Patient Education

Our team of specialists and staff think informed patients are better equipped to make decisions regarding their health and well-being. For your personal use, we have created an extensive patient library covering an array of educational topics. Browse through these diagnoses and treatments to learn more about topics of interest to you. Or, for a more comprehensive search of our entire website, enter your term(s) in the search bar provided.

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FAQ
... Arthritis Athlete's Foot Blisters Bone Spurs Bunions Bursitis Cold Feet Corns/Calluses Diabetic Feet Diabetic Ulcers Enlarged Joints Flatfeet Foot Deformities Foot Fatigue Foot Imbalance Foot Odor Foot Weakness Fractures Fungal Nails Gout Hammertoes Heel Spurs High-arched Feet In-toeing Infections Infected Toenails Ingrown Toenails Injuries Metatarsal Pain Neuromas Numb Feet Out-toeing Poor Circulation Poor Posture Shin Splints Sprains Skin & Nails of Hands Skin Rashes Swollen Feet Tendonitis Tumors Varicose Veins Warts   When shoud I see a podiatrist...

All About Shoes
...Shoes that do not fit properly can cause bunions, corns, calluses, hammertoes and other disabling foot disorders...

Get In Touch With Nature: The Myths and Facts of Going Barefoot
...Common problems associated with wearing the wrong shoes include: calluses, bunions, hammertoes, and other foot deformities...

Barefoot Running, Part 2
...   Just like actually running barefoot, barefoot running shoes are not for everyone, “for instance, if you have plantar fasciitis, tendonitis, flat feet, bunions, or hammertoes, it may not be for you” (http://goo...

Quick Tips for the Shoe Store
...Bunions, corns, hammertoes, and ingrown toenails may be in your future if you don’t give your little piggies space to move...

Don't Dread the Podiatrist's Office
...Athlete’s foot, bunions, corns, diabetic foot concerns, fungal nails, hammertoes, neuromas, plantar fasciitis, warts, and more! As board-certified podiatrists, they have the expertise to ensure you receive only the best care and treatment, whether that means teaching you how to wrap a sprained ankle, eliminating spider veins with our painless laser treatments, performing a minor surgery, or treating you to a relaxing pedicure at our PediCare salon...

Educational Videos
BONE/JOINT/TENDON Achilles Tendonitis Ankle Fractures Ankle Sprains Bunions Flat Foot Gout Hammertoes Neuroma Plantar Fasciitis Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome Stress Fractures Tailor’s Bunion Tendonitis   NAILS & SKIN Ingrown Toenails   DIABETIC HEALTH Caring for the Diabetic Foot Peripheral Arterial Disease Peripheral Neuropathy Wounds and Ulcers   ORTHOTICS AND FOOTWEAR Diabetic Shoes and Your Foot Health Orthotics  

Hammertoes
It’s strange that after all these years of blogging, we haven’t focused on one of the most common foot illnesses: hammertoes...

Conditions
... Achilles Achilles Tendon Ankle Instability Ankle Sprains Arthritic Foot & Ankle Care Athlete's Foot Bunions Calluses Corns Crush Injuries Diabetic Feet Falls Flat Feet Fungal Toenails Geriatric Foot Care Hammertoes Heel Spurs Ingrown Toenails Injuries (Sports and Other) Neuromas Neuropathy Plantar Fasciitis (Heel Pain) Warts   Ankle Sprains Ankle sprains are caused by an unnatural twisting or force on the ankle bones of the foot, often resulting in one or more ligaments on the outside of the ankle to be stretched or torn...

Neuromas
... READ MORE: Shoes for the Activities We Love Neuromas are also more likely to occur in those with high arches, flat feet, bunions, hammertoes, or other foot deformities...

Don't Get Disjointed Over a Hammertoe
...Improperly fitting shoes are a huge factor in the development of hammertoes...

