Some 30 million Americans live with the fear of potentially losing a limb to diabetes. People with normal sensation in their feet would know to stop if a blister was forming. However, diabetics rarely notice a problem until they have a gaping hole in their foot. The oversight is largely due to a comorbidity called “neuropathy,” which causes them to lose sensation in their feet, according to Dr. Josef J. Geldwert from The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine in New York City. Thankfully, new technology has made improvements in diabetes foot ulcer treatment.
“A lot of emerging technology is focusing on the ability to electronically alert a diabetic of trouble with their feet when the usual pain sensors just aren’t working,” he says. Through in-house gait analysis, doctors can tell if a diabetic is likely to develop an ulcer due to pressure imbalances but it would be even better if patients could tell something was amiss at home. Believe it or not, there are socks designed to combat this problem.
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.
Podiatric surgery brings up a host of new concerns—not least of which is your impending recovery period. You may be wondering how you’ll get around and return to everyday activities. One of the first things most patients realize is that their old socks don’t seem to cut it in the post-surgical phase. To leave the house, you’ll need socks you can rely upon to keep your feet warm, comfortable, and clean. There are different types of health socks on the market—from practical compression socks that help prevent Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT), to loose socks for diabetes that encourage better circulation, to pampering spa socks and therapeutic ice socks that provide comfort and pain relief when you’re feeling not-so-fantastic. Here are a few picks from NYC podiatric surgeons who operate on thousands of feet every year.
Are you celebrating No Socks Day 2018 tomorrow? The annual holiday was created by Thomas and Ruth Roy at Wellcat.com. If you’ve never heard of it, just know that it’s legit enough to be included in Chase’s Calendar Events, which has been described as the nation’s annual bible of extraordinary occasions. According to the Roys, “If we give up wearing socks for one day, it will mean a little less laundry, thereby contributing to the betterment of the environment. Besides, we will all feel a bit freer, at least for one day.” Since the weather is warming up (fingers crossed), we’re safe to spend a day sockless and break out those flip-flops or sandals if we please.
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If you were lucky enough to find a pair of sparkly ankle socks underneath your tree this year, then you’ll be happy to know you could be a forerunner of fashion for the coming year! According to the UK Guardian, “Glitter socks with an open-toed sandal are set to everywhere at Christmas parties this season.” NYC podiatrists explore the surprising glitter socks trend as we move into 2018.
Here’s the deal: you can buy wholesale socks as cheap as $1 a pair. To put it into perspective, that’s $48 for 48 pairs of socks. What more could you want, right? But you get what you pay for. Dollar socks aren’t going to wick away sweat as you’re wearing them all day. They might feel slouchy and fail to grip to your feet. They are probably thin and decidedly unsportsmanlike. As NYC podiatrists and foot specialists, we’re going to tell you the truth: sadly, those $20 socks are that much better. If you want your feet to be cool, comfortable, fungus- and blister-free, then you need to invest a bit more money into the socks you choose. The next logical question is, how long should pricier high-performance socks last? And how can one make their socks last as long as possible?
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?
How much of a difference does a pair of high-performance socks really make? Just ask “true believer” and Gizmodo reader Casey Chan, who wrote: “I started long-distance running only about 1.5 years back. I just ran in generic Target cheap-o athletic socks. They were fine. For Christmas, I randomly asked for something called Smartwool’s PhD sock. They are stupid expensive for a pair of socks, but I vaguely heard they were good for long-distance trail running. HOLY COW. I only have the one pair right now, and I actually get excited on the days I go for a long run, and I find them waiting among my clan socks to wear. So comfortable, so secure, and my feet feel appreciably better. If it’s just a placebo effect, it is one hell of a placebo effect.”
NYC podiatrists at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine in Manhattan and White Plains recommend investing in the right socks for the activities you enjoy most if you want to keep your feet free from blisters, sweat, fungus, numbness, cold, chafing, calluses, and discomfort. The following suggestions have been compiled from Men’s Fitness, Field & Stream, Complex, Runner’s World,and our own experiences.
Socks are one of those stereotypical “boring gifts from mom” we’ve all gotten in the past. But NY podiatrists say, “Not so fast—socks can be a really thoughtful and useful Christmas gift!” High quality performance socks are something people hate to spend money on for themselves, but everybody needs them.
“They make the perfect complement to a clothes purchase,” explains Dr. Mariola Rivera, DPM. “I’ll buy a sweater and a tie—and throw in a pair of socks for good measure! Or, if your family does stockings, it’s a great surprise to stuff into the toe!”
But all socks aren’t created equal. There are threadbare cheap-o socks that can be purchased by the bunch from drug stores, and then there are truly high-quality, functional socks that will withstand the years in good repair and become the wearer’s favorite pair. Today, the foot doctors at The Center For Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine in Manhattan have a list of their favorite performance socks for 2016.
Having the right supports or gear often makes the difference between perfect health and a slow-healing sports injury — this is especially true of footwear. You can think of your body as a lump of clay. Think of how pliable it is at room temperature, versus sitting in a cold storage locker, where stretching would inevitably bring you to tears. When it’s chilly outside, our blood doesn’t circulate as well; it starts to accumulate around our core, to keep the vital organs warm. When we exercise, the tissues in our feet and legs call upon this blood reserve, but if our limbs aren’t properly warmed up, muscles can be pulled and tendons can tear. Cold weather slows down nerve transmissions that throw off our balance and slow down our movements as well. When you add slick surfaces to the mix, it sounds like a recipe for disaster. Fortunately, some of this year’s hottest gift-giving items and winter footgear can help you prevent cold-weather foot and ankle injuries.
“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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