Blog Archive

Everyday Foot Care Preparation for the Fall Season May 15th, 2018

While the summer months were great for keeping the feet free in open air, it is necessary to take the appropriate measures to prep feet and give them that everyday foot care for the fall season. Before shoving your feet into a pair of boots this season, make sure to...

The Most Common Foot Ailments for the Summer May 15th, 2018

Foot problems tend to be more prevalent during the summer, and certain conditions pop up more than others. The most common foot problems for the summer are heel pain, corns, calluses, and blisters. Heel pain is usually the result of an inflamed plantar fascia, which is the long band of connective tissue...

YOU CAN GET RID OF HERPES?! May 11th, 2018

Susan has been finding it hard to find a great guy. Now that she finally met one that seems like a man she could get involved with she has to tell him she has Herpes. She already knows that if she doesn’t tell him right away and he finds out...

Five Tips for Daily Foot Care May 10th, 2018

With the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, busy lifestyles may give way to sore and achy feet. To keep feet happy during the holidays, the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons (ACFAS) offers five tips. Avoid wearing narrow-fitting, overly-high-heeled shoes that are uncomfortable on the feet. If...

All About Plantar Warts May 9th, 2018

Plantar warts are warts that are only found on the feet, hence the term “plantar”, which means “relating to the foot.” They are caused by the human papillomavirus, or HPV, and occur when this virus gets into open wounds on the feet. The warts themselves are hard bumps on the...

Easily relieve Swollen Feet in Pregnant Women May 9th, 2018

Pregnant women living with swollen feet should not worry over having difficulty easing their condition, as there are various treatments available that are easily accessible and will help reduce swelling. One of the main causes of swollen feet in pregnant women is salt buildup in the body. To control salt...

What are Achilles Tendon Injuries May 9th, 2018

The Achilles tendon is the strongest tendon in the human body. Its purpose is to connect the lower leg muscles and calf to the heel of the foot. This tendon is responsible for facilitating all types of movement, like walking and running. This tendon provides an enormous amount of mobility...

Diabetic Patients and Cold Weather May 8th, 2018

Diabetic patients who have poor circulation and nerve damage are most prone to foot problems, especially in cold weather conditions. Moisture from cold weather can collect in your shoes and socks, soaking your feet, leading to the propagation of bacteria and possibly an infection. Diabetic patients should remember to change their...

Growing Link between Obesity and Diabetes May 8th, 2018

“Diabesity” is a term used to describe the link between being overweight and diabetes, especially in America. Obesity “refers[s] to body weight that’s greater than what is considered healthy for a certain height,” which can potentially lead to many different problems such as diabetes, and “it is estimated that 63...

Working on Your Feet May 3rd, 2018

Overworking your feet can put stress on your entire body, so taking care of your feet is an absolute priority for overall good health. Standing all day can cause a myriad of different conditions such as bunions, callouses, and plantar warts. These conditions are all very painful but can be...

Feet May Show Underlying Diseases May 3rd, 2018

Feet are the pillars of our body.  The importance of of them cannot be overstated.  They bear our weight, get us from place to place, and keep us from falling over.  If there is something wrong with your feet, other parts of your body may be affected.  The opposite can also...

Foot Health Determines Overall Health May 2nd, 2018

Looking at a person’s feet can help determine how healthy their overall body is. Some important factors to look for include: sudden or chronic pain in the feet, skin discoloration which can indicate a more serious problem, and numbness or peripheral neuropathy which is typically associated with diabetes. Other symptoms of potential health...

How Obesity Affects Your Feet May 2nd, 2018

Gaining weight can happen suddenly and at any time. Usually you won’t notice the extra weight until your feet start hurting at the end of the day. This happens as your feet begin adjusting to carrying more weight. Foot swelling and pain are two of the biggest side effects of...

Facts About Osteoarthritis May 2nd, 2018

Osteoarthritis is a degenerative disease caused by the continual thinning of cartilage, and once the damage is caused, it becomes permanent. Osteoarthritis is a debilitating issue that affects about 1 in 5 adults who are 45 years or older. It’s important for patients to treat symptoms of osteoarthritis before the...

