Foot & Ankle Specialty Blog

Stone Bruises Versus Metatarsalgia

Posted by Sweeney Content Team on Jun 24, 2020 11:12:00 AM

What is a Stone Bruise?

A stone bruise is a pain in the ball of your foot. The infected area can include the toes up to where the foot arches. Due to misalignment and compression of nerve endings, characteristics include inflammation and pain in the affected area. There is rarely discoloration, even though it is called a bruise.

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Topics: feet, foot injury, stone bruise

Are flip flops bad for your feet?

Posted by Sweeney Content Team on Jun 8, 2020 11:09:00 AM

Summertime is here, and that means it's time to break out the flip-flops. These warm-weather staples are often worn by people in The Woodlands and Magnolia area year-round. Not only are they comfortable, but flip-flops are easy to slip on and off during your busy life. 

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Diabetes and Foot Health - Ways to Relieve Your Pain at Home

Posted by Sweeney Content Team on May 11, 2020 12:24:00 PM

Diabetes can affect your feet in a negative way, especially when it is not well controlled. In many cases, the damage to your feet will be painful. Although there isn't much you can do to reverse this damage, you can take steps to reduce the pain you feel. Below are some tips to help you relieve diabetic foot pain in the comfort of your own home. 

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Topics: feet

3 Common Pediatric Foot Problems

Posted by Sweeney Content Team on May 4, 2020 12:25:00 PM

Pediatric foot problems are more common than you might think. Being active, children are just as likely to develop foot problems as some adults. However, because children are still growing, their foot problems are more urgent and need to be taken care of as soon as possible. Delaying treatment can end up stunting physical activity and lead to a delay in certain motor skills. Keep an eye out for the following three common pediatric foot problems in your child.

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Topics: athletes foot, Kids

Staying Active During Quarantine

Posted by Sweeney Content Team on Apr 20, 2020 4:15:00 PM

As difficult and challenging this spring has been from an employment and a public health point of view, the occasional bright point can be found.

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Can Doctors Do Anything For a Broken Toe?

Posted by Sweeney Content Team on Apr 13, 2020 2:39:00 PM

Has social distancing got you wondering if you need to go to the doctor or stay home?

When you drop a weight on your toe or stub it, its difficult to say what comes first, the swearing or the pain. And if it is indeed broken, it's hard to believe how much a small bone can wreak such havoc. Some toe fractures may require surgery to allow them to heal in the correct alignment. However, on the brighter side, most toe fractures can be healed by simple treatments such as buddy splinting and probably a wider stable shoe.  It is worth taking the time to have your toe sprain or fracture evaluated to determine the best choice. 

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Topics: toe pain

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

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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