Are Soft Running Shoes Good for You? Researchers Weigh In

Posted by on Monday, October 22nd, 2018

Are soft running shoes good for you? A new study published in The Orthopaedic Journal of Sports Medicine found that one type of running shoe increases the risk of lower leg pain and injury more than others. The research by the Functional Orthopedic Research Center of Excellence (FORCE Lab) at Oregon State University-Cascades is the first of its kind to take such a rigorous look at the impact of maximal shoes.

Are Soft Running Shoes Good for You?
Hoka is the most well-known maximalist shoe, but could it be associated with greater risk of injury? [Image Source: Shopify.com]

NYC Podiatrists Recommend the Best Hiking Boots for Your Foot Type

Posted by on Monday, September 24th, 2018

People often think of sports medicine doctors as the ones to see following a sports injury. However, much of the work we do at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine is preventative in nature—to help people prevent future injuries and make smart footwear choices based on their particular foot type. Very few people have perfectly neutral feet. You may be able to find a type of shoe on the market geared toward your type of foot or you may need a customized insole. Either way, if you’re planning to take a fall hiking trip for a few days or a week, it helps to speak with a foot and ankle specialist to choose the proper boot based on your activity and underlying biomechanical issues before pain rears its ugly head and limits your activities. Here are four of the best hiking boots we may recommend you try.

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[Gearing up for a fall hike in NYC? Stop by and ask our sports medicine doctors which type of boot is best. Image Source: TheTravelGears.com]

5 Summer Shoe Related Injuries—And How to Prevent Them

Posted by on Monday, August 13th, 2018

With only a couple more months left of summer, there is still time to avoid summer shoe-related injuries. Every year, we see at least a dozen patients with a summer shoe-related injury. In some cases, you may want to avoid treacherous summer footwear styles like flip-flops entirely. NYC podiatrists at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine are happy to examine the unique biometrics of your feet to offer custom footwear recommendations that will prevent pain and injury.

summer shoe related injuries
Avoid summer shoe mishaps with NYC podiatrist advice. [Image Source: Unsplash user Dhruv Deshmukh]

NYC Podiatrists Discuss: How to Prevent Blisters on Feet When Roller Skating

Posted by on Monday, August 6th, 2018

Roller skating and blading provides a complete aerobic workout that uses all of the muscles in the body, especially the legs. The heart health benefits are comparable to jogging, and it’s a fun way to reduce body fat. A 150-pound person could burn between 330 and 600 calories an hour. Researchers say skating is as beneficial as cycling, swimming, and running. At The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine, we say it’s actually better for you than running, as it causes 50% less impact on the joints. However, nothing will put a stop to your skating career faster than a hot, sore blister. Find out how to prevent blisters on feet when roller skating.

how to prevent blisters on feet when roller skating
There are many great reasons to roller skate or blade. Don’t let a blister prevent you from enjoying the fitness activities you love. [Image Source: Pexels user Gratisography]

NYC Podiatrists Recommend the Best Hiking Boots for Maximum Comfort

Posted by on Monday, July 2nd, 2018

The summer months are a great time to explore the outdoors—as long as you have the right gear to protect your feet from blisters and nagging soreness. The best hiking boots should be flexible and supportive, with traction treads. NYC podiatrists from The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine offer boot shopping tips and suggestions.

[Image Source: Unsplash user Joanna Nix]

Patients Ask: How Do I Know If My Running Shoes Fit Correctly?

Posted by on Wednesday, June 27th, 2018

Being located right next to Central Park, The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine tends to see a lot of runners. It’s safe to say most people buy running shoes that look good, at the same size they’ve been wearing since high school, without thinking that shoe choice factors very heavily into the development of foot injury. Manhattan podiatrists say that choosing the right shoes and the right shoe size is key to preventing injuries like Achilles tendinitis, bunions, corns, hammer toes, plantar fasciitis, and stress fractures. If this leads you to ask, “How do I know if my running shoes fit correctly?” we’re here to help.

How Do I Know If My Running Shoes Fit Correctly
Finding the right shoe fit and size can make a huge difference for injury prevention, according to Manhattan podiatrists. Here are some of the signs you need to change footwear brand or fit. [Image Source: Unsplash user Curtis MacNewton]

What Do NYC Podiatrists Say About Negative Heel Shoes Benefits?

Posted by on Monday, June 11th, 2018

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.

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Negative heel shoes are said to improve posture, help you breathe better, strengthen core muscles, and tighten up your thighs. [Image Source: Unsplash user Jez Timms]

The Nike Vaporfly Running Shoe Can Reduce Your Energy Use By 4%

Posted by on Friday, February 2nd, 2018

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.

The Nike Vaporfly is a revolutionary running shoe.
The Nike Vaporfly is a revolutionary shoe that could change the way you run. Image Source: Pixabay user skeeze.

Benefits of a Wide Toe Box Design: Altra Hits the Nail On The Head With Latest Shoe

Posted by on Monday, January 15th, 2018

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.

Get a shoe that offers proper width in the toe box to prevent a host of injuries
Get a shoe that offers proper width in the toe box to prevent a host of injuries. Image Source: Pixabay user bosmanerwin.

White Plains Podiatrists Discuss Five Facts About Slippers You Probably Didn’t Know

Posted by on Wednesday, December 13th, 2017

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.

Shopping for slippers this holiday season? Here are a few things to keep in mind.
Shopping for slippers this holiday season? Here are a few things to keep in mind. Image Source: Pixabay user FotoEmotions.