General Foot Health Brochures

Achilles Tendon Problems
The Achilles tendon, the longest tendon in the body, runs down the back of the lower leg and
connects the calf muscle to the heel bone.

Adult Flatfoot Reconstruction
Flat feet are hereditary and are caused by a muscle imbalance.

Arthritis and the Feet
Arthritis is a frequent component of complex disease processes that may involve more than 100
identifiable disorders.

Athlete's Foot
Athlete's foot is a skin disease caused by a fungus, usually occurring between the toes.

A bunion is an enlargement of the joint at the base of the big toe—the metatarsophalangeal (MTP)
joint—that forms when the bone or tissue at the big toe joint moves out of place.

Diabetes mellitus is a chronic disease that affects the lives of about 16 million people in the United

Diabetic Foot Care
When you have diabetes, daily wear and tear can take its toll on your feet especially in areas that
absorb the most pressure.

Foot and Ankle Injuries
Foot and ankle emergencies happen every day. Broken bones, dislocations, sprains, contusions,
infections, and other serious injuries can occur at any time. Early attention is vitally important.
Whenever you sustain a foot or ankle injury, you should seek immediate treatment from a podiatric

Foot Health and Aging
Medical advances since 1900 have increased life expectancy of the average American by more than
thirty years.

Fungal Nails
A fungus infection of the toenail, also known as onychomycosis, is one of the most common
dermatologic disorders affecting the foot. The disease is characterized by a thickening of the toenail
plate, debris under the toenail, a lifting of the leading edge of the nail, a change in nail color and
occasionally an odor. Patients complain that toenail fungus is ugly and embarrassing. This condition
is often ignored because the infection can be present for years without causing any pain.

A ganglion cyst is a mass of tissue that is filled with a jelly-like fluid, similar to the fluid contained in a

Gout is a metabolic disorder that results from the build-up of uric acid in the tissues or a joint, most
often the big toe joint.

A hammertoe is a contracture—or bending—of the toe at the first joint of the digit, called the proximal
interphalangeal joint.

Heel Pain
Heel pain has many causes.

Leg Cramps
You might be surprised to learn that leg pain that develops during walking—and then goes away only
with rest—can be caused by intermittent claudication (IC), a potentially disabling yet treatable medical

Morton's Toe
Morton's Toe is a common forefoot disorder where the second toe is longer than the big toe or hallux.

Nail Problems
Toenails often serve as barometers of our health; they are diagnostic tools providing the initial signal
of the presence or onset of systemic diseases.

A neuroma is a painful condition, also referred to as a “pinched nerve” or a nerve tumor. It is a benign
growth of nerve tissue frequently found between the third and fourth toes that brings on pain, a
burning sensation, tingling, or numbness between the toes and in the ball of the foot.

Pediatric Flatfoot Reconstruction
Flat feet are hereditary and are caused by a muscle imbalance.

Posterior Tibial Tendon Dysfunction
The posterior tibial tendon plays a crucial role in supporting the arch and providing stability to the foot.

Pregnancy and Your Feet
Many pregnant women find themselves with tired, aching and swollen feet. Changes in body shape
and weight can effect the feet in numerous ways.

Sesamoids are bones found inside tendons throughout the body that act as a pulley which stabilize a

Tailor's Bunion
Tailor's bunion, also called a bunionette, is an enlargement of the head of the fifth metatarsal bone
near the base of the little toe.

Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome
Similar to Carpel Tunnel Syndrome, but in the foot and ankle.

For a healthier and happier lifestyle try walking -- the most popular form of exercise.

Warts are one of several soft tissue conditions of the foot that can be quite painful. They are caused
by a virus, which generally invades the skin through small or invisible cuts and abrasions.

Women's Feet
Women need to pay attention to foot care to avoid subjecting themselves to unnecessary foot
problems, particularly those that might be caused by improper footwear and hosiery.

Your Children's Feet
You teach washing, brushing, and grooming, but what do you do about your child's feet--those still
developing feet, which have to carry the entire weight of the body through a lifetime?