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When Should I Get Bunion Surgery?

Here’s a question I get pretty often: why feet?  And I answer, because I love feet. And usually I’ll add a comment about how it’s a good thing I’m not a gastroenterologist or a urologist or something along those lines.

Feb 18th, 2020
Heal the Heel

Ok kids time for a little word association. Tell me the first thing you think of when I say - plantar fasciitis. If it starts with an F no need to articulate the sentiment, but you might want to read on.

Dec 12th, 2019
And I Thank You

Shocking, yet not surprising, the year is coming to a close and it’s already time to shop bargains on turkey and squash.

Nov 18th, 2019
Why You Should Call Your Podiatrist (even after hours)

It’s relatively late at night in the city as I write this, and many of my dear Manhattan podiatry patients may be wondering what it is I’m doing at this late hour, other than filling the annals of this most holy and sacred blog with more consecrated verbia

Oct 22nd, 2019
Heal Thyself

Summer’s over now kids, although if you’re like me summer is just winter with heat. Still, I do get a little pit in my stomach as Labor Day looms large on the calendar and the waning days of summer transform into the crisp breezes of autumn, and other line

Sep 18th, 2019
Laser Bunionectomy or Minimally Invasive Bunion Surgery?

It’s an attention grabbing title isn’t it?  Well sorry kids it’s a bit of a misnomer. It’s a common question, but no there actually isn’t a laser procedure for bunion correction- not as far as I know and not in this decade.

Aug 1st, 2019
New Treatment for Plantar Warts

Well kids, summer is finally here. School is over, the weather is hot, fireflies are lighting up, and the feet are exposed. And that means it’s all out there - warts and all. In my NYC podiatry practice I like to think we treat them all pretty well, and no

Jul 12th, 2019
Spring Into Footcare

Yes, it’s April already, despite what your weather dude says. If you are lucky enough to be in NYC, you’ve been enjoying some warmer weather recently.

Apr 16th, 2019
Happy Foot Health Awareness Month!

In honor of Foot Health Awareness Month, we will be offering free foot screenings at our Bronx location on Thursday, April 4th. RSVP to reserve your free consultation at or call (718) 863-3338.

Apr 2nd, 2019
From Minor Foot Injury To Amputation

Interesting article in the @NYtimes recently. And being the dinosaur I am, I read it on paper (remember, it is called a newspaper kids), and I still listen to a CD once in a while and even have a fax machine.

Mar 4th, 2019
Why Are My Toenails Dark?

As long as we are on the topic of nails, and the slings and arrows that they are heir to, let’s discuss, in the hallowed halls of this great and knowledgeable helping friendly blog, a question that is presented to me on average every day.

Jan 20th, 2019
Summer Nails Happen So Fast

Well my dear NYC podiatry patients, here we are at the dawn of a new year.  Full of possibilities, promise, potential and - wait for it - pfungal ptoenails.

Jan 8th, 2019
Happy New Year

Well my dear NYC podiatry patients, we’ve done it once again.  By the time you read this it will be either the waning last few gasps of 2018, or the infancy of 2019.  Either way it’s time to celebrate, reflect, and maybe plan. 

Dec 26th, 2018
A Season Of Thanks

Well it’s been some time since we’ve connected, and in that time the world is still round as far as I can tell, most of my dear NYC podiatry patients are still bipedal locomotive machines, and 2020 is not even around the corner. 

Dec 13th, 2018
Athletic Deficit Disorder

Ok #Eagles fans. I get it, and I have to say I’m impressed. Those of you who know me know that despite my modicum of against all nerd odds running prowess, I am less than interested in sports, and less than athletic.

Feb 12th, 2018

The year is marching on, my dear NYC podiatry patients, and we are surrounded by a rapidly evolving news cycle, cascading world events, a grotesquely entertaining government, all wrapped up in a noisome cover of fake news from all sides.

Jan 26th, 2018
Life Socks

Well, not really, it’s just a catchy title. Although it is 2018 already, and I’m still waiting for the flying car that will supplant my morning commute over the rails of the not quite yet reliable Long Island Railroad.

Jan 10th, 2018
I’m In

Well my dear NYC podiatry patients, it’s final. I’m in the #TCSNYCMarathon for 2017.

Oct 13th, 2017
Laboring Day

Labor Day is winding down, which means the summer has had its last gasps. That’s bad news for all you kids out there, and great news for your parents! Since Labor Day is a celebration of workers everywhere, we ironically take the day off from work.

Sep 7th, 2017
The Feet Smell…

And the nose runs. Forgive me, the borscht belt dies hard in my culture. Now that we are well into the dog days of summer and in light of the climate change that has enveloped us all in a haze of oppressive hot air and calamitous storms.

Aug 15th, 2017
That’s Some Nerve

For the most part, they are very efficient lines of transmission, communicating signals between our brains and just about every other part of the body, both detectable and undetectable, save for the toenails, which makes my job just a bit easier.

