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Orthotics and Summer Shoes


Q: I wear orthotics in my shoes, but now in the summertime, I wear open-toe shoes more. I want to be fashionable but I don’t want to have foot problems. Are there any options for me?

A: Being fashionable doesn’t necessarily mean your feet need to suffer. In most cases, as long as your shoes have an enclosed back (heel counter), there are very low-profile orthotic devices that could be used. These are often made out of thin, yet durable materials such as graphite and/or fiberglass composites. They provide the same benefit as the bulkier devices and fit into open-toe shoes, flats and small heels. If you cannot fit an orthotic into a particular shoe, consider choosing a different style of shoe. For most people, a low-heel sandal or wedge type shoe would provide adequate support to your feet. However, be sure not to spend too much time in flip flops and flats since they require your muscle and ligaments to work harder and can create new problems or worsen an existing one. (Answered by Joseph Alencherry, DPM)

Dr. Joseph Alencherry


Dr. Alencherry graduated from Cornell University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Molecular Biology and Concentration in Applied Economics & Management. He earned his medical degree in Podiatric Medicine and Surgery at the New York College of Podiatric Medicine in New York City. He continued his education with a four year Residency at the New York Hospital Queens, where he was appointed Chief Resident in his final year. He has comprehensive training in elective, reconstructive and trauma surgery of the foot and ankle. He also is trained in the most advanced non surgical and minimally invasive treatments of common foot and ankle conditions. He has an interest in treating the pediatric population and has experience treating congenital deformities. He is an Associate of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons.In addition, he has completed several AO courses and has received training in external fixation and deformity correction techniques at the Ilizarov Institute in Russia. He is an active committee member for the New York State Podiatric Medical Association and the NYSPMA Young Physician section. He is a proud member of the American Podiatric Medical Association. He serves as the Director of Clerkship for the Podiatric Medicine and Surgery Residency program at New York Presbyterian/Queens. He is actively involved with Residency training and is affiliated with Long Island Jewish Hospital, North Shore University Hospital, Lenox Hill Hospital and Winthrop-University Hospital.

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