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June 2023

Tuesday, 27 June 2023 00:00

Wearing the Right Shoes While Working

The feet provide us with mobility and balance, and keeping them safe during the work day can easily be done when the right shoes are worn. Anti-fatigue mats can provide the cushioning that is needed for good foot support, and these stress mats can have positive effects on the overall body. One of the most important things an employee can do is to wear shoes that fit correctly. It is beneficial to check shoes for existing cracks or holes that have developed, in addition to any separation between the sole and the shoe. These are indicators that it is time for new shoes to be purchased. Placing cushioned insoles inside the shoe may be adequate in reducing impact and increasing comfort. Stretching the feet before the workday begins may help to prepare the muscles and tendons to stand for the majority of the day. Additionally, It is helpful to rest the feet and stretch them while taking breaks, which may improve poor circulation that can happen from standing for most of the day. If more information is needed about foot protection during the work day, it is suggested that you speak with a podiatrist.

While working on the feet, it is important to take the proper care of them. For more information about working on your feet, contact Gregory Rorick, DPM from Rorick Podiatry, PC. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Working on Your Feet

Standing on your feet for long periods of time can cause stress and pain in your feet. Your whole body may experience change in terms of posture, back pain, bunions, callouses and or plantar warts. There are ways to avoid these conditions with proper foot care, smart choices and correct posture.

Positive Changes

Negative heeled shoe – Choosing this shoe type places the heel slightly lower than the ball of the foot. These are great for overall foot health. Find shoes that fit you correctly.

Go barefoot – Our feet were not designed to be enclosed for all hours of the day. Try to periodically expose your feet to air.

Eliminate Pain

Foot Exercises – Performing simple exercises, incorporating yoga and doing stretches are beneficial. This will allow increased blood flow to the area and muscles of the foot.

Achilles tendon – Stretching the foot out flat on the floor will relax the calf muscles and tendon. These exercises can be performed almost anywhere. Make sure you add these exercises to your daily regimen. 

With a little bit of this information and knowing more about foot health, you will notice changes. Foot stretches and proper footwear will help with pain and prevent further issues.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in New York Mills, Utica, NY . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 20 June 2023 00:00

Symptoms and Causes of Turf Toe

A condition known as turf toe involves the ligaments around the big toe. It is mainly caused by placing pressure on the flexed toe and pushing off of it with great force, thereby overstretching the ligament under the toe. This action results in pain, swelling, and a limited ability to move the toe. Turf toe is common to athletes such as football players, dancers, and gymnasts. A Grade 1, or mild injury involves minimal swelling and pain. A Grade 2, or moderate injury is caused by a partial tear or laceration of the ligament. A Grade 3, or severe injury, turf toe results in a complete rupture of the ligament. The treatment and recovery time depend on the severity of the injury. A mild injury may be treated with pain medication for a few weeks. A moderate injury may take up to a month to heal. With a severe injury, which may involve surgery, recovery may take up to 12 weeks. In addition, a brace, crutches, and special shoes may be required to wear. For more information on handling this type of injury, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist.   

Toe pain can disrupt your daily activities. If you have any concerns, contact Gregory Rorick, DPM of Rorick Podiatry, PC. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Causes Toe Pain?

Most severe toe pain is caused due to a sports injury, trauma from dropping something heavy on the toe, or bumping into something rigid. Other problems can develop over time for various reasons.

Toe pain can be caused by one or more ailments. The most common include:

  • Trauma
  • Sports injury
  • Wearing shoes that are too tight
  • Arthritis
  • Gout
  • Corns and calluses
  • Hammertoe
  • Bunions
  • Blisters
  • Ingrown toenails
  • Sprains
  • Fractures (broken bones)
  • Dislocations

When to See a Podiatrist

  • Severe pain
  • Persistent pain that lasts more than a week
  • Signs of infection
  • Continued swelling
  • Pain that prevents walking


In many cases the cause of toe pain is obvious, but in others, a podiatrist may want to use more advanced methods to determine the problem. These can range from simple visual inspections and sensation tests to X-rays and MRI scans. Prior medical history, family medical history, and any recent physical traumatic events will all be taken into consideration for a proper diagnosis.


