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…

Don’t Let COVID-19 Stand in the Way of Proper Diabetic Foot Care

14530099 Doctor Bandaging Foot Patient In Hospital.Amputation has always been an awful possibility for anyone with diabetes. Proper diabetic foot care is crucial. Now, Foot & Ankle Associates of Cleveland warns our diabetic patients the possibility of amputation has increased because of the COVID-19 pandemic. There’s been an increase in the number of lower limb amputations throughout the world. One reason is that COVID-19 can attack the vascular system in some…

Psoriasis and Other Skin Problems of the Feet

Relaxing BarefootAugust is Psoriasis Awareness Month. Psoriasis is an immune disorder characterized by itchy, raised, red patches found anywhere on the skin. A flare-up of psoriasis on your feet is likely to show up on the soles, but can also affect the tops, including your toes. The skin on your feet may swell, redden, thicken, crack, or form blisters. Psoriasis can mimic the symptoms of athlete’s…

The Risk of Limb Loss is Real for Diabetics

43763052 Doctor Holding An Old Woman's HandThe state of Ohio has officially declared April to be Limb Loss Awareness Month. This is important to us at Foot and Ankle Associates of Cleveland. We want to help our patients learn about the risks of losing a toe or a foot. Who’s most at risk for limb loss? Our patients who are most at risk for amputation have diabetes. For them, the danger…

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…

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…

5 Things Your Podiatrist Doesn’t Want You to Do

48079095 Doctor.Perform home surgery. It’s tempting to try to dig out an ingrown toenail by yourself. But think about it – are you using sterile instruments and proper technique? Do you know the best way to go about it, or are you just improvising and risking more damage? Don’t even take a chance – it’s best to call a qualified podiatrist. Dr. Craig B. Frey and…

What is a Lesion?

“Lesion” is one of those words that doctors toss around as though everyone understands it. We may say something like “Let’s take a look at this lesion here under your foot.” And you may have only a vague notion of what that means. Is it a cut? A scrape? A red mark? What exactly is a lesion and should you be worried when you hear…

Get Answers from a Qualified Podiatrist, Not the Internet

It’s quite amazing to see the kinds of questions that people pose on internet forums about their health. Foot-related questions that we’ve seen include “What causes foot cramps?”, “What to do when your feet smell REALLY bad?” and the really amusing “Should people have their feet cut off at birth?” While we think that last question was probably a joke, it’s true that some people…