Jul 25th, 2017
NY-euroma In My NY-erve Part 2

When I last left you, my poor dear NYC podiatry patients, we were discussing the vicissitudes of pain in the ball of the foot. Since that time the foot still hurts, we are still walking, and it’s just a bit hotter.

Jul 15th, 2017
Independence Day

Well that day is upon us again, or it passed a few weeks ago, depending on when you’re reading this. It’s time to celebrate a major portion of the British Empire voting to leave a large government and downsize to a smaller leaner independent island.

Jul 4th, 2017
NY-euroma In My NY-erve

We are in the throes of Spring here in NYC, on the cusp of Memorial Day and the beginning of summer.

May 24th, 2017

For those of you out there in the blogosphere who are reading this, and you know who you are, you may at some point in the recent or distant past have visited your friendly local NYC podiatrist, or maybe even a not so friendly distant podiatrist.

May 2nd, 2017
A Walking City

No, not a city that actually gets up and walks, that would be Inception like surreal. I mean a city in which the people walk. That’s our fair town, NYC, and I would like to consider myself your erstwhile tour guide, as it were.

Mar 29th, 2017
Just To Be Clear

It’s a light week here in NYC, and time for some light blog-fare. If you have been here, you have slogged through a snowstorm that wasn’t all it was forecasted up to be, and now we are left with a slushy icy mess and one more snow day checked off the schoo

Mar 22nd, 2017
Vaccine Nation

Way back when life was grand and everything simple and nice - a few months ago - we discussed in the annals of this most sacred and hallowed blog a few medical miracles that we may take for granted, namely anesthesia and diagnostic radiology.

Feb 28th, 2017
Super Blog

Here we stand once again, my dear NYC podiatry patients, in the post bowl descent back into the mundane.

Feb 9th, 2017
We’re Still Fungi

Well it’s a new year. And after a recent trip to a place full of exposed toenails, I have come to a few conclusions.

Jan 3rd, 2017
Another Year In The Can

Well it just seemed appropriate and a lot cleaner than the John Oliver farewell to 2016. Sure has been an interesting one, a lot of changes on a micro and macro level, and capped off by the tragic demise of Princess Leia.

Dec 29th, 2016
We’re Not Mushrooms, We’re Fungi

It’s getting to be the winter doldrums here in NYC, cold enough for the toes to hibernate for the season, thus leaving the owner of said toes without a trace of a reminder of the fungus that may lurk deeply within those nails.

Dec 20th, 2016

Another year has almost passed us by. Hard to believe that it’s been a year since we had a belly full of turkey - or a reasonable non-animal facsimile - and a mailbox full of boxes with smiley faces on them.

Dec 1st, 2016

So much to write about here in NYC, and so little time before the country completely collapses, depending on your world view.

Nov 7th, 2016
Get Out!

It’s getting cold here in NYC, so cold I had a fleeting thought that Al Gore might be wrong about this whole climate change business, which makes me doubt other so called scientific facts such as time travel, cold fusion, and that gravity nonsense.

Oct 27th, 2016
X-Ray Vision

Now that the Nobel Prizes have been announced, and a real musician finally got his due - who needs a Grammy anyway - it’s a good time to continue our discussion of medical miracles with something that happens every day in your NYC podiatry office.

Oct 14th, 2016
A Wee Bit of Alcohol?

Flu season is upon us, I think. Seems like it’s about now that the flu injection is forced upon us by the paternalistic and domineering medical community in violation of our good American civil liberties. Viva la virus!

Oct 4th, 2016
Bubbles Anyone?

This week, it’s on. Just when you thought this blog couldn’t possibly get any more esoteric or banal, I out-nerd even myself.

Sep 19th, 2016
Labor Day In NYC

It’s that time of year once again. Yes kids, it’s time for you to go back to school so your parents’ vacations can start. Ha. We know how that goes. 

Sep 6th, 2016
The Dessert of Champions

Hey there sports fans and NYC podiatry patients, unless you’ve been living in a cave in Abbotabad for the past two weeks, you know we just had an Olympic Olympics.

Aug 23rd, 2016

Is it 2016 already? Seems like those Olympics really sneak up on us, what with the heat, humidity and hot air that permeates the summer and this particular election season.

Aug 9th, 2016
Comfortably Numb

It’s the dog days of summer here in NYC, and maybe time for a bit of light reading, something that can be stuffed in an overstuffed bag, taken to the beach, and then taken out while sitting on a lounge chair.

Aug 8th, 2016
Summer Running, Happens So Fast

It’s hot here in NYC, and probably where you are too. It’s a great time to run, with a little preparation and a lot of perspiration.

Jul 18th, 2016
Getting Nailed

These are weighty times in which we live. The country and world are out of control, the election is a disaster, apparently we did something uncool to the ozone layer, and I think the Stanley Cup finals are over.

Jun 15th, 2016
For Prince

Yes, that Prince. A bit of a confession - I’m not much of a fan of the music, and I haven’t listed to any albums since I got Purple Rain on cassette for my Bar Mitzvah, but I give him props for creativity and ingenuity.

