Blog Archive

Got Painful Bunions? Learn Your Treatment Options May 22nd, 2020

Bunions are a painful fact of life for many. About 23-35% of people who wear shoes develop bunions. Every step you take may hurt, and bunions are progressive in nature; they don’t get better on their own. When they begin to disrupt your life, it’s time to seek medical help. ...

5 Tips for Preventing a Gout Flare-up Apr 22nd, 2020

Gout affects 8 million Americans, mostly men between the ages of 30 and 50, along with women who have reached menopause. It can impact any joint, but often begins in a big toe. You might have pain so severe even a sock or a sheet touching your foot is agonizing....

3 Great Tips for Staying Clear of Athlete's Foot and Keeping Your Feet Healthy Mar 1st, 2020

Wouldn’t it be great if “athlete’s foot” meant you were a really great competitor? Sadly, that’s not the case. Athlete’s foot is a fungal infection, which means if you’ve got it, your feet have become home to thousands of tiny organisms that have decided to set up shop between your...

When Does an Ingrown Toenail Require Medical Treatment? Feb 19th, 2020

Toe pain, redness, and swelling are all signs of an ingrown toenail, but when is it bad enough that you need to go see a doctor?  If your toe becomes infected, you could end up with serious foot problems that go beyond mere discomfort. Here at Ankle & Foot Associates,...

3 of the Most Common Risk Factors of Plantar Fasciitis Jan 31st, 2020

You’ve heard friends or family complain of plantar fasciitis, an inflammation of the thick band of tissue connecting your toes to your heel. If this band is overstretched or injured, it becomes sensitive and causes stabbing pain in your foot, especially your heel. The pain is worst when you first...

Diabetic Foot Ulcers Jul 22nd, 2019

It may not surprise you to hear, but complications from diabetes are the top cause of non-traumatic lower-limb amputations in the US. What may give you pause is the fact that of diabetic patients who develop a foot ulcer, 14%-24%will result in an amputation. This should be very alarming, as...

Plantar Fasciitis Pain Jul 15th, 2019

As podiatrists, we often hear the general complaint of “heel pain” or pain underneath the foot that is sharp when first standing and walking, but as time goes on the pain will dissipate. Usually, patients will complain that the pain is worse in the morning time. While some patients will...

Morton's Neuroma Jul 8th, 2019

Have you ever felt like there was a pebble in your shoe, or that your sock keeps bunching up under your foot? You may be experiencing the early stages of a neuroma. A neuroma is a thickening of nerve tissue that can be caused by injury or pressure, such as...

Stress Fractures Jul 1st, 2019

Stress fractures, sometimes referred to as hairline fractures, are a common injury that podiatrists see regularly in their offices. Usually a patient will present with symptoms like tenderness in the area of the fracture, as well as swelling. Patients usually seek out medical attention when the pain and swelling worsens...

Achilles Tendon Injuries Jun 24th, 2019

We’ve all heard the Greek myth of Achilles, hero of the Trojan wars and subject of Homer’s The Iliad. Legend says that the infant Achilles was dipped into the river Styx by his mother Thetis in an attempt to make her son immortal. But she held him by his left...

Summer Foot & Ankle Injuries Jun 17th, 2019

Summer is the most active season for adults and children alike. It is also the most active season for foot and ankle injuries. From the beach to the mountains summertime is a time to be outside and having fun, and nothing stops that fun faster than a foot or ankle...

Best Shoes for Summer Jun 10th, 2019

Summer and it’s sweltering heat is finally upon us. With summertime comes a bevy of different shoe choices and from podiatrists point of view these selections are very important for foot health. Summer fun calls for all sorts of different shoe gear so we’ve put together a list of our...

Good Foods for Gout Jun 3rd, 2019

Gout is a rheumatic disease, it causes inflammation and pain in the joints and muscles, most frequently the joints of the foot. Gout is the result of too much uric acid build up in the blood and surrounding tissues. Uric acid is produced when your body breaks down substances called...

Stop Running Injuries Before They Start May 27th, 2019

Did you know that the majority of runners have suffered a running injury in the past 12 months? Running is of course a great way to stay active and keep fit, but there’s several factors that can contribute to injuries while running. We’ve put together a list of our favorite...

Treating Toenail Fungus May 20th, 2019

It never gets very cold in Georgia compared to other parts of the country, but even by our standards it’s been a warm winter. As the temperatures rise even further and winter melts into spring and now into summer, your favorite sandals will become essential for keeping you cool and...

