Don’t Let a Bone Spur Hold You Back

32505827 Arthritis At Ankle Joint (gout , Rheumatoid Arthritis)To “spur someone on” is to get someone to act. Nudge a horse in the side with your boot, and he’ll begin walking. A few bucks can spur your tween into cleaning the bathroom speedy-quick. But with your feet, a painful bone spur can have the opposite effect: you can’t be spurred on to do much of anything because your foot hurts too much. A…

August is National Immunization Awareness Month

The world is waiting as patiently as possible for an event that will, we hope, return our lives to normal: the creation of a safe vaccine for COVID-19. We hope that the vaccine arrives quickly. We hope it’s easily and fairly distributed. Above all, we hope it works well to protect us from this frustrating coronavirus. Vaccines are in the news this month, but not…

Should You Wear Shoes at the Beach?

Feet On The Beach In The Waves. AlbaniaSelf-isolation is getting really old. You’re thinking about escaping to the beach. In your mind’s eye, you see the sun warming your bare skin as you twirl your ankles in the cooling water. A fresh breeze blows off the water, flipping your hair in all directions. Emitting a contented sigh, you stroll back to your blanket, step on a piece of glass, tear the sole…

Do’s and Don’ts of Mowing the Lawn

14238529 Man Mowing The Lawn In The Yard Of A Country HouseHospital emergency rooms care for thousands of lawn mower-related injuries every year in the United States. A great number of those injuries involve the lower limbs. And, sadly, children make up a large amount of those injured. Keeping yourself and your family safe while mowing the lawn begins with awareness of the dangers. Then, commit yourself to the steps that will help you avoid them.…

COVID-19 and People with Underlying Conditions

13904812 M Patient Waiting Room TabletRecently, the Centers for Disease Control expanded its list of underlying health conditions that put people at an increased risk of severe complications from COVID-19. The list now includes those who suffer from the following health conditions: coronary artery disease COPD obesity chronic kidney disease high blood pressure moderate to severe asthma liver disease pregnancy smoking type 2 diabetes. Diabetes and COVID-19 Type 2 diabetes…

How to Keep Your Children Safe at the Park

Mother And Baby In Autumn. Fall Outdoor Family Fun.Wondering how to keep your children safe while enjoying summer activities like visiting a park? The novel coronavirus hasn’t been magically eradicated. It’s still around. We should all take precautions to stay well. You may be wondering, is it safe to take your children to a state park? Public parks in Ohio reopened several weeks ago. But that doesn’t mean you should throw caution to…

Overcoming 4 Objections to Wearing a Face Mask

Shutterstock M 1631951077 Face Mask Mall Socila Distance Walking Empty 1Information about how COVID-19 spreads have changed rapidly over the past few months. The WHO and CDC have examined new data, their recommendations have evolved. Both now advise face masks for anyone out in public. The state of Ohio also recommends the wearing of face masks to help prevent the spread of the virus. All of us at Foot & Ankle Associates of Cleveland understand…

“Stay Home-Stay Safe” Hasn’t Necessarily Worked for Feet

67394440 Male Feet In White Slippers Stand On Brown Carpet In BathroomPodiatrists all over the globe have noted a marked increase in the number of patients with shoe-related foot pain over the last several weeks. From San Francisco to London, Johannesburg to Sydney, and even in our corner of the world serving Portage, Geauga, Cuyahoga, and Summit Counties – feet have been the unsuspecting victim of unsupportive shoes. Since the start of the global pandemic, folks…

Vary Your Diet to Get the Best Nutrition

34214207 Mix Nuts Seeds And Dry Fruits, On A Wooden TableIn many ways, social distancing has changed how we eat. We’re off-schedule, routines out of whack. We don’t go to the grocery store as often. We’re at home, reaching for food that’s convenient, not necessarily maintaining a balanced diet. But of course, ask just about anybody, and they’ll tell you that a diet rich in a variety of foods is best for our bodies, from…

Can You Visit a Podiatrist During the Pandemic?

8903748 Senior Man Massaging His Aching Feet With His HandsThroughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Foot & Ankle Associates of Cleveland has been open for our patients who need urgent care. Emergency podiatric conditions pose an immediate threat to your health and include Broken bones Sudden changes, such as swelling or numbness Wounds that aren’t healing – especially important for our patients with diabetes Constant pain in your lower limbs that impedes your ability to walk…