Foot Health Information & Foot Care Articles

This series of helpful and instructive articles are provided by Dr. Hurless, other podiatrists, professional journals, and professional organizations involved in the treatment, care, and proper maintenance of feet and feet problems. Please feel free to write us with any comments, questions or suggestions via email (contact us)

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Not sure where to start? Check out our guides and tips to learn about common foot problems, what causes them, and how to treat them. Learn about the top brands, styles and features that can help relieve the foot problems you didn't realize you have.


    • Choosing the Right Running Shoes
      Running is great exercise, but if you are not wearing the right shoes, you may be putting yourself at risk for injuries and pain. Before you run, make sure that you are wearing properly-fitted running shoes... ( read more...)

    • How Do You Know When You Need New Shoes?
      If you ask shoe manufacturers, they would recommend new shoes every 200 - 500 miles. That is quite a large range and how do you actually know when you've reached that many miles! There a difference between everyday shoes and running shoes... ( read more...)

    • Wearing Shoes Inside
      Ever since we've been young, most of us have been told not to wear shoes in the house. Our parents or grandparents wanted to keep the home clean, but what if wearing shoes in the house could help with foot health and overall productivity?... ( read more...)

    • A Guide to the Perfect Fit: Shoe Shopping for Foot Pain
      What if I told you that shoe shopping could change your life? Would you believe it? Well, to be honest, that is only the half it. The most important characteristics to look for in a shoe, that will help your bunions, hammertoes, plantar fasciitis, or whatever is the cause of your daily foot pain... ( read more...)

    • Top Ten Travel Tips For Your Feet
      To condition your feet and legs, begin a regular walking program wearing the shoes you plan to travel with - include inclines if your destination has hilly terrain - at least four weeks before your trip.... ( read more...)

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    • Why Shop Healthy Feet Store?
      This is what separates from other retailers on the web. Accurate information gives you the power to make the right foot care choices from our wide array of products. ( read more )

    • Do You Abuse Your Feet?
      Women account for nearly 90 percent of all operations performed to correct common foot disorders such as bunions, hammertoes and neuromas . The shoes women wear are probably the biggest culprits, especially dress shoes, which are typically characterized by a tight fit, narrow toe boxes, high heels and shapes that don't conform to the foot. ( read more...)

    • Prevent Foot Problems Before They Begin
      “Doc, I wish I knew earlier…" Implementing healthy habits now can prevent long-term foot problems before they begin. There are four major preventative steps that patients can take right now to ensure healthy feet and prevent general and prolonged foot problems...( read more...)

    • 5 Common Summer Foot Problems
      Summer is in full swing, which means fun in the sun filled with plenty of opportunities to show off your feet. Be careful, summertime can be rough on your feet and cause an increase in foot and ankle problems...( read more...)

    • Summer Foot Care
      Summertime is here and so are sunny days spent splashing in pools and relaxing on the beach. As many vacationers know, summer can cause some extra wear and tear on the body. Educated consumers usually protect themselves by purchasing sunscreen, lip protectants, and sunglasses. But many will forget to look after two of the most important and neglected parts of the body -- the feet.( read more...)

    • Favorite Shoe Choices For Summer
      With Summer upon us, flip flops seem fitting for the warmer weather. Before you slip into a pair of flimsy sandals, you might want to consider options that provide proper arch support and comfortability..( read more...)

    • Wide Feet
      If you are someone who deals with having wide feet, you know that it can easily be the source of foot discomfort. Whether you were born with wide feet or your feet have broadened as you've aged...( read more...)

