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Is Your Lifestyle Affecting Your Gout Symptoms? Apr 1st, 2021

Gout is a relatively common form of inflammatory arthritis that can cause very painful and immobilizing symptoms without warning.  The symptoms that typically occur are often accompanied by excruciating foot pain and swelling so intense that Hippocrates referred to gout as “the unwalkable disease” because of its immobilizing effects.  Gout...

Is Surgery Required for Hammertoes? Mar 2nd, 2021

Hammertoes are a common source of foot discomfort and embarrassment. The condition can also interfere with normal foot function and the way you move. A hammertoe appears as a bent second, third, fourth, or fifth toe at the first joint, called the proximal interphalangeal joint. Without treatment, the condition can...

Signs of a Diabetic Foot Ulcer Feb 2nd, 2021

In addition to causing abnormal blood sugar levels, diabetes is associated with potential medical problems throughout your body, including your feet.  The link between diabetes and foot problems is so common that the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons recommends that people with diabetes inspect their feet daily to...

Noncosmetic Reasons to Get Rid of Your Hammertoe Jan 1st, 2021

A hammertoe develops as a deformity of your second, third, fourth, or fifth toe. As the name implies, a hammertoe forces the affected toe to bend down to resemble a hammer.  This progressive condition usually starts as a mild deformity but worsens over time when it’s left untreated. While correcting...

What Happens After You Get a Toenail Removed? Dec 1st, 2020

When conservative treatments fail to improve the condition of a broken, ingrown, or infected toenail, the best solution may be full or partial removal of the damaged toenail.  While it’s typically used as a last resort, toenail removal can stop an infection, decrease ingrown nail pain, and help a nail...

Why You Shouldn't Ignore Nail Fungus Nov 1st, 2020

While your first instinct may be to conceal discolored or deteriorating toenails, doing so won’t improve their condition. Unsightly toenails may be a sign of toenail fungus, a common foot condition caused by microscopic organisms. Ignoring toenail fungus allows the condition to worsen. Without treatment, toenail fungus can lead to...

Foot Care Tips for Diabetics Oct 14th, 2020

If you’re living with diabetes, maintaining proper foot care is important to protecting the health of your feet and your overall well-being.  Ignoring a blister or foot sore can result in a serious wound. Without treatment, you can develop an infection that leads to the loss of one or more...

What To Do About Corns and Calluses Sep 11th, 2020

Unsightly corns and calluses may seem like minor foot imperfections, but they can also become annoying and painful. Without treatment, they can affect your ability to walk normally and lead to more serious foot problems.  Corns and calluses form at points where pressure or friction occurs on your feet. They...

5 Major Benefits of Supportive Flats Aug 1st, 2020

If you think you’re avoiding foot problems by giving up 4-inch stilettos for ballet flats, you may be trading one set of problems for another.  While high-heeled shoes cause extra stress on your back, hips, and legs, flat shoes can cause just as much discomfort and damage by failing to...

COVID-19: What You Can do to Boost Your Immune System Apr 1st, 2020

There’s no vaccine yet and there are no magic pills or supplements you can take to guarantee immunity against viral illnesses like COVID-19. However, when it’s functioning correctly, your immune system produces powerful substances designed to wage war against viruses that threaten your health. Jeremy Moran, DPM, or ToeOp, in...

How to Know If It's Time for Minimally Invasive Foot Surgery Mar 1st, 2020

If you’re suffering from chronic foot pain or a deformity that isn’t improving with corrective devices or physical therapy, it may be time to consider minimally invasive foot surgery. For many of our patients, this type of treatment can reduce discomfort and restore function with less risk of complications than...

How to Recognize If You Have Foot Problems Feb 11th, 2020

Whether you’re living with pain, a skin irritation, or a deformity, foot problems can interfere with your ability to perform daily activities. But if you’re like most people, you’re not taking the right steps for treatment.  Despite the dramatic effect that foot problems can have on your quality of life,...

When You Should Have Your Feet Examined for Hammertoe Jan 8th, 2020

You may be in the habit of wearing stilettos to work or on a night out. You may like the way fashionable shoes look, but they’re not always healthy for your feet. If your toes are in pain, or remain bent even after you take off your shoes, the cause...

High Heels and Morton's Neuroma: Yes There is a Connection Dec 3rd, 2019

According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS), women are up to eight to ten times more likely to develop Morton’s neuroma than men, and high heels are one of the most common culprits of this painful condition. Jeremy Moran, DPN, and our team of foot specialists offer podiatry...

When Does an Ingrown Toenail Require a Podiatrist? Nov 19th, 2019

When the corners or sides of your toenails dig into the soft tissue that forms a pad around them, you experience inflammation — or an ingrown toenail. Toenails typically grow straight out of the nail bed. Improper trimming, a hereditarily abnormal toenail growth, tight shoes, or repetitive trauma to the...

Heel Pain? Try These Simple Stretches for Plantar Fasciitis Oct 23rd, 2019

Everyone experiences a little heel pain from time to time, especially if you spend a lot of time on your feet or in uncomfortable shoes that don’t provide enough support. But chronic heel pain can be a sign of plantar fasciitis, one of the most common foot and ankle injuries....

4 Steps You Can Take to Help Prevent Bunions Sep 17th, 2019

As many as one in three people over age 65 have bunions. A bunion is a bony protrusion at the base of your big toe that develops when your big toe pushes against your other toes. Over time, the big toe joint can grow large and stick out. Bunions may...

Does Toenail Fungus Ever go Away on Its Own? Aug 26th, 2019

Onychomycosis — even the name isn’t all that attractive. But when it strikes your toenails, the effects can be downright unsightly. Toenail fungus is an incredibly common, and tenacious, condition to deal with. Once it takes hold, the fungal infection seemingly mocks your every effort at eradication, which is where...