Writings for the Huffington Post
Foot Surgery or Arch Supports?
Posted 12/12/2016 3:43 am
Should I have foot surgery or try an arch support that is the question? Is it better to have foot surgery on foot problems such as a bunion deformity, heel spurs, plantar fasciitis, metatarsalgia (ball of the foot pain) and neuromas (benign nerve tumor) or try arch supports?
If Your Shoes Hurt When Wearing Them, Why Buy Them!?
Posted 10/04/2016 3:43 am
Fashion week is being celebrated worldwide; it’s the beginning of fall and time to buy new shoes again. The fall collection of your favorite shoe designers such as Christian Louboutin, Jimmy Choo and Manolo Blahnik are now available at your favorite shoe boutique, department store or on line. Women worldwide are excited about the hot new “uncomfortable” fashion footwear to choose from.
If You Can Make My Heels Comfortable, I’ll Listen
Posted 05/25/2016 3:27 am
That will usually get any women’s attention! Every woman is looking for the perfect high heel shoe, hot, sexy, goes with their favorite outfit and of course supportive, comfortable and does not hurt.
The Threes in Comfort: Standing, Sitting and Sleeping
Posted 03/18/2016 4:05 am
In a 24-hour period we are either standing, sleeping or standing and if our bodies are not supported properly while in each of these positions eventually it could lead to chronic pain. The areas that are the most affected in our bodies are the neck, back, hips, legs and feet.
The Secret to Bringing Your Dead Pairs of Shoes Back to Life
Posted 02/17/2016 3:40 am
It's a new year, one month down and every woman has their new year's resolutions embedded in their minds as to what they will to do to improve from last year. The list is endless eat healthier, make more money and start a new exercise program, are just a few of the goals probably on their, to do list. However, buying or wearing more sensible shoes is probably not on anybody's list.
Let Your Shoes Make the Fashion Statement This Holiday Season! A Holiday Guide to Keep Your Feet Happy in Shoes in 2016
Posted 12/01/2015 12:25 am
It is that time of year for holiday parties, shopping and traveling to see family and party with friends. This holiday season will require plenty of evenings where you have to dress to impress and let your shoes make the fashion statement. There will be hours of standing, walking and dancing which can affect your legs and feet and tire you out by the end of the night.
What Women Need to Know to Walk in Comfort This Fall
Posted 09/29/2015 12:13 am
As you transition from open toed footwear, sandals and your other comfortable summer shoes to fall footwear the one thing that most women often consider when deciding what shoes to wear is? "What can I place in my shoes to make them more comfortable"? Walking in comfort is always a challenge and a mystery for women especially in heels.
At Last, Same-Sex Marriages -- How to Keep Your Shoes On and Your Feet Comfortable on Your Wedding Day!
Posted 07/08/2015 2:50 am
Now that there are same-sex marriages, more men and women will be walking down the aisle in the hottest and sexiest designer shoes and saying "I do" than ever! The question every women may ask herself before she goes shoe shopping is, do I buy the shoes then the dress or the dress then the shoes? Pumps, Sandals, Peep Toes, open or closed create so many options for brides -- what's a woman to do?
How to Keep Your Feet in Good Shape This Summer
Posted 05/26/2015 3:53 pm
Sandals and flip flops are the shoe of choice once again as we approach the summer months, and for some it is even barefoot weather. That means your feet will be exposed to a whole host of environments such as friction from walking on rough surfaces, sun exposure, sandy beaches with sand ranging from fine granules to coarse ones and salt water that is drying to the skin.
Agility, Speed, Balance and Power Start With Your Feet
Posted 04/24/2015 6:08 pm
Every athlete, whether you are a man or women, wants to be faster than a speeding built, more powerful than a locomotive and able to move with cat like reflexes. The quicker your feet move the greater chance you have for achieving success. Agility, movement, speed is all about your feet being biomechanically balanced. While quick and stable feet create positive outcomes, a foot that is unstable and wobbles from side to side does not!
When It Comes to Exercise, It All Starts From the Ground Up!
Posted 03/19/2015 8:31 am
Spring is on its way so, regardless of what sporting or exercise activity you participate in, if you want to be successful and get the most out of your performance, start from the bottom up. Yes, feet first! Now that it is daylight savings time and it will stay light longer, more people will begin to exercise outside and try to lose that winter weight and your feet will play a major role in that process.
