An overview of treatment for tarsal coalition
27Jul, 2015

Identifying the Best Treatment for Tarsal Coalition

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While we often take them for granted unless they’re in pain, our feet are as complex and delicate as our hands. Like our hands, they are made up of a multitude of bones, muscles and connective tissues, all of which have varying degrees of motion. When that motion becomes limited, pain and stiffness can occur.  There are many possible causes for foot pain, from plantar fasciitis to fractures, foot neuromas and bone spurs. One such cause is a tarsal coalition.   Dr. Stuart Katchis, NY-based orthopedic surgeon specializing in the foot […]

woman with chronic heel pain
17Jul, 2015

What Chronic Heel Pain Has to Do With Your Arches

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We’ve all had sore feet after a long day standing, a night out dancing, or wearing shoes that don’t fit properly. Usually taking the weight off them, getting rid of our shoes, or a good night’s rest resolves the issue. But for some people, chronic pain—especially chronic heel pain—is an everyday problem. Chronic heel pain can take a serious toll on your quality of life. Anything that involves standing becomes painful, walking can be excruciating, and exercise is out of the question. Just sitting at your desk can be uncomfortable. […]

there are several possible answers to what causes flat foot
29Jun, 2015

A Simple Overview of What Causes Flat Foot

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Flat foot is exactly what it sounds like—your foot has no arch and is flat on the bottom. When you stand, the entire sole of your foot makes contact with the floor. Flat feet are common and have a variety of causes, and while many people have no problems, others may experience a range of symptoms that can cause real issues.   What are the signs and symptoms of flat foot? Problems and symptoms associated with flat feet can include: Foot pain in your arch, heel, along the outside of […]

hammertoe correction surgery Nextra
19Jun, 2015

New Hammertoe Surgery in NY Straightens Toes With Faster Recovery

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More than 60 million Americans suffer from hammertoes, causing discomfort, irritation and insecurity about foot appearance. The progressive condition that causes toes to take on a curled position (thus resembling a hammer from the side) can impact your daily activities and make it difficult to find shoes that can be worn comfortably. Much like bunion surgery, hammertoe surgery is often thought of as an undertaking that will require plenty of elevation time and a long, drawn-out recovery. To busy New Yorkers, this often seems like an impossible commitment to fit […]

Man with symptoms of ankle arthritis
27May, 2015

Ankle Arthritis: Causes, Symptoms and Treatments

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In honor of Arthritis Awareness Month, we’re taking a closer look at some of the types of arthritis affecting the foot and ankle. While arthritis is a general term used to describe a large group of more than 100 different kinds of joint diseases, this blog will focus on one specific type: osteoarthritis of the ankle. Along with big toe joint arthritis, ankle arthritis is another common form of arthritis treated by New York orthopedic foot and ankle surgeon, Stuart Katchis, M.D.   The term “arthritis” means joint inflammation. When inflammation affects the ankle joints it […]

man with big toe joint arthritis
20May, 2015

5 Things That Put You at Risk for Developing Big Toe Joint Arthritis

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May is National Arthritis Awareness Month, a month dedicated to raising awareness of all facets of arthritis, including the symptoms, causes, who is affected, as well as ways to improve the quality of life for those who live with this painful condition.   Arthritis is not a single disease. In fact, it encompasses more than 100 different types of diseases affecting the joints. One such type is big toe joint arthritis, often referred to as hallux rigidus when the toe becomes stiff.   Dr. Stuart Katchis, NY-based orthopedic surgeon specializing […]

woman back on her feet running after bunion surgery
29Apr, 2015

How to Treat Bunions With Less Elevation Time

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If you’re suffering from a bunion and evaluating your treatment options, a major factor in the decision-making process has to do with recovery time. In fact, many individuals procrastinate and put off surgery for months or even years based upon this consideration, which traditionally could range from six weeks to six months and require plenty of elevation time.   Fortunately, there’s a new way to treat bunions that gets you back on your feet much faster – so fast that most patients can actually bear weight on the affected foot […]

bare feet of a man who is relaxing near the ocean in the summer without hammertoes
23Apr, 2015

4 Ways to Reverse Hammertoe Without Surgery

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Hammertoes, perhaps better described as “curled” or “bent” toes, are a widespread cause of foot discomfort and a common source of insecurity about foot appearance. A hammertoe gets its name from the way it looks from the side – with a fixed bend in one or both of the toe’s joints, it creates a shape that looks like the head of a hammer. Fortunately, many cases of hammertoes can be improved, if not completely reversed, through nonsurgical measures. Here’s an overview of what causes hammertoe and how the condition can […]

Foot Rehabilitation
30Mar, 2015

Podiatrist and Orthopedic Foot & Ankle Surgeon: What’s the Difference?

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The difference between a podiatrist and orthopedic foot and ankle surgeon frequently causes confusion – and understandably so. If you conduct a web search for “foot surgeon” you will likely get a mixed bag of results for practices and physicians with degrees ranging from M.D. to D.P.M. Podiatrists and foot and ankle surgeons treat many of the same conditions, which can make it quite difficult to decide where to go when you have a foot or ankle problem.   For many patients, the choice comes down to personal preference. You […]

Man with running sport injury Achilles tendonitis
16Mar, 2015

Do I Have Achilles Tendonitis?

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If you rupture your Achilles tendon or break a bone in the ankle, there is no mistaking that something is wrong. In almost all cases, you will experience considerable pain and possibly even hear a pop or snap. But what about those lower extremity injuries that don’t have an obvious point of origin or result from a traumatic incident? One such type of injury is Achilles tendonitis (or Achilles tendinitis), a condition that’s characterized by inflammation of the Achilles tendon due to overuse or progressive degeneration. While this condition may not […]

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