Top Tips From Your Podiatrist May 13th, 2019

While your podiatrist sees a vast array of different types of patients every day there are certain universal truths. What follows are the most basic tips that every foot doctor wants their patients to know, so pay attention, your feet will thank you for it. Shoe Shopping - Often overlooked,...

Ankle & Foot Falsehoods May 6th, 2019

We’ve all heard myths about our feet. Maybe they’ve grown from an old adage, or something that grandma used to swear by, but what’s the truth behind these myths? We’ve taken some of these “miracle cures” and gathered them here so we can lay some real knowledge on you. Duct...

Springtime Heel Pain Apr 29th, 2019

It’s springtime and with the beautiful weather everyone is outside and getting active. Frequently in spring we see and increase in the number of patients coming in with heel pain, most frequently plantar fasciitis. We’ve put together a useful list of tips to help you avoid the potential springtime foot...

Elderly Fall Dangers Apr 22nd, 2019

Every year in America millions of elderly citizens suffer from falls. Studies conclude that annually 1 in 4 elderly Americans will suffer a fall, and only half of those will report the fall to their doctor. Of those falls 1 in 5 result in a major injury, usually a broken...

Injury First Aid: Hot v. Cold Apr 15th, 2019

It’s actually a question we get all the time, what should I do for my pain, hot or cold? Well the answer depends on several different factors, so let’s take a look at both hot and cold therapy and what they treat best, as well as when to avoid them....

Foot & Ankle Injuries of an Active Life Apr 9th, 2019

It’s probably no surprise that active people are in general healthier than those who do not get enough exercise. Your doctor has said it time and again, get out there and do something, anything. Whether you like a nice stroll in the park, an adult softball league, running competitive 5k’s,...

4 Things That Drive Your Podiatrist Crazy Mar 25th, 2019

As podiatrists we see all sorts of problems and love helping people find the solutions that help them live a healthy and happy life. That being said, we have a confession. There’s some activities we see some patients take part in that drive us bonkers, mostly because they don’t realize...

Doctors for Diabetics Mar 18th, 2019

As podiatrists we see a large number of diabetics on a daily basis. Podiatrists serve as an integral part of a diabetics health care team, which includes the primary care doctor, endocrinologist (diabetes doctor) and eye doctor. Each of these specialists helps to care for different complications caused by diabetes....

Pidgeon Toed Mar 11th, 2019

We sometimes see children who point their toes toward each other, commonly referred to as “pigeon toed” or intoeing. These are both terms for what a podiatrist calls metatarsus adductus. Metatarsus adductus is a rare problem that occurs when in young children, often from birth, experience a foot deformity which...

Nail Fungus Solutions Mar 4th, 2019

As we age our bodies immune systems weaken, leaving our bodies naturally more prone to conditions that affect parts of the body that are normally healthy and take care of themselves. A good example of this is toenail fungus. While not common in people under 45 toenail fungus is very...

Avoiding Common Foot Problems Feb 25th, 2019

If you’ve got feet than the odds are at one point you are going to have a foot problem. Studies show that 7 out of 10 Americans will experience foot pain in their lifetime. In this blog we’ll talk about some of the most common foot problems and what you...

Melanoma & Your Feet Feb 18th, 2019

“I didn’t know you could get skin cancer on your feet” it is a sentence podiatrists hear all too often. Most people will walk around all day in sandals without ever applying sunscreen to their feet. In this blog we’ll look at what to watch out for when you see...

Diabetes & The Podiatrist Feb 11th, 2019

We’ve all heard the horror stories of what can happen to a diabetics feet. Too many of us know a friend or relative who has lost a toe, or even an entire foot, to the effects of diabetes. As podiatrists we see the harm that diabetes can do to a...

Bad Habits for Your Feet Feb 4th, 2019

As podiatrists we see the effects of bad habits on patients feet all the time. Maybe it is a habit you picked up from family, or even friends. We’re here to tell you that some of these habits can cause major problems, and when it comes to your feet and...

Morning Heel Pain Jan 28th, 2019

Has this ever happened to you? You finally manage to get a great 8 hours of sleep, you wake up rested and ready to tackle the new day. Then, with your very first step out of bed, you experience a sudden sharp pain in your heel. How?! You’ve been asleep...

