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.
Is foot pain simply “a fact of life” for bartenders and baristas who are on their feet for long shifts? We don’t think so. While 77% of Americans have experienced foot problems at some point, only 20% regularly think about their foot health. Prioritizing something as simple as buying the right shoes or doing a few stretches can go a long way in having pain-free days, no matter your profession.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Squash. Similar 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.
“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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