What is Capsulitis?

CapsulitisIn podiatry, we can attribute many foot problems to the same few causes: shoes that don’t fit well or don’t support your feet, too much exercise, traumatic injury, and faulty biomechanics. Capsulitis is no exception. It’s a curious-sounding condition that can result from any of these causes. The suffix “-itis” means “inflammation.” Think of plantar fasciitis – inflammation of the plantar fascia. Or, for a…

What Can You Do About Overly Sweaty Feet?

sweaty feetYou may think it’s unusual to talk about sweaty feet in the dead of winter. But people with overly sweaty feet know the cold, hard truth: feet can drip with sweat, whether it’s 68 degrees inside in January or 95 degrees outside in August. They sweat even if you’re not doing much in the way of physical activity. “Hyper” means “excessive” or “too much,” while…

There’s Help for Skin Problems on Your Feet

Skin Problems on Your FeetAre your feet smooth and unblemished? Free from bumps and lumps of all kinds? We’d be surprised if they were. The skin on your feet can itch like crazy, turn angry red, break out into tiny bumps, form big lumps, or turn as flaky and scaly as a lizard’s. Patients who come to us with complaints about their skin may be suffering from an infection,…

Understanding PAD (Peripheral Arterial Disease)

Peripheral Arterial DiseaseIf you’ve ever had a clogged sink in your home, you’ve got an idea of what’s it like to have peripheral arterial disease (PAD). Something in your sink drain prevents the water from emptying down the sink – maybe some clumps of hair. Water trickles around the hair, and it eventually makes it down the drain. When you have PAD, the arteries leading to your…

How to Treat Cysts on Your Feet

foot cyst - podiatristCysts are fluid-filled lumps that form under the skin or arise out of a joint. They can appear anywhere on the body, with some common places being the fingers, wrists, knees, and feet. Toe joints commonly get cysts, but you may also spot a jelly-like bump on the top of your foot. When you touch the cyst, it can feel either firm or somewhat squishy.…

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 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…

Changes in Your Feet May Be Telling You Something

8736511 S Feet Walking“There is nothing permanent except change,” a wise Greek philosopher once said. Life throws change at us all the time – including physical changes in our body. However, you shouldn’t accept all changes in your feet as normal. Changes in how your feet look, feel, or move can be signs of trouble not only in your feet but in other bodily systems as well. Here…

How to Stop Heel Cracks in Their Tracks

61481209 S Moisturize Foot Cream Calluses LotionFor so many of us in northeastern Ohio, Old Man Winter hands out the same gift year after year: cracked heels. It’s not all the Old Man’s fault, however. We can take most of the credit for setting up the ideal circumstances for dry skin. Heel cracks can happen due to: Heat – once the furnace kicks in to warm up the house, our skin…

The Surprising Solution for Knee and Hip Pain: Fix Your Feet

80369848 Specialist Watching Woman Walk On Tread MillIf you’ve been suffering from pain in your knees or hips, the problem may not be your knees or hips at all. It could be your feet. Understanding what gait is Everyone walks with a particular gait. Gait describes: the way your heels hit the ground what happens when you shift your weight entirely onto one foot the length of your strides how much of…