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What Every Diabetic Should Know About Hyperbaric Oxygen Treatments Jun 9th, 2022

Because chronic high blood sugar levels make it harder for your skin to heal itself, even a small cut can become a big problem for diabetics.  Poor immune response and slow-healing wounds can contribute to serious complications such as diabetic ulcers, gangrene, and even amputation. Understandably, diabetic wounds aren’t to be taken...

Will a Ruptured Achilles Tendon Heal on Its Own? May 5th, 2022

Your Achilles tendon, which connects your heel to your calf muscles, is prone to overuse injuries. Achilles tendinitis happens when the tendon becomes overused and inflamed, and in serious cases, the tendon can even rupture. At Advanced Foot, Ankle, & Wound Specialists, our board-certified podiatrists are experienced when it comes...

Myths and Facts About Lupus Apr 7th, 2022

Lupus is an autoimmune disorder that causes chronic pain and inflammation in your body. Although more than 5,000,000 women, men, and children have lupus globally, it’s still an often-misunderstood illness. At Advanced Foot, Ankle, & Wound Specialists, our board-certified podiatrists understand that misconceptions about lupus can affect the way you feel about yourself and how you...

4 Ways to Prevent Lymphedema Mar 10th, 2022

Lymphedema happens when your arm or leg swells, usually after you have lymph node removal surgery. Although it’s a common complication after cancer surgery, it isn't limited to cancer surgery. You can develop lymphedema after any surgery or infection. Because it’s common 一 affecting 1 in 1,000 Americans 一 you...

How Cancer Can Affect Your Feet Feb 8th, 2022

Even though advancements in cancer treatments have helped patients live longer, the treatments do cause adverse reactions throughout your body. Most notably, cancer treatments cause nausea, lack of appetite, and hair loss, but they can also affect your feet.  Our board-certified podiatrists at Advanced Foot, Ankle, & Wound Specialists understand...

5 Conservative Treatments for Bunions Jan 13th, 2022

Bunions are a  common progressive condition  一 up to 25% of people have them 一 in which your big toe joint juts out. Not surprisingly, this condition can make it difficult and painful to wear shoes.  While surgery can correct a bunion, it’s not necessarily the only solution. Our board-certified...

How to Ease Plantar Fasciitis Pain at Home Dec 13th, 2021

If your first few steps each morning are painful, your plantar fascia likely has small tears and inflammation. When the plantar fascia becomes inflamed, the condition is known as plantar fasciitis.  It’s a common overuse injury that often affects runners, dancers, and aerobic enthusiasts.  Whether you’re an athlete or not,...

How Corticosteroids Can Relieve Neuroma Pain Nov 14th, 2021

If you feel like you always have a pebble in your shoe, you might have a neuroma, which is a benign nerve tumor that surrounds the nerve leading to your toes.  Neuromas most often develop between your third and fourth toes, leading to a burning sensation in the ball of...

Using Orthotics to Treat Plantar Fasciitis Oct 14th, 2021

If you have plantar fasciitis, you’re probably familiar with heel pain, especially first thing in the morning and after you exercise. If so, you’re not alone. Plantar fasciitis accounts for over 2 million trips to podiatrists each year.   We know that plantar fasciitis can lead to excruciating heel pain that...

5 Signs of Lymphedema Sep 9th, 2021

If you're preparing for surgery, especially any surgery that involves your lymph nodes, your doctor  may tell you to watch for signs of lymphedema.  Lymphedema refers to the intense swelling of a single limb (or both arms or legs). It often develops in those who have had lymph nodes removed...

Common Autoimmune Diseases and How They Are Treated Aug 19th, 2021

Autoimmune diseases are conditions in which your immune system attacks your own cells, rather than invading cells (like germs). There are over 100 autoimmune diseases. Some, like alopecia, don’t affect your feet, but there are several autoimmune diseases that do. At Advanced Foot, Ankle, & Wound Specialists, our team of...

The Link Between Cancer and Neuropathy Jul 22nd, 2021

Most people associate neuropathy with diabetes. That’s because diabetes can contribute to diabetic neuropathy. Neuropathy causes tingling and numbness due to nerve damage. When this happens to your feet, you're more likely to experience foot injuries without even realizing it. But diabetes isn’t the only condition that increases your risk...

Ankle Exercises That Will Help You Avoid a Sprain Jun 29th, 2021

An ankle sprain is a very common injury and one that we regularly see here at Advanced Foot, Ankle, & Wound Specialists. Below, our team of board-certified podiatrists explains how exercises can keep your ankles healthy and which ones can help you avoid an ankle sprain. How exercise helps you...

Myths and Facts About Tumors May 23rd, 2021

Suspicious lumps and bumps can be quite concerning, and if you notice any unusual growths or bumps on your feet or ankles, we encourage you to make an appointment with one of our board-certified podiatrists at Advanced Foot, Ankle, & Wound Specialists.  In the meantime, we created this guide to...

Why You Should Never Ignore Swelling in Your Arms or Legs Apr 14th, 2021

From pregnancy to deep vein thrombosis to broken bones to medication side effects, there are many reasons you might notice swelling in your arms or legs. While you could be tempted to brush off swelling, you should know why you have swelling so you can take the appropriate steps to...

Identify the Most Common Symptoms of Heel Spurs Mar 1st, 2021

Has heel pain left you unable to work out or perform your routine tasks? There are many causes of heel pain, including heel spurs.  Heel spurs, which are hardened calcium deposits that form as bony-like growths, can cause pain underneath and in front of your heel. Don’t ignore heel pain;...

Why Experienced Diabetic Wound Care Matters Feb 17th, 2021

Diabetes is a condition characterized by high blood sugar levels, but it doesn’t just affect your blood sugar. Diabetes can affect all parts of your body from your kidneys to your vision to your feet.  If you have diabetes and develop a wound on your foot, receiving experienced diabetic wound...

High Heels and Morton's Neuroma: Yes, There Is a Connection Jan 22nd, 2021

Although high heel sales have dropped 12%, an estimated 39% of women still wear these shoes on a daily basis. While high heels may add a sophisticated flair to your outfit, they can wreak havoc on your feet.    If you regularly wear high heels — and you notice pain in...

Tips for Preventing Hammertoe Dec 18th, 2020

You rely on your toes more than you realize, so when something goes sideways with your toes, it gets your full attention. Bunions, corns, and calluses are just a few of the toe woes you may face in your lifetime, not the least of which is hammertoe, an involuntary contracture...

Leg and Foot Wound Care Apr 14th, 2017

When an individual is experiencing the effects of a leg, ankle, or foot wound or nonhealing ulcer, the symptoms can be painful and, at times, debilitating. Wounds can result from a variety of conditions, including:  Cancer Diabetes Traumatic injuries Vein disorders Lymphedema Foot and Leg Ulcers Ulcers often occur on...

Common Causes of Foot Pain Apr 13th, 2017

Foot pain can be caused by a variety of conditions, and if not treated properly by a certified foot and ankle specialist, the pain can begin to affect other parts of the body. Common foot conditions include hammertoes, bunions, and plantar fasciitis.  Hammertoes  A hammertoe is a bending, also called...

Understanding Diabetic Foot Care Apr 13th, 2017

In individuals with untreated diabetes, serious complications can arise, including with the feet. An excess of blood sugar can lead to neuropathy, or lack of feeling due to damaged nerves in the legs and feet. Peripheral vascular disease is also a common complication, which is poor blood flow to the...