Holiday Gifts That Give Comfort and Joy to Feet

holiday giftsGiving thoughtful gifts, presented with heart and soul, is a wonderful part of the holiday season. This year, consider offering your loved ones gifts that pamper their feet. In the hustle and bustle of life, people can overlook their feet all year long. You have an opportunity to remind them of the importance of good foot health with thoughtful holiday gifts like these: A pedicure…

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,…

6 Ways to Celebrate Your Feet

foot careThere are so many ways to celebrate your feet – those two marvels of engineering that support you and make it easy to get around every day. We think feet should have their own national appreciation day – and they do! National I Love My Feet Day is coming up on Tuesday, August 17, so get ready to honor them. Here are six things you…

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…

How to Treat Corns and Calluses

69011226 S Callus Foot SketchHave you ever stopped to think about why your feet develop corns and calluses? Both corns and calluses are areas of thickened skin. They form when something repeatedly irritates one area of your foot. Calluses are flat and may cover a large area. We commonly see them on heels and the balls of the feet. Corns are thicker and deeper and cover a smaller area,…

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…

“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…

Why Podiatrists Prescribe Orthotics

10080899 Studio Photo Of Orthopedic Insoles Isolated On White BackgroundWe podiatrists have a special tool in our cache of treatments. It’s neither a generic pill nor a blanket, one-size-fits-all treatment. It’s safe for children and adults, and it’s completely customized for you, the individual patient, designed to improve your very specific foot pain. What kind of medicine could be so personalized just for you? It’s an orthotic device, also called an orthotic insert, orthotics,…

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…