5 Tips to Shop for the Right Athletic Shoe

In order to avoid injury in a sport, it’s important to have the right gear. Football players wear pads right? And softball players wear batting helmets? Well almost all sports require the right athletic shoe.  Injuries related to inadequate foot gear can range from blisters and ankle issues to knee and hip pain. But how do you go about finding the right shoe? Here are tips to take with you on your shopping trip for the perfect gear for your feet.

1 – Find a Specialty Store

The first step in finding the right shoe is finding a shop that specializes in the activity you are looking to do so you can benefit from their expertise. For example, if you are looking for a running shoe, your best bet is visiting a running store. The sales professionals are not only more knowledgeable on the best fit for you, but the stores themselves usually have a treadmill to test out the sneakers.

2 – Save Your Trip for the End of the Day

If you were to try new shoes on first thing in the morning, they’ll likely be uncomfortable by nighttime. That’s because, as the day wears on, our feet naturally swell. So the end of the day the best time for that shopping trip for new shoes.

3 – Come Prepared

It seems simple, but many people forget this step: bring the same socks you would normally wear with your athletic shoe. Any sock thinner or thicker that what you plan to regularly wear is going to affect your fit.

4 – Check Your Fit

Once you’ve arrived to the shop and start trying on athletic shoes, how do you know if it’s the right fit? Think Toe, Heel, Feet. Look for ½ an inch of space between your longest toe and the front of the shoe, with room enough to wiggle your toes. Take some steps and make sure your heel isn’t slipping in and out of the shoe at all, otherwise you can count on blisters. And make sure to try the shoes on both feet as many of us have differences in width and even length between our left and our right.

5 – Take Them for a Spin

Take your time moving around the shop to test how comfortable the athletic shoes are. Try to mimic some of the moves you’ll be doing, like jumping for basketball. Understand the return policy of the store as well, as you may have the opportunity to test your new shoes outside the store. Some specialty stores have generous policies, allowing you to return used sneakers if they don’t work out within a month.

With these tips in mind, we’re sure you’ll find the perfect shoe to match your activity and avoid unnecessary injuries. Have more questions? Feel free to contact us at neosmteam.com/contact-us.

What is Tommy John surgery? (And why the name?)

If you follow sports, baseball in particular, you may have heard of a star player being out for Tommy John surgery. No, there isn’t a part of the elbow named “Tommy John” – the surgery is a reconstruction of the ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) and a baseball player named Tommy John was the first to undergo the procedure successfully, thus the common name. So what causes the injury that necessitates this type of operation? To answer, it’s important to understand the anatomy of the elbow and the function of the UCL.

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As shown in the diagram, the ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) attaches the upper arm (humerus) to the forearm (ulna). The UCL stabilizes movement of the elbow when throwing, but the more stress it endures through repetitive motion or force, the greater the risk of the ligament deteriorating. That is why UCL tears are particularly common in baseball pitchers, who contort their elbows in a series of different angles during a single hard throw, then repeat these motions over and over. 


There are different signs that you may have an injury of the UCL. These include:

  • A sudden ‘pop’ sensation in your elbow
  • Pain when in a throwing motion
  • Limited ability to throw
  • Tingling in the hand or fingers
  • Weakened grip strength


Once non-surgical options have been exhausted, like physical therapy, rest or medication, your orthopedic may recommend surgery. Thankfully, since Tommy John first had his surgery, countless athletes have benefited from UCL repair or reconstruction surgery to get them back on the mound. During the operation, an orthopedic surgeon will either repair the tear in the ligament or reconstruct using a donor tendon from elsewhere in the body to graft a new ligament. Rates of return to sports 9 months after surgery are high for this type of treatment – 85%-95% of throwing athletes returning.

If you are experiencing any of the symptoms outlined above, remember, ignoring the issue can lead to further complications. The team of specialists at NEOSM are here to help you overcome your injuries and make the most out of life. Reach out to us anytime for a consultation.

