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Use Caution When Tackling Home Improvement Projects
With the recent pandemic, many are still taking advantage of the stay-at-home-time to complete home and yard projects. Foot and ankle surgeons urge homeowners to take appropriate precautions to keep your feet and ankles safe on any project by wearing proper foot gear. Learn more »
Because sun exposure is so often associated with skin cancers, those areas of the body that do not receive regular exposure, like the feet and ankles, are often overlooked when people are checking their moles. Learn more »
Foot & Ankle Surgeons Examine Latest Heel Pain Treatments
Heel pain, an inflammation of a thick band of tissue that connects the heel bone to the toes, can start as a minor annoyance that people deal with for months before being properly identified as plantar fasciitis—a condition that one in 10 people will suffer from in their lifetime. Learn more »
Advances in Combating Big Toe Arthritis
The big toe plays a crucial role in standing, walking and many other daily activities. It makes it possible for humans to walk and run upright, and it absorbs forces equal to nearly twice a person’s body weight when walking. With all that the big toe endures, it comes as no surprise that overuse can erode the joint cartilage and cause serious pain and even physical deformities. Learn more »
What Is This Bump on My Foot?
Bumps on your feet can signal both serious and non-serious conditions, so it is always best to have all lumps and bumps properly examined by a foot and ankle surgeon. Learn more »
Why Won't My Ankle Sprain Heal?
Sprained ankles are painful and can temporarily limit a patient’s ability to walk normally, but properly diagnosing and treating an ankle injury in a timely manner is imperative to proper healing and reduces the chances of long-term, chronic ankle pain. Learn more »
Why Does My Heel Hurt?
While there can be many reasons for heel pain, we as foot and ankle surgeons categorize heel pain into four major causes: plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendonitis, bursitis and nerve pain. Diagnosing the specific issue depends on the exact location of the pain and how the pain affects the mechanical movement of the leg. Learn more »
Small Scars, Big Benefits
Performing arthroscopic surgery on a foot or ankle injury offers patients more than just a smaller scar—it can result in less pain, fewer complications and quicker recovery time. Learn more »
Obesity Doubles Ankle Fracture Risk
Obesity nearly doubles the odds of a patient having the most severe category of ankle fracture, according to research published in a recent issue of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons’ Journal of Foot and Ankle Surgery (JFAS). Learn more »
Heel Pain Continues to Plague Adults
Heel pain can have many different causes with the most common being plantar fasciitis, an inflammation of the band of tissue (plantar fascia) that extends from the heel to the toes. The good news is heel pain is treatable. Learn more »
Healthy Feet Make the Best Dancing Feet
Being ‘light on your feet’ when dancing is not entirely true; dancing the night away can take a toll on feet and ankles. Both professional and amateur dancers can suffer foot injuries that can stop the show, as witnessed this season on the popular reality-television show, Dancing with the Stars. With dancing being repetitively hard on the lower extremities, how can dancers of any level protect their feet and ankles? Learn more »
Big Toe Injuries
Don’t underestimate an injured or broken toe. Big toe, great toe, or the medical term "hallux"-whatever you call that first toe of yours, it's an important digit you don't want to injure, because it could turn out to be a bigger problem than you think. Learn more »
Big Relief is in Sight for a Painful Big Toe
Many people are plagued by a painful condition that limits or eventually totally restricts movement of that all-important big toe. Once it starts to hurt, it's obvious just how much we use it get around, bend over, or even stand. If you have this condition, read on. Learn more »