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As the new year begins, the top resolution for many people will be to join a gym or go to the gym more frequently. It's a great resolution to have, and keep, but if you're not wearing the proper shoes for the gym, you're likely to do more harm than damage. 

"The right shoe is very important in terms of injury prevention," said Dr. Daniel Geller, a foot and ankle specialist at Empire State Orthopedics. "The right shoe supports your body's natural biomechanics, which is the way your body hits the ground. If your body hits the ground and we do something that we shouldn't be doing, we're going to be stressing structures in the lower leg that can lead to injury."

Our podiatrists see injuries frequently that could have been prevented with the proper shoe. The most important thing in finding the right shoe is knowing your foot type. 

"There's a promontory foot type that rolls in, there's a neutral foot type that maintains its arch support, and there's a supinatory foot type that rolls out just a bit. Finding the right shoe that compliments your foot type will supplement your biomechanics, therefore making you more efficient, less injury prone, and it will enable you to run more comfortably," said Dr. Geller. 

If you're unsure as to what type of foot you have, visit a podiatrist today, who can tell you about your foot and what would be the best kind of shoe for you. Everyone's needs are different. With those suggestions, you can go to a shoe store knowing what you need. 

Many specialty shoe stores offer a treadmill, where your movement is recorded and analyzed. Based on what the salesperson or pedorthist sees, they can point you in a specific direction. 

Patrick Murford of the NY Running Company says he see people all the time who purchase incorrect shoes. 

"One of the biggest mistakes people make when they're shopping for workout shoes is that they shop by style instead of by function," Burford said. "It's important to get something that is proper for the way your foot moves and the way your body moves in motion."

This year, make sure you start off with the right shoe, on the right foot, before you head to the gym!

Reference: Time Warner Cable News

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If you have knee pain, or arthritis in your feet, ankles, or knees, you may be more confused about what to put on your feet after reading this article. 

A new small study was recently conducted on people who suffer from osteoarthritis in the knee and the results indicate that wearing clogs and comfort shoes puts more of a strain on the wearer when compared to walking barefoot or in flip flops. 

So for anyone with this condition who has gone out and purchased expensive and specialty shoes this may have been a waste of their money. Examples of "comfort" shoes include Dansko, Ecco, Birkenstock, and Aerosoles and as a group they tend to include cushioning under the pad of the foot and insoles for the arch. However, the study says that when arthritis sufferers wear these shoes, they change the wearer's gait and cause them pain.

We typically recommend comfort shoes to patients who have foot pain, or specific foot conditions that would benefit from wearing these particular type of shoe, so we were surprised to hear of this new study. In general, before you purchase any shoes, it is important to know what type of foot you have- are you a high arch, flat footed, or have a normal arch? Do you have foot deformities that prevent you from wearing specific types of shoes? Not everyone's foot is designed to wear the exact same shoe. 

Just because a shoe is expensive doesn't mean it is a good quality or even right for your foot. When a podiatrist tells you to pick out a shoe that is supportive, you can often find these items at various price points- you don't have to run out and purchase the most expensive one. If you have any questions as to what types of shoes are best for your feet, make an appointment with a podiatrist to discuss your options. 

We'll be interested to see if this study, even though small, has any ramifications in the podiatric world. 

Reference: Medical Daily

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We've all been there before: afraid to take off our sneakers, boots, sandals, or shoes because our shoes stink. We're so concerned someone with a discerning nose will pick up our shoe odor that we hide in the corner with our feet shoved under the sofa. Oh please don't smell my shoes and feet. 

So why do our shoes smell? Our feet sweat and create bacteria buildup that creates the bad odor. Athletes tend to have even stinkier shoes because they sweat more and therefore the bacteria builds up more and faster. 

Sometimes, even when you throw your shoes into the washing machine, the smell doesn't come out! What's up with that??? And, to make it worse, your prized running sneakers may end up warped or ruined because you tried to deodorize them. So what's a person to do?

Put your shoes in the freezer. Freezing will kill the bacteria that causes the odors and it will freshen your shoes. To enhance the process, put some baking soda in your shoes before placing them in the freezer.

If you don't want to put your shoes in the freezer exposed, place them in a plastic bag. First, put some baking soda in your shoes, then put them in the plastic bag and into the freezer. Leave your shoes in the freezer overnight. In the morning, take them out of the freezer and allow them to come to room temperature before you wear them (otherwise you'll be unhappy!). Take the shoes out of the plastic bag and shake out the loose baking soda into the garbage can. It won't hurt you or your shoes if some baking soda is left in the shoes.

