Foot Doctor Blog

Affects of Aging on the Feet

Yes, even as we age, we need to protect our feet and ankles! As part of aging, we gradually have an increased risk of developing foot problems. Our circulation, nerve conduction, muscle strength, flexibility and proprioception (balance), can all be affected individually or collectively as part of normal and abnormal aging.     Problem: Dry Skin As the skin ages, it can become dryer and therefore have a higher risk of developing fissures (deep cracks in the skin) which may become very painful, and even infected. Treatment The skin around your foot and ankle must be kept appropriately moisturized with… Continue Reading

Back to School Shoe Shopping

It’s that time of year again – the weather is starting to change and the kids are returning to school. This means new classes, new school supplies, and new shoes. While children may be focused on style, there are a few other things to keep in mind when choosing a proper shoe that will help keep your child’s feet healthy and happy:   Fit is key: Children’s feet are constantly growing, typically changing every few months. A shoe that is too large or too small can cause pain, blisters, and potentially other short and long term problems. Make sure to… Continue Reading

When Pain Becomes a Problem

Pain — we have all experienced it at some point in our lives. That unpleasant sensation of a sunburn, headache, or a stubbed toe on the bedpost. Pain, whether acute or chronic, varies from person to person. Early identification and treatment of the underlying cause of pain is important to reduce the prolonged, debilitating effects of pain.   Pain Relievers There are many different modalities for managing and treating pain. Often times, over the counter pain medications such as Tylenol, Advil, and Aleve, and are readily accessible and therefore become the treatment of choice for pain relief.  While these medications… Continue Reading

Taking on Chronic Heel Pain- a Fresh Option

When that Achilles Tendonitis or Plantar Fasciitis just will not resolve   Tendon injury is extremely common and can occur with trauma, overuse and aging. Symptoms typically include pain, inflammation and dysfunction. Tendon healing can be very slow, and normal healing can take up to ten weeks. Most people will have relief with conservative measures, including orthotics, anti-inflammatory medication, cortisone injections, and physical therapy. But there are cases where tendons fail to regain full function with conservative management. Even with surgery, tendons may heal with fibrosis and scar tissue, leading to less strength and a higher rate of re-injury. These… Continue Reading

Keeping Your Feet Safe on Vacation

My dad is a podiatrist, and every summer when we were at the beach or the pool, he pestered me (and my brothers) to put sunscreen on our feet. I certainly did not understand at the time just how important it is to protect your feet from the sun. But now I know that it takes even more than sunscreen to keep your feet safe during the long summer days. No matter where you go on vacation, there are some important things to do and to watch for to help keep your feet comfortable. The first thing, of course, is… Continue Reading

Injuries to Your Toenails

What are some possible causes of toenail injury? Everyday injuries can cause your toenail to fall off. Hitting your toe on a chair or bedpost, dropping something on your foot, or simply pulling your socks on too fast can damage your toenail. Injuries to the nail may lead to a subungual hematoma, which causes blood to collect under your injured toenail. This can delay growth of the toenail and be painful for the first few days or weeks. If it can be tolerated, the best way to treat it is to soak the area in cold water for 15 minutes,… Continue Reading

Fall Risk in Older Adults

Fall Prevention Fall prevention is not a sexy topic but as we get older (> 60 years of age) physical changes, health conditions and medications can make falls more likely. Stepping on a crack and breaking your mother’s back, is an old childhood game that we didn’t take too seriously.  Something we should take seriously: the 1 year mortality rate for seniors over the age of 60 after a hip fracture is between 14 – 58%. Therefore fall risk prevention is of utmost importance.   Footwear Style and Risk of Falls in Older Adults The results of a study reported… Continue Reading

Which Way’s the Beach, Bro?

We made it to June!  Can you smell the summer warmth in the air? With the summer, comes dreams of sitting by the pool, going to the beach, outdoor hikes, and long bike rides. June also happens to be Men’s Health Month! The purpose is to create awareness of preventable health problems and injuries among men and boys and encourage them to seek regular medical advice and early treatment. It is well established that males typically have less flexibility than females. Testosterone, a male sex hormone, plays a pivotal role in muscle size and flexibility. It increases the size and… Continue Reading

How to Treat Hypertension with Running

Dr. Alan Boehm runs a 5K in Castaway Cay, Bahamas. So your doctor has given you the diagnosis of hypertension and recommended some lifestyle modifications and changes. One of them likely is to exercise. One of the easiest and greatest ways to exercise is running. It also can be inexpensive compared to other sports activities or joining a gym. Get a good pair of running shoes and you are good to go. Keep in mind, the running shoe is a very important part of equipment to help keep you running pain free. There are stores where you can get a… Continue Reading

What is a Sesamoid?

Doctor, why do I have this nagging pain underneath my big toe joint? Have you ever heard of a Sesamoid injury? Let’s take a closer look at this problem.   Let’s start at the beginning…  What exactly are sesamoids? A sesamoid is a bone embedded in the tendons that course below your big toe joint. Sesamoids are found in several joints in the body. Your kneecap, or patella, is another example. Acting as a fulcrum point, the sesamoids help the big toe move normally and provide leverage when the big toe “pushes off” during walking and running. The sesamoids also… Continue Reading