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The most common mistakes patients make in regards to wearing their running shoes  Jun 28th, 2020

The most common mistakes patients make in regards to wearing their running shoes  1) Their shoes don't fit. Wearing ill-fitted shoes can compress the toes together causing the big toe nail to grow into the skin and eventually resulting in an ingrown toenail. Ill-fitted shoes can also aggravate the symptoms...

Brogues or block heels? What should you look for to promote good foot health? Jun 25th, 2020

  WHAT SHOULD WOMEN LOOK FOR WHEN SHOPPING FOR BROGUES AND BLOCK HEELS?   Wearing shoes that are completely flat such as brogues will contribute to pronation and collapse of the arch which can lead to plantar and posterior heel pain, shin splints, knee pain, and back pain.  In order...

Why you should be avoiding long term use of flip flops Jun 9th, 2020

What are the best shoes to wear in the summer which are both comfortable yet keep your feet cool? A good way to promote healthy feet but also stay cool include summer slide shoes because they provide more support and stability than a traditional flip- flop.  Summer slide shoes have...

What to look for when purchasing summer sandals Jun 9th, 2020

What should you look for when buying sandals?   When buying sandals you should try on shoes at the end of the day to ensure a more accurate fit.  A lot of times people buy their sandals at the beginning of the day when your body is in equilibrium when...

Why should people wear shoes in the house? Jun 1st, 2020

Why should people wear indoor shoes in the house?   Walking barefoot on hard surfaces for an extended amount of time is bad for your feet because it allows our foot to collapse which can lead to a tremendous amount of stress not only to the foot but to the...

Know your Arch type May 31st, 2020

It is important to know your arch type in order to identify and buy shoes that will best support your bodyweight to relieve foot pain and prevent injuries such as plantar fasciitis.   WHAT DIFFERENT TYPES OF FOOT ARCHES ARE THERE? Flat feet: Pronation is a term used to describe...

Interview with Dr. Cunha: Why might people be experiencing Plantar Fasciitis while working from home May 13th, 2020

What is plantar fasciitis, and why might people be experiencing it right now when they're working from home? Plantar fasciitis is the most common cause of heel pain. The plantar fascia is a shock-absorbing bowstring like thick ligament that connects your heel to toes. When you stand your arch collapses...

Top 5 foot conditions seen by podiatrists that can be easily avoided through proper care May 6th, 2020

  Athlete’s Foot Athlete’s Foot is a fungal infection of the foot that develops commonly on the soles of the feet and in between the toes. It usually produces itchy, dry, scaling skin. In more severe cases, inflammation, cracks, and blisters may form. Athletes commonly suffer from sweaty feet and use...

How to keep your toes healthy and beautiful May 5th, 2020

WHAT IS AN EASY AT-HOME REMEDY FOR WIPING OUT NAIL FUNGUS? Unfortunately, nail fungus isn’t easily treated at home. Fungus is an infection that usually begins in the skin and eventually penetrates the nail. To treat fungus, I suggest a nail biopsy will be needed to evaluate the fungal infection. ...

What are the best type of shoes to support your arches while walking? May 4th, 2020

What are some types of shoes that are best for supporting arches while walking?   MOTION CONTROL/ MAXIMUM SUPPORT (PRONATOR FOOT TYPE): If you have flat feet you overpronate (which means your arch collapses more than it should) and therefore you need motion control to prevent overpronation.  These shoes tend...

Is walking barefoot bad for our feet? What foot problems are associated from walking barefoot? Apr 19th, 2020

WHY IS WALKING BAREFOOT SO BAD FOR US? WHAT ARE COMMON FOOT AILMENTS THAT ARE CAUSED, OR FURTHER IRRITATED, BY WALKING AROUND BAREFOOT?  Walking barefoot on hard surfaces allows our foot to collapse which can lead to a tremendous amount of stress not only to the foot but to the...

Sock talk: how long should you wear socks before next wash? Who should wear compression socks ? Apr 14th, 2020

    Similar to other clothing items, socks are used to provide a layer of warmth and protection between your skin and the outside surface.  Once the socks have a hole from wear and tear then it is time to replace it. Socks should be changed regularly to avoid unpleasant...

How does the foot change over time? Does the foot shape shift, becoming larger or smaller? Apr 13th, 2020

How does the foot change over time? Does the foot shape shift, becoming larger or smaller?   Your feet flatten and become longer and wider over time, as our ligaments and tendons become more lax due to the cumulative effects of gravity and repetitive stress of weight bearing activities. Foot...