At the Oscars, It's Always About the Gowns But What About the Shoes!
Posted 02/24/2015 8:11 am
Everyone talks about the gorgeous gowns and you see all the sparkling jewelry on the celebrities as they walk down the red carpet at the Oscars but what about the shoes! The problem is since the fashion experts can't see the shoes everybody is wearing they get left out. The only time a shoe had its 15 seconds of fame during the entire show was in the beginning when Ann Kendrick threw one of her Jimmy Choo shoes across the stage.
Feet Over 50!
Posted 01/21/2015 1:02 pm
As we get older our feet get older, too, and start yelling for help! The shoes we normally wear begin to become uncomfortable, and it seems like our shoe size has changed, but it hasn't. The reasons for this are the muscles in the arch begin to fatigue and you need more arch support when wearing footwear. Also, funny lumps and bumps begin to appear in places on the foot that were not present when you were younger; therefore, your shoes appears to be getting tighter.
Why Do Your Feet Hurt When You Put On You Party Shoes?
Posted 12/12/2014 4:31 pm
It's the holidays and time put on your party shoes once again. So as you go through your shoe closet and decide which shoes you want to wear, the question is style or comfort. If you're choosing footwear such as Manolo Bloniks, Christian Louboutin, Prada, Nine West or one of your other favorite shoe designers, style, what hot shoes goes with which outfit, beats out comfort and flats.
What the Weekend Warrior Needs to Know to Stay Pain Free When Exercising
Posted 11/19/2014 5:59 pm
Long hours, the stress of work and very little time to decompress can result in health issues over time that is why exercise is paramount for most professionals. Trying to balance work, family responsibilities, socializing and exercise is not easy when you only have the weekend available to get everything done.
What Brides Need to Know When Buying Wedding Shoes
Posted 10/23/2014 9:25 am
First the proposal, next the ring, the wedding date, the dress and then the shoes or is it the shoes and then the dress? So what do women look for when they are buying their wedding shoes? Regardless of which comes first, is it designer driven or comfort driven?
And She Walked Happily Ever After With or Without Nail Polish
Posted 10/09/2014 3:44 pm
Ladies, what happens when you take your nail polish off and see your toenails turning yellow, getting chalky, flakey and thick with whitish markings on the nail plate? Is that an "OMG" moment?
What Fashion Footwear Is Always Lacking!
Posted 09/18/2014 8:48 am
Fall is rapidly approaching and it is time to start looking at your fall shoe wardrobe to see what designers makes the cut and what designers needs to be replaced! Support is replaced with cute; comfortable is replaced with tolerance because "they go with what I'm wearing." Every woman wants to walk happily ever after in whatever footwear they own.
How to Make the Sandals and Flip Flops You Love to Wear This Summer More Comfortable
Posted 07/25/2014 8:35 am
Buying new sandals and flip flops is a summer ritual. Every summer designers such as Stuart Wietzman, Zara, Saint Laurent, Robert Clergerie, Kenneth Cole, Calvin Klein and shoe manufactures like Nine West, Forever 21, Rocket Dog, Chinese Laundry come up with sexy footwear to make your feet look great. It's every women's dream to wear the sandals and flip flops they love in their shoe closet without walking in pain. The number one complaint I hear in my practice during the summer is, "I need more arch support in my sandals and flip flops and I do not know what to do".
Businesswomen Who Wear Stilettos Have a Love-Hate Relationship With Them
Posted 04/25/2014 9:31 am
Business is business but how we present ourselves is part of the pitch. Women in business want to feel good when pitching a deal or making a presentation. Dress for success starts from the bottom up. Stilettos first!
What Attracts Women to Purchase Fashion Footwear Online?
Posted 03/14/2014 11:28 pm
Too many websites and too many shoes too choose from! So what attracts women to purchase fashion footwear on some of the most popular online websites such as Solesociety.com, Zappos.com and Shoebuy.com?
How Long Do I Have to Keep These Damn Heels on?!