Advice For New Runners Jan 21st, 2019

It’s 2019 and with a new year comes resolutions. Many Americans will make a resolution to get healthy, eat better, and start working out more. Unfortunately, studies show us that only about 10% of Americans keep their New Year's resolutions all year long. Running has been a popular way to...

Men's Foot Problems Jan 14th, 2019

Studies tell us that 7 out of 10 people will deal with foot problems in their lifetime. It may not surprise you to hear that men often let foot and ankle pain go untreated, sometimes for years, with potentially dangerous consequences. We’ve compiled some problems that we tend to see...

New Year, New Feet Jan 7th, 2019

It’s a new year, and with new years come new resolutions. Many resolutions focus on eating healthier, getting more exercise, or just treating your body better overall. A big part of taking care of your body is taking care of your feet. We’ve compiled some great tips to help you...

Hydration & Your Feet Dec 31st, 2018

t’s common knowledge that the human body operates best when properly hydrated. Your doctor will tell you that most folks aren’t getting enough water every day, and its effects can be far reaching. Least thought about is probably your feet. Water has a lot to do with foot health, so...

Fall Prevention For Seniors Dec 24th, 2018

Doctors will tell you that most injuries they see in their patients over the age of 65 are caused by falls. Common knowledge says that exercise is one of the best way to reduce the risk of falls in seniors, knowledge which is now supported by research published by the...

Gifts for Feet This Holiday Season Dec 17th, 2018

The holiday season is upon us and with all of the hustle and bustle it’s easy to forget about taking care of your feet. Whether they are for you or someone you love these gifts will help to keep feet happy and healthy all year long. Shoes - Americans tend...

Diabetic Socks Dec 10th, 2018

Diabetics are at an increased chance of ulcers and infections on their feet so diabetic socks are constructed differently from regular socks to help protect diabetic feet.Diabetic socks are seamless inside, so they don’t cause rubbing, which can lead to ulcers. They also do not have elastic, to prevent any...

Plantar Fibroma Dec 3rd, 2018

“There’s a knot in my foot” or “it feels like I’m walking on a golf ball”. It’s a common complaint for podiatrists to hear, the description of a hard lump in the arch of the foot. The most common cause of this problem is a fibrous knot in the plantar...

Winter Foot Problems Nov 26th, 2018

Winter can be a very tough season on feet, even winters in the South. Even though we don’t have to deal with the snow and ice that the rest of the US trudges through, winter can still have a devastating effect on your feet and ankles. We’ve put together this...

Hidden Sugars Nov 19th, 2018

In observance of National Diabetes Awareness Month we will be focusing on the problems facing our diabetic patients. While diabetic patients experience complications with their feet, it is also common for diabetics to ask their doctors about the proper diet for diabetics. A problem that we frequently see diabetic patients...

Running Injuries Part 4: Ankle Sprains Nov 17th, 2018

For our next entry in our series on running injuries we have picked a problem that while it certainly does affect runners is also quite common for non-runners as well, ankle sprains. Over 3 million Americans are affected by ankle sprains annually, and most sadly don’t seek professional medical care...

November is Diabetes Awareness Month Nov 12th, 2018

In the United States November is “Diabetes Awareness Month” to coincide with World Diabetes Day (WDD) which is celebrated worldwide on November 14th. As podiatrists we frequently see diabetic patients for routine foot care to help ensure they have healthy, happy feet. Every year in the United States over 3...

Diabetes & Your Feet Part 2 Nov 8th, 2018

It may not surprise you to hear that diabetics have issues with their skin. Diabetes reduces blood flow to the extremities, which can diminish the amount of oxygen and nutrients that reach the feet. In our second entry to our series on diabetes and its effects on the feet we...

My Bunion Is On The Wrong Side Nov 5th, 2018

Bunions are perhaps one of the most infamous of foot problems. Television and movies have made bunions the butt of many a joke, but to people suffering from bunion pain it’s no joking matter. While bunions are easy to spot and diagnose there’s a similar problem that often goes untreated,...

When To Visit The Podiatrist Oct 29th, 2018

As podiatrists it is common to see patients coming in and telling us something along the lines of “I’ve had this problem for a couple months and I finally decided to do something about it”. It seems a common problem among all sorts of patients, knowing when it’s the right...

Vaseline & Your Feet Oct 28th, 2018

As podiatrists we see certain home remedies for foot problems time and again. Some of these home remedies have some real facts at their base and can actually affect positive change on your feet, and some don’t have any ground to stand on. In this weeks blog post we will...