Why you should avoid the tempting online sales and only shop in-store for shoes? Apr 13th, 2020

Dr. Cunha explains the damage our feet could experience if we force our feet to wear ill-fitting shoes.   It's risky to buy shoes online, especially if there is a no return policy.  It's important to remember that sizing can be different across different brands, due to their design and...

How telemedicine is keeping patients connected to their healthcare providers during the pandemic Apr 10th, 2020

Now more than ever, it is critical to maintain a healthy lifestyle (within quarantine guidelines) and keep up with your regular check-ups and other self-care routines. This is a time of immense upheaval, but at Gotham Footcare, we are working hard to deliver a high-level of care to you during this...

How can your footwear impact your back pain? Apr 1st, 2020

HOW CAN YOUR FOOTWEAR IMPACT YOUR BACK PAIN? Feet are the foundation of our body; they are responsible for posture and the alignment of our back while holding up our body weight as we stand or move from one place to another. It is therefore important to evaluate the impact...

What is the ideal heel height? What is the long term affect of wearing high heels? Mar 9th, 2020

WHY EXACTLY IS THE IDEAL HEEL HEIGHT   I recommend to look for a shoe that has a 1 inch heel or wedge height rather than one that is completely flat as it places less tension on the Achilles tendon and will feel more comfortable. I recommend avoiding shoes that...

When is it time for your shoes to retire? Mar 3rd, 2020

FOR SHOES, HOW LONG CAN THEY BE USED BEFORE THEY ARE NO LONGER WEARABLE? AND WHAT CARE TIPS DO YOU HAVE TO MAKE FOOTWEAR LAST LONGER?  DOES THE SAME PRINCIPLE APPLY FOR WORKOUT SHOES OR SHOULD THOSE BE REPLACED MORE OFTEN? Shoes are no longer wearable if the heel is...

Are your shoes appropriate for Cross Training? Feb 27th, 2020

WHY DO YOU NEED A SPECIAL SHOE FOR “CROSS TRAINING”? WHAT MAKES THIS SNEAKER DIFFERENT THAN SAY ONE FOR RUNNING OR CROSSFIT?   CROSS TRAINERS: Cross-trainers are versatile and designed for multi-directional activities that involve lateral side-to-side movements on hard surfaces such as cross-fit, weight training, or kickboxing. When you...

Cryosurgery to treat Morton's Neuroma has been highly effective at Gotham Footcare Feb 22nd, 2020

WHAT DOES CRYOTHERAPY DO TO YOUR BODY?  Cryosurgery, a form of cryotherapy is a minimally invasive office-based procedure that requires no stitches and only takes 15 minutes to perform. We typically use this procedure to treat Morton’s Neuroma, a painful growth of nerve tissue in the foot. Cryotherapy cyclically shrinks...

Visiting your podiatrist regularly can reduce serious diabetes-related foot problems Feb 20th, 2020

WHAT ARE THE MOST COMMON DIABETES-RELATED FOOT PROBLEMS? Diabetic neuropathy nerves, vascular system, skin, immune system Peripheral vascular disease Skin breakdown: dry skin, corns, calluses, blisters, athlete's foot, fungal nail, warts, ulcers Infections: inability to fight infections.   WHAT HAPPENS IN DIABETES TO CAUSE SOME PEOPLE TO EXPERIENCE FOOT SORES...

The most common foot problems in children are avoidable with these tips! Feb 18th, 2020

WHAT ARE THE MOST COMMON FOOT PROBLEMS FOUND IN CHILDREN?   1) Ingrown Nails: Children go through growth spurts so sometimes their feet will outgrow their shoe and the parent isn’t aware of it. Their feet grow rapidly so as their feet grow into their shoe they are in a...

Not all rain boots are created equal. Feb 5th, 2020

WHY CAN RAIN BOOTS BE HARD ON YOUR FEET?   Rain boots can be hard on your feet because the majority of them do not offer the proper shock absorption, arch support and cushioning.   WHAT DO YOU RECOMMEND THAT PEOPLE LOOK FOR WHEN IT COMES TO PICKING OUT A...

Torn between custom orthotics and insoles? What is the difference and which one to choose? Feb 5th, 2020

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN INSOLES AND ORTHOTICS AND WHO NEEDS THEM AND WHEN?   The words custom orthotics and custom insoles can be used interchangeably. The key word here is custom which are orthotic/insoles measured according to your foot anatomy and provided by a specialist, such as a podiatrist.  Whereas an...

