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…

We Could Talk All Day about Toe Problems

Happy FeetIf we at Foot & Ankle Associates of Cleveland ran a radio station, we might call it WTOE. It would feature talk shows since we can’t think of a lot of songs about toe problems. We wouldn’t have to worry about attracting an audience because 75% of people, including those in our listening area of Portage, Cuyahoga, Geauga, and Summit Counties, will eventually have some…

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…

Athlete’s Foot: When Fungus Finds a Comfy Home in Your Feet

82090154 Woman With Athlete Foot In The RoomDermatophytes are fungi that like to take up residence in people’s feet and toes, causing athlete’s foot. The fungi enter through the front door – a cut or scrape on the foot. They sit down in a comfy chair – like the space between your toes.  These ‘guests’ open the fridge and find stuff they like to snack on – such as hair, skin, and…

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…