Foot Doctor Blog

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

Achilles Tendon Pain: What you need to know!

Your Achilles tendon is one of the most important parts of your lower extremity when it comes to functioning in everyday life. If you have ever had pain in your Achilles tendon, then you know exactly what I’m talking about! The Achilles tendon is comprised of 3 muscles and is the largest and strongest tendon in your body. It can withstand forces 7-10 times your body weight, which can occur with high-level activities such as running. Achilles tendon pain is not only caused by major trauma nor is it only seen in professional athletes. The tendon is more likely to… Continue Reading

Fountain of Youth

  Exercise aids weight control, health, cholesterol, blood pressure, mood, sleep, the risk for cancer and Alzheimers… but does it make you young? In the movie Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade, the goal was to find the Holy Grail as it will give eternal life and keep you young. While Indiana was able to save his father, he was not able to stay young. Many movies and stories have been written about people searching for the fountain of youth, and their disappointment in not being able to find it. People pay exorbitant amounts of money in search of a… Continue Reading

What to know about turf toe

  As the summer winds down and we begin thinking about transitioning to cooler weather, changes in schedules, and back to school shopping, many students have already made their first steps towards the new school year. This has started with try-outs and practice for Fall sports. Injuries quickly become a common occurrence. One of the most prevalent sports injuries with student-athletes and non-students is turf toe.  Turf toe can be simply defined as a sprain of the largest joint of the big (1st) toe — the metatarsal phalangeal joint (MPJ). This joint is made up of the big toe (proximal… Continue Reading

Fungus is Among Us!

Fungus on our feet! This causes a lot of insecurity and alarm in the population. Fungus when present on our nails is called onychomycosis. When on our skin it is known as tinea pedis or more commonly known as athlete’s foot. Fungus is caused by dermatophytes which are a class of fungi known to cause fungal infections on our skin. Patients are usually concerned about appearance and possible infection to people who live with them.  In rare circumstances it can have a systemic effect on our bodies. Fungal nails present as thick, discolored and can often cause the nail to… Continue Reading

Women’s World Cup!

Can you believe the Women’s team has won four World Cup tournaments ? What they have achieved is truly remarkable, and something we all get to celebrate together as Americans.  But! Now we move on to your favorite part! Were there any serious foot or ankle injuries during the tournament?  Here is an interesting statistic: the ankle is the most commonly injured body part during soccer, accounting for 20% of all injuries. Lower leg is next at 19%.  Of these injuries, approximately 80% are caused by collision/contact. Reports are still coming in, but here are a few we do know…. Continue Reading

Sunscreen – Don’t Leave Out Your Feet

Summertime for many is filled with beach and pool time fun- and lots of sunscreen application.  Don’t forget the feet! Melanoma is cancer in the cells of the skin that produce pigmentation.  It starts in the melanocytes, which are located in the uppermost layer of skin, and normally function to screen the body against the harmful effects of UV light.  Most cases of melanoma are caused by too much exposure to ultraviolet rays from the sun or tanning beds. This exposure can be from intense UV radiation in short periods or lower amounts over longer time spans. Melanoma in the… Continue Reading