Taggded: podiatrist

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 …

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 …

Start the New Year on the Right Foot!

A large portion of people only think about seeing a podiatrist when something goes wrong with their feet and they begin to feel pain. Yet, good foot health is essential to enjoying a better quality of life. This makes podiatry a very vital part of preventative medicine, even though much of the public is unaware of this fact. …