We Could Talk All Day about Toe Problems

Happy FeetIf we at Foot & Ankle Associates of Cleveland ran a radio station, we might call it WTOE. It would feature talk shows since we can’t think of a lot of songs about toe problems. We wouldn’t have to worry about attracting an audience because 75% of people, including those in our listening area of Portage, Cuyahoga, Geauga, and Summit Counties, will eventually have some…

Dos and Don’ts of Buying Shoes

38906006 L Shoes Lace Color Shoes Hand Pick A ShoeYou weren’t born yesterday. You know how to buy shoes. Or do you? Podiatrists Megan L. Oltmann, DPM and Craig B. Frey, DPM submit that most people could improve their foot health if they simply wore the right shoes. Many people wear shoes that don’t fit well, which can lead to bunions, hammertoes, tendinitis, and more. One thing we know for sure here at Foot…

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…

Feet that Age Gracefully

41511814 Elderly Man And Younger Woman JoggingFoot pain is one of the biggest causes of inactivity in older adults. Arthritis, diabetes, nerve damage, and circulation problems can really affect foot health as we age. Immobility is a real concern for us at Foot & Ankle Associates of Cleveland.  We want our patients to remain active as long as possible, free from any foot pain that can slow them down. Many people…

Your Aching Toes

10542815 Perfect Circle Of Legs Isolated, Concept With Copy SpaceToes – what are they good for? Well, for one thing, they help us keep our balance. To prove it, try this brief, toe-less experiment: -Stand on one foot and lift your toes off the ground. -Hang out for a bit. -Now, place your toes back on the ground. -Hang out some more. -Admit: it was easier to balance on one leg when your toes…

Hammertoes: The Truth is Out There

34013421 One Single Male Foot Stepping Towards, Isolated On WhiteEver say something you immediately regretted? There’s quite a bit of that phenomenon going around in the news this month. Call it public misspeaking, spicing up our lives in so many ways. One example that raised our eyebrows: former first daughter Jenna Bush Hager made a foot-related slip of the tongue on the April 10 “Today” show. Hager was debating with Kathy Lee Gifford about…

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,…

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…

Why Your Toe is Bent at a Weird Angle

If one of your toes is oddly bent downward and it’s been stuck that way for a while, chances are you have hammertoe. All of your other toes might be straight, but the affected one juts up in the middle like a camel’s hump. Some say your toe looks like a hammer, which is where the name comes from. Hammertoe most often affects the middle…

When Your Child Chooses Ballet

It goes without saying that sports are hard on the body. Football and concussions are constantly in the news. Athletes are sidelined by knee, ankle, and foot injuries on a daily basis. Is there a parent among us who hasn’t stopped to consider the potential for bodily damage with any sport their child is considering? What if your child’s sport of choice is dance? There’s…