For many people, buying one pair of sneakers is enough to last them for a year. They may visit the gym once a week or take a stroll in the park now and then, but otherwise, it’s common for people to think that just any old pair of sneakers will do their feet justice. Footwear professionals typically advise you to invest in specialized footwear only if you participate in sports or other physical activity three or more times per week. Your podiatrist would argue, however, that a high quality pair of sneakers will take you the extra mile even if you aren’t participating in sports three or more times per week.
Did you know that nearly 80% of Americans have admitted to experiencing foot pain, but only ⅓ of sufferers sought the help of a podiatrist to alleviate their discomfort? Many of those foot pain sufferers are likely wearing lower quality footwear when participating in physical activity. A quick internet search will show you where your local specialty stores are to try out athletic footwear designed to keep your feet comfortable under the pressure of physical activity. Most specialty stores will also offer a complimentary fitting to find the right fit to avoid improperly fitting shoes that will only worsen your discomfort.
When you head on over to a specialty store, try going after you have already worked out or gone for a jog. That way, you will feel the difference even more when stepping into a pair of true athletic shoes. If the shoes don’t feel comfortable immediately, communicate this to the footwear specialist--perhaps trying a half size up or down, or a different style shoe altogether, would be helpful. When trying them on, be sure to feel for a firm grip of the shoe to your heel. Try walking around or running a few feet in them--your heel should not slip when you walk or run. If your toes are crammed and unable to wiggle with room to spare, move on to the next option! You’ll find the right pair of sneakers in no time.
When it comes to finding the right pair of sneakers to aid you in your daily physical activities, specialty stores are a great resource in combination with the advice and guidance of your podiatrist. At Grand Central Foot Care, your foot doctor is here to help. When you schedule your next appointment with our podiatrists, Dr. Les J. Glubo and Dr. Dawn O. Figlo at Grand Central Foot Care, ask us how higher quality athletic shoes may benefit your foot pain or discomfort. Call us at (212) 697-3293 or conveniently schedule an appointment online today to visit our office in the Grand Central area in New York City.
You may have heard this word thrown around a lot - ”bunion” - but you may not know exactly what it is or how bunions come about. You may even have a bunion and not even realize it! A bunion is a deformity of the big-toe bone, or the hallux, which diverts from its natural direction of growth and points inwards towards the second toe. A bunion can be mild or severe, and is visible as a bump on the outside parts of our big toe. Symptoms can include the following:
- A burning pain in the big toe.
- Redness and inflammation on the outside of the big toe.
- Feelings of numbness on the big toe.
- Pain or difficulty walking, needing to shift your weight.
- Developing calluses where toes rub together.
Many people don’t realize they have a bunion, or bunions, because they don’t develop overnight. Bunions develop gradually due to long term pressure on the joints of the big toe. What’s the big deal, right? Our other joints and parts of our body are exposed to external pressure all the time, but they don’t develop deformities. This is because our feet, despite being a weight bearing powerhouse for our whole bodies, can suffer greatly when our weight is shifted unevenly on different tendons and joints. In response to this, the anatomy of our feet may change, sometimes resulting in developing painful bunions.
Though there are many factors that can lead to a person developing bunions, the most common seems to be wearing improperly fitting shoes for extended periods of time. Shoes that are tight and deviate our tendons and joints from their natural positions, shifting where our weight applies pressure to those tendons and joints and ultimately causing discomfort and pain are believed to be the leading cause of bunion development. Unsurprisingly, women develop bunions more often than men because of wearing high heels and other shoes that put our feet into abnormal weight-bearing roles.
However, bunions can also be hereditary, meaning that family history may predispose a person to developing bunions regardless of their footwear habits. Besides wearing ill fitted shoes or having a vulnerability to bunion development passed down from family, there are other conditions and situations that can lead to the development of bunions:
- Neuromuscular or connective tissue disorders, like cerebral palsy disease or Marfan Syndrome.
- Traumatic injuries to the foot.
- Rheumatoid arthritis or psoriatic arthritis.
- Flat feet, loose joints and tendons, or even having low arches.
If you suspect that you may have developed a bunion or currently suffer from one (or two!), don’t be discouraged - your foot doctor is here to help. At your next appointment with our podiatrists, Dr. Les J. Glubo and Dr. Dawn O. Figlo at Grand Central Foot Care, ask us how weight loss may benefit your foot pain or discomfort. Call us at (212) 697-3293 or conveniently schedule an appointment online today to visit our office in the Grand Central area.
There are many mysteries in this world--things that make you say “hmm,” and inspire your curiosity for life’s endless wonders. Have you ever thought about the mystery of socks? Chances are, socks have never come across your mind any other time besides when you put them on and when it’s time to get a new pair. As it turns out, socks have a thought-provoking history about them.
There are many things we know about our human history, but the exact origin and time period that produced socks is unknown. We do know, however, that socks have been seen being worn as early as the Romans and Ancient Greeks. But socks as we know them were not always made of cotton and other similar fibrous materials. At the very beginning of their history, socks were comprised of animal skin and fur. The use of cotton was made popular all the way back in 3,000 B.C.! Then, socks were knit by hand up until the late 1500s when the sewing machine was invented. Centuries of development led to socks being made on a factory level where cotton was woven with other materials, like wool, or silk, to produce a variety of socks.
