Foot & Ankle Specialty Blog

What Are the Different Kinds of Toenail Infections?

Posted by Sweeney Content Team on Sep 11, 2018 5:09:00 PM

A study by the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) states that about 14% of the U.S. population suffers from onychomycosis (toenail infection) at some point in their lives. Toenail infections are unpleasant and some can even be disgusting. The fungi causing onychomycosis are mostly present on the body’s skin alongside other bacteria, but once the fungus overgrows, an infection is imminent. 

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Topics: toenail fungus

The Importance of Diabetic Foot Exams

Posted by Sweeney Content Team on Aug 28, 2018 4:25:00 PM

Diabetes may cause nerve damage or neuropathy in your feet as a result of reduced circulation. The nerves that are most affected by diabetes are often the body's longest nerves, running from your back to your toes. The way your body works influences diabetic neuropathy and could place your feet at risk before you're aware you have a problem.

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Toe Pain - What Could It Be?

Posted by Sweeney Content Team on Aug 10, 2018 4:28:06 PM
Even though the big toe is relatively small by comparison to the entire body, it can cause big pain if something isn't right. Here are 5 reasons you may be experiencing pain associated with the big toe:
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Topics: toe pain

Five Weird Things That Happen to Your Feet as You Age

Posted by Sweeney Content Team on Jul 26, 2018 5:26:56 PM

You may already be observing the ways that growing older can change your face, your metabolism and your ability to recover from strenuous exercise — but did you realize that aging also affects your feet? Whether it’s the development of hammertoes and bunions, a slimmed-down appearance, or a newfound susceptibility to slow-healing wounds, spending decades on (and off) your feet can have quite an impact. Read on to learn more about five of the unique ways your feet may change as you age.

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Topics: feet

All About Plantar Warts

Posted by Sweeney Content Team on Jun 27, 2018 6:52:36 PM

If you experience pain when walking or standing and notice a thickened and fleshy, callus-like growth on the bottom of your foot, you could have a plantar wart. This is a noncancerous skin growth caused by a viral infection in the top, superficial layer of the skin.

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Protecting Your Feet — and the Rest of Your Body — from Snakebites

Posted by Sweeney Content Team on Jun 19, 2018 12:07:24 PM

Fifteen potentially dangerous snake species or subspecies call Texas home, but more people die every year from lightning strikes than venomous snakebites, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services. On average, one to two people in Texas die annually from venomous snakebites.

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Topics: foot injury, snake bite

Sever's Disease Explained

Posted by Sweeney Content Team on Jun 6, 2018 11:58:00 AM

What is Sever's Disease?

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Topics: heel pain, sever's disease

Why Are My Feet Swollen?

Posted by Sweeney Content Team on May 17, 2018 4:31:00 PM

The feet are probably the most overworked parts of the body. They support your body weight as you stand, walk, run, jump, and so on. It is, therefore, common for the feet to swell up at the end of the day. Sitting for long hours causes fluids to accumulate in your feet, which explains why your shoes fit more tightly in the evenings. The swelling caused by the accumulation of fluids under the skin is referred to as "Edema." This is quite normal, but there are instances where swollen feet should raise an alarm. These include:

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Topics: swollen feet

What is a Stone Bruise?

Posted by Sweeney Content Team on May 11, 2018 11:38:40 AM

Also referred to as Metatarsalgia, a stone bruise is a condition that affects the forefoot. This is the area between the toes and where the foot arcs. A stone bruise is characterized by pain and inflammation on the forefoot or the metatarsal, and more so between the phalanges. This condition occurs when two phalanges misalign and push against a nerve ending, therefore compressing it. It brings irritation to the surrounding nerves, causing them to be inflamed. A scar-tissue layer automatically forms around this area as the body seeks to protect these nerves.  

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Topics: foot injury, stone bruise

Are Your Feet Burning? Here's What You Need to Know...

Posted by Sweeney Content Team on Apr 27, 2018 5:16:40 PM

The feet support the weight of the entire body. They are, therefore, prone to problems. About 90% of us suffer from foot problems at one point or another, so it’s important to take care of our feet. This is not just limited to moisturizer and pedicures. Taking care of your feet involves wearing shoes that fit, limiting your alcohol intake, exercise, covering the feet (especially when in public spaces), regularly washing and moisturizing as well as regularly changing socks. These tips help to prevent most of the common feet problems such as bad odor, dryness, bacterial infections, discomfort, feet fungus, and feet burning sensation. Feet burning sensation, also known as hot feet, is a very common complaint. The extent and frequency of the pain can vary. It can be caused by many factors, so you’re advised to get treatment as soon as you can. Early diagnosis may help reduce the damage from the condition.

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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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