Foot Doctor Blog

Your Feet Deserve Our Support

Arch supports, inserts, insoles, and orthotic devices — what’s the difference and what do I need? Like any building or machine, the foundation of support is essential. Think how annoying it is to sit at a table that rocks back and forth because the base is out of balance. A simple packet of sugar or folded napkin under a table leg can make all the difference. The human body is no different – and that support and balance begins with your feet. The best place to start is with your shoes. Finding the right shoe is more than pinching them… Continue Reading

Stress Fractures

The fall season is a time where many of us are outside hiking, running or enjoying other exercise. With this increased exercise, problems may develop. Any time there is a sudden onset of pain and swelling of the foot or ankle without any recent known injury or trauma a stress fracture has to be considered– a stress fracture is a small crack in the bone. Stress fractures are very common in the weight-bearing bones of the lower extremity with the 2nd metatarsal bone the most common.  Repetitive stress of these bones being the causative factor. Bone remodeling is the process… Continue Reading

What is the Cause of My Heel Pain?

Heel pain is a frequent ailments that podiatrists treat. One of the most common causes of heel pain is due to plantar fasciitis. The plantar fascia is a large ligament that extends from the heel to the toes and is a big supporter of the arch. When this ligament becomes inflamed and irritated, we refer to this as plantar fasciitis. One of the main symptoms of plantar fasciitis is pain that is worse when someone first gets up out of bed in the morning or gets up after a period of rest. This pain will initially start to improve after… Continue Reading

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