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Diabetic Foot Ulcers are Scarier Than Sharks

As a podiatrist, one of the most dangerous and scary conditions I deal with is a diabetic foot ulcer. There are around 30 million Americans with diabetes and every one of them has a 25% chance of developing a foot ulcer in their lifetime. Once you have...
Jun 29th, 2016

New Running Shoes That Really Work

While I get no financial support from the Hoka shoe company, I wanted to share my personal experience. I recently started wearing the Hoka Bondi 3. These shoes are what I would call a "maximalist" shoe. They are thick, slightly heavy and rugged.
Mar 1st, 2016

I Broke My Toe

For a healthy guy, I have had more foot conditions that I would care to admit. I always tell myself that is makes me a more empathetic foot doctor, but I promise I am not doing this stuff on purpose.
Feb 16th, 2016

Gout and Your Feet

As we are finally past the holiday season, I wanted to post an article about gout. This painful condition is always more frequent during the winter season of eating. What is gout, specifically?
Jan 26th, 2016

Are You Embarrassed by Your Feet?

Feeling embarrassed or ashamed of your feet is very common. According to a study of 500 women in 2008 by the American Podiatric Medical Association, more than 50% of women say their feet...
Feb 13th, 2015

Do Your Feet Have to Hurt?

The answer is, no. However, feet are complex structures made up of 28 bones, 33 joints, a host of tendons, ligaments, muscles, nerves and blood vessels all wrapped in skin. Any of these can cause pain. Oh yeah, and you probably have two of them, so that...
Jan 30th, 2015

Beware of Junk Science for Heel Pain

Recently, I read an article about a new and improved method to strengthen the plantar fascia. This article talks about using a step or a sturdy box and performing a heel lift type of movement.
Jan 28th, 2015

Foot Pain and Football

Well, it is that time of the year again. The big game is finally this Sunday. With all the talk of deflated footballs we have not talked much about pain and injury. This time of year all football players are in some type of pain.
Jan 26th, 2015

Special Report on DVT

What is Deep Vein Thrombosis? The blood supply of the leg is transported by arteries and veins. The arteries carry blood from the heart to the limbs; veins carry blood back to the heart.
Jul 7th, 2014

Special Report on Chronic Ankle Instability

Chronic Ankle Instability Do you frequently sprain your ankles? Do you feel like your ankles are weak? Is your gait (walking pattern) unsteady? Is balance an issue? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions you may suffer from...
May 23rd, 2014

Special Report on Bone Healing

How Does a Bone Heal? All broken bones go through the same healing process. This is true whether a bone has been cut as part of a surgical procedure or fractured through an injury.
Apr 22nd, 2014

Special Report on Accessory Navicular Syndrome

What is the Accessory Navicular? The accessory navicular (os navicularum or os tibiale externum) is an extra bone or piece of cartilage located on the inner side of the foot just above the arch.
Mar 3rd, 2014

Special Report on Oseteoarthritis (OA) of the Foot

What is Osteoarthritis? Osteoarthritis is a condition characterized by the breakdown and eventual loss of cartilage in one or more joints. Cartilage, the connective tissue found at the end of the bones in the joints, protects and cushions the bones...
Dec 31st, 2013

Special Report on Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) of the Foot

What is Rheumatoid Arthritis? Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a disease in which certain cells of the immune system malfunction and attack healthy joints. RA causes inflammation in the lining (synovium) of joints, most often the joints of the hands and feet.
Dec 31st, 2013

Special Report on Puncture Wounds of the Foot

What is a Puncture Wound? Puncture wounds and cuts are not the same. A puncture wound has a small entry hole caused by a pointed object -- for example, a nail that you step on. In contrast, a cut is an open wound that doesn't produce a "hole"...
Nov 4th, 2013

Special Report on Turf Toe (Sesamoid Injuries)

What is a Sesamoid? A sesamoid is a bone embedded in a tendon. Sesamoids are found in several joints in the body. In the foot, the sesamoids are two pea-shaped bones located in the ball of the foot...
Sep 24th, 2013

