Growth Spurt: Ganglion Cyst

Posted by on Tuesday, July 31st, 2012

Sometimes things grow where you don’t want them to grow. A weed in the middle of your prize marigolds. A bluish fuzzy substance on that bowl of something in your refrigerator. A gray hair on your head. A squishy lump on your foot.

Another Plantar Problem: Ruptured Plantar Fascia

Posted by on Monday, July 30th, 2012

We’ve talked a lot about plantar fasciitis, or the strain on your plantar fascia that causes inflammation and heel pain. However, plantar fasciitis isn’t the only trouble out there faced by your poor, scrappy little plantar fascia. Your plantar fascia can actually rupture.

More Plantar Trouble: Plantar Fibromatosis

Posted by on Friday, July 27th, 2012

Usually when you hear someone say “plantar” you can bet the next word will be “fasciitis.” That’s because plantar fasciitis is one of the most common foot problems afflicting the general public. The plantar fascia, that thick band of tissue that runs from your forefoot to your heel, can get into other kinds of trouble, though. Today we’re going to talk about another fun one from the world of the plantar fascia: plantar fibromatosis.

Haglund’s…Issues

Posted by on Thursday, July 26th, 2012

Sometimes a cranky part of your foot can get so angry that it generates not one, but two closely related conditions. That, my foot fan friends, is the kind of anger we’ll find today as we investigate the wonderful world of Haglund’s Syndrome AND Haglund’s Deformity.

Haglund’s? Wasn’t that a bar I used to hang out in back in the day? It certainly sounds like a name for your friendly neighborhood watering hole, but no, today we are talking about foot problems, particularly Haglund’s Syndrome and Haglund’s Deformity.

Obesity and Foot Problems

Posted by on Wednesday, July 25th, 2012

You might hear that a basketball player wears a size 22 shoe and think, “Wow, his feet are huge!!!” What if that player, though, is 7′ 2″ and weighs 330 pounds? Suddenly the feet don’t seem that big.

Actually, our feet are small compared to the rest of our body. The amount of pressure we put on them is great when we’re just standing; when we walk or run, it’s tremendous. The bigger you are, the more your feet are asked to bear.

Which brings us to today’s topic: obesity and your feet.

Working Out While Your Foot Recovers

Posted by on Tuesday, July 24th, 2012

No one likes the idea of having any kind of injury, but foot injuries are particularly frustrating because they get in the way of so many basic daily activities. What, I’m supposed to stay off my foot? How can I stay off my foot? I walk around all day at home and at work, I use my foot when I drive, I run everyday, I work out.

Uh oh, there’s that last one. Lots of people–myself included–keep on putting stress on an injured foot or put off foot surgery because we don’t want to lose the ability to exercise. It may seem like a silly, if not outright stupid, reason to avoid doing something as important as let your body heal, but if you’re a person who’s used to working out every day, the idea of losing that part of your life can seem too depressing to bear.

So let’s talk a little bit about the kind of cardio you can do to maintain your level of fitness while you’re recovering from a foot injury or foot surgery.

Hey, You, With the Morton’s Toe

Posted by on Monday, July 23rd, 2012

It’s always good to have some recognizable characteristics so people can describe you. Like a detective in a film noir might say, “She was a tall blonde with more curves than the Pacific Coast Highway, gams like a flamingo, and a Morton’s toe.”

A what?

A Morton’s toe! Let’s learn all about this crazy toe quirk.

Syndrome of the Day: Os Trigonum Syndrome

Posted by on Friday, July 20th, 2012

The foot has so many bones; in fact, about 25% of the bones in your body are found in your feet. So then why on earth would your foot create extra bones? It is indeed a mystery, but it happens–and it can cause trouble.

Ladies and gentlemen, I give you the os trigonum!

Feet Don’t Lie: Peripheral Arterial Disease

Posted by on Thursday, July 19th, 2012

When is a foot problem not a foot problem? When the symptoms indicate a disease rooted in another part of your body–like peripheral arterial disease.

Let’s talk about the condition often called P.A.D.

Foot and Ankle Tumors

Posted by on Wednesday, July 18th, 2012

Feet are so complex that they have their own unique array of injuries that are unlike anything found anywhere else on your body. However, they do also share some problems that can be found in other parts of the anatomy. This includes tumors, even, sadly, cancerous ones.

Tumors can affect your foot in several areas.