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Monday, 28 August 2017 00:00

New World Record Set for Barefoot Running

A Vermont man recently set the record for longest barefoot run. Teage O’Connor ran 62 miles in just a little over 7 hours. This broke the previous world record. O’Connor ran the record on the University of Vermont’s track when he couldn’t find a 100K to run in. He had been hoping to break a record before his wife gives birth. Before you go out and try a long-distance barefoot run, take heed; O’Connor is experienced in running. He was the top Vermont Men’s finisher in the Vermont City Marathon in 2017. If you'd like to learn more about barefoot running, consult with your podiatrist. 

Barefoot running has its own share of benefits and disadvantages. If you have any concerns about your feet or ankles, contact Dr. Amnon Barnea from Walk NYC Podiatry, PC. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Barefoot Running

The Impact of Barefoot Running
- Running without shoes changes the motion of your running, as most running is done by landing on the heel of the feet.
- Running barefoot requires a different way of running; the landing is done on the front part of the feet.

The Advantages of Barefoot Running
- When running and landing on the front feet, the impact on the feet and ankle is reduced; this can reduce stress injuries.
- It strengthens muscles in the feet, ankles and lower legs.
- Balance of the body is improved, and there is a greater sensory input from the feet to the rest of the body.

The Drawbacks of Barefoot Running
- No protection while running, makes it likely that runners will land on sharp objects and scrapes, bruises and cuts on the feet will result.
- Blisters may form.
- Possibility of plantar fascia problems.
- Risk of getting Achilles tendonitis.

So what can runners do to make barefoot running safe? It’s best to make a slow transition from running shoes to barefoot running. Once the feet begin to adjust, try walking, then jogging and gradually increasing the distance. Minimalist running shoes may also be an option.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact one of our office located in New York, NY. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 22 August 2017 00:00

What Your Feet May Say About Your Health

The feet are important parts of the body that have the power to tell us a lot about our health. Nail stains can appear on your feet, and while it is possible that they could be harmless, sometimes they are signs of an underlying disease. Some common causes of nail stains may be toenail fungus or psoriasis. Swollen feet are another foot condition that can be a sign of another health condition. Some conditions that may cause swollen feet may be poor circulation, kidney or liver disease, deep vein thrombosis, or blood clots. If you have swelling in your feet, you should try to exercise your legs, reduce your salt intake, and avoid wearing tight shoes.

Everyday foot care is very important to prevent infection and other foot ailments. If you need your feet checked, contact Dr. Amnon Barnea from Walk NYC Podiatry, PC. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Everyday Foot Care

Often, people take care of their bodies, face and hair more so than they do for their feet. But the feet are a very important aspect of our bodies, and one that we should pay more attention to. Without our feet, we would not be able to perform most daily tasks.

It is best to check your feet regularly to make sure there are no new bruises or cuts that you may not have noticed before. For dry feet, moisturizer can easily be a remedy and can be applied as often as necessary to the affected areas. Wearing shoes that fit well can also help you maintain good foot health, as well as making it easier to walk and do daily activities without the stress or pain of ill-fitting shoes, high heels, or even flip flops. Wearing clean socks with closed shoes is important to ensure that sweat and bacteria do not accumulate within the shoe. Clean socks help to prevent Athlete’s foot, fungi problems, bad odors, and can absorb sweat.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in New York, NY. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Flip-flops fail to provide support for your foot’s arch and heel, and this is one of the main reasons why they are considered bad for your feet. However, if you decide that you still want to wear flip-flops, you should look for a pair that are good-quality and have features that will not harm your feet. The best material for flip-flops to be made out of is leather. High-quality leather will reduce your chances of developing blisters and other irritations on your feet. Support is also a problem with flip-flops. Make sure to limit the amount of time you spend wearing them.

Flip-flops are not always the best choice of footwear. If you have any concerns about your feet or ankles, contact Dr. Amnon Barnea from Walk NYC Podiatry, PC. Our doctors will assist you with all of your foot and ankle needs.

Flip-Flops and Feet

When the weather starts warming up, people enjoy wearing flip-flops.  Flip-flops are comfortable, stylish, and easy to slip on and off; they're perfect for any summer beach goer.  However, these shoes can cause harm to the feet.