Malignant Melanoma of the Foot

What is Malignant Melanoma? Melanoma is a cancer that begins in the cells of the skin that produce pigmentation (coloration). It is also called malignant melanoma because it spreads to other areas of the body as it grows beneath the surface of the skin.
Aug 27th, 2013

Special Report on Diabetic Arthritic Foot (Charcot Foot)

What is Charcot Foot? Charcot foot is a sudden softening of the bones in the foot that can occur in people who have significant nerve damage (neuropathy). The bones are weakened enough to fracture, and with continued walking the foot eventually changes...
Jul 23rd, 2013

Special Report on Big Toe Arthritis

Special Report on Big Toe Arthritis Each day, with every step you take, your big toe bears a tremendous amount of stress -- a force equal to about twice your body weight.
Jun 3rd, 2013

Jon Jones Open Toe Fracture

This weekend two of my interests intersected in a gruesome way. Jon Jones retained his title in the UFC by defeating Chael Sonnen. In the course of the fight, Jones broke his big toe and the fracture actually broke through the skin. It was quite...
Apr 29th, 2013

Special Report on Chronic Venous Insufficiency

What is chronic venous insufficiency? Arteries bring oxygen-rich blood from your heart to the rest of your body and veins return oxygen-poor blood back to your heart. When your leg veins cannot pump enough blood back to your heart, you have...
Apr 26th, 2013

Minimalist shoes increase risk of foot injury

New study finds that wearing minimalist running shoes, Vibram FiveFingers in particular, can lead to greater risk of bone injuries in the foot among runners. Slow transitions into minimalist shoes can help prevent injury. Always consult your podiatrist...
Mar 6th, 2013

Special Report on Foot Fractures

The structure of your foot is complex, consisting of bones, muscles, tendons, and other soft tissues. Of the 28 bones in your foot, 19 are toe bones (phalanges) and metatarsal bones (the long bones in the midfoot).
Nov 28th, 2012

Special Report on Heel Pain in Children

Heel pain in children is very common. It is often termed "growing pains" and it is more common after a growth spurt. The medical term for this condition is Calcaneal apophysitis, also known as Sever's disease.
Oct 30th, 2012

Special Report On Peripheral Vascular Disease

Peripheral vascular disease goes by many names. PVD, PAD, arteriosclerosis, blockage of leg arteries, claudication, intermittent claudication, vaso-occlusive disease of the legs, arterial insufficiency of the legs and poor blood flow of the legs, are...
Sep 24th, 2012

Update on the Latest Information on Fungal Nails

Thick, yellow, crumbly toenails are so common that we either all have them, or know someone who does. Based on the most recent studies, the numbers are somewhere between 2-20% of the population that is affected by nail fungus.
Aug 22nd, 2012

Special Report on Achilles Tendon Ruptures

Hello fellow weekend warriors. Today, I am writing about a subject that makes me worry just a little bit. I am 33 years old now and the prospect of an Achilles tendon rupture is all too real.
Jun 21st, 2012

Special Report on Heel Pain

Special Report on Heel Pain Plantar Fasciitis (Heel Pain) Plantar fasciitis is caused by inflammation of the connective tissue that stretches from the base of the toes, across the arch of the foot, to the point at which it inserts into the heel bone.
Apr 27th, 2012

Special Report on Plantar Warts

A wart is a small growth on the skin that develops when the skin is infected by a virus. Warts can develop anywhere on the foot, but typically they appear on the bottom (plantar side) of the foot. Plantar warts most commonly occur in children...
Mar 28th, 2012

Special Report on Gout

Gout is a disorder that results from the build-up of uric acid in the tissues or a joint -- most often the joint of the big toe. An attack of gout can be miserable, marked by the following symptoms...
Feb 28th, 2012

Special Report on Bunions

Although bunions are a common foot deformity, there are many misconceptions about them. Many people may unnecessarily suffer the pain of bunions for years before seeking treatment.
Jan 27th, 2012

