Foot & Ankle Specialty Blog

Frequently asked questions about Plantar Faciitis?

Posted by Sweeney Content Team on Mar 24, 2020 2:38:00 PM

Plantar fasciitis is a common but painful condition affecting the feet. Below are answers to some of the most common questions patients ask about this condition. 

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Topics: Plantar Fasciitis

Cast vs. Boot

Posted by Sweeney Content Team on Mar 10, 2020 2:33:00 PM

Broken or fractured bones in the lower leg aren’t all treated the same. Sometimes a cast is used, other times a boot is the preferred method of treatment and sometimes both are needed. Discover how surgeons and doctors determine which type of orthopedic device to use when working to treat a broken or fractured bone.

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Topics: foot injury, Foot Fracture

Frequent Ankle Injuries and Symptoms

Posted by Sweeney Content Team on Feb 24, 2020 11:46:00 AM


Ankle injuries happen daily. With all the muscles, tendons, ligaments and bones in your feet and ankles, there’s a lot of elements at risk. Most people think that ankle injuries stem from playing sports or being active in some way, but in reality all it takes is something as little as stepping the wrong way on uneven ground.

There are many different kinds of ankle injuries – all of which are defined by the kind of tissue that is damaged; Bone, ligament or tendon.

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Topics: Ankle Injuries

Bunion Pain? Find Relief with These Exercises

Posted by Sweeney Content Team on Feb 4, 2020 2:33:00 PM

When the base of your big toe becomes swollen and results in a large bump, you may have a bunion. Over time, bunions can lead to arthritis and often result in intense foot pain. The good news is that, to give your bunion the boot, you don't always need to have surgery. You can practice special foot exercises that will increase the flexibility in the area and alleviate some of the symptoms.

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Topics: toe pain

Working Out and Your Feet: What You Need to Know

Posted by Sweeney Content Team on Jan 14, 2020 9:36:00 AM

The New Year is almost here, and many people will resolve to get healthier and begin to workout. And those who may routinely hit the gym may be looking to get back into the routine they had before the holiday season got them off track. Before you head to the gym or participate in sports, it is important to understand the impact that having the right footwear can have on your feet as you exercise. Here is what you need to know about working out and your feet. 

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Causes and Cures for Dry Feet and Foot Fungus

Posted by Sweeney Content Team on Jan 13, 2020 9:37:00 AM

It can be hard to distinguish between dry, cracked and rough feet and feet that have foot fungus. If you notice scaly, patchy skin, or your feet are itching or burning, you may be wondering how to treat the problem. Dry feet need to be treated differently than feet that have foot fungus. Here is some information to help you distinguish between the two treatments and some information on how you can best treat both dry feet and foot fungus, such as athlete's foot. 

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3 Common Toenail Issues -- and How to Care for Them

Posted by Sweeney Content Team on Dec 18, 2019 7:32:00 AM

A broken or inflamed toenail may not sound like a big deal, until you are limping around and unable to wear your favorite shoes. Learning more about the most common toenail issues ensures you know what to do and when to come into the office if you experience one of these painful problems. Here's what you need to know about toenail issues: 

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Topics: toe pain, toenail fungus

The Top 5 Health Effects of Wearing High Heels

Posted by Sweeney Content Team on Nov 21, 2019 11:10:00 AM

High heels are a wardrobe staple for many fashion-minded women. This particular accessory does have downfalls, unfortunately, including a number of chronic negative health effects on the feet and on the rest of the body.

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Topics: shoes

What are Podiatrists — and How Can They Help?

Posted by Sweeney Content Team on Nov 7, 2019 12:58:00 PM

If you suffer an injury or develop a medical condition affecting the feet, ankles or lower legs, your physician may refer you to a podiatrist. These specialists are highly trained in diagnosing and treating conditions affecting those complex anatomical structures. With their skills and knowledge, they can help resolve the problem relatively quickly and even minimize complications. Here’s a look at the training they receive and many of the ways they help their patients each and every day.  

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3 Important Reasons Why You Need to Use Your Medical Benefits Before the End of the Year

Posted by Sweeney Content Team on Nov 4, 2019 11:09:00 AM

The end of the year is almost here. If you have not already done so, you might want to consider making an appointment with a medical professional prior to the year ending. In some cases, failing to do so can wind up costing you time or money in the future. Here are three important reasons why you may need to use your medical benefits before the end of the year. 

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Topics: Insurance

Did You Know?

The human foot has 28 bones, 33 joints, 107 ligaments, 19 muscles and numerous tendons that work together to keep you balanced and active. When there’s an injury or pain with any of them, it affects more than just your foot. Foot disorders can prevent you from performing your regular daily activities or enjoying the things you love.

75% of all Americans will experience foot problems at some point in their lifetime. This blog provides helpful information and resources regarding the most common foot problems. If you’d like more information about any of the topics, or to schedule an appointment with a foot and ankle specialist, contact us today.

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