• What Is a Stress Fracture?

    Stress fractures are a type of overuse injury that commonly occur in athletes. Overuse, improper or ill-fitting equipment, and unfamiliar terrain can all contribute to the formation of a stress fracture. When a stress fracture occurs, stress from an outside force is transferred through a weakened or damaged muscle to the bone beneath it, causing a fracture. Stress fractures primarily affect the lower legs because of their weight-bearing function. Symptoms include pain that increases with activity and subsides with rest. A doctor will diagnose a stress fracture via imaging such as X-rays, CT scans, or MRIs. Rest and appliances such as braces or orthotic inserts allow the fracture to heal before activities can be resumed.

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    At Able Orthopedic & Sports Medicine, we specialize in treating stress fractures and other sports-induced injuries. Our orthopedic surgeons are here to help diagnose and treat your pain to allow you to return to the activities you love. Check us out on the web or call our NYC office today at (866) 650-8063 to schedule your appointment with  Dr. David  Toturgu l, our new sports medicine specialist.

  • Playing It Safe on the Playground [INFOGRAPHIC]

    A visit to the playground should be filled with fun and laughter, not accidents and orthopedic injuries. Unfortunately, playgrounds are places where kids are very prone to injury. Falling from jungle gyms, jumping from swings, and other playground accidents send over 200,000 children to the emergency room each year, often with significant orthopedic injuries like fractures and sprains. Educate yourself about playground risks and how you can prevent injury with this infographic from an orthopedic surgeon in NYC . Share this information with parents everywhere for a safe and fun summertime for kids. 

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  • Stretches to Help You Prevent Ankle or Foot Fractures

    Fractures of the ankle or foot can leave you on the sidelines, preventing you from participating in the activities you love. Taking a few moments to include dynamic ankle stretches in your warm up is a great way to prevent injuries and warm up your feet, ankles, knees, and legs. If you have more questions about your specific needs, talk to your orthopedic doctor about developing a personalized warm up routine.

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    Ankle Circles

    Stand with one hand on a wall, chair, or other support for balance. Focusing on one foot at a time, raise your foot slightly in front of your body. Use your toes to draw the largest circle you can by rotating your ankle. Perform this dynamic stretch in a clockwise direction for ten circles, then repeat in a counterclockwise direction. Switch feet when you are done.

    Toe Points

    Beginning from the same position as for ankle circles, point your toe up toward your shin and then down toward the floor. Aim to achieve as much range of motion as possible to help prepare your leg for more demanding movement. Perform ten toe points with each foot to complete this set.

    Toe Writing

    To perform the toe writing stretch, begin in the same neutral position with one hand on the wall. Lift one foot at a time and write the alphabet or your full name in the air with your toe. Take care to keep your leg stationary, moving only the ankle joint to create motion with your toes. Move your foot as slowly and fluidly as possible, concentrating on writing each letter carefully and completely.

    The orthopedic doctors and sports medicine specialists of Able Orthopedic & Sports Medicine are here to help you understand how to prevent and treat sports injuries. We offer a variety of orthopedic services in NYC , including minimally invasive surgical treatment for knee injuries and joint pain. Click through our blog for more sports safety tips or call (866) 650-8063 today!

  • Runner’s Tips for Healthy Knees, Ankles, and Hips

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    Runners require top performance from their feet, ankles, knees, and hips. However, these areas of the body are also at the highest risk for injury during an activity such as running. Able Orthopedic & Sports Medicine of NYC offers the following tips to help you prevent injuries and enjoy your runs.

    Strengthen and Prepare Your Muscles

    Performing stretches and strengthening exercises improves the ability of your leg muscles to support the joints of your ankles, knees, and hips. Strong muscle support lowers your risk of injuring your joints and provides a safer, more comfortable running experience.

    Wear Proper Footwear

    Runners only have one essential piece of equipment: their shoes. It’s important to wear footwear that properly positions your feet and absorbs the shock of each impact between your foot and the ground. Poorly-fitting or ill-designed footwear can result in injuries to your ankles, feet, knees, and hips when proper support or shock absorption is absent. It is important to change shoes often. Depending on the number of miles you have run, shoes need to be changed every 3-6 months. Otherwise, the shoes themselves may be a culprit 

    Stay Hydrated

    Hydration is a must for runners. Dehydration causes your coordination and muscle response time to suffer. Your muscles become weak and are less able to prevent you from falling or twisting an ankle, knee, or hip. Carry water with you or stop frequently during your run to prevent dehydration.

    Watch Where You’re Going

    Keep your eyes on your path when you’re running. Avoid getting distracted or looking around and concentrate on where you plan to put your feet next, especially if you’re running on an uneven surface. This will help you to avoid potholes, tree roots, loose ground, and other hazards that could result in an injury.

    Dr. Manoel, Dr. Toturgul, and the rest of the staff at Able Orthopedic & Sports Medicine want you to stay safe and injury-free during your runs. Contact us today at (866) 650-8063 for more safety pointers or to evaluate and treat your sports injuries safely and quickly so you can return to your game. Click on our website to learn more about the many orthopedic treatments we offer in NYC. 

  • Tips for Young Athletes

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    Did you know that younger athletes are at a greater risk of getting injured because their bodies are still growing? Results of overdoing a sports injury can include injuries that may lead to long-term health problems and couple possibly impair their growth.

    “Fortunately, many youth sports injuries can be prevented. Some of the more effective ways to prevent these injuries include age-specific coaching, appropriate physical conditioning, and proper use of equipment.”

    In the article “A Guide to Safety for Young Athletes” published by the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons you will learn about the differences between child and adult athletes and some common injuries seen.

    If your child has suffered from a sports related injury, call Able Orthopedic & Sports Medicine today! 

     

  • What Are the Consequences of Living a Sedentary Lifestyle?

    Your body’s musculoskeletal system provides support and allows you to stand, walk, and play. However, without regular use your muscles and bones can atrophy, leading to pain and increased risk for injury. Your orthopedic doctor understands the need for movement as part of a beneficial lifestyle and can help you get back on your feet without pain to live a longer, healthier life.

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    Back Pain

    Living a sedentary lifestyle can have serious consequences for your back and has been linked with the development of lower back pain. A lack of physical activity is often associated with weight gain , which increases pressure on your spine. Additionally, little to no movement causes the muscles of your torso to atrophy, reducing the amount of support they provide to your body. This contributes to poor posture, which may be exacerbated by long periods sitting in chairs that do not adequately support the body. Combined, all of these factors contribute to the development  and persistence of back pain.

    Joint Injuries

    The bones and joints of your body are designed to bear weight and facilitate movement. Too little time spent moving reduces their ability to perform these functions. This increases the likelihood of sustaining joint injuries, including sprains and strains, when you do take part in physical activities. Excess body weight resulting from a lack of exercise places pressure on the joints and can also lead to pain and injury, particularly of the knees. Conditions such as arthritis, which leads to painful and inflamed joints, have also been linked to the lack of a physically active lifestyle.

    Don’t let pain keep you from living a healthy, active lifestyle—call Able Orthopedic & Sports Medicine of NYC to schedule an appointment and explore your treatment options. Our orthopedic surgeons are dedicated to eliminating pain and restoring range of motion to allow you to enjoy all the activities you love. Check us out on the web to find more information about the benefits of physical activity.