Diabetes & Your Feet Part 3: Nail Fungus & Ingrown Nails Oct 15th, 2018

In our next blog entry about diabetes and its effects on feet we will discuss 2 problems that affect non diabetics regularly as well, nail fungus and ingrown nails. Nail fungus is actually a very common foot problem, and it is more likely to occur in older patients than younger...

Diabetes & Your Feet Part 1 Oct 1st, 2018

Podiatrists see the effects of diabetes on feet first hand every day. Diabetes affects the glucose (sugar) levels in the body, and high levels of glucose can cause major damage to the body over long periods of time. Diabetes can affect the body in many ways, sometimes even robbing diabetics...

Running Injuries Part 1: Achilles Tendonitis Sep 27th, 2018

Podiatrists see a lot of running injuries, especially from patients who are new to the sport. Whether you’re running for fitness or fun getting an injury can stop a running routine in its tracks. In this series of blog posts we will outline the most common running injuries and their...

Running Injuries Part 5: Runners Toe Sep 14th, 2018

The final entry in our five part series address a problem that is less painful than the other entries, but certainly no less common. Runners toe is a condition that affects runners, especially long distance runners. The condition causes the toenail to turn black, most often the big toe, but...

Running Injuries Part 3: Shin Splints Sep 12th, 2018

As podiatrists we see runners as patients all the time. It makes sense, they are on their feet more than the average patient, and they can sometimes push their running routines past the point of what's safe for them, resulting in an injury. In this series (you can find part...

Running Injuries Part 2: Plantar Fasciitis Sep 3rd, 2018

It probably won’t surprise you to hear that podiatrists see a lot of patients with injuries from running. While running can be a great way to stay healthy it can produce some painful problems as well. In this series of blog entries (for the first entry in this series click...

Hammertoes Aug 20th, 2018

Hammertoe is a condition which we see the toes pulling back towards the foot, making the toes unable to lie flat. This can cause pressure on the toe that can lead to painful corns and calluses. The most common cause of a hammertoe is a muscle or tendon imbalance in...

Fire Ants & Feet Aug 13th, 2018

With summer in full swing we want to spend time outdoors with friends and family. Whether it be a picnic in the town square or a hike through a beautiful national park running into a fire ant nest can be a painful lesson. Let’s talk about what you can do...

Living With Flat Feet Aug 6th, 2018

It’s something we often hear as podiatrists “my feet hurt all the time because I have flat feet”. While flat feet can certainly be painful there are several things that you can do to help keep your flat feet pain free.   There are several causes of flat feet, from...

Smelly Feet Jul 30th, 2018

Who among us can say that they have never experienced smelly feet? While most of us have experienced smelly feet from time to time a smaller number of people struggle with smelly feet everyday. But do not despair, we have some simple tips to follow that can help improve those...

My Feet Are Numb Jul 25th, 2018

“My feet have gone numb” is something we hear often from our diabetic patients. As diabetics they are at an increased risk of developing a condition called Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy. Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy is a nerve condition which affects the body's extremities, such as the hands, arms, legs, and feet....

The Doctors Every Diabetic Needs Jul 23rd, 2018

Diabetes is a disease that primarily affects the circulatory system. Diabetics have abnormally high levels of blood glucose (sugar) because their pancreas produces little or no insulin. Insulin attaches to sugar cells and signals the body to absorb sugar from the bloodstream, so if the body doesn't produce enough insulin...

New Type of Bunion Surgery Jul 18th, 2018

Bunions are bumps on the side of the foot near the big toe joints. They are common and often painful foot problems. Bunions tend to run in the family (so you can blame mom, dad, grandma or grandpa for that bump). They are caused from the first metatarsal (the bones...

Why Are My Legs Painful? Jul 16th, 2018

It’s a question we often hear from patients. If you have painful legs you may be suffering from a condition called Peripheral Arterial Disease, commonly referred to as P.A.D.   Peripheral Arterial Disease is a condition in which the arteries become blocked by a buildup of fatty deposits. This causes...

Sweaty Feet Jul 11th, 2018

Did you know you have over 125,000 sweat glands in your feet? We have all had sweaty feet before, but what if your feet are excessively sweaty all the time? If you find that your feet are sweaty almost all the time you may suffer from a condition known as...

Pedicure Dangers Jul 9th, 2018

As podiatrists you can probably imagine that our opinions on pedicures are not exactly stellar. This is because we tend to see a lot of what can happen when pedicures go wrong. It is common for us to treat ingrown toenails and fungal infections that have occured after a visit...

