A wobbly walk can be troublesome, especially for adults. Sometimes walking abnormalities in adults can result from improperly healed ankle sprains or a sedentary lifestyle. Other times, they are the first signs of disease or degeneration. It can take multiple professionals to figure out the root cause of an abnormal gait. The Gait Analysis Lab at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine is one place you may end up while seeking a diagnosis in New York City.
As New York City podiatrists, we advocate walking as a great way for people to maintain strength and mobility in their feet. Of course, that means you need a safe route to travel. After all, what good are strong feet if you’re run down by a motorist? And while any native knows that our busy streets can sometimes be hazardous for pedestrians, some major improvements have been made in terms of pedestrian safety in NYC. We’re pleased to report that Queens Boulevard is no longer a pedestrian death trap, thanks to the efforts of Mayor de Blasio.
Patients often wonder, “Why do my feet hurt after a long walk?” The most common reason for aching feet is simply inflammation and swelling from blood being forced down into your feet to compensate for the increased pounding. To reduce inflammation that results from walking, you should wear shock-absorbing footwear like hiking boots or athletic trainers, stretch before walking, and bring along a bottle of water to stay hydrated.
If you don’t walk on a regular basis and you try to take a five-mile hike, you will likely suffer foot pain later that day. If your feet still hurt in the morning, it’s definitely a sign you’ve pushed yourself too hard all at once. The good news is, the more you train, the better you should feel.
You should notice improvement from propping your feet up on a few pillows above the heart level, icing your soles, taking over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication, or soaking your feet in Epsom salt. Foot pain that persists for more than a couple of days could be a sign of a more serious condition that requires treatment from a NYC podiatrist.
If you’ve never been to New York City’s Central Park, the thought of navigating its 843 acres can seem daunting. The six-mile perimeter stretches from Central Park West to Fifth Avenue, and from 59th to 110th. Here’s the good news: you can now take a virtual walking tour of Central Park before you plan your visit.
Many of our patients are athletes, but you don’t have to be training for a marathon or playing professional basketball to reap positive health benefits. NYC podiatrists at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine say that as little as 30 minutes of walking is good for your feet and your long-term health. You’ll notice we regularly promote walking tours on the site to encourage New Yorkers to enjoy different parts of the City and lead healthier lives. If you have any niggling aches and pains, stop by our Manhattan or White Plains office to speak with a foot and ankle specialist.
“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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