Systemic Diseases of the Foot May 1st, 2018

There are several systemic diseases, or diseases that affect the whole body, that either display symptoms in the feet or affect the health of the feet. Common systemic diseases that affect the overall health of the feet, and the patient’s ability to walk comfortably, include gout, diabetes mellitus, neurological disorders,...

Bunions Apr 16th, 2018

A bunion is an enlargement of the base joint of the toe that connects to the foot, often formed from a bony growth or a patch of swollen tissues. It is caused by the shifting of the big toe bone inward towards the other toes. This shift can cause a...

How to Prevent Running Injuries Apr 9th, 2018

Overtraining and overusing the feet are the main causes of common running injuries. A number of these common injuries are caused by overrunning. Runner’s knee is a condition that is characterized by the back of the kneecap beginning to wear away and cause pain in the knee. This frequently occurs...

Nail Salon Safety Necessary in Preventing Infections and other Foot Ailments Apr 5th, 2018

Nail salon safety is essential in avoiding catching fungal infections. Before making an appointment, it is recommended that customers first take a quick look around the salon to note cleanliness and see if nail technicians are washing their hands after each customer. As most salons don’t have technicians wear gloves like...

Steroids as an Option to Treat Gout Apr 3rd, 2018

Steroids are considered one potential option for treating gout, a condition which causes inflammation and pain in our bodies’s joints. Gout occurs when uric acid is deposited into our joints, forming crystal deposits which interrupt tissue function and circulation. Steroids are considered for treating gout that is acute.Gout is a...

Effect of High Heels on the Feet Apr 2nd, 2018

For hundreds of years, women have been wearing various kinds of high heels for aesthetic reasons. Women who wear high heels appear to be taller and have longer and thinner legs, and the wearer’s gait and posture changes. Though high heels have had an association with femininity and have kept...

Platelet Therapy Found Helpful with Foot and Ankle Injuries Mar 28th, 2018

According to recent research, medical professionals have access to platelet rich plasma (PRP) that has the potential to treat injuries such as Achilles tendonitis, plantar fasciitis, and chronic ulcerations. When injuries occur, the platelets inside of body naturally go to the point of injury begin a healing process, which may...

Pregnancy and Foot Health Mar 26th, 2018

Many pregnant women complain about foot pain while they are expecting. Foot pain can primarily be caused by weight gain and hormonal changes taking place in the body. By understanding how pregnancy impacts the health of a woman's feet, a pregnant woman can take action to keep her feet as...

Blisters on the Feet Mar 12th, 2018

Blisters are a common ailment of people who wear shoes that are either too tight or rub against the feet in an uncomfortable way. Knowing the basics of blisters is important for understanding how they are formed and what treatments should be used for them.A blister on the foot, or...

Barefoot Running Mar 6th, 2018

Barefoot running is becoming a popular running trend that has been permeating through the running and jogging communities. The act of running without shoes changes more about the motions of your stride than you may think, and choosing to run without shoes is not the only adjustment you will have...

What Are Hammertoes? Mar 5th, 2018

Hammertoes are painful deformities that frequently form on the second, third, or fourth toe. The condition is often caused by an issue in foot mechanics. This can be caused by the person’s specific gait or the manner in which they walk, or by shoes that do not comfortably fit the...

Solutions for Cracked Heels Feb 26th, 2018

Cracked heels can make life very frustrating and embarrassing when displaying the bare feet. Aside from being unpleasing to the eye, they can also tear stockings and socks and wear out shoes at a faster rate. When severe, cracked heels may cause pain or infection.Cracked heels are a problem for...

APMA Study Finds Americans Don’t Care About Their Feet Feb 25th, 2018

The American Podiatric Medical Association recently published a study revealing that much of this nation's foot pain goes untreated. In a survey of 1,000 people over the age of 18, 77% reported experiencing foot pain, but only a third of those claim they would see a podiatrist. Half of the participants with...

Hyperhidrosis of the Feet Feb 20th, 2018

Hyperhidrosis of the feet, also termed plantar hyperhidrosis, is characterized by excessive sweating of the feet that can be onset by any cause, such as exercise, fever, or anxiety. Most people suffering from hyperhidrosis of the feet also experience hyperhidrosis of the hands, or palmar hyperhidrosis. Approximately 1-2% of Americans...

