Our Favorite Cooking Shoes

Posted by on Monday, December 24th, 2018

Plan on hosting holiday get-togethers over the next few week? It’s not too late to run out and grab a new pair of shoes! You may not spend 120,000 hours on your feet like a career chef, but if you’re over 40, you’ll likely feel the effects of holiday prep on your feet, hips, and lower back.

Chefs encounter a number of foot ailments, from Plantar Fasciitis (stabbing pain along the arch of the foot) to Hallux Ridigus (a stiff big toe joint, informally called “Chef’s Foot.”) A good pair of shoes makes all the difference in the world.

Our NYC podiatry team frequently makes footwear recommendations to patients looking to maintain their comfort level, particularly when entertaining family and friends. If you don’t have time to stop by and see us, these kitchen shoes can get you by in a pinch.

Don’t let foot pain get the best of you this holiday season. Treat yourself to a pair of chef shoes! [Image Source: FreeStockPhotos.biz]

4 Footwear Tips Before Your Next Vacation

Posted by on Friday, December 14th, 2018

Getting ready to travel for the winter? While many people flock to New York City to enjoy the festive atmosphere, some of us are planning a great escape to warmer weather in places like Hawaii, Florida, and the Carolinas. Comfortable shoes are something you can’t afford to forget. Here are a few tips from NYC podiatrists on making sure your footwear will be up to all the extra miles you’ll be walking on vacation.

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Are you packing the right footwear for your vacation? [Image Source: Pixabay]

NYC Podiatrists Discuss How to Heal Aching Feet Using a Parásole Recovery Sock

Posted by on Friday, July 27th, 2018

We’ve all had those days where we’ve pushed our feet too hard, ending up with swelling, blisters, cuts on the heel, corns, calluses, or soreness. The last thing you want to do in that case is slip your feet back into shoes again, but you can’t exactly gallivant around town in slippers either. Since May 15th of this year, industrial designer Tony Hendrix of San Francisco, CA has raised at least $161,577 from 2,884 investors on Kickstarter to bring the Parásole footwear option to reality.

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Parásole is a new type of hybrid footwear that’s not-quite-a-shoe and not-quite-a-sock. [Image Source: Kickstarter.com]

Ask an NY Podiatrist: Why Does My Foot Cramp When Working Out?

Posted by on Friday, July 6th, 2018

Barre classes have gotten fairly popular in recent years. In NYC, there’s Fly Barre, Physique 57, Pure Barre, Bar Method, Exhale Spa Barre, and Pop Physique to name a few. Barre is a great workout because, not only is it low-impact and fun, but it helps improve posture, flexibility, core power, and strength in every muscle group. Much like dance or yoga, some barre class participants report muscle spasms and cramps during their workouts. Some exercise has participants wondering, “Why does my foot cramp when working out?”

Why Does My Foot Cramp When Working Out
Barefoot workouts can spell foot cramps for some exercisers. Find out why. [Image Source: Unsplash user Scott Webb]

6 NYC Podiatrist Recommended Products for Healthier Feet

Posted by on Monday, May 21st, 2018

We wash, exfoliate, moisturize, and sunscreen our faces. We invest in specialty anti-aging serums and pamper ourselves with facials at the spa. So why don’t we give our feet the same TLC? After all, summer sandal weather puts them on display—at picnics, the beach, and while out shopping. If you’ve neglected your feet all winter long, here are some NYC podiatrist recommended products to help you look and feel better.

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YogaToes offers foot care with a gentle stretch if you have a family history of bunions or hammer toes. [Image Source: Amazon.com]

NYC Podiatrists Discuss Five Ways to Avoid Sore Feet While Working Out

Posted by on Monday, April 30th, 2018

The winter months tend to be more sedentary for New Yorkers who don’t necessarily love the cold. The warmer weather of late spring and early summer calls many of us out of our slumber—only to be hit with debilitating foot pain. It’s fine to stop an exercise because you feel you’ve truly given it all you’ve got or because you have to get ready for an upcoming engagement, but you don’t want to be held back by sore feet while working out. Worse yet, foot pain spills over beyond our workouts and makes general day-to-day life activities difficult and unpleasant.