Jun 8th, 2016
Summertime Summertime Sum Sum Summertime

And the livin’s easy, as they say. Or maybe not. Because at your local NYC podiatrist’s office we are just gearing up for the summertime fun, and aches and pains and sprains and strains.

May 31st, 2016
A Fibrous Query

Got a burning question here in NYC, one that I’m quite sure keeps many of my NYC podiatry patients up at night. No it’s not You Know Who versus What’s Her Name - that’s an easy one.

May 23rd, 2016
Even This Blog Could Save Your Life

For those who may not have anything better to read out there in the blogosphere or social media, we have been talking about the flat foot, its causes and treatments.

May 2nd, 2016
This Blog Post May Also Save Your Life

It’s been busy here for my NYC podiatry patients, but there is always time to save some more lives. And in this case it’s by treating the societal scourge of…flatfoot. And before anyone starts making the obvious law enforcement jokes, let’s have at it with

Apr 11th, 2016
This Blog Post May Save Your Life

Well, in a way, perhaps slightly inaccurately. You see, my dear NYC podiatry patients, today we are going to speak about your feet, and specifically your flat feet.

Apr 5th, 2016
Yes You Can!

Pay attention here kids, because I’m about to change your lives and save you a bundle of money, and no, you don’t have to switch your car insurance.

Mar 21st, 2016
Are the Skies Friendly?

It’s not always easy to find inspiration for these most inspired and inspirational blogs, although sometimes the inspiration just surrounds, as it does now, at 36,000 feet.

Mar 6th, 2016
Still No Smoking

It was just another day in my NYC podiatry practice. I walked in the room and there she was. Sitting on the exam chair with her bipedal appendages at the end of a lower extremity artfully propped up on the happy feet towels.

Feb 29th, 2016
The Shoes Blues

This one’s for you ladies out there, and you know who you are. Of course my hombres can listen too, and you might even learn something about the more feminine gender, well, in most cases anyway (holding back the obvious joke about a certain 70’s Olympian).

Jan 13th, 2016
You’ve Got Some Nerve

It’s the New Year. Hope you had a ball. Actually, I can guarantee you had a ball. Two of them, in most cases.

Jan 5th, 2016
End of the Year

Well kids, it’s that time of year again. Break out the egg nog, ambiguous holiday greetings, and your credit cards, because it’s time to drink, connect, reflect, gift, and gift again, not necessarily in that order.

Dec 28th, 2015
The Inflammation Explanation Summation

Oh it’s just a bit inflamed. Uh huh. Right. Just another platitude doctors feed their patients, right up there with “this won’t hurt a bit” and “of course your insurance covers this.”

Dec 16th, 2015

Well another Thanksgiving has come and gone, and now it’s holiday season, which apparently has something for everyone to love and hate in our multicultural society.

Dec 1st, 2015
The Lady has a Cramp

Come a bit closer, my young NYC podiatry patients I want to talk about something slightly embarrassing. It happens at night when we are in bed, trying to sleep that sleep of dreams, although it can also happen during the day.

Nov 16th, 2015
Get Up!

If you’re in the market for any elective or non-elective orthopedic or podiatric surgery, this blog is for you. If you’re not, think of it as a metaphor for life.

Oct 27th, 2015
Felled by a Superbug

MRSA is an acronym for methicillin resistant staphylococcus aureus, which is a resistant form of the most common infecting organism in skin and soft tissue infections, staph aureus, the source of the ubiquitous “staph infection.”

Oct 20th, 2015
The Irony of Aging

As we may have discussed previously in the hallowed halls of this NYC podiatry blog- who knows, there have been so many and I’m not as young as I was when I wrote the last one- there is a fat pad that exists on the bottom of the foot.

Oct 1st, 2015
Bleeding Orange

Time to get a bit personal, so it’s a good thing this blog is just between me and my dear NYC podiatry patients.

Sep 17th, 2015
If the Shoe Fits…

Is it September already? Seems just last week it was August. Sorry kids, summer is coming to a close.

Sep 9th, 2015
Kelly’s Confounding CAM Conundrum

Now where were we? Ah yes, we were talking about Kelly Ripa and her husband Mark whatever his name is and their matching lower extremity injuries and fracture boots. Of course that’s not to mention their matching biceps and flat abs.

Aug 26th, 2015
Kelly and Mark’s Left Foot

It’s a real drag to have to wait in the waiting room of a doctor’s office, even our NYC podiatry office, despite the bright and cheery demeanor of my most excellent staff, free coffee, Wi-Fi, and cable TV.

Aug 12th, 2015
Oy, It’s So Humid!

Yes it’s true, my dear NYC podiatry patients, the endless winter has really and officially been vanquished, and now we have a summer that’s hot as blazes to complain about.

Jul 29th, 2015
Spur of the Moment?

If you’ve been following the presidential race, and really, what else is there to do, you might also have noticed the abundance of Republican candidates.

Jul 20th, 2015
What Does Compression Do? (Part 1)

Well the short answer is it takes a music file, and removes all the unnecessary information that makes it sound good, and turns it into something short and hissy enough to fit onto your iPhone or Google phone, if that’s your thing.

