We wash, exfoliate, moisturize, and sunscreen our faces. We invest in specialty anti-aging serums and pamper ourselves with facials at the spa. So why don’t we give our feet the same TLC? After all, summer sandal weather puts them on display—at picnics, the beach, and while out shopping. If you’ve neglected your feet all winter long, here are some NYC podiatrist recommended products to help you look and feel better.
If you’ve ever broken a bone, you know that a pop is not a good sound. White Plains podiatrists come across popping, crackling, and snapping sounds in the foot for a variety of reasons—not always due to fracture.
The winter months tend to be more sedentary for New Yorkers who don’t necessarily love the cold. The warmer weather of late spring and early summer calls many of us out of our slumber—only to be hit with debilitating foot pain. It’s fine to stop an exercise because you feel you’ve truly given it all you’ve got or because you have to get ready for an upcoming engagement, but you don’t want to be held back by sore feet while working out. Worse yet, foot pain spills over beyond our workouts and makes general day-to-day life activities difficult and unpleasant.
Foot pain can result from a structural flaw or condition that requires professional treatment. Or, in some cases, it can just be your body’s way of “warming up” to sudden activity increases. As we’ve previously mentioned, leading a sedentary lifestyle increases the risk of developing plantar fasciitis, inflammation, muscle weakness, poor circulation, neuropathy, deep vein thrombosis, and chronic pain disorders. But it’s never too late to make changes to your daily routine that improve your quality of life and overall health.
Walking is a great way to come out of a sedentary lifestyle. If you have sore feet while working out, an NYC podiatrist can help. [Image Source: Pixabay]
The ankle is crucial to stability in our gait, but could it hold the secret to increased female libido? In a world absent of “the little blue pill” for women, doctors are pioneering a new therapy involving electric shock to the ankle they say heightens sexual desire by increasing blood supply. The rate of sexual dysfunction in published literature ranges from 10 to 28% of adult women, depending on the study. Some reports suggest the numbers could be as high as 43%. “We are really hopeful this could help many women,” says biomedical engineer Tim Bruns at the University of Michigan.
“When we think of a bruise, we think of mild pain and some discoloration that generally goes away within a couple weeks. A bone bruise is actually a fracture of the innermost layer of bone. This can be incredibly painful. Unlike a skin hematoma that has room to spread out, blood within a bone pools into a smaller lump, which is why this type of injury hurts so much,” Dr. Geldwert explains. “Frankly, we’ve seen cases of pain persisting up to a year.”
That’s a long time to suffer from bone bruise pain! Fortunately, knowing what to do at the time of injury and in the months that follow will put you on a path of quicker recovery with less foot and ankle pain.
Foot pain can make it seem impossible to lose weight. After all, who wants to exercise when they can’t even stay on their feet comfortably?
A recent study published in the Journal of Foot and Ankle Research found a “strong association” between obesity and chronic plantar heel pain. Over a two-year span, they examined whether changes in body weight corresponded with changes in foot pressure and if such fluctuations in body weight were associated with changes in foot pain intensity or limited function. The study confirmed an unfortunate fact: foot pain and weight gain are, indeed, closely connected. So what can we do with this information, and how can overweight individuals overcome such pain in order to reach a healthy weight?
Researchers at the Hospital for Special Surgery and Harvard Medical School recently took another look at the results of the Framingham Foot Study to see if there was a correlation between foot, knee, and hip pain. Their paper appeared in the Journal of the American Podiatric Medical Associationto provide practitioners with evidence-based guidelines for treating their patients. Not surprisingly, the study found what we have noticed in our NYC foot and ankle sports medicine clinic for years: there IS a significant association between foot pain and pain in the knees and hips.
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?
We often hear about foot problems sustained by athletes, people who work on their feet all day, and busy socialites who live in their high heel shoes. But what about people who lead relatively inactive, sedentary lifestyles? What about the elderly, the disabled, or the obese? What foot problems are these patients most likely to suffer? White Plains foot doctors talk about injuries commonly affecting those who are sedentary and how to overcome inertia to lead a healthier lifestyle.
For people with debilitating pain in the forefoot that does not respond to pads or cushioned shoes, surgery can help. The procedure is designed to treat fat pad atrophy, a condition suffered by people with high arches, excess weight, or a history of steroid injections. The goal is to improve the everyday lives of people who have worn down the fat pads in the balls of their feet. One Pennsylvania podiatrist explained, “They’re not looking to wear stiletto type shoes. They’re just looking to be able to walk in a grocery store or walk with their children down the street.” Our NYC foot surgeons find that plantar fat grafting is the most effective way to address the root problem and get patients back on their feet again.
“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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Dr. Josef J. Geldwert DPM, Dr. Katherine Lai DPM, Dr. Ryan Minara, DPM, and Dr. Mariola Rivera DPM serving Westchester County, White Plains, Ardsley, Bronxville, Harrison NY, Larchmont, Mamaroneck, New Rochelle, Rye, Scarsdale, Rye Brook, Chappaqua, and the surrounding area.
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