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5 Ways to Soothe Bunion Pain Without Surgery Jul 17th, 2020

For such a seemingly small problem, bunions can cause a large amount of pain. You may not even realize you have one at first, but the pain gets worse over time.  Sometimes, you can't put on shoes or even stick your feet under the sheets because the pain is too...

When an Ingrown Toenail Requires Help From Your Podiatrist Jun 11th, 2020

Ingrown toenails are common, affecting as many as 18% of adults in the United States at some point in their life. You may try alleviating the discomfort caused by your ingrown toenail at home. However, if your home remedies fail to alleviate the swelling and tenderness within 2-3 days, then...

5 Ways to Strengthen Your Ankles to Prevent Sprains May 26th, 2020

Do you worry about the risk of spraining an ankle while you're out for a run, walk, or hike? Read on to learn what you should do to protect and strengthen your ankles so you can decrease your chances of suffering a sprain. Blog:  Your ankles contain a delicate combination...

Banish Ugly Toenail Fungus Before Sandal Season Apr 12th, 2020

As summer approaches, you may be thinking about all the summer activities you want to take part in. From standing barefoot in the grass, to walking in the sand at the beach, to putting on your favorite pair of sandals, summer is a time to show your feet a little....

Do You Have Heel Pain? Mar 19th, 2020

IF SO, THIS IS NOT NORMAL!     Although pain in the heel is most often diagnosed as plantar fasciitis, it’s not always the case. Other causes of heel pain can be a stress fracture, tendonitis, arthritis, nerve irritation or rarely, a cyst.   Here at Optima Foot and Ankle,...

Ingrown Toenails Mar 19th, 2020

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.   Causes of ingrown toenails include: Heredity: in many people, the tendency for...

Ditch the Toenail Fungus, Not Your Favorite Footwear Mar 19th, 2020

A fungus is an organism that lives in warm, moist areas. Fungus of the toenails is a common problem that can affect people of all ages, although it most commonly affects individuals who are older. Toenail fungus often begins as an infection in the skin called tinea pedis (also known...

Bunion Pain? Mar 19th, 2020

Just a bump on the side of the big toe? Not really! The visible bump actually reflects changes in the bony framework of the front part of the foot. The big toe leans toward the second toe, rather than pointing straight ahead. This throws the bones out of alignment -producing...