Jun 29th, 2015
Got a Pain in the Ankle?

Once in a while I feel a bit…clairvoyant. Not like the psychic in NYC who recently took someone to the tune of $700,000.

Jun 16th, 2015
A Cast of Characters

It’s always so much fun to regale my audience in the blogosphere of the thrills and chills that occur in a daily basis in my NYC podiatry practice.

Jun 8th, 2015
An Anti-inflammatory Story

You know how this one goes kids. Once upon a time, there was a foot. One day this foot was injured. Or had surgery.

May 23rd, 2015
Are Your Orthotics Getting You Down?

Nice day today in NYC, and especially in Long Island where I had the pleasure of running the #LImarathon once again, specifically the half. 

May 4th, 2015
Wearing Down Your Shoes Blues

Among the many questions, I am asked in the course of my day as perhaps NYC’s most devilishly handsome and consummately modest podiatrists are: Is this going to hurt?

Apr 28th, 2015
No Pain…No Pain

Want to talk a bit about pain this week.  Not the losing the World Series, or breaking up with your girlfriend or even the world of pain in the Big Lebowski kind of pain.

Apr 20th, 2015
The Untreatable Toe Fracture

I don’t really know how much cold the nuclear winter dished out last week; I was on greener pastures in a warmer climate, in a magical place full of kingdoms and castles. 

Apr 14th, 2015
You Want a MRI With That?

Little confession from your NYC podiatrist.  I’m not in NYC.  Down in the sunshine state, keeping away from all yeast which in this case includes both leavening and fungus. 

Apr 12th, 2015
Causes and Treatment for Smelly Feet

It’s bone chillingly cold out here in NYC, we are recovering from yet another snowstorm, and in this endless nuclear winter it’s hard to think about anything but keeping warm. 

Mar 10th, 2015
A Super Goal:

Confession time here.  I’m not a huge sports fan.  Sorry, but look at it this way - don’t you want your NYC podiatrist to be an uber-nerd?

Feb 3rd, 2015
Why Does My Scar Itch After Foot Surgery?

That’s one I get a lot. If I had a nickel for every time a NYC podiatry patient asks me that after foot surgery for bunions, hammertoes, heel pain or tendonitis, I’d come home with a few bucks at the end of the week. 

Jan 28th, 2015
Is Glucosamine Really Good for Arthritis?

Now that we know running is probably good for the knees, the question arises: how is it possible that Clark Kent is totally unrecognizable as Superman merely by donning a pair of nerdy glasses and a suit? 

Jan 20th, 2015
Is Running Really Bad for Your Knees?

Running can be good for the mind, body, AND the knees. Never thought you’d hear that one coming from your local NYC podiatrist, did you? 

Jan 8th, 2015
Make It A Happy New Year!

Well it’s come down to this.  After a whole year of saving lives one toe at a time, interacting and hopefully helping many very interesting and engaging patients, and writing this blog almost every week, the year is coming to a close.

Dec 29th, 2014
NYC Half-marathon

I’m not going to lie, it’s not easy living in NYC sometimes.  It’s crowded, noisy, expensive, full of traffic and worse- Yankees fans (no offense). 

Dec 18th, 2014
Why We Should Be Thankful for Our Feet

Can you believe Thanksgiving passed already?  It seems like the last Thanksgiving was only one year ago!  Don’t know about you, but for me time sure does fly when I’m saving lives, one toe at a time. 

Dec 1st, 2014
How Does Arthritis Affect the Feet?

For those who have been paying attention, (and no, there won’t be a test, and no that line isn’t funny anymore, and yes we can stop using it), we have been discussing various types of arthritis and how they affect the foot and ankle in the past few weeks.

Nov 11th, 2014
What is Post-traumatic Arthritis and How is it Treated?

The #TCSNYCMarathon is over, and now the fun starts.  The post-run parties, celebrations and triumphs, the blisters, loose toenails and impossibly sore muscles (can always spot the marathoners after the race - they’re the ones grunting down stairs).

Nov 3rd, 2014
Got Gout?

Wednesday is Prince Spaghetti day, at least that’s what Anthony says. But any day is a good day for gout, especially Monday.

Oct 22nd, 2014
What To Do About Heel Pain That Won’t Heal

It’s marathon season in NYC, and no, I’m not talking about binge watching entire seasons of Orange is the New Black or House of Cards on Netflix. It’s time for the big one, the #NYCmarathon, and my current and potential patients are gearing up.

Oct 13th, 2014
Inspiration Without the Perspiration

It’s fall here in NYC, or as Barney would say, autumn. That means the kids are back in school, the weather is cooling, leaves are changing, and the year is winding down.

Oct 6th, 2014
Christie Brinkley’s Big Break

Ok celebrities, here are a few do’s and don’ts for you. Don’t snap pictures of your broken feet, or any other exposed body parts, unless you want the world to see them.

