April is Foot Health Month. Maintaining healthy feet is essential to enjoying all that life has to offer. By the time individuals reach 50, they will have logged an astounding 75,000 miles. Your car can’t drive that far without needing a check-up, so why should you? As you get older, it becomes more important to find a podiatrist who can help you care for your feet—particularly if you have diabetes, cardiovascular issues, high blood pressure, nail disorders, bunions, or undiagnosed pain. Here’s how you can get your feet ready for spring and the fashion that warmer weather brings.
NYC podiatrists do their best to keep wounds clean, dry, and free from infection. Yet, individual healing factors can be unpredictable. According to published data, the incidence of postoperative surgical site infection following foot and ankle surgery is reported between 1.0% to 5.3%. Diabetics are the most at-risk patients for infected, non-healing wounds. An estimated 25% of diabetics will develop a foot ulcer at some point in their lifetime. Many patients have misconceptions about caring for open ankle and foot wounds. Dr. Katharine Lai is a Board-Certified Foot Surgeon who has lectured extensively on Diabetic Foot Wound Care. She shares expert insights for foot wound care in today’s blog.
Are your feet ready for romance? It’s easy to overlook the body part we’re always hiding away in shoes and socks, but when passions ignite, you don’t want to be distracted by insecurities about cracked heels, stinky Limburger feet, or jagged, yellow toenails. As Valentine’s Day draws near, we feel your desire to get any foot issues dealt with swiftly before your dinner date commences. Our NYC podiatrists recommend these foot care tips for sexy Valentine’s Day feet.
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If you were lucky enough to find a pair of sparkly ankle socks underneath your tree this year, then you’ll be happy to know you could be a forerunner of fashion for the coming year! According to the UK Guardian, “Glitter socks with an open-toed sandal are set to everywhere at Christmas parties this season.” NYC podiatrists explore the surprising glitter socks trend as we move into 2018.
As New York gears up for the ball drop ushering out 2017 and welcoming in 2018, New York City foot and ankle specialists gear up for a busy week or two. “New Year’s Eve is one of those celebrations where we know our bodies are going to feel it the next day, but we live dangerously anyway,” says NYC podiatrist Mariola Rivera, DPM. “One full night of high heels is enough to cripple a woman for the entire week, so it’s important to do what you can to minimize the pain and inflammation, even if you can’t give up your favorite pair of high heels.”
So in hopes of helping you ring in the new year with safety and comfort for your feet, our NYC podiatrists are offering their top eight tips for how to avoid high heel pain this New Year’s Eve.
Dry foot skin can be a real problem once the weather becomes cold in New York. Not only do your feet itch and stick to the blankets at night, but they can also crack, exposing you to infection. The primary purpose of the skin is to act as a barrier that keeps pesky pathogens away—and there are a LOT of microbes on our feet! Open sores, damaged cuticles, blisters, ulcers, calluses, and heel fissures are all common ways bacteria can get into the body, causing widespread infections like cellulitis. Fortunately, there is an easy way to keep your feet happy this winter: foot cream. Today, our NYC podiatrists cover the ten best moisturizing foot creams to prevent and treat dry skin at home.
Hispanics and Latinos make up 27.5% of New York City’s population. This group suffers from foot pain and health issues like any other, yet they tend to be more reluctant to seek professional help. The first step toward wellness is asking your primary doctor to check your feet and give you a referral to a foot and ankle specialist who can offer state-of-the-art care. Dr. Mariola Rivera, DPM is a friend to Hispanics and Latinos in the New York City area who are looking for a Spanish-speaking, board-certified podiatrist to add to their healthcare team.
Thinking of booking an appointment at a New York City spa for a summer pedicure? Certain foot conditions warrant a trip to your local podiatrist before you set foot anywhere else. Not only can infectious pathogens possibly spread to other people, but spa practitioners often aren’t trained to deal with foot issues—and more often than not will make any existing problems worse—probably not quite the relaxing spa day you had in mind.
Here are three good reasons to see a podiatrist rather than a pedicurist.
Eventually, most people come down with aches and pain in the feet they just can’t shake.
“I’m just getting old,” some people concede. Or “I’m just on my feet a lot” is another common rationalization we hear in response to chronic foot pain and injury.
It’s important to realize that pain is your body’s way of communicating that something is wrong—and it is not something we should accept as “a fact of life.” Pain and injury are particularly difficult for passionate long distance runners in training, for whom “taking it easy” just isn’t an option. For these people, what can we as experts do to help?
Our own Dr. Josef J. Geldwert has seen every foot problem you can imagine (and some you probably can’t). With 43 years of experience as an NYC foot and ankle specialist, he’s aided the recovery of Olympic athletes, professional tennis players, marathon runners, and even served as the podiatrist for many local sports teams, including the NY Power, NY Liberty, NY Magic and NY Lizards. But coming out of the winter months, pro athletes aren’t the only ones training – many New York natives hit Central Park and seek a fresh start. If you’re planning an active summer, Dr. Geldwert shares his insight on a few common summer foot problems.
“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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