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    • Foot Fungus | How Are Foot Fungal Problems Treated?
      The fungal problems seen most often are athlete's foot and fungal nails. A fungus is a common mold that thrives in dark, warm, moist areas. On the feet, it can grow on and between toes, as well as on soles and toenails. Fungal problems can be a result of environment (socks, shoes, heat, and humidity) or weakened immunity diseases such as diabetes... ( read more )

    • Cracked Heels
      With warm weather approaching comes beach walks and backyard barbeques. The poolside sandals are broken out for summer attire and the innocent barefoot wandering begins. With this, comes cracked heels and callused feet. ( read more )

    • Toenail Fungus
      Summer is just around the corner and you may want to think twice before lounging barefoot and breaking out your flip-flops. After all, the last thing you want hindering you from your long-awaited family vacation is a painful fungus (aka Onychomycosis) growing beneath your toenails... ( read more )

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    • Orthopedic Shoes For Kids
      Thanks to a continually expanding selection of high quality therapeutic and orthopedic children's shoes and boots, the Healthy Feet Store is committed to helping children with unique foot care needs. ( read more )

    • Kid's Feet - A Podiatrist's Perspective
      Many adult foot ailments, like other bodily ills, have their origins in childhood and are present at birth. Periodic professional attention and regular foot care can minimize these problems in later life…. ( read more )

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    • 10 Best Walking Shoes For Miles of Comfort
      Whether you're a high-mileage walker, a runner recovering from an injury, or someone who simply wants to squeeze as many steps into your schedule as possible, consider some specific qualities when shopping for new walking shoes. ( read more )

    • Health Shoes & Athletic Shoes | Healthcare Shoes
      Wellness and health shoes are designed to keep feet healthy and comfortable. Health shoes offer various features that are similar to those of orthopedic shoes with the exception that their designs are not focused to treat certain medical conditions like the designs of orthopedic shoes ( read more )

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Learn More About Foot Conditions

Looking to learn more about your specific foot condition? Check out the articles below to find treatments and therapies for everything from bunions to diabetes. If you have a foot condition that you can't find answers about, let us know! We are dedicated to finding solutions for your problems.
      AFO stands for Ankle Foot Orthotic. An AFO is a brace used to help the lower leg and foot function in an improved way... ( read more )

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    • Flat Feet vs High Arch
      We spend so much of our lives on our feet, whether it is at work or during our favorite hobbies or activities. After a while, it can take a toll on our bodies... ( read more )

    • High Arched Feet
      A high arch in the foot, otherwise known as Cavus foot, occurs when there is a disproportionate amount of weight placed on the ball and heel of the foot… ( read more )


    • Best Shoes For Arthritis | Arthritis Shoes & Sandals
      As you shop for the right arthritis shoe to relieve arthritis discomfort in your feet or knees, we recommend you read the list of features of the arthritic feet shoes that interest you and think about whether each shoe would make a good match for your unique symptoms. ( read more )

    • Arthritis of the Big Toe Joint
      One of the most common problems that I see is arthritis of the big toe joint. Arthritis is a joint disorder that is caused by the thinning or absence of cartilage in the joint… ( read more )

    • Arthritis - Big Toe Joint
      Big toe joint pain can be caused by many reasons but arthritis is one of the most common causes. Arthritis occurs when cartilage in the joints wears down and exposed bone rub against each other. This bone to bone interaction causes inflammation and then pain.… ( read more )

    • Common Changes In The Aging Foot
      We get older. Our bodies get older. There is nothing we can do about it but accept it and become knowledgeable about the changes that happen in our bodies, including our feet… ( read more )

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    • Ball of the Foot Pain
      “Doctor, I have pain under the ball of my foot." “Doctor, I have pain under the ball of my foot." When a patient complains of this symptom, it is usually one of two problems: Capsulitis or a Neuroma ( read more )

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    • Bunion Treatment
      I always say bunions are like snowflakes. No two are exactly alike. Some bunions are big, some are small. Some are painful and some never hurt. … ( read more )

    • Truth About Bunion Surgery
      However, most often, bunions develop as a result of an inherited structural defect, stress on your foot or a medical condition, such as arthritis. The good news is that almost all bunions can be fixed surgically… ( read more )

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    • Peripheral Neuropathy
      Numbness of the feet can be caused by a number things, however, one of the most common causes of foot numbness is called peripheral neuropathy… ( read more )

    • Understanding Shoes and Orthotics for Diabetics
      Proper footwear is an important part of an overall treatment program for people with diabetes, even for those in the earliest stages of the disease. If there is any evidence of neuropathy, or lack of sensation, wearing the right footwear is crucial… ( read more )

