Cannes Film Festival turned away several women in their 50s from the screening of “Carol,” a feminist drama starring Cate Blanchett, for wearing rhinestone flats instead of high heels. According to Screen Daily, some of the guests “had medical conditions” that prevented them from slipping into heeled shoes. Staff reportedly told some of the women they could “go and buy appropriate shoes and come back.”
Even the wife of Asif Kapadia, a filmmaker who was screening a documentary about Amy Winehouse, said his wife was initially turned away for Cannes’ unwritten shoe policy, but later let in. Vicci Ho, a former festival programmer, said her ankle issues ruled out high heels. “It’s been ridiculous this year,” she told BBC Newsbeat. “Cannes need to catch up with the times. Being fashionable for a woman is no longer about wearing heels.
As NYC podiatrists, we see the devastating toll high heels can take on a woman, day-in and day-out. Tendinitis, nerve damage, bunions, fallen arches and heel pain are just a few of the conditions we regularly treat in business women, models and heel-lovers alike. Donning a pair of stilettos for a red carpet event isn’t likely to utterly ruin all wearers, but even a few hours in high heels can be excruciating for women with medical conditions like plantar fasciitis, arthritis, Achilles tendon injuries, or severe bunions. We’re dismayed to hear that the Cannes organizers would make such a fuss about flats. It’s not like women were trying to wear casual running shoes or flip-flops to a red carpet event, after all! We’re not the only ones outraged by “Flatgate.”
Kyrie Irving is not one to be slowed down by injury. While the point guard suffered a bad toe ligament injury that sidelined him for nearly his entire freshman season at Duke, he’s also the sort of guy who’ll play through NBA games wearing a protective mask for his broken jaw. The high point of Irving’s career was the 57 points he scored on March 12th, which included a three-pointer at the buzzer, which took the Cleveland Cavaliers into overtime and enabled their 128-125 win against the San Antonio Spurs. Now that his team has defeated the Celtics and the Bulls to face the Atlanta Hawks in the semi-finals, the last thing they want to hear is that one of their big stars has a sprained foot.
A few post-pregnancy aches and pains will be inevitable, but one thing’s for sure: you want to be back on your feet as quickly as possible! You’ll likely be running up and down stairs to do the laundry multiple times a week and put the baby in for a nap, not to mention you’ll be antsy to take your little one out in the stroller as soon as you can. The stress on a woman’s feet during pregnancy is oft-overlooked, but should be a top concern if you want to stay mobile. Our NYC podiatrists will help you understand some of the foot changes during pregnancy and how to cope with common pregnancy foot complications.
“About 30 percent of people have a flat foot,” says Dr. Josef J. Geldwert of The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine in NYC. “This surprisingly common condition may cause pain, cramping or spasms, especially after prolonged standing or physical activity. The pain can be limiting — causing people to walk slower or stop running. Over the long term, the increased stress placed on other joints can lead to ankle arthritis, knee problems or stress fractures.” Basketball players are among some of the most common patients Dr. Geldwert treats for flat foot.
Matthew Mattison was training for his second Ironman in his hometown of Coeur D’Alene. He completed a rigorous workout with his professional triathlete friends — swimming, biking, and running. He recalls, “The day I ruptured my Achilles, I had done a solid 2.5 hour ride and right into a 12 mile run and then decided to go play in a men’s league basketball game.” He wasn’t thinking of how the basketball game would exert his already stretched and strained Achilles; he was thinking of tacking on a speed workout.
“Well, I didn’t make it very far,” Mattison continued. “Less than a minute into the game and a few times up and down the court, POP! A slight push off and my game and hopes of racing in June were over. I had no idea that was just the beginning of a long and emotional journey.”
This story is not at all uncommon at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine in New York City, which specializes in the treatment of Achilles injuries, ruptures and tendinitis. We see a third of all Achilles ruptures in the spring, when our so-called “weekend warrior” patients emerge from their winter hibernation and attempt to make up for lost time.
“For many brides, sore and blistered feet are the price they pay for a fashionable wedding day photo-shoot,” says NYC Podiatrist Dr. Katherine Lai, DPM. “What seemed like a good idea at the time can result in sheer agony in the subsequent days, especially when you’re dancing a lot – your feet are swelling, and the heels are rubbing against your skin.” Most people try to deal with the agony at home, but Dr. Lai says The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine in New York City fields more questions this time of year from concerned newlyweds who need advice on how to treat blisters, numbness, pain and swelling.
NYC podiatrists see many patients who say they can’t understand why their feet hurt when they are wearing “good” shoes. Running shoes offer enough cushioning for putting in a lot of mileage and enough traction to prevent slipping around on slick grass or pavement. Therefore, many people believe that running shoes are the most comfortable type of athletic shoe for everyday use. However, wearing running shoes for aerobics, walking, or other activities can actually set people up for injury down the road. Patients with issues like plantar fasciitis, tendinitis, ankle sprains, metatarsalgia, seismoiditis, arch pain, stress fractures and pain in the legs, knees or back can all benefit from a change in footwear. Walking shoes or cross-trainers are better options for most people who are not going out on a run.
The Citizen-Times of North Carolina recently published an article telling the story of Steven Triplett, a Warren Wilson College senior basketball player. Triplett repeatedly injured his ankle playing basketball, which ultimately resulted in is receiving a lateral ligament reconstruction. This surgery enabled Triplett to return to the sport he loves. At The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine in Manhattan and White Plains, we treat acute ankle trauma just like the one suffered by Triplett, as well as chronic ankle instability and residual pain. Our team of knowledgeable and experienced podiatric surgeons will explore every option for rehabilitation, whether it’s a slower, non-invasive recovery or a more aggressive surgical approach that takes your future athletic career into consideration.
Bunions are a surprisingly common foot ailment, with literature suggesting that they affect about 23% of the adult (18-65 years old) population. Among the elderly (65 years and older), more than a third of the population presents with bunions at their local podiatrist offices. Given their prevalence, it’s understandable that when a patient comes in with a big bump on his or her toe, they assume they’re dealing with a bunion. But be careful, not all bumps are bunions! The bumps that people mistake for bunions frequently turn out to be something else entirely— something called a bone spur! At The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine in NYC, we have all the diagnostic tools necessary to make an accurate diagnosis and set you on a successful course of treatment.
About 85% of people who undergo elective bunion surgery will be completely satisfied with the outcome. The remaining 15% observe some improvement, but continue to experience some pain due to limitations with shoe choice or how active they are. A small percentage of those patients may go on to have revision bunion surgery. So, how do you cut down the risk factors and ensure that you’re one of the 85%? NY podiatrists recommend the following five tips for a successful bunion surgery.
“I am so grateful for having had Dr. Geldwert perform bunion surgery on both of my feet. I have complete confidence in him and continue to see him for other sports related injuries. I was cautious about having surgery for the first time, but his knowledge, patience, and skill made me completely comfortable in trusting him. And I couldn’t be any happier with the results!! When anything else feels wrong with my feet, I love that I now know to go immediately to him. He is my top choice for anyone searching for the best foot fixer/surgeon/sports doctor in NYC! Thank you, Dr. Geldwert!!!”
– J. M., Manhattan, NY
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