Flat Feet Feb 12th, 2018

Flatfoot is a foot condition in which the arch of the foot has either partially or totally dropped or has never developed. While it is common in babies and small children, it can become a problem for them in adulthood if the arch never forms. For adults, the development of...

What is a Podiatrist? Jan 30th, 2018

The branch of medicine that is focused on the treatment, diagnosis, and study of disorders of the lower leg, ankle and foot is referred to as podiatry. Because people often spend a great deal of their time on their feet, many problems in this area can occur. A person seeks...

Everything You Need to Know About Gout Jan 23rd, 2018

Gout, typically found in diabetic patients, is an unusually painful form of arthritis caused by elevated levels of uric acid in the bloodstream. The condition typically strikes the big joint on the big toe. It has also been known to strike the knees, elbows, fingers, ankles and wrists—generally anywhere that...

Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome Jan 16th, 2018

Tarsal tunnel syndrome is a condition in which there is a compression of the posterior tibial nerve. The posterior tibial nerve runs along the inside of the ankle into the foot. Tarsal tunnel syndrome is named for the tarsal tunnel, which is a thin space along the inside of the...

Biomechanics in Podiatry Jan 2nd, 2018

Biomechanics and its related study deal with the forces that act against the body and affect things like our movement. In podiatry, biomechanics are studied to determine the movement of the ankle, toes, and the foot, as well as the forces that impact them. Podiatrists who train in this specialty...

Heel Spurs Dec 26th, 2017

Heel spurs most commonly result when calcium deposits on the back of the foot where the heel is. They may also be the result of small fragments of bone breaking off of one section of the foot and attaching to the back of the foot. Heel spurs can also be...

Choosing the Right Running Shoe for Your Foot Type Dec 18th, 2017

Running may seem like a simple to do. However, running is actually a complex movement that puts stress on the ligaments, bones, and joints of the body. Selecting the correct running shoe is important for increasing performance and avoiding risk of injury. Running shoes should be selected based on your...

National Diabetes Awareness Month Dec 7th, 2017

November is known as National Diabetes Awareness month, as diabetes is “a worldwide health problem characterized by the body’s inability to break down sugar due to an inefficiency of the hormone insulin.” If left untreated, diabetes can lead to more severe problems such as diabetic ulcers, poor blood circulation, dry and...

Morton's Neuroma Dec 5th, 2017

Morton's Neuroma, also called Intermetatarsal Neuroma or Plantar Neuroma, is a condition that affects the nerves of the feet, usually the area between the third and fourth toe. Neuroma refers to a benign growth that can occur in different parts of the body. Morton's Neuroma strictly affects the feet. This...

Sports Related Foot And Ankle Injuries Nov 27th, 2017

For hundreds of years, women have been wearing various kinds of high heels for aesthetic reasons. Women who wear high heels appear to be taller and have longer and thinner legs, and the wearer’s gait and posture changes. Though high heels have had an association with femininity and have kept...

Stretching Your Feet Nov 6th, 2017

Debilitating foot pain is a problem for many people. But just as stretching the torso can help alleviate back pain, stretching the feet can also help mend existing foot problems and prevent future ones.The feet, as the body’s foundation, carry the body’s entire weight and can get easily strained from...

Athlete's Foot Oct 31st, 2017

Athlete’s foot is an extremely contagious infection caused by a fungus that results in itching, burning, dry, and flaking feet. The fungus that causes athlete’s foot is known as tinea pedis and thrives in moist, dark areas such as shower floors, gyms, socks and shoes, commons areas, public changing areas,...

Falls Prevention Oct 23rd, 2017

Elderly Americans are very susceptible to falls as they get older. Everyone experiences decreases in flexibility, balance, strength, and the senses as they age. This correlates to some eye-opening statistics. 1 in 4 Americans aged 65 and older fall each year. An elderly American is being treated for a fall...

Ankle Sprains Oct 9th, 2017

Although ankle sprains may not be as serious as a broken ankle, they should be given immediate attention and care. An ankle sprain can lead to a significant amount of pain, as well as limited mobility. They are often characterized by the swelling and discoloration of the skin. This occurs...

Toenail Fungus Oct 2nd, 2017

Toenail fungus is a frustrating problem that affects many people. It can be persistent and hard to get rid of. As many different types of fungi are present throughout the environment, it is very easy to contract toenail fungus.The feet are especially susceptible to toenail fungus because shoes and socks...

