Should You Wear Backless Flat Shoes? Tips For Warm Weather Footwear

Posted by on Monday, May 15th, 2017

It’s that season again! The weather is getting warmer (and hopefully drier), so many of us will be tempted to bust out sandals and backless shoes again. Fashionable as these shoes may be, New York City podiatrists at The Center or Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine want to remind New Yorkers that backless shoes are best worn in moderation and offer the following tips for wearing this type of shoe—without destroying your feet.

Backless clogs may be casual cool, but are they good for your feet? Image Source: Wikimedia user Pudsly.

NY Podiatrists Explain the Benefits of Wearing Driving Shoes

Posted by on Friday, February 10th, 2017

Hopefully you know better than to wear high heels or flip-flops while piloting a motor vehicle. Heels create a lot of space between the bottom of your foot and the pedal, impeding your ability to brake suddenly in an emergency situation. Flip-flops can slip and get caught underneath the pedal, causing a distraction as you search for the right pedal. In fact, one study of 750 women found that 10% of those surveyed admitted they’d had an accident or a near miss due to wearing inappropriate shoes which slipped or got stuck under the pedals. Many people smugly laugh at the notion of wearing either shoe to drive—but fail to realize that driving in athletic shoes or work boots could be a hazard as well.

Driving shoes help keep your feet safe when on the road.
Don’t get caught up in your pedals. Wear a pair of driving shoes. Image Source: Pixabay user Rakin.

NBA News: Did A Footwear Change Cause Stanley Johnson’s Foot Pain?

Posted by on Wednesday, November 9th, 2016

Overtraining and landing incorrectly are common culprits behind basketball player foot pain. But sometimes the answer is even simpler: a change in footwear. Foot pain drove Stanley Johnson, a forward for the Detroit Pistons, to admit that what works for Kobe Bryant does not work for him. “The Kobes I wore before are so thin,” he said. “I didn’t know it. I wore [them] all my life… I guess now it’s time for a change.” So out went the Kobe Bryant Nikes and in came the new Kevin Durant Nikes.

Stanley Johnson is switching out his shoes.
Stanley Johnson is now practicing in new shoes. Image Source: Wikimedia user FlickreviewR2.

Is There Such Thing as Podiatrist-Recommended Flip-flops?

Posted by on Monday, August 8th, 2016

Flip-flops are one of the most maligned types of footwear – right up there with unfashionable Crocs and ankle-breaking stilettos. In the UK, flip-flops reportedly injure 200,000 people a year (mostly with shin splints, ankle sprains, fractures, and hammertoes), and studies conducted in the US reveal additional risks, such as bacterial infections, contusions from dropped items, stubbed toes, blisters, and stress fractures. However, the news isn’t all bad, says Dr. Mariola Rivera, DPM from The Center For Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine in NYC.

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Do podiatrist-approved flip-flops really exist? Yes, but it depends on the brand. (Image credit: Flickr CC user betsy)

NYC Podiatrists Examine the Best Shoes for Running Injury Prevention

Posted by on Monday, August 1st, 2016

Sometimes we see runners wearing shoes that are just plain wrong – for their foot type, that is. Competitive runners are often quite serious about their choice of footwear, so it’s a topic we tread lightly on. Even so, we have to speak up when we see runners who haven’t updated their shoes in more than a year.

Most people assume seeing a foot specialist is only necessary if you’ve had a traumatic injury. But while we have our fair share of acute injury cases, we’re also adept at sharing injury prevention strategies, running strength-training programs, identifying areas prone to injury, fitting custom orthotics, and recommending footwear that can reduce impact forces. In other words, we’re experts on just about every aspect of foot care.

running injury prevention
Are you wearing the best running shoes for your feet? (Image Source: Flickr CC user Hajime Nakano)

Three Foot Problems Caused By Flat Shoes

Posted by on Friday, June 10th, 2016

With Gisele and Duchess Kate both wearing flats this season, you’ll likely see them replacing killer heels on the streets. But are flat shoes the way to go if you want to avoid foot pain? Flats may help some people, but aren’t for everyone, say NY podiatrists at The Center For Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine. They’re an especially bad choice if you have flat feet. Their lack of arch support is the culprit behind three foot problems we routinely treat.

Problems Caused By Flat Shoes
Are your ballet flats damaging your feet? (Image Source: Flickr CC user Ed Dale)

Choosing the Right Fit For Your Feet: A Buying Guide for Squash Shoes

Posted by on Wednesday, April 20th, 2016

There are over 20 million squash players in over 185 countries, with American players the fastest growing demographic for the sport. As of 2014, there were 1.6 million players in the United States, according to US SquashSimilar to tennis, squash involves racquets and balls hit against walls (rather than over a net). Players use this high-energy sport to burn an impressive average of 750 calories per hour. However, we find many people overlook the importance of choosing the right squash shoes, so they end up here in our NY podiatry office. We’ve put together a buying guide to help you choose squash shoes that can match you on the court.

squash shoes buying guide
With all the lateral movement in squash, a shoe with good midsection stability and ankle support is crucial. (Image Source: Wikipedia user Steve McFarland)

Alternatives to the Ballet Flat: Finding Comfortable Flat Shoes with Arch Support

Posted by on Friday, April 15th, 2016

Too high, too pointy, too narrow  you’ve probably heard of the many ways high heels can kill your feet. Flats used to be seen as the almighty “anti-heel.” What could be better for your feet than a shoe which puts your foot in neutral alignment, flat as can be? However, podiatrists caution that flat shoes aren’t always the answer, particularly if you’re one of the 60 million Americans born with flat feet. NYC podiatrists at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine offer suggestions for healthier alternatives to ballet flats and heels.

Try a cushioned version of a ballet flat to provide your feet with stability and support. | Image Source: Flickr User katherine
Try a cushioned version of a ballet flat to provide your feet with stability and support. | Image Source: Flickr User Katherine

How Mariah Carey’s High Heel Pain Landed Her in a Wheelchair

Posted by on Monday, March 28th, 2016

At first glance, the video of pop star Mariah Carey being wheeled around Caesars Palace to her show at the Colosseum seemed like nothing more than “a diva being a diva.” Why walk, when you can ride, right? However, TMZ reported that the rolling chair was devised by her staff as a solution to high heel pain. Sources say she plans “on making a more permanent bedazzled ‘throne’ so she can be fab AND pain-free.'”

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You need not settle for a wheelchair in treating high heel pain. (Image Source:

What Do You Know About the Therapeutic Shoe Bill? You Could Get Your Diabetes Shoes for Free

Posted by on Monday, January 4th, 2016

You may have heard a rumor going around that “diabetics get their shoes for free,” thanks to Medicare. Studies have shown that up to 25% of diabetics will suffer some type of problem with their feet.1 Furthermore, it’s been estimated that the cost of diabetic foot ulcers is about $9 billion per year, so it makes sense to spend a little money toward the prevention of serious diabetes foot issues.2 The Therapeutic Shoe Bill was enacted by Congress in 1993 to provide adequate footwear and inserts for diabetics who qualify under Medicare Part B benefits. Of course, as with any freebie, there are always caveats and stipulations when it comes to getting your free slice of pie.

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Qualified people may receive free diabetes shoes through Medicare. Image source: Wikimedia CC user Brainy J

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