Breaking Ground On New Orthopedic Center of Excellence

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As part of our new partnership with Montefiore, Northeast Orthopedics and Sports Medicine (NEOSM) is excited to announce the development of a new Orthopedic Center of Excellence, a state-of-art facility that will transform orthopedic care in our region. The facility will include clinical offices, an ambulatory surgery center, advance imaging, and physical and occupation therapy services all under one roof designed with patients, physicians, providers and staff in mind. Aspect Health planned their design for Montefiore Orthopedics & Montefiore Nyack Hospital based on the extensive research by Gensler Research Institute in conjunction with NEOSM.

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As stated by Dr. Jason Fond, NEOSM Orthopedic Surgeon and Director of Orthopedic Surgery at Montefiore Nyack Hospital, at the recent groundbreaking, “This Center will allow NEOSM surgeons and practitioners to bring the best orthopedic care you can get right here to Rockland and beyond.” We’re excited for this next big step in continuing to advance the care we provide to our patients and to our community.

Learn more about the Center of Excellence in Aspect Health’s press release below.

Aspect Health, Montefiore Orthopedics, and Montefiore Nyack Hospital Break Ground on New Orthopedic Center of Excellence

Facility to Bring NYC Quality Care to Hudson Valley with a Research-Based Design to Improve Patient and Physician Healthcare Experience

WESTPORT, CT AND WEST NYACK, NY. (March 18, 2022) – Aspect Health, a real estate advisor, investor and developer who specializes in the emerging field of “healthcare hospitality,” today announces the groundbreaking of a newOrthopedic Center of Excellence. The development team designed the Center in collaboration with Montefiore Orthopedics, Montefiore Nyack Hospital, Gensler and Gensler Research Institute to bring an unrivaled standard of healthcare to the Hudson Valley region.

“We are proud to bring this new facility to the region and deliver the quality and standard of care that the community expects from the hospitals in New York City,” said Dr. Mark Geller, President and CEO Montefiore Nyack. “We listened to the community’s needs, and we answered – this new Center will transform the healthcare experience in the region.”

Aspect Health and Gensler planned and designed the new Center based on the two-year long Gensler Research Institute Gensler Outpatient Experience Index (OPExI) and a proprietary study in conjunction with Northeast Orthopedics & Sports Medicine (NEOSM) that sought to understand local hospital performance and care delivery needs. From pre‑visit expectations to post-visit sentiments, the patient journey and physician experience is interwoven with the building site, programming and design. The result is a new, innovative Musculoskeletal Center of Excellence with a holistic, best-in-class ambulatory surgery center, advanced imaging center, complete with physical and occupational therapy services.

“The momentum of collaboration between the surgeons of NEOSM, Montefiore Orthopedic Surgery, Montefiore Nyack Hospital, and Aspect Health enabled us to significantly cut the typical development timeline and set the foundation for a transformative development that is changing the future of healthcare delivery,” said Dr. Neil Cobelli, Professor and University Chairman, Montefiore Department of Orthopedic Surgery and Albert Einstein College of Medicine.“ 

Aspect Health began planning with both Montefiore Orthopedics and Montefiore Nyack Hospital in 2019 to understand the future-focused strategy, need to optimize facilities and the priority to deliver a best-in-class healthcare experience for the patient and physician population in the region. Gensler’s OPExI helped inform a progressive planning approach, coupled with learnings from the pandemic, that incorporates new concepts including concierge services, touchless gateways, advanced air systems, digital integration of patient data, lounge area amenities, calming and inviting spaces, and onstage and offstage layout to provide caregivers the opportunity to not only expedite patient care but also collaborate, decompress, and reset. Additionally, the Center will include advanced robotic technology, orthopedic specialized high field open MRI, and the latest Digital Radiography (DR) and Advanced Fluoroscopy.

The new Center of Excellence is being built by KBE Building and is scheduled to open summer of 2023. It will be located at 3 Centerock Road in West Nyack, NY, about 3 miles west of the hospital’s main facility. Upon completion, NEOSM, which recently joined the Montefiore Orthopedics team, will move into the new facility and offer its patients a new standard of advanced musculoskeletal care.

