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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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  • Equinus Equinus is not another name for a horse! It is a disorder that is characterized by a tight Achilles tendon.
  • Cross Over Toe "My toe has a mind of its own!" As podiatrists, we hear this many, many times! Why would a perfectly straight toe decide to take off in another direction?
  • Haglund's Deformity (Pump Bump) So you have had a bump on the back of your heel for a long time. Why is it starting to hurt?
  • Posterior Tibial Tendon Dysfunction (Adult-Acquired Flat Foot) Noticed that your foot is getting flatter and more painful? Do you have difficulty walking or performing exercise activity without leg and arch pain?
  • Do Custom Orthotics Work? Custom orthotics have been the mainstay treatment for more than 50 years. There is evidence that confirms that orthotics work for foot and ankle problems.
  • Tarsal Coalition This condition occurs from an abnormal connection between two bones in the back of the foot known as tarsal bones. This connection can be made of fibrous tissue, cartilage or bone. Once this abnormal connection forms, it causes limited motion of the foot which leads to pain.
  • Gout Gout used to be known as the disease of kings. Too much red meat and red wine caused the kings of old to suffer from gout.
  • Ganglionic Cyst Where did that bump on your foot come from? If it is soft, or at one time was soft and is now getting harder, you are probably looking at a ganglion cyst. The word "ganglion" is taken from the Greek word "ganglia" to mean "knot of tissue". These "knots" are also known as "synovial cysts" and arise from a herniation of a joint lining or from the sleeve that wraps around some tendons. If they do not hurt, we treat them conservatively.
  • Chronic Regional Pain Syndrome or Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy This is an uncommon, chronic condition that affects an arm or leg with intense burning, aching pain and swelling. Changes in skin (texture and color) can occur.
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis Rhuematoid Arthritis is a systemic inflammatory disease that causes pain, stiffness, swelling and loss of motion in the joints.