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    Essential Tips for Kids Shoe Shopping

    Last updated 4 years ago

    As children get older, no clothing item becomes more quickly outgrown than their shoes. Ensure that your child maintains proper foot health by routinely buying them well-fitting and supportive shoes. Watch this video to learn how to make shoe shopping with your child a success.

    Kids are actively on their feet running and playing throughout the day. Proper foot support is essential for their foot health and overall development. Consider consulting your podiatrist on the best brands of shoes for your child. Look for shoes with a stiff heel and plenty of room for your child’s toes. For more shoe shopping tips, check out this clip.

    Review additional shoe selection criteria with the professional podiatrists in New York at Grand Central Footcare. Call (212) 697-3293 to schedule an appointment and learn more about foot health.

    How to Care for Your Child's Feet

    Last updated 4 years ago

    As a parent, your child’s health is your top priority. Children’s feet are essential for their healthy development, and you can help ensure that your child’s feet are developing normally by reading through the following podiatry health information.

    Importance of Foot Health

    • Caring for your child’s feet from infancy into adolescence is important for his or her overall health. By teaching your child proper foot hygiene and care, he or she can enter adulthood with a thorough knowledge of foot care. Promoting healthy podiatry practices now also helps your child develop normally. Teach your child to treat his or her feet with care and attend appointments with a podiatrist.

    Foot Care for Infants

    • During his or her first year of life, your child experiences a lot of growth and changes. Monitor the size and shape of your child’s feet to ensure that they are developing normally. Practice daily exercises that allow your child to stretch and kick his or her feet. As your child’s feet develop, it’s essential to not restrain their free movement, so make sure that all socks and shoes fit correctly.

    Foot Care for Toddlers

    • As your child begins to walk, it’s important to provide him or her with proper footwear and support. Don’t push your child to walk, as his or her feet may not yet be equipped for mobilization. Carefully monitor your child’s gait, which may appear pigeon-toed at first. Consult your pediatric podiatrist if you notice any abnormal walking patterns or problems that persist.

    Identification of Abnormal Development

    • Partnering with your podiatrist can help you identify certain abnormal foot conditions in your child early. The sooner you identify conditions, such as hammertoes and out-toeing, the sooner you can begin corrective treatment. Treatment may include purchasing special shoes or simply encouraging your child to change his or her posture.

    Don’t hesitate if you suspect a problem with your child’s feet. Call (212) 697-3293 and make an appointment at Grand Central Foot Care in New York today. Our services include routine examinations and treatments for bunions, hammertoes, and more.

    Learn About Your Feet With These Helpful Resources | Grand Central Foot Care - Dr. Les J. Glubo, DPM

    Last updated 4 years ago

    The health of your feet has a direct impact on your overall wellness. Check out these links from around the web for more information on the anatomy of the foot and the negative effects that high heels can have on your body. 

    Give Grand Central Foot Care a call at (212) 697-3293 to set up an initial consultation with our podiatrists.

    A Look at Women's Shoes | Grand Central Foot Care - Dr. Les J. Glubo, DPM

    Last updated 4 years ago

    Women often tend to sacrifice comfort for style when it comes to their shoes. In fact, podiatry studies show that eight out of ten women say their shoes are painful. While those four-inch stiletto heels may give you that chic look you’ve been aiming for, they may also be doing irreversible damage to your feet.

    Your feet are designed to provide your body with the balance and strength needed to walk and run over various types of terrain. High heels, however, change the shape of your feet and the way your muscles and tendons stretch, ultimately preventing your feet from functioning properly. High-heeled shoes also put unnecessary stress on your feet, ankles, and joints, increasing your risk of developing a number of foot conditions.

    Some of the most common foot problems associated with wearing high heels include osteoarthritis—or degeneration of the joints within the feet, ankles, and knees—as well as  heel pain or plantar fasciitis due to overstretching of the thick tendon that connects your heel bone to your toes. Ill-fitting high heels with a pointed toe-box also lead to a number of problems, as they force the toes into an unnatural triangular shape. This distributes your body weight unevenly and places stress on the balls of your feet, increasing your risk of developing calluses, corns, bunions, and hammertoes.

    The best footwear for both men and women entails walking shoes with laces, composition soles, wider padded heels, and a height no greater than three-quarters of an inch. Women who must wear high-heeled shoes should aim for a pair with a low, wide heel and a toe-box that does not crowd the toes.

    Don’t let the shoes you wear interfere with your foot health. For more information on choosing the right pair of shoes, contact the podiatrists with Grand Central Foot Care at (212) 697-3293. We also provide general podiatry services and foot surgery.

    How High Is Too High with High Heels? | Grand Central Foot Care - Dr. Les J. Glubo, DPM

    Last updated 4 years ago

    It’s no surprise that women have a love affair with high heels—but while many women say that wearing high heels improves their posture and self-confidence, podiatrists are worried about the long-term effects on their bodies.

    Watch this news report for a closer look at the evolution of high heels and how they affect the health of your feet. Designers have started daring women to scale new heights by increasing heel sizes from three inches to six inches. Some heels even measure 11 inches high! Unfortunately, wearing high heels has led to an increase in broken ankles, shortened Achilles tendons, and bunions.

    Learn how to choose the proper footwear and take better care of your feet by contacting Grand Central Foot Care at (212) 697-3293. 

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