Patient Education

Our team of specialists and staff believe that 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. For a more comprehensive search of our entire Web site, enter your term(s) in the search bar provided.

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Foot and Ankle Care - Wound Care - Reconstructive Surgery - 24 Hour Emergency Trauma Care for Existing Patients
... Achilles Tendon Ankle Instability Ankle Sprains Arthritic Foot & Ankle Care Athlete's Foot Bunions Calluses Corns Crush Injuries Diabetic Foot Flat Feet Fungus Toenails Geriatric Foot Care Hammertoes Heel Spurs Ingrown Toenails Injuries Neuromas Plantar Fasciitis 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 being stretched or torn...

Hammering Out Painful Hammertoe
...In the early stages, hammertoes are flexible and can be corrected with simple conservative measures, but if left untreated, they can become fixed and require surgery...

Metatarsalgia: Ball of Foot Pain
...High arches, hammertoes, bunions, stress fractures and Morton's neuroma can all trigger metatarsalgia symptoms...

Morton's Neuroma: What is it and How to Stop the Pain
...People with certain foot deformities - bunions, hammertoes and flatfeet- are at higher risk for developing a neuroma...

Healthy Footwear Promote Healthy Feet
... Try on shoes late in the day, when the feet tend to be a bit larger due to natural swelling Women should opt for low, stable heels Try on both shoes to be sure that they fit comfortably on both feet Choose breathable shoe materials, such as leather to prevent excessive sweating and blisters Have your feet measured to ensure the best fit Avoid pointy-toed shoes which cause bunions and hammertoes Walk around the store with both shoes on to make sure the fit is comfortable For athletes, choose shoes that are specific to the sport you play Choose the right shoe for your foot type (e...

High Fashion Footwear May Come with a High Price
... Hammertoes...

Walking Your Way To Good Foot Health
...Serious foot ailments, such as bunions or hammertoes, should be checked by our Stuart office before you begin your exercise regimen...

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...