Making the Best of June Men’s Health Month

36892837 Successful Mature Man Smiling Looking AwayDid you know that June is Men’s Health Month? It’s another opportunity to show how we love and care for the men in our lives. It starts by checking in and asking some of the tough questions. It looks like tagging along for a doctor’s visit. Caring for the men in our lives is shown by telling them they don’t have to stay in pain…

Painful Progressive Flatfoot

47839903 Bare Male Foot WalkingAlso known as Adult-Acquired Flat Foot or Tibialis Posterior Tendonitis, this condition results in a flattened arch in the foot. Those affected might experience symptoms such as pain along the inside of the ankle and foot, as well as a foot deformity with a shifted heel bone. Left untreated, it can cause chronic pain and severe deformity, making it hard to find shoes that fit…

They Said It was ‘Minor’ Surgery

152 1530024678 MinorsurgeryIt’s very common to have a so-called ‘minor procedure’ performed in the office or a same-day surgical unit.  This could possibly involve removing a wart, dealing with an ingrown toenail, a biopsy of a skin lesion or something else.  Then there are the larger surgical procedures such as for bunions, hammertoes or for serious infections in the foot. What is really meant by minor surgery?…

Achilles Tendonitis: Symptoms, Causes, Risk Factors

18448338 3d Rendered Illustration Of The Achilles TendonDid you know that the Achilles tendon (strong fibrous tissue that attaches the calf muscle to the back of the heel bone) is the largest tendon in the body? Without proper functioning Achilles tendons, we wouldn’t be able to walk or run! And because it is so involved in our daily lives as well as in the movements that playing sports entails, it’s also one…

Plantar Fasciitis Relief at Home

42300310 Massage Of Female Feet. Pedicures. Isolated On White Background.As your body experiences wear and tear, you become aware of different parts of the body, mostly because they start to ail you. This is very much the case for many of the soft tissues (ligaments and tendons) in your feet and ankles because of how much they are used each day. In particular, for those that do a lot of walking, standing, or sports…

Preventing and Treating Hammertoes

Feet Barefoot Beach Lake Men 1538046 SHammertoes can be a pain. Literally. Typically, the deformity affects your second toe (closest to the big toe), but can happen to your other small toes as well. A weakened toe muscle begins to put pressure on the toe’s joints and tendons, making the toe’s second toe joint stick up. It makes a tented shape with the toe. Related conditions include mallet toe and claw…

Bunions Affect All Ages

32514273 S Bunions FeetMost of the time, when bunions are mentioned, they are in the context of a podiatric issue for adults (mostly women). However, did you know that bunions affect children too? A bunion is characterized by an outwardly protruding bump that occurs at the big toe joint (metatarsophalangeal joint). In adults, it is typically an extra bone growth that protrudes outward, caused by genetics, shoes, or…

Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease

Most of the time, we associate Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease (HMFD) with babies and young children. However, this viral infection can spread to older children, teens, and adults as well. Because it is spread via droplets, it is usually spread through coughing, sneezing, other bodily fluids, and even stool. Parents can get it while changing a diaper! The most apparent symptoms are fever, sore…

A Ballet Dancer’s Secret Foot War

The graceful movements and incredible positional achievements of ballet dancers leave us with an impression of beauty and strength. However, behind the elegant and silky ballet shoes hide purple toes and for some, broken bones. It is not uncommon to see more than one injury tucked inside their footwear, including bloody toes, corns, calluses, blisters, bunions, and ingrown or black toenails. Even more hidden are…