Athlete's Foot Jul 2nd, 2018

Athlete’s Foot is a skin condition in which fungus grows on the foot, most commonly between the toes. It’s easy to identify the symptoms of athlete’s foot, you will notice redness and itching and dry, sometimes scaly patches. A burning or tingling sensation is also common. Let’s take a look...

Signs That It's Time To Replace Your Shoes Jun 4th, 2018

Wearing good supportive shoes can be the difference between pleasure and pain for many patients. It’s important to remember that even if you do wear good supportive shoes they have a limited lifespan. Podiatrists agree that shoes should be replaced every 300 - 500 miles, or every 6 months for...

Tips For Summer Feet May 28th, 2018

Summer is right around the corner and with it all sorts of fun summer activities. While summer can be a great time for lots of fun like hiking, going to the beach or a picnic in the park, summertime can present certain difficulties for your feet. Below we’ve put together...

Hydrogen Peroxide & Wounds May 21st, 2018

Podiatrists see a lot of wounds, especially on diabetic feet. We clean and dress the wound to give it the best chance of healing. We send the patient home with care instructions on how to keep the wound clean until their next visit. Something we see patients do to clean...

Aging & Your Feet May 14th, 2018

As we age our bodies go through natural changes, many of which affect our feet and ankles. While these changes are normal they can put our bodies at increased risk of injury, especially when it comes to the feet and ankles. Let’s take a look at the most common problems...

Causes of Ingrown Nails May 7th, 2018

Ingrown nails are one of the most common problems that a podiatrist sees. Not only is an ingrown toenail painful to deal with but it is not uncommon for ingrown nails to become a recurring problem. When it comes to ingrown toenails, prevention is the best medicine. Let’s talk about...

Tips For Your Feet and Walking Exercise Apr 30th, 2018

Spring has sprung and with the warm weather a lot of people start a new exercise regimen to help burn off those excess holiday pounds. A common and low impact exercise program usually involves time walking. Just walking for 30 minutes a day can significantly reduce the risk of heart...

Shin Splints Apr 23rd, 2018

We don’t spend much time thinking about our shins until they hurt. Most frequently shin splints occur upon starting a new exercise routine, typically one that involves more running. Don’t let this problem stop your new commitment to living healthier! We’ve put together several tips to help combat shin splints....

Ankle Sprains Apr 16th, 2018

One of the most common injuries we see are ankle sprains. More than 3 million Americans a year experience an ankle sprain. A sprained ankle can happen anytime that the ankle is stretched too far in any direction, damaging and sometimes even tearing the ligaments that support the ankle.  ...

Fallen Arches Apr 9th, 2018

As we age our feet can change shape. The muscles, tendons and ligaments that support the arch start to get weaker with age, which is when we typically see patients suffering with fallen arches. Even those with large prominent arches can experience fallen arches later in life.   Signs that...

Blister Prevention Apr 2nd, 2018

We’ve all been there, the end of a long day filled with walking and you’ve got a brand new blister to show for it. Whether you’ve been running a marathon or just a marathon of shopping at the mall we all know that painful feeling. This is why we’ve compiled...

Dr. Gale Elected President of The GPMA Mar 26th, 2018

Dr. Howard Gale was recently elected President of The Georgia Podiatric Medical Association (GPMA). He will serve as president of the GPMA for his term of the next two years. The GPMA was first incorporated in 1933 for the purpose of providing social interaction and education for its members while...

Signs of Plantar Fasciitis Mar 19th, 2018

Recent decades has seen a rise in heel pain cases, typically the result of a problem called plantar fasciitis. Plantar fasciitis occurs when the plantar fascia, the tendon running from the heel to the forefoot becomes inflamed. The seven symptoms listed below can building slowly over time, or even occur...

Diabetic Shoes Mar 12th, 2018

As podiatrists we see a large number of patients with diabetes. Diabetes affects the circulatory system causing damage to blood vessels and restricting blood flow. This reduction in blood flow leads to slower healing in wounds, especially those on the feet. Diabetic neuropathy causes a loss of sensation in the...

Measure Your Feet Mar 5th, 2018

When was the last time you had your feet measured? Not tried on a pair of shoes that you believe to be your size, but actually had a professional measure your feet? Too often when we ask this to our patients we get the answer of “I can’t remember” or...

