We often hear about foot problems sustained by athletes, people who work on their feet all day, and busy socialites who live in their high heel shoes. But what about people who lead relatively inactive, sedentary lifestyles? What about the elderly, the disabled, or the obese? What foot problems are these patients most likely to suffer? White Plains foot doctors talk about injuries commonly affecting those who are sedentary and how to overcome inertia to lead a healthier lifestyle.
Foot pain is a reality for many people with diabetes, but it doesn’t have to be that way, according to the NYC foot and ankle specialists at The Center For Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine. “Fortunately, some of the most natural treatments also happen to be some of the most successful at the long-term management of diabetic foot pain,” says Dr. Josef J. Geldwert. Today, we explore the types of diabetic foot pain and the role your diet plays in alleviating the symptoms.
You don’t have to venture far to take a “vacation” from New York City, as great opportunities to break out your walking shoes and explore new surroundings are less than three hours away. Whether you love to shop, stroll alongside beautiful landscapes, grab a bite to eat, or check out unique attractions, these podiatrist-recommended day trips from NYC will stretch your legs and help you lead the healthy, active lifestyle you envision.
Can you feel the excitement in the air? The 17th annual NYC Triathlon is almost upon us! On July 16th, thousands of athletes will flock to New York City for a 1,500m swim, 40K bike ride, and 10K run. A Central Park festival and awards ceremony take place after the big race to celebrate individual achievements.
The time to beat from last year is 1 hour, 48 minutes, 31 seconds for men, and 1 hour, 57 minutes, 59 seconds for women. Last year’s top finishers were from Colorado and Missouri, but a local Brooklyn resident finished in third place for the men, and another New York City resident came in fifth for women.
Dr. Josef J. Geldwert, leading Manhattan foot/ankle specialist and founder of The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine, will lead the medical team for the NYC Tri. They’ll be busy treating any acute injuries that arise over the course of the event. In this interview, Dr. Geldwert explains what can be expected from such an intense physical competition.
Flat feet can be a real bummer. This common condition predisposes people to ankle, knee, hip, lower back, and tendon pain. The Framingham Foot Study of more than 3,000 adults found that people with flat feet tended to get more arthritis, bunions, and hammer toes than people with high arches. In our practice, we see a greater propensity for shin splints, front foot pain, calluses, and posterior tibial tendinitis among flat-footed patients. We feel your pain—some of our doctors have lived with flat feet their whole lives. However, simply wearing the right supportive footwear can prevent the everyday aches and pains and also reduce your risk of developing more serious conditions, so today we give you a run down of the best shoes for individuals with flat feet.
For people with debilitating pain in the forefoot that does not respond to pads or cushioned shoes, surgery can help. The procedure is designed to treat fat pad atrophy, a condition suffered by people with high arches, excess weight, or a history of steroid injections. The goal is to improve the everyday lives of people who have worn down the fat pads in the balls of their feet. One Pennsylvania podiatrist explained, “They’re not looking to wear stiletto type shoes. They’re just looking to be able to walk in a grocery store or walk with their children down the street.” Our NYC foot surgeons find that plantar fat grafting is the most effective way to address the root problem and get patients back on their feet again.
When you imagine body builders, do you picture bulging biceps and powerful quads? Does “weightlifting” conjure up images of bench presses and deadlifts? That’s what we think of, too. But the feet should be revered as the real powerlifters in the body! When you run, for instance, the feet bear up to four times your body weight in terms of impact-absorption. The feet are often overlooked, but without strong, stable feet, we become prone to injuries of the ankles, knees, back, and neck. The strength of your arch—or, as us White Plains foot doctors like to call it, your “foot core”—is necessary for proper foot and bodyalignment.
People with a predisposition toward bunions start to notice abnormal developments around their big or small toes by the time they reach their twenties or thirties. Bunions can strike at any age, however, according to the Manhattan podiatrists at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine. Kids can even develop surprisingly adult-like bunions at very young ages. “We recommend that parents hold off on surgical considerations until the child has reached skeletal maturity and the growth plates have closed,” says Dr. Josef J. Geldwert, DPM. He says this occurs between 13-15 for girls and 15-17 for boys. In the meantime, there are conservative measures that may prevent the bunion from getting worse.
What better way to take charge of your health and mobility than to get out walking every day? In New York City, there is no shortage of interesting ways to put on your running shoes and explore new nooks and crannies. We love the many NYC walking tours that shed light and perspective on the history of this great city, and one of the newest options is “The Unofficial Hamiltour” offered by award-winning tour operator Broadway Up Close.
Actress Gwyneth Paltrow was spotted in Los Angeles at the end of May, wearing a soft cast on her right foot. The Daily Mailspeculated that the cause could have been Paltrow’s assertion that “earthing”—walking without shoes to “absorb electrons from the earth and neutralize free radicals”—is the way to improve mood, inflammation, and insomnia. They also pointed to ex-husband Chris Martin’s admission that Paltrow suffers from osteopenia, a decrease in bone density and a precursor to osteoporosis. She appeared on Jimmy Kimmel a few days ago to set the record straight.
“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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