Foot Doctor Blog

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

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