Treat Now for Beautiful Summer Toenails Feb 26th, 2018

Did you know that over 3 million Americans are diagnosed with toenail fungus every year? It's a common condition that may go unnoticed until it starts to cause pain. Toenail fungus can be identified by a discoloration and thickening of the toenail, which may also become brittle. While toenail fungus...

Lasers & The Future of Medicine Feb 19th, 2018

What was once science fiction is becoming science fact. Did you know we owe automatic doors to the crew of the original Star Trek show with William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy? A stagehand was sick of opening the doors on the Enterprise when actors approached, so he rigged up a...

Shoe Care Feb 5th, 2018

So you’ve just bought a brand new pair of supportive shoes, good for you. Now what can you do to make sure that your new pair of shoes can have a long and supportive life? We’ve put together some helpful tips to make sure your shoes stay supportive and clean...

Corns & Calluses Jan 29th, 2018

Calluses occur all over the body, usually on the hands and feet, but can occur wherever the body experiences repetitive friction. In this article we will focus on calluses on the bottom of the foot, called plantar calluses. These typically develop from improper walking patterns, most likely caused by shoes...

Start 2018 Off On The Right Foot Jan 22nd, 2018

Did you know that 7 out of 10 Americans will suffer from foot pain in their lifetime? With that in mind, it may be time to make 2018 the year you visit your friendly neighborhood podiatrist. We’ve put together our top 3 reasons to see your podiatrist this year, so...

Webbed Toes Jan 15th, 2018

Do you have two or more toes that are joined? Congratulations, you have something in common with actor Ashton Kutcher! However, having webbed toes (also known as syndactyly) is an uncommon condition, affecting only about 1 in every 2000. Most commonly the second and the third toe are the ones...

Weak Ankles Jan 8th, 2018

Do you know if you have weak ankles? There’s some signs that your ankles could use extra support that you can watch out for. Do you frequently get ankle sprains? Do your ankles ache at the end of a long day of standing or walking? If you answered yes to...

What Causes Bunions? Jan 1st, 2018

We hear it all the time, “My mother had bunions because she used to spend all day in her high heels”. While the sentiment may be correct, and things certainly have changed, it’s probably not true that those high heels caused the bunions.   Bunions are caused by an underlying...

There's a Bump On Top of My Foot Dec 25th, 2017

Have you noticed a bump on your foot? It may be a ganglion cyst! Ganglion cysts are fluid filled sacs that usually occur on joints or on the covering of a tendon. They are common with about 200,000 cases reported in the US annually.   A ganglion cyst is typically...

Stretches for Plantar Fasciitis Dec 18th, 2017

One of the most common foot problems we see as podiatrists is plantar fasciitis, with 7 out of 10 Americans suffering from it within their lifetime, it’s not hard to find someone with a story of pain resulting from this problem. While the causes of plantar fasciitis vary from improper...

Diabetic Winter Foot Care Dec 11th, 2017

As colder weather reaches us this time of year so does the hustle and bustle of the holiday season. Long days of shopping and baking can take a toll on feet, especially if those feet belong to a diabetic patient. Let’s talk about some simple steps you can take to...

Burning and Tingling Feet Dec 4th, 2017

One of the common complaints that podiatrists hear is the burning in the feet and ankles. While there are many possible reasons of this symptoms we’re going to explore a more rare one, tarsal tunnel syndrome. Much like it’s cousin in the hands, carpal tunnel syndrome, tarsal tunnel is caused...

What To Do For A Broken Toe Nov 27th, 2017

One of the most persistent and harmful myths that we hear as podiatrists is that you cannot do anything for a broken toe. Not only is this statement flat out false, but can actually be harmful to patients suffering from this sort of injury. If not properly treated a broken...

Tips for Winter Foot Care Nov 20th, 2017

With the colder months now upon us it’s time to make sure your feet aren’t going to feel the freeze. Follow these simple steps to make sure your feet don’t get left out in the cold this winter.   Use Thick Wool Socks - wool is a great natural material...

What Is Gout All About? Nov 13th, 2017

It’s a questions that podiatrists get often; “do you treat gout?” It’s easy to see why we hear it so much. Gout is a painful arthritis of the joints, particularly in the lower extremities, caused by an excess buildup of uric acid crystals. Uric acid is produced by the breakdown...

Duct Tape That Foot? Nov 6th, 2017

Something we see as podiatrists are patients best attempts at home treatment of all sorts of foot and ankle problems. Something that has gained popularity in recent years is the use of duct tape to cure plantar warts. Let’s briefly explore the cause of plantar warts to better understand why...

