Longer-Lasting Athletic Shoes Promote Better Foot Health: Tips on Prolonging Their Life

Posted by on Friday, November 29th, 2013

Athletic shoes are a lot like tires. You can get better mileage with proper maintenance and rotation — but, eventually, they wear out. We know that tires should be rotated every 3,000 to 6,000 miles and that they’re good for about 40,000 miles. Yet, what about athletic shoes? How long do they last? Are there ways to extend their lifespan?

Black and Blue Friday: How To Avoid Foot Pain While Holiday Shopping

Posted by on Thursday, November 28th, 2013

Holiday shopping is the most stressful activity of the season — worse than hosting a holiday dinner or traveling to visit relatives — according to a survey conducted by U.S. retail foot care leader PROFOOT.

Just how grueling is Black Friday? The PROFOOT survey found that…

– Consumers plan to hit three to eight different stores.

– The average shopping mall is two football fields long.

– Retail workers will suffer too — with 41,620,604 pairs of feet working long Black Friday shifts.

According to the study, 83% of consumers said they experience foot pain during the holiday season, although very few do anything about it. We have five tips to help you deal.

In 2012, shoppers waited outside a Best Buy opening at midnight on Black Friday. This year, over a dozen retailers are opening as early as 8 pm on Thanksgiving Day. All that standing in line can cause severe foot pain!

In 2012, shoppers waited outside a Best Buy opening at midnight on Black Friday. This year, over a dozen retailers are opening as early as 8 pm on Thanksgiving Day. All that standing in line can cause severe foot pain!
Image SOurce: Flickr User tshein

Expert Sports Medicine Tips To Keep A Runner’s Body In Tip-Top Shape From Head To Toe

Posted by on Wednesday, November 27th, 2013

Running a marathon is so grueling that most people train relentlessly. While it’s wise to set your sights on running faster and farther, there are other important factors that one must consider in order to make it to race day without incurring a serious injury.

According to Active.comabout 35% of first-time marathon runners are unable to compete in the races they were training for due to injury. This number shouldn’t be surprising, considering that the average 150-pound runner exerts 150 tons of force per mile — or 3,930 tons of force per foot over the course of a marathon. Here are a few tips for staying in tip-top shape (from head to toe) this season.

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“Runners preparing for a 26.2 mile race need to be well-rested,” said Dr. Aparajitha Verma, medical director of the Sleep Disorders Center at Houston Methodist Hospital. It’s recommended that runners avoid caffeine and alcohol the week before the race and set standard wakeup / bed times that provide seven or eight hours of shut-eye each night.

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So, you think you’re ready to run a marathon? Check with a doctor first, but consult this infographic for a general picture of your overall fitness level. Image Source: IHeartInspiration.com

Foot Pain: Sometimes “Comfortable Shoes” Aren’t Good Enough

Posted by on Tuesday, November 26th, 2013

Dansko clogs promise “the marriage of science and style… blending good looks with advanced comfort and health features.” Sounds like a tall order, doesn’t it? They are just one of many companies reported to offer shoes that are better for your feet. Retailing at over $100 for most models, one would hope these “healthy” shoes live up to the expectation! Unfortunately, any podiatrist will tell you: buying “comfort shoes” from a “comfort shoe store” doesn’t guarantee they are good for your feet.

The Burning, Shooting Pain of Peripheral Neuropathy: How to Prevent Its Progression?

Posted by on Monday, November 25th, 2013

Are you awakened by burning feet in the night? Do you feel numbness, tingling, and shooting pains? Since it’s Diabetes Awareness Month, we’d like to take this opportunity to discuss this common diabetic foot issue. Peripheral neuropathy is debilitating nerve damage caused by chronically elevated glucose levels, alcoholism, autoimmune disorders, exposure to chemicals, infectious diseases, or certain medications. People with this condition say it greatly disrupts their everyday activities.

The tingling, burning pain of peripheral neuropathy can make it difficult to complete routine, day-to-day tasks. (Image Credit: Flickr CC user Greg Pye)

Joint Replacement Surgery and Other Options For Treating Foot Arthritis

Posted by on Friday, November 22nd, 2013

Arthritis is arguably the biggest challenge in orthopedics today. This type of trauma may be caused by overuse throughout the years or through genetics, but is painful either way. Joint replacement therapy is considered one of the hallmarks of foot arthritis treatment, but is it right for you? NYC podiatrists from The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine discuss this and other treatments available to patients suffering from the chronic inflammation and joint pain associated with arthritis.

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This handy infographic explains rheumatoid arthritis, including signs, symptoms, demographics, and statistics. Image Source: AvailClinical.com

What Is The Danger Of Leaving Toenail Fungus Untreated?

Posted by on Thursday, November 21st, 2013

No one particularly likes going to see the doctor. Often, patients just hope and pray their troubles will go away. While smaller issues like bruises, blisters, and stress fractures may heal on their own, toenail fungus is a more persistent problem that requires treatment.

Unfortunately, there is no easy cure once your nails have turned yellow with infection. You must wait until the diseased nail grows out, which could take 12 to 18 months. Also, you must treat the fungus daily. Nail lacquers and creams show very minuscule success rates and require daily diligence. Oral antifungal pills may lead to serious side effects, require frequent liver monitoring, and a daily dose for months on end. Laser toenail fungus treatment can cost as much as $1,500 for one session, which is not covered by insurance.

Even so, it’s worth seeing a NYC podiatrist to discuss your options if you suspect that you have toenail fungus because it will not just go away!

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Everything you need to know about toenail fungus, from prevalence to treatment options. Image Source: ToenailFungusReviews.org

Extreme Athletes and Sports Injuries: Scientists Look At What Makes Triathletes So Tough

Posted by on Wednesday, November 20th, 2013

Most people know triathlons as “that sport where you run, bike, and swim.” This type of race is notoriously grueling and requires tremendous endurance. But did you know there are actually four different variations for the most hardcore athletes to choose from? Regardless of which type of triathlon event a person signs up for, researchers from Tel Aviv University have discovered the common threads that make these athletes so exceptional.

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The Chicago Triathlon is the largest event of its type in the USA with 5,303 finishers in 2012. Image Source: TheAgeGrouper.com

Knee Injuries Plague World’s Top Skiers

Posted by on Tuesday, November 19th, 2013

Perhaps no one looks forward to the start of the Alpine ski season more than U.S. alpine ski team superstar Lindsey Vonn. Yet, the strains and physical hardship of being a world-class Olympic athlete sometimes means passing up on what you love to ensure a career with longevity. Vonn recently passed up an October race in Soelden, Austria to make her debut at the World Cup tour November 29th through December 1st in Beaver Creek, Colorado. “I am confident the extra month of training will ultimately put me in the best position to have a successful season,” she said, nine months after a knee injury. It turns out, many of the world’s top skiers suffer a knee mishap from time to time.

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A lift at the Alpine World Cup, where Lindsey Vonn will make her debut after recovering from a knee injury. Image Source: FIS-Ski.com

5 Tips For Coping With Foot Pain During Pregnancy

Posted by on Monday, November 18th, 2013

If anyone knows a thing or two about pregnancy foot pain, it’s Dr. Nadia Levy, a pregnant foot doctor working at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine in New York City. She’s on her feet all day long, which can bring about swelling and chronic pain for anyone — but especially pregnant women. In this article, Dr. Levy covers five key areas for coping with the aches and pains of the feet during these nine special months.

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Image Source: Foot.com