Shin Splints Explained

Tibial stress syndrome, more commonly known as shin splints, is a common exercise-related problem. As we try to work out after a holiday season of indulgence, shin splints are something that may hinder people from keeping to their resolutions. Shin splints refers to nonspecific pain that occurs along the shin bone (tibia), usually on the […]

What You Can Do About Gout

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Gout, once known as a ‘disease of kings’ is making a resurgence. With the rise of obesity and a trend of low carb diets such as keto or paleo, the incidence of gout is increasing and its becoming more prevalent in a younger cohort. Gout is an inflammatory arthritis that is a result of excess […]

Sever’s Disease: Heel Pain in Children

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Sever’s disease, also known as calcaneal apophysitis, is the result of inflammation at the growth plate of the heel in maturing children. Children’s bones continue to grow until the growth plates completely ossify or become solid. Once the growth plates close, bones stop growing in length. The heel bone, also known as calcaneus, continues to […]

What is a Plantar Fibroma?

A plantar fibroma may present as a small mass on the sole of the foot. Plantar fibromas are benign tumors that are found in the plantar fascial ligament of the foot. The plantar fascia is a ligament that supports the arch of your foot and connects the heel bone to the toes. Plantar fibromas may […]

Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome

Similar to carpal tunnel there is a lower extremity analog known as tarsal tunnel syndrome. The posterior tibial nerve courses behind the calf, through a fibrous canal known as the tarsal tunnel, near the heel, behind the medial malleolus. If inflammation occurs in the tissues adjacent to the tarsal tunnel, swelling can cause compression of […]

What is Verrucae?

Verrucae, also known as plantar warts, are common, benign, skin lesions that are caused by Human papillomavirus (HPV) infection. They may commonly appear on the bottom of feet or around the toes. Plantar warts vary in size and shape but most commonly appear like a cauliflower growth with minute black dots. Warts may appear in a […]