Your Foot Print and Proper Footwear

With a normal footstep, the heel hits the ground first, followed by a rolling motion of the foot towards the forefoot and toes. Finally, the footstep is completed by pushing off of the ball area of the foot. During the motion of a normal footstep, the arch absorbs shock as it slightly flattens when the […]

Women’s Shoes

According to the American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society, women are nine times more likely than men to develop a foot problem due to ill-fitting shoes, and 90% of women say they wear shoes in too small of a size. As a result, 90% of females experience foot deformities because of wearing shoes that are […]

Wear Patterns

The wear patterns on your worn shoes can be helpful when shopping for new a new pair. Wear patterns can provide information on the fit and sizing of the shoe, your gait, and possible foot and ankle problems and deformities that are impacting the way you walk. Here are some wear patterns to look for, […]

Shoe Anatomy

Familiarizing yourself with the parts of a shoe is helpful when choosing footwear that accommodates your foot shape and size, as well as your activities. Here are the basic parts of a shoe: Counter: The counter is the stiff part of the heel area of the shoe that strengthens the back part of the shoe; […]

Men’s Shoes

Unlike women’s shoes, the majority of men’s shoe styles conform with the guidelines for a properly fitting shoe. That is, they accommodate the natural shape of the foot, offer plenty of room in the toe as well as across the forefoot, and have an appropriate heel height of no more than a half-inch. Although the […]

High Heels

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High heels are often worn to enhance an outfit and a sense of style. While these types of shoes are fashionable, many people fail to realize the damage that wearing them too often can do to their feet. Dr. Alec Hochstein, our podiatrist on Long Island at Great Neck Family Foot Care, urges patients to […]

Children’s Shoes

Appropriate footwear for children changes with each phase of childhood. Wearing the proper footwear is critical for correct development of the foot structure, as well as the body’s overall posture. During infancy, shoes are not necessary, even for beginning walkers, as the main function of shoes is to protect the feet from injuries. In fact, […]

Buying Shoes and Getting a Proper Fit

When shopping for a new pair of shoes, many people will not take anything other than fashion into account. However, what many people fail to realize is that buying the wrong pair of shoes can cause many issues to one’s foot health. At Great Neck Family Foot Care, we don’t want to see this happen. […]

Athletic Footwear Guidelines

As an athlete, your feet may be the most important part of your body. They bear the entirety of your body weight and allow for the performance of the athletic maneuvers that are necessary to succeed at your sport. To avoid injuries that will cause you to miss time away from your sport, you need […]

Proper Footwear for Diabetics

Since diabetics are prone to foot deformities and infections, it is imperative for diabetics to wear proper footwear, even when first diagnosed with the disease. Diabetics can suffer from peripheral artery disease (lack of circulation) and peripheral neuropathy (loss of feeling); as a result, the feet may become susceptible to a slew of problems: ulcers […]