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By Grand Central Foot Care
June 22, 2017
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Walking   proper shoes   fitness  

With the first day of Summer here, it’s a great time to begin a walking program. Walking for fitness is a simple way to get beneficial exercise in the fresh air, and it’s economical too – all you need is a pair of good walking shoes.

 

Walking is an aerobic exercise that improves the efficiency of heart and lungs. Walkers also burn more calories to help control weight and blood sugar levels.

 

When beginning any fitness program, always consult your doctor for a physical and foot exam, especially if you smoke or are overweight.

 

The Pressure is on Your Feet

 

With every step you take, you put a pressure of about one and one-half times your body weight on each foot!  That’s a lot of pressure, and can really add up during an exercise session.

 

Here at Grand Central Foot Care we know how important it is to wear the right kind of shoes for any exercise:

 

  • Choose light-weight but sturdy, cushioned and well-fitting walking shoes. 
  • Bring your own socks when purchasing shoes. 
  • Visit stores later in the day when feet are largest. 
  • Get both feet measured professionally for the best fit. 
  • Walk around the store in the shoes for a few minutes – they should feel stable and snug but not too tight, with no slipping in the heel and plenty of room in the toe box

Be sure to wear socks that wick moisture away from your feet. Acrylic works best for this rather than cotton.

 

Walk Smart to Avoid Foot Injuries

 

Our Board Certified podiatrist Les GLubo, DPM at Grand Central Foot Care, recommends starting a walking program slowly and then gradually increase time and distance. Look for flat, firm surfaces that are not too hard. A good choice is at a school running track. A fitness center may have an indoor track made of special cushioning material which will be easier on your feet. 

 

Call us at 212-697-3293 and schedule an appointment. Our office is conveniently located on 42nd street and will give you the evaluation you need to make sure your feet are headed towards good health!

 
By Grand Central Foot Care
June 16, 2017
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Bunions  

What your podiatrist in New York wants you to know bunions

If you are living with a large, bony bump next to your big toe, you have a bunion. You might be wondering how it got there. What caused your bunion? Your podiatrists at Grand Central Footcare in New York, NY Dr. Les Glubo and Dr. Dawn Figlo, want to help answer that question and share what can be done to treat your bunion.

There are several causes of bunions, including:

  • Wearing shoes that are too narrow
  • Wearing high heels
  • An injury or trauma to your foot
  • Arthritis
  • Bone deformities
  • Foot stress due to work or sports
  • Hereditary factors

Women are more prone to bunions because they wear high heels and narrow shoes, forcing the toes against each other.

If you have a bunion, it’s best to visit an expert. At Grand Central Footcare your podiatrists will examine your foot to determine the amount of bone involvement and do a thorough examination to plan the best treatment for you.

If you have a small, non-painful bunion they may suggest simple home remedies including:

  • Taping the bunion to cushion and support it
  • Taking over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications
  • Placing padding or inserts in your shoes
  • Wearing wider shoes

If you have a large, painful bunion, you may need professional treatment. Recommended treatments for bunions include:

  • Cortisone injections around the bunion
  • Surgically straightening your bunion
  • Fusing the joints in your big toe
  • Removing swollen tissue or part of the bone in your big toe
  • Custom orthotic devices

Bunions can be painful and debilitating, but there is help! Don’t wait until it’s impossible to put on shoes and difficult to walk. You can get help for your bunion with just a simple phone call. If you suffer from a bunion, call our office and take care of your feet!

By Grand Central Foot Care
June 15, 2017
Category: Foot Care
Tags: toenail fungus  

Summer is sizzling in the state New York and if you are a fashionably-foot-flaunting guy or gal you are probably choosing sandals instead of boots to keep your cool today. 

This is a great time for New York’s leading podiatrists at Grand Central Footcare to remind residents of the state of New York about the importance of healthy toenails.

A routine to keep your nails healthy is especially important, and sometimes tricky for people who like to invite summer style in with bright (and beautiful) varieties of nail polish. Here are some pointers to keep your toenails at optimal health.

●Always monitor toenails for new signs of fungus.  Note: many popular shades of polish will tint a natural nail bed to a dark, yellow hue that LOOKS like a sure-thing-fungal-infection, however, when polish is the culprit, it may only be a superficial and temporary discoloration and should cause no concern.  If you are seeing discoloration of your nails combined with thickening, new textures, crusty build up, or if you have noticed an embarrassing odor, it could be a fungal infection.  It is best to get your Podiatrists to confirm or deny your suspicions.

●Help keep toenail fungus at bay this season with regular appointments in our conveniently located office.  

●Make sure to look at the nail beds every day this summer.  Visually inspect for wavy growth patterns and unexplained color changes. 

●Trim nails with proper tools like clean nail clippers, a sanitized scrub brush meant just for your feet, and regularly replaced emery boards or similar nail-file gadgets.

