It’s a runner’s dream-come-true: shoes that roll up, fitting into a gym bag or a pocket with ease. It’s lightweight footwear that feels as natural as barefoot running, but without the cuts and blisters. The idea was developed by Czech inventor Petr Prochazka while planning an ultralight backpacking trip through Norway. His June 2016 Kickstarter campaign exceeded its initial $10K goal in about a month, raising over $650,000 pledged by nearly 10,000 hikers, runners, backpackers, and travelers. The Chicago Tribunenamed it one of the “internet’s favorite projects” from 2016. But the question our NYC podiatrists are interested in is, will these barefoot socks ever replace the shoe?
How much of a difference does a pair of high-performance socks really make? Just ask “true believer” and Gizmodo reader Casey Chan, who wrote: “I started long-distance running only about 1.5 years back. I just ran in generic Target cheap-o athletic socks. They were fine. For Christmas, I randomly asked for something called Smartwool’s PhD sock. They are stupid expensive for a pair of socks, but I vaguely heard they were good for long-distance trail running. HOLY COW. I only have the one pair right now, and I actually get excited on the days I go for a long run, and I find them waiting among my clan socks to wear. So comfortable, so secure, and my feet feel appreciably better. If it’s just a placebo effect, it is one hell of a placebo effect.”
NYC podiatrists at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine in Manhattan and White Plains recommend investing in the right socks for the activities you enjoy most if you want to keep your feet free from blisters, sweat, fungus, numbness, cold, chafing, calluses, and discomfort. The following suggestions have been compiled from Men’s Fitness, Field & Stream, Complex, Runner’s World,and our own experiences.
Along with warmer spring weather comes additional foot hazards for people with diabetes. A blister from a pair of strappy sandals or stepping barefoot on a hidden stone in the grass may not seem like a big deal to most people, but for people with diabetes, it can lead to a non-healing ulcer, gangrene, or even amputation. NYC podiatrists at The Center For Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine have these tips for springing into the warm season safely.
“Foot fungus” is a blanket term that includes plantar warts, athlete’s foot, and onychomycosis (toenail fungus). These infections are easily contracted around pools, locker rooms, and showers—and they’re notoriously difficult to clear up. Recurrence rates as high as 53% have been reported for toenail fungus. Antifungal soap on its own is not enough to “cure” a fungal outbreak, but it is a helpful agent in preventing future recurrences and in treating the symptoms.
The word “amputation” strikes fear in the hearts of patients with foot pain and injury. As such, it’s not a word we like to use very often here in the office. We offer the most advanced technology geared toward alleviating pain, treating the root cause of foot and ankle injuries, and salvaging limbs. Yet, we feel it’s also important to clarify that amputation isn’t what it was even twenty years ago. As the NY Times reports, many New Yorkers are choosing to lose their limbs in favor of the latest prosthetic technology to lead more active lifestyles.
Casts are common immobilization devices used in White Plains podiatry. Unfortunately, a cast can form a very unappealing odor in a matter of days. The unpleasant odor occurs when the cast becomes wet or moist for any reason. Moisture, particularly sweat, feeds the bacteria on your skin’s surface, resulting in that awful odor. While you may be doing an excellent job keeping your cast out of water, sweating can still cause you to feel self-conscious. Our NY foot surgeons have a few tips for getting through this challenging time in your recovery.
Looking for a plantar fasciitis treatment that’s on the cutting edge of science? Wonder how professional athletes rebound from chronic pain and get back into the game so fast? AmnioFix®by MiMedx is a NYC sports medicine doctor’s “secret weapon.” We offer this revolutionary product to patients at our White Plains and Manhattan offices, particularly those who are experiencing slow healing of the plantar fascia tissue.
Sports are a leading cause of injury among high school students, but did you know sports trauma is a leading cause of addiction among student athletes? WKRN News, based out of Tennessee, reports that kids who play sports have a higher than average chance of being prescribed hydrocodone, oxycodone and other potentially addictive opioid drugs following an injury. Long term usage of these potent drugs can result in physical dependence that can be challenging to overcome.
The 18-to-25 demographic is also impacted by another opioid: heroin. Many users report that they transitioned from prescription painkillers to heroin after their physicians cut off access to prescribed medications. This age demographic accounts for one of the fastest-growing population segments seeking help at addiction treatment facilities. Many of these patients were once athletes, according to Dean Porterfield, Director of Adolescent and Young Men’s Services.
This frightening reality has many concerned parents seeking sports medicine clinics that offer alternatives to prescription painkillers to lower a teen athlete’s risk of addiction. The Center For Podiatric Care & Sports Medicine, with offices in Manhattan and White Plains, offers a number of innovative therapies to address foot and ankle injuries without the usage of opioid drugs.
Generally, a low-intensity laser is applied to the injured tissue for a very short duration, at a frequency of several times per week for a few weeks. This process increases the production of adenosine triphosphate (ATP), which the cells utilize to generate energy. The cells can harness this energy to bring about faster healing.
The cell membranes also become more permeable, which means waste products can travel out of the cell more effectively, while nutrition enters the cell with greater ease. A number of positive effects have been observed in patients, including reduced inflammation, decreases in nerve irritability and increased circulation. Across the entire body, it is not uncommon to see a boost in immune cell numbers, improved nerve function and increased production of endorphins, which serve as the body’s natural painkiller.
Continue reading to learn about four of the applications of laser therapy in our White Plains podiatry practice…
“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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