Ball of Foot

Arthritis

Posted By Robyn Hughes, ND


Arthritis, which literally means “joint pain,” is one of the leading causes of disability among Americans. Arthritis, including arthritis in the foot, toe, and ankle joints, can occur at any age, though certain types of arthritis may be more common in older or younger individuals. There is no cure for this health problem, though there are many treatment options available. Treating arthritis in its early stages...
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Ball of Foot Pain: Conventional vs. Natural Approaches

Posted By Marty Hughes, DC


In this video, Dr. Ray McClanahan, a sports podiatrist at Northwest Foot and Ankle and the inventor of Correct Toes, discusses the underlying causes of ball of foot pain and gives special attention to the condition called capsulitis—an inflammation or irritation of the fibrous capsules surrounding the metatarsophalangeal joints. This educational video also demonstrates how to treat capsulitis... Read more

Big Toe Stretch

Posted By Marty Hughes, DC


In this informative video, Dr. Ray McClanahan—a sports podiatrist at Northwest Foot and Ankle and the inventor of 
Correct Toes—discusses (and demonstrates!) a helpful manual technique for stretching and releasing the soft tissues associated with a bunion deformity. This technique can be used by healthcare providers for their patients, or it can be used by patients as a self-care technique at home... Read more

Blisters

Posted By Robyn Hughes, ND


Foot blisters are a common health problem that affect most people at some point during their lives. This problem is usually caused by friction from shoes or clothing rubbing repeatedly against the skin, causing friction burns. Friction blisters occur when the outer layer of skin separates from the inner layer of skin and the space between these layers fills with lymph fluid. Friction blisters can cause...
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Bunionettes

Posted By Robyn Hughes, ND


Bunionettes are less common than 
regular bunions (bumps or prominences that develop on the inside part of the base of the big toe), though they are similar to a true bunion in their appearance and symptoms. Bunionettes are often called tailor’s bunions because they frequently occur in tailors who sit cross-legged on hard surfaces for prolonged periods. The outside aspect of the feet... Read more

Bunionettes: Conventional vs. Natural Approaches

Posted By Marty Hughes, DC


In this video, Dr. Ray McClanahan, a sports podiatrist at Northwest Foot and Ankle and the inventor of Correct Toes, discusses how bunionettes are treated using conventional and natural approaches. A bunionette, also known as a tailor's bunion, is a bump or prominence on the fifth metatarsal bone, at the base of the little toe. A bunionette is not a growth of bone... Read more

Bunions

Posted By Robyn Hughes, ND


A bunion is a foot condition in which the big toe points toward the second toe and a bump or prominence develops at the base of the big toe—at the junction of the big toe and the first metatarsal bone. The first metatarsal bone is the long bone located directly behind the big toe, in the midfoot. A bunion will cause the forefoot to appear wider than normal... Read more

Bunions & Heredity

Posted By Marty Hughes, DC


In a lot of cases, people with 
bunions assume they are predisposed to developing this foot problem because their older relatives developed bunions. But it's impossible to state that bunions are hereditary if all the members of one's family have worn shoes with tapering toe boxes. Shoes with this injurious design feature hold the big toe in a bunion configuration for prolonged periods and are the... Read more

Bunions: Conventional vs. Natural Approaches

Posted By Robyn Hughes, ND


In this video, Dr. Ray McClanahan, a sports podiatrist at Northwest Foot and Ankle and the inventor of Correct Toes, discusses how bunions are treated using conventional and natural approaches. This video takes a closer look at the effects of footwear on foot and toe anatomy and function and the role of conventional footwear (especially the design element called toe box taper) on... Read more

Capsulitis

Posted By Robyn Hughes, ND


Ligaments surround joints, including the toe joints, and help form joint capsules. Joint capsules help protect the joints and allow them to function properly. Capsulitis—inflammation of a joint capsule—is a common problem in certain parts of the body, especially the shoulders and feet, and may cause significant discomfort. This health problem can, over time, lead to toe dislocation...
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