Feet & Foot Care

Feet & Foot Care Articles

Don’t forget your feet

Foot pain can be debilitating. Proper care of the feet, including soaking them regularly to reduce skin infections, examining them for early signs of problems, and doing exercises to strengthen them can help. Shoes are a major cause of foot pain for many people, particularly women. Choosing footwear that fits well and is cushioned and comfortable can help. More »

Put your best foot forward

One of the best ways to prevent foot pain, and the problems that can come with it, like sore knees, hips, and back, is to invest in quality athletic footwear. A proper fit is key, so people should take the necessary steps to ensure they are fitted with a shoe that matches their arch, gait, and foot width and provides the necessary support for their primary activities. (Locked) More »

Battling the big toe joint blues

The joint at the base of the big toe is called the metatarsophalangeal or MTP joint. Common conditions that affect the MTP joint include osteoarthritis, the wearing away of cartilage between the bones; bunions, a condition in which the first metatarsal bone juts outward, causing the phalanx bone to point inward toward the other toes; and gout, a type of inflammatory arthritis. Surgery is always a last resort for bunions or MTP arthritis. Gout may require over-the-counter painkillers or prescription medications. (Locked) More »

Put your best foot forward

Most people experience foot pain at some time during their lives, and the pain often becomes persistent. Years of daily wear and tear, a genetic predisposition to foot problems and injuries can lead to three common conditions: arch collapse (or flat feet), arthritis, or stress fractures. (Locked) More »

What’s causing those swollen feet?

Sometimes swollen feet are a sign of an underlying problem. Swelling may signal vascular conditions, such as heart failure, venous insufficiency, deep-vein thrombosis, phlebitis, or liver disease or kidney disease. Swollen feet can also result when a person breaks a bone in the foot or develops tendinitis. Symptoms should be reported to a doctor if there’s so much swelling that it leaves an indentation when a finger is pressed into it, if it has developed suddenly, lasts for more than a few days, affects just one foot, or is accompanied by pain or discoloration of the skin. More »

What causes my feet to suddenly become numb?

Tingling or numbness in the feet may be a sign of peripheral neuropathy, which is nerve damage that affects multiple nerves leading out from the spinal cord. Certain medical conditions can cause it, such as diabetes and nutritional deficiencies, as well as heavy alcohol intake and some medications. More »

7 ways to safeguard your feet

Protecting the feet is important to mobility. Ways to do that include inspecting feet daily for potential problems, keeping toenails trim, wearing the right shoes, and avoiding going barefoot. One should also get an annual check-up with a foot and ankle specialist, either an orthopedic foot and ankle specialist or a podiatrist. The expert will often be able to pick up signs of foot trouble early, which is often the key to safe, simple, and effective treatment. (Locked) More »

Lacing right to fight foot pain

Women may be more prone to foot pain than men due to their footwear choices. But the simple strategy of adjusting your shoelaces, or tying them in different configurations, may help to relive pain in some instances. It’s a low-risk option to consider before heading to your doctor. (Locked) More »

Getting the best of bothersome bunions

Although some people are genetically predisposed to developing bunions, most cases result from improper footwear. Wearing shoes with low heels and wide toes, protecting the bunions with cushions, and shoe inserts can prevent irritation and relieve pain. Corrective surgery is a last resort. More »