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.
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.
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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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.
“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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