Sep 8th, 2014
Function, Not Form

In over 11 years of practicing NYC podiatry, I’ve had the pleasure of seeing some, shall we say, interesting feet. Toes that, due to nature or nurture, point to many different directions of the compass and feet that look, well, painful.

Aug 18th, 2014
Do Runners Really Need Orthotics?

Uhh, do you really think I’m going to say no? I mean this is a NYC podiatry blog, so it’s probably a foregone conclusion that the answer is a resounding yes, but let’s spend a few minutes discussing the science and justifying the cost.

Aug 6th, 2014
What Causes a Dark Spot Under the Toenail?

It started out as a normal Friday in the brightly lit corridors of my NYC podiatry practice.  She was sitting in the chair, legs propped up on the footrest, sitting ever so daintily on the happy feet disposable foot towel. 

Jul 28th, 2014
High Times for Arches

There’s a great movement afoot in this country, with lots of grass roots support to weed out those who oppose the potential referendum.

Jul 28th, 2014
What Does It Mean If I am Over-Pronating?

Anyone who’s watched those OTC orthotic commercials (I’m gellin’!), has been to any running shoe store or read too many health magazines has been exposed to the evils of pronation and how it’s ruining our feet, our children, and society at large.

Jul 21st, 2014
Treatments and Solutions for Toenail Fungus

It’s summertime in NYC, and while I don’t condone the idea of men exposing their toenails in public (sorry), I have to face the painful reality that men, and certainly women are walking the mean streets of the five boroughs of NYC with open toes.

Jul 17th, 2014
Need Therapy?

Not so fast, NYC Freudians, not that kind of therapy. We are talking about something decidedly different. Something that can relieve pain, improve range of motion, optimize gait, and change your life. No it’s not orthotics, although that works too.

Jun 9th, 2014
Should I Put Neosporin On My Cut or Wound?

Memorial Day has passed, and as it passes, so we transition into the lazy summer months, here in NYC and beyond. Time for warm weather, long days, and…foot wounds.

May 27th, 2014
Spring Running Tips

Ok my runners, the long cold lonely winter has finally (probably) passed and spring is here.

Apr 9th, 2014
Ariana Grande Breaks 3 Toes!!!

It’s not exactly worthy of three boldface capital lines in the New York Times, but it’s news to a lot of people, most of them far south of the legal voting age.

Mar 31st, 2014
Are Your Toenails Ready for Spring?

The calendar has decreed it, so it must be true. The transition has finally been made from the long cold lonely winter to a nice NYC spring. Damn the weather, it’s time to show our toes once again.

Mar 24th, 2014
Getting a Little Corn-y

The time has come, my dear NYC podiatry patients, to talk about that most lowly, yet annoyingly painful foot malady: the dreaded corn.

Mar 24th, 2014
Your Toughest Competition

Well, the Olympics are over. It sure was exciting. All the skiing, and slaloming, and bobsledding, and skating, and all that. No Olympic tobogganing yet - but my kids continue to dream.

Feb 24th, 2014
A Super Day

It wasn’t much of a contest this year, and the victory was boringly lopsided.

Feb 5th, 2014
Injured Collegiate Football Foot Ball!

If you follow college football the way I follow college football then you will likely have no idea what I’m talking about, because I really don’t follow college football.

Jan 29th, 2014
A Holy Foot

It’s frightening but it occurs with all too much frequency in my NYC podiatry practice and in the surrounding areas.

Jan 20th, 2014
Set the Laser on Kill!

No need to worry here, it’s nothing you don’t want dead already. We’re talking toenail fungus here, and believe you me, if you’re one of my NYC podiatry patients you will want these little guys dead.

Jan 15th, 2014
Dr. Oz and Bunion Surgery

Love that Dr. Oz. He has started a real conversation in this country on healthy living, eating, and exercise.

Jan 6th, 2014
New Year, New Office

2013 is winding to a close, and I’m still not convinced that we pronounce it “twenty thirteen” vs “two thousand thirteen”. I’ll figure it out before the millennium is up.

Dec 30th, 2013
Why Do I have Pain in One Foot Only?

Don’t take it personally, you’re in good company. Most of us are created, well, somewhat unevenly. And how does this affect my NYC podiatry patients?

Dec 9th, 2013
Fall into a Run

The leaves are falling here in NYC, the air is cool, it’s just after Thanksgivukkah, the NYC Marathon ran almost one month ago, and the days are short. In other words, it’s time to get out and take advantage of the best running season of the year.

Dec 2nd, 2013
Got Foot-Related Back Pain?

Well, you're not alone. Up to 80% of the developed world suffers from low back pain at some point. It's the most common pain complaint as well as the most common musculoskeletal reason for an emergency room visit.

Nov 14th, 2013
Not One, but Two Ankle Sprains?!

Well, this is awkward. It might be time for Peyton Manning to get his Mezuzas checked or get a new lucky rabbit’s foot after sustaining not one, but two ankle sprains, one on each ankle.

Nov 4th, 2013
Beckham like Bunions?

