The average person walks more than 115,000 miles in a lifetime (in NYC it might be closer to 150,000 miles). Every walking step you take exerts pressure on your feet up to three times your body weight. Running exerts pressure up to ten times your body weight. We cram our feet into ill-fitting shoes, subject them to the unnatural angles of high heels, pound them on pavement and asphalt, smother them in airless socks and shoes, or simply stand on them for hours on end. It’s no wonder that the skin, 26 bones, 33 joints and more than 100 ligaments in each of our feet sometimes can’t stand up to the pressure. Shin splints, bunions, heel spurs, nail problems, swelling, inflammation and soreness, as well as knee and back pain are common injuries caused by walking and running.
Women are especially at risk. Of the 356 women involved in a survey by the American Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Association, 80% had some kind of foot pain… No surprise when you consider 88% of them were wearing shoes that were smaller than their feet.
“Ankle and foot pain can typically be caused by acute injury, repetitive stress as in running or sports, or by other parts of the body referring pain to that area. It can even be caused by improper footwear or by the way you walk. Finding the cause and getting the appropriate treatment is essential in helping you move around the city with ease and without pain.”
- Dr. Brian Kessler, Medical Director at Spine and Sports Medicine
New York foot pain is a very common problem because of the walking culture and constant pounding on New York City pavement. If you’re experiencing foot or ankle pain NYC, call us at 212.986.3888 to schedule an appointment or get more information on how you can get on the road to recovery.