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Hammer Toe: Symptoms and Treatments

Hammer toe is a painful foot condition characterized by a bend in the middle joint of the toe. It often affects several toes at once. What are the symptoms of hammer toe? The most common symptom of hammer toe is an inability to move the bent and affected toe, or extreme pain that occurs when you try to move it. It can also make it difficult to walk. Due to the friction...


Bunions: Symptoms, Causes, and Treatments

A bunion occurs when the big toe pushes against the other toes and causes the joint to spur an extra growth. A bunion can develop for a variety of reasons and can cause a wide range of symptoms. It can also mimic other foot problems and could be a sign that there is a more serious condition present. What are the symptoms of bunions? Individuals generally recognize they may have a bunion...


Gout Symptoms and Treatments

If you or a loved one has experienced gout, then you are familiar with this debilitating pain. Gout can hinder individuals from completing even the simplest physical tasks and can be a burden on your diet. Gout is a complex type of arthritis that occurs when uric acid builds up in the joints. It generally affects the lower portion of the body. Being familiar with the symptoms and treatment options can...


A Primer on Peripheral Artery Disease

Peripheral artery disease affects the blood flow to various limbs and extremities throughout the body. It is the result of blood vessels that are too narrow to allow the blood to flow properly. Peripheral artery disease, sometimes referred to as PAD, most commonly causes issues within the blood vessels of the legs. These are furthest from where blood is pumped through the body and can be harder to reach, especially...


A Primer on Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis is a painful condition that can happen to individuals of any age. It involves the band of your plantar fascia muscle, which supports the arch of your foot. Plantar fasciitis is the most common cause of heel pain. It can be improved with physical therapy and prevented by avoiding hard surfaces, wearing supportive shoes, and standing correctly. What are the symptoms of plantar fasciitis? Even though plantar fasciitis is based...