Foot Doctor Blog

Spring Running Madness

Now that the weather is warmer, are you ready to lace up and hit the open roads? The air is finally getting warmer, the sun is shining brighter and longer, and the urge to throw on the running shoes that have been sitting in the back of the closet begin to call your name. The feeling of hitting an open road with the wind at your back and pavement under foot has probably crossed your mind a few times during the dark and blustery days. For some of you a treadmill has been your home on the nights that it… Continue Reading

Keeping Your Feet Safe and Healthy in the Winter

The snow is starting to fall and the temperatures are dropping. Some people look forward to the chilly weather and others just keep hoping for Spring to come early. No matter which type of person you are, each one of us has to be careful with protecting our feet in the winter. In our region, it seems like it will be a snowy and wet winter which can lead to many hazards for our foot health. One hazard some of us have already had to deal with is the snow and below-freezing temperatures. When the snow starts to fall, many… Continue Reading

Achilles Tendonitis

What is it? The Achilles tendon is the largest tendon in the human body. It is a band at the back of the lower leg that connects the calf muscle to the heel bone. The most common injury to the achilles tendon is achilles tendonitis.  Achilles tendonitis is the overuse of the achilles tendon. It commonly occurs in high impact sports such as running, basketball, jumping and tennis.   What will I feel? Some beginning symptoms of achilles tendonitis are stiffness and tenderness in the back of the foot.  If overuse of the achilles tendon continues, the pain can become… Continue Reading

Doctor’s Soapbox: Don’t Rely on the Internet to Fix Your Running Injuries

The smartphone has not only irreparably altered our social interactions but also how we view and access healthcare. Dr. Google is instantly available to anyone at any time to diagnose and offer treatment advice for every ache and pain. Our frenetic schedules along with high patient co-pays and astronomic insurance deductibles encourage many to seek cheaper self-help options via the internet– although it can be a valuable resource, it is important to understand what you can treat yourself and what requires a visit to your doctor. A doctor who regularly sees athletes has the experience and first-hand knowledge to diagnose… Continue Reading

Diabetes: We Check Your Feet Like No One Else!

Diabetes Mellitus (Type 1 and Type 2) is a common condition that afflicts many Americans and is being diagnosed more each year! We see many patients who have very subtle symptoms which can be attributed back to early onset and detection of diabetes. Many patients say, “I have a sock balled up feeling under my foot” or “I have severe burning” or “I have tingling in my toes” or “The pain keeps me up at night”.  We have learned that these early symptoms or changes are often not being picked up at our patient’s primary physician annual physical. The American… Continue Reading

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 ailment that podiatrists treat. One of the most common causes of heel pain is 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 a few… 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