Baseball Injuries to the Foot and Ankle
... Cleats may pose challenges in the forefoot and aggravation of neuromas, sesamoids, bunions, and hammertoes...

Cavus Foot High Arched Foot
...In addition, one or more of the following symptoms may be present: Hammertoes (bent toes) or claw toes (toes clenched like a fist) Calluses on the ball, side, or heel of the foot Pain when standing or walking An unstable foot due to the heel tilting inward, which can lead to ankle sprains Some people with cavus foot may also experience foot drop, a weakness of the muscles in the foot and ankle that results in dragging the foot when taking a step...

Corns
... People with foot deformities, such as hammertoes, often suffer from corns because the tops of the bent toes rub against the tops of shoes...

Equinus
... Foot Problems Related to Equinus Depending on how a patient compensates for the inability to bend properly at the ankle, a variety of foot conditions can develop, including: Plantar fasciitis (arch/heel pain) Calf cramping Tendonitis (inflammation in the Achilles tendon) Metatarsalgia (pain and/or callusing on the ball of the foot) Flatfoot Arthritis of the midfoot (middle area of the foot) Pressure sores on the ball of the foot or the arch Bunions and hammertoes Ankle pain Shin splints Diagnosis Most patients with equinus are unaware they have this condition when they first visit the doctor...

Flatfoot Flexible
...   Other characteristics shared by most types of flatfoot include: “Toe drift,” in which the toes and front part of the foot point outward The heel tilts toward the outside and the ankle appears to turn in A tight Achilles tendon, which causes the heel to lift off the ground earlier when walking and may make the problem worse Bunions and hammertoes may develop as a result of a flatfoot...

Hammertoes Page
...   Hammertoes usually start out as mild deformities and get progressively worse over time...

Intermetatarsal Neuroma
... People with certain foot deformities – bunions, hammertoes, flatfeet, or more flexible feet – are at higher risk for developing a neuroma...

Softball Injuries to the Foot and Ankle
... Cleats may pose challenges in the forefoot and aggravation of neuromas, sesamoids, bunions, and hammertoes...

A Guide to Exercise Shoes
...Wearing the wrong size shoe can squeeze toes together, forming bunions and corns, or backward, creating hammertoes...

If You Only Do One Thing For Your Feet...
...Bunions, hammertoes, arthritis and more can plague your tootsies if you don’t stretch them...

Foot Pain is a Vicious Cycle
...Shoes too tight or pointed in the toes can lead to issues such as bunions or hammertoes...

Falling...Falling...Fallen!
...In fact, it’s best if you spend as little time as possible in high heels as they not only impact balance but also affect driving and can lead to foot and ankle issues such as hammertoes, bunions, neuromas, plantar fasciitis, pump bump (Haglund’s deformity), Achilles tendon tightness, and more...

What is a Bunion?
...While not all bunions hurt, they can lead to other issues such as bursitis, hammertoes, and other forefoot conditions...

The Hammertoe Questions You've Always Wanted to Ask
... Hammertoes result from a muscle imbalance between the two sides of the joint...

Diabetic Complications and Amputation Prevention
... Hammertoes and bunions...

Baseball Injuries to the Foot and Ankle
... Cleats may pose challenges in the forefoot and aggravation of neuromas, sesamoids, bunions, and hammertoes...

Cavus Foot (High-Arched Foot)
...In addition, one or more of the following symptoms may be present: Hammertoes (bent toes) or claw toes (toes clenched like a fist) Calluses on the ball, side, or heel of the foot Pain when standing or walking An unstable foot due to the heel tilting inward, which can lead to ankle sprains Some people with cavus foot may also experience foot drop, a weakness of the muscles in the foot and ankle that results in dragging the foot when taking a step...

Corns
... People with foot deformities, such as hammertoes, often suffer from corns because the tops of the bent toes rub against the tops of shoes...

Diabetic Complications and Amputation Prevention
... Hammertoes and bunions...

Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy
...For example: Motor Neuropathy (Deformity) + Ill-fitting shoes + Sensory Neuropathy (numbness) = Ulcers (sores) Deformities (such as bunions or hammertoes) resulting from motor neuropathy may cause shoes to rub against toes, creating a sore...

Diabetic Shoes
Shoes for diabetic patients are made of special protective inserts and soft shoe materials to accommodate for conditions such as neuropathy (numb feet), poor circulation, and foot deformities (bunions, hammertoes, etc...

Equinus
... Foot Problems Related to Equinus Depending on how a patient compensates for the inability to bend properly at the ankle, a variety of foot conditions can develop, including: Plantar fasciitis (arch/heel pain) Calf cramping Tendonitis (inflammation in the Achilles tendon) Metatarsalgia (pain and/or callusing on the ball of the foot) Flatfoot Arthritis of the midfoot (middle area of the foot) Pressure sores on the ball of the foot or the arch Bunions and hammertoes Ankle pain Shin splints Diagnosis Most patients with equinus are unaware they have this condition when they first visit the doctor...

Flatfoot-Flexible
...   Other characteristics shared by most types of flatfoot include: “Toe drift,” in which the toes and front part of the foot point outward The heel tilts toward the outside and the ankle appears to turn in A tight Achilles tendon, which causes the heel to lift off the ground earlier when walking and may make the problem worse Bunions and hammertoes may develop as a result of a flatfoot...

Flexible Flatfoot
...   Other characteristics shared by most types of flatfoot include: “Toe drift,” in which the toes and front part of the foot point outward The heel tilts toward the outside and the ankle appears to turn in A tight Achilles tendon, which causes the heel to lift off the ground earlier when walking and may make the problem worse Bunions and hammertoes may develop as a result of a flatfoot...

Hammertoes
...   Hammertoes usually start out as mild deformities and get progressively worse over time...

High-Arched Foot
...In addition, one or more of the following symptoms may be present: Hammertoes (bent toes) or claw toes (toes clenched like a fist) Calluses on the ball, side, or heel of the foot Pain when standing or walking An unstable foot due to the heel tilting inward, which can lead to ankle sprains Some people with cavus foot may also experience foot drop, a weakness of the muscles in the foot and ankle that results in dragging the foot when taking a step...

Intermetatarsal Neuroma
... People with certain foot deformities – bunions, hammertoes, flatfeet, or more flexible feet – are at higher risk for developing a neuroma...

P.A.D. (Peripheral Arterial Disease)
...and Foot Problems Simple foot deformities (hammertoes, bunions, bony prominences) or dermatologic conditions such as ingrown or thickened fungal nails often become more serious concerns when P...

Peripheral Arterial Disease (P.A.D.)
...and Foot Problems Simple foot deformities (hammertoes, bunions, bony prominences) or dermatologic conditions such as ingrown or thickened fungal nails often become more serious concerns when P...

Peripheral Neuropathy: Diabetic
...For example: Motor Neuropathy (Deformity) + Ill-fitting shoes + Sensory Neuropathy (numbness) = Ulcers (sores) Deformities (such as bunions or hammertoes) resulting from motor neuropathy may cause shoes to rub against toes, creating a sore...

Plantar Fibroma
... Surgical removal of a plantar fibroma may result in a flattening of the arch or development of hammertoes...

Rheumatoid Arthritis in the Foot and Ankle
... Deformities and conditions associated with RA may include: Rheumatoid nodules (lumps), which cause pain when they rub against shoes or, if they appear on the bottom of the foot, pain when walking Dislocated toe joints Hammertoes Bunions Heel pain Achilles tendon pain Flatfoot Ankle pain Diagnosis RA is diagnosed on the basis of a clinical examination as well as blood tests...

Softball Injuries to the Foot and Ankle
... Cleats may pose challenges in the forefoot and aggravation of neuromas, sesamoids, bunions, and hammertoes...