Some Olympic weightlifting shoes have raised heels designed to help weightlifters maintain a straight posture and compensate for limited ankle mobility. These heels are much different than the high heels you may wear out on a Saturday night, though. For starters, the heels are much broader and are usually 0.75 inches or shorter—which is much lower than two or three-inch fashion heels or six-inch stilettos. In fact, many foot and ankle experts caution avid weightlifters and strength trainers against wearing high heel shoes altogether.
Jake Long was the first overall draft pick in 2008. The left-tackle won the Pro Bowl four times with the Miami Dolphins before spending a season with the St. Louis Rams, the Atlanta Falcons, and finally the Minnesota Vikings. Despite his success, he decided to retire at age 31 after suffering an Achilles tear—the kiss of death for many NFL players.
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.
Custom orthotics can serve as a first step for addressing a wide range of foot and ankle injuries at many podiatry offices. Naturally, your podiatrist will want to start with the least invasive treatment method that could be successful in treating and addressing your injury or ailment. This makes custom orthotics a go-to solution for many patients.
But athletes have some additional and unique concerns that must be taken into consideration. At The Center For Podiatric Care & Sports Medicine, we are not only NYC podiatrists; we are sports medicine physicians too. We understand total body biomechanics and we are very aware of how a foot-related treatment can have a much broader impact, affecting other structures such as the the ankles, legs, back and neck. Former Chicago White Sox infielder Brett Lawrie recently highlighted what happens when medical professionals do not take these complexities into consideration when prescribing treatment, including a seemingly straightforward treatment option such as custom orthotics.
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Wednesday, January 18th, 2017
The Star-Telegram called Dirk Nowitzki “the greatest player to put on a Dallas Mavericks uniform.” Though he’s ranked the sixth-leading NBA scorer in history, Nowitzki missed 25 games this season with a strained right Achilles tendon. With 11 wins and 26 losses this season, the Mavs could certainly using the scoring power right about now. He began clocking minutes earlier this month, averaging between 20 and 30 — which is a workload he can handle, says Mavericks beat writer Eddie Sefko, that should “allow him to remain one of the most dangerous offensive weapons on the team.”
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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.
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Wednesday, December 14th, 2016
Nearly 20 million people enjoy downhill skiing in North America, making it one of the nation’s most beloved pastimes. Unfortunately, it’s also a busy time of year for White Plains foot and ankle specialists. While the number of skiing foot and ankle injuries pales in comparison to the number of knee injuries, “podiatric injuries still deserve our attention,” explains Dr. Ryan Minara, DPM, because “most of these injuries are preventable.”
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Wednesday, December 7th, 2016
We previously reported that Buffalo Bills Wide Receiver Sammy Watkins underwent foot surgery last May. He was back to running by July and returned to practice in August. But stress fractures are notorious for failing to heal as planned. Lingering pain caused Watkins to miss most of training camp, but he was back for the Bills’ third preseason game. Though he played in the season opener against the Baltimore Ravens, his minutes were cut short by foot soreness. He returned for the Week 2 Jets match but dropped out of practice. And in early October, we learned he was flying to visit Dr. Bob in North Carolina to get a second opinion on whether or not he should undergo further surgery. Buffalo Bills’ fans are unarguably some of the most dedicated in the league—and they’re surely waiting with bated breath to find out if Watkins is really on the mend or if they will suffer another disappointing blow this season.
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Wednesday, November 23rd, 2016
Plantar fasciitis is a bit like parenting—just because it affects a lot of people doesn’t mean it’s easy. The Oakland Raiders’ Amari Cooper was nearly shut down for his rookie season by a bad case of chronic heel pain. Though he was able to reach 1,000 receiving yards, he told KGMZ San Francisco,”I really wasn’t myself. I think it affected my whole game.” NY podiatrists describe how Amari Cooper’s foot condition affected his performance, how it may have been treated, and how you can obtain similar care in the New York City region.
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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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