Foot & Ankle Specialty Blog

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.

Plantar Fasciitis Problems? We Can Help!

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

 

 

 

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Topics: Plantar Fasciitis

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

Common Causes and Treatments of Foot Stress Fractures

Posted by Sweeney Content Team on Oct 20, 2017 2:24:50 PM

 

There are some misconceptions about what causes a foot stress fracture. Unlike other commonly damaged bones, a stress fracture in the foot generally does not occur from a single hard impact. They are more commonly suffered from repetitive use and excessive load bearing.

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Pros and Cons of Bunion Surgery

Posted by Sweeney Content Team on Sep 29, 2017 1:17:15 PM

Also known as Hallux Valgus, a bunion is foot condition that occurs when the big toe bends toward and pushes the smaller ones. It causes the joint to stick out, forming a painful soft tissue and a protruding bony bump at the base of the big toe.

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Shoe Shopping Tips for Parents

Posted by Sweeney Content Team on Aug 30, 2017 6:22:25 PM

Now that schools back in session, it's important to make sure your kids have the proper footwear to last them through the school year. One of the most important back-to-school purchases you can make for your child is a pair of good quality, proper fitting shoes. Not all shoe styles and brands are created equal. Just because your child wears one size in a certain style or brand, does not mean that they wear that style in all styles and brands.

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Topics: shoes

What Causes Bunions?

Posted by Sweeney Content Team on Aug 16, 2017 9:31:30 AM

A bunion is a bony bump that forms due to movement of the bones in the foot, which causes them to overlap. As your large toe begins to turn in and push against the next toe, the joint on the outside of the big toe is pushed out and becomes more prominent. Not only can bunions cause pain, but 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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