Special Report on Hammertoes

Hammertoe is a contracture--or bending--of one or both joints of the second, third, fourth, or fifth (little) toes. This abnormal bending can put pressure on the toe when wearing shoes, causing problems to develop.
Jan 17th, 2012

Special Report on Neuromas

A neuroma is a thickening of nerve tissue that may develop in various parts of the body. The most common neuroma in the foot is a Morton's neuroma, which occurs at the base of the third and fourth toes. It is sometimes referred to as an...
Jan 17th, 2012

Special Report on Ankle Sprains

An ankle sprain is an injury to one or more ligaments in the ankle, usually on the outside of the ankle. Ligaments are bands of tissue -- like rubber bands -- that connect one bone to another and bind the joints together.
Jan 17th, 2012

Special Report on Ingrown Toenails

If you have ever had an ingrown toenail, you know the feeling. All of a sudden you have this sharp pain at the side of your toe. If you are like me and have had a few ingrown nails, the pain in your toe immediately creates a sickness in your stomach.
Jan 17th, 2012

More Than Just Foot Care

We at Sarasota Foot Care Center believe that you not only treat the foot and ankle, but the person attached to that foot and ankle. As such, we just want to remind our patients that we are involved in ALL ASPECTS of your lower extremity health.
Sep 20th, 2011

Special Report on Orthotics

First of all, what are orthotics? Orthotics are custom made devices that fit inside your shoes and improve the function of your feet and ankles. You can think of them as “glasses for your feet.”
Aug 29th, 2011

Impressive NASCAR Victory...with a broken Ankle!

Many people have debated wether or not to call NASCAR a true "sport" and wether or not to call NASCAR drivers true "athletes." Last week at Pocono Raceway a young driver named, Brad Keselowski proved that "athlete" or not, he had great courage and...
Aug 16th, 2011

British man removes wart...with a shotgun?!?

This guy wins the prize for taking things into his own hands. You may have heard the expression, "if you want to make an omelette you have to break a few eggs." This gentleman in England had a wart on his finger for several years. He claims...
Jun 20th, 2011

Sketchers Has Really Stepped In It This Time

We have all seen the commercials. The sexy women with the great rear ends bounce around as the voice over guy tells you that you too can have a body like this if you would only buy Sketchers Shape-Up shoes.
May 17th, 2011

X-rays Negative on NBA MVP Derrick Rose

Derrick Rose, the Chicago Bulls superstar and likely leage MVP, had some good news the other day. The x-rays on his injured left ankle came back negative. That is to say that there is no fracture of the bones.
May 3rd, 2011

A Day Without Shoes

Why are all those people barefoot? What is going on? Today, April 5th 2011, is the annual day without shoes. This event was started on a college campus about 5 years ago and has really stated to generate buzz over the past couple of years.
Apr 5th, 2011

The Truths and Lies About Nail Fungus

Do you remember the Lamisil commercials with the yellow little creature that lived under the toenails? The ad campaign was very popular and the little yellow creature was called Digger the dermatophyte.
Oct 1st, 2010

Do You Have Thick, Yellow, Ugly Toenails?

If you are one of the 35 million Americans that have thick, yellow, ugly toenails than this information is for you. A new and exciting treatment option is finally available. No more will you have to hide your toenails.
Sep 24th, 2010

Simply No Evidence for Toning Shoes

We have all seen the commercials. Joe Montana sells the Shape-Up shoe for Sketchers and various models bounce around with tight shorts showing off the great butts they supposedly attained simply wearing a toning shoe. Sorry, but you mother was correct...
Sep 10th, 2010

The Ghost in the Machine

If you have been to the drug store or grocery store lately you may have noticed the Dr. Scholl's machine. It looks impressive enough, with colorful images of your feet that show the different pressures.
Jul 6th, 2010

Latest Treatments for Fungal Toenails

There has been a lot of interest and confusion when it comes to the newest treatment for Onychomycosis (fungal toenails). There are a few companies that have been marketing their product to podiatrists and the public. The systems that are now available...
Jun 16th, 2010

New York Mets 2nd Baseman has a Foot Injury

The New York Mets second baseman, Louis Castillo, could end up on the disabled list due to a foot injury. The injury is being reported as a bone bruise of the left foot. What is a bone bruise? Most people think a bone is either broken or not.
Jun 7th, 2010

Do These Genes Make Me Look Fat?

