Sunscreen on Your Feet?
How often do you remember to rub sunscreen on your feet? Skin cancer, which accounts for nearly half of all cancers in the United States, is becoming more prevalent on feet, especially with summer in full swing. Read on for tips on how to protect your feet from skin cancer. Many don’t realize skin cancer can occur on the feet from unprotected sun exposure, and overlook applying sunscreen to the area. Learn more »
Back-to-School Soccer Season
Parents and coaches should think twice before coaxing young, injury-prone soccer players to "play through" foot and ankle pain, according to the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons. 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 »
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 »
Childhood Obesity Linked to Foot Pain
Look down to find one possible culprit in America’s childhood obesity epidemic feet. Physician members of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons have noticed a link between foot pain and childhood obesity. Learn more »
Enjoy Pregnancy Without Foot Pain
“Oh my aching feet” is a phrase you hear often from pregnant women. But, are sore feet a symptom they just must deal with during pregnancy? The answer is “no.” There are many remedies available to help alleviate foot pain. Learn more »
Fix Feet First Before Weight Loss Resolutions
Many of the estimated 70 million obese Americans are trapped in a life-threatening cycle: Obesity aggravates foot problems, like heel pain and flat feet; sore feet make it hard to exercise and lose weight; and without exercise, obesity worsens and increases progression of diabetes, heart disease and other serious health threats.
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Foot of the Class
After wearing flip-flops all summer, some students will head back to school this fall with foot pain and even injuries. Learn more »
For Many, Winter is Fall Season
With the hectic pace of the holidays, serious injuries from ice-related falls inevitably occur and it’s critical to seek prompt treatment to prevent further damage that can prolong recovery. Learn more »
Preguntas frecuentes sobre la cirugía de juanetes
Las siguientes son algunas preguntas frecuentes y respuestas sobre los juanetes y su tratamiento. ¿Empeorará mi juanete? Dado que los juanetes son progresivos, no desaparecen y, generalmente empeoran, con el tiempo no obstante, no todos los casos son iguales. Learn more »
¿Anda Descalzo? ¡Tenga Cuidado!
Millones de estadounidenses se removerán los zapatos este verano, y miles sufrirán lesiones como cortes y heridas punzantes. Algunos desarrollarán infecciones graves que pueden requerir cirugía. 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 »
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 »
Is Getting in Shape Your New Year's Resolution?
Each year the New Year’s resolution to shed those extra pounds spikes attendance at gyms, draws runners, walkers and bikers to the roads and trails and finds us cleaning the dust from our home workout equipment, but “too much, too soon” can lead to foot and ankle injuries that could sabotage your fitness goals. Learn more »
New Ankle Arthritis Treatments Help Boomers Stay Active
Baby Boomers are more active than ever and don’t want to be held back by painful arthritis. While in the past pain-relieving ankle fusions were the gold standard for care, new surgical techniques including arthroscopic ankle surgery, total ankle joint replacements and bone or cartilage replacement are offering hope for those wanting to remain active. 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 »
Protect Your Feet from the Sun
The members of the American College Foot and Ankle Surgeons warn that melanoma is the most common malignancy on the foot or ankle and more likely to be misdiagnosed than melanoma on any other part of the body. 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 »
Still Think High Heels are Worth It?
It’s not what fashion-conscious women want to hear—another warning about high heels. But wearing pump-style shoes often causes significant pain by irritating a common bony deformity on the back of the heel, called ‘pump bump.’ Learn more »
Stress Fractures, Foot Injuries Increase in Winter
Stress fractures, a hairline crack in a bone of the foot, are one of the more common winter-related injuries, and can make seemingly easy activities like walking very painful; if left untreated, these injuries can lead to a complete break in the bone. Learn more »
Foot Health Facts for Women
Women are more vulnerable to certain foot problems than men, mainly from years of walking in narrow-fitting shoes that squeeze the toes and from high-heels that cramp the forefoot and pose risks for arch and ankle problems. Learn more »
Make Your Feet Smile This Sandal Season
To help keep your feet healthy and happy for the summer and beyond, the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons (ACFAS) offers tips on what to look for with some of the most common foot conditions and when you should see a foot and ankle surgeon for proper treatment. Learn more »
Back-to-School Shoe Shopping Tips
The American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons (ACFAS) offers helpful guidelines to in a quick-reference infographic to help minimize foot problems caused by poorly fitting or worn out shoes. 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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
When to Fix Kids' Feet
Identifying the difference between growing pains and injuries can be difficult for a parent. Since children are growing and active, they can easily take a fall or two without skipping a beat. But if something seems more serious than the typical tumble, it is important to pay attention to early signs and symptoms. Learn more »
Athletes: Listen to Your Body
Athletes likely experience aches and pains over the course of a season, some worse than others. However, athletes may not always appreciate the severity of the pain they are feeling, which can lead to season- or career-ending injuries. Learn more »
When Should I Worry About My Child's Foot Pain?
When a child is experiencing leg pain, parents might not consider the foot as the source, especially because some foot disorders can also cause symptoms in the leg. When it comes to foot-related problems, early intervention by an expert is the key to proper treatment. 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 »
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 »
5 Tips to Prevent Common Holiday Foot Problems
The holiday season is one of the most joyful times of year, but it can also lead to aching feet. One source of seasonal foot pain is gout, a type of arthritis exacerbated by consuming too much of certain holiday foods and beverages. As you celebrate, prevent gout flare-ups and other painful afflictions with these five tips for healthy holiday feet from the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons (ACFAS). Learn more »