Leon E. Popovitz, MD
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What Is A Hammertoe?

A hammertoe refers to a deformity of the second, third or fourth toe, in which the toe is bent to the side at the middle joint. While a hammertoe may be corrected conservatively at first, or it may begin to cause pain or discomfort and become fixed in its position if not treated. At this point, surgery may become necessary.

Hammertoe is almost always caused by restrictive shoes. Pointed


How Can You Prevent Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

What Is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

The carpal tunnel is a narrow passage situated on the palm side of the wrist that connects forearm to hand. Nerves and a tendon crosses through this passageway. The compression of the median nerve in this area is carpal tunnel syndrome. The compression can be caused by multiple factors including underlying health problems like diabetes, thyroid dysfunction, fluid retention like in pregnancy, autoimmune disorders like


Epidural Steroid Injections Explained

What Are Epidural Steroid Injections?

Epidural steroid injections are a treatment for pain, commonly given for chronic painful disc and nerve conditions in the back. The injected steroid serves to treat inflammation and nerve compression, which are the main causes of pain. When conservative pain treatments have been used, but have not relieved the pain, an epidural steroid injection may be recommended.

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Getting Back Into Your Exercise Routine Injury Free

Whether it’s because of the holidays, a vacation, or an injury, we all have to ease ourselves back into our workout routine after a break at some point. Orthopedic injuries often occur for the first time when suddenly changing your workout routine or increasing your activity level. Here are some tips to make getting back into the swing of things easily and pain free.

Pace yourself. The most important


Shoulder and Knee Injuries in Football

Chances are you’ll be joining your friends or family in at least one backyard game of football at this time of year. At NY Bone and Joint, we see the most injuries from our collegiate and amateur football players. It is the number one injury causing sport and players will most commonly damage their knees through high impact collisions. Shoulder injuries are the second most common football injury, also occurring…


Common Ski Injuries and How to Prevent Them

Along with ski season comes an influx of patients at NY Bone and Joint who have injured themselves on the slopes. Skiing injuries are common, but avoidable. It’s important to take lessons even if this isn’t your first time on skis because falling properly is the key to preventing very serious injury.

Skiers will commonly complain of knee pain and ACL and MCL tears are perhaps the most common skiing injuries….


Should You Use Cold or Heat Therapy?

After a joint or muscle injury, it is common to treat inflammation, swelling, and pain with cold and/or heat therapy. When is it right to use cold therapy vs. heat therapy? Can you use both on the same injury?
Cold or ice therapy
Ice or a cold compress is recommended for severe muscle spasms, bruising, and swelling associated with acute sprains/strains and orthopedic rehabilitation. It causes constriction of blood vessels,…

Gym doctor with a patient checking her ankle

How to Care for a Sprain

Sprains are very common injuries; you may sprain your ankle by simply tripping over your shoelaces. Even though sprains are fairly common, they can be painful and may develop into a more severe issue down the road if not cared for properly.

Many people don’t seek medical attention for a sprain. Instead, they follow the RICE procedure. Resting, icing, and elevating your foot is key in the first 24 hours…


Strengthening Your Ankles

Injuries of the ankle are common among athletes within many different sports and exercises. The ankle is at risk for injury in both contact and non-contact sports due to the wear and tear it can receive.

There are many exercises and stretches you can do to strengthen your ankles, which can help to prevent future injury or help to recover from a previous ankle

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