Foot pain can result from a structural flaw or condition that requires professional treatment. Or, in some cases, it can just be your body’s way of “warming up” to sudden activity increases. As we’ve previously mentioned, leading a sedentary lifestyle increases the risk of developing plantar fasciitis, inflammation, muscle weakness, poor circulation, neuropathy, deep vein thrombosis, and chronic pain disorders. But it’s never too late to make changes to your daily routine that improve your quality of life and overall health.

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Walking is a great way to come out of a sedentary lifestyle. If you have sore feet while working out, an NYC podiatrist can help. [Image Source: Pixabay]

The Benefits of Orthotic Insoles: Reducing Work-Related Foot Pain

Posted by on Monday, October 23rd, 2017

The feet are your body’s foundation, absorbing the impact of your weight and providing support to the knees, back, and hips. In some industries, American workers are required to wear helmets and steel-toe boots, but too little attention is paid to the importance of having proper foot support and shock absorption for workers who are on their feet all day. The issue goes well beyond achy, throbbing feet. Over time, foot strain and fatigue make a person susceptible to musculoskeletal disorders which affect the rest of the body, resulting in absenteeism and lost work productivity. If work-related foot pain is something you or your employees struggle with, it may be wise to consider the many benefits of orthotic insoles.

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Adding custom insoles to your employee’s shoes is a proactive step toward reduced absenteeism and injury. Image Source: Flickr user Esther Max.

When Should I Visit a Podiatrist? Common Foot Problems NYC Podiatrists Treat

Posted by on Friday, October 6th, 2017

A few aches and pains are just part of the human condition, right? After all, to live is to suffer. On our best days, our bodies function like well-oiled machines, but as we get older, more often than not, we’ve got at least one little physical trifle to contend with on any given day. Going to see a podiatrist may not be the first priority on your list, but sometimes a quick visit sooner rather than later can save you from a world of hurt and the inconvenience of a lengthy recovery. If you’ve been wondering, “When should I visit a podiatrist?”, here are some common aches and pains you’ll want an NYC podiatrist to take a look at.

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NYC podiatrists can help with a variety of foot and ankle aches and pains. Image Source: HealingFeet.com.

Why Do My Feet Feel Heavy When Running? NYC Podiatrists Answer Your Questions

Posted by on Monday, October 2nd, 2017

We all know running is one of the best forms of cardio on the planet. Maybe you bought that new pair of running shoes with good intentions. You were going to hit the open road, putting one foot before the other and continuing until you reached that glorious endorphin release known as “the runner’s high.” You were going to fall in love with running, and it would be your pathway to good health and longevity.

But despite your best intentions, you may find it harder than expected to get past the sensation of your feet feeling heavy when running. It’s as if you’ve got two cinder blocks attached to your feet! Our NYC sports medicine doctors hear this complaint a lot from patients who want to know if there’s something wrong and what they can do to overcome this awful feeling of inertia. Today, we explore the possible reasons why your feet feel heavy when running and offer some tips to help you become more fleet of foot.

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Do your feet feel heavy when you run? NYC podiatrists list some possible causes. Image Source: Pixabay user Wokandapix.

Do You Have Elite Feet? Assessing Foot Alignment and Strength

Posted by on Wednesday, August 9th, 2017

Want to be healthy and strong? Total body power begins with the feet! The best runners exemplify perfect form—feet facing straight ahead, rolling from the heel through a strong arch, loading the ball of the foot and big toe, and pushing straight off the forefoot. The term for this action is “elite feet,” and it’s something we should all aspire to if we want to stay mobile and pain-free.

Foot function is too often ignored in the sports medicine field. Often, doctors address foot function only when a patient has a problem such as plantar fasciitis or tendinitis. But how the foot is loaded, aligned, and strikes the ground matters. A balanced, loaded foot leads to proper hip-muscle engagement, pelvic stability, stride power, speed, and agility. We routinely check runners at our gait analysis center to see how the body is performing, and to predict—with startling accuracy—where problems may arise.

In this article, our White Plains podiatrists discuss how to tell if you have elite feet, what exercises can strengthen foot strength and form, and what role a podiatrist may play in helping you improve foot stability.

White Plains podiatrists discuss the importance of proper "elite feet" positioning while running and walking.
White Plains podiatrists discuss the importance of proper “elite feet” positioning while running and walking. Image Source: Free Stock Photos user Petr Kratochvil.