April Is National Foot Health Awareness Month: Get Your Feet Ready for Spring

Posted by on Friday, April 29th, 2016

Happy National Foot Health Awareness Month! As warm weather approaches and you begin to plan your summer, April is the perfect month to pause and assess your feet.

“Many Americans cannot wait to start walking, jogging, running, or hitting the gym when the warm weather returns,” said APMA President R. Daniel Davis, DPM. “With this excitement, many adults find themselves pushing their limits and suffering from foot and ankle overuse injuries, which can prevent them from keeping active. That is why it is so important to see a podiatrist as soon as you get injured.” Foot pain is a common problem – over half of Americans say it restricts even their most basic activities, like walking, while 39 percent say they would exercise more if their feet didn’t hurt.

As you prepare to trade in your snow boots for sandals, there are several other reasons to consider stopping by your podiatrist’s office.

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Make sure your feet are ready for spring and summer activities. (Image Source: Flickr CC user Phil Whitehouse)

Badminton News: Achilles Tendon Injury Marks Saina Nehwal’s Biggest Challenge

Posted by on Wednesday, April 27th, 2016

Professional badminton player Saina Nehwal has recovered from an Achilles tendon injury, but she says those six months were “the most challenging phase of her career” to date. We’d hoped to see her return at peak performance to defend her title at the Indian Open earlier this month, but she was narrowly edged out by Chinese rival Li Xuerui in a 22-20 defeat. Even so, it’s great to see Saina back in the game at all after suffering such chronic pain and disability. What caused her injury, and what did she do to get back in top shape?

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Badminton places a great deal of stress on the Achilles tendon – just ask Saina Nehwal! (Image Source: Flickr CC user Eelke)

Is Texting While Walking Screwing Up Your Gait?

Posted by on Monday, April 25th, 2016

We’ve all seen funny YouTube videos of trips, falls, and face-plants from hapless victims texting while walking. While it’s funny to watch, texting while walking is such a serious problem you could possibly go to jail for it in New Jersey. Legal repercussions aren’t the only reason it’s dangerous – it poses an even greater risk of physical injury.

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Texting while walking can be dangerous and sometimes illegal. (Image Source: Flickr CC user Garry Knight)

Interested in a Podiatry Career? A Good Podiatrist Will Soon Be Hard to Find

Posted by on Friday, April 22nd, 2016

No one knows feet like a podiatrist. While many people still see their general practitioners about chronic foot pain and visit emergency rooms for acute trauma, podiatrists fill an important niche for patients seeking personalized care from a dedicated specialist – and podiatrists are increasingly in demand. A new report by the American Staffing Association put podiatrists at the top of their skills gap index as the “hardest-to-fill position” for the fourth quarter of 2015. If you’re interested in a healthcare career, podiatry is an increasingly attractive option.

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Podiatry represents a changing industry, says a new report, which predicts a shortfall in specialists by 2020. (Image Source: Flickr CC user University of Salford Press Office)

Choosing the Right Fit For Your Feet: A Buying Guide for Squash Shoes

Posted by on Wednesday, April 20th, 2016

There are over 20 million squash players in over 185 countries, with American players the fastest growing demographic for the sport. As of 2014, there were 1.6 million players in the United States, according to US SquashSimilar to tennis, squash involves racquets and balls hit against walls (rather than over a net). Players use this high-energy sport to burn an impressive average of 750 calories per hour. However, we find many people overlook the importance of choosing the right squash shoes, so they end up here in our NY podiatry office. We’ve put together a buying guide to help you choose squash shoes that can match you on the court.

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With all the lateral movement in squash, a shoe with good midsection stability and ankle support is crucial. (Image Source: Wikipedia user Steve McFarland)

4 Possible Complications with Lapidus Bunion Surgery That Every Patient Should Know

Posted by on Monday, April 18th, 2016

While there are over 100 different types of bunion surgery, the Lapidus bunionectomy has become probably the most talked-about method for hallux valgus deformity correction in recent years. As Podiatry Today points out, the Lapidus procedure corrects the deformity at its root, preserves big toe joint function, helps prevent issues like hypermobility and excessive loading, allows for postoperative weight bearing, and improves rear foot alignment.

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At the NYY Center For Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine, we take measures to avoid bunion surgery complications. (Image Source: Flickr CC user Jessica Jasper)

Alternatives to the Ballet Flat: Finding Comfortable Flat Shoes with Arch Support

Posted by on Friday, April 15th, 2016

Too high, too pointy, too narrow  you’ve probably heard of the many ways high heels can kill your feet. Flats used to be seen as the almighty “anti-heel.” What could be better for your feet than a shoe which puts your foot in neutral alignment, flat as can be? However, podiatrists caution that flat shoes aren’t always the answer, particularly if you’re one of the 60 million Americans born with flat feet. NYC podiatrists at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine offer suggestions for healthier alternatives to ballet flats and heels.

Try a cushioned version of a ballet flat to provide your feet with stability and support. | Image Source: Flickr User katherine
Try a cushioned version of a ballet flat to provide your feet with stability and support. | Image Source: Flickr User Katherine

Avoiding Tendonitis: Hunter Pence’s Achilles Inflammation Treatment

Posted by on Wednesday, April 13th, 2016

It’s good news for San Francisco Giants fans: a precautionary MRI in March revealed no serious structural damage to Outfielder Hunter Pence’s Achilles tendon – only inflammation. He made his spring debut and hit a home run March 11th. But what exactly happened to the two-time World Series Champion? And what does his prognosis mean in terms of his longevity for the season, from a podiatrist’s perspective?

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Baseball players can present with many different types of Achilles tendon problems. (Image Source: PreferredFootAnkle.com)

Foot Injuries Caused by Cycling and Choosing the Best Cycling Shoes for Foot Pain

Posted by on Monday, April 11th, 2016

Cycling is often pitched as one of the easiest forms of exercise on the body. But that doesn’t mean you can’t sustain a foot injury. New York City is ranked one of the top “bike-friendly” cities and, at last count, we had over 20,000 cyclist commuters in the city – so, not surprisingly, we treat a lot of cyclist foot and ankle injuries here at The Center For Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine offices in Manhattan and Westchester.

Here are some common issues that arise, and what you can do to treat them.

While cycling is a low impact sport compared to running, we still see a good deal of foot and ankle injuries related to cycling at our NYC podiatry practice. (Image Source: Flickr user ewan traveler)
While cycling is a low-impact sport compared to running, we still see a good deal of foot and ankle injuries related to cycling at our NYC podiatry practice. (Image Source: Flickr user ewan traveler)

Am I Walking Funny? Get a Gait Analysis to Understand What Your Walk Says About Your Health

Posted by on Friday, April 8th, 2016

Patients come to our NYC gait analysis center, wondering, “Do I walk funny?” or “Do I walk weird?” Often, we meet with competitive runners looking to improve their stride or prevent injury. Indeed, our trained eyes can tell a lot about you based on your gait, stride, posture, and pace. Our computerized gait analysis technology can tell even more.

Come see NYC podiatrists if you have any concerns that you may have a weird walk. | Image Source: Natasha Chub-Afanasyeva
Come see NYC podiatrists if you have any concerns that you may have a weird walk. | Image Source: Natasha Chub-Afanasyeva