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.
As podiatrists, we love pampering our feet as much as you do and find pedicures a great way to unwind. But we’re always cautious about the risk of foot infections, especially since they can escalate so quickly. In worst-case scenarios, a weekend spa trip can turn into a Monday hospital visit, which is anything but relaxing.
Research from the American Podiatric Medical Association suggests that up to 77% of Americans have suffered from some type of foot pain in their lives. Half of all aging adults say that foot problems or pain have limited their day-to-day activities at times. For senior citizens, this means they aren’t able to enjoy daily activities like taking daily walks for cardiovascular health, volunteering at their local charities, continuing working, or playing with grandchildren.
Here at the Center For Podiatric Care & Sports Medicine offices in Westchester and Manhattan, we work with a number of people over 60 who want to lead active, fulfilling lives well into their “Golden Years” and who understand that the key to doing that is preventing foot problems and maintaining healthy, happy feet. Each pair of feet we treat is unique, but there is some general advice that can be applied to everyone.
An estimated 3% of the U.S. population is believed to have problems with excessive sweating known as hyperhidrosis.1https://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/007259.htm While that may not seem like a lot, this figure translates to more than 9.5 million people walking around with soggy socks or saturated armpits day in and day out! Less than 40% of the people suffering with excessive sweating seek medical treatment, says the US National Library of Medicine, but seeing a podiatrist can make all the difference in the world to your quality of life!
Our days of walking barefoot on beaches and sitting on outdoor patios in sandals may have come to a close, but that doesn’t mean our feet have to be forgotten! The autumn season brings satisfying scents that soothe the senses and warm the soul. NYC podiatrists at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine can take care of all your most difficult foot care needs, including the relief of pain and deformity, but we also have a number of DIY foot pampering suggestions you can try at home.
The latest series of guidelines to come down the pipeline from the American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society urge caution and restraint in treating a number of conditions.1http://www.aofas.org/medical-community/health-policy/Documents/Choosing_Wisely_FINAL_9.5.14.pdf Podiatrists may be too quick to offer prescriptions or therapies, telling patients what they want to hear — rather than judiciously recommending treatments based on symptoms and trying the most conservative options first. While this may be frustrating to patients — especially ones who have recently switched foot doctors — sometimes less is best in this industry. Here’s what the society recently had to say about everything from bunions and flat feet to plantar fasciitis and Morton’s neuromas.
Foot odor is the elephant in the room: everyone notices, but no one speaks of it. While anyone’s feet will begin to stink when going sock-less in stuffy canvas, some feet may smell more than others. What gives? There are two components that directly contribute to the amount of stench a foot produces — sweat and bacteria.
The foot contains 250,000 sweat glands, so it’s not surprising that there is so much perspiration taking place. However, some people have a condition called hyperhidrosis that causes the feet to sweat more than normal. Other health conditions like low testosterone, low blood sugar, menopause, tuberculosis, malaria and cancer can all cause profuse sweating. There are a few things you can do at home to reduce sweat . Change sweaty socks halfway through the day, put cedar insoles in your shoes, choose more breathable shoes (like leather or sandals), buy moisture-wicking socks, and use absorbent foot powders.
The pungent stench itself comes from the bacteria feasting on sweat, defecating and reproducing. Gross, right? All feet have a microbial profile, but you want to make sure you are practicing good foot hygiene and addressing any bacterial or fungal infections promptly. Keeping the feet free from dead, dry skin cells and foot wounds like blisters will discourage bacterial colonization. You can also use antibacterial wipes, soak your feet in vinegar and water, and sanitize your shoes regularly. Beyond the home remedies, board-certified podiatrists at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine in NYC can help you address the root causes of your foot odor problem using three advanced approaches.
“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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