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Bunion Surgery: Is It Worth It?

Posted by Sweeney Content Team on Sep 25, 2020 9:27:17 PM

Bunions are caused by abnormal bones in the front of the foot that move out of place resulting in your big toe leaning towards the smaller toes and causing the bone at your big toe joint to push outward (which is the "bunion" or bump that you see on the side of the foot). The Merriam-Webster definition of a bunion is "an inflamed swelling of the small fluid-filled sac on the first joint of the big toe accompanied by enlargement and protrusion of the joint". Likewise, small bunions can also form at the base joint of the smallest (a.k.a "pinky") toe.

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Topics: bunion, bunion surgery

What's Causing Your Foot Cramps?

Posted by Sweeney Content Team on Sep 17, 2020 7:10:44 PM

You might expect a back spasm after heavy lifting, but foot cramps tend to attack without warning — sometimes even in the dead of night. While the cramps often go away quickly, repeated bouts of them may need to be addressed.

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Topics: foot injury, Health tips

Foot Cancer! Is That a Real Thing?

Posted by Sweeney Content Team on Aug 20, 2020 4:27:52 PM

When you think of body parts affected by Cancer you probably instantly think of the lungs, probably the breasts, and the largest organ of all – skin. That’s understandable, as they are all in the top five most common types of cancer. When talking about skin cancer there are eight places where you should pay most attention.

 

You probably weren’t surprised to see the face, neck and back on that list. But did Number Eight - soles of your feet - surprise you? That’s most likely due to the skin on our feet, particularly the soles, are often overlooked when we apply sunscreen. In fact, professional ballroom dancer, Witney Carson, discovered melanoma on her foot in 2015 at the age of 22.

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Topics: cancer, Health tips

What to Know About an Ingrown Toenail

Posted by Sweeney Content Team on Aug 17, 2020 4:05:45 PM

Having an ingrown toenail is a relatively common condition that occurs when the side or corners of your toenail grows into the soft sides of your toe. This understandably causes redness, pain, swelling, and in some more severe cases, infection. While ingrown toenails can occur on any toe, they most often happen on your big toe.

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Topics: toe pain

General Sun Care Tips

Posted by Sweeney Content Team on Aug 4, 2020 4:06:00 PM

Now that summer is here, more people are enjoying the warm weather by spending time outside. However, as you are outside, you are exposed to the sun. Failing to properly protect yourself and your children from the sun can lead to many potential issues, including skin prematurely aging and increasing the odds of developing skin cancer. Here are a few tips that can help you to protect your skin when you are spending time outdoors. 

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Topics: Health tips

Do Your Shoes Fit Properly?

Posted by Sweeney Content Team on Jul 20, 2020 4:02:00 PM

One of the biggest mistakes you can make when purchasing shoes is buying shoes that do not fit you properly. Many people, particularly women, buy shoes based on the way the shoes look, not on the way the shoes fit. Unfortunately though, you can make yourself uncomfortable or even damage your feet by wearing shoes that do not properly fit your feet. Here is everything you need to know about shoes and their fit. 

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Topics: feet, toe pain, Health tips

Summertime Foot Care

Posted by Sweeney Content Team on Jul 9, 2020 4:01:00 PM

When summertime rolls around and everyone wants to head outside, it's easy to forget the problems that this might bring to our feet. Sure, we may want to feel the grass between our toes, but is it wise to constantly go barefoot? What happens if to feet if they get soaked in a stream while hiking? We'll look at how you can protect your feet during these lazy, hazy days, so everyone can have healthy skin. 

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Topics: feet

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

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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