June 8th, 2020: Common Foot Injuries for Long Distance Runners in New York

In the United States, more than 19 million people choose to run every single year. Unfortunately, many runners face injuries throughout their careers. For runners looking to stay informed, here are the most common foot injuries from running long distances.


May 12th, 2020:. Foot and Ankle Exercises for Seniors

How do you keep your feet strong and healthy? Let’s go over some of the best foot and ankle exercises for seniors that you can do at home to maintain strength and health in your feet and ankles.


March 31st, 2020:. Questions to Ask Your Orthopedic Surgeon Before Surgery

Regardless of the severity of your condition, surgery can be a daunting prospect. This is why it is important that you make sure to ask any questions you need answered before the big day. 

Not sure what you should ask your surgeon about? Here is a simple guide of questions you can ask before surgery on your foot or ankle.


February 17th, 2020: How Can I Strengthen My Ankles at Home?

It doesn't matter what kind of fitness you put your body through. Dance, gymnastics, weightlifting, running, your ankles are bound to feel pressure and strain. Neglecting your ankles and the muscles around them can lead to painful injuries. 

Strength and stability are key to avoiding ankle injuries. You don't have to hit the gym to build that up in your ankles. You can strengthen through simple exercises you can practice at home.


February 12th, 2020: Getting Rid of That Bony Bane of Existence: Bunion Surgery and Recovery

Approximately 4.4 million people discover they have bunions each year. Also, while they occur more often in women, they can also occur in men. Furthermore, the chance of getting bunions increases as you age.

If you think you may need bunion surgery, then talk with a doctor, as the procedure will be less involved when it is smaller. It is better to have it checked before it continues to enlarge. 

Let’s delve a little deeper into what a bunion is, how to recognize it, and how bunion surgery and recovery works.


February 12th, 2020: Can an Ankle Injury Cause Knee Pain?

Knee pain and injuries affect a massive portion of the population, with two out of every one-thousand people being treated for knee pain and injury every year. 

The causes for this are many, such as sports and recreational activities. People of all ages report knee pain and injuries all the time. Many people struggle through their knee pain without even knowing what caused it. 

Ankle injuries are also common. Every day more than 25,000 Americans sprain or otherwise injure their ankle. More than a million are treated every year in emergency rooms. The most common forms of ankle injury are sprains and fractures. 

Here we will take a look at ankle and knee pain, common injuries and how they can affect one another.


February 12th, 2020: Understanding High Ankle Sprains

Ankle sprains are among the most common sports-related injuries to young adults out there.

They are regularly seen in emergency medicine and can vary in severity, depending on how badly the ankle ligaments are injured. 

However, not all ankle sprains are created equal, and if not diagnosed correctly, an ankle sprain can heal badly and result in long-term ankle dysfunction, pain, and the need for surgery. 

Here's how to spot a high ankle sprain and ensure you're on the right path to full recovery.


February 12th, 2020: The Connection Between Obesity and Your Feet

Many people understand that obesity has adverse impacts on our bodies. However, most attention goes to matters like diabetes, hypertension, and heart attack.

In reality, the condition is a threat to most body parts, but not many people or publications talk about this fact. One of the most neglected areas in discussions about being overweight is the feet, so let’s look at how obesity affects your feet in more detail.


February 12th, 2020:. Don't Ignore the Pain: Signs You Need Plantar Fasciitis Treatment

Plantar fasciitis impacts thousands of people every day. In fact, so many people have been impacted by this stabbing heel pain that it’s been called an epidemic.

If you’ve experienced plantar fasciitis, you know how painful it can be. When is it time to seek plantar fasciitis treatment? How can you cope with the pain? How did it begin?

These are some of the many questions that people ask when dealing with plantar fasciitis. Therefore, it’s important to learn about plantar fasciitis, the symptoms, and how to treat it properly.


November 11th, 2019:  Ankle Arthritis: What Can I Do?

Ankle arthritis, is a growing problem as we get older, especially if you've had a significant ankle injury in the past. 9 to 15% of the population experiences ankle pain at some point in their life, and if you have had ankle problems in the past, you might be more susceptible to arthritis in the future.

If you think you might be experiencing ankle arthritis, seeking treatment should be a top priority. In the meantime, it’s a good idea to learn more about ankle arthritis and the symptoms that go along with it.


April 8th, 2019:  Ankle Strengthening Exercises to do to Make Your Ankle Stronger

Do you have poor balance? Do you find yourself dealing with ankle sprains on a regular basis? If you answered "yes" to either of these questions, you may be daling with weak or unstable ankles. Weak or unstable ankles can lead to a variety of problems, including increased risk of ankle fractures, increased risk of injury to other joits, and poor sports/exercise performace. 

The good news, though is that there are many thin gs you can do to correct this issue and stregthen your ankles. We have listed ten great ankle strengthening exercises that will help you to improve your stability and avoid injuries.


March 9th, 2019:  Signs That It Is Time To See An Orthopedic Surgeon for Foot and Ankle Problems

Sure, sometimes the RICE Method is all your foot or ankle needs to make a solid recovery. Still, before you take your friend's uncle's college roomate's advice, it would be beneficial to take the time to figure out if you should actually consult with someone who attended medical school, not just the shcool of hard knocks. 