During times of the year when it's around or below freezing at night, leave your shoes outside overnight. Put baking soda in your shoes and then throw them in a plastic bag. Make sure when you put them outside you leave them in an area that won't be exposed to rain or snow, or where they could be stolen.

If you don't trust your shoes outside alone overnight, put them in your car. Your car gets just as cold overnight and will kill the bacteria in your shoes.

All of these tips can be done to your shoes several times without ruining the materials, unless they are made of a delicate fabric that cannot withstand cold temperatures. For those shoes, take them to a professional cobbler.

Reference: Yahoo.

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By CT Foot Care Podiatrists
December 04, 2013
Category: shoes
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In this Thanksgiving week, many college students will head home for break, families will head across country, and friends will knock on friend's doors. Thanksgiving is one of the biggest travel holidays, and packing correctly for your trip is essential.

And if you're like a lot of travelers, especially women, you struggle with what shoes to pack, how many, and

how to pack them. Some women will decide to pack all of their shoes, simply because they can't decide, and end up with suitcases that too big to check. 

But being realistic is important on your journey. How many pairs of shoes do you actually need? Look over this checklist to help you decide

  • Where are you going? Are you travelling to a warm climate, where you will be on the beach a majority of the time? Are you headed to a cold climate, where you will be watching the local Thanksgiving football game and enjoying time inside? Will you go to New York City for the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, and walk around the city afterwards? While flip-flops may be appropriate in the beach location, in the colder locations boots and closed-toe shoes with support are necessary. If you're doing a fancy Thanksgiving dinner out at a restaurant, pack a pair of "dessert" shoes. You know, those shoes you can only wear when sitting down. If you're going to be doing a lot of walking, shoes with support should be packed in your suitcase. But don't think those adorable fashion sneakers will keep your feet pain free- walking sneakers are best for a trip that includes a lot of walking. You'll thank us. We promise. 
  • What's the purpose of your trip? Are you doing sightseeing while you are away? Will you have a short business meeting? Headed to Disney World for the holiday? Going to the stadium to see your favorite football team play? Different shoes will be needed for each activity. If you have a lot of activities planned while you're away, or back home for Thanksgiving, plan shoes that can be used in a multitude of ways. Sneakers can be worn to the football game, but also while you are sightseeing in NYC. 
  • Lay your shoes on their sides. Shoes and boots should be arranged on their sides when possible, heel to toe. Lay one shoe down and then place its pair so the heel is at the toe of the first shoe. This way the shoes will take up the least amount of space. 
  • Keep pairs together. To ensure pairs don't get lost in the clutter of a suitcase, pack your shoes in a large resealable bag. If you don't have any bags, tie them together with a rubber band or twist tie. 
  • Placement. The Transportation Security Administration recommends placing your shoes at the top of your suitcase for checked luggage, to expedite inspection, if need be. If your suitcase isn't going to be checked, arrange the shoes around the perimeter of your suitcase to distribute the weight evenly. 

Remember: don't overpack your suitcase with shoes! Pack lightly and economically.

References: Huffington Post and USA Today.

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Ahh, those rocker bottom shoes. 

First, they're touted as a way to help you lose weight. Then they were marketed as a method of reducing your back pain.

Guess what?

They do none of that.

A new study has shown that rocker bottom shoes are no better than regular sneakers in reducing lower back pain. 

The shoes were branded as a way to positively impact your posture, reducing back and joint pain. However, new research from King's College in London disproves this theory, stating that traditional sneakers may be more beneficial for back pain brought on by standing or walking. 

Lead researcher physiotherapist Dr. Sian MacRae studied 115 people with chronic lower back pain and asked them to wear rocker bottomed shoes or regular sneakers for at least two hours a day while standing and walking. 

Those in the sneaker group had less disability than those who wore rocker bottomed shoes after one year. Researchers also found that after six months, 53 percent of the sneaker group had a small improvement in their back mobility, compared to 31 percent of the rocker sole group. 

MacRae said that physicians can now say that there is little difference in wearing the rocker bottom shoes versus sneakers, as they will provide similar results in decrease of pain and disability. 

Researchers did add that if the patient experiences lower back pain when walking or standing they will see a decrease in pain when wearing sneakers rather than rocker soled shoes. 

Reference: Business Standard

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