Now’s the Time to Plant an Outdoor Container Garden

31600640 S Herbs Gardening SoilIs there anything more delicious than a fresh tomato still warm from the sun, plucked off the vine, sliced into a salad, and tossed with some great olive oil and fresh herbs? A home garden yields delicious, healthy foods like these. But not everyone has the space for a garden. Thumbs aren’t always green. If we’re singing your song, we’ve got an answer: container gardening.…

Pamper Your Feet with an At-Home Pedicure

89358841 S Dry Feet Scaly Woman FileAt Foot & Ankle Associates of Cleveland, we think that people all over our patient area of Cuyahoga, Summit, Portage, and Geauga Counties fall into one of these two categories: 1). The last thing on their mind throughout the coronavirus pandemic has been their feet, or 2). They’re keenly aware that they’re in desperate need of a good pedicure. No matter which category you identify…

25 Things to Do When You’re Stuck at Home

48679730 S List Checklist 1The spring of 2020 has felt pretty cloudy even when the sun’s been out. But all of us at Foot & Ankle Associates of Cleveland want to help you part the clouds and find meaningful ways to pass this time spent within your own four walls. Here are some ideas for getting through the coronavirus quarantine: Clean out a closet. As long as you’re in…

What to Do if You’ve Sprained Your Ankle

9650036 S Sprained Ankle Male Ice Pack Foot BruiseA twisted ankle is an incredibly common injury – and not just for athletes. According to one study, 23,000 people a day seek medical care for a sprained ankle. You can imagine how many more people get injured but don’t go to the emergency room or visit their doctor. What about those people who brave an ankle injury all on their own? Are they acting…

The Lisfranc Injury: It’s Complicated

32505827 Arthritis At Ankle Joint (gout , Rheumatoid Arthritis)Jacques Lisfranc de St. Martin was a well-known 18th-century surgeon. These days, at least among podiatry specialists like us at Foot & Ankle Associates of Cleveland, his name only comes up when we’re talking about a specific area of the midfoot: the Lisfranc joint complex. An injury to the foot in the Lisfranc complex is, well, complicated. A Lisfranc injury can be difficult to diagnose,…

Strategies to Stick to a Healthy Diabetes Diet on Thanksgiving

48070183 Healthy Food In Heart And Cholesterol Diet Concept On Vintage BoardsNovember is Thanksgiving month, of course, and many of us look forward to time spent with our families, sharing a bountiful table. But it’s also American Diabetes Month, an opportunity for diabetics to recommit to keeping their disease under control. What a tough juxtaposition of November observances! The possibility of soaring blood sugar levels lurks behind every mound of mashed potatoes and each warm slice…

Your Family Can Play an Important Role in Diabetes Management

8108546 L Family Happy Smiling ChildrenDo you have to handle the stress of diabetes alone? Dr. Craig B. Frey and Dr. Megan L. Oltmann, the two expert foot doctors at Foot & Ankle Associates of Cleveland, hope that the answer is no. So who’s around to help you get through a life with diabetes? Well, certain members of your team are kind of obvious: first, your primary care physician; second,…

Do You Need a Podiatrist if You’ve Got Diabetes?

106546227 S Diabetes Glucometer Patient Doctor Sugar LevelWe’re just going to jump in and answer this blog’s title question right away: YES! Anyone with diabetes should have their feet checked at least once a year by a qualified foot specialist. And once-yearly checkups are not always enough. That’s because diabetics are prone to two types of problems that podiatrists are uniquely qualified to diagnose: Neuropathy (nerve damage): When you feel pain, it’s…

No Need to Fear These Scary-Sounding Foot Problems

48644927 Close Up Of Person's Hand Applying Cream On FeetWhat’s scarier than a black spider dropping out of nowhere into your lap? What’s more frightening than the hero of the movie you’re watching stepping into an obvious trap that he just doesn’t see? Well, many people are likely to scream in those scenarios. They’re not half as scary, however, as that feeling you get when a physician tells you there’s something wrong – but…

Healing from Turf Toe Can Take Time

Doctor Examines A Sore Toe Infected With Fungal Infection, Close Up, Onychomycosis, MedicalKey player Davante Adams of the Green Bay Packers has a toe problem. It’s hard to tell from reading articles in the press how long he’s going to be sidelined. But from what we know about turf toe here at Foot & Ankle Associates of Cleveland, it could be quite a long time before the wide receiver suits up again. What is turf toe? In…