Posted 01/20/2014 9:54 pm
Stilettos, red carpet award shows, black tie events and women wondering, "How long do I have to keep these damn heels on!" That is every woman's battle cry. Do I want to look good or feel good? Women have had a love/hate relationship with their heels for as long as they have been wearing them. They are seduced by how great they make them look and struggle with how painful they can be when walking down the street or out for an evening of dinner and dancing.
Cyber Monday Means Let Your Fingers Do the Walking, Not Your Feet
Poste 12/02/2013 12:50 pm
Fashion footwear may be on your cyber list of things to buy today, there are many great deals too choose from but once the purchase is done and the partying begins, how do you keep your party shoes on?
Solutions to Prevent Tired Feet and Legs During Holiday Shopping From Black Friday to Christmas
Posted 11/25/2013 12:44 pm
It is holiday time again along with the long lines waiting to buy those special gifts. How will your feet and legs survive the pounding of pavements and standing for hours on hard concrete floors at the malls and running from department store to department store?
Do Shoes Trigger Foot Problems or Do Your Feet Trigger Shoe Problems?
Posted 09/19/2013 12:38 pm
Every day thousands of women ask themselves that question when their feet start hurting. Is it my shoes or is it my feet? The answer to that question is that both statements are correct. Over the past 30 years of practice I have come to the conclusion that depending on the shape of the foot and all its curves and bumps it is just as much a culprit in making ones shoes uncomfortable as wearing a pair of shoes that are too tight, too small or too high. So when you look in your shoe closet, you can begin to label your shoes as "killers" or "comfortable" depending on the style.
What Every Woman Always Wants to Do
Posted 06/24/2013 2:11 pm
There are some things women can always count on, new fashion footwear for every season. Summer is here and it is time to buy the latest summer footwear at your favorite shoe retailer or on line. So, rotate the spring shoes into summer flip flops, dress sandals, backless heels and wedges. Replace the old with the new and shop for the latest in fashion footwear from designers such as Stuart Weitzman, Fendi, Pierre Hardy, Bottega Veneta, Stella McCartney, Christian Dior, Vera Wang and Marc Jacobs. This summer's fashion finds hot vibrant colors, snake skin uppers and floral prints in strap back wedges, platform sandals, moccasins, transparent heels, pointed pumps and flexible ballet flats.
Secrets That Women Need to Know When Buying Shoes
Posted 03/26/2013 11:05 pm
What's the biggest secrets woman need to know about making their shoes comfortable for 2013? Women need to buy comfortable shoes that fit properly. This may be obvious to most, however many women who see a pair that is a "must have" buy whether it is their correct size or not. Whatever the reason is to buy new shoes, do not jump just because there is a sale and the price is right. If the shoe is not comfortable at the shoe store, it will not be comfortable when it is worn for an event. On the other hand, buying expensive shoes will not always bring you comfort either. The style/design, type of leather, whether it has enough cushioning or arch support all play a role in how comfortable that shoe will be. Shoes that have a steep pitch to them can actually force the ball of your foot straight down and can cause pain in the ball of your feet, legs and low back. Mostly all fashion footwear could use help in the comfort and support category.
What You Should Know About Making Holiday Shoes Comfortable
Posted 11/28/2012 4:08 pm
No matter what part of the world you live in, the holidays are a time for celebration with your friends, family and co-workers! Thanksgiving kicks off the holiday season, and with that comes the dilemma -- what shoes can I wear for more than 15 minutes that are stunning, stylish and comfortable? What a daunting task. Depending on where you live, your footwear will range from fashion sandals, sling backs, wedges and open-toed shoes to closed footwear such as boots, booties, ballet flats and high heels. Living or vacationing in warm- or cold-weather climates will dictate the hot, trendy party clothes and holiday shoes you will wear. Each type of footwear presents its own set of problems and can cause foot pain. Shoe designers such as Manolo Blahnik, Christian Louboutin and Tory Burch are always designing shoes that look fabulous, however looking fabulous does not always translate into feeling good.
Coaches Beware... Flat Feet Can Affect Your Players Balance
Posted 05/15/2012 2:00 pm
All sports require balance to be successful.
What should a coach look for in their player's at any age? The answer to that question is balance, because a player who demonstrates balance at any age or level is more likely to be successful. No matter what a player is trying to accomplish in their individual sport, male or female, the quicker they realize the connection between their feet and the rest of their body the easier it will be to improve.