If you think you are flunking the foot fungus test, do not waste another moment worrying, just call our office at (212) 697-3293 and schedule an appointment, or talk to our staff to see what we can do for your hardest working parts- your feet!  

We are happy to hear from you!   Feel free to visit our cutting-edge, New York City office located at 122 E 42nd St Rm 2901 New York, NY 10168 but it is highly recommended that you have a scheduled appointment first.  

For our technology-savvy clients who prefer scheduling online simply click  here!

First time with us?  

We recommend visiting our New Patient page to read about Privacy Policies, to download important information about our practice and to get a head start on the paperwork. You will have the chance to begin filling out your required forms, if you wish to save time and get the most out of your scheduled time with your board certified Podiatrists at Grand Central Footcare.

 Dr. Les J. Glubo, DPM and Dr. Dawn O. Figlo, D.P.M. are ready to work with you on all your footcare needs, from Fungal Fight-off to more complex medical foot and ankle needs.     

By Grand Central Foot Care
June 06, 2017
Category: Foot Care

The weather has been perfect for biking although Summer has not really made its debut yet!  Either way it’s time to get out of the gym and into the fresh air. This means taking a break from spin class and pulling your bike out of the garage! 

Plenty of Americans enjoy cycling for many reasons, like recreation, exercise, transportation or racing. This sport or past time is a great way to get your daily dose of exercise while taking in the scenery and your feet play an important role as you ride. As a matter of fact, your feet are the only reason that the wheels are moving, so we need to make sure they are ready. You can start with a good list of things to do before you hit the road.

7 tips to get ready:

  1. Get the right shoes or replace last year’s old worn shoes.
  2. Go shopping and buy some brightly colored gear that fits comfortably.
  3. Install a good toe clip system.
  4. Inspect the tires and make sure they are inflated properly and do not have leaks.
  5. Check brakes and pads to make sure they aren’t worn down.
  6. Spin the wheels to see if there is any wobbling or rattles.
  7. Adjust seat post from the frame and make sure your legs align properly with the pedals.

When taking your position on your bike it is important to make sure your hips are aligned with your feet. If you are not aligned then over usage can cause common foot injuries associated to cycling.

Avoiding these injuries:

  • Achilles tendinitis is painful and causes swelling in the heel with limited range of motion when flexing the foot. If your calf muscles are not in good shape, over usage while pedaling can be a contributing factor.
  • Plantar Fasciitis is a disorder generally associated with inward rolling of the foot. Adding toe clips to your pedals may keep that from happening while riding.
  • Metatarsalgia is a common over usage injury that causes pain in the ball of the foot. The symptoms come on over time and can worsen if your feet are not positioned correctly on the pedals or if you continuously where poor fitting bike shoes.

If you’re ready to get on two wheels again let Les GLubo, DPM at Grand Central Foot Care help by calling 212-697-3293 and scheduling an appointment. Our office is conveniently located on 42nd street and will give you the evaluation you need to make sure your feet are headed towards good health!

 

By Grand Central Foot Care
June 02, 2017
Tags: ankle sprains  

Ankle Sprains are most commonly a result of an unnatural twist of the foot and can hurt enough to make you shout out loud!  Save the twisting for the dancefloor and let our experienced podiatrist, Les J. Glubo hand you some tips on avoiding a sprained ankle.

Twisted injuries occur when…

  • Cold muscles ~ you should try and get them warmed up, especially in this cold weather before you start making them work.
  • Your feet and ankles need to be stretched for them to give you their full potential throughout your busy day.
  • Looking down or just simply paying attention to where you are walking if you are walking is a good plan, especially if the ground is uneven and leave your cell phones in your pocket while you walk. (oops that may have been a little lecture).
  • Four inch heals don’t exactly scream safety and three inches are probably not either. There are other styles that can give you ladies the looks so reach for those styles on the rack instead.

Warm up activities and tips?

  • Ankle twirls ~ point your toes and rotate your ankles in a circular motion for a minute on each foot.
  • Toe points ~ point and flex, point and flex, point and flex, that should do it.
  • Calf lifts ~ hold on to a stable wall and lift to your tippy toes and lower the heal until you feel the muscle working.
  • Invest in good running shoes and athletic socks.
  • Stretching is a key factor to provide your ankles with an advantage.
  • Common sense safety rules always apply ~ you can refer to “why is so easy to injure an ankle” mentioned earlier.

Most times the injury can heal without surgery but since healing and recovery time for a broken or fractured ankle depends on the type of fracture, it is best to get to a podiatrist within a short time to determine if the injury requires surgery to correct the damage. If you or your child has fractured ankle reach out to Grand Central Foot Care and schedule an appointment with Les J. Glubo, DPM or Dr. Dawn O. Figlio, D.P.M.. We can be reached in our New York office at 212-697-3293 and will be happy to guide you for treatment.





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