For a long time now, scientists have know that there are certain genetic variants that increase the likelyhood of obesity. One of those gene clusters, the FTO gene, is affectionately called the "fatso" gene.
Apr 6th, 2010

Major Soccer Star Tears Achilles Tendon

British soccer star and frequent tabloid subject, David Beckham, tore his Achilles tendon in a game in Italy this weekend. The footballer will miss all of the World Cup and probably most of the MLS season due to the injury. Becks...
Mar 15th, 2010

Why Do Football Players Heal Faster Than Us?

In case you missed it, Dwight Freeney, the All-Pro defensive end for the Indianapolis Colts had a very good game during the Superbowl, despite a torn ligament in his right ankle. But wait, he only injured his ankle 2 weeks is he playing...
Feb 8th, 2010

Coffee and Tea Can Reduce Your Risk Of Type 2 Diabetes

Good news for all you Starbucks fanatics out there. A recent analysis of several studies has shown something of a protective effect of coffee and tea when concerning Type 2 Diabetes. The researches are not exactly sure what is garnishing this...
Dec 15th, 2009

What is a Stress Reaction

Previously reported on this blog, I am both a foot doctor in Sarasota, Florida and a New York Giants football fan. The latest out of New York is that Eli Manning has more to worry about than his long suffering plantar fasciitis.
Nov 30th, 2009

Should Kids Wear High Heels?

Recently there has been a lot of press about Suri Cruise and her little silver high heels. There is nothing quite like a celebrity (or the child of one) to bring these types of things to the forefront of the public consiousness.
Nov 20th, 2009

Diabetes Awareness Month Is Upon Us

November is National Diabetes Awareness Month. Kind of ironic when you think that you have most of the major holidays in this time of year. The average American gains several pounds and for a diabetic and their family, this can be a very...
Nov 3rd, 2009

The Real Risks of Marathon Running

Unfortunately, three people died recently in the Detroit Marathon. The news media has made a very big deal of this. Are marathons "death races?" It is very risky to run a marathon? Let's look at the facts and stay away from the sensational news headlines.
Oct 19th, 2009

One Giant Painful Foot

My worlds collided last week as a New York Giants football fan and as a podiatrist living in Sarasota, Florida. I was watching the game when quarterback, Eli Manning pulled up lame after planting his right heel on a play action pass.
Oct 9th, 2009

Dancing With the Stars is Hard On Your Feet

The ABC network's very popular reality show, "Dancing with the Stars" has to deal with yet another foot related injury. Headlines were made when Olympic gold medalist and contestant on the show, Misty May-Treanor tore her Achilles Tendon.
Sep 16th, 2009

Triple Play

Being baseball season, I think the triple play analogy works well for treating fungus toenails.....treat the nails, treat the skin and treat the shoes.
Sep 8th, 2009

Labor Day and Your Feet

This weekend is Labor Day, that annual bookmark reminding us that Summer is over and football season is about to start. Here in beautiful Sarasota, Florida, it is a welcome sign that cooler days are ahead.
Aug 31st, 2009

Can Your Flip Flops Kill You?

Don't you love sensational headlines like the title of this blog? I took that little gem right off the front page of a major Internet news source. I know there is a lot of news out there and they are trying to get our attention, but this useless scare...
Aug 19th, 2009

Is Walking Barefoot Good For You?

