Foot & Ankle Specialty Blog

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

How Do You Treat a Toe Cyst?

Posted by Sweeney Content Team on Feb 8, 2021 9:50:00 AM

If you have a cyst on your toe, you may notice a small bump. This small bump may look red and inflamed, much like a bug bite, it may look like it has a head on it, like a pimple, or it may look water-filled, like a blister. There are different types of cysts that can develop on your toes, including ganglion cysts, digital myoxiod cysts, mucoid cysts, inclusion cysts and sebaceous cysts. Each has a slightly different appearance, but the common thread with all of these cysts is that they can be painful. If you have a toe cyst, you may be wondering how it can be treated. Here are a few of the various ways to treat a toe cyst. 

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Topics: toe pain

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

At-Home Exercise: Foot Pain and Treatments

Posted by Sweeney Content Team on Jan 5, 2021 1:57:00 PM

These days, at-home workout options like Peloton indoor cycles can be lifesavers when it comes to staying physically healthy, as well as working off anxiety. But if you’re new to at-home cycling and other home gym equipment — or just prone to overdoing it — you may be dealing with the kind of foot pain you’ve never experienced before.

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Topics: heel pain, toe pain, Health tips, exercise

Toe Fungus Treatment Options

Posted by Sweeney Content Team on Nov 13, 2020 5:25:53 PM

Toenail fungus is one of the most common foot ailments we see at our offices in The Woodlands and Magnolia, TX. It can be a complex condition to treat, but we are on the cusp of the latest and most effective methods. Our experts at Sweeney Foot & Ankle Specialists will explain how toenail fungus presents itself, how it’s diagnosed and the various methods for treatment.

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Topics: Infections, toe pain

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

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

Can Doctors Do Anything For a Broken Toe?

Posted by Sweeney Content Team on Apr 13, 2020 2:39:00 PM

Has social distancing got you wondering if you need to go to the doctor or stay home?

When you drop a weight on your toe or stub it, its difficult to say what comes first, the swearing or the pain. And if it is indeed broken, it's hard to believe how much a small bone can wreak such havoc. Some toe fractures may require surgery to allow them to heal in the correct alignment. However, on the brighter side, most toe fractures can be healed by simple treatments such as buddy splinting and probably a wider stable shoe.  It is worth taking the time to have your toe sprain or fracture evaluated to determine the best choice. 

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Topics: toe pain

Bunion Pain? Find Relief with These Exercises

Posted by Sweeney Content Team on Feb 4, 2020 2:33:00 PM

When the base of your big toe becomes swollen and results in a large bump, you may have a bunion. Over time, bunions can lead to arthritis and often result in intense foot pain. The good news is that, to give your bunion the boot, you don't always need to have surgery. You can practice special foot exercises that will increase the flexibility in the area and alleviate some of the symptoms.

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Topics: toe pain

3 Common Toenail Issues -- and How to Care for Them

Posted by Sweeney Content Team on Dec 18, 2019 7:32:00 AM

A broken or inflamed toenail may not sound like a big deal, until you are limping around and unable to wear your favorite shoes. Learning more about the most common toenail issues ensures you know what to do and when to come into the office if you experience one of these painful problems. Here's what you need to know about toenail issues: 

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Topics: toe pain, toenail fungus

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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