When White Plains podiatrists conduct X-rays on patients with plantar fasciitis, about one in ten will have a bone spur. Patients who hear this fact often assume some type of “bony outgrowth” is the root cause of their stabbing pain. However, the reality is that only one in twenty people with heel spurs experience foot pain, and often, heel pain can be treated without removing the spur. Here are five facts you may not know about what causes foot spurs and the treatment options available.
Some Olympic weightlifting shoes have raised heels designed to help weightlifters maintain a straight posture and compensate for limited ankle mobility. These heels are much different than the high heels you may wear out on a Saturday night, though. For starters, the heels are much broader and are usually 0.75 inches or shorter—which is much lower than two or three-inch fashion heels or six-inch stilettos. In fact, many foot and ankle experts caution avid weightlifters and strength trainers against wearing high heel shoes altogether.
As avid runners, the podiatrists and sports medicine doctors at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine love any chance to get outdoors, clock our miles, and keep our feet stretched. In our opinion, running is one of the best ways to strengthen the muscles of the foot and ankle to ensure greater mobility for years to come. City Running Tours is one of the local operators offering a chance to jog around and learn about different parts of our beautiful NYC. And their tagline, “Sweat and sightsee in New York City,” sounds like a good motto to us!
New York City is a great place to be every day, but especially today—Global Running Day! There are many ways to celebrate around the city, whether you are a runner yourself or you just want to support loved ones who are passionate about staying active. This year, young runners can pledge to be a part of the Million Kid Run, and adults can participate in free events in all five boroughs.
Is foot pain simply “a fact of life” for bartenders and baristas who are on their feet for long shifts? We don’t think so. While 77% of Americans have experienced foot problems at some point, only 20% regularly think about their foot health. Prioritizing something as simple as buying the right shoes or doing a few stretches can go a long way in having pain-free days, no matter your profession.
Furniture legs, doors, walls—there are limitless ways to stub your toe. If you’ve ever had the misfortune, then you know IT HURTS LIKE A MOTHER! Many patients say their stubbed toes hurt worse than fractures they’ve previously suffered—and yet, stubbed toes are rarely serious injuries. The extreme pain associated with a stubbed toe brings many people to our White Plains podiatry office asking, “Why does a minor toe injury cause such agony?”
Are you tired of having throbbing, aching feet after spending a couple hours in high heels? If so, you are not alone. High heel pain is one of the most common issues NYC podiatrists treat. After working with many women who complained of foot pain from uncomfortable shoes, dancer and certified Pilates instructor Ilaria Cavagna devised a new workout for stretching and strengthening overtaxed feet.
In Manhattan, there’s no shortage of unique ways to stay busy and active, but one of our podiatrists’ favorite activities is touring the city to learn more about local NYC history. The NYC Slavery and the Underground Railroad Tour is one you won’t want to miss. With up to twelve people per group, the tour starts out at the National Museum of the American Indian and takes you around the Financial District of the early 1800’s as you’ve never known it before.
Achilles tendon injuries can spell the end of the line for some NFL players. After all, two-thirds of NFL players are “never the same” after their Achilles injuries, and over a third never return to professional sports. However, despite the havoc an Achilles injury can cause, recent advances in surgical techniques and rehabilitation have helped players such as Demaryius Thomas and Leon Hall to bounce back after their injuries.
Unfortunately, running backs often don’t fare as well. RBs like Mikel Leshoure, Edgar Bennett, and Andre Brown never fully recovered from their Achilles tears. NFL.com speculates that “perhaps it’s because the position relies so heavily on a combination of speed, cutting ability, and physicality.”
Meanwhile, Branden Oliver—who recently signed a one-year contract with the Los Angeles Chargers—is taking matters into his own hands. He purchased an electrical current device to cut his healing time in half and ensure greater career longevity.
Patients often wonder, “Why do my feet hurt after a long walk?” The most common reason for aching feet is simply inflammation and swelling from blood being forced down into your feet to compensate for the increased pounding. To reduce inflammation that results from walking, you should wear shock-absorbing footwear like hiking boots or athletic trainers, stretch before walking, and bring along a bottle of water to stay hydrated.
If you don’t walk on a regular basis and you try to take a five-mile hike, you will likely suffer foot pain later that day. If your feet still hurt in the morning, it’s definitely a sign you’ve pushed yourself too hard all at once. The good news is, the more you train, the better you should feel.
You should notice improvement from propping your feet up on a few pillows above the heart level, icing your soles, taking over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication, or soaking your feet in Epsom salt. Foot pain that persists for more than a couple of days could be a sign of a more serious condition that requires treatment from a NYC podiatrist.
“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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