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Walk a Mile in Her Shoes is an event dedicated to raise public awareness about sexual violence. Three participants wore high heels along with ROTC attire, which made walking in heels a painful but worthwhile mile. The ROTC was a sponsor of the event which was hosted by the Sexual Assault Counseling and Information Services (SACIS). Participant Craig Sharp was walking with a sign which read: “I Am Man Enough to Walk in Her Shoes!”

“We’re huge supporters of these events,” Dan Alix, one of the participants, said. “This is just one of the great causes,” Alix said.  Even though walking in heels for the first time was “quite painful”, Alix said he knew there was no way he wasn’t going to finish the mile. SACIS executive director Erin Walters said the event was about getting people to understand what its like to walk in another’s shoes. “We want to try and understand what it must be like,” Walters said. “We want to be better allies.”

High heels may be popular, but they aren’t high in the eyes of your feet. If you have foot or ankle complications from wearing heels, see podiatrist Dr. Tzvi Bar-David of Foot Associates of NY. Dr. Bar-David can treat your foot and ankle needs.  

Wearing High Heels and How it Affects Feet

High heels affect what parts of the body?

·         Joints in the Ankle

·         Balls of the Feet

·         Achilles Tendon

·         Knees – heels cause the knees to bend constantly, creating stress on them

·         Back – they decrease the spine’s ability to absorb shock, which may lead to back pain.  Also, the vertebrae of the lower back may compress.

What problems can arise from long term use of high heels?

·         Calluses

·         Corns

·         Morton’s Neuroma

·         Plantar Fasciitis

·         Bunions

·         Hammertoe

How can I maintain my foot health and still wear high heels?

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Additional information – including how high-heels affect your feet– can be found by visiting www.footassociatesny.com.

If you have any questions, please contact one of our offices. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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 In hopes of lowering the rate of injury, lieutenants in the U.S. Army held a research study. The study consisted of 1027 soldiers whose running habits and techniques were monitored, particularly the amount of force being used.  The lieutenants attempted to see if there was a link between the amounts of force made when runners hit the ground with the injury rate.

Researchers examined the soldiers’ instances of injuries while observing their running techniques. The study concluded that the amount of force used had no bearing on any of the injuries sustained by the soldiers.

Running injuries can happen to anyone, even soldiers. If you have suffered a running injury, see podiatrist Dr. Tzvi Bar-David of Foot Associates of NY. Dr. Bar-David can treat your foot and ankle injuries.

 

How to Prevent Running Injuries

Many common running injuries are caused by overuse and overtraining. When the back of the kneecap starts wearing out and starts causing pain in your knee, this is commonly referred to as runner’s knee. Runner’s knee is a decrease in strength in your quadriceps and can occur if you’re not wearing properly fitted or supporting shoes. Runner’s knee usually is treated with strengthening exercises focusing on the quad muscles and sports orthotic. To prevent runner’s knee, focusing on hip strengthening is a good idea, as well as strengthening your quads to keep the kneecaps aligned. Physical therapy can help you learn the best exercises to heal runner’s knee.

What Are Some Causes of Running Injuries?

- One cause of a common running injury is called iliotibial band syndrome.
- Plantar fasciitis is also another common injury.
- Stress fractures can occur from overtraining, lack of calcium, or even your running style.

Best Ways to Prevent Running Injuries

- Wear footwear that fits properly and suits your running needs.
- Running shoes are the only protective gear that runners have to safeguard them from injury.
- Make a training schedule. Adding strengthening exercises as well as regular stretching can help

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Additional information – including how to prevent foot injuries– can be found by visiting www.footassociatesny.com.

If you have any questions, please contact one of our offices. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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NBA player Devin Harris underwent a rough patch in his career. The 31 year old Dallas Maverick needed rehabilitation after an operation on the second metatarsal in his left foot. Harris knew he needed surgery after seeing the results of an examination performed by the Mavs’ team doctor.

Although his recovery took longer than expected due to a subsequent stress fracture, Harris was finally able to get back on the court. “It’s been a long road since the summer,” Harris said. “We’ve had a lot of things happen, but I stayed positive and worked hard and obviously we’re in a good situation now.”

Many athletes wind up injuring their foot or ankle. If your foot or ankle is injured from athletic endeavors, see podiatrist Dr. Tzvi Bar-David of Foot Associates of NY. Dr. Bar-David can care for your foot and ankle needs.

 

Foot Rehabilitation for Athletes

Injured athletes are always looking for better, faster ways to aid their recovery and get back to the sport they love. To do this, podiatrists and physical therapists are often consulted so the injured athlete can get back onto the field as soon as possible. But rehabbing an injury is just as serious as the injury itself, and going through the motions of physical therapy or rehabilitation is a necessary process to keeping that injury at bay.

Physical Therapy Gives Hope

Physical therapy helps to keep athletes as active as they are physically capable, which will get them ready to return to the field once their feet become healed. Physical therapy often gives hope to athletes. However in cases where the injury is very serious, the athlete may never be able to return to the game; but this does not mean it is the end of the road, as there is always hope to get better. It is best to seek out rehabilitation as soon as possible so there are better chances for a full recovery, no matter how severe or minor the injury is.

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Additional information – including foot rehabilitation – can be found by visiting www.footassociatesny.com.

If you have any questions, please contact one of our offices. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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In preparation for his upcoming movie Chapter 27, actor Jared Leto needed to gain seventy pounds. Leto’s weight increase wound up causing more than just his role for the movie. "Really, it's a stupid thing to do (gaining weight),” Leto said. Leto’s cholesterol skyrocketed, resulting in Leto contracting gout.  

 Fortunately Leto was able to go on tour with his band 30 Seconds to Mars after the filming, which aided the process of getting the actor down to a much healthier weight.

Having gout can make walking difficult. If you are experiencing pain in your foot or ankle, see podiatrist Dr. Tzvi Bar-David of Foot Associates of NY. Dr. Bar-David can assist you with your foot and ankle needs.

 

What is gout?

Diseases of the feet can affect the whole body, and symptoms usually arise within the feet. A condition like gout can make a patient’s ability to walk unbearable.  The pain caused by this disease is often so agonizing that it requires elevation of the feet and some time off for them to fully recover.

Known in the past as “the disease of kings”, Gout is caused by an excess of uric acid in the body. Some common symptoms include pain, inflammation, and redness at the metatarsal/phalangeal joint of the base big toe. This buildup of acid is typically seen on the big toe of the foot and can cause inflammation, redness and swelling. Although these are common symptoms of the diseases others include joint pain, extreme fatigue and a high fever. 

Gout can be treated by NSAIDs, which relieves pain and inflammation and other drugs which lowers the acid levels in the body.

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Additional information – including gout – can be found by visiting www.footassociatesny.com.

If you have any questions, please contact one of our offices. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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