3 Essential Lessons for Back-to-School Shoe Shopping Success

What kid in our part of Ohio will wake up on Wednesday, August 17, and forget that it’s the first day of school? We can’t imagine there are many – it’s such an exciting time for the little ones! Those of us in the podiatry field are excited about August 17 for another reason as well – it’s also National I Love My Feet Day!…

At-Home Exercises that Help Cure Heel Pain

Hardly a day goes by without a patient hobbling through our doors with debilitating heel pain, also called plantar fasciitis. It’s extremely common, especially in people ages 40-60. Heel pain occurs with repeated pressure on the plantar fascia – a thick band of tissue on the bottom of your foot that absorbs many impacts when you move. With repetitive stress, it can become inflamed –…

Fix Your Feet and Get Back to Living!

International Podiatry DayInternational Podiatry Day comes around every October 8, and it’s our chance to emphasize the importance of foot health. Most people take their feet for granted – until something in that vast network of bones, muscles, nerves, ligaments, tendons, blood vessels, sweat glands, toenails, and skin goes wrong. Bones break, muscles pull, nerves tingle uncontrollably, tendons and ligaments become weak or inflamed. Sweat glands overact,…

Foot and Ankle Conditioning Exercises for Everyone

Foot and Ankle ExercisesIf our podiatrists recommend physical therapy for foot or ankle pain, it’s for a good reason. Exercises targeted specifically for the feet and ankles speed up recovery from an injury and help you gain back your strength. But here’s a tidbit you may not have thought about: the kinds of exercises we prescribe post-injury are also great for anyone to perform anytime, anywhere. Foot and…

Senior Citizens: Fix These 4 Things to Reduce Your Risk of Falling

fall preventionOne-quarter of all Americans age 65+ fall down every year. And many of those who fall sustain injuries such as a traumatic brain injury or a hip fracture. Devastating injuries like these can start a downward spiral for senior citizens, from losing their independence to having to enter a nursing home to, sadly, premature death. Falls Prevention Awareness Day, September 22, exists to help seniors…

4 Ways to Avoid Fungal Infections of the Feet

fungal infectionsThere’s good news and bad news about foot fungus. Let’s start with the bad news: there are millions of different species of fungi. Even though you can’t see them, they’re out there living on plants and in your garden soil. It may surprise you to learn that some types of fungi usually inhabit the human body as well, both inside and out. So, what’s the…

Achilles Tendon Ruptures are Painful and Serious

Achilles tendonOne of the most painful injuries of the feet and ankles is a ruptured Achilles tendon. The Achilles tendon is thick and long. On one end, it attaches to your heel bone; on the other end, the tendon is embedded in your calf muscle. Ruptures, or tears, in the Achilles tendon can be partial or complete. Both are painful and need the attention of a…

How Neuropathy Affects Your Feet

neuropathyTingling, burning, or weakness in your feet are signs you may have peripheral neuropathy. What is neuropathy? Neuropathy means “disease of the nervous system.” So right away, you know that it’s a problem with your nerves. Which nerves? That’s where the term “peripheral” comes in. It refers to all nerves not located in the brain or spinal cord (that’s the “central nervous system”). If our…

How to Choose a Good Pair of Running Shoes

running shoesIf you want to talk about putting pressure on your feet, talk about running! Your feet absorb most of the impact when you run – up to four times the amount you weigh. That’s a lot of force. And that’s why it’s vitally important to wear the right shoes when you run. Good running shoes provide excellent support and cushioning. But to choose the proper…

Dos and Don’ts of Back-to-School Shoe Shopping

back to schoolKids’ feet can grow at an alarming rate! What used to fit them in May is likely too small for their back-to-school feet (or too worn-out). Back-to-school shopping should always involve a trip to the shoe store. Here are some tips to make shoe shopping fun and successful for both you and your kids: Don’t buy online. Yes, it’s tempting to avoid the mall. But…