Getting ready to travel for the winter? While many people flock to New York City to enjoy the festive atmosphere, some of us are planning a great escape to warmer weather in places like Hawaii, Florida, and the Carolinas. Comfortable shoes are something you can’t afford to forget. Here are a few tips from NYC podiatrists on making sure your footwear will be up to all the extra miles you’ll be walking on vacation.
There’s nothing like being surrounded by a group of people who can motivate you to do something you love. That’s probably why many runners here in New York City look to join running clubs. Here in NYC, there are clubs for competitive long-distance runners, as well as hobbyists who like to socialize and meet other fit New Yorkers. Niche groups include African-American women runners, LGBTQ runners, and 50+ silver runners, with new groups added each month.
At The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine, we see tons of runners, especially leading up to the New York City Marathon. We often recommend this active pursuit to our patients—as long as they’re willing to take good care of their feet and invest in a good pair of sturdy running shoes a few times a year to prevent foot injuries from running.
The NYC Marathon is fast approaching on November 4th. If you want to be one of the 50,000+ finishers, you’ve got to keep up with a steady amount of training through October. Fortunately, there are some really fun events you can participate in that will give your training an immediate sense of purpose. And who doesn’t love a good post-race party? Your foot and ankle specialist friends here at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine recommend the following October races in NYC. Remember, if you have any ounce of pain, do not hesitate to contact us for a full range of treatment options that will keep you in tip-top shape before the big finale next month.
People often think of sports medicine doctors as the ones to see following a sports injury. However, much of the work we do at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine is preventative in nature—to help people prevent future injuries and make smart footwear choices based on their particular foot type. Very few people have perfectly neutral feet. You may be able to find a type of shoe on the market geared toward your type of foot or you may need a customized insole. Either way, if you’re planning to take a fall hiking trip for a few days or a week, it helps to speak with a foot and ankle specialist to choose the proper boot based on your activity and underlying biomechanical issues before pain rears its ugly head and limits your activities. Here are four of the best hiking boots we may recommend you try.
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.
“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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