Is it Okay to Pop a Blister?

blistersDid you ever wonder why you don’t get blisters on your elbows? Your forearms? How about your back or your stomach? Not happening – because those body parts don’t usually rub against anything. Feet, on the other hand, tend to get blisters because they’re subject to a lot of friction. There are two primary causes of blisters: Blisters form on your toes and soles from…

Celebrate National Sock Day

socksSocks have come a long way since the basic dress blacks and thick tubes of mid-century modern life. Socks have become a fashion statement for kids and adults alike, allowing us to show off our personalities. Video game characters, bananas, a master painting by Pablo Picasso, and pretty much any other image can be knit together with yarn! But socks are much more than just…

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,…

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…