Can Barefoot Socks Replace Your Shoes? Pros and Cons of Minimalist Footwear

Posted by on Monday, June 5th, 2017

It’s a runner’s dream-come-true: shoes that roll up, fitting into a gym bag or a pocket with ease. It’s lightweight footwear that feels as natural as barefoot running, but without the cuts and blisters. The idea was developed by Czech inventor Petr Prochazka while planning an ultralight backpacking trip through Norway. His June 2016 Kickstarter campaign exceeded its initial $10K goal in about a month, raising over $650,000 pledged by nearly 10,000 hikers, runners, backpackers, and travelers. The Chicago Tribune named it one of the “internet’s favorite projects” from 2016. But the question our NYC podiatrists are interested in is, will these barefoot socks ever replace the shoe?

Will you ever be able to ditch your shoes for barefoot socks?
Will you ever be able to ditch your shoes for barefoot socks? Image Source: Max Pixel.

Best Shoes For Baristas and Bartenders and Tips for Managing Foot Pain

Posted by on Friday, June 2nd, 2017

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.

Bartenders and baristas are on their feet all day, but they don't have to suffer, say NYC foot doctors
Bartenders and baristas are on their feet all day, but they don’t have to suffer from foot pain. Image Source: Flickr user Vratislav Darmek.

A Workout to Relieve Foot Pain From Wearing High Heels

Posted by on Monday, May 29th, 2017

Are you tired of having throbbing, aching feet after spending a couple hours in high heels? If so, you are not alone. High heel pain is one of the most common issues NYC podiatrists treat. After working with many women who complained of foot pain from uncomfortable shoes, dancer and certified Pilates instructor Ilaria Cavagna devised a new workout for stretching and strengthening overtaxed feet.

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.

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

How New Yorkers Can Take Care of Their Shoes

Posted by on Monday, April 24th, 2017

New York City was built for walking. Everything is so close that you don’t necessarily even have to even take the subway to get where you need to go. Even if you do own a car, you probably still find yourself on foot for blocks at a time, treading the asphalt pavement and cement sidewalks like a warrior on a mission. Tens of thousands of us are avid runners on top of the everyday traction. Not surprisingly, a city like New York can be tough on your shoes.

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Whether you wear runners, heels, or leather dress shoes, the NYC streets can easily wear out your shoes. Image Source: Flickr user fashionbyhe.

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.

Soccer Star Credits Nike Shoe With Career Rebound

Posted by on Wednesday, December 21st, 2016

New England Revolution’s Charlie Davies was considered one of the “most promising players in U.S. soccer in 2009,” by some accounts — dubbed “the hardest working goalscorer” who helped the men’s national team to an exhilarating run for the Confederations CupA car accident left him with a lacerated bladder and fractures in his elbow, face, femur, and tibia. Though he lives with lingering effects, he credits a pair of Nike soccer cleats with his recovery.

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These Nike high top cleats helped Charlie Davies get back to the soccer field after a five-year absence. (Image Source: FootyHeadlines.com)

Doc Martens Prevent Foot Amputation After Girl’s Traumatic Accident

Posted by on Monday, December 19th, 2016

Doc Martens are a British footwear brand associated with counterculture groups. Originally, they were worn by postal carriers and factory workers, so they became a symbol of “the working class” beloved by skinheads, punks, and oi bands. Later, Pete Townshend from The Who brandished a pair, instantly making them a symbol of the rebellious 60s. The brand creators write in their bio: “Dr. Martens’ appeal to people who have their own individual style but share a united spirit—authentic characters who stand for something.” But image aside, there is more than meets the eye with Doc Martens: They can be a real foot-saver in the event of a traumatic accident!

Footwear makes a differences in the case of a traumatic accident.
Footwear makes a difference in the case of a traumatic accident. Image Source: Wikimedia user Aavindraa.

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)