The 2 Main Types of Flat Feet

One of the easiest ways to determine if you have flat feet is to wet your feet and then stand on a dry, flat surface and notice the pattern on the floor. If you have flat feet there will be a full foot imprint rather than one that shows the arch. Untreated flat feet cause […]

When Should I See My Foot Doctor?

Your feet and ankles form the hopefully firm foundation that the rest of your body uses for support doing all kinds of activities including walking, running, and just plain old standing. With the multitude of bones, ligaments, and other tissues that comprise your feet and ankles it’s no wonder that you have problems now and […]

How to Prevent Foot Fungus

An athlete’s foot fungal infection can cause red, peeling, and burning skin so it is definitely something to be avoided. Some excellent precautions you can take to keep your feet healthy and be proactive in avoiding a fungal infection are pretty straightforward and easy to achieve. Some great ways to prevent an athlete’s foot fungal […]

Badly Bent Hammertoes May Require Surgery

Surgical procedures are often needed when hammertoes become badly bent and start to create constant pain and discomfort, especially whenever you try to wear shoes. Painful, oozing corns and broken, red blisters often develop on the top of badly bent hammertoes, neither of which our podiatrists at Your Next Step want you to experience! When […]

How to Prevent Blisters

The inevitable combination of heat, moisture, and rubbing that occurs while participating in sports, hiking, and other activities can cause blisters to form on your feet. Preventing blisters can be accomplished by isolating the problem area and decreasing the force of any rubbing on the insides of your footwear. Some great tips to help prevent […]

Chilblains Cause Winter Pain

Chilblains is a condition in which small blood vessels in your skin become painfully inflamed and irritated after repeated exposure to cold temperatures. The condition does not occur in locations where the temperature drops below freezing for long periods, but only in areas that experience more mild winter weather. Chilblains can become a major problem […]

How Diabetes Affects Your Feet

Hundreds of millions of people worldwide have been diagnosed with diabetes, with another 500 million or more at risk for developing the oftentimes deadly disease. The majority of people diagnosed with diabetes experience mild to severe peripheral neuropathy which is the loss of feeling in the extremities due to nerve damage. Proper diabetic foot care […]

Bunions Often Become More Painful

A bunion is a bony bump that forms on the side of the big toe that gradually pushes the big toe over and into the other toes. Initially, a bunion isn’t very painful, but as the condition progresses, the pressure and rubbing can cause skin condition like blisters and corns and can also lead to […]

3 Causes of Smelly Feet

Foot odor is a problem faced by nearly everybody and the condition is caused for the most part by the tendency of our feet to sweat excessively. There are literally hundreds of sweat glands in the feet and some of the resultant moisture that is produced gets trapped by your shoes and socks allowing bacteria […]

How to Treat Foot Neuromas

The sensation of having a phantom stone in your shoe often occurs between the third and fourth toes. It is caused by a thickening of the tissue around a nerve that connects to the toes. This inflammation can compress the nerve and cause severe pain. Morton’s neuroma is the most common type. Wearing high heeled […]

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