The Dangers of a Sedentary Lifestyle: How Inactivity Affects Your Feet

Posted by on Wednesday, July 12th, 2017

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.

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White Plains foot doctors explain how being sedentary can cause foot problems. Image Source: Flickr user dagoaty.

Understanding How Your Diet Affects Diabetic Foot Pain

Posted by on Monday, July 10th, 2017

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.

Food is a diabetic's best weapon against inflammation and high blood sugar.
Food is a diabetic’s best weapon against inflammation and high blood sugar. Image Source: Pixabay user jill111.

Foot Doctors Recommend Best Walking Tours Outside of New York City

Posted by on Friday, July 7th, 2017

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.

Valley Forge is a great place to spend the day and get some walking in.
Valley Forge is a great place to spend the day and get some walking in. Image Source: Wikimedia user Rdsmith4.

Dr. Josef Geldwert to Head the Medical Team For the 2017 NYC Triathlon

Posted by on Wednesday, July 5th, 2017

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.

The NYC Triathlon is an intense event, and Dr. Geldwert will be running the event's medical team.
The NYC Triathlon is intense, and Dr. Geldwert will be running the event’s medical team. Image Source: Flickr user Peter Galvin.

Ten Best Shoes for Flat Feet and Tips for Reducing Pain

Posted by on Monday, July 3rd, 2017

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.

Some shoes are better for individuals with flat feet.
Some shoes are better for individuals with flat feet. Image Source: Flickr user Esther Max.

NYC Podiatrists Discuss Fat Pad Foot Surgery Using Grafts

Posted by on Friday, June 30th, 2017

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.

Fat pads help the feet absorb shock, so what do you do when they've worn down?
Fat pads help the feet absorb shock, so what do you do when they’ve worn down? Image Source: Pixabay user cromaconceptovisual.

White Plains Foot Doctors Explain Exercises to Increase Foot Strength for Athletes

Posted by on Wednesday, June 28th, 2017

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 body alignment.

Athletes need strong feet.
Strong feet are necessary for athletes. Image Source: Pexels.

Considering the Pros and Cons of Bunion Surgery: Treatment Options and Recovery

Posted by on Monday, June 26th, 2017

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.

Is it time to get your bunion fixed, or are you too young to worry?
Is it time to get your bunion fixed, or are you too young to worry? Image Source: Flickr user Esther Max.

NYC Podiatrist Recommended Broadway Walking Tour: The Unofficial Hamiltour

Posted by on Friday, June 23rd, 2017

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.

Have a passion for theatre? Get out your walking shoes for this five-star tour by Broadway Up Close!
Have a passion for theatre? Get out your walking shoes for this five-star tour by Broadway Up Close! Image Source: Wikimedia user Martin-D.

Celebrity News: Did Osteopenia Cause Gwyneth Paltrow’s Foot Fracture?

Posted by on Wednesday, June 21st, 2017

Actress Gwyneth Paltrow was spotted in Los Angeles at the end of May, wearing a soft cast on her right foot. The Daily Mail speculated 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.