Foot & Ankle Specialty Blog

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

What is a Bunion?
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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Ingrown Toenail Causes and Treatments

Posted by Sweeney Content Team on Jul 20, 2017 3:02:36 PM

An ingrown toenail, onychocryptosis by its medical name, is one of the more uncomfortable maladies your feet can suffer, and the conditionis more common than you might think. According to a study by the Institute for Preventative Foot Health, nearly 40 million American adults have tangled with ingrown toenails. 

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The Downside of Salon Pedicures: Understand Your Risks

Posted by Sweeney Content Team on Jun 20, 2017 8:06:04 PM
As the weather warms, the sandals and open shoes come out of hibernation. Feet and legs are on display. Many flock to their favorite salon for a pedicure. Before you schedule that pedicure appointment, you should know the downside of salon pedicures.

Modern salons are beautifully designed. With custom lighting, mirrors and elegant decor, it’s easy to forget about the problems of the world and about safeguarding your health.
 
Salon pedicures can create the risk of fungal or viral infection in a number of ways. Every salon has thousands of clients and a multitude of ways for viruses and fungi to spread. Each year, thousands of people visit a foot specialist to treat infections contracted while getting a pedicure.

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Beware of the bubbles.
 
Experts advise that you shouldn’t allow your pedicurist to turn on the bubbles in the foot bath. The jets can be a breeding ground for bacteria and fungi. Activating the jets spreads the bacteria and fungi throughout the water, coating your skin and invading pores, cuts or scrapes.
 
Find a salon that uses pipeless foot baths or individual foot bath liners that are replaced between clients. These practices are more effective at preventing fungal or viral infections. Foot baths that use shared piping can carry bacteria and fungi from other clients while the bubbles soften skin and open pores.
 
Sterile tools are a must.
 
While it may seem impolite to ask about a salon’s sterilization process, your health is at stake. Don’t hesitate to ask about your salon’s procedures. Metal tools must be sterilized between each client. You should find evidence of safe practices as you look around the salon. Metal tools may be soaking in a disinfectant. This disinfectant kills most bacteria that can lead to foot infection.
 
Some salons use UV lights to sanitize metal tools between clients. This UV sanitization process, if done properly, requires 6 hours to sterilize the tools for use with the next client, and it requires additional soaking and cleaning procedures. If a salon is only treating metal tools with UV for a few minutes between clients, use those pretty feet to run elsewhere. Tools not properly sterilized can transfer viruses, fungi and bacteria from old clients to new.
 
Wood and non-metal tools can’t be reused.
 
While metal tools can be sterilized, non-metal tools are for one client only. Because they are more porous and absorbent, non-metal and wood tools can’t be reused for other clients. These tools can’t be effectively sterilized, and they create an ongoing risk of infection. Some salons provide clients with a set of non-metal tools for their exclusive use. 
 
Just shaved your legs? Wait on that pedicure.

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Topics: Infections

The Importance of Physical Therapy after an Injury

Posted by Sweeney Content Team on May 19, 2017 8:05:30 AM

We understand that, after an injury, our demand will want us to go out and seize the day. Truthfully, the recovery process does not end after the splint or brace is taken off. You must take into consideration how inactive your muscles and joints have been during this long healing process. Going to physical therapy will allow your affected limbs to be nursed back to health and trained to handle the real world once again. Advanced procedures like ultrasound or electrical stimulation may also be used to rapidly increase the rate of recovery.

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Topics: Ankle Injuries

Plantar Fasciitis – Treatment Objectives

Posted by Sweeney Content Team on Apr 20, 2017 10:57:58 AM

Who is at Risk?

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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Topics: Plantar Fasciitis

Three Common Ankle Injuries

Posted by Sweeney Content Team on Jan 9, 2017 11:55:00 AM

 

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Topics: Ankle Injuries

How to Find the Perfect Running Shoe

Posted by Sweeney Content Team on Dec 10, 2016 2:00:00 PM

 

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Topics: running shoe, running

Tips for Happy Holiday Feet

Posted by Sweeney Content Team on Nov 10, 2016 2:00:00 PM

The holidays are officially here, and we all know what that means … crowded stores, long lines, lots of traffic, walking for miles while shopping for all the right gifts, hiking to find the perfect tree, standing all night baking holiday treats and standing all day to prepare holiday feasts. Our poor feet take on a lot during the holidays, so it’s easy to see how they are susceptible to injury and overuse.

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Topics: holiday feet, feet

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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