Every Day Foot Care Sep 22nd, 2017

Our feet are important in our everyday lives. The problem is that we tend to neglect them. When this becomes a habit, it can cause significant trouble. Ignoring foot problems can mean pain, limited mobility, and expensive doctor's visits. On the other hand, if feet are cared for and looked...

Flip Flops and Feet Sep 19th, 2017

Flip flops are often a popular choice of footwear for many people. Flip flops allow your feet to breathe and give your toes the freedom of movement. They are easy to slip on and can be worn with virtually any style of clothing. Flip flops, however, despite their many benefits,...

Getting the Right Shoe Size: To Keep Your Feet Happy Sep 11th, 2017

People are constantly wearing improperly-fitting shoes. Though it isn’t hard, picking the right shoes does require keeping a few things in mind.Shoe stores have rulers so you can get an exact measurement of your feet. Be sure to always measure your feet with your shoes on. Measuring just your foot...

Choosing the Right Socks Sep 11th, 2017

While most people spend a good amount of time making sure a new pair of shoes fits, many don’t bother trying to find a good pair of socks. There are many different types of socks, with newer, extravagant types such as synthetic socks being an excellent choice. Of course, selecting the...

Bengals Jeremy Hill Suffers Ankle Injury Sep 5th, 2017

Running back Jeremy Hill of the Cincinnati Bengals recently sustained an ankle injury in a game against the Washington Redskins. It is unknown how severe the injury is or how long he will be out for. Hill has been reliable throughout his career, missing only one game for three seasons. He is also...

Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment of Poor Blood Circulation in the Feet Aug 8th, 2017

Poor blood circulation in the feet and legs is often caused by peripheral artery disease (PAD), which is usually the result of a build up of plaque in the arteries. Plaque build up, or atherosclerosis, can be the result of excess calcium and cholesterol in the bloodstream, which restricts how...

Foot Surgery Jul 10th, 2017

In most cases, foot surgery is often chosen as the last available option for conditions that have otherwise been unsuccessfully treated. Surgery may be necessary for several reasons, including the removal of foot deformities (e.g. bone spurs or bunions), arthritis problems, reconstruction due to injury, and congenital malformations (e.g. club...

Ingrown Toenail Care Jul 3rd, 2017

Several factors affect whether a person is at risk from an ingrown toenail. The many causes include being overweight, diabetes, participating in sports, having a fungal infection of the toe, and cutting your nails too short. Ingrown toenails also have a genetic predisposition, causing some people to be more prone...

Rheumatoid Arthritis in the Feet Jun 5th, 2017

Although rheumatoid arthritis attacks multiple bones and joints throughout the entire body, ninety percent of people who actually develop this condition usually do so in the foot or ankle area. Those who develop this kind of arthritis in the feet usually develop symptoms around the toes and forefeet first, before...

Elderly and their Feet May 15th, 2017

While proper foot care is important for everybody, senior citizens have the tendency to be more susceptible to certain foot conditions. The elderly should therefore be well informed about any problems that may arise and about what they can do to properly avoid or treat them.Some of the most common...

All About Broken Ankles May 11th, 2017

Broken ankles are a serious injury that can lead to an inability to walk, function, and also cause a significant amount of pain. A broken ankle is actually a break in one of the three bones in your body that connect at the ankle joint, the tibia, the fibula, and...

Arch Support and Your Feet May 11th, 2017

It is no secret that high heels are bad for the feet. The human foot is not designed to wear extremely high heels, forcing the foot to adjust to the unnatural height difference when heels are worn. Additionally, women who have flat feet are more susceptible to foot problems due...

Beginners should ease into Beach Running May 11th, 2017

Experts say that beach running can be a heart-clearing and challenging workout. However, little preparation prior to running on the beach can make one more susceptible to foot injuries. Beach running is something that needs to be eased into. One cannot simply run several miles on the beach without prior...

Recent Audit Suggests that Diabetic Patients Should See their Podiatrists Regularly May 11th, 2017

Diabetic foot ulcers are considered one of the most potentially life-threatening problems to occur for diabetic patients if left untreated. According to the National Diabetes Foot Care Audit (NDFA), “around 10 percent of people with diabetes will have a diabetic foot ulcer at some point in their lives,” especially if...

