Lateral Ankle Sprains

A lateral ankle sprain is an injury that occurs to one or more ligaments on the outside of the ankle.  Ankle sprains are often caused by a fall or sudden motion in which the foot twists underneath the leg.  Some ankle sprains can be worse than others so it is important to be evaluated by…

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Wound Care for Common Leg Injuries

Leg wounds commonly occur from simple missteps around the home. Two frequent culprits for causing leg wounds are car doors and dishwasher doors. Both have sharp corners and are positioned at the perfect height to hit our legs. Seniors and the aging population can be more susceptible to leg wounds. As we get older, our…

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Ingrown Toenails

An ingrown toenail is when the borders or edges of the nail curve and dig into the skin on the sides of our nail.  This is often painful and can be made worse when you press on the nail or when wearing closed-toed shoes. Ingrown toenails can also become infected.  Signs of infection are redness,…

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Holiday Foot Issues – Gout Attacks

With the holidays approaching, an increase in gout attacks and flare-ups is commonly seen. Celebrating can often involve an overindulgence in all things “yummy”, like red meats, seafood, and alcoholic beverages, especially beer. Gout is a very common form of arthritis that can affect anyone. It can occur suddenly, with severe pain, redness, swelling, and…

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Treating Trauma to the Foot – Lis Franc Injuries

The Lis Francs Joint complex involves the bones, joints and ligaments in the middle of the foot, or “midfoot.”  The Lis Francs joint is named after Jacques Lis Francs de St. Martin, a French surgeon in Napoleon’s army. After treating a soldier that caught his foot in the stirrups of his horse, he became well…

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The Importance of Diabetic Shoes

Proper and continuous foot care can positively impact the feet, ankle and lower legs of a person that suffers from diabetes. One of the most common foot problems that diabetic patients face is diabetic foot ulcers. These foot ulcers or open sores mainly occur on the bottom of the foot and are often caused by…

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Skin Cancer of the Lower Extremities

Skin cancer can develop anywhere on the body, including the lower extremities. We often think of exposure to harmful rays from the sun as being the primary cause of skin cancer. However, in addition to sun exposure, skin cancers can also be related to viruses, exposure to chemicals, chronic inflammation, genetics, or a weakened immune…

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The Partnership in Healing Wounds

Dealing with the discomfort and frustration that accompany chronic wounds can often cause a great deal of anxiety for many patients, however, following the prescribed treatment plan is extremely important in the overall process of healing.  Caring for chronic, non-healing wounds is a complex process. Creating a strong partnership between doctor and patient is critical…

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