It All Starts From the Ground Up!
Posted March 20, 2012 1:48 pm
The feet are the first thing that hits the ground and without balanced feet a player's mechanics can be affected. Standing flat footed at the plate and swinging off balance can lead to frustration and not actualizing your full potential. The player's timing is off because his lower half is not properly balanced and the balls of their feet are not on the ground.
Balanced Feet Equals Power and Positive Outcomes in All Sports!
Posted February 3, 2012 2:52 pm
Strength and conditioning coaches preach balance, strength, agility and quick feet to be a successful player. That usually translates into power at the plate, quickness in the field, speed running routs, accurate kicks in soccer, throwing an accurate pass to a receiver, hitting a jump shot or a winning backhand on the tennis court.
Five Foot Tips to Keep Your Feet Healthy for 2012
Posted January 12, 2012 05:08 PM (EST)
Now that your feet have survived the partying, dining and dancing of New Year's Eve, it is now time to be nice to them again. We all make New Year's resolutions such as lose weight, exercise more, eat healthy, make more money, wear more sensible shoes -- OUCH! -- but how many people make resolutions to decide to take better care of their feet?
Foot Supports in Baseball Cleats Are the Keys to Staying Balanced
Posted January 10, 2012 05:08 PM (EST)
Spring is just around the corner and all the high school and college teams are getting ready to put on their cleats and play Americas favorite pastime, baseball, once again.
No matter what type of baseball cleat a player wears, staying balanced is the key to success in baseball. That is because baseball requires so many specialized skills to become successful including speed, power, coordination, transferring weight, staying on the balls of your feet and trying to hit or throw a baseball at 80 plus miles per hour. In order to perform these skills your feet have to be balanced and supported properly in baseball cleats.
Time to Put on Your Dancing Shoes and Party!
Posted November 15, 2011 05:08 PM (EST)
'Tis the season to go into your shoe closet and pick out the hottest pair of party shoes your feet will tolerate and the question you probably ask yourself is, "How long can I wear them before I have to kick them off and switch to flats or go barefoot?" You know the ones, platform pumps, boots and sandals, stilettos and peep hole wedge sandals from designers such as Christian Louboutin, Jimmy Choo, Manolo Blahnik, Miu Miu, and Yves Saint Laurent. Depending on how much bubbly you have consumed during the evening, your pain tolerance and luck who knows how long they could last.
Athletes Beware -- Aches, Pains and Strains; How Did That Happen?
Posted November 15, 2011 05:08 PM (EST)
No matter what position you play injuries can occur while playing; in your shoulder, legs, ankles and feet. The questions are: How did it happen and when can I play?
Help... Is It a Shoe Problem or a Foot Problem?
Posted October 31, 2011 12:43 PM (EST)
In order to make those uncomfortable shoes more comfortable, you have to become your own shoe doctor! Shoes are designed to be hot and sexy; they are not always made to be comfortable. So the question is... is it a shoe problem or a foot problem that makes shoes uncomfortable?
Goodbye Summer Shoes
Posted Sept 20, 2011 10:31 AM (EST)
Fall will be here very soon and as the leaves start to change colors so will your shoe wardrobe. Enjoying the luxury of being able to wear fashion and casual sandals as well as flip flops for the last 5 months was a welcomed relief for your feet. They were free and happy walking on soft sandy beaches along the ocean. Those lumps and bumps which usually get red and irritated in closed shoes had a nice vacation and had a chance to calm down....
Get in Athletic Position... Balls on the Ground!
Posted September 13, 2011 2:56 PM (EST)
Get in an athletic position! Get the balls of your feet on the ground! That is the cry infielders and outfielders should hear from their coaches when playing defense. In order to get into an athletic position you have to be able to move your feet quickly. Feet that are abnormally pronated are unstable and causes lower half instability making it difficult for a player to react.
How to Find Your True Shoe Size
Posted August 9, 2011 03:04 PM (EST)
Is it better to buy shoes that are too big or too small? How many times do you ask yourself that question? Or think to yourself "now that I bought these hot shoes, how can I make them fit and feel better?" These are questions that cross the minds of many women when purchasing the latest and hottest shoe styles....