Remember the easy carefree days of the mid 90’s, when life was simple and all we had to worry about was which plaid shirt to wear, who Arsenio’s next guest was going to be, and when the next Spice Girls tape was coming out?

Oct 29th, 2013
A Diabetic Shoe for You? Yes, You!

It is well documented that many patients I see in my NYC podiatry office have at least one foot, and it is our stated goal to maintain that status for as long as possible.

Oct 21st, 2013
A Bunion on the Outside of the Foot?

Yes, it is possible. In this case, it may be a Tailor’s bunion or a bunionette. It's true, that bump on the outside of the foot may in fact be more than just a bone; it may be a bunion.

Oct 14th, 2013
What the Heel: Victor Cruz Out for the Pre-season?

Honestly, I have no idea what any of that means. But in my NYC podiatry practice there are many football fans, including those who root for the New York Giants (cue applause, if that’s your thing).

Aug 21st, 2013
So You Think You Can Run?

I ran two miles this morning. Not so exciting, right? Well like anything else, that depends on your perspective. For my meshugeneh ultramarathoners who may come limping into my NYC podiatry office, that distance is almost literally a walk in the park.

Jul 10th, 2013
A New Year, A New You

It's a new year, and if the patients of my NYC podiatry practice haven’t done so already, it’s time to set some goals and get moving.

Jul 7th, 2013
Bloody Toenails, Bloke!

That title is way funnier in an English accent, and not just any accent, it has to be working class London ala Eliza Doolitle before she became a Fair Lady.

Jun 19th, 2013
Open (Toe) Season

Well, Memorial Day has passed here in NYC and everywhere else. And despite the forecast that would indicate otherwise, summer has officially begun.

Jun 3rd, 2013
A Screw in the Foot after Bunion Surgery?

If you’re like my other NYC podiatry patients, and are considering bunion surgery, then it is quite conceivable that you’ll prefer a screw to assist in holding the position of the bones while recovering from surgery.

May 21st, 2013
Looking for a Fungi?

Look no further than your own toenails, or perhaps your loved one or roommate.

May 8th, 2013
Mayday! Cure of Your Athlete’s Foot!

It’s the universal cry for help. And in this case, it’s also a blog topic written in the beginning of May, when we in NYC may hope for an end to “the long cold lonely winter”, as George Harrison so eloquently phrased it.

May 2nd, 2013
In-groan Nailed: What Is An Ingrown Toenail?

To paraphrase Colonel Kilgore: someday, this winter’s gonna end. And when it does, many of the patients of my NYC podiatry practice will expose their feet and toes, and by default, their toenails.

Apr 25th, 2013
National Foot Health Awareness Month

Is it April already? It must be, because as you’ve probably heard, this is National Foot Health Awareness Month, the month in which we become aware of our foot health.

Apr 15th, 2013
Kevin Ware: A Devastating Injury

Devastating. Gruesome. Catastrophic. Grotesque. Just a few of the words used to describe the injury sustained by University of Louisville guard Kevin Ware on the night of March 31st.

Apr 8th, 2013
Why Is There Pain Along My Ankle?

So you woke up this morning with an annoying pain along the inside or outside of the ankle. Or you were running, playing basketball, power walking, or bouncing on the power stick and there was this sharp pain behind one of the ankle bones.

Apr 1st, 2013
Working It: NYC Marathon

I had the opportunity to work the medical tent at the finish line of the NYC half marathon last Sunday.

Mar 25th, 2013
Broke-o Fibula-to Demi Lovato

Delivering bad news - it’s the part of this job that I hate the most. And today it’s bad news for Camp Rock 4. Our favorite Disney and X Factor teen star, Demi Lovato, has sustained an injury to her right fibula.

Feb 19th, 2013
Super Bowl Sunday Tips

Well, Superbowl Sunday is upon us once again, the culmination of a season of Sundays spent enjoying one of the top American pastimes, punctuated by a few exciting moments of thrill fueled by screaming, jumping, and fist pumping.

Feb 3rd, 2013
Lance Armstrong: The Good, Bad, and Ugly

Oh, Lance. I hate to do it, but I just have to speak my mind about our national hero/punching bad, the cyclist and erstwhile marathon runner Lance Armstrong.

Jan 24th, 2013
A Holy Run

I had a great run yesterday - full of hills, valleys, mountains, rocks, and all set over a three thousand year old backdrop.

Jan 16th, 2013
Out with 2012, In with 2013

It’s been 12 years since this millennium started, and I have to tell you I am still left with some very important questions.

Jan 2nd, 2013
No Pain, No Gain?

There was an expression, back in the day, that went something along the lines of, “No pain, no gain”. Many of you might remember this one.

Dec 14th, 2012
Running in the Cold Winter Weather

If not for the fact that global warming has officially taken hold, I would be dedicating this blog to running in winter weather - tips, quips and prevention. With the temperature getting colder here in NYC, it seems reasonable to review the basics.

Dec 6th, 2012
230 Foot Amputations Per Day!

November has been declared National Diabetes Month by the American Diabetes Association, which makes this a great time to talk about facts, care and prevention of complications, and how it relates to the patients in my NYC podiatry practice.

