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Tuesday, 27 December 2022 00:00

Baby Feet Shape

If you are a new parent, then you are likely familiar with the importance of caring for your child’s feet and ensuring that they are growing or developing appropriately. One thing that might be a source of confusion among new parents is what your baby’s foot shape is supposed to look like. Importantly, by the time a baby reaches 2 years of age, you might be able to discern what their natural foot shape will be. Babies inherit the shape of their feet from their parents, and the baby will likely exhibit one of three different shape types. First, the baby might have a tapered foot shape where the big toe is the longest toe. Second, a baby might have what is known as a rounded foot shape, where the second and third toes are actually the longest, being longer than the first. Third, the foot might be a square shape, where all of the toes in the feet are about the same length. For more information about what your baby’s feet are supposed to look like, contact a podiatrist today and schedule an appointment. 

Making sure that your children maintain good foot health is very important as they grow. If you have any questions, contact one of our podiatrists of Foot & Ankle Specialists of Central Ohio. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Keeping Children's Feet Healthy

Having healthy feet during childhood can help prevent medical problems later in life, namely in the back and legs. As children grow, their feet require different types of care. Here are some things to consider...

Although babies do not walk yet, it is still very important to take care of their feet.

Avoid putting tight shoes or socks on his or her feet.

Allow the baby to stretch and kick his or her feet to feel comfortable.

As a toddler, kids are now on the move and begin to develop differently. At this age, toddlers are getting a feel for walking, so don’t be alarmed if your toddler is unsteady or ‘walks funny’. 

As your child gets older, it is important to teach them how to take care of their feet.

Show them proper hygiene to prevent infections such as fungus.

Be watchful for any pain or injury.

Have all injuries checked by a doctor as soon as possible.

Comfortable, protective shoes should always be worn, especially at play.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Gahanna, Newark, Columbus, and Lancaster, OH . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Many problems can affect the Achilles tendon. Inflammation of the Achilles tendon is known as Achilles Tendonitis and is the most common injury to this site. It is generally caused by intense or excessive physical activity. If this condition is not treated properly, other afflictions can develop, such as Achilles tendinopathy where there is degeneration or damage to the collagen in the Achilles tendon, Achilles tendinosis where there are micro-tears to the tendon, and an Achilles tendon rupture where there is a partial or complete tear to the tendon. Symptoms of Achilles tendon issues include tightness, pain, weakness, and mobility issues. A variety of exercises can be done to generate healing and improve mobility. If you suffer from Achilles tendon discomfort, you should seek the counsel of a podiatrist for proper a diagnosis and treatment plan.

Achilles tendon injuries need immediate attention to avoid future complications. If you have any concerns, contact one of our podiatrists of Foot & Ankle Specialists of Central Ohio. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is the Achilles Tendon?

The Achilles tendon is a tendon that connects the lower leg muscles and calf to the heel of the foot. It is the strongest tendon in the human body and is essential for making movement possible. Because this tendon is such an integral part of the body, any injuries to it can create immense difficulties and should immediately be presented to a doctor.

What Are the Symptoms of an Achilles Tendon Injury?

There are various types of injuries that can affect the Achilles tendon. The two most common injuries are Achilles tendinitis and ruptures of the tendon.

Achilles Tendinitis Symptoms

  • Inflammation
  • Dull to severe pain
  • Increased blood flow to the tendon
  • Thickening of the tendon

Rupture Symptoms

  • Extreme pain and swelling in the foot
  • Total immobility

Treatment and Prevention

Achilles tendon injuries are diagnosed by a thorough physical evaluation, which can include an MRI. Treatment involves rest, physical therapy, and in some cases, surgery. However, various preventative measures can be taken to avoid these injuries, such as:

  • Thorough stretching of the tendon before and after exercise
  • Strengthening exercises like calf raises, squats, leg curls, leg extensions, leg raises, lunges, and leg presses

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Gahanna, Newark, Columbus, and Lancaster, OH . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 13 December 2022 00:00

Different Types of Foot Fractures

There are 26 bones in each foot, and they all uniquely work together to walk, run, and maintain balance. A broken foot can happen from falling, incurring a foot injury, or from dropping a heavy object on it. The recovery time can be lengthy, and in most cases, weight needs to be kept off the foot. Many people choose to run and walk through the pain, and this may cause a delayed recovery. There are two types of foot fractures that can occur, a stress or full foot fracture. The former is considered to be a hairline fracture and happens when the foot gradually endures repeated stress from frequently running or jumping. The latter type of fracture often needs immediate medical attention and can fall into two categories. The surrounding skin is not damaged when a simple fracture occurs, and the opposite is true when a compound fracture happens, resulting in damaged skin or tissues. Common symptoms of a broken foot include severe pain, swelling, and the inability to walk on the affected foot. If you have endured a broken foot, please consult with a podiatrist who can properly diagnose a fractured foot and offer the best treatment for you. 

A broken foot requires immediate medical attention and treatment. If you need your feet checked, contact one of our podiatrists from Foot & Ankle Specialists of Central Ohio. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Broken Foot Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment

A broken foot is caused by one of the bones in the foot typically breaking when bended, crushed, or stretched beyond its natural capabilities. Usually the location of the fracture indicates how the break occurred, whether it was through an object, fall, or any other type of injury. 

