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Posts for: May, 2014

Hiking can be a fun and exciting activity, but you might end up getting hurt if you don’t have the proper equipment for it. Katey Behney, owner of Mountain Tops Outdoors in Beacon, NY, has been hiking up mountains all her life, and she understands the importance of being adequately prepared for a trek. One of her biggest tips is to make sure that you have a pair of shoes that fit well so that you don’t accidently injure your feet.

"With an outdoor activity, you have to look at your clothing and footwear as equipment, and having the right equipment is going to make the experience a better one," Behney said.

Having shoes that fit properly is a must before beginning any type of physical activity. If you have questions about getting appropriate footwear, consult with podiatrist Dr. Greg Khaimov, DPM of Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee, LLC. Dr. Khaimov will teach you how to find shoes that fit well and offer adequate protection.

Proper Shoe Fitting

Proper shoe fitting is one of the most common concerns people have when it comes to the health of their feet. To some this may not seem like a major issue, but the reality is that improperly fitted shoes account for a tremendous amount of injuries to the foot. Because our feet, our posture, and our gait directly affect the bio-mechanics and the overall structure of our entire body, pains and discomforts felt elsewhere within the body can frequently be attributed to improperly fitted footwear. Here are a few factors to consider, which will help you select the proper footwear when shopping.

Do not purchase shoes with the expectation that they will stretch to accommodate the size of your feet. You are looking for shoes that fit correctly right away. If the shoes you purchase are too large and are slipping in the area of the heel while you walk, do not purchase them. Do not look favorably upon shoes that slip with the intention of wearing thicker socks to compensate for the slippage. Make certain that in the widest portion of the shoes, the ball of your foot, fits comfortably in the shoe.

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If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices, located in Fort Lee, NJ, Flushing, NY and Brooklyn, NY. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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prince georgeSales have gone way up after little Prince George was seen sporting 1950’s classic shoes. Baby George was spotted wearing the soft leather navy shoes designed by Oadby Company Early Days.

George’s footwear has caused others to take action and snag a pair of their own, but now the company has considered expanding to help with the new orders. "I looked at the photo of Prince George and his parents on tour in New Zealand and recognized the shoes he was wearing. I still cannot believe it – we've been making shoes since 1952 and now they're being worn by a future king," said Paul Bolton, managing director of Early Days. Many styles and colors of this shoe have been reportedly sold out.

Children need to keep their feet healthy, and it’s especially important that children wear correct and comfortable shoes.  To help care for your children’s feet, see podiatrist Dr. Greg Khaimov, DPM of Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee, LLC. Dr. Khaimov can treat your child’s podiatric needs.  

Keeping Children's Feet Healthy

Having healthy feet in childhood can help prevent medical problems later in life, namely in the back and legs. As children grow, their feet require different types of care from birth to school-age.

Although babies do not walk yet, it is still very important to take care of their feet.

· Avoid putting tight shoes or socks on his or her feet
· Allow the baby to stretch and kick his or her feet to feel comfortable

As a toddler, kids are now on the move and begin to develop differently. At this age toddlers are getting a feel for walking, so don’t be alarmed if your toddler is unsteady or ‘walks funny’.

As your child gets older, it is important to teach them how to take care of their feet

  • Show them proper hygiene to prevent infections such as fungus
  • Be watchful of any pain or injury
  • Have all injuries checked by a doctor as soon as possible
  • Comfortable, protective shoes should usually be worn

For more information about Keeping Children’s Feet Healthy, follow the link below.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices, located in Fort Lee, NJ, Flushing, NY and Brooklyn, NY. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Chicagoan Whitney Miller, who is 6-foot-2 and wears a size 13, said: "I always joked that I needed to move somewhere warm so I could be in flip-flops year-round."According to the National Shoe Retailers Association, theaverage female shoe size is 8½ and the average male shoe size is 10½.  Experts say that this follows an increase in average weight and height over the last decade. 

Americans are expanding upwards, outwards, and leaving bigger footprints.

In response to consumer demand, a shift in retailers’ inventories to accommodate larger shoe sizes seems like the logical next step.  However, this is happening.  "There are more women who are a size 10 now than 7, but retailers still buy more 7s than 10s. They buy one pair (of the larger shoes) because they only think they can sell that one" says Marshal Cohen of market research firm NPD Group Inc.

Wearing the wrong shoe size can cause discomfort and harm the feet.  For questions about proper footwear, consult podiatrist Dr. Greg Khaimov, DPM of Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee, LLC. Dr. Khaimov will provide quality care and attend to all of your podiatric needs. 

Getting the Right Shoe Size

Sometimes it may be difficult finding the right shoe size especially because shoe sizes tend to vary depending on the brand and company you are looking for. A size 6 for one brand may be a size 7 in another. Although many people know their exact shoe size, it can range within 2 sizes depending on where they shop.

So it is important not to always go for a size 7 just because you think you might be a size 7 universally. It is best to try on the shoe and walk around for a bit to see how it fits and how it feels. Comfort is essential and the fitting has to be well otherwise it can lead to blisters, bruises at the back of the ankle and it can also hurt your toes if the shoe is too tight for example.

Shopping online for shoes can be very tricky and time consuming, especially since you cannot try on the shoe or see how it fits or how it feels. Also, buying a shoe online then getting it in the mail only to find out that it was the wrong shoe can be frustrating.

For more information about Getting the Right Shoe Size, follow the link below.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices, located in Fort Lee, NJ, Flushing, NY and Brooklyn, NY. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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running injuriesWhen Spring begins and the weather gets warmer, many runners start to come out from dormancy and resume physical activity. Data from Google shows that around this time there’s also a sharp increase in searches related to shin splints, a common running injury.

In addition, many doctors claim that this time of the year is when they frequently get a lot of patients suffering from shin splints or similar injuries. "A lot of people weren't outside running on the pavement in the winter,” stated Penn State Hershey Medical Center physician Dr. Matthew Silvis. “When the weather starts to get nice, people get excited and start running again, and they just haven't been doing it for a while."

Being inexperienced or out of practice at running can make one more likely to develop an injury. If you have recently hurt yourself while running, visit podiatrist Dr. Greg Khaimov, DPM of Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee, LLC. Dr. Khaimov will evaluate you condition and help you get the care you need.

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.

For more information about Running Injuries, follow the link below.

If you have any questions, please contact one of our offices in Fort Lee, NJ, Flushing, NY and Brooklyn, NY. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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