Smoking, Vaping, and Your Foot Health

smoking vape penSmoking is at an all-time low in the United States. That’s not a huge surprise since we’re taught cigarettes cause breathing problems, heart disease, and lung cancer at a very early age. Gone are those “Mad Men” days of the 1960s when everyone was constantly lighting up a cigarette at home, at the office, sitting at a bar, or in a restaurant. Fast forward to…

Mow the Lawn, Lose a Limb: It’s More Common Than You Think

lawnmower safetyIt happens every spring and summer without fail: we hear on the news about a child somewhere who lost a foot or a toe in a lawnmower accident. People with the best intentions – smart people – can cause an injury because they just haven’t thought enough about the dangers. However, when you’re operating a loud, large machine that whips blades around to cut things,…

Understanding PAD (Peripheral Arterial Disease)

Peripheral Arterial DiseaseIf you’ve ever had a clogged sink in your home, you’ve got an idea of what’s it like to have peripheral arterial disease (PAD). Something in your sink drain prevents the water from emptying down the sink – maybe some clumps of hair. Water trickles around the hair, and it eventually makes it down the drain. When you have PAD, the arteries leading to your…

Learn to Recognize Osteoarthritis in Your Feet and Ankles

arthritis foot painWhat happens when you rub two things together? You get friction. That’s what’s going on with the disease we call osteoarthritis. To understand osteoarthritis, it helps to know a little bit about joints and cartilage. A joint is where two or more bones meet. Cartilage provides a slick surface that allows every joint in the body to work smoothly, allowing you to bend and twirl…