Category: Common Foot Conditions

How Pronation Affects Your Running

Do you know what pronation is? Do you know that your pronation style has a huge effect on your running, and can put you at risk for foot injuries and shin splints? Pronation indicates how your foot rolls towards your toes after your heel strikes the ground. This important movement helps to distribute your body […]

Can You Keep Bunions From Getting Worse?

Do you have a bunion or two? This foot deformity is very common in the U.S., with 23% of those ages 18-65 – and 35% of those over age 65 – having at least one bunion (data from the National Institutes of Health). A bunion is an enlarged big toe joint. The toe often moves […]

Why Don’t My Shoes Fit Anymore?

Are you pulling your favorite summer shoes out of the closet, only to find that they don’t fit anymore? Are you experiencing foot pain as you try to squeeze into your shoes? Were you astounded at a recent shoe store to discover that your feet have grown a half-size? Relax – for most individuals this […]

Home Remedies That Can Get Rid of Foot Odor

Smelly feet are no laughing matter. Despite all the jokes, it’s not funny if you notice excessive and unpleasant odors every time you take off your shoes. This condition is called bromhidrosis and is caused by bacteria that love moist or wet environments. So every time your feet start to sweat, the bacteria increase and […]

How Do I Know if I Have a Toenail Fungus?

Does one or more of your toenails look odd? Is it crumbly at the edge, yellowish and irregular? Don’t just ignore this unusual appearance. Healthy toenails are transparent and pink, with no brittle edges. You may have a toenail fungus, a common condition that affects up to 20% of U.S. adults. Foot fungus can multiply […]

Excessive Shoe Rubbing Can Cause Blisters

It’s been a pretty hot summer here in Chicago but still great weather to get outside for some healthful exercise. No matter what activity you choose – running, walking, hiking, climbing or in-line skating – remember to always wear well-fitting footwear that is appropriate to each sport. Even with shoes and boots that fit you […]

It’s Embarrassing But … Do Your Feet Smell?

“Summertime, and the living is easy …” – unless you suffer from feet that have unusually unpleasant odors. In other words, they smell! This common but embarrassing problem is called bromodosis and is most often caused by sweating. Together your 2 feet have 250,000 sweat glands – more than in any other place in your […]