What Causes Black Toenails and What to Do About Them May 10th, 2017

Common among runners and other athletes, black or blue toenails are often a sign of damage to the nail. While typically not the most serious of injuries, they should be observed and treated to prevent them from worsening or not healing properly. Discoloration of the nail occurs from blood forming in the...

Diabetic Foot Amputations in England May 10th, 2017

A new study has shown that the amount of diabetic related amputations being performed has reached an all-time high in England. The amount of diabetes-related amputations in England is now 7,370 per year. 80% of these amputations have begun as foot ulcers, which are treatable if caught early. Diabetic amputations...

What to Do to Keep Your Child’s Feet Healthy May 8th, 2017

Being a parent involves caring for your child in every way you can. You make sure they are eating the right food, being nice to others, and staying out of any trouble. However, it is also important that you are watchful of their health, more specifically their foot health. Maintaining...

Steps to Cope with Arthritis May 4th, 2017

Arthritis affects approximately 52 million people in the United States—and these are the people officially diagnosed by a physician. Those suffering from arthritis and its symptoms, however, can benefit from several steps to help cope with the condition. The first steps one can take involve learning more about the condition, knowing what...

Columbus East Sophomore Overcomes Stress Fracture May 4th, 2017

Columbus East sophomore Lizzy Frazier suffered a stress fracture in her ankle and shin while cross-country running and had to recover in a walking boot for about 9 weeks. Frazier is now “one of the top swimmers on the Olympians squad,” which competed at the Hoosier Hill Conference. Frazier, however,...

Ankle Foot Orthotics for Athletes May 3rd, 2017

Ankle and foot orthotics, known as AFOs, are custom-made inserts. They are shaped and contoured to fit inside a shoe and used to correct an irregular walking gait or provide cushioning. Orthotics come in a variety of different models and sizes, including over the counter and customizable variants. Customizable ones...

Boxer Ruptures Achilles, Faces Long Rehab May 2nd, 2017

Former heavyweight boxing champion, David Hayes, may be seeing an abrupt end to his career after suffering a brutal Achilles tendon injury during his recent match against Tony Bellew. The injury, a ruptured Achilles tendon, forced the former champion to undergo surgery the following evening. Hayes continued to box for another six...

Florida Gators Wide Receiver Sprains Ankle Apr 4th, 2017

Wide receiver Tyrie Cleveland of the Florida Gators sprained his right ankle during the Vanderbilt Commodores vs Gators game. Cleveland sustained the injury during the fourth quarter. While the Gators won 38-24, Cleveland’s injury will leave them without their leading receiver. Tyrie has had 15 catches, 326 yards, and 2...

Heel Pain Mar 28th, 2017

Have you ever gotten up from a chair or out of bed in the morning, and upon taking that first step, feel like your heel has stepped on a tack? Many people experience a feeling of sharp pain which radiates into their arch from their heel and which does not...

Fitting Shoes for Infants Mar 2nd, 2017

Growing feet are important part of your baby's development. Fitting your infant with the proper shoe size affects their comfort level as well as how the foot grows.At birth, to keep the newborn's foot warm, uses socks or soft shoes. The newborn's foot is fragile and soft and it's important...

Swimming and Your Feet Mar 2nd, 2017

If our feet could talk, they would complain about all the walking, running and long standing we put them through. Our feet deserve a break from the stress put on them, and swimming is a great way to do just that. This activity not only takes all the weight off...

Plantar Fasciitis Common Among Young Football Players Mar 1st, 2017

For young football players, plantar fasciitis is one of the most dreaded career-ending conditions. At times, putting full weight on the leg can become problematic since the weight causes pain on the heel. Because it is an overuse injury, it said to occur due to weak muscles in the foot...

Boots for Yoops Seeks to Collect Shoes for Children in Need Jan 1st, 2017

A new campaign launched by the Salvation Army is aiming to keep children’s feet warm and dry this winter season. The campaign, Boots for Yoops, is collecting boots, shoes, and socks for various children in need. Leonita Schweigert, the campaign’s creator, shared, “I decided instead of duplicating services and doing Coats...

