Patient Education Term Category: Foot and Ankle Care

Women & Men 65+

The protective fat pads along the soles of the feet degenerate with age, which can lead to foot problems for seniors. Most people in general experience some sort of foot problem with age; however, it is important to know that foot problems can be a symptom of several serious health issues, such as diabetes, poor […]

Tips to Prevent Fungus Problems

Keep socks and footwear clean and dry. Wash feet frequently with soap and water, then be sure to dry them thoroughly; powdering the feet and between the toes after showering and drying can help keep moisture at bay. Wear cotton socks and change them several times a day if feet are sweaty or moist. Wear […]

Foot Odor and Smelly Feet

Fungal problems can cause foot odor and smelly feet. Since the feet are frequently exposed to moisture due to sweating and wet weather conditions, fungal infections are common. Chronic foot odor can signal an infection or heavy perspiration or sweating of the feet. Fungal infections like athlete’s foot can be prevented by the following suggestions: […]

Children’s Foot Care

Proper foot care is important for children of all ages, as foot problems that crop up later in life often stem from childhood issues. Proper foot care for children is the same as adults: keep the feet clean and dry, wear appropriate, well-fitting, and protective footwear designed for the activity or sport the child is […]

Gout Diet

Limit Animal ProteinAvoid or severely limit high-purine foods including organ meats such as liver. Plus, herring, anchovies and mackerel. Red meat (beef, pork, and lamb), fatty fish and seafood (tuna, shrimp, lobster and scallops) are associated with increased risk of gout. Because all animal protein contains purines, limit your intake to 4-6 ounces (113-170 grams) […]

What to Consider When Buying Shoes

Wearing uncomfortable, ill-fitting, or lesser-quality footwear can lead to a host of foot and ankle problems, as well as foot injuries and even foot deformities over time. Use this checklist to make sure you choose the best shoe to head off foot issues before they start: Footwear should have a comfortable, durable design, be made […]

Nutrition for Your Feet and Ankles

Osteoporosis, or weak, brittle bones, may affect the feet before other body parts, resulting in stress fractures. Every bone in your body, including the ones in your feet and ankles, can benefit from sufficient amounts of calcium and vitamin D. Exercising and strength training regularly can also help strengthen your bones.  

Ingrown Toenails

Ingrown toenails, known as onychocryptosis, most commonly occur on the big toe and are caused by pressure that drives the edge of the nail into the surrounding skin. Ingrown toenails can result from improper nail trimming, injuries, fungal infections, and toe deformities; they can also be inherited. The condition causes pain, redness, inflammation, swelling, and […]