Nail Avulsion

We stub our toes often throughout our lives. Occasionally, we may kick the toe hard enough that the toenail is lifted or broken off from the toe. If this occurs, it is tempting to remove the whole nail or clip it back ourselves. However, there are advantages to seeing a podiatrist. A podiatrist will be able […]

Walking On Broken Glass

One of the most common maladies to befall a foot is a foreign body. Children step on splinters, adults step on glass, and feet come in contact with sharp plant leavings. Most people try to remove the foreign body from their foot. However, to avoid making a worse wound or an infection, it is important […]

Losing More Than Your Lungs

For the last 50 years, the rate of smoking has dropped precipitously from 42% to 15% of all Americans. However, thousands of young smokers take up the habit every day. Many know of the effects of cigarettes on the lungs, including lung cancer but few know of the effects on the legs and feet. The […]

Ache In Your Bones

For most Americans that complain that their bones ache, it is due to their muscles, ligaments or joints — not their bones. Occasionally, when someone says that their bones ache, it can be a sign that something more sinister is behind the pain. This is especially true if they notice that the ache is localized […]

Crossing Over

Disorders of the lesser digits are extremely common and are seen by podiatrists daily. Although there could be many causes of pain, one of the most devastating is the dislocation of the second digit joint where the toe meets the foot, often named predislocation syndrome if not fully dislocated. Often this deformity occurs due to […]

Unstable Ground

Over 23,000 ankle sprains occur daily in the United States. Many recover without pain or long-term consequences but nearly half do not seek treatment and many will reinjure the ankle leading to long term pain or instability in over half of those affected. While ankle mechanics can be affected due to increased ligament laxity on […]

What Is This Bump On My Foot?

A portion of the population will develop a mass or nodule on the foot that may worry them. However, many masses are benign and should not be treated with surgery unless symptomatic. Examples include fibromas, which are hard rubbery mobile masses often on the bottom of the foot; cysts which are fluid filled sacks, often […]

My Legs Are Turning Brown

Venous disease is common among the elderly. As we age, the valves in the veins that maintain the movement of blood back to the heart weaken and are insufficient to prevent backflow of blood. The blood pools to some extent, allowing fluids to diffuse from the capillaries to the tissue external to the vascular system. […]