High Heels for Kids: How Soon Is Too Soon?

Posted by on Wednesday, December 5th, 2018

This past summer, people were quick to criticize Victoria Beckham for allowing her seven-year-old daughter Harper to wear high heel shoes. Little did they know the daughter of Posh Spice had been wearing and running in heels since she was three! Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes caught similar flack for allowing their daughter Suri to wear high heels at age three.

Little girls begin expressing the desire to wear mommy’s shoes around three years of age. Obsessions at this age can be fleeting, fickle, and intense. So do you cave and buy her the princess shoes? Do you commit to “no” for her entire adolescence? Or is there a place in-between that is medically and socially acceptable? NYC podiatrists from The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine weigh in on high heels for kids.

high heels for kids
Aspiring fashionistas will find a variety of dressy styles to choose from, but parents should exercise caution before encouraging a love of high heels at young ages. [Image Source: Pexels user Scott Webb]

Reduce Foot Pain From High Heels With These Podiatrist Recommendations

Posted by on Monday, November 19th, 2018

Podiatrists at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine understand the love-hate relationship you likely have with your favorite pair of high-heel shoes. You love them because they complete your outfit but you hate them because, by the end of the day, your feet are begging you to take them off. We also understand that there are times when you wear high heels, even through the pain. While we can’t promise ways to eliminate pain from wearing high heels, here we offer tips for reducing foot pain from high heels.

foot pain from high heels
While we can’t promise ways to eliminate pain from wearing high heels, here we offer tips for reducing foot pain from high heels. [Image Source: shutterstock.com]

Don’t Let Foot Injuries From Running Stop You From Joining a Club

Posted by on Friday, November 9th, 2018

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.

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Mikkeller Run Club pairs two loves: running and beer! [Image Source: allevents.in]

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]

Tips for Dealing With Walking Boot Discomfort and Inflammation

Posted by on Friday, October 19th, 2018

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.

walking boot discomfort
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. [Image Source: Shutterstock]

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]

3 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Wear the Same Shoes Every Day

Posted by on Monday, August 20th, 2018

You may have heard the most successful people wear the same attire every day. Indeed, a good pair of shoes can be difficult to find—and when we do find them, we tend to stick with a good thing, wearing them day in and day out. However, podiatrists at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine in New York City discuss reasons why you shouldn’t wear the same shoes every day. Over-reliance on the same shoes is the source of three commonly treated foot problems.

why you shouldn't wear the same shoes every day
NYC podiatrists discuss why you need at least two pairs of favorite shoes. [Image Source: Unsplash user dickens116]

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 Discuss How to Heal Aching Feet Using a Parásole Recovery Sock

Posted by on Friday, July 27th, 2018

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.

how to heal aching feet
Parásole is a new type of hybrid footwear that’s not-quite-a-shoe and not-quite-a-sock. [Image Source: Kickstarter.com]

Adidas’ AM4NYC Shoe is Designed Specifically for New Yorkers

Posted by on Monday, December 4th, 2017

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!

Adidas is launching a line of shoes specific to different cities--including New York!
Adidas is launching a line of shoes specific to different cities, including New York! Image Source: Pixabay user sbl0232.