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March 2024

Pregnancy is a transformative journey for women, but it often comes with physical challenges, including changes in foot structure and increased plantar pressure. As the body undergoes hormonal shifts and weight gain, the arches of the feet may flatten, leading to heightened plantar pressure. This increased pressure can contribute to foot pain, discomfort, and conditions like plantar fasciitis. The body's natural response to the added weight and altered biomechanics can result in strained ligaments and muscles, worsening foot pain during pregnancy. Choosing supportive footwear, incorporating gentle exercises, and opting for custom orthotics can help alleviate plantar pressure and mitigate foot pain. Understanding the dynamic relationship between foot pain and plantar pressure is essential for expectant mothers to prioritize foot health during this unique and transformative period. Seeking guidance from a podiatrist can provide tailored strategies to manage foot discomfort, allowing pregnant women to navigate this remarkable journey with greater comfort and well-being. If you have any type of foot pain, it is suggested that you visit a podiatrist who can offer you additional relief tips.

Pregnant women with swollen feet can be treated with a variety of different methods that are readily available. For more information about other cures for swollen feet during pregnancy, consult with Gregory Rorick, DPM from Rorick Podiatry, PC. Our doctor will attend to all of your foot and ankle needs.

What Foot Problems Can Arise During Pregnancy?

One problem that can occur is overpronation, which occurs when the arch of the foot flattens and tends to roll inward.  This can cause pain and discomfort in your heels while you’re walking or even just standing up, trying to support your baby.  

Another problem is edema, or swelling in the extremities. This often affects the feet during pregnancy but tends to occur in the later stages. 

How Can I Keep My Feet Healthy During Pregnancy?

  • Wearing orthotics can provide extra support for the feet and help distribute weight evenly
  • Minimize the amount of time spent walking barefoot
  • Wear shoes with good arch support
  • Wear shoes that allow for good circulation to the feet
  • Elevate feet if you experience swelling
  • Massage your feet
  • Get regular, light exercise, such as walking, to promote blood circulation to the 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 and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Shoe size plays a pivotal role in both shoe comfort and foot health. Wearing ill-fitting shoes can lead to a multitude of foot problems, ranging from blisters and calluses to more severe issues, like bunions and hammertoes. When shoes are too tight, they can constrict blood flow and cause discomfort, while overly loose shoes may lead to friction and instability, increasing the risk of injury. Properly fitting shoes should have enough room for the toes to wiggle comfortably without being too loose in the heel or arch. As feet can change in size over time, due to factors such as weight gain, pregnancy, and aging, it is essential to regularly measure shoe size to ensure optimal fit and support. Investing in shoes that accommodate the unique shape and size of your feet can help prevent foot pain and deformities, promoting overall foot health and well-being. By prioritizing shoe size in shoe selection, individuals can enjoy greater comfort, mobility, and longevity in their footwear choices. If you have questions about correct shoe size and how it relates to foot health, it is suggested that you visit a podiatrist. 

Finding a properly-fitting shoe is important in reducing injuries and preventing foot problems. For more information about treatment, contact Gregory Rorick, DPM from Rorick Podiatry, PC. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Proper Shoe Fitting

A common concern when it comes to foot health, having properly fitted shoes can help prevent injuries to the foot. Out feet affect our posture and gait, which in turn affects the biomechanics and overall bodily structure. With 33 joints, 26 bones, and over 100 ligaments, the potential for serious injury is much greater than one realizes. Although the feet cease growth in adulthood, they still change shape as they mature. Here are some factors to consider when it comes to investing in proper fitting shoes:

  • Be sure the shoes fit correctly right away
  • Ensure the ball of your foot fits comfortably in the widest portion of the shoes
  • Even though they may look fashionable, improper fitting shoes can either create adverse conditions or exacerbate existing ones you may already have
  • Walk along a carpeted surface to ensure the shoes comfortably fit during normal activity

Keeping in mind how shoes fit the biomechanics of your body, properly-fitting shoes are vitally important. Fortunately, it is not difficult to acquire footwear that fits correctly. Be sure to wear shoes that support the overall structure of your body. Do your feet a favor and invest in several pairs of well-fitted shoes today.

