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.
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 Tribunenamed 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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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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