October, 2013

Podiatry Specialist Dr. Alan Berman Offers Tips for Seniors with Big Toe Joint Pain

October 15, 2013

Never underestimate the power of a little joint to cause big problems. But that's what can happen to senior citizens suffering from big toe joint pain - often as a result of arthritis - which can not only sour the mood and lessen quality of life, but raises the risk of falling and in many cases proves disabling, according to Alan Berman, DPM, of Somers Orthopaedic Surgery & Sports Medicine Group, PLLC. (more...)

Cheap shoes lead to blisters and calluses

Geoff Williams 10/7/13

It is good to save money, most people are taught from an early age. If you have a coupon, use it. If you aren't going to be in a room, turn off the lights. Buy those holiday decorations after December 25. And on and on.

But being frugal can also backfire: Just visualize what might go wrong if you bought a really inexpensive smoke alarm, or brakes for your car. Here are three categories in which you should pay careful attention to what you're spending.

Footwear. "Cheap shoes lead to blisters and calluses," says Alan Berman, a podiatrist who practices at Somers Orthopaedic Surgery & Sports Medicine Group in Carmel, N.Y. "I live close to New York City, and we'll often see someone come in with a stress fracture because they've basically been walking the streets barefoot, even though this foot-covering, so-called shoe is on their feet."

Rather than buying based on price, Berman says, consumers should look for a shoe with a strong, rigid heel counter (at the back of the shoe) and a strong and sturdy arch. He would also like to see some flexibility in the toe area and, if we're talking sneakers, perhaps some mesh for breathability.

More often than not, that's going to be a more expensive shoe. Berman likes Aetrex and New Balance, which aren't cheap (prices vary widely, but Aetrex is typically around $100 or more; New Balance is typically around $50 and up).

"If you can bend the shoe in half, wrap it up and fold it in your pocket, it's not a very good shoe," Berman says.

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