Taggded: foot and ankle

Happy National Foot Health Awareness Month!

The month of April is designated toward bringing Foot Health to the forefront of conversation, so that will be the intention of the Blog this week.  Keeping your feet in their best condition can make you feel better all over.  We all know, when our feet hurt, our entire body hurts!  Did you know… – …

To Run With or Without Shoes…That is The Question!

In recent years, much discussion has surrounded the topic of Barefoot Running.  The benefits versus the risks of running barefoot have the medical community divided on which is “best” and for which running populations.  International athletes suck as Abebe Bikila of Ethiopia have successfully competed in long-distance running events without the aid of shoes; if …

There’s Such a Thing as a Total Ankle Replacement?

Within the last several years, although around for decades, Total Ankle Replacements have been gaining popularity in both the Podiatric and Orthopedic medical fields as a means of treating chronic ankle arthritis and pain.  On the tails of success of the total knee and total hip replacements, used for treating painful hip and knee joints …

Fun for the Podiatric Surgeon; Not So Much Fun for the Patient!

As a human being, I never want to see anyone get injured, but as a medical professional, if no one ever did, I would be out of a job!  So sometimes, injuries are fun to see, as it presents a challenge for determining the best option for treatment.  About a week ago a patient came …

A Few Reminders About Diabetes

It’s been quite a while since we tackled the topic of Diabetes, and because understanding the disease and the complications it can induce throughout the body and especially your lower extremities are so important, I want to refresh your memory.   Over the next few weeks, we will discuss in detail the complications seen in lower …

What are My Risk Factors for a DVT?

When you hear someone talking about a DVT or Deep Venous Thrombosis, even if you don’t fully understand the process of the condition, it makes you a little nervous!  DVT’s, in the eyes of the general public, and in the eyes of medical professionals, are not something to “mess around with.”  The seriousness of the …

Should Little Girls Wear High Heels?

Several months ago a featured segment on a National Morning News broadcast, addressed the issue of girls from as young as 3 years old wearing high heels.  It was mentioned in the segment that these young girls are still undergoing developmental changes, and wearing heels could have implications on proper growth.  That is in fact …

HAMMER, MALLET OR CLAW, OH MY!

Hammer toes, Mallet toes, and Claw toes are three types of digital deformities of the foot that are extremely similar, yet vary from one another depending on the joint within the toe that is most affected.  The term “hammer toe” is often used to encompass all three deformities, but they are distinct entities.  To make …