6 Ways to Prevent Foot Problems

20183914 L Running Sneakers Workout 1536x1022Every April, Foot & Ankle Associates of Cleveland joins expert podiatrists everywhere in observing Foot Health Awareness Month. Here’s one important thing we’d like you to be aware of: there’s a lot you can do to prevent foot problems from cropping up. Avoid bunions, nerve pain, heel pain, flat feet, and many other common foot disorders by using these six simple preventative measures: Wear shoes…

What’s Causing Your Lower Leg, Ankle, or Foot Pain?

107509143 S Woman Runner Heel PainNow that we’ve seen some serious hints of spring weather here in Cuyahoga, Portage, Summit, and Geauga Counties, people are bursting out of their homes to walk, run, and play outside. And some of them are feeling some foot, ankle, or lower leg pain that they shouldn’t ignore. If this sounds like you, consider what might be causing your pain: Too much too soon. If…

Are You Looking for a Female Podiatrist?

Dr. Megan L. Oltmann ProfileWomen throughout history have made astounding achievements in medicine, law, education, and social justice – to name a few areas! As a nation, we celebrate women’s accomplishments during Women’s History Month every year in March. We’re fortunate here at Foot & Ankle Associates of Cleveland that one of our doctors is a female podiatrist who makes history every day as an expert doctor and surgeon.…

Nourish Yourself, Nourish Your Feet

48070183 Healthy Food In Heart And Cholesterol Diet Concept On Vintage BoardsMarch is National Nutrition Month, and Dr. Craig B. Frey and Dr. Megan L. Oltmann of Foot & Ankle Associates of Cleveland ask important health questions about nutrition. What does adequately nourished mean? Is it all just about the food you eat? What does proper nutrition have to do with your feet and ankles? Let’s take those questions one at a time. First, what does…

Common Tennis Injuries and How to Prevent Them

3883331 S Tennis Man Injury Racket Court Kneel BallFoot and ankle injuries happen all the time in tennis. It comes with the territory. Players are continually running up and back, jumping, and stopping, and starting on hard surfaces. These actions set the scene perfectly for frequent injuries. Here are the 5 most common foot and ankle injuries that affect both amateur and professional tennis players: Sprains. If you watched or read about the…

Dos and Don’ts for Healthy Winter Feet

Socks Hiking Boots 80931 S 150x150Maintaining healthy feet during the winter is a matter of keeping them warm and dry. Also, it’s about keeping them safe from injury, frostbite, the pain of Raynaud’s disease, and the effects of diabetes. Here are some dos and don’ts to keep in mind as we count the days until spring. Do update your sock drawer. If you’re outside hiking, running, or shoveling the snow…

Lower Your Blood Pressure to Improve Cardiovascular Health

514650669 S Blood Pressure Cuff Doctor Patient 150x150February is American Heart Month. All of us at Foot & Ankle Associates of Cleveland want to take this opportunity to talk about blood pressure, cardiovascular health, and how they relate to your feet.  What is cardiovascular health? “Cardio” means “heart.” “Vascular” refers to the blood vessels that carry blood to every part of your body, from the loops of your brain matter to the…

10 Ways to Show Your Feet Some Love

8709293 S Valentine Footprint Heart 150x150This Valentine’s Day blow a couple of kisses to the body parts that serve you well every day: your feet! It is important to show your feet some love this month and every month. Here are ten ways to show them how much you appreciate their constant support: Move your body. Regular exercise helps maintain good circulation to your feet. Quit smoking. Vaping and smoking…

The ABCs of Managing Diabetes

Diabetes ComplicationsIt’s hard work to keep diabetes under control. Managing diabetes by regulating your blood sugar can be difficult and time-consuming. Worrying about all the complications of diabetes can be emotionally taxing. So, what if you could break down diabetes self-care into simple terms? The American Diabetes Association reminds us to break it down to our “ABCs.” ABC’s of Managing Diabetes A = A1C. A1C is…

What’s the Best Cure for Toenail Fungus?

66207869 S Laser Surgery Toenail Fungus Doctor Foot Toe 150x150Finding the best cure for toenail fungus or  fungal infection isn’t always easy. If you ask around, you might get some unusual advice. People will sometimes recommend you put tea tree oil on your infected nails. Another favorite folk remedy: apply a cold and cough ointment directly to your toes. These over-the-counter remedies may help but are not clinically proven to eradicate toenail fungus. In…