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…

Plantar Fasciitis: Separating Fact from Fiction

Plantar FasciitisFICTION: The plantar fascia is a muscle on the bottom of the foot. FACT: It’s not a muscle – although it is, indeed, located on the bottom of the foot. It’s actually a ligament – a thick, fibrous band of tissue that supports and stabilizes your arch. FICTION: You get plantar fasciitis only if you have flat feet. FACT: People with flat feet may develop…

Learn to Recognize Osteoarthritis in Your Feet and Ankles

arthritis foot painWhat happens when you rub two things together? You get friction. That’s what’s going on with the disease we call osteoarthritis. To understand osteoarthritis, it helps to know a little bit about joints and cartilage. A joint is where two or more bones meet. Cartilage provides a slick surface that allows every joint in the body to work smoothly, allowing you to bend and twirl…

What’s Causing Your Lower Leg, Ankle, or Foot Pain?

107509143 S Woman Runner Heel PainNow that we’ve seen some serious hints of spring weather here in Cuyahoga, Portage, Summit, and Geauga Counties, people are bursting out of their homes to walk, run, and play outside. And some of them are feeling some foot, ankle, or lower leg pain that they shouldn’t ignore. If this sounds like you, consider what might be causing your pain: Too much too soon. If…

Custom Orthotics: A Simple, Effective Way to Treat a Wide Range of Foot Problems

Leather Orthopedic Insoles With Boot. Blue Background.There are hundreds of reasons why your feet might hurt. But the one simple solution to your foot pain could be custom orthotics. Orthotics are shoe inserts that correct various foot problems such as bunions, high or low arches, ankles that turn in when you walk or run, arthritis, toe deformities, and nerve pain. These problems arise from underlying issues such as: biomechanical imbalances stress…

Fast Facts about Foot and Ankle Arthritis

12609946 Man Tends To His Aching ArchIn recognition of World Arthritis Day, the staff of Foot & Ankle Associates of Cleveland offers this easy-to-digest list of facts about foot and ankle arthritis and how to ease the pain. Facts About Foot and Ankle Arthritis The most common form of arthritis to affect the feet is called osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis is the physical breakdown of the soft tissues within a joint. That soft…

Is There a Difference Between Arthritis and Gout?

34515493 Man With Painful And Swollen Right Foot Due To Gout InflammationMay is Arthritis Awareness Month. Dr. Craig B. Frey and Dr. Megan L. Oltmann want to focus on how we can help our Cuyahoga, Portage, Geauga, and Summit county patients ease the pain of a unique form of arthritis called gout. What makes gout unusual is how it differs from other forms of arthritis. Arthritis in general terms The term “arthritis” refers to any kind…

Treat a Sprained Ankle Correctly the First Time

14805063 Injured Ankle With Bandage On A White BackgroundOne minute all is going well and the next you’ve gone and twisted your ankle. It’s as quick as one false step off a curb, one crash landing on the football field, or one off-kilter bounce off a trampoline. Ankle injuries happen to the best of us. In fact, a sprained ankle sends almost 30,000 people in the U.S. to the emergency room every day!…

What are Bone Spurs?

45243124 Boy Sitting On Stairs Tying ShoelacesSpurs are small bits of bone that grow abnormally out of regular bone. They can form when surrounding soft tissues (like ligaments and tendons) and the places where they meet (in your joints) become inflamed. To illustrate what that means, here are two scenarios in which bone spurs can form in your feet: Let’s say you’re a runner. You’re preparing for a big race and…

5 Sports that are Easy on Your Feet

29990510 Happy Senior Couple Bathing In Swimming Pool Holding Their Thumbs UpEver taken a close look at a runner’s foot? The ends of the toes have calluses on them from constant slamming against sneakers. Blisters torment the toes as well, and when they break, the skin peels off in chunks. Toenails frequently turn black and fall off from all the trauma. Runners’ feet are not a pretty sight! Other sports are really hard on your feet…