New York City was built for walking. Everything is so close that you don’t necessarily even have to even take the subway to get where you need to go. Even if you do own a car, you probably still find yourself on foot for blocks at a time, treading the asphalt pavement and cement sidewalks like a warrior on a mission. Tens of thousands of us are avid runners on top of the everyday traction. Not surprisingly, a city like New York can be tough on your shoes.
Plantar fasciitis is a common condition that affects 2 million Americans. An estimated 1 in 10 sufferers have heel spurs, which are bony calcium deposits on the underside of the bone. It’s a common misconception that the “spur” itself is what causes the pain. In reality, only 5% of the people with heel spurs experience foot pain. Heel spurs generally develop in response to trauma like foot muscle strains, ligament tears, plantar fascia overstretching, and repeat tearing of the heel membrane.
Athletes who do a lot of running and jumping are especially prone to plantar fasciitis and heel spurs. We most commonly see the condition in runners who have flat, overpronating feet, with tight Achilles tendons and calves. Our doctors at The Center For Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine say NYC foot surgery is rarely needed to treat this condition.
More than 50 million Americans have doctor-diagnosed arthritis. There are over 100 types of arthritis, but the most common type is osteoarthritis, a degeneration of cartilage that affects 31 million U.S. men and women. Another common type is rheumatoid arthritis, which occurs when the immune system attacks healthy cartilage. By the time people reach their 60’s and 70’s, nearly 50% will have arthritis of the feet. For some people, arthritis is asymptomatic, but you are twice as likely to suffer foot pain if you have arthritis.
So what can you do to prevent this fate? To some extent, arthritis is genetic, but White Plains foot doctors say there are at least seven steps you can take today to stay mobile well into old age.
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.
Check your calendar! The NY Road Runners Club is featuring a hot-selling (and FREE!) running history tour, but you’d better sign up fast. There is just one date remaining on May 20th at 11 a.m.! “These tours are a great way to liven up your routine,” says Dr. Josef J. Geldwert, a board-certified surgeon at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine. “You’ll have an even better appreciation for the landscape on your runs once you’ve learned more about the city’s history,” he explains.
Every year, more than three million people visit U.S. emergency rooms for foot and ankle injuries. But researchers from Plainview Hospital in New York and the Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine say heading to the hospital for urgent care is not enough to protect patients from long-term effects like arthritis, chronic pain, and disability. Patients who develop tendinitis and recurrent ankle sprains often sustained an initial injury that was improperly treated. The authors of the study recommend that patients get a second opinion from a specialist like an orthopedic surgeon to confirm the diagnosis and prevent further complications from sports injuries.
Here is the second interview in our “Get To Know Your NYC Foot Surgeon” series (if you missed the first, you can learn more about Dr. Mariola Rivera here). In today’s feature, we shine a spotlight on leading NYC podiatrist and foot/ankle surgeon, Dr. Josef J. Geldwert, who also happens to be the founder of The Center For Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine! He answers both serious and fun questions so you can get to know more about him and feel comfortable when you come to our Manhattan or White Plains podiatry office.
Big toe pain is a big problem in New York City. The big toe’s function is to provide leverage to the foot during the push-off phase of the gait cycle. Along with the little toe, the health of the big toe is essential in maintaining balance while you stand. It is impossible to walk without a limp if your big toe hurts, and most people with big toe pain cannot run or even stand for long periods of time. There are many different issues associated with big toe discomfort, according to the best foot doctors in NYC at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine.
Diabetic neuropathy is a condition in which damaged nerve fibers result from improper glycemic control. According to the American Diabetic Association, about half of all people with diabetes have some form of nerve damage in their bodies. The bad news is that this damage cannot be undone once it occurs. The good news? Our White Plains foot surgeons can relieve the unpleasant symptoms of numbness and tingling and prevent amputation through nerve decompression surgery.
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.
Our Director, NY Podiatrist, Dr. Josef J. Geldwert is Board Certified in Foot and Ankle Surgery and is a recognized authority on the most advanced surgical techniques to correct bunions and hammertoes.
Dr. Katherine Lai is Board Certified in Foot Surgery and has lectured extensively on The Diabetic Foot and Wound Care and on the Scope and Practice of Holistic Podiatry at an Integrative Medicine conference.
“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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