Nov 24th, 2012
Reflections on Hurricane Sandy

We are busy digging out here in NYC, as the news footage can well attest. It was indeed quite a storm, and for a time everything slowed down, including NYC podiatry and even blogging about NYC podiatry.

Nov 9th, 2012
Derek Jeter Out With Fractured Ankle and May Need Surgery

It's playoff season here in NYC, and although my feelings for the Yankees have not been disguised in this forum, once in a while it's nice to root root root for the home team, especially since my Red Sox have once again disappointed. Sigh.

Oct 15th, 2012
Bunion Surgery: The Medial Approach

There are many bunions out there in NYC and in the country at large, and perhaps as many treatments available for a bunion deformity.

Oct 8th, 2012
Derek Jeter’s Bone Bruise: Metatarsalgia?

It has been well documented within this blog that I am not a big fan of a certain New York baseball team and still harbor allegiances toward a certain Boston team that shall remain nameless.

Sep 18th, 2012
Laborious Day

Well it’s that time of year again - the second bookend of summer signifying the end of the warm days, easy nights, and rest and relaxation.

Sep 12th, 2012
Iron Man Sprain Iron Ankles?

t's the high school nerd in me that is not very well concealed. The news is out today that the filming of Iron Man 3 had to be halted to due Robert Downey Jr.'s ankle injury.

Aug 17th, 2012
Olympic Feets

Well, the London Olympics have come to a close. It's been quite a romp, and though I didn't really follow it too closely, I have to say I am proud as an American to see that we had quite a showing - 104 medals, vs. 87 for China, the number two.

Aug 12th, 2012
An Olympic Event: Life Balance

Last night I was witness to an inspiring event. Nearly 100,000 people gathered in a large sports arena to witness feats of talent, hard work, and accomplishment.

Aug 3rd, 2012
Cher’s Foot Surgery

The news is out, and I'm sorry to say that the diva is going down. Yes, Cher is postponing her tour to recover from foot surgery.

Jul 13th, 2012
Andy Pettitte’s Ankle Injury

Big news in baseball, especially here in NYC. NY Yankees' star pitcher, Andy Pettitte, was hit in the leg by an errant ball and sustained a left ankle fracture.

Jun 29th, 2012
No Excuse For No Exercise

Let's talk. About exercise that is. I've heard all the excuses: No time for exercise, no money to join a gym, too hard, too many people. Blah blah blah.

Jun 14th, 2012
Lady Gaga: What the Heel?

We are going Gaga for those crazy meshugena heels! They are cool, I guess, and sort of painful looking, but are they bad? In my NYC podiatry practice, I see all kinds of foot ailments.

Jun 8th, 2012
Flip Flops And Your Feet

I read an interesting article on WebMD last week. Yet another article about the perils of wearing flip flops.

Jun 4th, 2012
Keep On Running

Gretchen Reynolds, Phys Ed editor for The New York Times, explains in her new book, The First Twenty Minutes, many truths and myths of running and exercise. I haven't personally read the book, but I did enjoy the article and interview.

May 25th, 2012
26.2 Marathon

Well it’s over. My first marathon is behind me, and I am now a runner.

May 10th, 2012
Bucket List: Long Island Marathon

For the past few months, I have been chronicling my journey to the Long Island Marathon, or at least Tweeting my training runs.

May 4th, 2012
Steven Tyler Walks This Way

An interesting picture of Steven Tyler, lead singer of Aerosmith, has been circulating recently. Said picture shows his toes going west, young man, with a surprising degree of overlap, and toenail polish.

Apr 27th, 2012
Chelsea Clinton’s Heel Fracture

A rather interesting photo surfaced in the British newspapers, featuring Chelsea Clinton, whom you all remember as the daughter of the former President and current Secretary of State Bill Clinton, wandering about the streets of Manhattan in a fracture boot

Apr 19th, 2012
You Go Girl! Running As A Stress Relief

Just when I thought I was in pretty good shape, running regularly, eating right, training for the Long Island Marathon, along comes Kathy Martin to tear me down.

Apr 6th, 2012
Extreme Pain in the Foot

Perusing the NY Times Magazine last week, I was startled to discover one of the icons of my formative years, Anthony Kiedis of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, sporting a CAM walker boot.

Mar 19th, 2012
Achilles- Brad Pitt’s Character

It’s still annoyingly cold here in NYC, although who’s to complain about the relatively balmy winter we’ve had, especially compared to the winter wonderland of last year.

Feb 17th, 2012
Stretch Your Way to Good Foot Health

The feet bear a lot of stress from day to day. That’s why podiatrists recommend stretching as a great way to revitalize and strengthen the feet.

Feb 1st, 2012
Healthy Feet for Active Kids

The feet of children grow and change rapidly during their first year, reaching almost half their adult foot size.

Jan 3rd, 2012
Ruptured Achilles Tendon: Prevention and Treatment

The Achilles tendon is the strong band of tissue that connects the calf muscle to the heel bone. This lower leg tendon enables you to walk, jump, stand on your toes and climb stairs. You rely on it virtually every time you move your foot.