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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Definition and Facts About Hammertoe

Hammertoe is a common foot deformity characterized by an abnormal bend in one or more of the smaller toes, typically affecting the second, third, or fourth toe. This condition can develop due to a variety of factors, including genetics, wearing ill-fitting shoes that crowd the toes, or underlying conditions such as arthritis or nerve damage. A hammertoe can cause discomfort, pain, and difficulty fitting into shoes comfortably. As the condition progresses, corns, calluses, and open sores may develop on the affected toes due to friction and pressure from footwear. Without intervention, a hammertoe can become rigid, making it challenging to straighten the affected toe. Seeking early intervention and adopting preventive measures can help manage hammertoe and prevent complications, ensuring optimal foot health and comfort. If you have developed a hammertoe, it is suggested that you seek the guidance of a podiatrist who can help you to manage this condition, which may include surgery for severe cases.


Hammertoes can be a painful condition to live with. For more information, contact Gregory Rorick, DPM from Rorick Podiatry, PC. Our doctor will answer any of your foot- and ankle-related questions.

Hammertoe is a foot deformity that affects the joints of the second, third, fourth, or fifth toes of your feet. It is a painful foot condition in which these toes curl and arch up, which can often lead to pain when wearing footwear.


  • Pain in the affected toes
  • Development of corns or calluses due to friction
  • Inflammation
  • Redness
  • Contracture of the toes


Genetics – People who are genetically predisposed to hammertoe are often more susceptible

Arthritis – Because arthritis affects the joints in your toes, further deformities stemming from arthritis can occur

Trauma – Direct trauma to the toes could potentially lead to hammertoe

Ill-fitting shoes – Undue pressure on the front of the toes from ill-fitting shoes can potentially lead to the development of hammertoe


Orthotics – Custom made inserts can be used to help relieve pressure placed on the toes and therefore relieve some of the pain associated with it

Medications – Oral medications such as anti-inflammatories or NSAIDs could be used to treat the pain and inflammation hammertoes causes. Injections of corticosteroids are also sometimes used

Surgery – In more severe cases where the hammertoes have become more rigid, foot surgery is a potential option

If you have any questions please 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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Flat feet, which are often considered to be a hindrance to athletes, need not deter children aged 11 to 15 years from pursuing their athletic aspirations. Flat feet may lack the arch typically associated with athletic prowess, but they can offer unique advantages in various sports. For instance, individuals with flat feet tend to have increased stability and a lower center of gravity, which can enhance balance and agility in activities such as gymnastics, martial arts, and dance. Additionally, the absence of a pronounced arch allows for greater surface contact with the ground, facilitating better shock absorption and energy transfer during running and jumping. With proper training, footwear selection, and the use of orthotics, children with flat feet can excel in sports and lead active lifestyles without limitations. If your child has flat feet, and is interested in participating in sporting activities, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist who can accurately address any concerns you may have.

Flatfoot is a condition many people suffer from. If you have flat feet, contact Gregory Rorick, DPM from Rorick Podiatry, PC. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What Are Flat Feet?

Flatfoot is a condition in which the arch of the foot is depressed and the sole of the foot is almost completely in contact with the ground. About 20-30% of the population generally has flat feet because their arches never formed during growth.

Conditions & Problems:

Having flat feet makes it difficult to run or walk because of the stress placed on the ankles.

Alignment – The general alignment of your legs can be disrupted, because the ankles move inward which can cause major discomfort.

Knees – If you have complications with your knees, flat feet can be a contributor to arthritis in that area.  


  • Pain around the heel or arch area
  • Trouble standing on the tip toe
  • Swelling around the inside of the ankle
  • Flat look to one or both feet
  • Having your shoes feel uneven when worn


If you are experiencing pain and stress on the foot you may weaken the posterior tibial tendon, which runs around the inside of the ankle. 

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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