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Ballet Flats
If you’ve been reading anything about fashion these days, you may have heard that ballet flats are making a comeback. Unfortunately, this fashion staple of the 1990s has been called “one of the least foot-friendly” styles of shoes a person could wear. Here’s why: It’s right there in the name: they’re flat. They’re also thin-soled, so the bottoms of your feet feel every bump and…
If you look in a dictionary, you’ll find this sensible definition of a rupture:               “rup·​ture | \ ˈrəp(t)-shər — a breaking apart or the state of being broken apart; the tearing           apart of a tissue.” It all sounds very medical and rational on paper. “Ah, yes,” we muse, “hmmm, the tissue being torn apart.” However, at the moment of an Achilles tendon rupture, the defining…
Canva Football
With the official NFL season underway, our thoughts have turned to the kinds of football injuries players sustain to their feet and ankles. To be sure, the pros aren’t the only ones on the field – high schoolers and even middle schoolers are hard at play, too. Anyone who plays football at any age should be aware of these three common foot and ankle injuries:…
Millions of people over the age of 65 fall every year. Twenty percent will suffer serious injuries, including head trauma and broken bones. 800,000 of them will need hospitalization – 300,000 of them for hip fractures. What causes so many seniors to fall? There are many reasons, including: medications that cause dizziness homes that are hard to get around due to poor lighting or too…
Our podiatrists turn to orthotics to treat various foot and ankle problems. Orthotic shoe inserts are custom-fitted to support your exact foot anatomy (we take molds of your feet here in our office) and are used to treat plantar fasciitis, tendonitis, flat feet, bursitis, ankle pain, and many other conditions. Custom orthotics are versatile and effective. But there’s one thing custom orthotics won’t do: they…
August 26 is National Dog Day, which encourages our podiatrists to reflect on the myriad health benefits that “man’s best friend” has to offer: Dogs have a positive impact on their owner’s mental health. Bona fide scientific studies have demonstrated that dogs can increase feelings of self-esteem while also decreasing symptoms of depression and anxiety. Interacting with a dog can also lower one’s stress levels.…
There are many ways to describe a broken bone. Any bone in your foot can break, crack, or fracture – these words all mean the same thing. But there are many different ways a bone can break. How and where it breaks determines how long your recovery will be. The least severe break is a hairline fracture. Also called a stress fracture, a hairline fracture…
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!…
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 –…
There’s a lot to look forward to when planning a trip to the beach! First order of business: fill a beach bag with these five sun and foot care essentials:   Sunscreen. You’ve probably thought of this already and have some on hand. But for maximum protection, be sure it has an SPF of 30 or higher; use a “broad spectrum” lotion, which protects against…