Bunions aren't a foot problem unique to adults. Juvenile hallux valgus is a more common problem than many parents realize -- often occurring during a child's teenage years. You also may not know there's a good chance that if your child has bunions, he or she has inherited the condition. But if bunions run in your family, there are signs you can watch for and steps you can take to help keep your child's feet healthy.
Your feet are one of the most important parts of your body. Though often overlooked, your feet provide you with support and keep you mobile. When you fail to care for your feet properly, medical concerns like the development of a bunion can occur.
This condition is often the result of wearing shoes that are too small. When you wear shoes that are inappropriately sized, this puts excess pressure on the bone at the base of your big toe, the metatarsal bone.
You often sprain your ankle when playing sports, and sometimes it happens just walking down the street. The ligaments and tendons in your ankle no longer support that joint like they should. Non-invasive therapy gives you little relief. Your podiatrist recommends surgery to strengthen your ankle. Here is what to expect from this procedure and how to have a successful recovery.
Tightening Up the Supporting Structures
The ligaments that hold the bones in your ankle together have experienced stretching and tiny tears that lengthen them slightly.
Cracked heels, also known as heel fissures, are a serious problem for diabetics. Here are four things you need to know about this condition.
What causes cracked heels?
Many different factors can lead to cracked heels. Poorly-fitting shoes that put pressure on your heels can lead to calluses, which later crack or split. Spending a lot of time standing on hard floors can also cause this condition.
Diabetes can also lead to skin changes that make you more susceptible to cracked heels.
Your ankles might seem like a very small part of your body, but they have a huge impact on your day-to-day life. Your ankles are essentially your lifeline. They help carry you through the day—and every single step. You probably don't notice their importance, until there is a problem.
Podiatrists see patients every day for these five common ankle issues:
1. Achilles Tendon Issues
One of the more common issues that affect the feet and ankle are Achilles tendon injuries.