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    • Edema / Swelling
      Edema is the medical term for swelling and there are many potential reasons to have edema or swelling of the foot and/or ankle.… ( read more )

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    • Morton's Neuroma - Symptoms, Prevention & Treatment
      A Morton's neuroma is a benign (noncancerous) swelling along a nerve in the foot that carries sensations from the toes. The reason the nerve starts to swell is unknown. But once swelling begins, the nearby bones and ligaments put pressure on the nerve, causing more irritation and inflammation... ( read more )

    • Let's Talk About Neuromas
      You’ve heard the word, but until you actually have one, you may not know what they actually are. According to the APMA ( American Podiatric Medical Association ), a neuroma is a painful condition, also referred to as a “pinched nerve” or a nerve tumor.... ( read more )

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    • Plantar Fasciitis: Heel Pain
      There are many causes of heel pain, but unquestionably the most common is Plantar Fasciitis. The Plantar Fascia is the thick band of tissue that runs across the bottom of your foot. Plantar Fasciitis occurs when this tissue is torn or inflamed. This tear or inflammation normally includes swelling, pain and/or difficulty walking... ( read more...)

    • Why Does My Heel Hurt?
      Do you have a sharp pain on the bottom of your foot near your heel when you first step down in the morning? The number one cause of heel pain in the US is a condition called Plantar Fasciitis. The plantar fascia is a soft tissue structure in the bottom of all of our feet that connects from the the heel bone to the bottom of all five toes. The plantar fascia works like a bowstring to help stabilize the arch... ( read more...)

    • Common Reasons For Plantar Fasciitis
      According to the American Podiatric Medical Association, 77 percent of Americans over 18 suffer from foot pain at one time in their life. Approximately 2 million people in the United States will suffer from one of the most common foot pains called Plantar Fasciitis... ( read more...)

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    • How Do I Deal With Foot Pronation?
      Pronation is the word used to describe a normal motion that we all have in our feet. Pronation occurs in the rearfoot when we land with walking or running and is essentially our built in shock absorber. The foot during pronation tends to lean inward towards the big toe side and sometimes it's associated with the arch dropping or falling.. ( read more...)

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    • Shin Splints | How Shin Splints Are Caused
      Shin splints are very common for athletes, runners and dancers. This condition is marked by a throbbing or aching pain along the inner edge of the shinbone. The pain is often felt both during and after physical activity or exercise, and often hurts more when touching the sore area. ( read more )

    • How Shin Splints Happen | Shin Splints Prevention
      If you think you have shin splints, put your workout on hiatus. Shin splints, otherwise known as tibial stress syndrome, are basically a symptom of an underlying problem, whether it's flat feet, shoes with insufficient support or another issue. ( read more )

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    • What Is This Pain In My Big Toe?
      People don't realize the importance of your toes until one of them starts to hurt, especially if it's the big toe. It does more work that you may realize and bears about half your weight each time you take a step... ( read more )

    • Footwear For Clawed Toes | Claw Foot Toes
      In most cases, claw toes develop as a result of wearing shoes that are too short. This often occurs when shoes are sized to fit the big toe, but the second and possibly third toe are longer than the big toe. In rarer cases, claw toe can result from diseases like alcoholism or diabetes. ( read more )

    • Toe Fractures
      A toe fracture is a break in the bone. There are two types of fractures: Traumatic Fractures and Stress Fractures… ( read more )

    • Hallux Rigidus | Big Toe Got You Down? It May Be Hallux Rigidus.
      The big toe may be small, but its role in our lives is enormous. Just imagine how hard it would be to walk, run, squat, bend over, rise up on the balls of the feet, or simply keep your balance without the aid of your big toes. So, when they go out of commission it can be hugely disorienting to say the least.... ( read more )

    • Hammertoes | What Are Hammertoes and How Can They Be Treated
      In general, the term "hammertoe" describes a buckling of any of the toe joints. Joints at the end or middle of the toe, as well as the joint near the ball of the foot, may be affected. Toe joints usually curl because of a muscle imbalance or tight tendons. Hammertoes vary in severity and in the number of joints and toes involved.... ( read more )

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