Foot & Ankle Specialty Blog

Dancer's Feet: Common Foot Problems and How to Prevent Them

Posted by Sweeney Content Team on Mar 26, 2018 5:33:11 PM

From broken nails and blisters to hammer toes and fractures, foot problems are very common among dancers. Over time, years of dancing jazz, tap, ballet and en pointe can result in more serious, permanent damage to the feet. Completing jumps, plies and pointes requires healthy, mobile, flexible feet, so even though many dancers simply dance their way through the pain, taking preventive measures and getting proper treatment for foot injuries is important.  

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What Is Morton's Neuroma?

Posted by Sweeney Content Team on Mar 22, 2018 5:09:22 PM

Morton's Neuroma refers to a painful condition that involves the ball of the foot, which is located near the third and fourth toes. Many patients who suffer from this condition claim that it feels as if they're standing on a fold in their sock or on a pebble in their shoe.

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Topics: mortons neuroma

Gout: Do You Know the Symptoms?

Posted by Sweeney Content Team on Feb 27, 2018 12:46:03 PM

Gout is a painful form of inflammatory arthritis that typically affects a single joint. The big toe is a common target for gout. When a person's kidneys are unable to filter uric acid crystals out of the bloodstream, the crystals can build up in soft tissue, leading to gout flareups. If you are experiencing frequent joint pain, you should see a foot specialist for a diagnosis. While gout can affect a knee, elbow or wrist, about half of all cases are in one of the big toes. Here is a closer look at the symptoms of gout.

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Topics: Gout

February Feet: Top 5 Tips to get Your Winter Feet Ready for Summer

Posted by Sweeney Content Team on Feb 15, 2018 12:02:00 PM

Summer is on its way, and you’re certainly going to want to slip on some comfy beach sandals and set your feet free. If you’re like most of us, you’ve probably had them buried in winter boots for a while now, so they might not look their best. Not to worry. There’s plenty of time to get your feet into better shape and ready to come out when things warm up. Here are a few foot-friendly tips to help you get your feet sandal-ready by summer.

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Topics: feet

Diabetes and Foot Health

Posted by Sweeney Content Team on Jan 30, 2018 12:38:00 PM

Diabetes - Medical Concept on Grey Background with Blurred Text and Composition of Pills, Syringe and Stethoscope. 3D Render..jpegDiabetes can negatively affect your physical health in numerous ways. For instance, those with diabetes experience a higher risk of developing various foot ailments.

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Common Childhood Foot Problems

Posted by Sweeney Content Team on Jan 18, 2018 6:05:42 PM

As a responsible parent, you should add pediatric foot problems to the long list of things to keep an eye on.

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Getting a Handle on Runner's Toe

Posted by Sweeney Content Team on Dec 30, 2017 3:23:00 PM

If you log more than 30 miles per week of running, you’re probably familiar with that unsightly foot condition known as “runner’s toe.” The medical name for this repetitive traumatic injury is subungual hematoma, and it also plagues skiers, tennis players, dancers and fast walkers.

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Topics: running shoe, running, runners toe

Arch Support & Arch Issues

Posted by Sweeney Content Team on Dec 15, 2017 5:13:00 PM

Every foot consists of three arches: two that run longitudinally from front to back on each side of the foot, and a third that runs transversely across the middle from inside to outside. Arches are made up of tendons, ligaments and bones, and are one of the most structurally significant parts of the foot. Consider this when it comes to the importance of arches: It's estimated that our feet absorb up to 300,000 pounds of pressure for every mile that is walked. Aside from absorbing stress and pressure, arches also play a significant role in helping people adapt to uneven surfaces and assist in stabilizing the body. Bad arches aren't just going to result in pain and discomfort while walking and running, but they may also lead to more serious conditions.

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Topics: arch support, arch issues

4 Ways to Treat Plantar Fasciitis

Posted by Sweeney Content Team on Nov 30, 2017 11:32:43 AM

People who spend a lot of time on their feet, as well as certain athletes, are at risk for developing plantar fasciitis. Genetics play a role as well, because those with high arches or flat feet are more at risk. Also, women are twice as likely to develop it than men. Fortunately, treatment is available.

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For more information on Plantar Fasciitis check out our Plantar Fasciitis - Symptoms and Risk Factors blog. 




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Ankle Sprains 101

Posted by Sweeney Content Team on Nov 29, 2017 3:30:27 PM

An ankle sprain is a common injury that can affect patients of any age. Below is some basic information about ankle sprains and how they can affect you. 

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Topics: Ankle Injuries

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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