Foot & Ankle Specialty Blog

Top Causes of Stiff Feet

Posted by Sweeney Content Team on May 23, 2019 6:26:17 PM

When you consider that the human foot has more than 100 ligaments, muscles and tendons, along with 33 joints and 26 bones, it’s not surprising that several medical conditions and lifestyle choices can cause stiffness in one or both feet. Sometimes pain or stiffness in the feet is an early indicator of problems in other parts of your body. It’s important to try to determine the cause of foot stiffness and try to remedy the situation rather than working through the pain.

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Move in May: May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month

Posted by Sweeney Content Team on May 8, 2019 5:42:00 PM

Regular physical activity is important for good health, but many people in the United States do not get the exercise they need to stay healthy. To help raise awareness of the benefits of exercise, many health and medical professionals celebrate National Physical Fitness and Sports Month each year during May.

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Foot Pain and Arthritis

Posted by Sweeney Content Team on Apr 24, 2019 4:23:00 PM

Arthritis is a type of inflammation of one or more joints. It can lead to stiffness and pain in any one of your body joints, but is most common in smaller joints like your feet and ankles.

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5 Tips for Post Bunion Surgery Recovery

Posted by Sweeney Content Team on Apr 10, 2019 3:04:00 PM

Bunions can often be treated conservatively through the use of orthotics, shoe modifications or padding efforts. However, when a bunion deformity doesn’t respond to typical treatments, there may be a need for surgery. Unfortunately, these types of surgical procedures call for a good deal of healing time, and here are five tips to help streamline post-bunion-surgery recovery.

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What are the Most Common Foot Problems in Adults and Children?

Posted by Sweeney Content Team on Mar 29, 2019 5:01:29 PM

Our feet don’t get enough credit for what they do for us. They are our main mode of transportation and they carry our full body weight 24/7 for our entire lives. We need to take care of our precious feet, because we only get one set!

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What Causes Hardened Skin on the Feet?

Posted by Sweeney Content Team on Mar 20, 2019 6:00:33 PM

While it’s not generally a health danger of any kind, hardened skin on the feet can be both unattractive and bothersome. The most common causes of hard foot skin are calluses, corns and plantar warts. While the first two are typically caused by some type of friction and/or pressure, plantar warts can be caused by a fairly common virus. Read on to learn about each of these conditions and how to resolve them.

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The Risks You Take by Walking Outside Barefoot

Posted by Sweeney Content Team on Feb 21, 2019 2:58:35 PM

Fans of barefoot walking often claim it's best because it's natural. However, human beings put a lot of work into designing comfortable and safe footwear for a reason. Our ancestors suffered from many painful afflictions when they were forced to go barefoot. While going barefoot inside your home isn't likely to hurt you, heading outside without shoes is a different story. Reconsider your plans for barefoot walking or running due to these potentially painful risks.

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How Can I Relieve Ankle Pain?

Posted by Sweeney Content Team on Feb 5, 2019 2:59:00 PM

Ankle pain is one of the most common complaints we treat here at Sweeney Foot & Ankle Specialists. From complex sprains to simple overuse, your ankles can suffer from one of dozens of different problems that all result in pain. Thankfully, all these causes tend to respond well to the same basic treatments too. In addition to resting the ankle and following any treatment plans we recommend, try these tips for relieving minor ankle pain on your own.

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5 Things You Need to Know About Athlete’s Foot

Posted by Sweeney Content Team on Jan 18, 2019 6:02:33 PM

Are you concerned that you may have athlete’s foot? One of the telltale signs of the fungus that causes athlete’s foot is itching and burning between the toes. The fungus tends to grow best in confined and sweaty conditions.

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Bunions: A Basic Understanding

Posted by Sweeney Content Team on Dec 27, 2018 1:17:00 PM

What is a Bunion?

A bunion is a knot that forms on the outer side of your big toe joint when the bone or tissue of the big toe joint moves out of place, making your big toe turn in and push against the next toe. Bunions are often red, swollen and/or painful, and they can also become so large that it is difficult to find shoes that are comfortable to wear.

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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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