Wash your feet regularly, especially between the toes and be sure to dry them completely.
If you are a diabetic, please contact our office and schedule a check-up at least once per year.
Alternate shoes - don't wear the same pair of shoes every day.
Don't Ignore foot pain. It is NOT normal. If you experience any type of persistent pain in the foot or ankle, please contact our office.
Select and wear the right shoe for each sport or activity that you are engaged in (e.g., running shoes for running).
Avoid walking barefooted. Your feet will be more prone to injury and infection. Always use sunblock on your feet when at the beach or wearing sandals.
Inspect your feet regularly. Pay attention to changes in color and temperature. Look for thickened or discolored nails (a sign of developing fungus) and check for cracks or cuts in the skin. Peeling or scaling on the soles of the feet may indicate Athlete's Foot. Any growth on the foot is not considered normal.
Make Sure that your shoes fit properly. Purchase new shoes later in the day when feet tend to be at their largest, and replace worn out shoes as soon as possible.
Trim toenails straight across, but not too short. Be careful not to cut nails in corners or on the sides; this can lead to ingrown nails. Persons with diabetes, poor circulation, or heart problems should not treat their own feet, because they are more prone to infection.
Be cautious when using home remedies for foot ailments. Self-treatment may turn a minor problem into a major one.
Misaligned big toe joints that enlarges and become tender, causing the joint of the big toe to move outward and the second toe to move toward the other lesser toes. Bunions tend to be hereditary, but can be worsened by shoes that are too narrow in the forefoot area and toe box.
Usually a result from a muscle imbalance, this condition happens when the toe is contracted into a claw-like position. Hammertoe deformity can affect any toe. Selecting shoes and socks that do not cramp the toes may help alleviate any pain or discomfort.
Growths of bone on the underside of the heel bone. Heel spurs occur when the plantar fascia pulls at its attachment to the heel bone. This area o fthe heel then calcifies to form a spur. Proper streching and the use of appropriate athletic shoes can reduce the strain to the plantar fascia and prevent the formation of heel spurs.
Toenails with corners or sides that migrate painfully into the skin. Ingrown toenails can be caused by improper nail trimming, but can also result from shoe pressure, injury, fungus infection, heredity, and/or poor foot structure. Women are more likely to have ingrown toenails then men due to the narrowness of women's shoes.
Enlarged benign growths of nerves, most commonly between the third and forth toes. Neuromas are cuased by the tissue rubbing against and irritating the nerves. Pressure from ill-fitting shoes or abnormal bone structure can also lead to this condition. Treatment options are orthotics, cortisone injections, or surgical removal of growth.
An inflammation on the bottom of the foot plantar fascia that produces pain to the heel and/or arch pain. A variety of foot conditions, injuries, and/or improper foot mechanics can lead to plantar fasciitis. Treatments range from icing and foot excercises to custom orthotics to correct the foot position and help resolve the pain. Surgical treatment may be recommended if conservative treatments fail.
An inflammation of the surrounding tissue of the two small bones (known as sesamoids) under the first metatarsal bone. Proper shoe selection and orthics can help.
Incomplete breaks in the bone caused by overuse. With complete rest, stress fractures of the foot usually heal with no complicaitons. If left untreated, stress fractures may become complete bone fractures, which require casting and immobilization.