Darlington Nagbe Suffers Ankle Sprain after Tackle May 23rd, 2016

Darlington Nagbe suffered an ankle sprain injury after being tackled by Nigel de Jong, missing the Timbers game against FC Dallas. The injury didn’t seem severe and there were no reported broken bones. Recovery time for Nagbe was unknown at the time, but he had to be escorted off the...

Dealing with Aches and Pains as We Age May 12th, 2016

Arthritis and aching joints are one of the most prevalent complaints of people 55 years and over. Dr. Kendra Zuckerman of Main Line Health states, “arthritis technically means an inflammation of the joints.” Deborah Wolf, 76, shares her time between practicing law and playing tennis, and is not ready to slow...

Dealing with Stress Fractures of the Foot and Ankle May 12th, 2016

Stress fractures are small breaks in the bone that are caused by repetitive stress. They typically occur due to overuse, forcing the bones of the foot or ankle to continually absorb the full impact of each step someone takes. Stress fractures can also be caused by abnormal foot structure, osteoporosis,...

Melbourne Demons Christian Petracca Suffers Broken Toe May 12th, 2016

Christian Petracca, midfielder for the Melbourne Demons, suffered a broken toe injury during his Christmas break. Petracca will be on recovery for about a month, and afterwards will be getting back into shape. As a first-year AFL Rising Star, there are high expectations for Petracca. Petracca plans to continue strength...

Indians’ Outfielder Placed On Disabled List with Sprained Ankle May 5th, 2016

Michael Brantley of the Cleveland Indians was recently placed on the disabled list due to a sprained ankle. The outfielder suffered the injury earlier this season during a game against Kansas City and has not fully recovered from its effects. Brantley had already missed five games on paternity leave, but that...

Exercise the Feet through Instability Training May 5th, 2016

Instability training, a new system of exercise, helps athletes looking to increase overall agility by having them eventually jump higher and run faster. The system of exercise involves the use of balance boards, rubber bands and mini-trams to work multiple areas in the feet, ankles, and lower legs as well...

TJ Warren to Undergo Surgery for Broken Foot Injury May 4th, 2016

TJ Warren of the Phoenix Suns will have to have season-ending surgery on his most recent foot injury. Warren suffered a broken foot injury and his status suggests he will be missing the rest of the 2015-6 season due to recovery. The 22-year-old is considered “the Suns’ third-leading scorer,” averaging...

Senators’ Erik Karlsson Recovers from Foot Surgery Apr 7th, 2016

Erik Karlsson of the Ottawa Senators is currently recovering from foot surgery and unfortunately may miss the start of the 2017-2018 season. Karlsson suffered the injury during the postseason but is expected to be rehabilitating it until October. According to the team’s general manager, “Erik underwent surgery earlier today in Charlotte, North...

What Are Plantar Warts? Apr 7th, 2016

Plantar warts develop on the bottom of our feet as round growths on the skin, described as having brown dots. Warts are caused by the papillomavirus and usually go away on their own, typically not requiring any treatment. Avoid picking at the wart to prevent infection. A potential option for treating...

WWE Champion Rusev Sustains Broken Ankle During SmackDown Mar 3rd, 2016

Rusev, the former WWE US Champion has suffered a broken ankle during a SmackDown match several weeks ago. The resulting injury means Rusev will be out until at least the end of July. Once the resting period has passed, Rusev has the option of returning; but this will be determined...

Walker Duncan Spotted with Crutches and Walking Boot for Foot Injury Mar 3rd, 2016

Freshman Walker Duncan was seen walking with crutches and his foot in a walking boot late January at the Dan Magill Tennis Courts. Duncan discovered he had sustained a stress reaction in his metatarsals, which will require recovery time off the tennis courts. He “was feeling some pain in my...

Barcelona Midfielder Taking Time off to Heal Ankle Sprain Aug 12th, 2015

Midfielder Arda Turan of Barcelona has reportedly sustained a sprained ankle will be briefly spending time off the field to recover from his injury. The club’s official website stated, “Arda Turan twisted his ankle during Friday morning training and the verdict is that he has a second degree sprain in...

Manneh Undergoes Surgery on Right Foot Apr 15th, 2015

21-year-old soccer player Kekuta Manneh recently underwent surgery on his right foot. There isn’t a set timetable for his return, however he is expected to be back sometime before the end of the season. Unfortunately for Manneh, the injury will rule out the possibility of a call up for World...