Foot Doctor Blog

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

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. Stressed Feet 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