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Preventing Running Injuries

Running injuries are common among the top athletes, leisure runners and weekend warriors. When you are using running as a way of increasing your physical activity level, keep in mind these three methods of preventing future injuries to your foot and ankle. If you do develop an injury, a podiatrist can offer helpful treatment options to get rid of your pain and promote complete healing and recovery. Using Proper Footwear Wearing proper...


Laser Treatment for Toenail Fungus

Toenail fungus is an uncomfortable and sometimes embarrassing condition. The fungus thrives in the warm, moist, and dark environment that surrounds your toes. It is a common condition that starts off as a white or yellow spot on, under, or to the side of your toenail. As the fungus grows deeper into the nail, it may cause the nail to peel, chip, or crumble away. One or more of your...


Minimally Invasive vs. Invasive Treatments for Feet

Often a last resort unless there is a pressing medical emergency, foot surgery is usually recommended to restore functioning of some part of the foot or ankle or correct a foot deformity or source of persistent pain. Surgical treatments can be either invasive, referring to traditional open surgery procedures, or minimally invasive. Here's what you need to know about both approaches to treating foot problems. Invasive Treatments Open ankle fusion surgery is...


Understanding Haglund’s Deformity

Haglund’s deformity is characterized by a prominent bump situated at the back of the calcaneus, commonly referred to as the heel bone. The Achilles tendon attaches calf muscles at the back of your leg to the heel bone. A small sac of tissue, called a bursa, allows the tendon to glide against the bone as you walk. If the bump at the back of the calcaneus is too prominent, the...


Diagnosing Plantar Fibroma

Occurring between the skin and the first layers of muscle in the arch of the foot, plantar fibroma is a knot, or nodule, that is sometimes embedded in a thick band of tissues running from the heel to the base of the foot. This benign (non-cancerous), round or oval-shaped mass can affect the natural curvature of the foot and result in pain that's felt when pressure is applied to the...


The Basics of Peroneal Tendon Injuries

The foot has two peroneal tendons that run side-by-side along the ankle. One of the tendons attaches at the outside middle of the foot and the other attaches to the foot's arch. These tendons work to keep your ankle stable so that you do not twist and sprain it. The peroneal tendons can experience acute injuries as well as overuse injuries, both of which require diagnosis and treatment by a...


Treating Hallux Rigidus

Arthritis of the big toe joint, or hallux rigidus, is second only to bunions as the most common condition affecting the big toe. Universally affecting women more than men, hallux rigidus generally appears in individuals from 30 to 60 years of age. It's an often painful condition that can make movement difficult, especially for athletes. A foot doctor may be able to fine-tune treatment recommendations to allow a return to...