Who wouldn’t wear a pair of shoes that is said to improve posture, help you breathe better, strengthen core muscles, and tighten up your thighs? Could getting your entire body into shape be as simple as footwear selection? NYC podiatrists from The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine explore the concept of negative heel shoes popularized by brands like Kalso and Earth Shoe in the 1950s.
The marathon world record held by Dennis Kimetto in 2014 stood firm at two hours, two minutes, and 57 seconds—that is, until Kenyan runner Eliud Kipchoge stunned audiences in May 2017 with a chilling two hour and 25-second completion. To put things into perspective, that’s about a 4.5-minute mile pace… for 28.2 miles straight. His secret weapon was Nike’s new Vaporfly 4% running shoe, specifically designed to break the two-hour marathon barrier. Prior to Kipchoge’s record, Oklahoma runner Camille Herron beat the 100-mile record with an astonishing time of 12:42:39—shaving more than an hour (8%) off the previous time. She, too, wore the Nike Vaporfly running shoe.
High Snob Society called the release of Nike’s Vaporfly one of the “12 Biggest Sneaker Moments of 2017,” while a writer for NBC News wondered if this was “the shoe that will rewrite marathon history.” As NYC sports medicine doctors, we were keenly interested to learn more about these highly-acclaimed running shoes. Here’s a rundown of the Nike Vaporfly’s innovative design and how it might affect your run.
We see many foot problems related to footwear that is improperly sized or designed too tight in the toe box area. If you look at your bare footprint on the beach, you can clearly see that your foot is widest at the sides of the toes and narrowest at the heel (or arch, if you have high arches). So why is it nearly impossible to find a shoe that conforms to the natural foot shape?
Often, shoes—women’s heels or boots, in particular—are made to taper at the toes, causing all sorts of discomfort and even deformity. A good toe box allows enough room for the toes to spread out for proper impact absorption and protection. Altra may not be as much a household name as Nike, Saucony, Adidas, New Balance, or Brooks, but they’re turning the heads of podiatrists with their wide toe box design that emphasizes width as a way of improving running form and preventing injury.
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Slippers are commonly given as presents for the holidays. Like a plush spa robe, slippers convey the sentiment that the giver wants the recipient to feel comfortable and pampered. Yet, shopping for slippers isn’t always so easy. You’ll find they run the gamut from $11 Isotoners to Guccis topping $1,000, and everything in between. Today, White Plains podiatrists have five interesting facts about slippers you should know before you hit the shops looking for the perfect pair.
Foot pain has a tendency to make you hurt all over, with discomfort traveling up the kinetic chain and sometimes even leading to injuries in other areas of the body. You may think of such pain as an inevitable side effect of a long workday, but you would feel a whole lot different if you were standing on sand or plush memory foam for eight hours. The majority of New Yorkers spend the day on volatile surfaces like concrete, marble, and tile. These surfaces do not bend or flex with the arches, causing undue stress and fatigue.
Many of the people we see at the Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine work as hair stylists, bank tellers, waiters and chefs, baristas, bartenders, retail sales professionals, or manufacturing plant supervisors. Their feet are screaming by the end of the workday! When a 20-minute ice bath or foot massage won’t rejuvenate them, you may need to take a look at the type of foot support you’ve selected for day-to-day wear. Here are our top picks for comfortable shoes for standing all day long.
If one thing is true about athletic shoe companies, it’s that they’re never content with “business as usual.” Rather, they’re locked into fierce competition to come up with the most innovative features and eye-catching designs. Over the last two years, Adidas has released interesting technologies like Futurecraft 4D—featuring a web-like midsole “created with light and oxygen” for better performance—and Futurecraft Biosteel Fiber, with an upper made with nature-based, biodegradable high-performance fiber that weighs 15% less than synthetics. They also released a fully customizable shoe called the Ultraboost Xeno, which they feel will be the future of footwear.
Many of these advances come as the result of innovative manufacturing techniques. Previously, they were limited to batches of 50,000 or 100,000 in order to make a profit. Now, at their “Speedfactory” in Germany, they can crank out batches as small as 500—three times faster than competitors. Rumor has it, they’re opening one of these facilities in Atlanta soon. Such manufacturing innovation has prepared them for their latest endeavor—releasing six different sneakers, customized for six different cities. As you may have guessed, New York City is one of those six, with the Adidas AM4NYC coming soon!
The vastness of a running shoe store is something you have to mentally prepare yourself for. While it may be tempting to grab the most attractive pair off the shelf and call it a day, NYC podiatrists caution that there is a particular running shoe for every type of foot. “Making the wrong choice without regard for individual foot anatomy is a common source of foot pain and pathology,” explains Dr. Josef J. Geldwert, a podiatrist and foot surgeon with over 40 years of experience at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine in Manhattan and White Plains. Dr. Geldwert adds, “No one wants to be sidelined because they trained in the wrong type of running shoe. We invite any NYC runner who is logging a lot of miles to come in for a basic foot exam, gait analysis, or simply to discuss shoe choice options before trouble occurs.” Today, we cover the types of running shoes and the brands NYC podiatrists recommend so you can find your perfect fit.
Abasi Rosborough recently released the Arc Tabi boot, a bizarre split toe basketball shoe that’s been catching on in NYC fashion circles. Over the past four years, designers Abdul Abasi and Greg Rosborough have developed a reputation for avant-garde, form-fitting, functional, and (often) socially aware clothing. What stands out most about these new shoes is the “tabi toe”—a Japanese design aesthetic first introduced in the late 80’s to “promote natural movement.” But what are split toe shoes? Can you really play basketball or run in them? And will this trend catch on in a big way? NYC podiatrists offer their two cents.
Flat feet can be a real bummer. This common condition predisposes people to ankle, knee, hip, lower back, and tendon pain. The Framingham Foot Study of more than 3,000 adults found that people with flat feet tended to get more arthritis, bunions, and hammer toes than people with high arches. In our practice, we see a greater propensity for shin splints, front foot pain, calluses, and posterior tibial tendinitis among flat-footed patients. We feel your pain—some of our doctors have lived with flat feet their whole lives. However, simply wearing the right supportive footwear can prevent the everyday aches and pains and also reduce your risk of developing more serious conditions, so today we give you a run down of the best shoes for individuals with flat feet.
Some Olympic weightlifting shoes have raised heels designed to help weightlifters maintain a straight posture and compensate for limited ankle mobility. These heels are much different than the high heels you may wear out on a Saturday night, though. For starters, the heels are much broader and are usually 0.75 inches or shorter—which is much lower than two or three-inch fashion heels or six-inch stilettos. In fact, many foot and ankle experts caution avid weightlifters and strength trainers against wearing high heel shoes altogether.
“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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