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.
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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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 Cup. A 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.
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!
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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.
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.
For many of us, one of the highlights of summer is letting the air kiss our feet without freezing our toes off. Women can show off toe rings and their favorite nail polish colors. Men can enjoy drier feet without needing sprays and powders to keep odor down. Yet, indulging in sandals day in and day out can take a toll on your feet. Here are seven ways to beat sandal foot pain, from callouses to blisters.
Too high, too pointy, too narrow— you’ve probably heard of the many ways high heels can kill your feet. Flats used to be seen as the almighty “anti-heel.” What could be better for your feet than a shoe which puts your foot in neutral alignment, flat as can be? However, podiatrists caution that flat shoes aren’t always the answer, particularly if you’re one of the 60 million Americans born with flat feet. NYC podiatrists at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine offer suggestions for healthier alternatives to ballet flats and heels.
You may have heard a rumor going around that “diabetics get their shoes for free,” thanks to Medicare. Studies have shown that up to 25% of diabetics will suffer some type of problem with their feet.1http://www.apexfoot.com/medicare/ Furthermore, it’s been estimated that the cost of diabetic foot ulcers is about $9 billion per year, so it makes sense to spend a little money toward the prevention of serious diabetes foot issues.2http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/821908 The Therapeutic Shoe Bill was enacted by Congress in 1993 to provide adequate footwear and inserts for diabetics who qualify under Medicare Part B benefits. Of course, as with any freebie, there are always caveats and stipulations when it comes to getting your free slice of pie.
“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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