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Form Over Function

This last week, I saw a new patient with bone spurs on all ten of her toes, which is not an unusual thing for a podiatrist to see; but, the issue here is Cindy is only 23 years old. Looking over to the side of the examination table, I saw a pair of shoes with […]

Can Arthroscopic Surgery Extend Your Sporting Career?

Yesterday, Hall of Fame-bound basketball player Ray Allen underwent surgery on his right ankle in hopes of extending his basketball career. There is a lot of basketball left in these legs, the 36 year old point guard for the Boston Celtics said prior to the surgery. The wear and tear of all his years in […]

Why Do I Need A Foot Doctor?

I have heard this question countless times during my years in practice. I usually answer this way, If you had chest pains, would you see a dentist? I find it interesting how many people ignore their feet. Granted, feet are at the end of the body and stuffed in shoes, but you still see them […]

Why Do People Need Orthotics and What is It?

An orthotic is a device designed to restore your natural foot function. Many biomechanical (walking) complaints such as heel pain, knee pain, and lower back pain are caused by poor foot function. Orthotics re-align the foot and ankle bones to their neutral position, thereby restoring natural foot function. A podiatric physician can prescribe orthotics, or […]

Is There a Rubbing Cream Designed to Relieve Foot Pain?

Foot pain may be relieved by selecting and wearing appropriate footwear or even receiving massage therapy that targets the feet. However, there are topical pain medications available in forms such as balms, lotions, gels, creams, ointments, and patches which can alleviate foot pain. There are distinct types of topical medications, and they fall into one […]

The “Ouch” Factor: What to Do about Splinters and Foreign Objects

The warm, sunny weather of summer invites us to shed our shoes and socks and run barefoot. However, this can be risky because we might get a splinter running or walking barefoot, whether we are inside or outside. When you have a splinter in your foot, you may feel pain or discomfort and the sensation […]

Do You Suffer From Foot or Ankle Pain During Pregnancy?

My wife and I recently hosted a baby shower for the daughter of dear friends. In addition to our friends daughter, there were three other pregnant women there. When they found out I was a foot doctor, the questions came flying! One of the most common complaints during pregnancy is foot pain and swelling of […]

Can A Salon Pedicure A Pose A Health Risk? New Gel Polish Is a Popular Trend, But…

Pedicures have grown in popularity over the years. Now that its spring, a lot of women break out the sandals and want those toes looking good. Gel nail polish is all the rage. Why? It lasts up to two weeks, or longer, without chipping and peeling. After the salon applies the polish it has to […]

What’s This Between My Toes? Is It Toe Jam?

I have had many patients ask this exact question. While I think the phrase toe jam is rather funny, it could be a serious matter. The stuff between your toes usually consists of sock fibers, dead skin cells, fungi, dirt, and bacteria. No, its not pretty to look at, but does it require a trip […]

Fungus Got Your Toes? Zap It!

Do you have thick, yellowish, brittle, and easily cracked or broken toenails without having injured them? They are likely discolored due to a fungal infection called onychomycosis, which is the most common disease of the nails. The nail weakens as fungi continue to grow through the nail tissue. Since fungus grows faster than the nail, […]