Common Symptoms of Broken Feet:

  • Bruising
  • Pain
  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Blue in color
  • Numbness
  • Cold
  • Misshapen
  • Cuts
  • Deformities

Those that suspect they have a broken foot shoot seek urgent medical attention where a medical professional could diagnose the severity.

Treatment for broken bones varies depending on the cause, severity and location. Some will require the use of splints, casts or crutches while others could even involve surgery to repair the broken bones. Personal care includes the use of ice and keeping the foot stabilized and elevated.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Gahanna, Newark, Columbus, and Lancaster, OH . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Thursday, 08 December 2022 15:52

Taking Care of Senior Feet

FASCO seniorfeet 1As we age, it’s no surprise that our bodies don’t move or work like they used to, especially when it comes to our feet. After all, they have taken you everywhere you’ve needed to go for your entire lifetime! So, all those years of walking, running, dancing, jumping, and living can change your feet. You may lose cushioning, sensitivity or flexibility, or develop bunions, hammertoes, and other deformities. Your toenails may become thickened or brittle, and become susceptible to toenail issues. While there’s no magic wand to return everything to how they were, it’s important to consider the many ways to keep your feet as healthy as they can be as you head into your golden years. 

Stay active

When feet and other body parts start to ache or hurt, it’s easy to get into a sedentary lifestyle, but our podiatrists want you to know that it is important to keep moving! Short, manageable activities like grocery shopping, taking short walks, or participating in a senior movement class can help keep your muscles and heart strong, and improve your flexibility and pain. Swimming and tai-chi are great low-impact options for exercise.


Wear proper shoes

As your feet change over the years, it’s important to change your footwear as well to ensure a proper fit. There are many footwear options that give extra support, cushioning, and stability your feet may need. If tying shoelaces is difficult, opt for velcro or straps, and ensure that the material is breathable to minimize risks of infections. 

Have a footcare routine

Spending time on your feet becomes a task that becomes increasingly important as you age, especially if you have underlying health conditions like diabetes. Taking the time to look over your feet every day can help a lot in preventing serious complications that can arise from neglected infections or other foot issues. Apply moisturizer on your feet, as you tend to lose natural oils as you age, and protect your feet by wearing socks. 

Your footcare routine should also include toenail care. Be sure to keep them trimmed straight across so you can avoid ingrown toenails and toenail infections like athlete’s foot or nail fungus

See a podiatrist!

Partnering with a podiatrist is an important way to prevent and manage the numerous foot and ankle issues that can affect seniors. An expert in foot and ankle care can direct you the best available foot care methods, treatments, and footwear and ease your foot health concerns. 

Premier senior foot care 

No matter what your age, our podiatrists at Foot and Ankle Specialists of Central Ohio are here for you! We understand the frustrations that come with foot and ankle problems that our senior patients experience, which is why we prioritize comfort and effective treatment so you can stay healthy on your feet for as long as possible! Our team of dedicated podiatrists are here to provide high-quality care, whether it’s by managing your diabetic foot care, creating custom orthotics to enhance your comfort, or by easing arthritis pain. Don’t let foot pain get in the way of your daily living! Contact us to request an appointment at any of our offices in Columbus, Dublin, Gahanna, Pickerington, Lancaster, and Newark. 

Wednesday, 07 December 2022 00:00

Do Your Child's Feet Hurt?

Have your child's feet been examined lately? Healthy feet are happy feet. If your child is complaining of foot pain, it may be a sign of underlying problems.

Tuesday, 06 December 2022 00:00

Heel Spur Symptoms

Heel spurs are a bony protrusion in the feet. These protrusions can be hook-shaped and usually attach to the heel bone. The specific symptoms associated with bone spurs might vary from patient to patient, however there are certain symptoms that are usually common. For example, many individuals that suffer from bone spurs experience some kind of heel pain. This is usually the case because having heel spurs can stretch and inflame the plantar fascia. Additionally, many people with bone spurs might also experience a burning sensation of some kind. If you are curious to learn more about the symptoms of bone spurs, contact a podiatrist today for more information.

Heel spurs can be incredibly painful and sometimes may make you unable to participate in physical activities. To get medical care for your heel spurs, contact one of our podiatrists from Foot & Ankle Specialists of Central Ohio. Our doctors will do everything possible to treat your condition.

Heels Spurs

Heel spurs are formed by calcium deposits on the back of the foot where the heel is. This can also be caused by small fragments of bone breaking off one section of the foot, attaching onto the back of the foot. Heel spurs can also be bone growth on the back of the foot and may grow in the direction of the arch of the foot.

Older individuals usually suffer from heel spurs and pain sometimes intensifies with age. One of the main condition's spurs are related to is plantar fasciitis.


The pain associated with spurs is often because of weight placed on the feet. When someone is walking, their entire weight is concentrated on the feet. Bone spurs then have the tendency to affect other bones and tissues around the foot. As the pain continues, the feet will become tender and sensitive over time.


There are many ways to treat heel spurs. If one is suffering from heel spurs in conjunction with pain, there are several methods for healing. Medication, surgery, and herbal care are some options.

If you have any questions feel free to contact our offices located in Gahanna, Newark, Columbus, and Lancaster, OH . We offer the latest in diagnostic and treatment technology to meet your needs.

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