Foot & Ankle Specialty Blog

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

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

Should You Go to the Doctor For a Broken Toe?

Posted by Sweeney Content Team on Sep 28, 2018 10:06:15 AM

The short answer is Yes. Yes, you should you should go to the doctor if you suspect your toe is broken.

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.  However, on the brighter side, most toe fractures require simple treatments such as buddy splinting and probably a wider stable shoe. Some toe fractures, though, may require surgery to allow them to heal in the correct alignment. This is the main reason why you may need to have your toe sprain or fracture evaluated. 

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Topics: toe pain

Toe Pain - What Could It Be?

Posted by Sweeney Content Team on Aug 10, 2018 4:28:06 PM
Even though the big toe is relatively small by comparison to the entire body, it can cause big pain if something isn't right. Here are 5 reasons you may be experiencing pain associated with the big toe:
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Topics: toe pain

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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