The Right Shoe Oct 30th, 2017

For some patients picking a good supportive shoe can be a daunting process, especially if you don’t know what to look for. We’ve written this simple to follow guide to help you make sure that your next pair of shoes are the best ones you’ve ever had!   Shop In...

Preventing Running Injuries Oct 23rd, 2017

As podiatrists we see a lot of running injuries. With careful consideration and attention most of these injuries are entirely preventable. Whether you’re a seasoned runner or a beginner we’ve put together some simple steps to follow to make sure you’re running happy and healthy year round.   Pay Attention...

Do Essential Oils Work for Nail Fungus? Oct 16th, 2017

Podiatrists have heard of every home remedy for nail fungus. By the time the patient actually sees us they are usually sick and tired of trying absolutely everything under the sun to no avail. Let’s look at the most popular home remedy for nail fungus, essential oils, and explain exactly...

Pedicure No-No's Oct 9th, 2017

As podiatrist we see first hand the dangers of improper pedicures. Follow these simple steps whether getting pampered at the spa or taking care of your pedicure needs at home.   Don’t mess with your cuticles. The cuticles act as a barrier against bacteria, so don’t push them back, they...

Debunking Foot Myths Oct 2nd, 2017

If there’s something we’ve heard enough of as podiatrists it’s myths about your feet that just aren’t true. We’ve compiled several below, along with the truth about what you need to know so you don’t make the wrong decisions. Frogs Cause Warts This is a pretty famous one, but as...

Children's Foot Problems Sep 25th, 2017

In our last blog post we discussed how to choose your child's next pair of shoes. But what if your child is suffering from a foot or ankle problem? Sometimes it’s hard to tell when a child has a foot problem, but there are some signs to watch out for...

5 Tips for Buying Your New Shoes Sep 18th, 2017

Back to school season is upon us and along with the notebooks, pens and backpacks to buy it’s probably time to purchase a new pair of shoes too. The following tips are great for helping you pick out your next pair of supportive shoes, whether you’re a student or just...

Quitting Smoking is Good for Your Feet Sep 12th, 2017

While the primary dangers of smoking are well known few people think of the danger that smoking presents to your feet.   Smoking causes changes in the way your blood's hemoglobin carries oxygen through your body. Chemicals in cigarettes have been shown to reduce the levels of oxygen the blood...

Injury, Try Some RICE! Sep 4th, 2017

As podiatrists a large number of foot problems we see result from injuries, specifically soft tissue injuries such as ankle sprains. While a fast response to such injuries is key to starting the healing process sometimes these injuries happen far from a doctor's office, or on a weekend or after...

Preventing Plantar Warts Aug 28th, 2017

With the warm weather of the summer your podiatrist usually sees a rise in plantar warts. A plantar wart appears as a hard, grainy growth at the bottom of the foot, usually on the heels or balls of the foot. They are caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV) and usually...

Painful Ingrown Toenails Aug 21st, 2017

One of the most common problems we see as podiatrists is ingrown toenails, with over 3 million reported cases in the US annually. Ingrown toenails are caused when the corner or side of a toenail grows into the flesh on either one or both sides of the toe. Patients experience...

What is Plantar Fasciitis? Aug 14th, 2017

“My feet hurt when I take my first step out of bed in the morning”. This is something we hear all the time in our offices, and it is a telltale sign of heel pain, also known as plantar fasciitis. The pain results from an inflammation in the plantar fascia,...

Listerine for Toenail Fungus Aug 7th, 2017

Toenail fungus is a very common problem for podiatrists to treat. Toenail fungus, or onychomycosis, affects over 3 million people in the United States annually. Primarily we see most cases of toenail fungus in adults 35 years old and over. Because of the nature of the infection, if left untreated...

No Soaking Diabetic Feet Jul 31st, 2017

It’s not uncommon to hear our diabetic patients tell us that they like to soak their feet at the end of a long day. It’s understandable why they would want to do this, as diabetes can cause feet to become dry and cracked. Unfortunately a long soak in hot water...

Diabetic Foot Care Jul 24th, 2017

As podiatrists we see diabetic patients on a daily basis. Diabetes is primarily a vascular disease, which is to say that it affects the blood vessels in the body, especially those in the extremities, like the feet and ankles. If you were to stretch out your bodies vessels and capillaries...