Foot & Ankle Specialty Blog

Understanding the Impact of Rheumatoid Arthritis on Your Feet

Posted by Sweeney Content Team on Sep 26, 2019 10:51:03 AM

As rheumatoid arthritis (RA) starts to develop, the feet are often the first place to feel the symptoms. This chronic inflammatory disorder causes the body to attack itself, affecting all the different types of tissues from joints to skin.

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Topics: feet, foot injury, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Arthritis

The Many Benefits of Foot Stretching

Posted by Sweeney Content Team on Sep 10, 2019 10:40:00 AM

Do your feet hurt? You are not alone – a recent survey by the American Podiatric Medical Association found that 77 percent of people in the United States have a foot problem. Fortunately, you can stretch your feet to alleviate pain and other foot problems; foot stretching can also help prevent painful foot issues. With practice, you can even take foot stretching to an art form that provides maximum relief from even the toughest foot problems.

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Topics: feet, arch issues, foot injury

Protecting Your Feet — and the Rest of Your Body — from Snakebites

Posted by Sweeney Content Team on Jun 19, 2018 12:07:24 PM

Fifteen potentially dangerous snake species or subspecies call Texas home, but more people die every year from lightning strikes than venomous snakebites, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services. On average, one to two people in Texas die annually from venomous snakebites.

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Topics: foot injury, snake bite

What is a Stone Bruise?

Posted by Sweeney Content Team on May 11, 2018 11:38:40 AM

Also referred to as Metatarsalgia, a stone bruise is a condition that affects the forefoot. This is the area between the toes and where the foot arcs. A stone bruise is characterized by pain and inflammation on the forefoot or the metatarsal, and more so between the phalanges. This condition occurs when two phalanges misalign and push against a nerve ending, therefore compressing it. It brings irritation to the surrounding nerves, causing them to be inflamed. A scar-tissue layer automatically forms around this area as the body seeks to protect these nerves.  

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Topics: 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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