Foot Doctor Blog

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

Stress is Everywhere– Even in our Feet

April 2018 is National Stress Awareness Month. Earlier this month on our Foot Doctor Blog, we featured how stress impacts the entire body and gave ways to combat stress. Being specialists in foot and ankle health, this article will specifically detail how stress impacts the feet. Foot Stress Stress affects all of us in many ways: it can heighten our level of excitement and it can weigh us down and even make us sick. Physical stress can take its toll on our feet in the form of excessive wear and tear of the nails and skin and show up as… Continue Reading

Don’t Let Stress Get to You

April 2018 is National Stress Awareness Month. Health Care Professionals and Public Health Experts will promote public awareness of the causes, signs/symptoms, and treatment options for managing stress. Stress affects us all. It is defined as our body’s way of responding to a demand or threat, whether physical or emotional. Physiologically, our nervous system releases stress hormones, such as cortisone or adrenaline, that initiate a “fight or flight” response. This manifests as symptoms of increased blood pressure, faster breathing and heart rate, and muscle tightening. These physical changes can then increase strength/stamina, reaction time, and enhance focus. Causes of stress… Continue Reading

The Link Between Proper Nutrition and Wound Healing

As a former nutritionist (in my last life, prior to podiatry school), I worked in a hospital as a dietician and was exposed to the different nutritional needs of patients. Where as I can’t say I was well versed in wound care at that time, (was there even a discipline known as wound care back then??), I did counsel patients on proper dietary goals for the hypertensive patient, the diabetic patient, the renally impaired patient, the cardiac patient, etc. Even then it was challenging to motivate patients to be personally responsible for their dietary needs/ constraints let alone to understand… Continue Reading

The Importance of a Multidisciplinary Approach

  Dr. Alyssa Carroll in the operating room during her residency at Christiana Care Health System in Wilmington, DE. In the new era of medicine a multidisciplinary, or team, approach is not only becoming the new norm, but it is also becoming more and more important. By definition, we as specialists are experts in our field. In the case of the foot and ankle, we pride ourselves in the knowledge of our respective area; we also rely on others to complete the clinical picture for many of our patients. Let’s take a look at how multidisciplinary approach affects you, as the patient…. Continue Reading

Injury Prevention Made Easy

Next week is Patient Safety Awareness Week. Here are some easy tips for the home, office, and gym to keep you from needing emergency podiatric care. Preventing Home Injuries The most common home injuries are centered around being barefoot, so always wear shoes. This is especially true for diabetic patients. The most frequent home injuries come from stepping on things like a Lego or a piece of glass or stubbing your toe on something. If you spend a lot of time barefoot on hardwood floors instead of soft carpet, you can trigger plantar fasciitis pain (ligament pain in the bottom… Continue Reading

Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD): Learn the Signs and Symptoms

February is American Heart Month. To help educate our patients on podiatric heart related issues, we are sharing information about PAD. Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD) commonly referred to as poor circulation, affects 8 to 12 million Americans. Those over the age of 70 have the disease at a rate of one in every five people. PAD and diabetes are the leading causes of foot or leg amputations in the United States. Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD) is caused by a blockage or narrowing of the arteries in the legs when fatty deposits or plaque build up. This results in a reduction… Continue Reading

Sports Medicine: Stay in the Game

Sports medicine… it sounds healthy, fit and cutting edge… and it’s all true. Sports medicine is a term that talks about staying in the game, getting back in action, being your best and being treated like a superstar jock, no matter if you’re a Super Bowl Quarterback or a gym class hero. We all want to be the best we can be immediately. We want to stay in the game. As Foot and Ankle Specialists, our goal is to get our athletes back in the game. When athletes are sidelined with ankle sprains, fractures and tendinitis, Podiatrists have many tools… Continue Reading

How to Recognize and Treat Chilblains

With winter upon us, and our recent cold weather snap, we are seeing patients with a higher risk of chilblains. WHAT ARE CHILBLAINS? A chilblain is a small, red swelling on the skin, which can be very itchy and gradually becomes very painful. Chilblains usually occur on the smaller toes but can occur on the finger, face, or nose. They occur due to an abnormal reaction of the body to cold. A chilblain may also occur on a pressure bearing area such as a bunion. Appearance A chilblain will usually appear as a red, swollen lesion on the tip of… Continue Reading

September is PAD Awareness Month

PAD Awareness Month (Peripheral artery disease) is a narrowing of the peripheral arteries– mostly commonly in the legs. PAD is easily diagnosed in a simple, painless way. Learn more about PAD by scheduling an appointment with one of our local podiatrists.