As socks grew in popularity and diversity, so did their reputation--the type of socks and the way that you wore them began to serve as a non-verbal symbol of your role in society. Mismatched socks and socks with holes in them were associated with poorer folk, while matched socks and socks made of the finest materials were associated with higher class citizens.
Socks can be categorized into three categories: by length, by use, and by fabric. As for length, there are anklet socks, otherwise known as the sports cut. These are beneficial for wearing when being active. There are mid-leg and knee-length socks as well, typically used for formal outfits. When considering socks by use, you can choose a pair of socks for sport, for dress, for protection, or for casual wear. All sock varieties are available in a combination of wool, cotton, cashmere, microfiber, or silk, among others.
The history of socks is surprisingly rich. Their evolution from animal skin and fur to factory woven silk and cashmere is especially telling of our own human history! With all of the different types of socks and materials used to make them, it can be confusing to know which length or fabric or type of sock is right for you. At your next appointment with Dr. Les J. Glubo or Dr. Dawn O. Figlo at Grand Central Foot Care, be sure to ask about the benefit of carefully choosing the types of socks you wear with your shoes. Schedule an appointment online or call us today at (212) 697-3293 to visit our convenient location in Grand Central, NYC.
Most Americans today are or have been overweight during their lifetime, even residents of NYC. While the extra weight we may carry doesn’t immediately seem like it bothers us, the truth is that it affects us over time--especially our feet. Among the many reasons that developing healthy eating habits and exercise routines are beneficial to our overall health is how weight loss benefits our feet. When you lose weight, you’re decreasing the amount of work your feet are doing on a daily basis. If your feet have less work to do and less weight to carry, this typically translates into less pain and discomfort. Some common foot conditions that can be caused by being overweight are:
Tendinitis: when tendons are irritated or inflamed, causing pain and tenderness. Tendinitis can happen all over the body, but excess weight can contribute to its severity in the Achilles.
Plantar Fasciitis: when the tissue connected to your heel gets inflamed, injured, or strained, causing weakness and swelling.
Osteoarthritis: pain and stiffness caused by the breakdown of cartilage within our joints. Though aging is the most common factor in developing osteoarthritis, excess weight can cause earlier onset.
Flat Feet: when the arches of your feet are weakened and they become fatigued or swollen quickly, and even lose some flexibility and stability. Excess weight is a major contributor to developing flat feet.
This may come as a surprise, but you don’t have to be excessively overweight to potentially suffer from weight-related foot pain and disorders. Leading doctors say that even an extra 25 lbs from your ideal weight can cause foot pain and discomfort, and potentially lead to developing problems like tendon inflammation, plantar fasciitis, and osteoarthritis. As you can guess, being well over 25 lbs overweight increases the likelihood of developing these and other problems in your feet. Luckily, these problems are what foot doctors, or podiatrists, specialize in to help you treat and manage symptoms.
Don’t let this discourage you--being overweight is reversible and weight loss is possible. It may take time, but it’s time well spent. Starting your weight loss journey to benefit your foot health, as well as your overall health, is easier when you have a strong support system. At your next appointment with our podiatrists, Dr. Les J. Glubo and Dr. Dawn O. Figlo at Grand Central Foot Care, ask us how weight loss may benefit your foot pain or discomfort. Call us at (212) 697-3293 or conveniently schedule an appointment online to
Summer has surely made its presence known in New York City and here at Grand Central Footcare we understand better than anyone how relieving it is to wear open toed shoes during these hottest months. When we think summer, we think flip-flops - the icing on the cake to a breezy, light-weight outfit for those humid days. Flip-flops are available anywhere: from luxury, designer brand names to your local dollar store. It’s no wonder flip-flops are the most common footwear during the summer months! However, podiatrists Dr. Les J. Glubo and Dr. Dawn Figlo at Grand Central Footcare have some helpful advice to prevent foot pain and discomfort for the rest of your summer. Here are some pros and cons to wearing flip-flops all summer long:
PRO: Flip-flops can be inexpensive--you can find them anywhere, from rest stops on the highway to your local dollar store.
CON: Flip-flops provide little to no protection for your feet from sun damage, impact from tripping or having an object fall onto your feet.
PRO: Flip-flops help keep you cool and are the most open-toed shoe of them all. This allows for plenty of ventilation during those hottest days.
CON: Flip-flops do, however, keep your feet and toes open to dirt, debris and bacteria, making them potentially susceptible to developing infections or foot fungus.
PRO: Flip-flops are quick and easy to put on. This makes getting ready much quicker, especially when kids opt in for a pair.
It’s easy to steer clear of the cons of wearing flip-flops by avoiding long term use and investing in a higher quality pair with more support for your feet. Wearing flip-flops every day can lead to many foot problems and can even change your gait (the way you walk), and cause long term pain in your hips, knees, and lower back. If you’re concerned about these or any other footwear related problems, call us today at (212) 697-3293 or schedule an appointment online at our convenient NYC location to find a solution.
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