Frequently Asked Questions and fun foot facts all in one location! Our patients love to ask a myriad of questions! We try to answer them all - sometimes we even have to write a full length article on them, so take a look at our library as well. Have a question about your feet and ankles? You may find your answer here. Gait issues? Problems with shoes and socks? We have answers. Want more? Contact us and ask a question. We will answer!
A red, hot, swollen foot is a sign of inflammation. If you didn't fall down and go boom, then it could be an infection or gout. Anytime your foot is red and swollen, you should call and come into the office.
Yellow and brittle toenails are often cause by fungus, also known as onychomycosis. It can also be from liver problems, vitamin deficiencies, eczema, psoriasis or chronic trauma from sports. If your toenails are funny looking, a visit to the office for a biopsy is recommended. Early treatment = faster cure!
There are 206 bones in your body. 26 are in each foot. So the bones of your feet make up just over 25% of the bones in your body!
A hammertoe is essentially a condition where the toe is bent at the joint. You can be born with feet that have hammertoes or you can develop them if, for instance, you chronically wear shoes that are too small, too pointy or heels that are too high.
In the early phases of a hammertoe, the joint of the toe bends, but can be straightened with little difficulty. As the years progress, the toe may reach a point where it does not straighten. At this point, without the previous flexibility, the joint can rub against a shoe making it uncomfortable.
Surgery should be avoided in the feet for cosmetic reasons because should some post operative complication happen, you could end up with a toe that hurts or is even cosmetically more unappealing than before the operation. Only have surgery on your feet if they hurt and conservative treatment has not helped. Remember, unlike shoes, you only get one pair of feet!
They may straighten your toes out if your toes are flexible enough, but only as long as you splint them. Your toe will inevitably start to bend again once the splint is off. Toe exercisers may make your toe stronger, but not straighter!
Simply said, most patients have recurrent heel pain due to the fact that they stop doing the things that made them better! They either stop stretching, stop wearing good shoes or any shoes at all, stop wearing their orthotics, or have totally worn out orthotics. If your heel pain comes back, think about thses simple things and come into the office and discuss it.
There is no simple answer to this question since all surgeries and all patients are different. The most common bunion surgery is an Austin bunionectomy. This takes 8-10 weeks for recovery. 4 weeks in a walking cast boot, then 4 weeks in a sneaker. Another common bunion surgery is a Lapidus fusion. This takes 10-12 weeks for recovery. Usually 6-8 weeks in a non-weight bearing fiberglass cast, then two weeks in a walking cast boot followed by 2-4 weeks in a sneaker. Discuss your particular surgery with your surgeon, but these are generalizations.