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.

Foot Pain From Jumping Rope: Exploring Possible Causes and Treatment Options

Posted by on Monday, July 31st, 2017

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?

Jumping rope is great exercise, but be sure to take care of your feet!
Jumping rope is great exercise, but be sure to take care of your feet! Image Source: Pixabay user wandus.

White Plains Podiatrists Offer Tips For Treating Morning Foot Stiffness

Posted by on Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017

“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.

How do your feet feel in the morning? If they are stiff and achy, White Plains foot doctors can help.
How do your feet feel in the morning? If they are stiff and achy, White Plains foot doctors can help. Image Source: Flickr user Juan Antonio F. Segal.

6 Common White Plains Walking Injuries

Posted by on 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.

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White Plains, NY is a bustling place for walkers, so long as they don’t suffer from these common aches and pains in their feet! (Image Source: PublicDomainPictures.net)

Does Wearing Compression Socks Really Help Foot Pain?

Posted by on Friday, October 21st, 2016

Compression socks have been all over the news in recent years, but is it all hype, or do they really help with running performance, foot pain, and injury recovery? As NYC podiatrists and sports medicine doctors, we do recommend a lot of compression socks. Many elite athletes and celebrity runners swear by them, too.

Compression socks aren't just for diabetics anymore!
Compression socks aren’t just for diabetics anymore! Image Source: Flickr user triitalian.

NYC Podiatrist Recommended Walking Tour: DIY Pokémon Go In Manhattan

Posted by on Friday, September 30th, 2016

Searching for Pokémon characters in Manhattan? Our NYC podiatrists have a walking tour for you—plus a few tips for safe travels.

Flat Footed? How Do You Know When to Seek Flat Foot Treatment or Surgery?

Posted by on Friday, May 27th, 2016

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.

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There are many treatment options to help you cope with the pain of having totally flat feet, say NY podiatrists. (Image Source: Pexels CC user Josh Willink)

April Is National Foot Health Awareness Month: Get Your Feet Ready for Spring

Posted by on Friday, April 29th, 2016

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.

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Make sure your feet are ready for spring and summer activities. (Image Source: Flickr CC user Phil Whitehouse)

Can Flip Flops Heal Foot Pain? A Review of Healing Sole Shoes

Posted by on Friday, March 18th, 2016

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?

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Can the answer to plantar fasciitis foot pain lie in a new sandal? (Image Source: TheHealingSole.com)

Having Lateral Heel Pain? It Could Be Your Abductor Digiti Minimi

Posted by on Friday, January 15th, 2016

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!

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If you have pain or twitching on the outer part of the heel or ankle, you could have an injury to your abductor digiti minimi. Image source: Flickr CC user Tony Alter