As "Rocker" Style shoes gain popularity, this is what you need to know. Feb 4th, 2020

WHAT ARE SOME OF THE BENEFITS OF RUNNING WITH A SHOE THAT HAS A "ROCKER" STYLE SOLE? “Rocker” style shoes are characterized by a thicker sole compared to a regular shoe and a rounded heel ensuring that the wearer doesn’t have a flat surface along the length of the foot. ...

What you need to know about toenail infections Jan 30th, 2020

What are the common causes of toenail infections that cause a person's toenail to fall off?                      There are several causes for nails falling off. It can either be attributed to fungal infections, trauma, psoriasis, or nutritional deficiencies.  If a fungal nail begins to grow between the nail and the...

The 3 most important features to look for in a shoe Jan 29th, 2020

WHAT SHOULD YOU LOOK FOR IN A SHOE?   The shoe market could be incredibly overwhelming when it comes to picking the right sneaker.  While each person's foot is different and may require some special attention, the 3 most important features that you should look for in a shoe are:...

When it comes to foot health, how important is it to have appropriate running shoes? Why? Jan 27th, 2020

As many decide to get back into the gym routine we often overlook our foot wear choice.  Wearing the wrong shoes may lead to problems such as lowered performance, discomfort such as in plantar fasciitis and runner’s knee, injuries, and even early-onset arthritis. On the other hand (or other foot,...

What Really Causes Cracked Heels and How to Heal Them (Part 2) Jan 24th, 2020

IS IT EASIER TO PREVENT CRACKED HEELS THAN TO GET RID EXISTING CRACKS? WHAT ARE THE BEST WAYS TO PREVENT THEM AND THE BEST WAYS TO TREAT THEM ONCE THEY’VE ALREADY FORMED?   Yes, it’s much easier to prevent cracked heels than it is to get rid of them –...

What Really Causes Cracked Heels and How to Heal Them (Part I) Jan 22nd, 2020

WHEN SOMEONE EXPERIENCES CRACKED HEELS, WHAT’S OCCURRING WITH THEIR SKIN?   There are several reasons why people may experience dry, cracked heels. Our feet are responsible for holding up our body and therefore they withstand a tremendous amount of pressure. When weight and pressure are applied to the heels of...

Considering Bunion Surgery Jan 21st, 2020

What can be done about a bunion?  With bunions, there are 44 different surgical techniques to correct the deformity, and there is no consensus amongst surgeons as to which technique is best, so keep in mind that it’s not one size fits all with bunion surgery.  Depending on the severity...

Picking the right sneaker Nov 18th, 2019

‘Tis the season for runners, and runners everywhere are gearing up to put their feet through an insurmountable amount of stress. Though your feet are built to run with you through your toughest journeys, you should still pay close attention to their needs. The biggest disservice you can do for...

Love Your Feet Guide Nov 13th, 2019

Our feet provide us with a substantial amount of support, but how are we returning the favor? One of the most neglected body part is the feet. We tend to sacrifice their well being without even realizing it. Whether it’s saying yes to those painful heels that compromise proper arch...

Conquering the Footcare Aisle: Finding the Products You Actually Need Nov 13th, 2019

Overwhelmed by the footcare section at your local drugstore? Wondering about the best products to keep your feet healthy and looking good? Need quick, free advice?   Dr. Gotham provides some recommendations for what to look for in the foot care aisle.   Thick calluses and cracked heels? Try Urea...

To pop (or not to pop) a blister Oct 19th, 2019

So, Fall is here and you decided to wear those cute new ankle boots to meet your friends for brunch. Then, y'all decided to walk, talk, sip on pumpkin spice lattes, and window shop. Well, you ended up walking a whole lot longer than you had planned and those low-riding...

The Phantom of Podiatry Oct 9th, 2019

You had a pain, went to the doctor, and the doctor decided to remove it. Now you’re feeling that same pain, but it still feels like it’s there. But you removed that? Why is the pain still there? There’s a name for that, and it’s called phantom pain. This occurrence...

Putting Your Best Toe Forward Sep 19th, 2019

Our poor toes, they really do take a hit. They are small little guys who are often overlooked, forgotten, abused. Those five little guys can literally carry the weight of our bodies: just try standing on the tips of your toes. Your fingers can hardly do that… We don’t really...

