These 4 Hiking Basics Can Save You from Foot and Ankle Injuries

hikingWear the right shoes. Hiking boots offer the best protection for your feet and ankles. They should be sturdy but comfortable, with great arch support. Consider boots that provide above-ankle stability, especially if you’re planning to hike over rough terrain. Above all, don’t hit the trail in regular sneakers or, even worse, flip-flops. Don’t take your socks for granted. Wearing any old pair of socks…

Hiking Can Lead to Foot Injuries

Socks Hiking Boots 80931 S 150x150Fall is a fantastic season to go hiking. There is endless beauty in nature, which you can easily discover on numerous trails throughout Portage, Geauga, Cuyahoga, and Summit Counties. If you’re not careful, however, there’s endless danger as well. Slippery stones, uneven paths, and roots that grab at your feet can send you sprawling, causing a foot injury. Hiking too much and carrying too much…

The Athlete’s Guide to Preventing Blisters

60531471 Closeup Of Woman's Foot With Adhesive Plaster, Women's ProblemsBlisters are the skin’s response to irritation. When something repeatedly rubs against your foot, the skin will first get hot and red. Then, in an attempt to protect itself from further assault, it forms a bubble. This isn’t an injury that happens slowly over time. Irritated or burned skin puts up a fight in a hurry, and protective blisters can form within minutes. If you…

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!…

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…

4 Problems That Plague Athlete’s Feet

37952608 Group Of Athletes Runs During The Rainy MarathonGot sports? Then you’ve got injuries. No matter what sport you’re into, injuries are something you share with athletes all over the world. And whether you compete in the pool or on the field, road, track, or diamond, you’re putting demands on your feet that can leave you aching for relief from a bunch of conditions. Here are 4 that are common across the board:…

Be Mindful of These 5 Signs of Foot Trouble

47923181 Pain In The Foot. Massage Of Male Feet. Pedicures.When there’s a sudden change in our lives, we can see it clearly. A new baby! The loss of a loved one! Routines are changed, and life takes on a new meaning. But sometimes change comes about gradually, hinting at a new normal that we’re not quite ready to see. Until, one day it’s staring us in the face. Maybe that’s the reason behind recent…

Common Sports Injuries and How to Treat Them

32055108 S Achilles Pain Man Fit Runner Sneakers Grass HeelIs there a sport out there that doesn’t involve heavy use of your feet? Soccer, football, basketball, rugby, volleyball, tennis, baseball, and gymnastics – our feet and ankles play an enormous role in these high-impact sports and so many more. What are the most common injuries among athletes of different sports? You may be surprised by some of them! Let’s take a look at some…

“Golden Rules” for Diabetic Foot Care This Season

22245507 M Diabetes Bunion Doctor Patient Feet“Golden Rules” for Diabetic Foot Care This Season This is the season of warmth. You may be tempted to shed your socks and shoes and savor the warmth of the sand on the shores of Lake Erie; to walk barefoot through the cool grass; to slip into a light sandal and feel the breeze on the skin that’s been imprisoned all winter. But Dr. Craig…

Protecting Yourself from Foot & Ankle Problems

14302602 S Feet Bottom Of The Feet Stretches ExcerciseWhen October 31 rolls around, we can spot ghosts and goblins everywhere. Kids! They love to jump out and surprise us with their ghoulish costumes and scary faces. When it comes to your foot health, there’s not too much that can jump out and surprise us at Foot & Ankle Associates of Cleveland. Although there are hundreds of disorders of the feet and ankles (just…