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All About Feet Library

This is a library of every article written by a FAANT doctor or staff in the last few years. The collection is quite extensive and there are some overlapping articles, but basically this is everything you ever wanted to know about your feet and ankles! Throw in some running and triathlon advice mixed in with all about shoes and socks; and you have a FAANT lasagna of articles. Enjoy!

PS. If you want more content, send us an email and we will blog or write about it.

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  • Lacerations Lacerations can be nasty! Here is how to decide whether to go straight to the Emergency Room or come in the office. There is no such thing as a "simple" cut!
  • Calcaneal Fractures Calcaneal Fractures aka A Broken Heel Bone. Breaks or fractures (they are the same thing) of the heel bone can be incredibly painful and 99% of the time are due to a falling or high force trauma.
  • Getting Back to Normal After Ankle Sprains You’ve sprained your ankle and it hurts. You’ve put ice on it and it still hurts. You are using crutches and it still hurts. You even wrapped it with an ace bandage. Now what? Ankle sprains are painful. And the worse the injury, the more the pain. But understanding how to rehab ankle sprains can greatly reduce the painful time and get you back in action sooner.
  • How Long Will it Take to Heal Doc? Where to begin on this seemingly so easy a question? There are sooooo many factors to take into consideration. This explains why you will hear doctors say “on average…” or “typically…”. We know from experience, and what we’ve read in the mountains of medical literature, when things are suppose to heal. This is the easy part. Here is a very short list of when certain body parts heal:
  • Toe Fractures Treatment for a broken toe include protective shoe gear, splinting, and in some cases, surgery. Your doctor can discuss how bad your fracture is and whether surgery is needed for an optimal result.
  • Metatarsal Fractures I was running last week, twisted my foot and felt a "pop." The pain is not going away so I came into the office." "What took you so long? "Metatarsal fractures can be this obvious, or can be as subtle as pain in your forefoot or the ball of your foot that has been present for weeks. Patients who have abnormal biomechanics, are older, and have osteopenia or osteoporosis (weak, brittle bones) are more susceptible to fractures.
  • Ankle Fractures A fracture or break in the bones of the ankle joint can range from a small chip off the bone to a major dislocation with shattering of the bones. This commonly occurs with an injury where the ankle rolls. This can be mistaken for an ankle sprain, but is very different and requires immediate treatment for the best possible outcome.
  • Sesamoid Injuries What the heck is a sesamoid? Are they normal? Why do I have two bean shaped bones under my big toe joint? All common questions. Every patient who looks at they foot x-rays for the first time asks what the sesamoids are. For the context of this discussion, the sesamoids are two small bones inside the flexor tendon on the bottom of the big toe joint. These act as a pulley for the tendons and allow your big toe to push off with more force. They also help to absorb the force of walking and running on the underside of the first metatarsal (the long bone connected to your big toe).
  • Stress Fractures Why does it always seem to be the case that when we finally get motivated enough to start exercising on regular basis, or when we have been exercising on regular basis and have finally “found our groove”, we develop some pain in your body that slows us down! More often than not, this pain happens in one foot! Not both, just one. Strangest thing!
  • Are Your Feet Overstressed? A stress fracture is a tiny crack in the bone caused by overuse. Most stress fractures occur on your metatarsal bones in your foot but they can occur in any part of the body. Stress fractures develop over a long period of time and are often initially unnoticed. Your bones naturally break down bone and rebuild bone on a continual basis. If too much force in repeatedly applied to the bone, then the breaking down of bone will exceeds the rebuilding of bone. The bone is insufficiently repairing itself. This is called bone fatigue.