Foot & Ankle Specialty Blog

Feet Swollen? Top 5 Reasons This Happens and When to Be Concerned

Posted by Sweeney Content Team on Jul 22, 2019 11:35:41 AM

When it comes to our feet, we take them for granted. We are on our feet for long hours of the day as they go through a range of abuses. In fact, the only time when we may pay particular attention to them is when we stub a toe or get a cut on the bottom of the foot. So we can often overlook other problems that we should take seriously.

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Topics: swollen feet

Spider Veins

Posted by Sweeney Content Team on Jul 11, 2019 11:39:00 AM

In the continuum of medical conditions, spider veins are relatively common and harmless. However, many people who get spider veins are dismayed by their presence and would like to get rid of the veins, if they could. Knowing what spider veins are, and what you can do to if you have spider veins, is important. Here's what you need to know. 

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Topics: feet

Post-Foot-Surgery Tips

Posted by Sweeney Content Team on Jun 11, 2019 6:11:00 PM

Post-surgical success requires that the patient play a significant role in the healing process. Different things affect healing from foot surgery, but what a patient does during the recovery period is the most critical. Here are a few tips to improve the chance of post-foot-surgery recovery.

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Topics: feet

Top Causes of Stiff Feet

Posted by Sweeney Content Team on May 23, 2019 6:26:17 PM

When you consider that the human foot has more than 100 ligaments, muscles and tendons, along with 33 joints and 26 bones, it’s not surprising that several medical conditions and lifestyle choices can cause stiffness in one or both feet. Sometimes pain or stiffness in the feet is an early indicator of problems in other parts of your body. It’s important to try to determine the cause of foot stiffness and try to remedy the situation rather than working through the pain.

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Topics: shoes, Rheumatoid Arthritis

Move in May: May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month

Posted by Sweeney Content Team on May 8, 2019 5:42:00 PM

Regular physical activity is important for good health, but many people in the United States do not get the exercise they need to stay healthy. To help raise awareness of the benefits of exercise, many health and medical professionals celebrate National Physical Fitness and Sports Month each year during May.

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Topics: running, feet

Foot Pain and Arthritis

Posted by Sweeney Content Team on Apr 24, 2019 4:23:00 PM

Arthritis is a type of inflammation of one or more joints. It can lead to stiffness and pain in any one of your body joints, but is most common in smaller joints like your feet and ankles.

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Topics: feet, Arthritis

5 Tips for Post Bunion Surgery Recovery

Posted by Sweeney Content Team on Apr 10, 2019 3:04:00 PM

Bunions can often be treated conservatively through the use of orthotics, shoe modifications or padding efforts. However, when a bunion deformity doesn’t respond to typical treatments, there may be a need for surgery. Unfortunately, these types of surgical procedures call for a good deal of healing time, and here are five tips to help streamline post-bunion-surgery recovery.

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Topics: feet, toe pain

What are the Most Common Foot Problems in Adults and Children?

Posted by Sweeney Content Team on Mar 29, 2019 5:01:29 PM

Our feet don’t get enough credit for what they do for us. They are our main mode of transportation and they carry our full body weight 24/7 for our entire lives. We need to take care of our precious feet, because we only get one set!

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Topics: Plantar Fasciitis, Gout, Kids

What Causes Hardened Skin on the Feet?

Posted by Sweeney Content Team on Mar 20, 2019 6:00:33 PM

While it’s not generally a health danger of any kind, hardened skin on the feet can be both unattractive and bothersome. The most common causes of hard foot skin are calluses, corns and plantar warts. While the first two are typically caused by some type of friction and/or pressure, plantar warts can be caused by a fairly common virus. Read on to learn about each of these conditions and how to resolve them.

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Topics: feet

The Risks You Take by Walking Outside Barefoot

Posted by Sweeney Content Team on Feb 21, 2019 2:58:35 PM

Fans of barefoot walking often claim it's best because it's natural. However, human beings put a lot of work into designing comfortable and safe footwear for a reason. Our ancestors suffered from many painful afflictions when they were forced to go barefoot. While going barefoot inside your home isn't likely to hurt you, heading outside without shoes is a different story. Reconsider your plans for barefoot walking or running due to these potentially painful risks.

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Topics: feet, shoes

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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