Don’t Let Foot Injuries From Running Stop You From Joining a Club

Posted by on Friday, November 9th, 2018

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.

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Mikkeller Run Club pairs two loves: running and beer! [Image Source: allevents.in]

3 October Races in NYC for the Serious Runner

Posted by on Friday, October 5th, 2018

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.

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Check out these three cool October races in NYC for the serious runner! [Image Source: Shutterstock]

NYC Podiatrists Recommend the Best Hiking Boots for Your Foot Type

Posted by on Monday, September 24th, 2018

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.

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[Gearing up for a fall hike in NYC? Stop by and ask our sports medicine doctors which type of boot is best. Image Source: TheTravelGears.com]

6 Best Places to Workout Outside in NYC

Posted by on Friday, August 3rd, 2018

From November 2016 through September 2017, more than 1 billion fitness activities in New York City were logged by users through the Strava fitness tracking device. Now you can check out a heat map of the best places to workout outside in NYC for walking, running, and cycling. At The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine, we’re interested in this data because walking and cycling are two low-impact activities we routinely recommend for keeping our patients fit and active.

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Prospect Park in Brooklyn is one of the best places to walk, run, and cycle in NYC. [Image Source: Wikimedia.org]

NY Foot Doctors Discuss What Can Cause Walking Abnormalities In Adults

Posted by on Friday, March 30th, 2018

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.

A wobbling walk is cute in baby animals, but troubling in adults. [Image Source: Pexels user JESHOOTS.com]
A wobbly walk can be troublesome, especially for adults. [Image Source: Pexels user JESHOOTS.com]

Pedestrian Safety in NYC: Making Queens Boulevard Safer for Walkers in 2018

Posted by on Monday, February 5th, 2018

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.

Queens Boulevard is now a safer place to walk.
Queens Boulevard is now a safer place to walk. Image Source: Wikimedia user Jim.henderson.

Causes of Foot Pain After A Long Walk and Treatment Options

Posted by on Monday, May 22nd, 2017

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.

Are your feet hurting after taking a long walk? Image Source: Pixabay user cocoparisienne.
Are your feet hurting after taking a long walk? Image Source: Pixabay user cocoparisienne.

A Newcomer’s Guide To Walking Tours In New York City

Posted by on Friday, March 31st, 2017

Walking shapes up your brain, circulation, bones, and mood. And if you’re new to New York City, there’s no better way to get to know your way around the Big Apple. The Manhattan podiatrists here at The Center For Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine would love to be your guides to keeping your feet healthy while you explore all that New York City has to offer.

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Brooklyn’s Prospect Park is the ideal starting point for walking in New York City. Image Source: Wikimedia user GK tramrunner229.

Know Before You Go: Take A Virtual Walking Tour of Central Park

Posted by on Friday, February 17th, 2017

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.

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New York’s Central Park is massive, but well worth planning a visit. (Image Source: Wikimedia.org)

What Just 30 Minutes of Walking Does for Your Feet & Body

Posted by on Monday, January 23rd, 2017

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.

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Walking in NYC for just 30 minutes a day has health benefits. (Image Source: Flickr.com@craigdietrich)