“Between this groundbreaking OPExI data, the ever-changing healthcare landscape and learnings from the Pandemic, we are transforming healthcare to minimize caregiver burnout and many other stressors that hospitals experience,” said Chris Smith, CEO of Aspect Health. Instead, we are applying evidence-based research to inform development, design, location, interactions and services to place front and center equity of care, patient experience, and joy in work for our care providers.”

All About “Text Neck”

Smartphones. They’re an incredible invention. They bring us connection to others and to information. They are our alarm clocks, calendars, phone books and more. They definitely make life easier, but with all good things there’s a bit of catch.

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You probably have already experienced it – the need to roll your neck or your shoulders to relieve tightness after looking down at your device for a long time. That gaze down produces undo stress on the spine and neck. In fact, bending your head down 45-60% can put as much as 60 lbs of force on your upper spine. Your neck can not sustain that amount of pressure for long, and that’s when problems can occur – commonly called “text neck syndrome” – which can lead to prolonged spine damage. An evaluation with one of the spine specialists at NEOSM can provide a medical diagnosis and here are symptoms to look out for:

Symptoms of Text Neck Syndrome

  • Pain in the neck, upper back or shoulders
    • This pain can be localized to one specific spot or more broad in the overall area. Pain can also radiate down the spine or arms.
  • Change in posture
    • A shift in your posture with head forward (ears not aligned over the shoulders) or rounded shoulders. This can even lead to balance issues.
  • Pain when Looking Down
    • Increased pain when gazing down to use your device
  • Headache
    • Tension headaches from neck pain are common


First step in treating text neck syndrome is to undo the habits that caused the condition to begin with. Raise the phone up to eye level to relieve the pressure on your spine and take breaks from use. Stretch out your neck, shoulder and upper back to ease the muscles. Be conscious of your posture and straighten out when you feel a forward tilt of your head. In addition, to ease pain try sleeping with a cervical pillow to provide additional support. Add neck, shoulder and upper back strengthening exercises to your workouts.

As mentioned, it is best to consult with a spine specialist for an examination and to diagnosis any causes of pain. The team at Northeast Orthopedics and Sports Medicine is here to ensure you receive the highest level of care and attention.

How to Train Like an Olympian

Inspiration is all around us. Watching the winter Olympics, there’s plenty of athletic inspiration to feast our eyes on. Yes, we may not have the time or natural talent to compete at the highest level of sport. But what we’ll find when taking a look at the training habits of the elite athlete, is that there’s a lot we can apply to our everyday physical goals.


Training Team

The professional athlete doesn’t train alone. There’s a team in place to help advise, encourage and support the athlete. Build your team! Consult with your primary physician before you start a new exercise program and stay current with your physicals. Stay on top of unusual aches and pains before they progress into serious issues by reaching out to one of the skilled specialists at Northeast Orthopedics. Bring a friend along to your workouts to help you stay accountable. Reach out to others with the same athletic goals as you on social media and join a community. Your team is out there waiting to support your journey.


When you’re an athlete in training, your body needs a lot of fuel. That’s why diet is so important. Fuel your body with enough carbs to provide energy and protein to support muscle growth. And don’t forget the importance of hydration. Aim for drinking half your body weight in ounces per day. If you’re new to consuming a lot of water, start at a tolerable level and build up your intake each week.

Strength Training

You may think strength training is only for sports that require a lot of power, but building muscle strength is key for endurance sports as well. Strong muscles create an overall structure that is less prone to injury. For the non-professional athlete, a strong frame makes you less vulnerable to falls and related injuries.


Every professional athlete knows the importance of rest/recovery days. Taking a break from intense training allows the body the opportunity to heal and make the next training session more effective. At home, rest days can look like a leisure walk instead of a HITT cardio class, or some simple yoga flows rather than hitting the weights hard.