Treatments for toe pain and injuries vary and may include shoe inserts, padding, taping, medicines, injections, and in some cases, surgery. If you believe that you have broken a toe, please see a podiatrist as soon as possible.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in New York Mills, Utica, NY . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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Both running and walking can be beneficial to your health. Running is an aerobic activity that assists with strengthening muscles and bones, in addition to improving heart function. Walking engages the legs and core while helping to alleviate stress, enhancing cardiovascular health and overall fitness. Whether you walk or run, you may want to consider getting athletic shoes that match the activity. Doing so can ensure a more efficient workout and lessen injuries. The shoes for these two activities are different because of the various ways the feet strike the ground and the amount of force sustained by the feet. While running, you may have both feet off the ground at once, while when walking, one foot is always on the ground. Both exercisers land on their heels first, but walkers roll forward onto their toes immediately. Runners distribute more body weight across their feet than walkers. Shoes for running and walking are made to manage these different movements. If you enjoy walking or running and want to make sure your shoes are serving you well, it is suggested that you consult with a podiatrist.

For more information about walking shoes versus running shoes, consult with Gregory Rorick, DPM from Rorick Podiatry, PC. Our doctor can measure your feet to determine what your needs are and help you find an appropriate pair of footwear.

Foot Health: The Differences between Walking & Running Shoes

There are great ways to stay in shape: running and walking are two great exercises to a healthy lifestyle. It is important to know that running shoes and walking shoes are not interchangeable. There is a key difference on how the feet hit the ground when someone is running or walking. This is why one should be aware that a shoe is designed differently for each activity.

You may be asking yourself what the real differences are between walking and running shoes and the answers may shock you.


Walking doesn’t involve as much stress or impact on the feet as running does. However, this doesn’t mean that you should be any less prepared. When you’re walking, you land on your heels and have your foot roll forward. This rolling motion requires additional support to the feet.

Flexibility – Walking shoes are designed to have soft, flexible soles. This allows the walker to push off easily with each step.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in New York Mills, Utica, NY . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Tuesday, 06 June 2023 00:00

Help for Arthritic Foot Pain

Arthritis in the feet can cause significant discomfort and interfere with normal functioning. Arthritis is a condition that leads to inflammation in or around joints. Symptoms include pain, swelling, and stiffness. The two major categories of arthritis are osteoarthritis and inflammatory arthritis. Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis. This causes the cartilage between the bones at the joints to gradually erode with use. When this happens, the bones will grind against each other. This type of arthritis often affects the joint of the big toe. Bone spurs can develop on the joint to try to protect it, but often results in more pain and decreased motion of the joint. Gout is another form of arthritis that can cause severe joint pain in the big toe. Men, and women who are postmenopausal, are most susceptible to this affliction.  Gout develops from high uric acid levels in the blood, and this causes deposits of urate crystals to form around joints. Though there is no cure for arthritis, there are relief strategies that can be employed. If you suffer from arthritis in your feet, it is suggested that you visit a podiatrist who can provide more information about these approaches to relief.

Arthritis can be a difficult condition to live with. If you are seeking treatment, contact Gregory Rorick, DPM from Rorick Podiatry, PC. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Arthritic Foot Care  

Arthritis is a joint disorder that involves the inflammation of different joints in your body, such as those in your feet. Arthritis is often caused by a degenerative joint disease and causes mild to severe pain in all affected areas. In addition to this, swelling and stiffness in the affected joints can also be a common symptom of arthritis.

In many cases, wearing ill-fitting shoes can worsen the effects and pain of arthritis. Wearing shoes that have a lower heel and extra room can help your feet feel more comfortable. In cases of rheumatoid arthritis, the arch in your foot may become problematic. Buying shoes with proper arch support that contour to your feet can help immensely.

Alleviating Arthritic Pain

  • Exercises that stretch the foot can prevent further pain and injury and increase mobility
  • Most of the pain can be alleviated with anti-inflammatory drugs, heat, and topical medications
  • Massages can help temporarily alleviate pain.

It is best to see your doctor for the treatment that is right for your needs and symptoms. Conditions vary, and a podiatrist can help you determine the right method of care for your feet.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in New York Mills, Utica, NY . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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