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.
The jump rope is a great exercise tool. Just jumping at a moderate rate burns 10-16 calories per minute, which puts 10 minutes of skipping rope at the same calorie burn as running an 8-minute mile. Add three 10-minute intervals of jumping to your fitness routine to burn an extra 480 calories. It’s the ideal exercise for improving cardiovascular health, bone density, cognitive function, speed, and agility. However, many amateur athletes say they’ve been forced to quit this exercise due to severe foot pain from jumping rope, particularly in the balls of their feet. So what can be done to eliminate pain and return to your favorite fitness strategy?
“Why do my feet hurt so much when I wake up in the morning?” This is a common question patients ask our White Plains foot doctors. Some people have arthritis, others have plantar fasciitis—but some patients are healthy, active individuals encountering stiffness and chronic aches for the first time. We recommend that you stop in to see our Westchester sports medicine doctors and podiatrists if your pain does not go away after a week of following these suggestions for morning foot pain.
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Wednesday, January 25th, 2017
Walking in White Plains is a great workout, but what about the aches and pains you’ve noticed lately? Are they cause for concern? Or are they just the inevitable side effect of daily walking? Our White Plains podiatrists have the answers! If you would like more personalized care, stop by to see us at 10 Mitchell Place in zip code 10601. We’d love to help you select the right footwear, fit you with a pair of custom orthotics, perform a gait analysis, treat foot pain with the latest technology, or answer any questions you may have.
Some of you have flat feet – some of us at The Center For Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine do, too. You may have been born with them or experienced flattening over time due to age, activity, hormones, disease, or other factors. For most flat-footed people, this is just life: our feet will cause us no trouble whatsoever. But for another group of people, flat feet cause serious aches and pains that persist or worsen if not addressed. Popping over-the-counter pills like ibuprofen or acetaminophen may take the edge off, but a specialist can help you get to the root cause of your trouble.
Happy National Foot Health Awareness Month! As warm weather approaches and you begin to plan your summer, April is the perfect month to pause and assess your feet.
“Many Americans cannot wait to start walking, jogging, running, or hitting the gym when the warm weather returns,” said APMA President R. Daniel Davis, DPM. “With this excitement, many adults find themselves pushing their limits and suffering from foot and ankle overuse injuries, which can prevent them from keeping active. That is why it is so important to see a podiatrist as soon as you get injured.” Foot pain is a common problem – over half of Americans say it restricts even their most basic activities, like walking, while 39 percent say they would exercise more if their feet didn’t hurt.
As you prepare to trade in your snow boots for sandals, there are several other reasons to consider stopping by your podiatrist’s office.
Foot and ankle experts are always looking for new, conservative ways to manage heel pain and ensure successful outcomes. Surgery literally knocks patients off their feet for weeks on end, and costly technologies like laser or injection therapy are not always covered by insurance. Then there are complex therapies like taking prescription medication on a schedule or coming in for regular physical therapy sessions that require a lot of patient compliance. As an alternative solution, one Baton Rouge doctor says she has designed a flip-flop that works wonders for plantar fasciitis. Some of our patients who have read this story want to know: Can heel pain treatment be that simple?
It was the last few weeks of my second pregnancy when I noticed a slight ache and a strange twitching on the outside of my left heel, along the bottom edge. What part of my anatomy was acting up? The structure residing in this location is called the abductor digiti minimi. During a pregnancy, muscles, ligaments, and tendons alike tend to become more lax and stretch out. One has to be careful not to overdo it. Shortly after my first pregnancy, I strained my Achilles tendon pretty badly running around with my dogs in the yard. I asked NYC podiatrists at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine to shed some light on my lateral heel pain — before it’s too late and I injure myself!
“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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Dr. Josef J. Geldwert DPM, Dr. Katherine Lai DPM, Dr. Ryan Minara, DPM, and Dr. Mariola Rivera DPM serving Westchester County, White Plains, Ardsley, Bronxville, Harrison NY, Larchmont, Mamaroneck, New Rochelle, Rye, Scarsdale, Rye Brook, Chappaqua, and the surrounding area.
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