How Can Flip-Flops Affect Me Long-Term?

  • Ankle problems
  • Hip problems
  • Lower back problems
  • Pain in the balls of the feet
  • Problems with foot arches
  • Changes in the way you walk

Are there injuries associated with flip-flops?

Yes.  Since flip-flops are relatively weak and do not provide the same amount of support as sneakers, people who wear flip-flops regularly are more susceptible to injuries. On top of that, the open nature of the shoe makes your feet more prone to other problems, such as cuts and even infections.  Common injuries and ailments include:

  • Sprained ankles
  • Blisters
  • Infections
  • Cuts and Scrapes

I like wearing flip-flops, are there safe alternatives?

When buying flip-flops, try to find ones that have sturdy soles and that are made of high quality materials that will support for your feet.  These flip-flops will cost more, but will also last longer as a result.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in New York, NY.  We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 08 August 2017 00:00

How to Properly Treat Athlete’s Foot

Athlete's foot is an extremely contagious fungal infection that should be treated as soon as it is diagnosed. Many people who have the condition experience itchiness and dryness around their toes, and try to treat it using powder; however, this method isn’t always successful. Athlete’s foot can be tricky to treat, and it may worsen if it becomes irritated due to excessive scratching. Nevertheless, one of the main reasons why people aren’t able to get rid of their athlete’s foot is because they fail to treat their shoes along with their feet. Your footwear can be disinfected by spraying towels with Lysol, and stuffing them inside each shoe. If you leave the towels in overnight, the fungus should be gone by morning.

Athlete’s foot is an inconvenient condition that can be easily reduced with the proper treatment. If you have any concerns about your feet and ankles, contact Dr. Amnon Barnea from Walk NYC Podiatry, PC.  Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Athlete’s Foot: The Sole Story

Athlete's foot, also known as tinea pedis, can be an extremely contagious foot infection. It is commonly contracted in public changing areas and bathrooms, dormitory style living quarters, around locker rooms and public swimming pools, or anywhere your feet often come into contact with other people.

Solutions to Combat Athlete’s Foot

  • Hydrate your feet by using lotion
  • Exfoliate
  • Buff off nails
  • Use of anti-fungal products
  • Examine your feet and visit your doctor if any suspicious blisters or cuts develop

Athlete’s foot can cause many irritating symptoms such as dry and flaking skin, itching, and redness. Some more severe symptoms can include bleeding and cracked skin, intense itching and burning, and even pain when walking. In the worst cases, Athlete’s foot can cause blistering as well. Speak to your podiatrist for a better understanding of the different causes of Athlete’s foot, as well as help in determining which treatment options are best for you.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in New York, NY. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 01 August 2017 00:00

How Your Diet May Lead to Gout

Studies have shown that gout can be triggered by having a diet that is high in purines, so it is important that you avoid foods that contain them in order to keep from developing the condition. Some of these high-purine foods include sardines, anchovies, and scallops. Foods that are high in vitamin-C have been found to lower uric acid levels in the bloodstream, so be sure to include them in your diet if you want to lower your risk of developing gout. You should also try to avoid medications such as aspirin, which can increase your uric acid levels.

Gout is a foot condition that requires certain treatment and care. If you are seeking treatment, contact Dr. Amnon Barnea from Walk NYC Podiatry, PC. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What is Gout?

Gout is a type of arthritis caused by a buildup of uric acid in the bloodstream. It often develops in the foot, especially the big toe area, although it can manifest in other parts of the body as well. Gout can make walking and standing very painful and is especially common in diabetics and the obese.

People typically get gout because of a poor diet. Genetic predisposition is also a factor. The children of parents who have had gout frequently have a chance of developing it themselves.

Gout can easily be identified by redness and inflammation of the big toe and the surrounding areas of the foot. Other symptoms include extreme fatigue, joint pain, and running high fevers. Sometimes corticosteroid drugs can be prescribed to treat gout, but the best way to combat this disease is to get more exercise and eat a better diet.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in New York, NY. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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