Learn About Your Feet

Links for the Latest Information About General Foot Health:

  • Arthritis
    Arthritis is a frequent component of complex diseases that may involve more than 100 identifiable disorders.

  • Athlete's Foot
    Athlete's foot is a skin disease caused by a fungus, usually occurring between the toes

  • Bunions
    A bunion is an enlargement of the joint at the base of the big toe at the metatarsophalangeal (MTP) joint that forms when the bone or tissue at the big toe joint moves out of place.

  • Corns and Calluses
    Corns and calluses are areas of thickened skin that develop to protect that area from irritation. They are usually caused by rubbing or excess pressure against part of the foot.

  • Diabetes
    Diabetes mellitus is a chronic disease that affects
    the lives of about 16 million people in the United States.

  • Diabetic Wound Care
    Diabetes is the leading cause of nontraumatic lower
    extremity amputations in the United States.
  • Foot and Ankle Injuries
    Foot and ankle emergencies happen every day. Broken bones, dislocations, sprains, contusions, infections, and other serious injuries can occur at any time. Early attention is vitally important. Whenever you sustain a foot or ankle injury, you should seek immediate treatment from a podiatric physician.

  • Footwear - How to choose the right shoe. (PDF)
    Proper footwear can reduce foot problems.

  • Haglund's Deformity
    Haglund's Deformity is a bony enlargement of the back of the heel bone. Sometimes it's called “pump bump” because the deformity often occurs in women who wears pumps.

  • Hammertoes
    A hammertoe is a contracture or bending of the toe at the first joint of the digit, called the proximal interphalangeal joint.

  • Heel Pain
    Heel pain has many causes.

  • High Blood Pressure
    It's important to let your podiatrist know
    about high blood pressure.

  • Ingrown Toenails
    Ingrown toenails, the most common nail impairment, are nails whose corners or sides dig painfully into the soft tissue of nail grooves, often leading to irritation, redness, and swelling.

  • Neuromas
    A neuroma is a painful condition, also referred to as a pinched nerve or a nerve tumor. It is a benign growth of nerve tissue frequently found between the third and fourth toes that brings on pain, a burning sensation, tingling, or numbness between the toes and in the ball of the foot.

  • Orthotics
    Orthotics are shoe inserts that are intended to correct an abnormal, or irregular, walking pattern.

  • Peripheral Arterial Disease-PAD
    PAD is short for peripheral arterial disease. PAD is caused by a blockage or narrowing of the arteries in the legs when fatty deposits called plaque build up.

  • Peripheral Neuropathy
    Peripheral neuropathy is damage of the peripheral nerves—the nerves in your toes and fingertips. In the United States, the most common cause of peripheral neuropathy is diabetes.

  • Skin Cancers of the Feet
    Skin cancer can develop anywhere on the body, including in the lower extremities. Most skin cancers of the feet are painless, and often there is a history of recurrent cracking, bleeding, or ulceration.

  • Sweaty Feet
    Excessive sweating of the feet is called hyperhidrosis. People whose feet sweat excessively often also have problems with excessive sweating of the palms.

  • Surgery
    Often when pain or deformity persists, surgery may be appropriate to alleviate discomfort or to restore the function of your foot.

  • Tendinitis
    Tendinitis is the inflammation of a tendon. Achilles tendinitis, or an inflammation of the Achilles tendon, is one of the most common causes of foot or ankle pain.

  • Toenail Fungus
    Toenail fungus is an infection underneath the surface of the nail caused by fungi. The disease is characterized by a progressive change in a toenail's quality and color.

  • Warts
    Warts are one of several soft tissue conditions of the foot that can be quite painful. They are caused by a virus, which generally invades the skin through small or invisible cuts and abrasions.

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