When to Worry About Your Child’s Flat Feet

child flat footIt’s very common for young children to have flat feet. In fact, from birth until age 3 or 4, almost all children’s feet have no visible arch. By the time most kids are about 5 years old, their feet will have lost their cute, pudgy, fat pads and developed arches that last into adulthood. Most – but not all. When kids fail to grow out…

“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…

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…

8 Ways to Treat Your Feet

47923217 Man's Hand Being Massaged A FootApril is Foot Health Awareness Month! So it’s a great time to “step” back and think about all the ways you can be nice to your feet. Here are 8 suggestions from all of us at Foot & Ankle Associates of Cleveland. Get a pedicure. If you’ve never had one, we encourage both men and women to try it. A professional pedicure leaves your feet…

World Health Day 2019: Health Care for All

33033803 A Man Has Soreness In His Arch.The World Health Organization has designated World Health Day 2019 (April 7) as a time to advocate for equal access to health care. Here in the United States, the debate over universal health care is fraught with strong opinions. Depending on which side of the political aisle you’re standing, a single-payer health plan might cost us $33 trillion over the next several years, or it…

Foot Problems in Babies and Toddlers

86163282 Foot Injury First Aid, The Woman Checks The Baby's FootMost babies are born without any foot problems whatsoever. They learn to walk in their own time somewhere around their first birthday. There are, however, a few feet issues parents might want to be aware of as their children are born and advance through their first few years of life. Clubfoot means that a newborn’s feet are smaller than normal and pointing downward or inward.…

Lifestyle Changes Can Prevent Diabetes

33084893 Diabetic Foot Skining NeuropathyIt’s National Diabetes Awareness Month, and all of us at Foot & Ankle Associates of Cleveland think it’s a good time to talk about diabetes prevention. Expert podiatrists Dr. Megan L. Oltmann and Dr. Craig B. Frey spend a lot of time treating feet with diabetes-related conditions like poor circulation (PAD) and nerve damage. These are the types of chronic conditions that can lead to…

Improve Flexibility and Relieve Pain Through Stretching

52935337 S Foot Pain Arch Woman ExercisingRemember Gumby? He’s that green, clay cartoon character whose outrageous flexibility helps him out of tricky situations. You may not ever need to stretch your legs to three times their length like this animated TV and movie star, but being able to stretch certainly has its advantages, especially as we get older. Having good flexibility means that you can Bend over more easily. This improves…

Treatment for a Neuroma Doesn’t Have to Mean Surgery

13973747 A Man Tends To His Aching FootYou’re out for a walk when suddenly you get a sharp pain in the bottom of your foot. “Hold on,” you tell your friend, “I’ve got to take this pebble out of my shoe.” You remove your sneaker only to find the pebble is non-existent. You haven’t got a rock in your shoe. You’ve got a neuroma. Morton’s neuroma is the common name for an…