Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) and You

August 14, 2017

Achilles tendinopathy (Achilles tendonitis) is a common problem for distance runners. Approximately 52% of former runners and anywhere from 7-9% of active runners experience Achilles tendonitis in their lifetime. (Scott et al) The group most commonly affected are middle-aged men. (Alfredson et al)

Traditionally, Achilles tendinopathy is treated with a combination of rest, anti-inflammatories, and an eccentric physical-therapy program. In certain patients the pain continues, and PRP can help these patients. Platelet rich plasma is a treatment commonly used for chronic tendonitis (tendinopathy). This treatment uses the patient’s own healing factors (growth factors) to promote a healing response in diseased tendon. This is a safe treatment with little to no side effects. (Taylor et al and Middleton et al)

A large number of professional athletes, such as Alex Rodriguez Mark Teixeirra, Deron Williams, Maria Sharapova, Rafael Nadal, and Hines Ward, have used PRP for their chronic tendonitis and returned to their sports. (Athletes using PRP).

Contact our office to discuss if PRP may help you with your ankle or foot complaints. This simple procedure can return you to your pre-injury level of activity in our hands.


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  4. Middleton, K. K., Barro, V., Muller, B., Terada, S., & Fu, F. H. (2012). Evaluation of the effects of platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy involved in the healing of sports-related soft tissue injuries. The Iowa orthopaedic journal, 32, 150.
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Let’s Get On Our Feet!

August 4, 2017

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention reports that 1 out of 4 Americans do not engage in physical activity. Less than half perform the recommended 30 minutes a day.

Did you know that research shows that moderate activity for 30 minutes a day significantly improves your health? Activity slows the loss of muscle bulk, decreases joint pain, and builds bone. This is in addition to the benefits to your heart, blood pressure, and other complaints. Movement, and activity, improves your balance, mood, and even sleep!

You don’t have to run a marathon or 5K. You can simply walk briskly, catch a CitiBike, dance, swim, or even do housework.

Of course, please check with your medical physician or orthopaedist if you have any conditions that can limit your ability to get moving. Get their input if you haven’t exercised or been active in a while.
The benefits of moderate activity accumulate over time.

This week I want to highlight upcoming outdoor activities such as upcoming local races.

So let’s get moving and on our feet!

Whether you are walking, running, cycling or dancing, here are some events happening around NYC:

Runner’s World Race Finder

  • City Running Tours – The Village Running Tour
  • City Running Tours – Central Park Running Tour
  • City Running Tours – Culture Clash: Immigrant NYC
  • City Running Tours – Central Park Running Tour
  • City Running Tours – America’s Roots Running Tour
  • City Running Tours – Brooklyn Bridge Running Tour
  • NYCRUNS Governors Island 5K & 10K
  • Find more and sign up at Runner’s World Race Finder


NYC Parks – Free Outdoor Events

  • Dance Fitness in the Park at Wards Picnic Area (in Randall’s Island Park)
  • Free African Dance Workout at Target Brooklyn Garden, Brooklyn
  • Free Movement Classes for Adults and Seniors, at Garibaldi Plaza (in Washington Square Park)
  • Zumba under the Stars with Lisa G aka RockaZumbaWay, at Beach 108th Street Roller Rink (in Rockaway Beach Boardwalk), Queens
  • Bryant Park Friday Picnics, at Bryant Park Lawn (in Bryant Park), Manhattan
  • Summer on the Hudson: Dance for Seniors, at Lawn at 133rd and Marginal Streets (in West Harlem Piers), Manhattan
  • Summer on the Hudson: Dance for Seniors, at Lawn at 133rd and Marginal Streets (in West Harlem Piers), Manhattan
  • Summer Streets 2017, at Foley Square & Paine Park (in Thomas Paine Park), Manhattan
  • Find more and sign up at!



Dr. Haydée C. Brown Receives The Network Journal “40 Under Forty Achievers” Award

June 16, 2017

Dr. Haydée C. Brown, innovative orthopedic surgeon to dancers, athletes, and active New Yorkers, was recently selected as recipient of The Network Journal’s “40 Under Forty Achievers” award for her outstanding professional accomplishments, contributions to the African-American community, leadership and influence in the business world.

Born in Harlem and fluent in Spanish, Dr. Brown founded Haydée C. Brown MD, PLLC (dba Foot and Ankle Orthopedics of New York) at 40 Park Avenue, to provide specialized medical care and support for patients to achieve their personal, professional, and athletic goals. Dr. Brown is also an Assistant Clinical Professor in Orthopedic Surgery at the Icahn Mount Sinai Medical Center. Dr. Brown completed her residency in Orthopedic Surgery and Foot and Ankle fellowship at The Hospital for Special Surgery, the #1 program in the United States for Orthopedic Surgery, and graduated, with honors, from Wellesley College and the New York University School of Medicine.

“I am excited at the opportunity to be listed for The Network Journal’s ‘40 Under Forty’ Achievers Award,” says Dr. Brown. “I am honored to be included among such a distinguished group of women and men who continue to impact their professions and communities.”

The Network Journal’s 20th Annual “40 Under Forty Achievement” Awards was held on Thursday, June 15, 2017 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel during a gala event attended by corporate, business government, and community leaders. All 40 awardees were featured in the June “Awards” issue of The Network Journal magazine.

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