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Hammertoes

What Is Hammertoe? Hammertoe is a contracture (bending) of one or both joints of the second, third, fourth, or fifth (little) toes. This abnormal bending can put pressure on the toe when wearing shoes, causing problems to develop. Hammertoes usually start out as mild deformities and get progressively worse over time. In the earlier stages,

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Foot & Ankle Injuries

Immediate Treatment 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 physician. This advice is universal, even though there are lots

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Heel Pain and Achilles Tendonitis

Pain around your back heel area, also known as posterior heel pain, can be a very debilitating condition. The first step in treatment is a proper diagnosis because different causes of this type of heel pain can require very different treatments. Three common causes of posterior heel pain are insertional Achilles tendonitis, pump bump (Haglund’s

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NCFAS Annual Meeting

Foot & Ankle Associates surgeon, Dr. Joe Ades, recently lectured at the North Carolina Foot & Ankle Society yearly meeting. Over 200 of the state’s foot and ankle surgeons were present for a four day series of lectures on various foot and ankle topics. Dr. Joe Ades lectured on two topics consisting of “Correction of

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Ingrown Toenails

What Is an Ingrown Toenail? When a toenail is ingrown, it is curved and grows into the skin, usually at the nail borders (the sides of the nail). This “digging in” of the nail irritates the skin, often creating pain, redness, swelling, and warmth in the toe. If an ingrown nail causes a break in

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Short Toe or Brachymetatarsia

Ever wonder if you were the only one with a short toe on one or both of your feet? Well, you are not alone. Short toes can be caused by many things: prior surgery, injury, a congenitally short toe bone or a short bone behind the toe (called a metatarsal). Regardless of the cause there

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Steps to Overcoming Your Heel Pain

Are your heels hurting? The statistics say there is a good chance. According to a recent survey from the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA), heel pain is the foot ailment that affects Americans most-16 percent of the population regularly experiences it. When you pound your feet on hard surfaces while playing sports, or wear shoes

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