The average person walks more than 115,000 miles in a lifetime (in NYC it might be closer to 150,000 miles). Every walking step you take exerts pressure on your feet up to three times your body weight. Running exerts pressure up to ten times your body weight. We cram our feet into ill-fitting shoes, subject them to the unnatural angles of high heels, pound them on pavement and asphalt, smother them in airless socks and shoes, or simply stand on them for hours on end. It’s no wonder that the skin, 26 bones, 33 joints and more than 100 ligaments in each of our feet sometimes can’t stand up to the pressure. Shin splints, bunions, heel spurs, nail problems, swelling, inflammation and soreness, as well as knee and back pain are common injuries caused by walking and running.
Women are especially at risk. Of the 356 women involved in a survey by the American Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Association, 80% had some kind of foot pain… No surprise when you consider 88% of them were wearing shoes that were smaller than their feet.
“Ankle and foot pain can typically be caused by acute injury, repetitive stress as in running or sports, or by other parts of the body referring pain to that area. It can even be caused by improper footwear or by the way you walk. Finding the cause and getting the appropriate treatment is essential in helping you move around the city with ease and without pain.”
- Dr. Brian Kessler, Medical Director at Spine and Sports Medicine
New York foot pain is a very common problem because of the walking culture and constant pounding on New York City pavement. If you’re experiencing foot or ankle pain NYC, call us at 212.986.3888 to schedule an appointment or get more information on how you can get on the road to recovery.
“The Shoulder is a very common site of injury for ‘weekend warriors’. In addition to the superficial deltoid muscles which do the bulk of the movement of this joint, the smaller, internal rotator cuff group is highly susceptible to injury. In fact, it is estimated that by the time we reach the age of 60, 60% of people will have some degree of measurable damage to one of the four rotator cuff muscles.” —Brian Kessler, M.D., Medical Director for Spine & Sports Medicine of NYC.
The shoulder is the most movable joint in the body and the potential causes of shoulder pain are multiple. Most shoulder problems involve the soft tissues — muscles, tendons, and ligaments — that hold the bones of the shoulder in place, and include swelling, inflammation, and the splitting or tearing of tendons. Degenerative conditions, such as tendonitis, bursitis or arthritis, as well as the natural aging process, can also cause shoulder pain. Because the shoulder has such a wide range of motion, problems can be worsened by sports like baseball and tennis, in which the shoulder is extensively used. Other shoulder conditions include shoulder dislocation, shoulder separation, fracture, and “frozen shoulder syndrome,” which occurs when the shoulder is immobilized due to a prior injury.
Our physicians and chiropractors specialize in treating pain and the disorders that cause pain. Our physical therapists are experts in rehabilitation and will help you learn how you can help yourself recover from shoulder injury. When necessary, we will prescribe medication or provide corticosteroid injections to lessen pain and quicken recovery. Whatever the cause of your shoulder pain, the professionals at Spine and Sports Medicine will diagnose and treat it using cutting-edge technology and the finest medical attention.
For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact us at 212-986-3888 or check us out at http://spineandsports.com/