Don’t Get Caught Flat-Footed!

Posted by on Monday, January 9th, 2017

Most people have a small gap under the arch when they stand. Babies and some adults have completely flat feet, which may or may not cause symptoms of pain. When the connecting ligaments and muscles are strained, patients may suffer pain beyond the immediate foot arches and inner ankle — and up through the calves, hips, knees, and back, as well. The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine offices in Manhattan and White Plains, NY, offer a number of non-invasive therapies to help people suffering from this type of pain. The worst cases can also be treated with Subtalar Joint Arthroereisis by one of our experienced board-certified podiatric surgeons.

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Surgical implants can keep the sinus tarsi in a fixed open position, creating a natural arch in the foot to relieve excess pressure. (Image Source: Hyprocure.com)

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)

There’s Hope: Fashionable Shoes For Women With Big Feet

Posted by on Monday, May 16th, 2016

Caroline Stillman could never find the right shoes. If you have a common foot size, you might occasionally experience this problem when you go shopping and your size is sold out. But Stillman’s problem was that she couldn’t find shoes in size 11. We’ve heard the same frustrations from many women with large feet. She’s not alone. It’s hard to watch from the sidelines as your friends slip into dainty heels that are dwarfed by your big toe. But Stillman has hatched a plan to help women who share her problem.

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Want high fashion in large sizes? A UK woman might have the answer. (Image Credit: Flickr CC User DenisDenis)

Do You Need Flat Foot Implants? 3 Success Stories of Flat Foot Surgery

Posted by on Friday, September 25th, 2015

Flexible flatfoot is a common deformity in kids, believed to affect over a third of children by age six. One study published in the journal of Pediatrics found that most interventions were unnecessary, as the deformity naturally corrected itself in about half of all patients by age 11.1http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16882817 Arch formation often does not truly begin until age five, so it makes sense that it takes a while for foot structure to fully develop. Whether due to obesity, rigorous sports activity, choice of footwear, or genetics, some children develop unusually severe foot pain or walking abnormalities affecting other parts of the skeletal system. For these patients, flat foot implants may be necessary. Thankfully, revolutions in medical devices and implant procedures have made this a relatively quick and easy surgery.2http://www.mcall.com/business/mc-medical-company-flat-feet-fix-20150824-story.html

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1. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16882817
2. http://www.mcall.com/business/mc-medical-company-flat-feet-fix-20150824-story.html

Study: Judo Helps Kids with Flat Feet Develop Arches

Posted by on Friday, September 11th, 2015

Flat feet are a common phenonenon in children, particularly in boys who are overweight and do not exercise much. All babies are born with flat feet, but most develop arch structure by age six. It is estimated that a third of individuals do not develop an arch at all, however.

Sometimes lacking a foot arch doesn’t cause any trouble and those with this problem will go on to lead perfectly comfortable, healthy lives. However, more often than not, foot pain becomes problematic later in life after years of wearing shoes not designed for perfectly flat feet. Having flat feet can alter foot position, gait, and balance as well.

The good news is that recent research suggests the answer for preventing flat foot development may be as simple as enrolling your child in Judo lessons!

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Judo is a great exercise for young children, especially for the prevention of flat foot. Image source: Flickr CC  user cookylida