• Strength-Training Tips for Soccer Players to Reduce Injury Risk

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    Soccer actively engages the lower body during each game. Because this sport is so physically demanding, strength and endurance are necessary to protect players from injuries on the field. Talk to your doctor if you have questions about developing a personalized strength-training program to prevent or manage sports injuries in NYC .


    Squats are a well-known—and very effective—strength-building exercise for your lower body. These exercises improve muscle strength and tone in the legs, but also strengthen your glutes and core as well. You can perform squats with weights or without them, depending upon your ability level and preference. The key to getting the best results from squats is performing them correctly. To perform a squat, stand with your feet shoulder-width apart. Slowly lower your body, keeping your chest lifted, and lean back as though you are about to sit in a chair. Your knees should remain over your ankles; don’t let them come forward of your toes as you sit. Lower yourself until your legs are at a 90-degree angle (or as far as your flexibility will allow up to 90 degrees), then slowly raise your body back into a standing position.

    Power Jumps

    Short bursts of activity offer beneficial muscle-building properties. Power jumps deliver an intense workout to increase strength throughout the legs. Begin in an upright position with your feet placed shoulder-width apart. Lower your body into a partial squat of about 45 degrees, then jump vertically. The goal of power jumps is to perform them quickly and with maximum energy to get as high as you can, all while using good form. To challenge yourself even more, bring your knees up toward your chest at the peak of your jump.

    Able Orthopedic & Sports Medicine is a proud supporter of the NYPD United Soccer Team. Our orthopedic surgeons can help you maintain an active lifestyle with top-quality orthopedic treatment for sports injuries and more in Queens and NYC. You can reach us by calling (718) 897-2228 or clicking on our web contact form .

  • An Overview of Osteoarthritis in the Foot and Ankle

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    Osteoarthritis, also called wear and tear arthritis, occurs as the cartilage in the joints breaks down, causing pain and inflammation. This condition is typically associated with aging and may grow progressively worse over the course of many years. Because osteoarthritis in the foot and ankle can affect mobility, it’s important to understand your prevention and treatment options. Your orthopedic doctor can help you develop a treatment plan to minimize the symptoms of osteoarthritis so you can live a healthy and happy life. 

    How Does Osteoarthritis Affect the Feet and Ankles?

    Your feet contain a large number of joints—more than 30 joints, in fact—any of which can be affected by swelling and pain. However, arthritis most commonly affects certain joints in the feet and ankles: the joint that connects your big toe to your foot, the joint that connects your shinbone and ankle, and the three major joints of the heel, mid-foot, and outer mid-foot. If you develop osteoarthritis in these joints, you may experience pain or tenderness and swelling or stiffness in your feet. You may also have trouble putting weight on the affected joints or walking comfortably.

    How Is Osteoarthritis Treated in the Feet and Ankles?

    If you are suffering from the symptoms of osteoarthritis in your feet or ankles, visit your orthopedic doctor for diagnosis. Your doctor will determine the best treatment for you based upon your condition and needs. Osteoarthritis can be treated via both surgical and non-surgical means. Often, non-surgical treatments are sought first. These include custom pads or arch supports for the shoes, braces to support the joints, physical therapy to build strength and maintain flexibility. If non-surgical treatments do not alleviate your symptoms, orthopedic surgery may be suggested to relieve pain and restore comfortable movement.

    Able Orthopedic & Sports Medicine of NYC offers non-surgical and surgical treatment for arthritis, sports injuries, and more. You can reach our office by calling (718) 897-2228 to schedule an evaluation with one of our experienced doctors. Check out our blog for more information about joint pain and treatment options.

  • How to Cope with a Muscle Pull

    How to Cope with a Muscle Pull - Able Orthopedic - New York City

    Muscle pulls or strains are caused by stretching a muscle past its limits, which causes tears in the fiber of the muscle. If you pull a muscle, it’s important to rest the injury for at least a week. Apply ice for 15 minutes at a time and take over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications to help with pain and swelling. Once the muscle has healed, you can slowly begin using it again. Strengthening exercises can help to prevent re-injury. If you have suffered a severe muscle pull, see your orthopedic doctor for an evaluation. In most cases, even severe injuries will heal without the need for invasive treatment, although physical therapy may be recommended to rebuild strength. However, if your injury is very severe or has damaged nearby tissues, surgical treatment may be needed.

    Able Orthopedic & Sports Medicine is here to help you handle sprains, strains, fractures, and more in New York City. Our orthopedic specializes utilize state-of-the-art treatment techniques to treat sports injuries and other musculoskeletal conditions. Click through our blog to learn more about first aid for common injuries, or call (718) 897-2228 to speak with a doctor today.

  • Learn How Wrist Fractures Are Treated

    The wrist is a complex system that connects your forearm and hand. Because of its complex properties, the wrist can fracture in many different ways.

    In this video, you will learn more about various types of wrist fractures and how they are treated. While a simpler break may be treated with a cast or splint, some types of wrist fractures must be treated surgically. Surgery restores the surface of the wrist joint’s cartilage to prevent chronic joint pain or the early development of arthritis.

    Able Orthopedic & Sports Medicine offers treatment for all types of fractures in NYC. Our orthopedic surgeons will ensure you get the treatment you need to  restore comfort, strength, and range of movement  after a broken bone. Contact us by calling (718) 897-2228 or visit us on the web to learn more about our comprehensive orthopedic services.