We’ve all experienced sleepless nights and the feeling of uselessness the following day. Imagine being sleep deprived and expecting your body to perform at an Olympic level. It’s a recipe for injuries to occur. That’s why top athletes prioritize sleep, and so should you. Restfulness isn’t something your body would like to have, it’s something it needs in order to allow healing and restoration.

Your level of training may not mirror that of an Olympian, but the formula is there for your success. And, as always, the providers of NEOSM are there to support you all the way!

All About Osteoporosis

Did you know your bones are continually remodeling? Small amounts of bone tissue are absorbed by the body while small amounts are replaced. When more bone is lost than replaced, the density of the bones diminishes, weakening the bone structure. This condition is called osteoporosis and is the reason for over 2 million related fractures each year. There are ways these can be avoided and treated. In this post, we share how.

Healthy Bone v. Osteoporosis

What Causes Osteoporosis?

There are many risk factors that lead to increased bone loss. Family history and age are catalysts for a physician to prescribe a bone density test. Other factors include physical health/strength and excessive smoking or alcohol intake.

Higher risk for women over 35: Generally women are prone to lose more bone mass than men as their age, particularly during menopause, when bone loss is accelerated. It’s important to speak to a primary physician or gynecologist for recommended treatment to preserve bone mass.

How to Prevent Osteoporosis and Related Fractures?

Strong body means strong bones and good balance prevents falls, so engaging in even simple training exercises on a regular basis will reduce your risk of fractures.  Try weight-bearing activities like sit-to-stand exercises, walking or hiking, or stair climbing. Balance drills like standing on one leg (using a chair for support) and bending down then back up. Yoga and Tai-chi are also great activities to include in your routine. Along with adding regular exercise to your week, ceasing smoking and limiting alcohol consumption are key to preventing bone loss. These lifestyle changes allow your body to better support bone building cells.

How is Osteoporosis Treated?

Aside from fracture prevention methods detailed above, medications are available to help decrease the amount of bone being lost. Through testing, a physician can determine your bone strength level and prescribe a treatment accordingly. Medications include different hormone therapies and twice-yearly injections. These methods focus on suppressing ongoing loss, not restoring lost bone – therefore good prevention methods are paramount to curbing osteoporosis.

The strength of our bones, especially as we age, can make all the difference in the quality of life we lead. We hope you incorporate good habits into your everyday life to prevent unnecessary fractures. The specialists at NEOSM are here to support you when you need us.

NEOSM Partners with Montefiore

Northeast Orthopedics & Sports Medicine is proud to announce our partnership with Montefiore Health System. We’re excited to provide the same level of exceptional care to our patients with the support of Montefiore. Read the press release below to learn more. For patient FAQs, click here.


NEW YORK (December 15, 2021) – Northeast Orthopedics & Sports Medicine, whose clinicians are renowned for providing personalized and compassionate orthopedic care to people across the Hudson Valley for over 30 years, has partnered with Montefiore Orthopedics, to enhance services and access to patients with complex care needs.

As of December 2021, Northeast Orthopedics & Sports Medicine (NEOSM) and Montefiore Orthopedics will together offer traditional orthopedic services, including joint replacement surgery, rheumatic care, pain management services and sports medicine, across the nine NEOSM offices, and subspecialists from Montefiore, including pediatric orthopedic surgeons and tumor specialists, will now also be part of the enhanced care teams.

“The doctors at Northeast Orthopedics and Sports Medicine have proudly provided our patients with advanced, cutting-edge comprehensive musculoskeletal care throughout many specialty areas for over 30 years,” said Doron Ilan, MD, Orthopedic Surgeon and President of NEOSM. “We are thrilled to combine our efforts with Montefiore in a partnership that builds upon NEOSM’s position as a leader in orthopedics and further enhances the level of care in our community.” 

