In an emergency, a pair of comfortable shoes just might be your most important survival tool.

Thankfully, we don’t encounter massive events like Superstorm Sandy every day – but, that doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t know what to do in case of an emergency.

A frequently overlooked detail, and often a very important one, is a pair of shoes.

Emergency situations frequently require leaving an area on foot. Whether it is a house fire or a storm surge, if you find yourself outside without protective shoe gear, you become susceptible to injuries to your feet – injuries which can become infected and possibly life threatening.

Much of the standing water remaining after Superstorm Sandy was infected with bacteria. Any open wound, no matter how small, makes it that much easier for the infection to enter the body.

In a recent ABC News report, Dr. Christopher Portier, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Center for Environmental Health, said:

People, especially children, can get sick by touching contaminated objects and putting their hands in their mouths, causing gastrointestinal problems like diarrhea and vomiting, Portier said. They can also get infections from coming in contact with the bacteria with open sores and cuts, which can be “very difficult to treat.”

When we think about survival, we usually think food and shelter, but sometimes a pair of comfortable shoes that are good for walking, might be just what the doctor ordered.

Not sure what makes a good pair of shoes? Click here for more information.

If you find that you are feeling pain after walking for a while, contact Wappingers Falls podiatrist Dr. David Schlam for an immediate appointment. If you are consistently feeling discomfort in a particular pair of shoes, bring them along so we can check them out.

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Always arrive to a pleasant cheerful staff! They make you feel welcome and get you situated quickly! The Doctor is friendly and makes your feet feel great! I travel a bit to get to this office, but it is so worth it! The staff is always helpful and customizes my appointments to my needs!

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GREAT EXPERIENCE!!!! Very nice, friendly, and thorough doctor. Wonderful staff too! Very clean office. They fit me into there schedule the same day. They recognized my issue right away and got me out of discomfort painlessly.

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I came here today for the first time what a wonderful group of people, very professional and friendly and the Dr. I saw, Dr. Geshev, he is absolutely the first podiatrist I’ve ever seen that made me feel very comfortable, and he knows what he’s doing. I would recommend this podiatrist office to everybody.

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Great experience. They got my son in as soon as possible as made sure his foot was ok. Will definitely use them again!

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Wonderful staff (warm and inviting). Clean office. Dr. G is knowledgeable and listened to me. He knew 3 ways to help my situation and I know that I will feel better under his care and instructions. I recommend Hollowbrook Foot Specialists!

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Our Wappingers Falls
Podiatry Office
89 E. Main Street
Wappingers Falls, NY 12590

Phone: 845-298-9074

Office Hours:
Monday: 11am - 7pm
Tuesday: 9am - 5pm
Wednesday: 9am - 5pm
Thursday: 9am - 5pm
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Saturday: By appointment only

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