It's a Matter of Seconds
Posted August 1, 2011 03:40 PM (EST)
To get your feet on and off the ground as an athlete -- whether you are running for a fly ball, hitting a jump shot, hitting a tennis ball, fielding a grounder, intercepting a pass, picking off a runner at first, hitting or running to any base -- takes a matter of seconds. The quicker your feet move, the greater chance you have for achieving success. Agility, movement, speed are all about your feet being biomechanically balanced. While quick and stable feet create positive outcomes, a foot that is unstable wobbles from side to side. Whatever type of athlete you are, staying balanced will improve your success...
How to Stay on Top of your Game: Better Balance Equals Maximum Performance
Posted July 12, 2011 03:57 PM (EST)
Whether you play baseball or softball, in order to be on top of your game your feet need to be in balance. Feet are the foundation to creating better balance in your game whether you are hitting, fielding, running or pitching. Poor foot biomechanics can affect the five tools of baseball and softball. The foot is designed to be a mobile adapter upon contact with the ground and a ridged lever during propulsion. If your feet are not properly supported in your cleats this could be caused by poor foot biomechanics which will result in foot instability....
Summer Means It's Sandal and Flip-Flop Season
Posted March 25, 2011 03:32 PM (EST)
It's summertime ladies, so take out your summer sandals/flip-flops and let your toes enjoy the freedom they have been waiting for all winter. For nine long dreary months your feet were held hostage in closed shoes or boots in order to survive the cold and wet weather. This probably caused the formation of painful corns, blisters, red irritated skin lesions on your feet and arch cramps. The reason those foot problems occurred is because of abnormal pronation and friction the foot experiences when sliding or moving around in a closed shoe...
Walking Happily Ever After in Spring Shoes
Posted March 25, 2011 03:32 PM (EST)
It is now daylight savings time and it is time to "spring" forward. Ladies, get your feet back in shape so they will look good and feel great when wearing the latest designs in open-toed shoes, sandals and flip flops. ...
Holiday Tips For Your Toes
Posted Dec 3, 2010 05:37 PM (EST)
Get ready for your holiday parties and "may you stand, walk and dance happily ever after." In order for you to dance your way through the holidays more comfortably, check out these helpful toe tips to keep your feet in good spirits. For those of you who are wearing killer heels, muscle spasms and cramping in your arches can be an unwelcomed visitor. ...
Open Toe Shoes for Summer: A Good Choice
Posted May 13, 2010 01:58 PM (EST)
Feet. They usually come as a pair and often have lumps and bumps in places that makes you run to the podiatrist to find out how did that happen. Sometimes they hurt in shoes and other times barefoot. However, whether you are wearing shoes or barefoot, foot problems occur because of abnormal foot biomechanics which are genetically preordained...
How to Keep Your Feet Happy When Traveling...
Posted June 18, 2009 | 09:27 PM (EST)
Summer is upon us and it is time to take those long awaited vacations you dreamed about all winter. Depending on where your travels take you, the walking surfaces will vary. It could be cobblestone streets, dirt paths or good old concrete pavements. So whether you wear sandals, flats, heels,...
Oh My God! I Have My Parents' Feet...
Posted May 14, 2009 | 05:32 PM (EST)
Can I blame it on mom, dad, aunts, uncles or my grandparents?
Many of us as we get older begin to realize that our feet are starting to look like one of our family member's. Yes, it can be mom's, dad's or perhaps your grandparents'. My patients often tell...
When Your Feet Hurt, Everything Hurts. Ouch!
Posted April 15, 2009 | 05:11 PM (EST)
I hear that battle cry from my patients all the time and they all want to know why and how it happens. The answer is quite simple. Floor surfaces and the shoes you wear are 2 major reasons. If you suffer from...
If the Shoe Fits Buy It! ...If It Doesn't Fit, Should You Buy It?
5 Comments | Posted March 27, 2009 | 06:20 PM (EST)
Ladies, when buying shoes make sure they fit comfortably and are the correct size. Do not get blinded because it is a "hot looking shoe and I have to have it", even though it is a little too tight, small or uncomfortable for your foot. By trying to stuff your...