Here are some signs it may be time to see an orthopedic surgeon for that weak or painful foot and ankle.  

January 12th, 2019:
  How to Recognize and Treat Foot and Ankle Stress Fractures

Are If you ever experienced a stress fracture, you'd know it right away, wouldn't you? You would think so, but unfortunaltey, a lot of people write off stress fractues as nothing more than a mild injury they can walk off. Stress fractures may not be as severe as other injuries, but it's still important to learn how to recognize and treat them. If you don't catch them right away, they can progress and turn into more serious injuries.

Not sure how to spot a stress fractture in the foot or ankle? Here are some signs and treatment techniques that everyone should know. 


November 15th, 2018:  Back to School: Injury Prevention for Young Athletes

USA Today reported that 41.5 million children were involved in team sports in 2011. That same report found more than 1.35 million youn g atheletes wound up in the emergency room from sports injuries.

Sprains and strains topped the list of sports-related injuries. These injuries assume more than $935 million in health care costs annually.

Another study in the Journal of Medical Science and Sports Exercise found similar results. Ankle problems due to sports injuries were the second most common injury treated by pediatricians.

President and CEO of Safe Kids Worldwide said too many emergecy room injuries were predictable and prevetable. Find out why these injuries happen, and what you can do to prevent them in your young athlete.


October 10th, 2018:  Ankle Fractures: Causes, Symptoms, Treatments

Ankle injuries are relatively common. It makes sense since we rely on our feet and ankles to get around, play sports, and do countless other activities.

Many people will suffer from ankle sprains at least once in their lifetime. However, ankle fractures are much more serious, and require immediate medical attention.

The problem is, it's easy to mistake a sprain from a broken ankle. Unfortunately, when this happens many people from New York, and those around the world, may feel compelled to treat it at home, thinking it will heal on its own, which could lead to further injury.

To help avoid this, examine the causes, symptoms, and treatments for a fractured ankle.


September 9th, 2018:  How to Prevent Common Running Injuries

Are you suffering from heel pain? Is it causing you extreme discomfort to the point you cannot walk well? If so, you are not alone. Roughly 8 in 10 American's  are dealing with some kind of pain associated with their feet, and for most, it is troublesome to not know about what is causing this pain, and how they can fix it. Whether you're a brand-new runner or a seasoned pro, chances are you're going to experience an injury at some point in your career. In fact, some experts estimate that nearly 80 percent of runners i jure themselves each year. They happen quote often, but running injuries are somewhat preventable if you take certain precautions before jumping right in. Below are some of the most common running injuries.  

August 12th, 2018:
  Exploring the Many Causes of Heel Pain and How to Prevent it

Are you suffering from heel pain? Is it causing you extreme discomfort to the point you cannot walk well? If so, you are not alone. Roughly 8 in 10 American's  are dealing with some kind of pain associated with their feet, and for most, it is troublesome to not know about what is causing this pain, and how they can fix it. 

The first step to solving the problem and finding a treatment plan, is getting to the root of the injury.


July 4th, 2018: Summertime Footwear: The Dangers of Wearing Flip Flops

Sure, flip flops may be stylish, easy, and keep your feet cool during those hot summer days. However, did you know that wearing flip flops can actually be harmful for you and your health? It's true, flip flops make you more prone to injury and infections.

Here are seven ways wearing flip flops could be detrimental to your summertime fun.


June 10th, 2018: Broken or Sprained: How to Tell the Severity of Your Ankle Injury

Each year, more than 1 million people end up in the emergency room due to problems with their ankle.

If you've recently injured your ankle, you may be wondering if it's broken, or a just sprain. Unfortunately, when some ankle injuries go untreated they can have long-term effects on your health and wellbeing.

Understanding the injury, and the symptoms that you have, are the best ways to determine how you should proceed.

Read more on knowing the difference.


May 12th, 2018: 8 Tips for How to Relieve Bunion Pain

Did you know that nearly one in four Americans suffer from bunions?

Moreover, that number jumps to 35% in those 65 years of age or older. Bunions, also known in medicine as hallux valgus, can be a nuisance, in addition to causing foot pain. This is especially true as the seasons shift away from open-toed to closed-toe shoes, as this condition can make footwear options much more limited.

There are several factors that can influence the likelihood of acquiring a bunion. Most notably, they tend to run in families.

The pain that can result from hallux valgus can prevent you from engaging in your favorite pastimes, or even from wearing your favorite shoes.

If you are looking to discover how to relieve bunion pain, there are some simple steps you can take to improve your situation. Learn about these steps here. 


April 9th, 2018:  How to Treat Ankle Injuries After Falling on Ice

It's hard to not slip on ice. Every time winter rolls around, people slip on ice and end up with some kind of injury. In fact, unintentional falling is the leading cause of nonfatal injuries in nearly every age group.

It only gets worse when ice is thrown into the mix. So how do you avoid winding up with one of these types of injuries?

Prevention is your best bet. If you can do things to lower the chance of falling on ice, you should absolutely do them. However, sometimes even these things don't work, and falling on ice is one of the leading causes of ankle injuries.


Read full article here



February 3, 20175th 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...  


Hospital for Special Surgery Cycling Team

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 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.


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