Foot Doctor Blog

Is it OK to go barefoot in the house all day?

Many people are now staying at home all day due to the corona virus lock down and this means dressing casually, including going barefoot or only wearing socks. While a healthy person can go barefoot for limited periods , people who are older, or have underlying health issues such as diabetes, autoimmune disease, poor circulation, arthritis or neuropathy should always wear supportive cushioned shoes or slippers. Younger people not wearing shoes or their orthotics in the house have been reporting discomfort and pain in their feet. Prolonged standing on hard surfaces without shoes can cause many injuries including plantar fasciitis… Continue Reading

Easing Back Into the Gym

How to ease back into the gym to prevent acute injuries after a long delay? All of us have been affected by the health crisis of 2020. Many of us have been further affected when many of our local businesses were shut down for months, including our local gyms. This pandemic is similar to when an injury can occur which forces us to remain more sedentary while our body heals and recuperates.  After such a lay off from fitness or activity, it is imperative that we are mindful to not overexert and stress our body and muscles which can lead… Continue Reading

Exercising at Home

Now could not be a better time to get started exercising at home due to the current Covid-19 situation. I have always exercised at home as my schedule is usually limited, so time is of the essence. Even if you have a gym membership you can still supplement it with in-home routines for those days you do not have time to get to the gym. Some suggestions are as follows: Get outside and take care of your lawn & garden. Yard work definitely qualifies as exercise. Pulling weeds, raking leaves, planting flowers, etc. puts your body in multiple positions which… Continue Reading

Salon at Home Foot Care

With a stay-at-home order in place many of you are missing those relaxing days at the spa getting pampered with a massage and pedicure treatment. However, it is possible to achieve salon-quality results right at home. These simple and easy steps are also podiatrist recommended since you eliminate the added risk of developing a fungal infection as well as ingrown toenails.  First thing to do is to remove all nail polish on your nails with any brand of nail polish remover on a cotton ball. This should be done, even if there is no nail polish on your nails, in… Continue Reading

COVID-19 Skin Signs on Feet

COVID-19 is associated with a wide range of symptoms, including fever, malaise, cough, and difficulty breathing. Dermatologists in Italy studied 88 confirmed COVID-19 positive patients and observed skin changes in 20%. Half developed them at the onset of infection, and half exhibited the skin changes during or up to four weeks after onset. Skin reactions to look for on your feet and ankles include: Redness or Bruising with no known injury Blisters resembling chicken pox Reddish bumps on the heels Red/purple net-like pattern Hives on the feet, ankles, or legs If you have any of these signs or symptoms, please… Continue Reading

Diabetic Foot Care at Home

Until we see you again… During these uncertain times, we would like you to know that the physicians at FASMA are still providing care while taking extra precautions to protect our staff and patients against the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). In order to do so, the CDC recommends that physicians and patients utilize telemedicine whenever possible to avoid spread and possible exposure in those instances where you can be remotely monitored. These visits are initiated by a patient contacting the office and requesting the appointment, just as you would request an appointment in person. Diabetes can be dangerous to your feet…. Continue Reading

Plantar “Fasciosis” Fasciitis and EPAT® 

Hitting the reset button on healing.  Our FASMA doctors hear and see the frustrations caused by plantar fasciitis every day and would like to shine a new light on the injury.  Many of us have experienced this injury ourselves. Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common causes of heel pain. The plantar fascia is a band of connective tissue beginning on the bottom of the heel bone and extending to the ball of the foot. In a sense, it behaves as a shock absorber for the foot.  This condition has historically been known as plantar fasciitis, suggesting an inflammatory… Continue Reading

What Are Shin Splints?

What are shin splints? Shin splints, also known as medial tibial stress syndrome, refer to an overuse injury that causes pain and inflammation of the muscles, tendons, and bone tissue in the front of your lower leg. The pain is usually located on the inside portion of your lower leg between your knee and ankle. Such pain can be dull or severe and can resolve when resting in acute stages. When symptoms are prolonged, however, swelling of the lower leg and a worsening prognosis can occur.  Shin splints often develop after increasing running intensity without proper training, seen commonly in… Continue Reading

The Foot Bone is Connected to the Back Bone – Why Limb Length X-rays are Important

We frequently see many patients with heel or foot pain that is inexplicable or does not respond to traditional treatments. Why is this? These patients have heel pain in the morning (sometimes both heels, not just one) and their pain increases with standing and walking, which is unlike plantar fasciitis. Examination may reveal pain on the outside of the heel, over the tarsal tunnel, or no pain at all. Gait evaluation frequently demonstrates very poor shock absorption and a shoulder drop with asymmetry. I  have seen limb length discrepancies of as little as 2-3mm causing significant lower extremity pain, which… Continue Reading

Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome

What is it?  Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome is caused by compression to the tibial nerve at the level of the inside ankle/foot. It is similar to carpal tunnel syndrome in the wrist. The nerve can become damaged if the condition is not diagnosed early. Causes include:  Flat Foot type Space occupying lesion: varicose veins, ganglion cyst, swollen tendon, bone spurs, tumor History of trauma: ankle sprains Disk Herniation at L4-S3 Systemic Disease: Diabetes, seropositive/seronegative arthropathies Symptoms:  Symptoms include tingling, burning, numbness, or shooting pain that radiates along the course of the nerve. Discomfort can be along the inside of the ankle… Continue Reading