A Guide to High-Performance Socks For Every Sport

Posted by on Monday, April 17th, 2017

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 & StreamComplex, Runner’s World, and our own experiences.

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There is a sock for every sport, and, yes, you should invest in a few pairs! Image Source: Wikimedia user FlickreviewR.

MLB News: Brett Lawrie Highlights the Potential Dangers of Orthotics

Posted by on Wednesday, March 15th, 2017

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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Orthotics are often used by professional athletes such as MLB players, but their use should be monitored, say NYC sports doctors. (Image Source: Flickr.com)

NBA News: League’s Sixth-Leading Scorer Returns After Achilles Trouble

Posted by on 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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The Mavericks have had a difficult time this year, especially with the loss of leading scorer Dirk Nowitzki with an Achilles injury. (Image Source: Wikimedia.org)

Soccer Star Credits Nike Shoe With Career Rebound

Posted by on 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 CupA 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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These Nike high top cleats helped Charlie Davies get back to the soccer field after a five-year absence. (Image Source: FootyHeadlines.com)

Tips for Preventing White Plains Skiing Injuries

Posted by on 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.”

Most skiing foot and ankle injuries are preventable, say White Plains podiatrists.
Most skiing foot and ankle injuries are preventable, according to White Plains podiatrists. Image Source: Pexels.com

NFL Update: Sammy Watkins Faces Complications After Stress Fracture Foot Surgery

Posted by on 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.

Can the Bills make it to the playoffs without Sammy Watkins?
Can the Bills make it to the playoffs without Sammy Watkins? Image Source: Wikimedia user Coalman767.

NFL News: Amari Cooper’s “Whole Game” Affected By Plantar Fasciitis

Posted by on 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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Amari Cooper and Derek Carr are back to being a dynamic duo for the Raiders this season after plantar fasciitis took Cooper out last year. Image Source: Flickr user A Syn.

NBA News: Did A Footwear Change Cause Stanley Johnson’s Foot Pain?

Posted by on 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.

Stanley Johnson is switching out his shoes.
Stanley Johnson is now practicing in new shoes. Image Source: Wikimedia user FlickreviewR2.

Running News: 100-Year-Old Ida Keeling Sets New 100-Meter Dash Record

Posted by on Wednesday, October 5th, 2016

Just how fast can a person run 100 meters—the length of a track straightaway? If you’re Usain Bolt, you can do it in 9.58 seconds. If you’re Florence Griffith-Joyner, you can do it in 10.49 seconds. If you’re Ida Keeling, you can do it in a record-breaking 1 minute and 17.33 seconds. That’s right, we said record-breaking… because Ida Keeling is 100 years old—and amazing!

Kinesiology Tape: Why All The Olympic Volleyball Players Are Using It

Posted by on Wednesday, September 28th, 2016

Immobilization is an important part of therapy for many foot and ankle injuries. You don’t always need a cast or a walking boot to hold the lower extremities in place and encourage healing. At the Rio Olympics, beach volleyball players like Kerri Walsh Jennings and April Ross brandished “USA” logo kinesiology tape to strengthen their performance and protect healing body parts from further injury. Learn more about kinesiology foot taping and how NYC podiatrists and sports medicine doctors are using it to treat a host of aches, pains, and injuries.

Kinesiology tape can be used to support healing and reduce pain in the foot.
There are many different ways to tape the foot for compression, lifting support, swelling resolution, and pain reduction. Image Source: Wikimedia Commons user Kelly.