Friday, February 19, 2010

Putting Your Best Foot Forward: GaitScan Analysis and Stopping Foot Pain

Chances are that if you live in New York City, you do your fair share of pounding pavement on a daily basis, and that can mean serious foot pain. That pain is a little different for everyone, but much of the time it's on account of a biomechanical problem; in other words, there is an imbalance, maybe a misalignment, when you move your lower body.

A problem like that typically means that weight is being unequally distributed on different parts of the lower body. That unequal distribution can lead to pain, injury and difficulty with mobility.

That's not to say that any of this pain is permanent. With the right care and maintenance, long-term pain can be avoided and even completely stopped. We all need to keep moving and go about our lives and technology like Gait Analysis makes that possible in many cases.

One specific tool I use at Living Well Medical in NYC to diagnose imbalances is the GaitScan, a gait analysis system that measures the pressure distributed throughout the feet. With the GaitScan, I can see when there is too much stress placed on a particular area of the foot. We take that information and fabricate custom orthotics, which are basically corrective inserts for the shoes that are built using the data collected by the GaitScan.

What you end up with is a one-of-a-kind shoe insert that can restore normal function and reduce pain by more equally distributing body weight on the foot. Pain like shin splints and plantar fasciitis often find relief from custom orthotics. Proper biomechanics is especially important for those involved in athletics like distance running.

If you have foot pain, take a look at an old pair of sneakers and look for uneven wear patterns. It might be an indication of a problem. Living Well Medical helps people with problems like these year round. For foot pain treatment that gets the job done, give us a call at (212) 645-8151. We'll be glad to help you.

- Dr. Shoshany

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

A new Kinesiology tape-Rock Tape

I have been using Kinesolgy tapes for close to 7 plus years now. I was introduced to the Original Kinesio tape designed by Kenzo Kase, the next tape that I was introduced to was made my Nitto Denko called Spider-Tech that had pre-cuts designs. This tape is great and stays on really nice and its precut patterns cover a broad range of problems and conditions.
The newest Kinesiology tape that I started using is called Rock Tape, This tape is geared towards the Runners,and athletes it stays on really well and whats cool is that it has different patterns like Cow,Bio hazard and other colors and patterns that patients really like.
We stock and sell all three Brands in our NYC Chiropractic and Physical therapy office- Kinesio tape, Spider-tech tape and Rock tape.
This tape job is on a patient that hurt her knee over a year ago while Skiing,We have been using the Graston technique, Cold laser therapy and Taping her with Kinesiolgy tape.

Wednesday, February 03, 2010

Ankle injuries,The Superbowl and Chiropractic

I found this great article about an ankle injury being managed by a chiropractor and felt it was appropriate to share.
Chiropractic care is widely used throughout the NFL and allows world class athletes to continue to play and adds that competitive edge.
To learn more about Chiropractic care in NYC visit my website @

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Indianapolis Colts defensive end Dwight Freeney, whose injured ankle has become the single biggest story of Super Bowl week, said Wednesday morning that he's feeling confident about his ability to play on Sunday.

"I never really worry," Freeney said. "This kind of thing is not in my hands. I just take it one day at a time. I just continue to focus my energy on positive things and getting my ankle right. It's day to day. It's hard for me to put numbers on it, percentages on it, of where exactly it is, but it's definitely getting there."

Images of Freeney's swollen ankle were lighting up the Internet after he showed up to Tuesday's Super Bowl Media Day in flip flops, but he expressed confidence in the electrical stimulation device he uses to reduce swelling, and in the medical care he's getting.

"It's a form of electrical stim that I've been using for seven or eight years of my career," Freeney said. "Then we have Dr. (Leon) Mellman (a Florida chiropractor). He does a great job working with my body from a chiropractic standpoint, just getting things correct and making sure things are in alignment, so when the healing does start to begin, everything falls in the right place."

Ultimately, although Freeney would prefer not to have his ankle be the center of attention this week, he doesn't seem to be stressing about it.

"There is a little frustration there, definitely," Freeney said. "This is part of the game and this is just what happens."