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Sweeney Content Team

D. Sean Sweeney, D.P.M., and Christy Leahey, D.P.M., are foot and ankle specialists with state-of-the-art offices in The Woodlands and Magnolia. Our practice encompasses all aspects of podiatric medicine. Contact us for a consultation today.
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Types of Athlete’s Foot—What Kind Do You Have?

Posted by Sweeney Content Team on Jul 14, 2021 9:00:46 AM

Burning, itching, rashes or blisters around the feet or toes typically are caused by a foot fungus known under the umbrella term ‘athlete’s foot.’ It’s often contracted by walking barefoot in areas where someone else with a contagious form of this condition has, such as showers, locker rooms, bedding, shoes and shared towels.

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Topics: athletes foot

Blisters - What to Do to Treat Them and How to Prevent Them

Posted by Sweeney Content Team on Jul 10, 2021 9:08:00 AM

In the large scheme of life, blisters may not seem anything to worry about. These tough  pillows of damaged skin filled with clear yellow fluid can appear anywhere on the body, although they are more likely to occur on the feet, especially when poorly fitting tight shoes are worn. But to ignore them can lead to problems like infections.

What you should ignore is any urge you may get to stick a pin or needle in its pillow of thick skin to drain it of its clear yellow fluid in an attempt to hurry the healing process. It's a sure way to invite infection.  And don't pick at the edges or peel the skin away when it finally bursts — on its own. And it will burst and heal if left alone, but it will take anywhere from three to seven days. 

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Topics: feet, Health tips

How Nutrition Affects Your Feet

Posted by Sweeney Content Team on Jul 9, 2021 2:17:28 PM

While you likely know that good nutrition is critical to overall health, did you know that good nutrition is also vital for your feet? That’s right, not consuming the correct foods and/or nutrients can lead to the development of several medical conditions that can negatively impact your foot health. Read on to learn more about how nutrition and foot health go hand-in-hand.

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Topics: Health tips

Identifying Foot Lumps, Bumps and Bubbles

Posted by Sweeney Content Team on Jun 22, 2021 8:48:14 AM

Typically, a bump or sore spot on a foot tends to be due to some kind of injury, such as a bruise or a swelling or a blister. In some other cases, it can turn out to be a problem associated with using common facilities such as pools (i.e. warts).

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Topics: feet

Watch Out for Circulation Issues in the Feet

Posted by Sweeney Content Team on Jun 22, 2021 8:43:27 AM

If you’re starting to feel like there are problems with your feet, they don’t stay warm enough, your toes go numb unexplainably, and there shooting pains when circulation seems to come back in your feet, seeing a doctor is highly recommended.

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Topics: swollen feet

Learning More About Hammertoes

Posted by Sweeney Content Team on May 24, 2021 11:37:00 AM

Does one of your toes curl or bend upwards? It could be caused by a deformity known as hammer toe. Learn more about this condition and how it is treated.

What is Hammertoe?

Hammertoe is a structural deformity that causes the toe to curl or bend upwards. While this can happen to any toe on the foot, it most commonly happens to the second and third toes.

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Topics: toe pain

Nutrition and Your Feet

Posted by Sweeney Content Team on May 19, 2021 9:09:45 AM

Many people are well aware that consuming a healthy diet has a lot of health benefits. Eating a healthy diet can help you to maintain a healthy weight, help to prevent or reduce your risk for certain types of diseases and health ailments, and help you to live a longer and healthier life. One of the things that many people do not realize about a healthy diet is that it can be beneficial to your feet. Here is a little more information about the foods you eat and the way they can affect your feet. 

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Topics: Health tips

Cracked Heels - Sandal Season!

Posted by Sweeney Content Team on Apr 20, 2021 12:34:00 PM

Are you ready for sandal season? Whether you’re a man or a woman, you’ll want to put your best foot forward while you’re out and about. Unfortunately, cold and dry temperatures during the winter months may have left something to be desired where your heels are concerned.

Dry, cracked heels are one of the most common conditions that people complain about. In fact, this condition can become so painful that it becomes necessary to consult with a foot and ankle specialist. If your heels have become like sandpaper, here’s what you need to know.

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Topics: heel pain, feet

Athlete's Foot

Posted by Sweeney Content Team on Apr 19, 2021 12:34:00 PM

If you’ve ever had athlete’s foot, you know that it’s not pleasant. Athlete’s foot is uncomfortable, unsightly and sometimes even painful. In extreme situations, athlete’s foot can even prevent you from doing your normal activities, like walking, standing all day at work or participating in family and pastime hobbies. If you have athlete’s foot, you may want to consult with a foot and ankle specialist. In the meantime, here’s what you need to know about athlete’s foot.

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Topics: athletes foot

What is Sever’s Disease?

Posted by Sweeney Content Team on Mar 15, 2021 11:15:00 AM

Sever’s disease is a common heel injury that can occur in growing children. In fact, it is one of the most common causes of heel pain in children and adolescents, according to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons. Because it is such a common condition in children, parents should learn how to recognize it and know what to do if they notice signs and symptoms of Sever’s disease.

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Topics: sever's disease

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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