There’s nothing like being surrounded by a group of people who can motivate you to do something you love. That’s probably why many runners here in New York City look to join running clubs. Here in NYC, there are clubs for competitive long-distance runners, as well as hobbyists who like to socialize and meet other fit New Yorkers. Niche groups include African-American women runners, LGBTQ runners, and 50+ silver runners, with new groups added each month.
At The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine, we see tons of runners, especially leading up to the New York City Marathon. We often recommend this active pursuit to our patients—as long as they’re willing to take good care of their feet and invest in a good pair of sturdy running shoes a few times a year to prevent foot injuries from running.
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.
The walking boot—sure, it may look a little silly and it may feel a little bulky but that’s because it’s meant to offload pressure from a broken bone or injured tissues in the initial aftermath of foot surgery or trauma. However, a small number of patients find themselves stuck in these contraptions for months, unable to make that transition from offloading to walking in a regular shoe again. The podiatrists at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine offer tips on dealing with walking boot discomfort and inflammation.
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.
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.
We’ve all had those days where we’ve pushed our feet too hard, ending up with swelling, blisters, cuts on the heel, corns, calluses, or soreness. The last thing you want to do in that case is slip your feet back into shoes again, but you can’t exactly gallivant around town in slippers either. Since May 15th of this year, industrial designer Tony Hendrix of San Francisco, CA has raised at least $161,577 from 2,884 investors on Kickstarter to bring the Parásole footwear option to reality.
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!
Shoes can be a costly investment. Even if you’re not Drake (who reportedly spent $2 million on his new shoes), Psychology Todayestimates the true cost of buying shoes for the year to land somewhere around $1,580 after taking into consideration sales tax, income tax, and credit card interest. Market Watchsays you should pay at least $100 for a “good” pair of shoes if you don’t want to end up with blisters, tendinitis, shin splints and stress fractures. Total shoe sales for the year are up around $30 billion for women and $26 billion for men. The bottom-line? We’re spending a lot of change on footwear.
So how can we get the best return on our investment? The answer is learning how to care for your shoes. NYC podiatrists share the four best tips for keeping your kicks in top shape and extending their lives.
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.
“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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