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When Surgery Is Necessary for Your Bunions Nov 10th, 2021

Up to one in three American adults has bunion deformities. A bunion is a bony bump that forms at the base of your big toe, and it can grow so large that it interferes with your ability to wear shoes and move your toes normally. Bunions start small, and having...

Can Plantar Warts Be Prevented? Oct 12th, 2021

Warts are noncancerous growths on the surface of your skin. They range in size, shape, and location, from flat lesions on the face to rounded lumps on fingers and toes. One of the most common types of wart is the plantar wart: a callus-like growth that forms on the soles...

Understanding Osteoporosis Sep 8th, 2021

Bone is one of the hardest materials in the human body, but did you know that bones are made of living tissue just like every other part of your body? The cells that make up your bones change, grow, and repair just like all other tissues. Bones have calcium phosphate,...

Wound Care for Ulcers Aug 18th, 2021

An ulcer is a slow-healing open wound or sore. Ulcers can develop anywhere on your body, but they’re most common on legs, ankles, and feet. Ulcers aren’t always painful, but they do pose a serious risk to your health. They’re dangerous because they either don’t heal, heal very slowly, or...

How Orthotics Can Improve Your Foot Health Jul 15th, 2021

Living with foot pain isn’t fun. Maybe you spend long hours standing at work, or maybe you have a chronic condition like arthritis that makes your feet ache. Whatever the cause of your pain, foot problems can limit your life. Nearly everyone experiences foot pain from time to time. But...

What Causes Ingrown Toenails? Jun 6th, 2021

Have you noticed redness or swelling along the side of your big toenail? Does your toe hurt when you put on a shoe or try to take a step? It could be an ingrown nail. Ingrown toenails happen when your nail grows down into the skin of your toe. Mild...

How to Protect Yourself from Fractures May 1st, 2021

About 6 million Americans suffer a broken bone each year. Broken bones, or fractures, are extremely painful injuries. They can happen as a result of an accident, like a fall or a sports injury, or they can develop with certain health conditions like osteoporosis. It’s possible to break any bone...

The Importance of Diabetic Foot Care Apr 14th, 2021

Millions of Americans are living with diabetes, a metabolic disease that affects the human body’s ability to process glucose. Glucose is sugar that comes from the food you eat, and it’s your body’s main source of fuel. Diabetes limits your body’s ability to absorb sugar, and high blood sugar levels...

Understanding the Different Types of Wound Care for Your Feet Mar 1st, 2021

Your feet are uniquely susceptible to injury. Even if you wear protective shoes and practice proper hygiene, you can’t completely avoid all the scratches, blisters, and other injuries that feet sustain throughout life. In addition to those acute injuries, certain chronic health conditions could be putting your foot health at...

Treatment for Your Bunions Feb 1st, 2021

Do you have a bony lump at the base of your big toe? It could be a bunion. About one in three people over the age of 65 live with bunions, and they can affect anyone in almost any age group. Bunions form when your big toe is forced into...

When Does an Ingrown Toenail Require Medical Treatment? Jan 1st, 2021

Ingrown toenails are an extremely common foot condition. They might not seem like a big deal, but what starts as mild redness or swelling can lead to intense pain, infection, and other serious health complications if left untreated. An ingrown toenail forms when part of your nail grows into the...

Recognizing the Signs of a Stress Fracture Dec 1st, 2020

A stress fracture is a tiny crack in your bone. Although they can develop in almost any bone in the human body, they’re most common in weight-bearing bones in your legs and feet. Symptoms of stress fractures often come on slowly, making them one of the more difficult foot problems...

Plantar Fasciitis and Heel Pain Nov 1st, 2020

An estimated 2 million Americans are treated for plantar fasciitis every year. It’s a common foot condition, but it’s also one of the top causes of heel pain among adults of all ages. The plantar fascia is a strong band of fibrous tissue that runs from your heel to your...

Do I Need Surgery for My Bunions? Oct 1st, 2020

A bunion is a bony protrusion located at the base of your big toe. It forms over time if your big toe is pushed under or over your other toes inside your shoes. The pressure makes your toe joint stick out and grow larger, eventually leading to a permanent change....

Are Foot Calluses Harmful? Sep 1st, 2020

Have you noticed a hard, thick patch of skin on the bottom of your foot? It could be a callus. Calluses are built-up areas of skin that form when your foot undergoes repetitive pressure or friction. Calluses can be unsightly, but they’re harmless most of the time. Foot calluses can...

Foot Odor: A Sign of Illness? Aug 1st, 2020

Taking off your shoes at the end of a long day feels great. But if you suffer from foot odor, they might not smell so great. Having smelly feet can make you wonder what’s causing the odor and if it’s a sign of an underlying health issue. Foot odor is...

Ankle Pain: When to Seek Help Jul 6th, 2020

Ankle pain comes in many forms. From sprains and strains to arthritis and stress fractures, ankle pain can make walking and standing difficult. Though it can be tempting to wait it out and see if the pain dissipates on its own, ignoring ankle pain may only make the problem worse. ...

Shoes that Worsen Foot Pain Jun 26th, 2020

Have you ever suffered from painful, aching feet? Chances are good that your answer is yes. Foot pain is a common complaint for people of all ages, from teens involved in sports to seniors enjoying a walk around the block.  Foot pain can stop you in your tracks, but the...

How Custom Orthotics Improve Your Overall Health May 12th, 2020

Your feet carry you through life. However, when arthritis, tendonitis, or other types of pain strike, the thought of taking even a few steps can quickly fill you with dread. Foot pain affects up to eight in 10 Americans at some time during their lives, but finding an effective solution...

Why You Need a Podiatrist on Your Diabetic Care Team Mar 12th, 2020

Diabetes is a metabolic condition that affects nearly 30 million Americans. It influences the way your body processes and uses sugar. If you have diabetes, your blood sugar is consistently too high. High blood sugar can cause nerve damage, poor circulation, and other health issues that impact your overall wellbeing. ...

The Most Common Types of Bunions and Treatment Options Feb 19th, 2020

Do you have a painful, bony bump near the outside of your big toe? It might be a bunion. Bunions are common foot deformities that develop over time, and they can cause pain and structural changes in your foot.  Bunions are characterized by swelling and pain in the joint at...

When an Ingrown Toenail Requires Help from Your Podiatrist Jan 27th, 2020

If your toe throbs and hurts when you walk or run, you may have an ingrown toenail, a common condition that results when a part of your toenail cuts into the corner of the skin around your toes. Often, soaking the affected toe and trimming toenails correctly will help get...