Bunion Help: Non-surgical Aids for Bunions

Posted by on Friday, June 29th, 2012

We’ve addressed many bunion surgery issues this week: how to decide when it’s time to have bunion surgery, how to make your recovery easier, and the types of bunion surgeries that are typically performed. However, not everyone who has a bunion has to rush out and have surgery. While a bunion will not get better on its own, there are things you can use to manage the pain and perhaps keep them from getting worse.

Types of Bunion Surgery

Posted by on Thursday, June 28th, 2012

We’ve recently talked about how to decide when it’s time to have bunion surgery and how you can make your recovery easier. Now after all that, you may be wondering, “What exactly happens during bunion surgery?”

Good question! Actually, there are a number of bunion procedures; the type your podiatric surgeon chooses will depend on the particular bunion issue you have and the severity of your condition. It’s also not uncommon to have more than one procedure performed to correct multiple bunion problems. Let’s take a look at a few of the most common bunion procedures.

Better Bunion Surgery Recovery

Posted by on Wednesday, June 27th, 2012

Yesterday we talked about how to decide when it’s time to have bunion surgery and how many people put it off because they hear how difficult and painful the recovery from the process can be. Now everyone’s bunion surgery experience will be different because of variables such as the complexity of the problem, the experience of the surgeon, the type of procedure (there are more than one hundred types of bunion procedures) and the overall health of the patient. However, there are some things you can do to make your recovery a little bit easier. Here are some tips:

Bunion Surgery: When Is It Time?

Posted by on Tuesday, June 26th, 2012

Maybe you saw it. Maybe you felt it. Maybe someone else pointed it out to you. However it happened, one day you became aware that your foot looked strange. You had a bump on the side of your foot below your big toe. Your big toe might even have looked like it was pointing in toward your second toe. Then it started to hurt.

Some might recognize that they now had a bunion, while others might need to go to a podiatrist to find out what’s going on with their feet. After the diagnosis, then what? We’ve talked before about bunion basics, but today let’s think about the decision to have bunion surgery.

Tennis, Anyone? Tennis Foot and Leg Injuries

Posted by on Monday, June 25th, 2012

Picture this: green grassy lawns…people wearing white…wearing hats…trying to be polite to each other…strawberries and cream…

What am I describing? No, not an outdoor summer wedding–unless you’re planning to get married at the Wimbledon tennis tournament!

Yes, the annual racket (or racquet) shindig on the grass courts of Wimbledon kicks off today. Tennis anyone, indeed.

But guess what else comes with tennis? Injuries! Today let’s take a look at some foot and lower leg injuries common to tennis.

Replacement Player: Toe Joint Replacement

Posted by on Friday, June 22nd, 2012

Some things are irreplaceable: that ring your first love gave you that disappeared during one of your moves; the original Star Wars toy your mom threw out that’s now worth thousands of dollars; that album of pre-digital family photos; your hair (no, seriously, don’t try the replacements–they look bad. Really bad.).

You know what is replaceable, though? That stiff, painful toe joint that’s been making walking difficult. Yes, although many people are aware that knees and hips can be replaced with artificial versions, not many people know that big toe joint replacement surgery can also be done.

Arthritis Attack: Feet and Ankles

Posted by on Thursday, June 21st, 2012

What do you think of when you think of arthritis? Your ancient piano teacher with her knobby stiff fingers. Your grandfather who can’t lift his arm above his shoulders. The athlete who had to retire before his 30th birthday because of arthritis in his knees. All very common types of arthritis, but guess what? Arthritis can also affect your feet and ankles. Congratulations for not being left out of the arthritis party, feet and ankles!

Let’s Talk Toenails

Posted by on Wednesday, June 20th, 2012

With warm weather finally here, some of us are discovering a few old friends we haven’t seen in a while–our toenails!

Yes, after a winter buried in shoes, boots, and warm socks, our little toenail friends have emerged as a happy symbol of summer. But these little…plates? Okay, we’ll go with plates–are not just hanging around waiting for us to put green toenail polish on them. Rather, they are parts of our body, and therefore have their own set of health problems that can crop up  and make you wish that they were covered again in those thick, fuzzy socks. We’ve covered some of them in depth before, but I thought this was a good time to have a round-up of toenail information.

Insiders: Eversion Ankle Sprains

Posted by on Tuesday, June 19th, 2012

What’s the classic image of an ankle sprain? A person taking a wrong step off a curb. A basketball player landing awkwardly on another player’s foot. Someone slipping while goofing around poolside.

In each of these cases, you probably picture the slo-mo action of the foot coming down and landing on its outside edge instead of on the sole, the ankle rolling outward and down, followed by the inevitable, “Ow, I just did something to my ankle” (insert more colorful language as desired).

This would be correct for about 90% of all sprained ankles. The other 10% go in a different direction–literally. The foot lands on the inside edge and the ankle rolls inward. This is called an eversion sprain.

New York Magazine Feature

Posted by on Monday, June 18th, 2012

Our practice has been featured in New York Magazine’s New York Guides entitled The Top Foot-Perfecting Services!

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