275 Madison E 40th St.

Contact: 212-986-3888

275 Madison E 40th St.

Contact: 212-986-3888

I’ve been wearing the same pair of walking shoes for so long there’s barely any tread left, the material around the toes is chafed to a gauzy thinness, and whatever insole support there once was has been squashed flatter than a postage stamp. But, I love them! It’s getting ridiculous though, as I’ve suffered over the years from shin splints, bunions, heel spurs, nail problems, swelling, inflammation and soreness, as well as knee and back pain while walking. The average person walks more than 115,000 miles in a lifetime. Every walking step you take exerts pressure up to three times your body weight on your feet .

Running exerts up to ten times your body weight. We cram our feet into ill-fitting shoes, subject them to the unnatural angles of high heels, pound them on pavement and asphalt, smother them in airless socks and shoes, or simply stand on them for hours on end. It’s no wonder that the skin, 26 bones, 33 joints and more than 100 ligaments in each of our feet sometimes can’t stand up to the pressure.

Women are especially at risk. Of the 356 women involved in a survey by the American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Association , 80% had some kind of foot pain — no surprise when you consider that 88% of them were wearing shoes that were smaller than their feet. “Ankle and foot pain can typically be caused by acute injury, repetitive stress as in running or sports, or by other parts of the body referring pain to that area,” says Dr. Kessler. “It can even be caused by improper footwear or by the way you walk. Finding the cause and getting the appropriate treatment is essential in helping you move around the city with ease and without pain.” So, while I love them dearly, I’m afraid it’s time to retire those golden oldies to the back of the closet where they can bask in the glory of the many miles we’ve traveled together.

Labels: Foot and Joint problems , Foot Pain , pain management , spine and sports medicine , Sport Injury , Surgery

Posted by Spine and Sports Medicine on 6:33 AM

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