Foot & Ankle Specialty Blog

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

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

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

New Trend Alert: Foot Masks

Posted by Sweeney Content Team on Feb 24, 2021 9:00:00 AM

Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, when you said the term face masks, most women immediately thought of the masks that are worn on the face to help moisturize, exfoliate and improve the appearance of facial skin. These types of masks have been used for decades as a luxurious treat and to help as part of a skin care regime. Face masks have inspired a new trend; foot masks. Foot masks are similar to face masks, with the key difference being that they are used on feet, not faces. If you have yet to hear about this trend, you may be wondering more about foot masks. Here is a bit more information. 

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Topics: feet

Why Do We Get Foot Pain While Skiing, and How Do We Resolve It?

Posted by Sweeney Content Team on Jan 22, 2021 2:03:04 PM

Too many people come away from a long day on the slopes with sore ankles, burning insteps or tender heels. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Learning how to ski more efficiently, as well as how to modify your footwear, can make all the difference.

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Topics: feet, toe pain, sports

Fact or Fiction: Are COVID-19 Symptoms Appearing on Feet?

Posted by Sweeney Content Team on Dec 18, 2020 4:24:44 PM

The Coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has many symptoms associated with it. Some of the most common symptoms of this virus include a fever, fatigue and cough. However, one of the more unique elements associated with this virus is that two people can have completely different symptoms once they are infected. One of the potential symptoms that people are talking about on the Internet pertains to feet. If you have read or heard about this, it may leave you wondering if COVID-19 symptoms appearing on feet is fact or fiction. Here is what you need to know about your feet and Coronavirus. 

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Topics: feet, Health tips

Frequently Asked Questions About the Medial and Lateral Malleolus

Posted by Sweeney Content Team on Oct 21, 2020 8:30:00 AM

While your foot and ankle area may be a small part of your body, these structures are made up of any different structures, joints and bones. Two of the bones that play an important role in the structure of your foot and ankle are the medial malleolus and the lateral malleolus. Unfortunately though, while they are important, they are bones that many people have never heard of, or do not fully understand. Here are a few common questions you may have about these bones and the answers to the questions you may have.

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Topics: feet

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

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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