Living in Sarasota, Florida we really are spoiled. The beaches are so beautiful and the sand is amazing. I just got back from a few days in Costa Rica. The country really is naturally beautiful but the beach consists of a muddy, black sand and rocks.
Jul 31st, 2009

New Therapy for People Suffereing With Neuropathy

According to some recent studies, 66% of diabetics have some form of neuropathy. Neuropathy is a condition that affects the nerves. It causes numbness, tingling, loss of balance and in about 10% of cases pain. Those people who have suffered with...
Jun 26th, 2009

Buying the Proper Shoes for You

Feet are prone to more injury than any other part of the body according to the American Podiatric Medial Association ( One good way to limit these injuries is to wear properly fit shoes. I am often asked, "What is a good shoe?"
May 8th, 2009

American Diabetes Association Changes Guidlines

Diabetes is one of the biggest medical issues facing this country and it is only getting worse. One in 3 Americans born after the year 2000 will develop diabetes at some point in their life. The direct and indirect costs of diabetes are absolutely...
Apr 16th, 2009

No Need to Suffer with Neuropathy Alone

Do your feet tingle and burn, usually worse at night? Do your feet feel numb? Do you feel like your balance is off recently? If the answer to any of these questions is "yes" you may have peripheral neuropathy.
Mar 24th, 2009

Do You Want Feet Like Your Grandmother?

There are so many wonderful things your parents can pass on to you: stocks, fine china, a condo at the beach...but what about bunions? Yep, that is right, bunions. An enlarged, boney bump on the big toe side of the foot, that can cause pain and...
Jan 26th, 2009

Don't Let Foot Pain Stop Your New Year's Resoloution

Happy New Year! Now is a time of new beginnings. A time when we all look at our lives and try to make things better for next year. It also happens to be the end of the holiday season. A season that, on average, leads to 9 pounds of weight gain due...
Jan 2nd, 2009

Do You Really Get Warts From Frogs?

Warts are a very common skin condition that affects the feet. Kids and teens are the most likely group to get warts but they can occur at any age. There is much confusion and folklore out there about what causes warts and how you can cure them.
Dec 19th, 2008

Beware of Holiday Foot

It is that time of year again. The time when cookies and snacks are everywhere. It is the holiday season. The winter holidays are a great way to stay cheerful during the dark, cold part of the year. One mainstay of the holiday season is sweets.
Dec 8th, 2008

The Future is Bright for Those with Drop Foot

There is some very exciting news in the world of paralysis of the foot and leg. A condition called drop foot, a weakness of the muscles used to raise the foot and toes, can be the result of many different neurological problems. These problems include...
Nov 26th, 2008

Ankle Injury Sidelines TB Player

"Tampa Bay Buccaneers leading rusher Earnest Graham will miss the rest of the season after injuring his right ankle during last week's victory over the Minnesota Vikings. Graham limped off the field after his only carry against the Vikings.
Nov 19th, 2008

Broken Foot in a Hockey Player

Hockey players are tough. You have to be tough to play a game where getting hit with a stick or a puck is just part of the job. I have seen hockey players getting their faces stitched up on the bench and then return to the game but I was very surprised...
Nov 14th, 2008

Veterans Day and How an Ingrown Toenail Can Save Your Life

Veterans day has come and gone without much fanfare. I think is very easy for us to forget what our service men and women do for all of us, everyday, to ensure our freedoms. I had the great pleasure of taking care of a Vietnam veteran recently in...
Nov 12th, 2008

Community Project: Shoes for the Needy

Sarasota Foot Care Center has started their shoe drive for the needy. We will be collecting slightly worn/used athletic shoes which will be given to the local Salvation Army Center. They will then distribute the shoes to the individuals in need.
Nov 12th, 2008

Midfoot Sprain for Portland Trailblazers Rookie

The NBA season has just started and already the Portland Trailblazers are dealing with an injury to their highly anticipated rookie. Greg Oden, the first overall draft pick last year, missed his entire first year due to an injury of his knee.
Oct 29th, 2008

Dr. Conti on TV!

Dr. Craig Conti was interviewed on WWSB-TV Sarasota on the recent injury of Misty May Trainor. Here is the link to his interview with Heidi Godman.
Oct 16th, 2008


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Oct 16th, 2008