstown to the park. It is important to recognize that cyclists share the park with runners, walkers, rollerbladers, dogs, horses and an occasional raccoon. Not to mention that part of the loop opens to vehicular traffic at 7am. Everyone should obey the rules of the road, be respectful of those moving faster and slower than yourself. Be courteous and cautious and enjoy one of the most beautiful urban cycling opportunities in the world!
As for the HSS Cycling Team, 3 or 4 loops later (at a 22 mph average) we head back to the hospital, clean up and end up in office hours or the operating rooms no later than 8am. The results have been substantial.We often conclude our cycling season by taking a group trip to the mountains of France where we climb some of the famed peaks of the Tour d’ France. The metamorphosis into a thick-legged, skinny torso, Lycra-clad surgeon with colleagues who have become my closest friends has been the reward. So if you’re interested in great, low-impact exercise with like-minded people before the rest of your day begins, start pushing those pedals. See you in the park!
March 29, 2016
Lace up ankle support braces are useful for many different conditions. We get a lot of patients that get one at their visit, but once they get home they can't remember how to properly put the brace on. Do you think you are wearing it correctly? Check out this video to be sure...
August 13, 2015
Achilles tendinitis is a difficult problem in the foot and ankle that can really hold an athlete back and even impact activities of daily living. As a New York foot and ankle surgeon we see a lot of people who lead active lifestyles that have developed this problem. Check out this article which gives a nice, simplified explanation of this Achilles condition and, most importantly, the exercises you should be doing to help get yourself on the road to recovery.