Dec 1st, 2011
Improve Your Game-Sports and Your Feet

When it comes to exercise, your feet are one of the most overlooked parts of the body, enduring tremendous strain and stress during a hard workout.

Nov 15th, 2011
Precise Foot Evaluation with Computerized Gait Analysis

Treating an array of problems of the foot and ankle at Ernest L. Isaacson DPM, PC, we put the best of technology to work in diagnosing many biomechanical injuries and abnormalities that cause pain and discomfort when walking or running.

Nov 1st, 2011
Foot Scanners for Custom-Fit Orthotics

Your feet are the foundation of your entire body, supporting you when you stand, walk and run. But when your feet are functioning poorly, signs and symptoms of altered biomechanics usually result in pain, instability, and poor performance.

Oct 17th, 2011
Alleviating Painful Arthritis of the Foot and Ankle

With age, it’s not uncommon to experience pain and stiffness in your feet and ankles. Carefully monitoring your pain is important, however, as this noticeable discomfort could be an early indication of a more serious condition known as arthritis.

Sep 15th, 2011
Preventing and Treating Ankle Sprains

An ankle sprain is one of the most common injuries to the ankle, resulting from a fall or a sudden twist that forces the ligaments out of their normal position. It’s no wonder so many athletes suffer from ankle sprains every year.

Sep 1st, 2011
5 Ways To Soothe Tired, Aching Feet

It's not uncommon to experience foot pain after a long day of work or a vigorous sport activity, especially as we age. A long day of shopping or yard work can leave feet tired, heavy, swollen and achy- a problem we can all relate to at one time or another.

Aug 1st, 2011
Preventing & Eliminating Fungal Toenails

Also known as onychomycosis, toenail fungus can be painful, irritating and embarrassing. When there is trauma to the nail, the nail bed is lifted allowing fungus to penetrate and invade the nail bed.

May 2nd, 2011
What is Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome?

Maybe you've heard of carpal tunnel syndrome, a condition in the wrist that occurs when swelling or a change in position of the tissue within the carpal tunnel squeezes and irritates the median nerve.

Apr 15th, 2011
Shin Splints: How to Ease Your Lower Leg Pain

Although a shin splint is commonly used to describe various pains between the ankle and the knee, it actually refers to a specific inflammatory condition of the tibia -- a condition called medial tibial stress syndrome.

Apr 1st, 2011
A Look at Painful Plantar Warts

Plantar warts are benign growths that develop on the bottom of your feet caused by direct contact with the human papilloma virus (HPV) -- the same virus that causes warts on other areas of the body.

Feb 15th, 2011
Plantar Fasciitis: Put Your Heel Pain to a Halt

Heel pain is most often caused by plantar fasciitis, an inflammation of the long, dense band of connective tissue (the plantar fascia) that runs from the heel to the ball of the foot.

Feb 1st, 2011
Morton’s Neuroma: What is it and how to stop the pain

A neuroma is a thickening of nerve tissue that can develop in various parts of your body. In the foot, the most common occurring neuroma develops at the base of the third and fourth toes. This condition is referred to as Morton's neuroma.

Jan 3rd, 2011
Metatarsalgia: Pain in The Ball Of Your Foot

Metatarsalgia denotes a common foot condition characterized by pain and inflammation of the joints and bones of the ball of the foot - the area just before the toes, also called the metatarsal region.

Dec 15th, 2010
Hammering Out Painful Hammertoe

A hammertoe is one of the most common toe conditions, usually stemming from muscle imbalance in which the joints of the second, third, fourth or fifth toe are bent into a contracted, claw-like position.

Nov 15th, 2010
Growing Pains Keeping Your Child Up At Night?

If your child has ever complained of not being able to sleep at night due to leg pain, he or she may be experiencing what many people refer to as growing pains -- a common occurrence seen in kids during their growth and development years.

Nov 1st, 2010
Fighting Off Shoe and Foot Odor

The feet have more sweat glands than any other part of the body, which means they have the ability to sweat profusely. With your feet encased in your shoes all day and the sweat unable to evaporate, bacteria will begin to grow rapidly.

Oct 15th, 2010
Running The Race to Good Foot Health

If you're a runner, it goes without saying that your feet take the brunt of the punishment. In fact, for runners the feet are more vulnerable to injury than any other part of the body.

Oct 1st, 2010
How to Relieve Corns and Calluses

Corns and calluses are thick, hardened areas of skin that develop in response to your body's natural defense to repeated pressure or friction.

Aug 16th, 2010
Detecting A Painful Bone Spur

Bone spurs, also known as osteophytes, can occur anywhere in the skeletal system, and the feet are no exception.

Jul 15th, 2010
Beautify Your Feet for the Summer

The summertime is a great time to show off your new sandals and allow your feet to breathe. But since the warmer months can be rough on your feet, it's important to give your feet a little extra care to keep them looking great and feeling healthy.

Jun 1st, 2010