Heels for all! Sep 12th, 2019

As we celebrate one of the most fashionable weeks in New York, we are also celebrating an iconic moment when Sam Smith said “no” to gender restrictions, and “yes” to heels.  For the first time ever, the “Latch” singer wore a pair of heels on the red carpet. Smith donned...

Keeping Your Feet Healthy: A Guide for Men Aug 6th, 2019

Keeping Your Feet Healthy: A Guide for Men   Men, when was the last time you did your pedicure? Scrubbed your feet in the shower? Applied foot cream? Chances are that you never have and you are probably wondering, do guys really do this?! Well, some (too few) do, some...

A successful Achilles Tendonitis story Aug 6th, 2019

A successful Achilles Tendonitis story Who would guess that missing one step on a stairwell could cause years of foot and leg pain? During my junior year of college, I sprained my ankle on my way back to my dorm room from my university’s library. I visited the school’s on-campus...

A patient's story about Morton's Neuroma Apr 25th, 2019

From collegiate athlete and marathon runner to not being able to walk across a small studio to the fridge. My feet hurt so bad and all I knew was it was in the front/ball of my foot. Heels were a past time, walking around exploring my own city on the...

Dealing with Stinky Feet Mar 8th, 2019

Foot odor. Just the sound of those two simple words is off-putting, never mind the actual smell. Immediately your mind makes you think of sweat, cheese, vinegar. It's pretty gross. But, as gross as it may be, it's very common and most people have experienced it, even babies and children....

To or Not to Wear Heels Oct 16th, 2018

To Wear a Heel, or Not to Wear a Heel, That is the Question  When I watch women walking in high heels, as a man, I think, “Wow, how do they do it?” As a podiatrist, however, I think, “Wow, why would they do it?” It's a known fact that...

Successful Plantar Fasciitis Story Oct 2nd, 2018

In September of 2017 I suffered a bad sprain of my ankle, and shortly thereafter I started to develop pain in the sole of my foot and arch, especially in the morning upon first getting out of bed.    I originally rested the foot (and stopped doing my normal work...

Dangers of Walking Barefoot Sep 5th, 2018

Dangers of Walking Barefoot   We've heard it a thousand times: don't walk around barefoot. And usually we listen because we want to avoid hurting ourselves such as stepping on glass or we want to avoid picking up skin infections such as warts. Well, here's some news for you: there’s...

Summer Shoes: Slides vs Flip flops Aug 21st, 2018

Summer slides are everywhere! But that's not surprising. They are versatile, convenient, fashionable, and comfortable. The shoes have more oomph than your traditional sandals or flip-flops and can satisfy the needs of any high end fashionista. Summer slides come in a variety of colors, materials, and styles and just about...

Wearing the Right Shoe Size Aug 14th, 2018

If The Shoe Fits: The Importance of Wearing The Right Size  Stars and royalty are wearing heels one size too big. Meghan Markle does it to avoid bunions and blisters. Her heels always have a little wiggle room. It sounds like a good idea, doesn’t it? Well, let me tell...

DIY Tips for Smooth Feet Jun 13th, 2018

Keeping Your Feet Smooth: DIY Tips and Product Recommendations from Doctor Gotham (Dr. Cunha)   Finally! The sun is out and it’s getting hot. Hello, summer weather! It’s time for your feet to feel the beautiful sunshine and warm summer breeze no matter where they take you, be it the...

The Ultimate Heel Pain Solution Jan 7th, 2018

The Ultimate Heel Pain Solution       Heel pain is the most treated condition at Gotham Footcare located in New York City.   This is not unexpected since New York City is a very walkable city with its fair share of marathon runners.    Most common question asked by patients on...

Managing Diabetes: Diet and Exercise Dec 11th, 2017

When a person has diabetes, it has a part in shaping their entire lifestyle. Managing diabetes takes discipline and commitment to one’s health and wellbeing. People know they need to regularly check and manage their insulin as diabetics, but some people don’t realize the lesser known good practices. Diet and...

How to Run Your Perfect Race Jul 26th, 2017

You’ve trained for weeks, maybe months. You’ve stretched. You’ve run. You’ve rested. You’ve cross-trained. And now it’s time to put your strength, your speed, and your endurance to the test. You’re ready to pick the perfect race. Okay, okay. There may not actually be such a thing as a “perfect...

Do high heels cause neuroma? Mar 21st, 2017

Are your favorite Jimmy Choos causing your neuroma?   A neuroma is a painful condition that affects the ball of your foot, most commonly the area between your third and fourth toes. A neuroma may feel as if you are standing on a pebble in your shoe or on a...