“Foot Pain is Inevitable” – and Other Myths, Misunderstandings, and Falsehoods About Feet

With the rise of social media, came the startling idea that the truth is not always apparent. Anybody can post to Twitter or Facebook, but what they say isn’t necessarily true. And even though myths and falsehoods have always been with us, social media has helped them flourish. Today, we’d like to quash some common myths about feet that persisted even before the internet made…

How to Prevent Brittle Bones

“Brittle Bones” would make a pretty good name for a country-rock band, wouldn’t it? In the medical world, though, if someone starts talking to you about brittle bones, they’ll probably want to test you for osteoporosis. Osteoporosis, whose Awareness Month comes around every year in May, is a chronic disease marked by thinning of the bones, making them brittle, weak, and more prone to break.…

It Matters How You Trim Your Toenails – Here’s Why

There’s an art to trimming your toenails. But it’s not particularly artistic—no curves, no creative consideration of line, form, or angle. Just trim them straight and not too short. Anything else puts you at risk of getting an ingrown toenail. What’s an ingrown toenail? An infected, ingrown toenail can be very, very painful. Toenails typically grow straight and forward, extending past the edge of your…

Arthritis Awareness Month: What to Know About Osteoarthritis of the Feet and Ankles

When you use something for a long time, it will eventually wear out: A car engine. Your favorite pair of jeans. Various joints in your feet and ankles. Yes – after many years of use, the cartilage that protects your joints can break down, even disappear. When that happens, you’ve got bones touching bones. Without that protective layer of cartilage tissue, your joints hurt. That’s…