NEOSM is the largest orthopedic practice in the lower Hudson Valley and Montefiore Orthopedics is nationally ranked as high performing by U.S. News & World Report in its Best Hospitals list. Combining their strengths, 20 NEOSM physicians are now part of Montefiore’s Department of Orthopedic Surgery and the expanded team of board-certified, fellowship-trained orthopedic specialists will be better equipped to serve a broad range of health needs in the community.

“Northeast Orthopedics & Sports Medicine has long been recognized as a leader in providing advanced musculoskeletal care to people in Westchester, Rockland and Orange counties,” said Neil J. Cobelli, MD, Professor and University Chairman, Montefiore Department of Orthopedic Surgery and Albert Einstein College of Medicine. “We are delighted to bolster the NEOSM team and together offer sophisticated, evidence-based therapies to patients across the region.”

For more information about the new partnership, please visit: https://neosmteam.com/partnership-faqs

About Montefiore Health System

Montefiore Health System is one of New York’s premier academic health systems and is a recognized leader in providing exceptional quality and personalized, accountable care to approximately three million people in communities across the Bronx, Westchester and the Hudson Valley. It is comprised of 10 hospitals, including the Children’s Hospital at Montefiore, Burke Rehabilitation Hospital and more than 200 outpatient ambulatory care sites. The advanced clinical and translational research at its medical school, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, directly informs patient care and improves outcomes. From the Montefiore-Einstein Centers of Excellence in cancer, cardiology and vascular care, pediatrics, and transplantation, to its preeminent school-based health program, Montefiore is a fully integrated healthcare delivery system providing coordinated, comprehensive care to patients and their families. For more information, please visit www.montefiore.org. Follow us on Twitter and view us on Facebook and YouTube.

About Northeast Orthopedics & Sports Medicine

Northeast Orthopedics & Sports Medicine (NEOSM) is the largest orthopedic practice in the lower Hudson Valley, with 9 locations within Rockland, Orange & Westchester Counties and 20 physicians. The specialized team of physicians at NEOSM have been providing quality, advanced musculoskeletal and related care in a compassionate and caring manner for over 30 years. With specialists in general orthopedics, sports medicine, joint replacement, hand surgery, foot & ankle surgery, pain management, orthopedic trauma, joint replacement, spinal care and rheumatology, NEOSM utilizes a comprehensive approach to care while applying the latest advances in medicine and surgery. Learn more at NEOSMteam.com.

NEOSM/Montefiore Partnership FAQs

Northeast Orthopedics and Sports Medicine (NEOSM) is proud to announce that we are now part of the Montefiore Health System! Through this partnership, NEOSM will continue providing the highest level of care to our community with the support and resources of Montefiore. We are excited for this new affiliation and the opportunities for enhanced care it provides.

Naturally, questions arise as to the impact of this new relationship, but rest assured, most patient experiences will remain the same. We’ve addressed what we anticipate to be common questions below. We hope the following information is helpful, but should you have additional questions, feel free to call our office to speak with a staff member.

Will all NEOSM locations remain open?

Yes! All nine NEOSM locations are still open and accepting patients. Click here for a list of locations and contact information.

Will my provider still be at NEOSM?

Yes, they will. All 20 physicians, 2 Nurse Practitioners and 6 Physician Assistants are practicing from our offices. Click here to learn more about our highly-talented team.

I have surgery scheduled. Will it still take place at the same facility?

Yes. No changes have been made to where our surgeons perform their procedures. Follow your surgical instructions as provided.

I have an upcoming appointment. Do I need to call to reschedule?

Nope, not at all. All appointments will continue as normal.

Will you be accepting my insurance?

NEOSM accepts most forms of insurance. Speak with one of our offices to see if your plan is included.

Who will be billing me: NEOSM or Montefiore?

You will start to see patient invoices for NEOSM on Montefiore letterhead. Be sure to remit as indicated on the invoice.

Are you still called Northeast Orthopedics and Sports Medicine?

For now, yes. Though a name change may be in our future.

Thank you for being a valued patient and for your continued support. We’re thrilled to continue to be your orthopedic practice of choice!