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By Foot Health Podiatry, PLLC
January 16, 2018
Category: Proper Footwear
Tags: Bunions   plantar fasciitis  

More women are choosing to forego the wearing of high heeled shoes as sales of the constricting and uncomfortable footwear continue a fast decline in favor of flats and other comfort wear. The trend is being fueled by high profile celebrities like Oprah Winfrey who have decided they don’t want to sacrifice their health in pursuit of dubious high fashion. While some women continue to wear heels at work or for special occasions, the major shift in the workplace is to more comfortable shoes and clothing.

Forcing your feet into high heels on a regular basis exacerbates a long list of foot and ankle problems, including:

  • Plantar fasciitis—An inflammation of the band of tissue that runs across the foot bottom
  • Ankle injuries—Ankle pain and increased stiffness due to decreased mobility
  • Foot deformities and skin conditions—Corns, calluses, bunions, and hammertoes are more likely to occur in frequent wearers of high heels.
  • Neuromas—Morton’s neuroma is caused by the increased pressure on the ball of the foot
  • Achilles tendon issues—Shortening and stiffening of the Achilles tendon, which often can cause difficulties when you try wearing flats again

High heels also have the effect of putting the knees in a permanently bent position, causing excess stress to the knee joints and interrupting the natural movement of the foot, which has a concomitant effect on walking mechanics. Additionally, the spine can become misaligned increasing the compression forces on vertebrae in the lower back. The resultant need to overuse the back muscles also adds to this layering of pain and discomfort. Medical professionals also believe that women who often wear high heels are more likely to develop osteoarthritis as they get older.

If you are experiencing foot problems caused by the wearing of high heels, your foot doctor can help. The podiatrists at Foot Health Podiatry, PLLC, in New York City, NY, are experts in providing the best care for any problems you may be experiencing with your feet and ankles. Sorelis Jimenez, DPM, John W. Fletcher, DPM, and Kamilla Danilova, DPM and the rest of the staff at Foot Health Podiatry, PLLC, are happy to help with any questions or concerns you may have. Check out our Ask The Doctor page for answers to frequently asked questions, and never hesitate to give us a call to talk or make an appointment at 212-845-9991.

 

By Foot Health Podiatry, PLLC
December 19, 2017
Category: Proper Footwear

Keeping your feet in good shape is a lot easier when you make sure you have properly fitted shoes. The materials the shoe is composed of, the shape of the shoe, the arch support, and the soles are all very important considerations when it comes to foot health in leisure, sport, and work activities.

Two essential tips for choosing the right shoes that will keep your feet happy include the following:

The correct size—This may seem obvious, but many people underestimate the amount of change their feet can go through in a year. Your feet swell and flatten out as you get older, and you may find the size changes quite dramatically from one year to the next. Always shop for shoes towards the end of the day when your feet are fully expanded, and make sure to have them both measured and move up a half size if necessary.

Good support—Your shoes need to provide good arch and ball of foot support. Your arch is one of the most important components of your foot health, so be sure to have your arch type properly determined. Make sure you include any necessary orthotic inserts to correct gait abnormalities. The ball of the foot needs to be supported as well to prevent problems with the forefoot. Sturdy soles are also essential to good foot support. Tears in the arch ligaments from poor foot support can result in debilitating conditions such as plantar fasciitis.

The podiatrists at Foot Health Podiatry, PLLC, in New York City, NY, are experts in providing the best care for any problems you may be experiencing with your feet and ankles. Sorelis Jimenez, DPM, John W. Fletcher, DPM, and Kamilla Danilova, DPM and the rest of the staff at Foot Health Podiatry, PLLC, are happy to help with any questions or concerns you may have. Check out our Ask The Doctor page for answers to frequently asked questions, and never hesitate to give us a call to talk or make an appointment at 212-845-9991.

By Foot Health Podiatry, PLLC
October 13, 2017
Category: Proper Footwear
Tags: Untagged

Fall is a great season for running outdoors. The temperature is moderate and the views of colorful foliage can be beautiful and inspiring. Choosing the right shoe for your running adventures is essential to preventing injury and ensuring a comfortable and relatively pain free outing. A good pair of running shoes can help avoid debilitating injuries such as shin splints, peroneal tendonitis, and plantar fasciitis.

Since getting the right running shoes for your foot type can be a daunting experience, here are some helpful tips that can decrease some of the anxiety of heading to the shoe store:

  • Determine your foot type—You can tell a lot about your foot type by inspecting the wear pattern on your old sneakers. If the shoe is worn towards the outer edges, then you have a condition called supination. Wear on the inner edges indicates overpronation. Specific shoes are designed to correct these and other types of problems. Your podiatrist can perform a gait analysis and take any guess work out of the equation.
  • What type of running?—If you will be doing trail running, cross-training, or road running, there is a specific shoe for each of these activities. There are motion control features, stability shoes, and shoes with extra cushioning for shock absorption during long runs.
  • Try on shoes at the end of the day—Since your feet have a tendency to swell throughout the day, go shoe shopping later to get the best fit.
  • Space in front—Make sure you have about a thumb’s width of space in the front of the shoe to avoid constriction and rubbing injuries such as corns, calluses, and blistering.

See your podiatrist today for a complete gait analysis and foot exam before you head to the shoe store. The podiatrists at Foot Health Podiatry, PLLC, in New York City, NY, are experts in providing the best care for any problems you may be experiencing with your feet and ankles. Sorelis Jimenez, DPM, John W. Fletcher, DPM, and Kamilla Danilova, DPM and the rest of the staff at Foot Health Podiatry, PLLC, are happy to help with any questions or concerns you may have. Check out our Ask The Doctor page for answers to frequently asked questions, and never hesitate to give us a call to talk or make an appointment at 212-845-9991.